Hip hop and rap

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, U.S actor Will Smith poses for photographers during the photo call of "Bad Boys for Life," in Paris. Smith says he was “humbled and honored” after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honoring his career work. Lucas released the music video for his track “Will,” on Monday, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
March 25, 2020 - 11:21 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith says he was “humbled and honored” after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honoring his career work. Lucas released the music video for his track “Will” on Monday. In the video, the rapper paid homage to Smith through a reenactment of the actor’s biggest...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, singer Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the "Best Female Video" award during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Swift may have ended her feud with Katy Perry but the one with Kanye West seems simply not to want to die. New leaked video clip of the entire four-year-old phone call between the rapper and pop superstar about his controversial song "Famous" have been posted online and further complicate the picture of what happened.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
March 24, 2020 - 10:06 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Kanye West and Taylor Swift public beef has reignited again with the ongoing feud now involving his wife and Swift's publicist. Swift’s publicist, Tree Paine, fired back Monday night at Kim Kardashian West, who had defended herself after someone released a video, clipped into...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, singer Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the "Best Female Video" award during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Swift may have ended her feud with Katy Perry but the one with Kanye West seems simply not to want to die. New leaked video clip of the entire four-year-old phone call between the rapper and pop superstar about his controversial song "Famous" have been posted online and further complicate the picture of what happened.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
March 21, 2020 - 3:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift may have ended her feud with Katy Perry but the one with Kanye West seems simply not to want to die. New leaked video clip of the entire four-year-old phone call between the rapper and pop superstar about his controversial song "Famous" have been posted online and...
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Grammy award-winning hip hop recording artist Lecrae assembles a portable wash station on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in College Park, Georgia. The wash stations were distributed by Lecrae and volunteers with Love Beyond Walls, a non-profit, throughout Atlanta in areas with a high density of homeless persons. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)
March 19, 2020 - 6:51 pm
Atlanta (AP) — Grammy-winning hip hop recording artist Lecrae joined forces with non-profit organization Thursday to assemble and distribute portable hand-washing stations throughout Atlanta in areas with a high density of homeless people. Lecrae Moore and volunteers with Love Beyond Walls...
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Britain's Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, Monday, March 9, 2020. The annual service, organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
March 18, 2020 - 1:31 pm
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...
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March 17, 2020 - 9:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in Los Angeles handed a major victory to Katy Perry on Tuesday, overturning a jury's verdict that found the pop superstar and her collaborators copied her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” from a 2009 Christian rap song. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said in her...
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March 05, 2020 - 11:33 am
MIAMI (AP) — Fears of the new coronavirus have led to postponement of the three-day Ultra electronic dance music festival in Miami, city officials said Thursday. The festival that draws thousands of people from around the world was set to begin March 20 at Miami's downtown Bayfront Park. Steven...
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FILE - This May 29, 2015 file photo shows Chuck D, left, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performing at the 2015 BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in Napa, Calif. Public Enemy has abruptly fired founding member Flavor Flav following a public spat over the rap group's plan to perform at a Bernie Sanders campaign event. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
March 02, 2020 - 12:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Public Enemy has abruptly fired founding member Flavor Flav following a public spat over the rap group's plan to perform at a Bernie Sanders campaign event. Public Enemy "will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the band said in a brief statement Sunday. “We thank him for his...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2019 file photo, Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney, of the duo Dan + Shay, pose in Nashville, Tenn. In nominations announced Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, the Grammy-winning duo lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Smyers and five for Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
February 27, 2020 - 10:33 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. In the nominations announced Thursday, the powerhouse duo share four bids...
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A police officer guards outside a Hollywood Hills home where a fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
February 19, 2020 - 8:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pop Smoke, a rising Brooklyn rapper who had a breakout year of hit songs and albums that made some of the biggest names in hip-hop his fans and collaborators, was fatally shot during a break-in Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said. “We are devastated by the...
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