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UGK Affiliate & Convicts Co-Founder Mr. 3-2 Shot & Killed In Houston

Rapper Mr. 3-2 has been a Houston, Texas Hip-Hop mainstay for more than 25 years. In addition to co-founding The Convicts with Big Mike, and being an official member of Screwed Up Click and Blac Monks, 3-2 has appeared on several critically acclaimed albums. The 44 year-old man born Christopher... Read more

“8 Mile” Director Curtis Hanson Has Passed Away. Eminem Reflects In Statement.

The director of Eminem's semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile has died. Curtis Hanson, who orchestrated the acting on the 2002 film, was 71 years old. He died of natural causes in his Los Angeles, California residence yesterday (September 20) according to the Los Angeles Times. Beyond the Battle Rap film, Hanson... Read more

D4L’s Shawty Lo Killed In Atlanta Car Crash

UPDATE: Police in Fulton County have determined that Shawty Lo's fatal car accident was not a hit-and-run collision as first reported. Instead, authorities have stated their investigation led them to believe the man born Carlos Walker lost control of his vehicle at an exit ramp, leaving the road. The report... Read more

The Force M.D.’s Tell Their Story In One Of Trisco’s Last Interviews (Video)

Last week, Force M.D.'s member Trisco Pearson passed away (September 16) after a public battle with cancer. The veteran singer was an integral part of a Staten Island, New York collective that pioneered the Hip-Hop and R&B hybrid in its melodic harmonizing, beat-boxing, and rapping. That group has an interesting... Read more

Force MD’s Member Trisco Pearson Has Passed Away

1980s and 1990s group Force M.D.'s (f/k/a Force M.C.'s) were at the frontier of bridging Hip-Hop with R&B and New Jack Swing. The popular New York City outfit which has included a number of members since its 1981 Rap inception would find greater success with hits such as 1985's "Tender... Read more

Ice Cube Publicly Responds To Jerry Heller’s Death (Video)

In the canon of artist vs. music executive beefs, Ice Cube's problems with Jerry Heller are perhaps the most significant. In 1990, N.W.A. soared to the top of the pack, meeting criticism for its profanity and lewdness with massive commercial success. During the quintet's first national tour, Cube—arguably the lead... Read more

Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest,” Dies At Age 74

Muhammad Ali, one of the most iconic athletes and activists of all-time has died at the age of 74. While Ali made his name in the ring, as arguably the greatest boxer the sport ever saw--combining power and finesse--it likely was his activities outside of the "sweet science" that defined... Read more

Tupac’s Mom, Afeni Shakur, Has Died At The Age Of 69

Afeni Shakur, mother of 1990s Hip-Hop superstar Tupac Amaru Shakur, has died early this morning (May 3). She was 69 years old. While a cause of death has yet to be released to the public, the onetime Black Panther and inspiration to 1995 Interscope Records single "Dear Mama" has been... Read more

A Tribe Called Quest Release A Statement On the Loss of Phife Dawg

Following the death of Phife Dawg yesterday (March 22), A Tribe Called Quest has come forward to release a statement. Between 1990 and 1998, Phife released five albums with the team of Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Additionally, Jarobi was involved with the group upon its inception. As published by... Read more

Celebrate Phife Dawg’s Life & Legacy Through His Music With This Tribute Mix (Audio)

For many of us, today has been one of deep mourning and reflection, as we process the death of Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor. The "5ft Assassin" was a co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, one of the most influential groups in music of any genre. Many words have been written... Read more

Phife Dawg’s Family & Manager Release Statements About His Life And Cause Of Death

Late yesterday (March 22), founding A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg passed away. The man born Malik Taylor was 45 years old. News came from friends and collaborators of the Queens, New York MC throughout his more than 26 years of songwriting, performing, and representing A.T.C.Q. Today (March 23),... Read more

Phife Dawg From A Tribe Called Quest Passes Away At Age 45

In unbelievably tragic news, Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, passed away on March 22, at the age of 45. While the cause of death has not been disclosed, Phife suffered from Type 1 diabetes for decades, and underwent a kidney transplant in 2008.... Read more

Earth Wind & Fire Front Man Maurice White Passes Away

One of Soul, Jazz, and Funk music's most beloved voices and producers has died. Maurice White, co-founder and longtime front man of Earth Wind And Fire passed away last night (February 3), according to his brother (and fellow EWF member) Verdine. The 74 year-old singer died in his sleep. A... Read more

New York City DJ Icon Big Kap Has Passed Away

In a developing story, multiple sources have confirmed that veteran DJ and producer Big Kap has died.The New York mixmaster born Keith Carter was a DJ for The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and others. Kap was also a fixture of 1990s NYC venue The Tunnel, a club notable for introducing some... Read more

Raunch Rap Pioneer Blowfly Reveals Terminal Cancer Diagnosis, Plans Final Album

He may not be a household name to many Heads, but he should be. Blowfly is a true originator, one whose raunchy and outlandish personalities have earned him a permanent place in the annals of music history. The 76-year-old Georgia native has been an undeniably influential character in the formation... Read more

Three 6 Mafia’s Koopsta Knicca Passes Away At 40 Years Old

Academy Award winning group Three 6 Mafia has lost another member. Koopsta Nicca (a/k/a Robert Phillips) has died. The Memphis, Tennessee native passed away this morning (October 9) from complications due to a stroke suffered earlier this month. Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal reports that the 40 year-old MC was at work... Read more

Russell Poole, Lead Investigator Of The Notorious B.I.G. Murder, Has Died

The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 murder remains unsolved. One of the Los Angeles Police Department sergeant detectives who worked the hardest to change that, Russell Poole, has died. According to The Los Angeles Times, the former detective died Wednesday (August 19), while meeting with detectives at the L.A. Sheriff's Department. Although... Read more

Sean Price Passes Away At Age 43. Rest In Peace.

