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Facebook bans rapper Lil B for 'hate speech' posts

US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on Twitter. Facebook said some of his posts violated its policies on hate speech. The posts, according to publications with which he later shared the messages, related to white people and gun violence. Political news website The Hill republished two of the banned posts. They read: “White people are the only ones who really…

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Rapper Nelly arrested over alleged tour bus rape

Rapper Nelly has been arrested after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus following a concert near Seattle. Police in Auburn said they arrested the artist after a woman called emergency services at 03:48 (07:48 GMT) to report a sex assault. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was taken into custody on a second degree rape charge, TMZ said. In a statement his lawyer described the allegation as “completely fabricated”. “Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is…

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The Chicago Rapper cupcakKe’s Profoundly Intimate Track “Scraps”

For female rappers, graphic displays of sexuality signify honesty; the nastier, the truer. And for the twenty-year-old Chicago rapper cupcakKe, born Elizabeth Eden Harris, this means delighting in the freedom of being a self-released, independent artist on the Internet. Her music is teeming with pornographic vernacular, both lyrically and visually, that is rarely heard or seen among more mainstream artists. In the video for her song “Vagina,” which went viral in 2015, she is dressed in white hot shorts and rainbow pasties. Baring a crazed grin, she sucks on lollipops…

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Encounters: From Reality Star to Rapper: Cardi B Makes Her Money Move

Encounters By JOANNA NIKAS Belcalis Almanzar, known as Cardi B to her growing number of fans, stepped into the W hotel in Midtown Manhattan wearing leggings, an Atlanta Braves “Los Bravos” logo jersey and white Yeezy sneakers. She breezed past a bellhop, who was rapping her hit song, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” This “regular degular schmegular girl from the Bronx,” formerly a stripper, built her career on her ability to rattle off one-liners like “I’mma get the schmoney” on the VH1 reality series “Love & Hip Hop.” During her time…

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LL Cool J is first rapper to land Kennedy Center honour

LL Cool J will be the first hip-hop artist to receive a Kennedy Centre honour later this year. He will be awarded alongside musician Lionel Richie, singer Gloria Estefan, TV writer Normal Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade. The awards annually celebrate arts figures for their contributions to American culture. LL Cool J tweeted: “To be the first rap artist honoured by the @kencen is beyond anything I could have imagined.” He added: “Dreams don’t have deadlines. God is great.” At 49, he ties with Stevie Wonder as the youngest…

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Rapper Finese 2Tymes arrested after Arkansas club shooting

Little Rock: Rapper Finese 2Tymes has been arrested in Alabama, a day after a shooting at one of his concerts in Little Rock left 28 people injured, the US Marshal Service says. Ricky Hampton of Memphis, Tennessee, also known as Finese2Tymes, was arrested early on Sunday, according to an inmate roster at an Alabama jail. An investigator collects evidence near an Arkansas nightclub where 25 people were shot. Photo: AP The US Marshal Service said Hampton and another man were arrested at the Side Effects Club in Birmingham, where he was…

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