Hip hop and rap

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)
Associated Press
March 02, 2020 - 11:35 am
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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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)
Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 7:19 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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Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)
Associated Press
February 16, 2020 - 11:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back...
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Entertainer Jay-Z arrives for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Associated Press
February 02, 2020 - 9:15 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Coverage of entertainment and celebrity happenings at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami: ________ BEYONCE, JAY-Z SIT DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM Video of Beyoncé and Jay-Z sitting while Demi Lovato sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl has surfaced online. TMZ posted the...
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Billie Eilish poses in the press room with the awards for best album and best pop vocal album for "We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?", best song and record for "Bad Guy" and best new artist at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Associated Press
January 27, 2020 - 5:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world. The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not only did she become the youngest person to win...
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YG, from left, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled and Meek Mill point to a screen showing Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant during a tribute at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Associated Press
January 27, 2020 - 2:07 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music’s biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city's NBA team. Bryant's death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day was acknowledged in the opening...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
Associated Press
January 26, 2020 - 8:35 pm
Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash on Sunday: “Words can't describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, rapper Eminem attends the premiere of "Southpaw" in New York. Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music to be Murdered By” on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Associated Press
January 17, 2020 - 3:29 am
Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music to Be Murdered By” on Friday — along with a video that calls for changes to gun laws. The follow-up to 2018's “Kamikaze” — also released without warning — was announced on Twitter just after midnight. The Detroit rapper's new music...
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This image released by Interscope shows cover art for the song "Body Talk," by Robyn. (Interscope via AP)
Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 3:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 25 songs of the decade, as determined by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Robyn, “Dancing on My Own”: We’ve all been there — the one you want is dancing with someone else. For that exact moment, Robyn created “Dancing on My Own," so instead of awkwardly...
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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)
Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 2:18 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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