The Hip-Hop and music community is saddened to learn that Sean Price has died. The MC formerly known as Ruck reportedly passed away this morning (August 8) at his home in Brooklyn, New York. Details are emerging, but the 43 year-old Price was found unconscious in his sleep. Cause of... Read more

Rest In Peace M.C. Supreme, Of We’re All In The Same Gang Fame

Nearly 25 years ago to the date (May 31, 1990), Warner Bros. Records records released We're All In The Same Gang by a collective called The West Coast All-Stars. Less than one year before the LAPD's beating of Rodney King and subsequent acquittal and Los Angeles Riots, this compilation album... Read more

Rest In Peace Pumpkinhead, Friends & Collaborators Mourn

Veteran Brooklyn, New York MC Pumpkinhead (a/k/a PH) has been reported dead this morning (June 9). Friends and collaborators of the man born Robert Alan Diaz have begun to publicly mourn. Notably, Pumpkinhead appeared on acclaimed albums such as Immortal Technique's Revolutionary 1 and Revolutionary 2 albums, in addition to... Read more

Scarface Names More Than 15 MCs Better Than Him. Do You Agree? (Video)

The legendary Scarface stopped by the Sway in the Morning show in promotion of the release of his new book, Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap. Given the multi-decade history between Face and Sway, the conversation had the promise of something... Read more

The Jacka Murdered In Oakland, California

Pittsburg, California veteran MC The Jacka has been murdered in nearby Oakland, California last night (February 2). The 37 year-old Mob Figaz co-founder born Dominic Newton was fatally shot in East Oakland shortly after 8pm local time. According to a local CBS News report, suspects have not been identified. Jacka... Read more

Rest In Peace To A$AP Yams, A$AP Mob Co-Founder

This morning (January 18), the Hip-Hop world has been rocked with confirmed news of another tragic death. Twenty-six year-old Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez, a co-founder in the A$AP Mob, and critical force behind the breakthrough of A$AP Rocky has died. Members of the Harlem, New York collective have confirmed the... Read more

RIP Stuart Scott. The Hip-Hop Nation Has Lost Its Sports Anchor Icon (Video)

Tragically, Stuart Scott, longtime ESPN sports anchor, died this morning at the age of 49, after a long battle with cancer. Scott re-defined broadcast sports journalism with his fusion of consummate professionalism with swagger, trademark catchphrases and an ethos that embodied the Hip-Hop generation. We send our deepest condolences to... Read more

Rest In Peace Larry Smith, Run-DMC & Whodini’s Iconic Producer

Hip-Hop has lost another pioneer. Yesterday (December 18), iconic producer and songwriter Larry Smith has been confirmed dead. Smith, who was 63 at the time of his death, produced early records for the likes of Run-DMC, Whodini, Jimmy Spicer, and Kurtis Blow. Smith's death comes more than six years following... Read more

Earl Hayes, Former 50 Cent, Timbaland & Dr. Dre Collaborator, Involved In Murder Suicide

In some difficult news, rapper Earl Hayes (who also went simply by "Hayes") was found dead today (December 8) in Los Angeles, California. Authorities allege that Hayes fatally shot his girlfriend, dancer and "Hit The Floor" television star Stephanie Mosely, before turning the gun on himself in what has been... Read more

R.I.P. To Flipside From O.F.T.B.

Watts, California has a deep social history, as captured in films like Killer Of Sheep and moments like Wattstax. In Hip-Hop, the notorious section of South Central Los Angeles has produced major label artists in the form of Kam, Glasses Malone, and Jay Rock. One group from the publicized Nickerson... Read more

DJ Premier speaks on life (Video)

Here's an incredibly compelling interview of DJ Premier. Rather than survey his career, the focus is on who he is as a human being. Primo talks about how thankful he is for life now; his first experiences with death; spending time with Guru's son and how life has changed since... Read more

Rest in Peace, Love and Soul to Don Cornelius. Though he was the creator of Soul Train, his impact went FAR beyond Soul music. He was one of the biggest influencers of pop culture in the last 40 years.

Peep this interview he did of Run-D.M.C. to witness just a taste of his impact on hip-hop. Also, click here for a heartfelt tribute to Don Cornelius written by ?uestlove. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay9n68HBKM4 .... Read more

My heart is heavy. Hip-Hop has lost 1 of its most important voices. The one and only Nate Dogg. Words alone cannot commemorate Nate Dogg. Here’s a playlist that showcases just a few of his great contributions to rap music. His impact cannot be overstated.

From his start with 213 with Warren G and a young Snoop Doggy Dogg, through his work on The Chronic, through more features than can possibly be counted on some of hip-hop's biggest records, Nate Dogg's silky-smooth gangsta flow is synonymous with the sound that put the West Coast on... Read more