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January 18, 2012 | BY JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, armstrj@phillynews.com 215-854-2223
HATERS MAY knock Amber Rose, pointing out that like her rival Kim Kardashian, she's known for nothing more than being gorgeous and dating celebrities. But they can't deny that the Philly homegirl has managed to achieve the glamorous hip-hop lifestyle that many young women only dream about. She's come a long way from Delilah's Den, where she used to be an exotic dancer named Paris. Last week, the 28-year-old model released her first single, "Fame," which includes a verse by her current love interest, rapper Wiz Khalifa.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the world of babies and hip-hop, it has been a very interesting week. Jan. 9, we learned that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were the proud new parents of a baby girl, Ivy Blue Carter. Oops. That was a mistake, the little girl's name is really Blue Ivy. I can dig it. Nice name. Then it was reported that Jay and Bey allegedly paid more than a million dollars to take over the whole maternity wing at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. Maybe Beyoncé's life was in danger.
NEWS
January 11, 2012 | By James Osborne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gloucester City officials have filed charges against the nightclub where a Willingboro rapper was shot last month, setting up the possible removal of the club's liquor license. The charges against D' Place Bar and Restaurant on Route 130 include counts of breaking state rules on alcohol sales, failing to stop fights, fire code violations, and littering. In a preemptive news conference Tuesday afternoon, the club's owners, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Vasquez, said the city was harassing them and they should not be held accountable for a series of bloody fights in their parking lot. "The one-of-a-kind sports bar and restaurant owned by a Latino American family never thought that taking a vacant business and making it a better, more attractive place in a predominantly Caucasian American city with roots similar to theirs would be continuously harassed and denied basic civil liberties by their own township officials," they said in an earlier statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Despite being known to music industry insiders as "the Great White Dope" since his start, Asher Roth is no dummy. The 26-year-old Philly-by-way-of-Morrisville rapper has kept his rep as the stoner king of party-hearty Caucasian hip-hop since dropping his first album in 2009, Asleep in the Bread Aisle . Just as he did during his days at West Chester University, Roth leaned heavily on social-networking websites, and kept up a fairly steady...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Diplo has come a long way since he hosted Hollertronix parties at the Ukrainian Club in Northern Liberties in the early '00s. He's gone all the way to 10th and Spring Garden Streets, in fact, where the DJ/producer and BlackBerry salesman played to a sold-out, all-ages crowd Thursday night at Union Transfer. The Mississippi-born, Philadelphia- and Los Angeles-based cultural anthropologist and beat-maker born Wesley Pentz topped an all-local DJ bill that included opener Xaphoon Jones, the nom de rap of Noah Beresin of the hip-pop duo Chiddy Bang, and DJ/producer Dirty South Joe. Jones and Joe warmed up the former Spaghetti Warehouse with the latter, in particular, making the walls quake with booming dubstep and slow-grinding hip-hop.
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Would I let my children sleep with a stuffed stringy-haired codger like Ben Franklin? Or do I prefer they cuddle nonhuman furry friends? All politics is local, even contests pitting a Founding Father against a top-heavy hound and a 7-foot moose. So when contemplating which costumed creature should next represent the Philadelphia 76ers, I admit my misgivings involve merchandise: If I'm invariably going to spend $29.99 on a Sixers Pillow Pet, which of these plush playthings is least likely to give my kids nightmares?
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | BY DAN GERINGER, geringd @phillynews.com 215-854-5961
WHEN THEY bought the Philadelphia 76ers a couple of months ago, one of the first things the new billionaire owners did was fire much-maligned mascot Hip Hop - the hyper hare with the anatomically correct Schwarze-negger guns whose energy level did not seem to come from just being "high on life. " To put it simply, the bunny looked fried on 'roids. He was gone so fast, he never had an exit interview. The Sixers owners concocted a story about Hip Hop falling in love and moving to rural Pennsylvania to raise a family.
NEWS
December 5, 2011 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia rap star Tommy Hill - a key member of the group RAM Squad - died Sunday morning, two days after being shot in an apparent robbery outside an East Mount Airy bar, police sources said. Hill, whose given name was John Wilson, had been living in Atlanta since serving two years in prison on federal drug charges and since the RAM Squad's breakup. Hill launched his career in the late 1990s with the help of former mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, and federal authorities later pressured him to cooperate with investigations into drug dealing and City Hall corruption.
NEWS
December 4, 2011 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia rap star Tommy Hill - a key member of the group RAM Squad - died Sunday morning, two days after being shot in an apparent robbery outside an East Mount Airy bar, police sources said. Hill, whose given name was John Wilson, had been living in Atlanta since serving two years in prison on federal drug charges and since the RAM Squad's breakup. Hill launched his career in the late 1990s with the help of former mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, and federal authorities later pressured him to cooperate with investigations into drug dealing and City Hall corruption.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2011 | By Dan Gross
POWER 99 morning host Tarsha Jones , better known as Jonesy , has been fired. Loraine Ballard Morrill , a Clear Channel Radio spokeswoman, confirmed only that Jonesy is "no longer an employee of Clear Channel Philadelphia," and would not give details on her departure. Her termination, first reported on Radio-Info.com, comes less than a week after a lawsuit filed in Common Pleas Court by Tracey Parson , who says she and her Kiddie Kare day-care business were repeatedly defamed by the radio host last month.
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