A fan of A$Ap Rocky is suing the rapper for injuries she allegedly sustained at one of his concerts in 2012. Tia Butts, 21, claims her head, neck, and back were injured when one of the performers onstage at the hip-hop star's House of Blues gig in Chicago, Illinois, stage dived and landed on her.
In court papers, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, Butts admits she is unsure who landed on her.
She is suing the House of Blues, the headliner, real name Rakim Mayers, Live Nation Worldwide, Ticketmaster Entertainment and others, claiming the defendants “neglected to maintain a safe environment for the patrons”.
Her lawyer tells the publication, "Who is to say a hip-hop concert has to be more aggressive than, say, a performance at the Civic Opera House?"
Hip-hop artist Dj E-Z Rock is set to be honoured at the Hip Hop Hall of Fame ceremony later this month (May14). The rapper, real name Rodney Bryce, died after suffering a diabetic seizure last month (Apr14), and he'll be remembered on 19 May (14) by stars like Talib Kweli, Brand Nubian, Slick Rick, MC Busy Bee, Nine and Rakim, who will perform a tribute to him at the ceremony in New York.
Wonder Mike and Master Gee of The Sugarhill Gang, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three and Busy Bee Starski will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the event, and Ralph McDaniels, the founder of TV show Video Music Box, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The show will be hosted by Roxanne Shante and DJ Mell Starr.
Rapper A$Ap Rocky is engaged to marry model Chanel Iman, according to a U.S. report. The hip-hop star - real name Rakim Mayers - has been dating the Victoria's Secret beauty since last year (13) and he recently popped the question, sources tell New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Neither of the stars have commented on the report, and the model was spotted without a ring on her wedding finger at a party for watch designer Montblanc over the weekend (05-06Apr14).
Hip-hop stars including Dmx and Naughty By Nature are joining the 2014 Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion tour this summer (14). Following the success of the first Masters of Ceremony concert in January (14), which featured the likes of DMX, Naughty by Nature and Slick Rick, promoters have organised a follow-up trek, starting 11 July (14) in Miami, Florida.
Rappers Biz Markie, Rakim, Das EFX, Big Daddy Kane, Special Ed, EPMD and Black Sheep will also join the jaunt.
The Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion tour will also make stops in Los Angeles, Oakland, California and Atlanta, Georgia, with additional dates to follow.
Rapper Nas kicked off a fellowship in his honour at America's prestigious Harvard University by insisting hip-hop is as important to society as computer science. The I Can hitmaker lends his name to Harvard's Hip-Hop Archive for a new programme called The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, and will benefit students who excel in the arts connected to the genre.
During Nas' visit to the university to introduce the initiative on Thursday (31Oct13), the high school drop-out told students about how music played a huge part in educating him.
He says, "One thing that drew me to hip-hop was the things (rappers) Kurtis Blow... Melle Mel was saying, I would ask my folks, 'What do Run-D.M.C. or Rakim mean by this?'
"Hip-hop is important like computer science. The world is changing. If you want to understand the youth, listen to the music. This is what's happening right underneath your nose."
The fellowship is a result of a major endowment from an anonymous donor who wanted to name the programme after the rapper.
Rapper A$Ap Rocky has been dropped from the line-up at an upcoming university concert in Toronto, Canada after he was accused of allegedly slapping a fan at Jay Z's Made in America festival. Gig-goer Lisa Wade claims the hip-hop star lashed out at her as he made his way through the crowd during his performance at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania event on 31 August (13).
The young mother filed a criminal complaint with police earlier this month (Sep13) and A$AP Rocky was subsequently charged with misdemeanour simple assault.
The 24-year-old star, real name Rakim Mayers, has yet to address the legal action, but the charge has since prompted school officials at York University in Toronto to axe his scheduled show there on Wednesday (18Sep13), insisting, "The event cannot proceed until this matter is resolved."
However, organisers are keen to make it clear that the cancellation does not mean they think A$AP Rocky is guilty of the alleged assault, reports TMZ.com.
Lost tracks by the Art Of Noise and Das Psycho Rangers are to feature on a new remastered Zang Tuum Tumb Records collection. The Art of Noise's unreleased collaboration with Rakim on Metaforce and Das Psycho Rangers' rare Homage to the Blessed have been revamped for the upcoming double album The Organization of Pop: Music From The First Thirty Years of ZTT Records.
Music mogul Trevor Horn's revered label is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (13), and the new compilation features classic tracks from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Horn's band The Buggles, Seal, Shane MacGowan, Tom Jones and Grace Jones, among others.
