Kodak Black at WGCI’s Big Jam in Chicago – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Murder and mayhem erupt during Miami’s Rolling Loud weekend

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Rolling Loud stands as the premiere hip-hop music festival of Spring. […read more]

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The Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Reveals He Has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Bushwick Bill, of the legendary Houston rap group the Geto Boys, revealed that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The news came as a complete shock to the rapper because he’s previously undergone testing for a mass on his pancreas, but doctors said it was benign. In fact, it wasn’t until the cancer was advanced before they knew what Bill actually had. […read more]

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LL Cool J reveals how cancer has touched him

ROLLINGOUT.COM — LL’s wife, Simone Smith, was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in 2004, and had to undergo a 15-hour operation to have her right tibia removed and replaced with her left fibula, a steel rod, screws, nails and micro veins from her other leg, but when doctors explained the procedure, her now 51-year-old husband instantly offered to donate the bone from his own limb instead because he thought it would be “stronger.” […read more]

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Council names intersection after Nipsey Hussle

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — The City Council adjourned its regular meeting April 12 in memory of Nipsey Hussle after approving a motion to rename the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in the slain rapper’s honor. The 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper — whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom — was fatally shot March 31 in front of the Marathon Clothing store he owned at Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.  […read more]

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South Florida expo to focus on fertility

FLORIDA COURIER — The South Florida Fertility Expo is a one-day event that will offer information on fertility from experts in the field. It will provide support and provide resources for women on their reproductive and fertility journey. The South Florida Fertility Expo was launched in 2018 and brings together leading fertility specialists. […read more]

Nipsey Hussle memorial area at South Los Angeles store, the Marathon Clothing. (Photo by: Wiki Commons)

Rapper’s death is part of recent spike in shootings

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — The death of rapper Nipsey Hussle came during a week that saw a spike in shootings that prompted three City Council members to introduce a motion at the April 2 City Council meeting asking the police department and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to report on the recent surge and the department’s strategy on responding to the increase. […read more]

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Jay-Z’s Album Inducted Into Library Of Congress

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — It’s undeniable that rap legend Jay-Z has left an indelible mark on the music industry and he recently received a huge honor for his contributions to hip-hop and beyond. According to Billboard, his album The Blueprint has been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry; making it the 10th hip-hop recording to join the collection. […read more]

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Hip hop and culture: ‘High Power’ by Grand Opus

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — In the African American community, hip hop serves as a musical culture and an instrument to voice the struggles and hardships of the African American race in the United States, such as discrimination, poverty and other social injustices. This implies that hip hop goes beyond the music level like other songs whose focus is on amusement. […read more]

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MC Lyte will join cast of ‘New York Undercover’ reboot

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Hip hop veteran MC Lyte is joining the cast for the reboot of the 90’s cop drama New York Undercover. The Brooklyn spitter will be starring alongside Malik Yoba and Lauren Velez who starred in the original series over 20 years ago. Lyte will be starring as Lt. April Freeman, a no-nonsense boss that keeps her officers on their toes, Deadline reports. […read more]

RollingOut Magazine's Ultimate Review of Hip-Hop in 2018
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The ultimate review: 2018’s best hip-hop albums

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Through it all, hip-hop didn’t loosen its grip on dominating the charts and R&B bounced back into the discussion of relevance. You could sense something special was happening by the first quarter this year, as the pace of releases accelerated to the point that four or five projects were dropping every Friday. It was the year where veteran emcees returned to the charts, and a new generation cemented its position in the culture […read more]