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Bobby Shmurda Is ‘Grateful’ NY State Senate Passed ‘Rap Music on Trial’ Bill, Says It Needs to Happen in Georgia

Bobby Shmurda is pleased with the New York State Senate recently passing the “Rap Music on Trial” bill earlier this week, but mentioned that it’s not enough. “I’m grateful for it. I feel like it needs to happen all around the country, especially what’s going on in Atlanta right now,” he told TMZ. “But I feel like it needs to happen. I feel like rap is targeted the most. Rap is expression.”
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Why Did Instagram Remove Summer Walker’s Post Criticizing the KKK?

Summer Walker’s Instagram page tends to stir up as much conversation as her rousing R&B. In the past year, she’s received so much backlash for posting about her opposition to vaccines and sharing general COVID-19 conspiracy theories to her nearly 5 million followers that she’s proposed starting her own social media app altogether. But Walker generated controversy of a different kind last week after Instagram removed a meme she reposted following the indictments of rappers like Young Thug and Gunna on racketeering charges. The 88-page indictment filed on May 9 accuses Thug of committing over 30 crimes since 2013, including terroristic threats and drug charges, with Gunna allegedly facing drug and firearm charges. In response to the arrests, Walker’s seven-word post asked in simple plain text: “Why [the] KKK never got a RICO?”
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Pusha-T Talks Longevity in Rap: ‘I Can Do This Forever’

Pusha-T knows that rap is often seen as a young man’s game, but he’s making it clear that he’s absolutely in it for the long haul. In a new cover story with NME, the It’s Almost Dry rapper reflected on how many aging rappers retired from music early or faded into obscurity. That won’t be happening with King Push, however. “A lot of our forefathers, the greats, they didn’t stand the test of time,” said Pusha. “As great as they were, I don’t know how much they are [still] appreciated. [I want] to show that rap doesn’t have to age out. When people look at me, they need to understand that I can do this forever.”
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Your Favorite Artists Are Rapping About Therapy

“Oh, this the part where mental stability meets talent.” – Kendrick Lamar. Since rappers first started rocking mics, they’ve rhymed about the challenges they face due to systemic oppression and socio-political inequalities, overcoming those obstacles through grit, tenacity, and mental fortitude. Rap is poetry, after all—naturally expressive and deeply emotional at its core.

How D-backs' rookies chose their walk-up songs

This story was excerpted from the D-backs Beat newsletter, provided this week by Jake Rill, a reporter/producer for based in Arizona. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. Alek Thomas stepped to the plate for his first Major League at-bat...

These Women Rappers Are Busting Up New York Drill’s Boys’ Club

Pitchfork writer Alphonse Pierre’s rap column covers songs, mixtapes, albums, Instagram freestyles, memes, weird tweets, fashion trends—and anything else that catches his attention. Meet five women breathing new life into New York drill. In the early days of Chicago drill, women like Katie Got Bandz, Sasha Go Hard,...

New York State Senate passes bill limiting use of song lyrics as evidence

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would drastically limit the use of song lyrics in criminal court as evidence. Senate Bill S7527 would not completely outlaw presenting lyrics to a jury, but it would require that evidence labeled as “creative expression” be proven to have been literal rather than figurative or fictional. To become law, the bill, which is sponsored by Senators Jamaal Bailey and Brad Hoylman, must now also pass the State Assembly in a companion bill sponsored by Assembly member Catalina Cruz.

J. Cole Signs Deal to Play in Canadian Basketball League

J.Cole is once again living out his hoop dreams. This time, the North Carolina rapper has signed to play professional basketball in Canada. On Thursday night (May 19), The Athletic journalist Shams Charania broke the news on Twitter that J. Cole will be taking his talents to the Canadian Elite Basketball League for the upcoming season.

Trueno Ushers in a New Era of Socially Conscious Rap en Español

Click here to read the full article. The last couple of weeks have marked some of the most gigantic, game-changing moments in Trueno’s career. First, the 20-year-old Argentinean rapper was singled out by Damon Albarn, who brought him onstage at the Quilmes Rock in Buenos Aires earlier this month and had him freestyle to “Clint Eastwood” for thousands of people. “It was incredible,” he says on a recent Zoom call in Spanish. “I grew up listening to Gorillaz, and it means a lot to me to be able to showcase Argentinean rap at that level.” Then, last Friday, Trueno put out...

Pusha T: “I’ve won the wars. I have withstood everything”

KRS One, Rakim, Phife Dawg, J Dilla, Lil’ Kim. “Listen, bro – keep going!” Pusha T exclaims, imploring NME to continue listing seminal rappers whose careers never had the longevity they deserved. As a student of rap, a connoisseur of the genre, he is visibly affected...

Bobby Shmurda Salutes NY's 'Rap Music On Trial' Bill, Wants it Nationwide

Bobby Shmurda is dancing for joy ... literally, now that the New York State Senate has signed off on the "Rap Music on Trial" bill. The newly proposed law prevents cops and prosecutors from using rappers' lyrics against them in court cases. The bill has been championed by the likes of Jay-Z, Killer Mike, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland and several other artists.

SSGKobe Plans to Keep the People Invested With Upcoming U4EYA Album

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now. Louisiana is known for its rich, soulful roots, as well as reinventing the paradigm for music, which is exactly what SSGKobe is bringing to the rap landscape. The 18-year-old rhyme slinger was raised just two hours outside New Orleans in Centerville, La., and has blown up with his diverse blend of melodic hip-hop. His buzzing track “Thrax” became a TikTok darling at the start of 2021, propelling the song to crack the 5 million mark on YouTube alone. Now, the track is at 24 million Spotify streams. He followed with the intoxicating “Calabasas” featuring $not last March, armed with a video directed by Cole Bennett of Lyrical Lemonade that broke Kobe’s previous record with over 6 million YouTube views. The song also has nearly 18 million Spotify streams. The rapper’s brand of flipping harmonies with rhythmic rapping has become his trademark, and he’s just getting started on his road to stardom. “There are a lot of big changes going on in my life right now,” the young artist explains. “I’m taking it day by day."

Hip Hop Artist SKG attends the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Hosted by Sean “Diddy”Combs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

All the mainstream artist was in the building at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards to perform and accept awards for trailblazing a successful year of releasing music. Artist like Mary J Blige, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Travis Scott, The Weekend, Latto, Janet Jackson, Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Thee Stallion just to name a few.