Teacher Suspended for Lil Wayne Assignment in Charter English Class

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER February 5, 2014 While college academics write reams on Kendrick Lamar, a Florida middle school teacher lost sight of how to select appropriate materials to connect with her class. An eighth grade English teacher at the Charter School of Boynton Beach was suspended after assigning her students Lil Wayne’s […]

Raz Simone: “Kids Throw Rocks” Rape Lyrics Are True

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER February 3, 2014 Where growing up in a single-parent household is rarely ideal, for Raz Simone, it was a good upbringing. In the song “These Kids Throw Rocks,” the Seattle rapper related of his familial past: “My mama found truth in her stomach amongst some of the lies/ Getting […]

Lil Boosie Release Projected for Day Before Valentine’s

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 31, 2014 Aside from a setback when discovered trying to smuggle drugs into prison in 2011, Lil Boosie’s incremental improvement seems to be impressing his captors. In the spring of 2013, he completed his GED. By December, his Angola State Prison release date was expedited to August of […]

MC Lyte: Cheerleaders in a man’s world

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 29, 2014 Even as she stunned the music industry by releasing an album on her own terms, Beyonce wrote in The Shriver Report that gender equality is a myth: “Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their […]

Macklemore Concedes Grammy “Robbed” From Lamar

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 27, 2014 Even as the Grammys are an occasion for musicians to celebrate their craft with their peers, artists have questioned the awards process, with rap being an especially contentious genre. Sweeping the awards in that genre, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, […]

ScHoolboy Q Puts “Embarrassing” Gang Past Behind and Daughter Forward in New Album

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 24, 2014 After repeated delays for release, the cover art for ScHoolboy Q’s new album started circulating with the face of his own daughter staring down the front. ScHoolboy Q said that the album’s title, Oxymoron, references conflicting feelings about his Crip gang past. “When I joined the […]

Bun B Warns Against Finding Crimes in Rap Lyrics

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 22, 2014 Just how much weight rap lyrics should be given in court is currently under review in New Jersey. During the trial of Vonte Skinner, 13 pages of the man’s lyrics were read aloud, pulling from violent passages to implicate him in an attempted murder. Even though […]

45 Rap Quotes Taken From Los Angeles

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 17, 2014 Angelenos familiar with the “Rap Quotes” posted up in New York could express pride for their own hometown when the artist behind the project brought his project to the West Coast. Just as 2014 turned the corner, Jay Shells started putting up geographic shout-outs from some […]

Reactions Split Over Insane Clown Posse FBI Lawsuit

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 15, 2014 While the ACLU continues to defend civil liberties of every character, some outlets have a different take on the Insane Clown Posse’s lawsuit against the FBI. The entertainment duo, comprised of band members Joseph “Violent” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler, filed the suit against […]

Q-Tip Shopping Native Tongues TV Show with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 13, 2014 Leonardo DiCaprio’s affinity for Hip-Hop got more invested, as post-Oscar buzz has it that he and Wolf Of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill will be producing a television series with Q-Tip. Q-Tip and DiCaprio are known friends, and now that relationship will be turned into a […]

Black Arts Polemicist Amiri Baraka Passes

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 10, 2014 Arts activists will be mourning the loss of one of the most provocative literary figures in the Civil Rights Movement this week. Amiri Baraka, born Everett LeRoi Jones, passed away Thursday at 79 years of age after fighting a chronic medical condition. Associating closely with the […]

Kanye Takes Legal Action Against CoinYe Currency

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 8, 2013 As they no doubt banked would happen, the inventors of Coinye were issued a cease-and-desist letter by their crypto-currency’s namesake, Kanye West, though perhaps earlier than anticipated. Just under a week ago, a group of anonymous programmers announced their intention to realize the online currency, originally […]