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Fat Joe has been announced as the host of the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards.

According to Billboard, Fat Joe will host the Hip-Hop awards show at the Cobb Energy Center in northwest Atlanta on September 30.

Fat Joe, 57, stirred a hornet's nest on social media after he claimed Blacks and Hispanics are the originators of rap and hip-hop.

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"Thank you Thank you Thank you for your contribution to Hip Hop," he wrote in a tribute to Hispanic rappers on Instagram.

Later, in an Instagram Live session, Fat Joe said:

"Lately, they've been talking about, 'Latinos wasn't in rap.' These guys are f–king delusional. We're from the Bronx, New York. Sh-t happens. This is where hip-hop started. It's Latino and Black, half and half. But they going at me 'cause I'm like the only Spanish dude with a big voice... I don't know what the f-ck is up with these people that don't know their facts."

That set FBA activist Tariq Nasheed awf. He's been ranting and raving about Fat Joe's statements on Twitter for days.

BET must know what they're doing. After all, Hispanics are the largest minorities in America.

Ciara debuted her music video and her new single "Jump" featuring hip-hop group Coast Contra.

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers, who previously worked with Ciara on Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" (2005) and her own "Dance Like We're Making Love" (2015).

Ciara is best known for her solo singles "Goodies", "Oh" and "1, 2 Step."

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The former homemaker and wife of Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson signaled her return to the music biz when she signed a label deal with Republic Records and Uptown Records.

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"I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment,” Ciara said in a press release. "[Republic co-president] Wendy [Goldstein] and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists."

Watch the video below.
 

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Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kay Slay died Sunday, April 17, after a four-month battle with the coronavirus, Hot 97 and his family confirmed in a statement. He was 55.

"Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay. We cherish the many memories created through the twenty-plus years he dedicated to the “Drama Hour," the radio station wrote.

Kay Slay's family issued the following statement:

"Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay. A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations. In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss."

The New York native, born Keith Grayson, was also known as The Drama King and graffiti artist Dez in his early days.

Music manager Wack 100 announced Kay Slay was on life support in a NY hospital in January:

"Pray for my brotha @djkayslay it's not looking good. He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get... Been 14 days fighting Ovid and he's just be put on a ventilator. Keep him in your prayers please [sic]."

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Kay Slay was a mixtape DJ, graffiti artist, and record executive who released four albums: The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, The Champions: North Meets South (with Atlanta's own Greg Street), and More Than Just a DJ.

When the graffiti movement faded in the late 1980s, Grayson began selling hip-hop mixtapes.

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Grayson's mixtapes were wildly popular and gained a large following. His studio became the top destination for many rappers and artists including 50 Cent, Eminem, Foxy Brown, Kid Capri, and more.

The New York Times referred to Kay Slay as "Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults".

Wack 100 wrote in a statement on Sunday:

"A cultural icon, Kay Slay was more than just a DJ, to us he was family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans worldwide and we will always and forever celebrate The Drama King's legacy."

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The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of hip-hop legend Kangol Kid who passed away at a hospital in Manhasset, New York on Saturday. He was 55.

Brooklyn-born Kangol, real name Shaun Fequiere, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in February after experiencing abdominal discomfort and bloody stools.

His son T.Shaun Fequiere announced Kangol's death on Instagram on Saturday:

Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Kangol helped raise awareness for cancer through the Mama Luke Foundation.

He lost a family member to cancer and his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and leukemia.

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Kangol Kid (right) is an original member of the iconic hip-hop, break dancing group UTFO (UnTouchable Force Organization), best-known for their '80s hit singles "Roxanne, Roxanne" and "Ya Cold Wanna Be With Me."

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Kangol Kid, known for rocking the once popular Kangol headwear, is pictured with rap legend Lolita Shanté Gooden, aka Roxanne Shanté, whose hit recording "Roxanne's Revenge" at age 14 sparked dozens of "Roxanne Wars" answer records in NYC back in the '80s.

UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne" is ranked number 84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop list.

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In an interview with PIX11, Kangol discussed his cancer diagnosis and how the hip-hop community supported him. Rapper/actor LL Cool J visited him in the hospital after Kid underwent colon resection surgery.

A Gofundme page raised over $24,000 in donations for his medical expenses.

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Kangol Kid leaves behind his second wife, Tajiry Swindell, their 6-year-old daughter, Amancia, and his three adult sons: T.Shaun, Andre and Giovanni, from a previous marriage.
 

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Legendary Hip-Hop Artist Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whitaker appears on ABC News Special "The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game."

ABC News has announced a new special, The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game, which takes an intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers.

This brand new special from ABC News features an all-female interview lineup including Yo-Yo, Monie Love, MC Lyte, Da Brat, Roxanne Shanté, Eve Cooper, and more.

The ABC News Special is narrated by Cheryl "Salt" James of the legendary hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa.

Yo-Yo is a Grammy-nominated hip hop entertainer, actress, educator, and philanthropist. The cast member of VH1's popular "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" series is affectionately known as Auntie Yo-Yo.

The founder of the Intelligent Black Woman's Coalition (IBWC) is best known for her hit single "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo", off her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode (1991).

She is also known for her recurring role as Sheneneh Jenkins' rapping bestie, Keylolo, on the '90s sitcom Martin.

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Yo-Yo first appeared on the track "It's a Man's World" off Ice Cube's 1990 debut studio album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.

Yo-Yo, 50, is a proud grandmother and mother of two beautiful, intelligent daughters, Tiffany and Sanai.

The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game airs on Monday, October 18, at 10/9c on ABC and can be viewed the next day On Demand and on Hulu.

Watch the trailer below.
 

 

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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"
 

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Today's Morning Wood is 24-year-old Nigerian-British singer/rapper J-Sol (born Samuel Stephen Olatunbosun). J-Sol is the son of a preacher and grew up in the church where he honed his craft playing the drums every Sunday. Eventually, he and his siblings joined the church's gospel choir where he was encouraged to follow his dreams.

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