February 21, 2014 |
THERE HAVE been plenty of murder confessions in music - men shot in Reno just for kicks, a sheriff shot down supposedly in self-defense, and one jealous guy named Joe who spilled his guts to Jimi Hendrix before taking off for Mexico. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" also includes a murder confession, but the two questions posed in the opening lyrics to the song, "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" could also apply to the 13 pages of violent rap lyrics Vonte L. Skinner wrote before he was accused and later convicted of shooting and paralyzing a man in South Jersey.
February 14, 2014 |
YO, MACKLEMORE , Drake thinks your Instagram apology to Kendrick Lamar over your rap Grammy win was "wack. " Actually, he said, "that s--- was wack as f---. " "I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message?' " Drake tells Rolling Stone . "Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better - make better music. It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"
January 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA On the streets of West Philadelphia, the 14-year-old goes by his nickname, "Jon Jon. " To police, he is known as something else: a repeat offender who likes to rob people with guns near the apartment where he lives with his mother. In August 2012, when he was 13, Jon Jon was arrested for a series of gunpoint robberies near 46th and Market Streets, including the daylight stickup of a Philadelphia Daily News crime reporter. Charged as a juvenile, he told police he used a BB gun in those crimes.
October 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord called on Gov. Corbett on Monday to scrap his bid to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, arguing that the administration has already spent almost $3.5 million on legal fees and consultants on a "misguided" effort. That number is bound to rise if the administration continues its quest to bring in the British firm Camelot Global Services to run the lottery, which helps fund programs for senior citizens, said McCord, a Democrat seeking to challenge Corbett in next year's election.
July 20, 2013 |
The driver blamed by police for the death of a mother and three of her young children on Roosevelt Boulevard has had eight serious moving violations, from speeding to reckless driving, and had his license suspended in 2011, police said Thursday. Khusen Akhmedov, 23, of Lancaster, has been charged with four ungraded counts of murder in the deaths of Samara Banks and her children Saa'deem Griffin, 4; Saa'sean Williams, 23 months; and Saa'mir Williams, 9 months. Also charged with four counts of murder was Ahmen Holloman of Philadelphia.
June 23, 2013 |
A group of Chester Upland Schighhool District graduates have no delusions about the massive problems confronting a district that has been troubled for decades, but when the auditor general describes their future as "dim," Anisah Green takes exception. The 18-year-old, who plans a career in psychology, says she has control over her future, even though the official's recent report says Chester Upland has failed in its educational mission. "That still doesn't mean I can't [make]
May 15, 2013 |
Jay Harris, one of the area's top football recruits, was stripped of his scholarship by Michigan State earlier this month after he posted a series of profanity-laced rap videos on YouTube, a source said Tuesday. Under the name "Jay DatBull," the Downingtown East senior has uploaded nine videos to YouTube. Using explicit lyrics, Harris raps about drugs, with derogatory references directed at women and homosexuals. His first single, "DatBull 4 Life," surpassed 50,000 views over the weekend and appears to show Harris smoking marijuana while sitting behind the steering wheel of a car. Harris, a wide receiver, said he freely chose a rap career over football.
May 4, 2013 |
Chris Kelly, 34, half of the 1990s kid rap duo behind one of the decade's most memorable songs, "Jump," died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. Mr. Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy," and Chris Smith, known as "Daddy Mac," made up the rap group Kris Kross and were known for wearing their pants backwards as they rhymed. No official cause of death had been determined, pending a toxicology screening. However, "it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose," said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police.
April 5, 2013
By Jim McGovern Included in a really spectacular Easter vigil sermon was this poem by Emily Dickinson. Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune - without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. Hope.
March 27, 2013 |
Tyler, the Creator has been one of hip-hop's best, brightest, and most provocative. As the wild centerpiece of the wilder Odd Future collective, he was - in Wu Tang Clan terms - both its RZA (the overall sound designer) and its GZA (its most unique rapper). Tyler's incendiary solo albums Bastard and Goblin got gobbled up by the masses and criticized for their wrongheaded misogyny, homophobia, and rape and vampire fantasies. Sure, he said he was kidding, but his name - for better and worse - was on the tip of every tongue for his vividly vicious lyrics, barking raps, and ominous musicality.