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Acclaimed photographer Chi Modu, known for his famous hip-hop photos, has passed away at age 54.

Chi Modu is renowned for his photos documenting rap music's icons such as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and others.

The sad announcement was made on his official Instagram page on Saturday: "Our hearts are broken... We continue the fight."

The post didn't share his cause of death or what they meant by "We continue the fight."

Nigerian-born and raised in New Jersey, Chi Modu's best known photographs include an iconic black-and-white image of a shirtless Tupac Shakur with his hands raised to his head while holding a lit cigarette.

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He also photographed Mobb Deep stars Prodigy and Havoc for the cover of their 1995 album, The Infamous.

As director of photography for rap magazine The Source, Chi shot more than 30 covers and numerous photo layouts.

His work also appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and The New York Times.

He published his book of never-before-seen photos, uncategorized, in 2016.

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Jay Z regrets recording one of his biggest hits, "Big Pimpin'" featuring UGK. The 51-year-old father-of-4 tells the Wall Street Journal he regrets his misogynistic lyrics on the track in 1999 -- before he was civilized and domesticated by Beyonce.

The track was produced by Timbaland and appeared on Jay Z's fourth studio album, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter.

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The song was a huge hit for the Marcy Projects rapper, peaking at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. It also made Rolling Stone's 2010 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (No. 467).

The official music video garnered over 47 million views on YouTube.

However, Jay Z regrets spitting the "really harsh" lyrics on the track.

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"That's the exception. It was like... I can't believe I said that. And kept saying it? What type of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh," he said.

The following is Jay Z's verse on "Big Pimpin'", where he discusses his total lack of respect and disregard for Black women.

(Verse 1)

    You know I thug 'em, f**k 'em, love 'em, leave 'em
    ‘Cause I don't f**kin' need 'em
    Take 'em out the hood, keep 'em lookin' good
    But I don't fuckin' feed 'em

    First time they fuss I'm [leaving]
    Talkin' about, "What's the reason?"
    I'm a pimp in every sense of the word, bitch
    Better trust and believe 'em

    In the cut where I keep 'em
    'Til I need a nut, 'til I need to beat the guts
    Then it's "beep beep" and I'm pickin' them up
    Let 'em play with the d*ck in the truck

    Many chicks wanna put Jigga's fist in cuffs
    Divorce him and split his bucks
    Just because you got good head
    I'ma break bread, so you can be living it up?

    Sh*t, I parts with nothin'
    Y'all be frontin'
    Me give my heart to a woman?
    Not for nothin', never happen
    I'll be forever mackin'
    Heart cold as assassins,
    I got no passion,
    I got no patience,
    And I hate waitin'

    Ho, get your ass in and let's ride!
    Check em out now, ride!
    Ride!
    Check em out now, ride!

 

Big Pimpin' (Dirty)

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Young Thug has topped the Billboard 200 albums chart with the follow-up to his Slime Language (2017) album.

Slime Language 2 debuted at No. 1 this week with 109,000 equivalent album units sold, according to Billboard.com.

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Though Young Thug is the only artist credited on the set, the album features his Young Stoner Life (YSL) labelmates, Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert and others.

Gunna appears on seven of the album's tracks. The 27-year-old rapper grew up in the College Park area of Atlanta, where he was influenced musically by Future Hendrix.

Thugga and Gunna are unusually close and are the subjects of mean-spirited rumors about their relationship.

Although Thugga is known to wear feminine attire, he fathered six children by four different women, and was engaged to aspiring rapper Jerrika Karlae in 2015. They split in 2017.

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Jerrika (pictured 2nd from left) and Rayna Bass (center) joined Gunna (left) and Thug at their album release party in Atlanta on Monday.

Young Thug and Gunna teamed up to post bail for 30 inmates incarcerated at Atlanta's Fulton County Jail for various non-violent crimes.

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"We just woke up and went to the jail with the lawyer... and got as many people as we can out," Young Thug told Channel 2 Action News.

"This is where we are from...," Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, told WSB-TV2. "You never know what somebody's been through. There was people sitting out three or four years and couldn't get out on a bond."

"If they did the crime, then they can do the time, then it's all right. But it's like, you're giving them a bond higher than what they stole," added Young Thug, a 29-year-old Leo who was born Jeffrey Williams.

