MTV VMAs full of emotional, political moments; Lamar wins 6
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MTV VMAs full of emotional, political moments; Lamar wins 6

NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video. Lamar’s “Humble” won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and visual effects on Sunday … Continue reading

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Strong, sometimes foul political language marks the AMAs

Coming on the heels of a divisive political election, the American Music Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles became a platform for strong, and sometimes foul, political language. Here’s a look at some of the top moments from the American Music Awards show: NOT TRUMP’S NIGHT Less than two weeks after the presidential election, … Continue reading

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Ice Cube creates original song for ‘Mafia III’ video game

ATLANTA (AP) — Ice Cube’s music is going straight onto a video game. Cube and producer DJ Shadow created the original song “Nobody Wants to Die” for 2K’s “Mafia III” launch trailer, which premieres Thursday. The crime video game focuses on character Lincoln Clay’s revenge against the Italian mafia in 1968 in the city of … Continue reading

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Rick Ross, Bun B, Too $Short to headline A3C fest in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Rappers Rick Ross, Bun B and Bone Thugs N’ Harmony will headline the 12th annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta. Organizers announced Tuesday more than 1,000 rappers will perform on 75 different stages at the five-day festival, which kicks off Oct. 5. The festival will also include panel discussions, film screenings and … Continue reading

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DJ Khaled book ‘The Keys’ coming in November

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ Khaled wants it all written down. The hip-hop producer and artist, radio personality and Snapchat favorite has a deal with Crown Archetype for “The Keys,” to be published Nov. 22. According to Wednesday’s announcement by Crown, the book will feature personal stories, his philosophy for success and the background for … Continue reading

Snoop Dogg honored in politically charged BET Hip-Hop Awards
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Snoop Dogg honored in politically charged BET Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Snoop Dogg said he initially felt misunderstood at the beginning of his rap career that ended up turning into a legendary one while accepting his “I Am Hip Hop” honor during a politically-charged BET Hip-Hop Awards show near Atlanta. Rapper Kendrick Lamar surprised attendees Saturday evening by introducing and handing Snoop the … Continue reading

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Hip-hop collective Dungeon Family reunites at festival

ATLANTA (AP) — The legendary Dungeon Family music collective, which birthed a generation of hip-hop stars, reunited on stage Saturday night for the first time in a decade, and they’re not looking to stop there. They want to create new songs and eventually collaborate for their own big festival or tour. First, they performed together … Continue reading

Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years
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Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wait for Frank Ocean’s latest album is finally over. The singer’s 17-track album “Blonde” was released on Saturday on Apple Music , one day after the R&B singer released a 45-minute “visual album” on the streaming service. “Blonde” is Ocean’s second studio album and is his follow-up to his successful … Continue reading

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Singer Toni Braxton to be honored at Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton will be honored at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Braxton will receive the BMI President’s Award on Thursday for her musical achievements. The private event salutes songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s top songs in the genres. Actor-comedian Chris Tucker will host the awards, which … Continue reading