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The veteran Portland music mogul is releasing his new album 'Bars' on May 11

The veteran MC and Portland music mogul shares his insight on everything from Portland hip-hop history to the business side of music to growing the local rap scene. He will be releasing his latest album "Bars," on May 11, which also happens to be his birthday.


Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago, was murdered in Mississippi in 1955

(CNN) -- PepsiCo is ending its relationship with rapper Lil Wayne over what the company calls an "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon" -- 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was killed nearly 60 years ago.


Duo's 1992 song 'Jump' spent eight weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100

(CNN) -- Atlanta-area authorities are investigating the death of Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, as a possible drug overdose, Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said Thursday.


Family is suing AEG Live because they hired, retained and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Just one of Michael Jackson's brothers and sisters can sit in the courtroom at one time in the family's wrongful death suit against AEG Live, a judge ordered Tuesday.


An encyclopedic tome containing everything you need to know about maintaining a perfect faux-do but were afraid to ask

Help has arrived for ladies languishing in the latter category in the person of beauty guru Morgan Gantt, a sister with her finger on the pulse when it comes to solving any sort of hair care nightmares.


Other inductions include Rush, Randy Newman, Heart, Albert King and Donna Summer

(CNN) -- Singer Harry Belafonte Jr., praised Public Enemy for changing "everything about the emerging urban musical force called rap."


The show features vocalist Edna Vazquez with bilingual band No Passengers

Vancouver Washington's own One of a Kind Drumline puts out their first CD on April 20, celebrating its first 10 years by throwing a release and scholarship fundraiser concert at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium, 5700 East 18th Street Vancouver, from 8 to 9:15 p.m. 


Company decided he hadn't shown an 'appropriate level of remorse'

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Hip-hop artist Rick Ross learned Thursday he'd been dumped by the sportswear company Reebok after the company decided he hadn't shown an "appropriate level of remorse" for using lyrics in one of his songs that seemed to allude to raping a woman.


Over the course of this centuries-spanning opus, we're treated to a host of colorful characters passing time in and around the author's ancestral plantation

Although Andrea Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean, she never knew much about her ethnic heritage growing up. As a curious adult, she started digging around in library archives and was able to trace part of her ancestry as far back as the 17th C. to a white plantation owner of a sugar plantation on Barbados.


Rapper's lyrics say he'll forgive the 'iron chains' if you don't judge his gold chains

(CNN) -- LL Cool J's collaboration with Brad Paisley, "Accidental Racist," has kicked up a lot of dust, but the rapper seems to have expected as much.


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