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 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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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)
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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 - 6:53 pm
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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Grammy award winning singer Pharrell, from left, poses with his father Pharaoh Williams and nightlife guru David Grumman at the Swan restaurant in Miami's design district, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The singer hosted a soul food brunch Saturday along with his father who is a self-taught chef, as part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (AP Photo/Kelli Kennedy)
February 23, 2020 - 1:19 am
MIAMI (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Pharrell may have been fired from three different McDonald's as a teen, but that didn't stop him from opening what has become one of the hottest restaurants in Miami. The singer hosted a soul food brunch Saturday along with his dad Pharaoh, a self-taught...
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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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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 file photo Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards, set to be handed out Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020, at a ceremony in London. Quintuple Grammy winner Billie Eilish, 18, is set to give the first public performance of her James Bond theme song “No Time to Die.” (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
February 18, 2020 - 7:49 am
LONDON (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards, which faced criticism for the lack of female artists nominated for the high-profile prizes. Capaldi, who topped U.K. and U.S. charts with his single “Someone You Loved,” and...
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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)
February 17, 2020 - 12:14 am
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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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
February 16, 2020 - 9:55 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points and Team Giannis took the second quarter 51-30 after dropping the opener even though Kawhi Leonard closed in on the record for most 3-pointers in an All-Star Game. After...
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