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November 9, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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December 5, 2011 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, zalotm@phillynews.com 215-854-5928
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
NEWS
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 $2.3 million in damages. It names Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, two other songwriters, and several record companies and music publishers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Where the Game goes, trouble seems to follow. The Compton-born rapper was shot five times in 2001 by robbers looking for cash and chronic. Two months ago his posse was involved in a gun battle outside a hip-hop radio station in Manhattan that stemmed from a beef with his mentor, 50 Cent. And the Game still faces criminal charges for assaulting a cameraman during a melee at another radio station, near Washington. But all that rough stuff is left behind when he hits the stage, opening for fellow Cali rapper Snoop Dogg on the appropriately named "How the West Was One" tour.
NEWS
May 17, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
Philadelphia rapper Cassidy has been arrested in New Jersey for allegedly violating his probation, according to reports. Cassidy a/k/a Barry Reese, 28, was charged with murder in 2005, but was acquitted in 2006 when witnesses recanted their statements. Reese, formerly of the city's Cedarbrook section, was then charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime. He was released from prison later in 2006, credited with time served. Reese reportedly failed to check in with his probation officer, and local authorities notified officials in Hackensack, N.J., who arrested him near his home on Saturday.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
RAPPER A$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)
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 5, 2016
Thanks to Virginia singer-rapper, D.R.A.M., a.k.a. Big Baby Dram , it seemed like all anyone wanted to do last year was cha cha. When he released his 2014 project #1EpicEP , "Cha Cha" was a regional hit. Then Beyonce cosigned the feel-good party anthem, and the single began to gain traction, and attention from fellow artists. In fact, D.R.A.M. tweeted that Drake "jacked" his song on Drake's "Hotline Bling. " In 2015 he released the EP Gahdamn! . It showcases his vocal range, which moves from soulful to pop with the ease of someone who's studied gospel and funk.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Lee Mazin never thought she'd be on a reality show, but on Tuesday night, she's going prime time. The South Philadelphia native (and 2015 Daily News Sexy Single) will join the cast of Oxygen's Sisterhood of Hip Hop , a show that follows five women making their mark on the male-dominant rap game. Each of the women has her own distinct musical style, but they work together to get past personal and professional obstacles. The ladies also receive guidance from renowned mentors like MC Lyte, Irv Gotti, and Trina.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | Staff
Bob Dylan Fallen Angels (Columbia ★★★) Last year, Bob Dylan released Shadows in the Night, a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Fallen Angels was recorded during the same sessions; Sinatra had recorded all but one of these compositions, too. For Shadows, Dylan chose crepuscular songs of loneliness and mortality, leaning toward obscurities. For Angels, he's selected love songs that are jazz standards: "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "Skylark," "It Had to Be You. " Think of this as Shadows' slightly brighter and more playful partner.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
WHEN YOU'RE the stepfather of Eve, the rapper/actress from Philadelphia who costars in the new Barbershop flick that opens Friday, folks expect you to be fly. And he is. At Eve's 2014 fairy-tale wedding on Ibiza to multimillionaire entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper, Ron Wilch stepped out in a white linen Moroccan-style outfit. But what impresses me most about Wilch is that he's all about making sure everyone else is dressed as sharply as he is. He's a fashion designer by trade, and his latest venture is the 6-month-old Wardrobe Clinic.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
Lushlife is on top of the world. Or at least Raj Haldar, the Philadelphia rapper and producer who records under that name, is, perched on a window seat overlooking Center City from the 19th-floor bar at the Bellevue Philadelphia just a few days before his breakthrough album Ritualize (***) was to be released on the Western Vinyl label. Born on the day MTV was launched - Aug. 1, 1981 - Haldar is talking about growing up in Glen Ridge in Essex County in North Jersey, playing drums and writing arrangements in a high school jazz band (with future Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig on saxophone)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Wednesday, rapper Jeezy, on tour with his newest album, Church in These Streets, addressed 80 teens in an auditorium at the Juvenile Justice Center in West Philadelphia. He found himself telling them something he's told his 19-year-old son. "Everything you've been through," he said, "I've been through. " (On the Church in These Streets track "I Feel Ya," he raps: "Put your fam on your back, boy, I feel ya. / Put your hood on the map, boy, I feel ya. / You ain't got to say a word boy, I hear ya. ")
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A FORMER Rittenhouse Square lawyer's law license was suspended for the second time yesterday for allegedly negotiating deals with a Philly rap artist and the daughter of actor James Garner. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Disciplinary Board extended a suspension of James Edward Elam's law license by 18 months after reviewing a recording deal they say he made on behalf of rapper Freeway, and another deal for investors to get involved in a film produced by Gigi Garner's company.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Tariq Rashid, For The Inquirer
'I care about that stuff. There are people out there that care about that," rapper Ryshon Jones says, describing his near-obsession with perfecting interludes in his music. Sequences are vital to the 24-year-old Philadelphia native, who meticulously crafts the ebb and flow of his projects. He once spent two weeks trying to "find the right track two. " Agonizing over details brought Jones to this point. In the fall, he will release his third album, You're Safe Now , which boasts producer credit of critically acclaimed rapper/producer Mac Miller.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For a headlining rapper with a deep catalog (including the work of his sometime band, Odd Future and recordings by Madlib and Mac Miller), Earl Sweatshirt is kind of a goofball. When Tyler, the Creator did a Theatre of Living Arts gig with him in March 2013, the rapper (real name: Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) hid in plain sight - head down, as if looking for loose change - under a hoodie, popping his head out turtlelike only when his turn came to rhyme. For his October 2013 gig at the same venue, he mostly left the stage to then-lesser-known rapper Vince Staples.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2015 | By Tariq Rashid, For The Inquirer
The name Chynna Rogers is synonymous with high cheekbones and mile-long legs to the crowds who frequent New York fashion shows. To rap enthusiasts, it conjures up the brash sounds of an on-the-rise West Philly rapper. So, which is it? Model blazing along catwalks or emcee entertaining a raucous crowd? Ask the 20-year-old Rogers, and she would say both - and add a few more titles while she's at it. These days, Rogers calls Brooklyn home, but there's no mistaking the Philly in her voice as she chats over the phone about her dual careers.
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