Tag: Lil Wayne

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Entertainment

Surprises, rap’s new class take over Summer Jam XX

Mariah Carey performs at the Hot 97 Summer Jam XX on Sunday, June 2, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York City radio station Hot 97 celebrated its 20th annual Summer Jam concert with young rappers who are dominating the charts, a respected veteran hip-hop group and a slew of surprises.

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Can the Black community change the face of the music industry?

Jasiri X talks about grassroots activism in the Obama/Tea Party Era at Columbia College in Chicago. (Courtesy Photo Bakari Kitwana/Andrew Bryce Photography) Members of the Black intelligentsia let out a collective victory cry last week when hip-hop artist Lil Wayne lost a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Mountain Dew as a result of lyrics comparing the beating of murdered teenager Emmett Till in 1955 to female genitalia.

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After recent deaths, health is new priority in rap

HEAVY D–In this Oct. 1, 2011 photo, rapper Heavy D, also known as Dwight Arrington Myers, performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes. Since 2011, hip-pop pioneer Heavy D, singer and rap chorus specialist Nate Dogg and New York rapper Tim Dog all died of ailments in their 40s. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file) by Ryan McPherson LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop may need a checkup.

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PepsiCo pulls Mountain Dew ad after criticism

TYLER THE CREATOR (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file) by Candice Choi AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is once again learning the risks of celebrity partnerships after an ad for Mountain Dew was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women.

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Tyga performs at Harvard despite opposition

PERFORMS AT HARVARD–Rapper Tyga visiting the set of New.Music.Live. at the MuchMusic HQ in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, file) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Tyga (TY’-guh) performed at Harvard University despite opposition from critics who signed a petition seeking to keep him away over what they call his “violently misogynistic lyrics.”