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Song lyrics lead to terroristic threat charge at university

Sep. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say a University of South Alabama student is accused of making a terroristic threat after he wrote song lyrics by a popular rapper on a large flip chart in the school library — the second such case within a week on the campus. Jack Aaron Christensen, 21, wrote song...

Kanye West brings 'Sunday Service' to Georgia

Sep. 16, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West brought his collection of choir singers and musicians to an Atlanta-area megachurch for his religious popup performance called "Sunday Service." News outlets report West visited New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday drawing a large group of parishioners and...

Man sentenced to life for shooting of St. Louis rapper

Sep. 14, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting during the taping of a rap video. Daniel Williams was sentenced Friday to seven years for second-degree assault plus life in prison for armed criminal action in the November 2017 death of 21-year-old...

Cardi B, A$AP Rocky and more support Rihanna's Diamond Ball

Sep. 13, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like many kids, Rihanna dreamed of someday growing up to be rich, but helping others was at the forefront of her vision. "It's always been important to me before any success," she told The Associated Press Thursday at her annual Diamond Ball charity gala. "As a kid, just seeing those...

New Orleans man guilty in death of celebrity's brothers

Sep. 12, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man has been convicted in the double-murder of a reality television star's two brothers. New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office says jurors deliberated about two hours Thursday before finding 34-year-old Antoine Edwards guilty on two counts of second-degree...

With "Eve," Rapsody gains traction in the best rapper debate

Sep. 11, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The debate over who reigns supreme as the greatest rapper of the moment is never-ending and never settled. From LL Cool J vs Kool Moe Dee, Tupac vs. Biggie, Jay-Z vs. Nas, it's a time-honored discussion that's likely to be heard in any barbershop or boardroom where rap fans converge. These...

Florida rapper filmed part of video inside police station

Sep. 10, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Police in South Florida say they never gave permission for a rapper to film a portion of a video inside their lobby. The video begins with IV Leo Little sitting on the ground next to a Broward Sheriff's Office patrol car with his hands seemingly handcuffed behind him. The scene then shifts to...

Pyer Moss celebrates black culture with fashion and music

Sep. 9, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y."; a spoken word artist who reminded the audience that rock 'n' roll was born because of a black, queer woman ; and a stunning collection of clothes...

Injuries reported in stampede at Lil Wayne's music festival

Sep. 8, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A crowd stampede injured several people attending a New Orleans festival organized by rapper Lil Wayne. Large portions of an audience estimated to include 15,000 people ran at least twice Saturday night, causing injuries following Meek Mill's performance at the Lil WeezyAna Fest. The...

Nicki Minaj tweets that she's retiring to 'have my family'

Sep. 5, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is Nicki Minaj really hanging up the mic? The chart-topping rapper announced Thursday on Twitter that she "decided to retire & have my family." Her announcement comes as a surprise after she recently made a guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion's "Hot Girl Summer." In the tweet,...