The freed inmates will reportedly appear in an upcoming music video.

The rappers insist they didn't bail out the inmates as a stunt to promote their new album. They say they plan to bail out other low-level offenders in the weeks and months to come.

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Lil Scrappy returns to the rap game with a new banger titled "GA/FL" featuring Florida rapper Tom G.

Scrappy took time off from rapping to star in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and to raise a family with wife and fellow rapper, Adi Benson AKA Bambi.

Scrappy, best known as one of the "founding fathers" of "Crunk" music in his native ATL, brings the energy back with this Louney G-produced record.

Hailing from the mean streets of Cleveland Ave, Lil Scrappy created this record to compare and contrast the most known southern states, Georgia and Florida.

Lil Scrappy and Florida heavy-hitter and OG, Tom G, go bar for bar on what life is like in the harsh streets of Atlanta and Tampa.

In the music video, filmed by Todd Uno, the viewer is taken on a brief nostalgic trip to the "Crunk" era where you see old school whips on 30-inch rims, gold slugs, chains, jerseys, red cups and more.

Lil Scrappy reps his hood in Atlanta, citing lines such as "You slackin. My young n\*ggas ready and active. You talkin' big money you cappin'. We eat up the block while you snackin." The duo wrap up the video shoot at Diamond Strip Club on Atlanta's northwest side.
 

Lil Scrappy - GA/FL featuring Tom G
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Meek Mill tucked his tail between his legs and apologized to Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, for disrespecting them both.

He offered his sincere apology in private on Tuesday morning, after furious Kobe fans dragged him all over social media for telling the grieving widow, "I'm going back savage in this s**t ... f#%k ya feelings!"

"I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public," Meek tweeted Tuesday. "Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman!"

The 33-year-old rapper begged fans to move on: "If you care about someone grieving change the subject!"

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Vanessa lashed out at Meek on Monday after he dropped Kobe's name in "extremely insensitive" lyrics in a leaked track, titled "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)."

The lyrics pertained to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 7 others in January 2020.

In the song, Meek says:

"This b**ch I'm f**king' always tell me that she love me. But she ain't ever showed me. Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper It be another Kobe."

A "chopper" is street slang for a fully automatic AK-47.

Vanessa, 38, called Meek out on social media and urged the 33-year-old rapper to "do better".

She wrote on her Instagram Story:

"Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this.

"If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact."

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Few people outside of tennis circles has ever heard of Naomi Osaka's boyfriend, rapper YBN Cordae. And most still haven't heard his music.

In fact, Naomi is tired of people asking her what he does for a living.

After Naomi defeated Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win the 2021 Australian Open and clinch her 4th grand slam title, she took to Instagram to plug Cordae's music for tennis fans.

Naomi shared a video clip of herself wearing a Lakers jacket and holding her new trophy. A track can be heard playing over the video.

Cordae wrote in the comments, "That unreleased tho [sic]."

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During a recent interview with GQ magazine, Naomi revealed she hears Cordae's music before his fans.

She said she had to do a lot of begging before he would let her hear his music.

"I had to do a lot of pleases. 'Please, sir, can I just please listen to your song?' Eventually, he let me listen to his music, which I feel really grateful and honored about, to be honest. He's a perfectionist, and I think that's sort of what I am too. So maybe that's why we get along."

Cordae added, "She's musically inclined, though. She has a good ear. I don't really trust too many people's ear like that. You get what I'm saying? She has a widespread ear. And that's the way she thinks as well: worldwide."

Naomi and Cordae, both 23, started dating in 2019, months after she won her first grand slam title, defeating Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open Championship.

In a recent interview, Naomi said Cordae had never heard of her or her tennis achievements when they first met.
 

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Cardi B dropped a new single titled "Up," as a follow-up to her much-criticized single "WAP."

The single was released on Friday, Feb. 5, accompanied by a raunchy music video packed with scenes of debauchery and lewd and lascivious behavior.

In other words, "Up" is just an extension of "WAP" and what we would expect from a rapper with no talent who uses her body as a music video prop.

Some fans were shocked by the immorality and decadence on display in the music video.

One commenter wrote: "Kids looking for the Disney movie never gonna be the same."

