Hip hop and rap

Confetti falls during a New Year's celebration in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
January 01, 2020 - 4:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Couples kissed. Others cheered and waved balloons as fireworks burst into the night sky and confetti fell to welcome the start of 2020 in New York City's Times Square. In one of the globe's most-watched New Year's Eve spectacles, the crowd counted down the last seconds of 2019 as a...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. Lifetime is readying a follow-up series to "Surviving R. Kelly" called “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” with one major difference: This time, R Kelly will be behind bars when it airs. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
December 30, 2019 - 12:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Few TV documentary series can boast having a more powerful real world impact than “Surviving R. Kelly.” Though allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R&B superstar R. Kelly for years, it was a six-part series aired by Lifetime last January featuring testimonials by...
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Police crime scene tape is shown in a parking lot after a deadly shooting Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Houston. Multiple people were wounded when a group filming a music video was “ambushed” on Friday near Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
December 28, 2019 - 1:30 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Two men were killed and seven others were wounded by gunfire when a group filming a rap music video was “ambushed” near Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. The Harris County sheriff's office said Saturday morning that 20-year-old Gonzalo Gonzalez and 22-year-old Jonathan...
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FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Lizzo performing "Jerome" at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Lizzo has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press. Voted by entertainment staffers of the news cooperative, Lizzo dominated the pop, R&B and rap charts in 2019 with songs like “Truth Hurts" and “Good As Hell." Though she released her first album in 2013, Lizzo dropped her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You,” this year and the success has made her the leading nominee at the 2020 Grammy Awards, where she is up for eight honors. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FIle)
December 27, 2019 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press. Voted by entertainment staffers of the news cooperative, Lizzo dominated the pop, R&B and rap charts in 2019 with songs like “Truth Hurts" and “Good As Hell." Though she released her...
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In this Thursday Dec. 19, 2019 photo, people attend a concert, part of the MDL Beast Festival, a three-day musical extravaganza in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The festival was the kingdom's most eye-popping effort yet at showcasing the dramatic changes taking hold in this country, where more than half of the 20 million citizens are below the age of 25. While the social changes ushered in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been sweeping, so too is his crackdown on criticism and political expression. (MDL Beast via AP)
December 23, 2019 - 7:34 am
DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Supermodels and social media mavens, their makeup artists and hair stylists in tow, posed at a concert in leather pants, chunky sweaters and trendy black combat boots. What was unusual about these Instagram posts was that they were all deliberately tagged in Riyadh,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo Post Malone arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The rap-pop star will perform at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” in New York City on Dec. 31, Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday, Dec. 17. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 17, 2019 - 8:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — You can ring in the New Year with Post Malone: The rap-pop star will perform at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” in New York City on Dec. 31. Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday that K-pop group BTS, country singer Sam Hunt and singer-songwriter...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, Rapper turned political candidate, Brad "Scarface" Jordan, left, visits with voter Michele Lemon and her son outside of an early voting location in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Jordan is in a run-off against Carolyn Evans-Shabazz for a seat on the Houston City Council. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)
December 13, 2019 - 1:26 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them:...
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This cover image released by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia shows "Lemonade," by Beyonce, named one of the top albums of the decade by the Associated Press. (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia via AP)
December 12, 2019 - 3:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 15 albums of the decade by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade”: At the beginning of this decade, Beyoncé was already the greatest singer of her generation. She won a record six Grammys in a single night, had women AND MEN “oh-oh-oh’ing” to the...
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This Dec. 4, 2019 photo shows Meek Mill posing for a portrait at Jungle City Studios in New York. Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, is competing for a Grammy Award for best rap album with the platinum-seller “Championships,” his passionate project detailing his life. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
December 11, 2019 - 2:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies,” a song on Meek Mill’s latest album, he raps about childhood struggles battling everything from poverty to violence, and proclaims: “We couldn't afford no clothes/It was hand me down/Who would think a (dude) get a Grammy now?” The Recording Academy...
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Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, left, next to lyricist MC Lyte, right, speaks at a black women's forum on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at Allen University in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
December 10, 2019 - 5:23 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the waning weeks before South Carolina's presidential primary, Democrat Tom Steyer is renewing his focus on the black voters who play a pivotal role in the first-in-the-South state, rolling out a proposal to improve historically black colleges and institutions. The efforts...
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