June 7, 1989 |
Rap royalty Willard Smith, the second half of the Grammy-award winning duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, was jailed yesterday, accused of ordering his bodyguard to attack a record promoter, who suffered a broken eye socket, police said. The 20-year-old star, accompanied by his lawyer, Walter Phillips Jr., surrendered to detectives at 4 p.m. yesterday and was charged with aggravated and simple assault and conspiracy, police said. Smith, 20, who lives with his parents in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, is the Fresh Prince in the world of rap, where he and partner Jazzy Jeff have risen to the top of the genre.
July 11, 1991 |
Derrick G. Ragan, former breakdancer with a rap music group, went solo last year and cut his own record. His record is on file with the Police Department. It's called first-degree murder. Ragan, 20, known in his performing days as "D-Madness," was convicted by a jury yesterday and sentenced to life in prison by Common Pleas Judge Paul Ribner for shooting and killing Anthony Thomas, 23, on June 15, 1990. Assistant District Attorney Hugh Colihan said the murder was related to an earlier shooting involving Nicholas "Bizzy Bee" Porter, 23, leader of the rap music group known as the Plush (People Love Us So Highly)
April 4, 1991 |
Bristol Township School District Superintendent David L. Witmer invited all of the township to meet with him Tuesday night in the library at Harry S Truman High School and talk about anything in the world. Only nine people showed up, but the low turnout did not dampen Witmer's enthusiasm for his "superintendent's rap. " "It's a way to try to have the superintendent talk directly to the taxpayers in the community," Witmer said. "Even though there weren't that many people here, I thought it was a very successful meeting.
April 16, 2007 |
Life & Lyrics is an English 8 Mile rip-off as bald as the shaven head of its bad guy, an underhanded DJ-producer named Money Man. Richard Laxton's film stars Ashley Walters as Danny, otherwise known as DJ D-Biz, who works in a (failing) record store by day and works toward hitting it big in hip-hop at night, along with his cohorts in the Motion Crew. We can tell they're good people because, in the tradition of Charles Dickens and Bambi, they've all been orphaned. And, also, they don't dress in black and scowl, like the nefarious Money Man and his fellow heavies in the good-for-nothing Hard Cash Crew.
January 9, 2009
RE THE CASE of Phils pitcher J.C. Romero: The press outside of Philadelphia is all but officially labeling Mr. Romero a cheater, and he's facing a 50-game suspension and a hefty fine. If there were a clear case of wrongdoing on his part, I'd be all for this punishment. But the wrongdoing comes from the Players Association and Major League Baseball. If the communication is so bad they can't decide which substances should be banned, it shouldn't be the concern of a player who did all he could to make sure that it was OK to use the product he bought at GNC. Unfortunately, it's not only Romero's concern, but his career, his money and, most importantly, his reputation are now in jeopardy.
April 5, 1986 |
Knights of the City aspires to be a fresh, rap/breakdance/gangfight movie but, sadly, is staler than yesterday's cigarette butts. Written, starring and produced by Leon Isaac Kennedy (with the considerable help of several fog machines), Knights packs the punch of a rubber chicken. Why the ever-luscious and underutilized Kennedy would want to claim screenplay credit for such unintelligibility is a mystery probably not worth exploring. It's hard to say where, precisely, the movie is set: someplace between Detroit and Miami, surely, with grungy ghetto back-alleys leading out to palmy beaches with postcard sunsets.
November 16, 1990 |
A clear plastic cassette tape is slid into the boom box and the play-switch is clicked on. The Almighty Amazing Gee, Original, Be-Wise, Maximum Maxwell and the rest of the crew begin to do their thing: Being incarcerated isn't no joke The strong survive and the weak get broke Just like a bone If they can't hold their own And stand strong They won't last long In a jail, because a cell is hell The system smells...
September 21, 1989 |
The air was thick with funk, and the Tuesday night crowd was concerned more with writing rap poems than with getting up for work the next day. On stage the five-member band Dynagroove, a two-guitar assault powered by a heavy back beat and charged with thick saxophone, was dripping sweat. Some favorite 1970s funk tunes made the set danceable, and a group of hard-core fans made it fun for all. Tuesday is Dynaday at the 23 East Cabaret in Ardmore, where the group plays as part of a two-band bill for a $2 cover charge, an attractive deal for suburbanites who want to get their mind off the grind and see some live dance music with a rock-and-roll edge.
June 8, 1989 |
Willard Smith, the Fresh Prince half of the popular local rap music duo, D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, was released on bail yesterday after spending a night in jail on assault charges, police and Smith's attorney said. Smith, 20, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after surrendering to police in connection with an incident March 3 in which he allegedly ordered the group's bodyguard to attack a record promoter. Police said the incident happened about 11 p.m. inside the studios of radio station WDAS at Belmont Avenue and Edgeley Road in the city's Wynnefield Heights section.
April 27, 2000 |
Raeneil Quann was headed for the big time. Quann, 22, had signed a recording contract with a major label as a performer with the Philadelphia rap group NAAM. The group's first album, featuring guest appearances by popular rap artists Eve and Missy Elliott, was scheduled for release later this year. But early yesterday, Quann's hopes for stardom ended violently. He was fatally shot in the back of the head in the parking lot of a Delaware Avenue nightclub, a bystander caught by a bullet fired during a robbery, police said.