November 9, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Heavy D, the self-proclaimed "overweight lover" of hip-hop who became one of rap's top hitmakers with wit, humor and a positive vibe, has died. He was 44. Andrew Weitz, of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, confirmed the rapper's death in Los Angeles in an email yesterday, without giving a cause of death or saying where he died. Weitz declined to provide further details on Heavy D's death. Dwight Arrington Myers, the rapper known as Heavy D of Heavy D and the Boyz, and his crew released their debut album "Living Large" in 1987.
December 5, 2011 |
TOMMY HILL, a Philly gangster-rapper whose late-1990s music career was boosted with the help of reputed mob boss Joey "Skinny Joey" Merlino, reportedly died yesterday morning after he was shot outside an East Mount Airy bar Friday morning. Hill, 36, who was born John Wilson, grew up in the Richard Allen housing project in North Philly and was the lead singer of the hip-hop group RAM - or Richard Allen Mob - Squad, which cut five albums that each sold more than 30,000 copies locally in the late-'90s and early-2000s.
April 13, 2012
A sentencing hearing on federal tax charges for rapper Beanie Sigel was postponed Thursday. Defense attorneys Fortunato Perri Jr. and Mark Cedrone told U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois on Wednesday that Sigel had not provided the financial information a probation officer requested or allowed a home visit by the officer. DuBois rescheduled sentencing for July 12. Sigel pleaded guilty in August to failing to file returns for 2003, 2004, and 2005, could face up to three years in prison.
January 6, 2012
A Pittsburgh rapper is suing Wiz Khalifa over allegations that the hip-hop star stole the hit song "Black and Yellow. " Max Warren, who performs as Maxamillion, says Khalifa's chart-topper was lifted from his own "Pink N Yellow. " Warren said he copyrighted "Pink N Yellow" in 2008 and Khalifa copyrighted "Black and Yellow" in 2011. The copyright-infringement lawsuit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia and seeks at least $2.3 million in damages. It names Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, two other songwriters, and several record companies and music publishers.
March 4, 2013 |
POLICE WERE STILL sorting out details Friday of an overnight shooting in Old City outside rapper French Montana's tour bus that killed one man and injured another. But one thing was clear: The rapper, although not believed to be a target in the shooting, is no angel. In a 2008 interview with entertainment website VladTV, the 28-year-old New York-based rapper, whose online bio touts him as chief executive of Cocaine City Records, talks about being shot in the head and about beating a murder charge.
May 6, 2005 |
Where the Game goes, trouble seems to follow. The Compton-born rapper was shot five times in 2001 by robbers looking for cash and chronic. Two months ago his posse was involved in a gun battle outside a hip-hop radio station in Manhattan that stemmed from a beef with his mentor, 50 Cent. And the Game still faces criminal charges for assaulting a cameraman during a melee at another radio station, near Washington. But all that rough stuff is left behind when he hits the stage, opening for fellow Cali rapper Snoop Dogg on the appropriately named "How the West Was One" tour.
May 17, 2011 |
Philadelphia rapper Cassidy has been arrested in New Jersey for allegedly violating his probation, according to reports. Cassidy a/k/a Barry Reese, 28, was charged with murder in 2005, but was acquitted in 2006 when witnesses recanted their statements. Reese, formerly of the city's Cedarbrook section, was then charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime. He was released from prison later in 2006, credited with time served. Reese reportedly failed to check in with his probation officer, and local authorities notified officials in Hackensack, N.J., who arrested him near his home on Saturday.
May 11, 2012 |
JAMAAL SIMMONS, a North Philadelphia-based gangsta rapper known as Steel, has plenty to say on YouTube, where his homemade videos feature him celebrating guns, violence, even murder. In one video Simmons, 28, boasts: "Where I'm from it's either go hard or go to the morgue. " In another, Simmons threatens a fellow rapper: "Your life's on the line; I'm gonna put the hit out. " Wearing a pair of large, circular-frame eyeglasses in court Wednesday, Simmons didn't look much like a gangsta rapper and didn't speak about the real-life murder that a Common Pleas jury convicted him of in January.
January 17, 2014 |
STEVEN Miller aspired to be a rapper and proudly posted his work on YouTube. But his life in the spotlight will have to wait until at least the next 23 1/2 to 47 years. That's how long Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff sentenced Miller, 24, yesterday to spend in state prison. The Northeast Philadelphia man was convicted of third-degree murder in October for gunning down Maurice Ronnie Kimble, 24, after the two argued over a woman at a trendy Northern Liberties restaurant. It was just after midnight June 11, 2012, when Miller shot Kimble in the chest and groin on the patio of the PYT restaurant at the Piazza at Schmidts retail and residential complex.
September 6, 2013 |
RAPPER A$AP ROCKY loves "bad b----es," that's his "f---in' problem" - or so he says in his hit song, "F---in' Problems. " Now the Harlem-bred rapper has a real problem: He's been charged with assault and harassment after a concertgoer at last weekend's Made in America festival - at which he performed - filed a criminal complaint alleging that the 24-year-old hip-hop star slapped her in the face as he waded through the crowd Saturday. The unidentified young woman said in the complaint that A$AP (a/k/a Rakim Mayers)