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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

RushCard to pay $19 million to users for last year’s outage
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RushCard to pay $19 million to users for last year’s outage

NEW YORK (AP) — RushCard, the prepaid debit card company owned by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, agreed to pay at least $19 million to compensate its users who were impacted by the company’s multi-day outage last year. The technical fiasco caused tens of thousands of RushCard customers, who are largely poor and minorities, to be … Continue reading

Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage
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Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage

More alive than most of the year’s films put together, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” is urgent agitprop that pulsates with unalloyed rage for the “self-inflicted genocide” of South Chicago and explodes with full-hearted (and gloriously lewd) pleas for peace. It’s wildly uneven but it is wild. There’s plenty here to quibble with (the film’s title prompted … Continue reading