Tag Archives: hip-hop

Hip-hop improv group takes riffs to TV

  NEW YORK (AP) — As a Tony-winning composer and writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda sees nothing of spending five years writing a show, or months on just a few lines of dialogue. And then there’s his other outlet: Coming up with a rap routine — or maybe a skit, or poignant love song — within a [...]

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Chris Brown leads nominees for Soul Train Awards

  NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Brown is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The R&B singer racked up seven nominations, including best R&B/soul male artist and song of the year for “Loyal.” Beyonce earned six nominations and Pharrell Williams followed with five. Williams and Beyonce will be competing against each other for album of the [...]

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Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato headline Vevo concert

  SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Iggy Azalea’s got 99 problems and driving is one. Before taking the stage Wednesday at Vevo’s Certified Superfanfest event, the 24-year-old “Problem” rapper said she’s had a few close calls while learning the rules of the road. “I just learned to drive and it’s been really difficult because I [...]

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Boyz II Men return to Philly high school for show

  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Members of the Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men returned to their roots Tuesday with a concert at their old stomping grounds — a performing arts high school they remember being just like the TV show “Fame.” “You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards, plie-ing all over the hallways [...]

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Chris Brown ready to stop getting in his own way

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Brown celebrated his 25th birthday in jail last May by making his own “spread cake”: chocolate, peanut butter, bread and milk. “Mix it up in a little cereal bowl and let it sit for a little while. It comes out and you’ve got a nice little cake,” Brown [...]

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Doug E Fresh highlights BET Hip-Hop awards

  ATLANTA (AP) — With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed “The Human Beat Box” choked up and shed tears as he received the “I Am Hip-Hop Award” at the ninth BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday. Fresh eventually told the crowd that his [...]

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Lamar says Swift’s remarks help himself, hip-hop

  ATLANTA (AP) — Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper praised the country music star for speaking highly of his music, saying her admiring remarks show [...]

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An emotional Beyonce, Jay Z end tour in Paris

  PARIS (AP) — An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their “On the Run” stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago. The performers told the audience at Stade de France that Paris was also where their 2-year-old daughter, Blue [...]

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Black leather, gold, and lots of celebs at Versace

  New York (AP) — Talk about your one-stop shopping. If you liked the sexy numbers on the Versus Versace runway Sunday night — many of them tight, short, black, and embellished with gold hardware — you could purchase them the moment the show ended. All the outfits were on sale at VersusVersace.com. Such immediate [...]

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Death of singer Simone Battle is ruled suicide

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said Sunday. The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said. Battle became known through her [...]

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Maya Angelou’s work mixed with hip-hop for album

  NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou’s iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called “Caged Bird Songs.” Shawn Rivera, the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet, and RoccStarr, who co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” produced the 13-song set, to be released through Smooch Music on Nov. 4. [...]

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