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 […]

G-Unit Sends Condolences to Former Affiliate Mazaradi Fox’s Shooting Death

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 6, 2013 On Friday, New York Daily News reported the shooting death of G-Unit affiliate Mazaradi Fox. Just two weeks out of prison, the rapper of real name Jamal Green was killed while sitting in a white Nissan SUV in Queens, when a ski-masked gunman approached in a […]

Final Judgment Affirms Rick Ross Protection Under First Amendment

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER January 3, 2014 Maybe the dispute of Ricky Ross against Rick Ross can be settled once and for all, as it was in court when Second Appellant District Judge Roger Boren issued his ruling in theĀ  last week on a three-year-old lawsuit. Drug kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross was released […]

Grand Hustle Mourns Fallen Affiliate Doe B

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER December 30, 2013 Not long after Doe B’s death, a suspect in his murder came forward. The Grand Hustle Records affiliate was shot dead in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday. The gunfire that broke out in Centennial Hill Bar and Grill (formerly the Rose Supper Club) resulted […]

?uestlove Apologizes for “Dumb” Japanese Remarks

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER December 27, 2013 Struggling to tread the line of safe racial humor, ?uestlove formally apologized for insensitive remarks made while touring Japan. Nevermind that he deferred to his friends of Asian descent; it appears impossible to make a joke about another race without being branded a racist. Reversing the […]