Cuba Trip Launches “Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill”

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 12, 2013 Three months later, lawmakers who were still indignant that celebrity couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé bested a regulation barring tourism to Cuba decided to go poring for loopholes to close. “This is the Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill,” Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, [...]

Lupe Fiasco Skewers Education System Before Graduating Class

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 10, 2013 As recent high school graduates neighboring Chicago State University convened at the institution to celebrate their achievements, Lupe Fiasco congratulated them for graduating from “one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world.” He dismissed the pomp of caps, gowns, and tassels and [...]

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Agrees to Force-Feeding to Protest Guantanamo Bay

By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 8, 2013 Hunger strikes by Guantanamo Bay inmates have been going for five months, to which prison guards have responded by force-feeding detainees. As the observance of Ramadan begins today, Islamic and community leaders are calling more urgently for an end to the practice. Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos [...]

Chris Kelly’s Death by Dosing Confirmed

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 3, 2013 A month after Chris Kelly, best known as “Mac Daddy,” was found unresponsive in his home, the cause of death was confirmed as due to drug overdose. Paramedics responded to a call from the rapper’s home by his mother and found Kelly lying on the living [...]

Lil B Supports Wendy Davis’ Filibuster For Women’s Rights

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 1, 2013 The Bay Area rapper who goes by the name Based God, or Lil B, proclaimed his support for Texas Senator Wendy Davis’ much-watched abortion-rights filibuster last week. The teen mom turned Harvard Law graduate spoke for 11 hours with a goal of going onto 13 when [...]

Action Bronson Tosses Overzealous Fan

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 28, 2013 Fans are well-advised to think twice before letting a concert go to their heads, especially the impulse to join their music idols on stage. Arian “Action Bronson” Asllani may be on the large end of the spectrum, but he proved quite agile in dealing with a [...]

2Pac Honors Roll In from Hollywood to New York

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 26, 2013 Tupac is finally gaining mainstream recognition outside of Hip Hop, and not just token gestures. Last week, Variety reported that Shakur will be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, while Playbill announced that the music of the late rapper is hitting The Great White Way [...]

Meek Mill Mourns Death of Lil Snupe

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 24, 2013 Another young rapper’s career was cut short when the death of 17/18-year-old Lil Snupe was confirmed on June 20th. Meek Mill had high hopes for the young man; he had signed Snupe to Dream Chasers after hearing his demo for only 20 minutes, went the story [...]

To Jerseymen, Game to Pay Your Sagging Tickets

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 21, 2013 Want to express your freedom of speech through sag? Game is right behind you. The Compton rapper is known to let his baggy pants hang loose and he’ll support the common man’s right to do it too. When Wildwood, New Jersey passed the “Establishing decency standards [...]

Ice-T Narrates “Assaulted” Documentary

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 19, 2013 Perhaps in a welcome break from sensationalizing urban violence, one of Hip-Hop’s successes was tapped to speak from the other perspective on guns. Ice-T will be lending his voice on the new documentary, titled “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire,” to talk about the entangled issue of [...]

Talib Kweli Says “Conscious” Rap Label A Demonized Blessing

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 17, 2013 “I don’t consider myself as a prisoner of anything,” began Talib Kweli on VladTV. “Clearly, I do songs with Nelly,” he said laughing, then continued to explain the tribulations of being labeled a “conscious artist.” The impulse to categorize is natural, but more often the initiative [...]

MC Lyte Tours with iLEAD Youth Initiative to South Africa

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 14, 2013 MC Lyte is currently in the middle of a week-long tour with iLEAD in South Africa, encouraging youth across the ocean to become leaders of the future. The project is a collaboration between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Valiant Innovative Creations. “As an entertainer [...]

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