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A$AP Rocky and Kehlani led the celebrity tributes to rapper Chynna, who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 8. She was 25.
The A$AP Mob star passed away at her home in Philadelphia, her manager John Miller confirmed to PEOPLE. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
"Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family said in a statement.
After news broke of Chynna's death, A$AP Rocky took to his Instagram Stories to share a picture of the young star, writing alongside it: "rest in peace baby girl."
Kehlani added in her tribute that she'd messaged Chynna on Wednesday morning, writing: "chynna you were f**kin hilarious bro. today was our last exchange of jokes & those i will miss the most. i can’t believe it idk (I don't know) how to. i love you. so very much. my heart is officially iced."
Vince Staples was also left devastated by Chynna's death, tweeting: "I don't like doing this when my people go but I think everybody needs to know that you were special. Too special for words. Stay outta trouble lil cuh [sic]."
Chynna's death comes just four months after she released her EP If I Die First. She was best known for her singles "Selfie" and "Glen Coco", and also achieved fame as a model - after starting out in the industry when she was just 14 years old.
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Kim Kardashian-West has responded after the parents of 5-year-old rapper Zaza accused the reality star's daughter, North West, of sampling her song while performing at her father's show in Paris, France on Monday.
North, 6, hit headlines worldwide thanks to her surprise rap performance at her dad Kanye West's Yeezy fashion show, during Paris Fashion Week.
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North performed her own cover of ZaZa's viral hit "What I Do". And while she's only six-years-old, Zaza's parents felt that Kim should have stepped up and given credit to their daughter.
Following the show, ZaZa's parents responded on her Instagram page, writing:
"In July of 2019, ZaZa & her dad went into the studio for the ultimate experience! To finally begin making the music she wanted to make. We take PRIDE in creativity, and believe whether a child’s involved or an adult… creativity deserves RESPECT/homage! What @kimkardashian (Kanye west) are doing with their daughter… with the inspiration of ZaZa & our family in mind is okay… we not mad BUT… PLS SHOW LOVE AND SUPPORT TO THE ORIGINAL FIRST!!!"
They added: "We admire Kanye west, and adore his journey. However, we don’t wanna feel like our daughter’s journey in the world of entertainment is being STIFLED."
Kim responded in a comment on the Instagram post, writing:
"We love you, North is a huge fan and records in the studio all the time with her dad and is inspired by ZaZa and loves Lay Lay too! Today’s performance of North’s remix of ZaZa’s song was something she asked to do at the last minute and a complete surprise. I didn’t mean to not give credit where credit was due. Would love for the girls to meet soon."
Rapper Pop Smoke and a friend showed off stacks cash hours before he was gunned down inside his rental home early Wednesday.
The 20-year-old rapper hosted a party at his rented Hollywood Hills home at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said.
The up-and-coming rapper posted a photo of himself and a friend sitting in a car, apparently flashing $100,000 in cash. Hours later, masked men broke into his home and shot him dead.
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The rapper, who was born Bashar Jackson, wore a blue Louis Vuitton outfit in the photos. Blue is the color of the Crips street gang.
Police are working on a theory that someone at the party set Jackson up. Numerous party guests live-streamed the party and posted cell phone photos from Jackson's house on social media.
Blogger @Gossipofthecity tweeted:
"Rapper #PopSmoke posted his location hours before he was robbed and killed. PopSmoke and his friend tagged Beverly Hills but ppl in LA know it’s not. They traced everything from PopSmoke Instagram account and got him."
Celebrities reacted to Pop Smoke's death on social media. "Yo, we gotta do better, man, what we doing? What we doing man? At the end of the day, man, we all kings," said rapper Jeezy. "We not in the jungle, you ain't gotta kill yo' brother to eat."
Jeezy urged social media thugs to "do better" and apply themselves.
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Sean "Puffy" Combs gave rapper DaBaby the ultimate endorsement on New Year's Day. Combs, 50, bumped into the "Kirk" rapper outside Club Story in Miami Beach, and told him he was the hottest rapper in the game right now.
Video footage captured the moment between the young rap artist and the aging rap mogul.
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DaBaby is best known for his single "Suge", off his debut studio album, Baby on Baby (2019). "Suge" peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard 100 chart. His 2nd album, Kirk debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
DaBaby's meteoric rise to the top of the charts made him one of the top rappers in 2019.
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Drake, arguably the rapper of the decade, surprised DaBaby by joining him onstage at the Toronto stop of his Kirk tour last month.
"2018, 2017, I used to watch you rep your city," Drake told DaBaby in a video posted to DaBaby's Instagram account. "I used to watch you love your city, And look, we don't say this to each other enough as rappers but I wanna say congratulation. You're killing this."
The Internet erupted last month after DaBaby's fake sex tape went viral on Twitter.com.
The real sex tape was scrubbed from the Internet after being shopped to the blogs.
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The man accused of shooting aspiring rapper Skim Dunkin to death in 2011, will spend the next 25 years in jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Vinson Hardimon, aka Young Vito, was found not guilty of Slim Dunkin's murder by a Fulton County jury on Monday.
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