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Rapper Roddy Ricch is reportedly safe after 3 people were shot on the set of his music video in Atlanta over the weekend.

"The Box" rapper was filming the music video in collaboration with fellow Atlanta rapper 42 Dugg at a scrapyard, when gunfire broke out. Three men were shot during the melee.

It was later confirmed that neither Rich nor Dugg were hit by gunfire.

XXL magazine reported that Antoine Blake and Vernon Moulder transported themselves to a hospital, where they are listed in "stable condition" after being shot.

Another man, Peter Cook, suffered "a laceration from a piece of debris". One person was arrested for drug possession at the scrapyard.

While Ricch has yet to address the shooting himself on his social media pages, his friend DJ A-Tron confirmed that he was unharmed, tweeting that "Roddy good, all the homies good".

Dugg took to his Instagram Live to reassure fans that he was fine, saying: "Y'all stop with that fake s**t, man. We ain't been around no gun shooting, none of that. Real talk, man. We good... Thanks for the love, though. I appreciate the love, though."

An eyewitness who was working as a medic on the set of the video told Atlanta's WSB-TV.

"Everyone started running, trying to get out. Or take cover, lot of places to take cover in there. Anyone that was injured, I laid hands on 'em to make sure they were OK. Just glad it wasn't a lot worse then it could have been... could have been worse."
 

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Times are hard right now for most rappers -- including washed up rappers like Chad "Bow Wow" Moss, who desperately need club bookings to make ends meet.

Bow Wow responded to criticism after a video went viral of him performing at a crowded club in Houston, Texas, on Friday night amid the Democrat-controlled pandemic.

The footage showed the rapper performing at Cle Houston without a mask, and the majority of the audience was also mask-free -- despite the fact that the club's website states that masks are required inside the venue.

This is not unusual: Georgia and other states that are not Democrat-controlled are wide open and many residents don't wear masks.

Democrat-controlled states are about to turn up now that the election is over.

"Scrubs" star Zach Braff is among those who are waiting for the corporate news media to tell them it's safe to go outside without masks on.

Braff shared a video, writing alongside it: "I thought about it and have decided I'm not willing to die for Bow Wow."

Responding to the backlash on Saturday in a series of since-deleted tweets, Bow Wow said he followed Covid-19 protocols until the moment he stepped onstage.

"Man i been hosting parties all last year. I wore my mask in the club. I cant host with that thing on [sic]," he wrote. "I promise my mask i wore in the club up until i got on the mic. That simple. Keep sanitizer on me at all times." Bow Wow also claimed he was tested for Covid-19 "twice" ahead of the gig.

He added that the rules -- which changed constantly during the outbreak -- differ depending on which state you are in: "Man Texas is open. Atl (Atlanta) is open. I cant help I live in a city where we been open since last spring [sic]."

When one of his followers griped that people are getting "tired of this Covid bullsh*t... and wanna get out of the house", Bow Wow replied: "Agreed".
 

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Rapper and social activist Killer Mike is the first ever recipient of Billboard's Change Maker Award.

The award was created to honor an artist or group that "speaks truth to power through their music, celebrity and community," according to a statement from officials at Dick Clark Productions and NBC which will host the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.

"They are socially conscious, politically aware, active in their community and charitable with time, money and/or influence to improve the lives of others," a press release reads.

"Killer Mike's dedication to equality, social justice and financial literacy in the Black community has catapulted him as a headlining figure of social responsibility and activism, as demonstrated in the wake of the slayings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks."

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Mike, real name Michael Santiago Render, 45, is active in campaigning for social justice and equality, including leading voter registration initiatives and helping to create entrepreneurial and educational opportunities for the black community.

"This award highlights and recognizes the attributes of a true social justice warrior in the field of music who has made exemplary strides to lead the community in positive changemaking advocacy," Datwon Thomas, vice president, cultural media at Vibe/MRC Media and consulting producer for the Billboard Music Awards, said in a statement.

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"We selected Killer Mike for his contributions to the current movement and culture and his tangible efforts to make national and grassroots change."

The award will be presented by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson and broadcast live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 8pm ET on NBC.

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Rapper Shawty Lo, born Carlos Rico Walker, died in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Atlanta on September 21, 2016.

The accident happened around 2:20 a.m. when Walker, 40, lost control of his Audi A7, went over a guardrail, hit two trees and caught on fire. He was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

He left behind 11 children and thousands of heartbroken female fans, some of whom had hoped to become baby mama No. 12.

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One of Walker's baby mamas was ex-girlfriend Jai Jai, who went on to become a rapper in her own right.

Walker's funeral procession stopped at the Blue Flame Lounge, one of his favorite strip clubs on the outskirts of Atlanta.

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Walker, 2nd from right, was a founding member of the hip hop group D4L. The group reached national prominence in 2005 when their single "Laffy Taffy" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went on to be certified 3X platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 2007, he released his solo single "Dey Know", which was included on his solo debut album Units in the City, released in 2008. His second studio album, R.I.C.O., was released posthumously in March 2017.

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An attorney for Migos star Takeoff dismissed allegations of forcible rape as "patently and provably false".

The "MotorSport" rapper, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, made headlines on Wednesday after he was slapped with legal action from an unidentified plaintiff.

The woman claims the 26-year-old Georgia native forced himself on her during a private house party in Los Angeles in June. The private party was hosted by Daryl 'Durel' McPherson, an occasional DJ for Migos.

After the alleged rape, the woman drove herself to a nearby hospital for a rape kit. Medical staff observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified Los Angeles Police Department officials.

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The woman is suing for sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress, but Takeoff's lawyer is confident he will be able to clear his client's name in court.

His attorney, Drew Findling, tells TMZ, "We have reviewed the allegations and have similarly done our own due diligence.

"What has become abundantly clear is that the allegations made against Takeoff are patently and provably false. The claims and statements made regarding this lawsuit indicate that the plaintiff's representatives have not spoken with relevant witnesses or reviewed available evidence."

Findling said Takeoff, who is in a longterm relationship with LaKeya Darshay, does not have a rapey personality.

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"Takeoff is renowned for his artistic talent as well as his quiet, reserved and peaceful personality," Findling continues. "In this instance, those known personality traits have made him a target of an obvious exploitative money grab."

"As his counsel, we are well aware and well versed on the importance of civil and criminal prosecution of true sexual assaults. This is not one of those situations."

The alleged incident remains under investigation by the LAPD, but the plaintiff's lawyer, Neama Rahmani, is unhappy with the lack of progress in the case.

"Justice has been slow in this particular case," Rahmani tells Billboard.com. "It is a month and a half since the rape and no arrests have been made."

LAPD investigators are notorious for dragging their feet while investigating crimes involving celebrities.

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Da Brat took to Instagram to show off her new custom pickup truck on Thursday. The 44-year-old rapper-turned radio jock and reality TV star took her 2017 Ford F450 pickup truck to Monster Customs in Marietta, GA to get it tricked out with new wheels, tires, bumpers, a motorized bed cover, TVs in the headrests and an awesome sound system!

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