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Our prayers go out to Common and his family after his father, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn, passed away last week. He was 71. The rapper shared the sad news in an interview yesterday, revealing that his father went peacefully on Friday (Sept. 12).

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Robin Thicke is the latest celeb to fall victim to the prescription pill epidemic. The Hollywood Reporter recently got a hold of his deposition files for the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit. In recorded statements, Thicke admits to being high on Vicodin and alcohol when he showed up to record the song with Pharrell. The singer also admits to lying in numerous interviews when asked if he was involved in writing “Blurred Lines.”

Ultimately, Robin admits to having a problem with painkllers and says he has been high in every interview conducted over the last year.

Q: Were you present during the creation of ‘Blurred Lines’?
Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.
Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?
Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”

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Joe Budden is a “wanted” man. On Saturday, the New York Police Department tweeted they are on the hunt for the New Jersey rapper in connection with a cell phone robbery. The NYPD reports the robbery took place on August 18 at 4:30 a.m., where Budden took the phone from his ex-girlfriend.

The 33-year-old took to Twitter, responding to the NYPD’s report.

“I’m gonna sue the living shit out u gentlemen. @NYPDnews. Manhunt…Suck my dick, lol I’ll be in a strip club in Astoria tonight. Let the “Man hunt” know. @NYPDnews. Glad to see our tax payer dollars being put to good use ! Lol”

Previously: Joe Budden Feat. Ransom – “Vietnam”

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(Robin Williams, always fashion-forward, seen wearing A Bathing Ape camo with fans at a convenience store. Spotted on Hypebeast)

Stand-up comic and actor Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. His body was found at his home in Tiburon, CA, and the Marin County coroner is attributing his death to suicide by asphyxiation. While his rep did not specifically confirm that the frenetic, often self-deprecating, hyper-wit comedian committed suicide, a released statement does suggest as much:

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

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(Cali Swag District’s Smoove Da General, Yung, & JayAre)

Tragedy has struck rap group Cali Swag District for a second time. Member JayAre passed away, losing a battle with sickle cell anemia. Born Cheron Childs, the rapper was admitted to a hospital on Thursday night for unknown reasons, later falling into cardiac arrest and died according to MTV News.

Fellow members Smoove Da General and Yung took to Twitter and confirmed the tragic news. “RIP @Jayare_CSD 4rm #CALISWAGDISTRICT,” tweeted YG on Friday night. This is the second time the group has lost a member due to death, back in May of 2011 Montae “M-Bone” Talbert was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, CA. Cali Swag District are best know for their 2010 hit-single “Teach Me How to Dougie,” which became a dance phenomenon in pop and sports culture. Shortly after, they released their debut album The Kickback in 2011 via Sony/RED.

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Things are not looking good for Justin Bieber. On Sunday, a video leaked online to TMZ where a 15-year-old Bieber is captured telling a racist joke. According to the U.K. Sun, the video was recorded backstage during a promotional event in 2011.

In the short clip, Bieber asks the room “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?,” responding with, “Run ni**a, ni**a, ni**a, ni**a, ni**a.” Hours after the video surfaced online, the pop superstar issued a statement. “I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance,” said Bieber.

UPDATE: Another video has surfaced. In this clip, Justin is seen and heard using the N-word in a parody song. (via TMZ)

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It was all good just a week 21 years ago. RZA and Raekwon haven’t exactly been subtle about their indifferences lately, but The Chef took the broken safety off in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

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Be careful what you wish for. WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” pulled into the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. on Monday night. A well-known fan of wrestling, hometown native Wale was in attendance when a heckler noticed the rapper was taking in the event. Taking things to Twitter, the unknown male sent threats to Wale and at one point, daring him to meet during the live show. According to TMZ, what followed after was Wale finding the Twitter troll and punching him in the face.

After security broke up the scrum and escorted both parties backstage, Wale would later return to watch the fights in the ring.

Update: The video that has surfaced does show Wale getting involved in a brief physical altercation but the severity of doesn’t seem like a “beat down” or even a full punch that connected.

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Tragic news from SXSW this morning. According to Billboard, two people were killed and 23 injured, five critically, in a hit-and-run incident at the Austin, Texas festival. At around 12:30AM this morning, a car crashed through a barricade set up for the festival and plowed into a terrifying number of people outside the House of Vans Presents show at Mohawk.

The driver, who was suspected to be intoxicated, was trying to evade the police. According to Austin police chief Art Acevedo, the driver later crashed into another car before exiting the vehicle and attempting to flee on foot. He was eventually caught and taken into custody, where he’s facing two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

UPDATE: The driver has been identified as Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old aspiring rapper from Killeen, TX who was actually booked to perform at SXSW. Owens, who is a father of six, had initially been stopped at a DWI checkpoint before attempting to flee the police.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Owens was previously busted for driving under the influence of marijuana and leaving the scene of an accident in Alaska in 2011. He was also arrested on a criminal trespassing charge in Killeen, TX in 2010.

UPDATE #2: We’re sad to report that a third person has died as a result of the accident. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died this morning after being in critical condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge since early Thursday.

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Chris Brown will remain in rehab for another two months. The R&B singer appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday afternoon, for a progress report related to his 2009 assault case on Rihanna. An L.A. County Judge has ordered Brown to return to the anger management and drug rehab program at a Malibu treatment facility.

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