It often happens - you walk out of a movie and have forgotten the plot, the acting, who was actually IN the movie...but the music stays with you...and stays...and stays. You don't mind the songs taking up residence in your head and wind up buying the soundtrack, thus making it a good thing that you went to this bad flick. Here are some of the most mediocre movies with great soundtracks.
1. Purple Rain (1984)
Can't remember a thing about the movie, but "When Doves Cry" is still stuck in people's brain for decades. Prince's outfits here also gave Dave Chappelle infinite fodder for his comedy. The rock legend even used Chappelle dressed up as him for the cover of his latest single.
2. Singles (1992)
This soundtrack had such music legends like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden while the movie's biggest draw was a long-haired Matt Dillon. Somehow, I think the music people got it much better.
3. Rocky IV (1985)
Russian menace Ivan Drago couldn't break this soundtrack - it was packed with such great music from Survivor, Kenny Loggins, and of course...James Brown. No wonder Rocky Balboa was inspired to come back and beat him. Oops. Sorry, spoilers.
4. Batman Forever (1995)
Val Kilmer wasn't the best Bruce Wayne, portraying him as possibly the most bland billionaire/superhero in cinema history. He made Michael Keaton look caffeinated by comparison. Really big hit songs by U2 and Seal helped make the soundtrack memorable, though. Music videos for both tunes got really heavy rotation on MTV, back when music was the primary impetus behind the channel, not reality TV.
5. The Crow (1994)
This movie got notoriety with Brandon Lee's death during filming more than from being good. The soundtrack was not a tragedy, though. It rocked, though - with the Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure and Rage Against the Machine. While it did spawn a couple of sequels, people don't really remember the original.
6. Juice (1992)
This was an OK movie that had the late Tupac Shakur in it, but it had an all-star rap soundtrack, including Naughty By Nature, Eric B. and Rakim, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane. Decades from the movie's release, people are still listening to songs like "Uptown Anthem", but the movie languishes in history.
7. The Beach (2000)
This movie sank faster than the boat in Leo DiCaprio's previous one (some film called Titanic), but it was buoyed by a soundtrack that included dance/electronic movie gods Underworld and Leftfield.
8. American Graffiti (1973)
This is a decent film that some dude named Harrison Ford appeared in before he became known as Han Solo, but it had so many great oldie songs on the soundtrack that you felt like you were transported back to 1962.
9. Vanilla Sky (2001)
This was a forgettable Tom Cruise vehicle, which was rare at the time since everything he touched turned to gold at the time the movie came out. The film has some beautiful music, including Sigur Ros' "Svefn g Englar," so we can thank the movie for raising awareness of that awesome band, at least.
10. Threesome (1994)
This was NOT an adult film, but starred Lara Flynn Boyle, Adam Baldwin, and Josh Charles. The soundtrack had several great artists, including Duran Duran, U2, Bryan Ferry and Tears For Fears - which means they should have at least titled that "More than A Threesome."
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Rihanna fuelled rumours of a romance with A$Ap Rocky when she was snapped kissing the rapper on the set of their new music video. The We Found Love singer and A$AP Rocky, who toured together last year (12), teamed up in Manhattan to shoot a promo for their new track Work on Thursday (15Aug13), and the duo was snapped getting close even when the cameras weren't rolling.
In one shot, A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, can be seen pulling Rihanna towards him, while apparently leaning in for a kiss. Another image appears to show Rihanna cuddling up to the rapper with her arm draped over him.
It's not the first time Rihanna has sparked dating rumours after making a music video - she and hip-hop star Drake were said to have had a fling after shooting the promo for Take Care.
Rapper A$Ap Rocky has urged a New York judge to dismiss an assault lawsuit relating to his arrest in the city last summer (12). The hip-hop star, real name Rakim Mayers, is accused of brawling with Shenick Alcine in a Manhattan clothing store in July (12). The bust-up was being filmed by two photographers, who themselves became embroiled in a fight with Rocky, resulting in the 24 year old's arrest.
Alcine filed suit over the incident in December (12), claiming the rapper attacked him in the store, but Rocky has hit back, insisting any punches thrown at his accuser were in self-defence.
He is now requesting the legal action be tossed out of court, reports TMZ.com.
Rocky was charged with assault and robbery following the July (12) altercation after allegedly attempting to grab the snappers' camera following his fall-out with Alcine.
He struck a plea deal over those charges and was sentenced to three days of community service and fined $250 (£156).