Check out the first verse of the song:

    Once upon a time, man, I heard that I was ugly
    Came from a b*tch who nigga wanna f*ck on me
    I said my face bomb, ass tight
    Racks stack up Shaq height

    Jewelry on me, flashlight
    I been lit since last night
    Hit him with that good good
    Make a n*gga act right
    Broke boys don't deserve no pu$$y
    (I know that's right)

 

Cardi B - Up

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People are scratching their heads over a confusing reference to rap music, Black males, bling, money and women made by former President Barack Obama.

Obama, who is everywhere lately, weighed in on President Donald Trump's increased support among Black males in an interview with the Atlantic.

Online polls showed a huge shift in support among Black males for Trump. Obama said rap music explains that shift toward President Trump.

"I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it's all about the bling, the women, the money," Obama said.

"A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture... Donald Trump epitomizes that cultural movement that is deeply ingrained now in American culture."

If that sounds confusing, Obama went on to say he doesn't understand Trump's "outsized" popularity because he doesn't watch much television.

"I think that indicates the power of television in the culture that sometimes I miss because I don't watch a lot of TV," Obama said. "I certainly don't watch reality shows."

"And sometimes I'd miss things that were phenomena. But I thought there was a shift there."

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The Urban Dictionary website refers to drill rap as a "bullshit genre of rap that started off in America" and "somehow crawled its way into the UK."

Drill rap originated on the South Side of Chicago in early 2010. It is a genre of rap music made by and for gang bangers.

"Drill" means to shoot someone. The most popular drill rappers are either in prison for murder, deceased or will soon be deceased.

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When popular drill rapper King Von was gunned down in Atlanta recently, most of my readers had never heard of him.

Also flying under the radar are YNW Melly (pictured top), Lil Durk, NBA Youngboy, Chief Keef, Lil Reese and others -- all of whom are alleged killers. YNW Melly is in a Florida prison awaiting trial for double murder.

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Chicago rapper Lil Durk (pictured) is out on bond while awaiting trial in Atlanta for shooting at a man near the Varsity restaurant last year. He was arrested alongside the late King Von.

While out on bond, Lil Durk is making music with wannabe drill rapper Drake.

Drill music has infiltrated the Black community just as gangster rap dominated the hip-hop industry and helped to usher out R&B music in the 1980s.

Record labels prefer to sign drill rappers because today's hip-hop consumers prefer listening to rap artists who live the dangerous lifestyle they rap about.

Drill rap is behind a string of murders of rappers over the past decade. Rappers who want to make a name for themselves kill other drill rappers, then enjoy the clout they earn until someone kills them.

Mainstream magazines eagerly promote drill rap to their readers as the next big thing. There's money to be made in music that is detrimental to Black men.

Pitchfork.com, a Caucasian music blog, referred to Brooklyn drill rappers as "New York's brightest young rappers."

Gone are the talented, law-abiding, middle class rappers who rapped about dropping bodies and moving weight - as if they lived that life.

Music influences the mind and soul of young men. Drill rap should concern you if you're the mother of a young Black male.

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Rap icon MC Lyte celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 11. The songwriter, model, actress, motivational speaker spent her birthday serving as the announcer of "The Phoenix Awards" on BET Network.
 

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MC Lyte was born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, New York City. She began rapping at the age of 12 under the stage name "Sparkle."

At age 17, she released her her debut single, "I Cram To Understand U (Sam)," which she wrote at age 12.
 

In September 1988, she released her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, which featured the hit songs "Paper Thin," and the diss track "10% Dis," a response to rapper Antoinette.
 

Her sophomore album, 1989's album Eyes on This featured the hit single "Cha Cha Cha," which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles; "Capuccino," and another diss track to her rap rival Antoniette, "Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)."

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"Self Destruction", a collaborative effort for the Stop the Violence Movement, featured rappers Boogie Down Productions (BDP), Public Enemy and Heavy D, among others.

Her third album, Act Like You Know, released on September 17, 1991, spawned the hit song "Poor Georgie".
 

Lyte's follow-up album, Ain't No Other, released on June 22, 1993, spawned her fourth No. 1 Billboard Hot Rap single "Ruffneck."

She was nominated twice for Grammy Awards in 1994 for "Ruffneck" (Best Rap Solo Performance) and in 2004 for "Ride Wit Me" (Best Female Rap Vocal Performance).

Lyte was married once to a man, Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur John Wyche. She filed for divorce in August 2020 after three years of marriage.
 

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