Hip hop and rap

Rihanna attends the 5th annual Diamond Ball benefit gala at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
September 13, 2019 - 10:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Like many kids, Rihanna dreamed of someday growing up to be rich, but helping others was at the forefront of her vision. "It's always been important to me before any success," she told The Associated Press Thursday at her annual Diamond Ball charity gala. "As a kid, just seeing...
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This Aug. 22, 2019 photo shows Rapsody posing for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album "Eve." (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
September 11, 2019 - 10:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The debate over who reigns supreme as the greatest rapper of the moment is never-ending and never settled. From LL Cool J vs Kool Moe Dee, Tupac vs. Biggie, Jay-Z vs. Nas, it's a time-honored discussion that's likely to be heard in any barbershop or boardroom where rap fans converge...
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The Pyer Moss collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
September 09, 2019 - 10:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y."; a spoken word artist who reminded the audience that rock 'n' roll was invited by a black, queer woman; and a stunning collection of...
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September 08, 2019 - 11:19 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A crowd stampede injured several people attending a New Orleans festival organized by rapper Lil Wayne. Large portions of an audience estimated to include 15,000 people ran at least twice Saturday night, causing injuries following Meek Mill's performance at the Lil WeezyAna Fest...
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FILE - This Nov. 6, 2017 file photo shows Nicki Minaj at the 14th Annual CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Gala in New York. The chart-topping rapper announced Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, on Twitter that she “decided to retire & have my family.” In the tweet, Minaj she took a jab at her critics and asked her fans to “keep reppin me, do it til da death of me.” In July, Minaj announced she was pulling out a show in Saudi Arabia to show support women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. She also canceled her appearance at the BET Experience Concert earlier this year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
September 05, 2019 - 3:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is Nicki Minaj really hanging up the mic? The chart-topping rapper announced Thursday on Twitter that she "decided to retire & have my family." Her announcement comes as a surprise after she recently made a guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion's "Hot Girl Summer." In the...
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This combination photo shows performers, from left, Meghan Trainor, Meek Mill and Rapsody, who will perform in a free pregame concert on Sept. 5 in Chicago's Grant Park before the Bears face off against the Green Bay Packers. (AP Photo)
August 30, 2019 - 11:56 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor are helping kick off the new social change partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z before the season-opening game in Chicago next week. The NFL and Roc Nation announced Friday that Mill, Trainor and Rapsody will perform in a free pregame concert Sept. 5...
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Taylor Swift performs a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
August 27, 2019 - 2:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — If Taylor Swift, Missy Elliott and a 1990s rap reunion couldn't halt the shrinkage of MTV's television audience for its Video Music Awards, perhaps nothing can. Monday's show was seen by 4.9 million viewers across 12 different Viacom-owned networks. The Nielsen company says that's...
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Cardi B arrives at a photo call for "Hustlers" at The Four Seasons on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif . (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
August 26, 2019 - 5:28 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards, being held Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Cardi B has picked up the first televised award of the MTV VMAs for best hip-hop video for "Money," but the screams of fans were so loud, she...
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In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, file photo, a statue of the MTV Moon Man appears on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. 2019 is the year of Missy Elliott: The rap icon will earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in New Jersey. Performers include Elliott, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Normani, Bad Bunny, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Rosalia, Ozuna and Jonas Brothers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
August 26, 2019 - 7:02 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — 2019 is the year of Missy Elliott: The rap icon became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year and she will also earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Monday's MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott, who has released colorful,...
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August 26, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — 2019 is the year of Missy Elliott: The rap icon became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year and she will also earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Monday's MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott, who has released colorful,...
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