Cops Had Rapper “Performing for My Freedom”

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER November 6, 2013 The NYPD is in the news again for yet another racial profiling controversy. In 2011, they entered the apartment of Quinshon Shingles’ cousin Tyriek Fortune in plainclothes and without a warrant, allegedly suspecting the tenant of a crime, and forced Shingles to rap for them to get […]

DMX Shot Manager While on Crack Cocaine

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER November 4, 2013 A year after her divorce from DMX, ex-wife Tashera Simmons is still publicly working through the intense moments of their relationship. In the memoir “You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea,” she details how X’s manager had asked her in a panic to help […]

This Halloween’s Blackface Backlash from Trayvon Martin to ‘Orange Is The New Black’

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 30, 2013 For adults, Halloween in the media usually means two things–dressing up in revealing clothing if female, and donning an ironic, bordering on offensive costume of minority groups. Blackface has resurfaced from poorly made-up Trayvon Martins among white teenagers, whose face paint stops just short of the […]

Rapper Shot for Mistaken Identity in South Africa

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 28, 2013 The shoot-first-ask-later practice is alive in Johannesburg, where a South African Hip Hop artist suffered bullet wounds at being mistaken for a kidnapper demanding ransom. Khulane Morule, aka Khuli Chana, stopped at a gas station en route to a performance in Pretoria, the same gas station […]

Kanye Explains “Yeezus” Jesus Appearance

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 25, 2013 In a culture rife with bravado, the Yeezus tour has united two figures who continually walk a fine line between arrogance and self-erasing irony. Kendrick Lamar opens for Kanye West, who made a bold statement in the staging of his classic “Jesus Walks” by holding a […]

CeeLo Pleads Not Guilty to Giving Woman Ecstasy

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 23, 2013 CeeLo Green can’t seem to get a break with his persona life in the media. The singer, born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, found himself at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Monday answering to accusations of drugging a woman at a Los Angeles restaurant last […]

Louie V Gutta Robbed: “There’s no reason for the police to be involved”

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 21, 2013 How valuable are street rules when it seems to condone crime? In a recent interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Vincent Lamar Robinson, aka Louie V Gutta, spoke about how he handles robbery. The Philly rapper and two his friends were robbed at gunpoint inside a Waffle […]

NY Councilwoman: B.I.G. Street Renaming Petition “Offends”

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 18, 2013 For years, fans of The Notorious B.I.G. had talked about recognizing the late MC with his own street. As of last month, the possibility seemed even more probable when someone started an online petition to Community Board 2 and City Council to create Christopher Wallace Way, […]

Pusha T Recounts Being Busted for Hustling in Parents’ House

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 16, 2013 In an interview on Sway’s Universe, Pusha T demonstrated how parents need to be ever-vigilant to know what is really happening in their children’s lives. He told Sway Calloway that he had been peddling drugs undiscovered in his youth until a fight broke out in front […]

Lil Boosie Spotted at Angola Prison Rodeo

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 14, 2013 A recent Lil Boosie spotting the previous Sunday revealed the incarcerated rapper to be taking part  in what may be a little known tradition outside Angola. Since 1965, the prison has held a twice-yearly rodeo, the longest running of its kind, as an outlet for the […]

Daz Dillinger Files Cease & Desist Letter Against “Grand Theft Auto V” Makers

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by Andres Tardio/HipHopDX October 11, 2013 at 8:30AM PST Daz Dillinger files a cease and desist letter against “GTA V” makers Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software. Daz Dillinger recently filed a cease and desist letter against Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto 5, according to tmz.com. “C-Walk” and […]

Surveillance Tape Tampering in Jam Master Jay Murder Case

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER October 9, 2013 Eleven years later, the mystery surrounding hip-hop icon Jam Master Jay’s death remains unsolved, but new details emerged from investigative reporting on Mary Murphy’s Mysteries. “When we went to go and take that tape and view it, it was an old tape,” said NYPD Detective Santangelo. […]