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Paul Bergen/Redferns Following the news of “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio‘s death on Wednesday, tributes poured in for the multi-hyphenate entertainer, from LL Cool J, MC Hammer, and more. Among them was Weird Al Yankovic, whose “Amish Paradise” — a spoof of Coolio’s Billboard #1 hit — sparked a feud between the two. They later made up. Yankovic tweeted a photo of the […]

Paul Bergen/Redferns Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper, record producer and actor best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died at the age of 59. His longtime manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed to ABC News that Coolio died at a friend’s house on Wednesday evening. A cause of death has not yet been determined. Coolio, born Artis […]

Leon Bennett/STA 2020/Getty Images for BET DJ Cassidy returns with the final iteration of the beloved aftershow Pass the Mic on Tuesday, October 4, following the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards.  The lineup features a list of 20 hip-hop heavy hitters, including Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss and Method Man.  Created out of the pandemic, the 10-episode series brings together a surprise guest list of legendary hip-hop […]

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia 50 Cent‘s list of executive-produced television shows continues to grow, with his latest project, Hip Hop Homicides, set to air this November.   On the heels of the death of rapper PNB Rock and following other major hip-hop killings, such as King Von, Young Dolph and Nipsey Hussle, the new WE tv true-crime series will examine violence in hip-hop. In partnership […]

Charles Sykes/Bravo Time magazine revealed its 2022 TIME100 Next list on Wednesday, naming Keke Palmer, SZA, Jonathan Majors, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and more. “She changed the world!” fellow musician Lizzo says of SZA.  “The authenticity in her craft — the way she’s able to tell her story and the way she uses melody — is extraordinary. No one can replicate that,” Lizzo says. “When she’s onstage, […]

Beauty Marks Entertainment, Inc. R&B fans, rejoice!  Ciara and Summer Walker decided to drop off their new single, “Better Thangs,” on Wednesday, two days ahead of its scheduled released this Friday.  “Surprise!! You guys asked for it early, and it’s here!” Ciara wrote in her Twitter announcement. “#BetterThangs feat my girl @IAMSUMMERWALKER is out now!” The “Level Up” singer shared a short video […]

Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images The Los Angeles Police Department has identified a suspect in the murder of rapper PNB Rock, who was shot to death on September 12 at a Los Angeles Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. Police on Wednesday named Freddie Lee Trone as a suspect and are seeking the public’s help in locating him. Authorities say Trone should be considered […]

Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Pharrell Williams Grammy winning musician Pharrell Williams will host his annual Mighty Dream business forum in Norfolk, Virginia to foster conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. On Nov. 1-3, Williams will bring together community members, emerging entrepreneurs, students and business leaders for an engaging conference experience. Alongside food and entertainment experiences, conversations will focus on […]

ABC/Christopher Willard Kevin Hart is defending Will Smith when it comes to the Chris Rock Oscars slap. The topic came up during the comedian’s appearance on the September 24 episode of Drink Champs when he was asked to choose between Smith and Ice Cube. After calling both the actor and rapper his “brothers” he ultimately chose the fellow Philadelphia native.  “I’mma say Will Smith, and […]

Courtesy of Apple TV+ Tristan “Mack” Wilds knows the importance of living a life in balance. Most recently, the Apple TV+ show Swagger was renewed for season 2 and Wilds, who stars in the series, says that the cast is currently “in the middle of shooting it.”  “We’re literally mid-season,” he told ABC Audio at the Movement LIVE event he hosted with […]

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