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larry smith

Larry Smith, seminal producer for ’80s hip-hop acts including Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow and Whodini, has passed away at 63. The sad news was confirmed by Combat Jack, who spoke with Smith’s family after his passing on Thursday night. The cause of death is unknown, but Smith suffered a stroke in 2007 which left him unable to speak.

A Queens native, Smith’s career began by playing bass on early Kurtis Blow singles like “Christmas Rappin'” and “The Breaks” (which he also co-wrote), before going onto produce Run-D.M.C.’s first two albums alongside Russell Simmons. Though his name isn’t brought up in many conversations, it’s hard to imagine what rap would look like today had it not been for Smith’s punishing production on records like “Sucker MCs,” “It’s Like That” and “King of Rock.”

Our condolences to Smith’s family.

Rev Run, Nas, Q-Tip and more pay tribute to Larry Smith…

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(Bobby Shmurda leaving the precinct after his arrest on Weds. night)

Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) has pled not guilty to gun and drug trafficking charges.

During a press conference today at Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Police Commissioner William Bratton and others displayed a table covered with 21 different guns and updated the media on their task force investigation into Brooklyn’s G-Stone Crips (GS9) gang activity which culminated in the arrest of 15 members, including rising rap stars Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel.

The statements included charges of crack sales, use of crack revenue to fuel gang activity, as well as serious accusations of violence.

At one point, the prosecutor alleged that Rowdy Rebel was involved in a shooting and then went to the Barclay Center and got onstage wearing the same clothes. (See photos from that night)

As of now, Bobby Shmurda and his crew are still in custody and Shmurda’s bail has been set at $2million dollars, a clear sign of the severity of the indictment…but his lawyer Howard Greenberg says bail will be posted. Earlier this year, Bobby was arrested for weed possession and then gun possession.

Here is a screenshot of Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel’s charges…it’s significant to note that Bobby’s conspiracy charges reportedly include “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree murder” and “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree assault.”:

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Explanation: According to one legal website, “Conspiracy to commit murder” means that you “aided” one or more persons’ plan to murder, and it could even just mean that you knew about the plan and didn’t do anything to stop it from happening.

Quotes and photos from local reporters in the room after the jump…

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Bobby Shmurda is closing out his breakout year on an unfortunate note. According to various reports, the “Hot Boy” rapper — along with members of his GS9 crew and label boss Sha Money XL — were arrested at Quad Studios in New York City early this morning (December 17).

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camron

Cam’ron posted an instagram video on Weds which was touching for those of us who knew and loved his late friend Huddy, but the message that went along with it also shocked Killa Cam music fans…

“Fresh off da flight.. To see my brother.. HUD 6 told me lastnite.. #AChangeGoneCome ..my last album.. #PurpleHaze2 this summer.. It’s been fun.. But HUD said we got other things to do. #Hud6″

Could this really be true? With the DJ Atrak x Cam’ron Federal Reserve project still unreleased, and a recent flow of hood movies and mixtapes…is Cam’ron really retiring from rap?

I reached out to Cam to get more details and here’s a short version of our convo…

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Drake-Diddy-Revolt

What is it about club LIV in Miami that brings out the worst in people? Something aggro in the air at the legendary romper room of cut-out lycra dresses, white slacks, and indoor sunglasses…we’ve heard of fights involving Lebron’s mom, Teyana Taylor, and more. But on Sunday night, the massive Miami club was packed for DJ Khaled’s birthday party, and according to the rumor mill, Drake and Diddy had a physical altercation. This comes during the same weekend where Drake was accused by Chris Brown of having an affair with his now-ex-girlfriend Karrueche while he was in prison. (Drake sources seem to have planted a denial via TMZ)

Here’s what we know vs. what is being speculated…

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beanie sigel shot

Absolutely terrible news. According to local New Jersey news reports, Beanie Sigel was shot this morning in the Jersey Shore suburb of Pleasantville. Press of Atlantic City reports he was shot in the torso and is being treated at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

Beanie was just released from prison in August, after serving two years on tax evasion. And since then he’s been confined to Philadelphia, staying at a halfway house. Not sure whether he had clearance to travel outside the state to NJ when he was shot.
This is a disturbing turn of events when things were just starting to look up. A few weeks ago Beanie sounded sharp on his first post-prison lyrical appearance with Young Chris.

sigh. We’ll keep you updated.

Details about the shooting and local news footage…
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Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Beenie Man And Cam'ron Visit BET's "106 & Park"

An era has ended for BET’s 106 & Park. The daily music countdown show will air its final on-air episode on December, 19. The cable network announced that America’s #1 music variety show has come to an end, after 14 years. The 106 & Park brand will continue as it will now shift to a digital platform via BET.com, while special events such as their 106 & PARTY New Year’s Eve show, plus live events during the annual BET Awards and BET Experience will continue on television.

In a statement released online, Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, spoke on the show’s history and long run:

“It’s been a great 14 year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most; online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand…and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.”

The biggest stars in music, film, and sports have all made their way to BET’s 106 & Park which first aired on September 11, 2000. The show has also served as a platform to break new artists who have later developed into major stars. Recently, the show had been hosted by rapper Bow Wow & singer/actress Keshia Chanté. Click below to read BET’s full statement.

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big bank hank sugarhill gang dead

Hip-hop mourns the loss of a true pioneer today as Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson, one-third of the Sugarhill Gang, has passed away. He was 57. Jackson had been battling with cancer before sadly losing his fight at around 2AM this morning. Surviving members of the Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike and Mister Gee, told TMZ, “So sad to hear of our brother’s passing. Rest in peace Big Bank.”

The Sugarhill Gang is widely revered as being rap’s first breakout act with their 1979 hit, “Rappers Delight,” which still rings out today.

Revisit the “Rapper’s Delight” video below…

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snoop dogg iggy azalea beef

You’ve probably caught wind of the pathetic and pointless beef between Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea that’s been taking place on social media this week. It all started when Snoop, who dedicates his Instagram to recycling funnies from around the ‘net, posted an “Iggy Azalea No Make Up” meme, which didn’t sit too kindly with the Australian rapper (I mean, which girl would see the funny side of being called ugly?)

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This is definitely one of the sadder divorce reports we’ve had to post. According to TMZ, Amber Rose has filed for divorce from her husband, Wiz Khalifa. The couple officially got married last summer and have a son together, Sebastian, who turns two next February. Divorce papers obtained by the reported says Amber cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for divorce, and that she is seeking full legal and physical custody of their 1-year-old son (with visitation rights).

Miss Info: I know there have been rumors of some Amber and Nick Cannon connection. And in the past year, there have been other grumblings about Wiz Khalifa, with folks pointing at various instagram photos and captions. But despite all that, I am honestly really surprised by this split. Maybe it was the seemingly grounded way that both husband and wife navigated their very public relationship from the dating stage, to engagement, to pregnancy, to marriage. Maybe it was the way that Wiz never wavered in his open adoration of his wife, both in interviews, and even in one- on-one private conversation over the years and even recently. Either way…I’m sorry to see these two fall apart, and I’m sure they will do what’s best for the most important part of the equation, their son Sebastian.

Really makes you wonder if any publicized and high-profile romances can ever survive…unless the couple fully allows their union to be both personal and business. You get the sense that The Carters have that amount of control. But who else?

Update: Amber has tweeted about the ‘cheating’ rumors

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