Veteran BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been cleared over allegations he sexually abused two teenage boys in the 1980s. The 65-year-old DJ was arrested last year (13) by cops probing claims by two males that they were molested when they were aged 14 and 15.
On Friday (10Oct14), prosecution officials in the U.K. announced that the investigation is over and Gambaccini will not face any charges.
In a statement, a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman says, "Having carefully reviewed this case, we have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute."
Oscar-winning rappers Juicy J and Dj Paul have been accused of copyright infringement in a new lawsuit, filed in Atlanta, Georgia. Bank Bag Publishing boss Reggie Boyland claims the Three 6 Mafia stars and their label partners at Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale-A-Thon Entertainment illegally sampled Pimps In The House and Listen to the Lyrics, tracks recorded by the rap duo 8Ball & MJG in 1996, on their second album Chapter 1: The End and their 2000 compilation Three 6 Mafia Presents: Hypnotize Camp Posse, among other releases.
Boyland filed copyright applications for the songs in May (14).
Ironically, 8Ball and MJG, who are not personally involved in the case, collaborated with Three 6 Mafia on the song Stay Fly, which was released in 2005.
Boyland owns the rights to the two songs at the centre of his suit.
According to Billboard.com, the complaint seeks an unspecified amount in damages, as well as an injunction against the defendants' sale of the infringing works and attorney's fees.
British TV icon Stephen Fry stunned guests at a political fundraiser on Wednesday (09Jul14) by taking aim at a high-profile investigation into allegations of sex abuse against some of the U.K.'s most popular stars. Operation Yewtree was launched following the shocking revelations of TV and radio host Sir Jimmy Savile's widespread historic sexual abuse, and it has led to the successful prosecution of stars including entertainer Rolf Harris, TV host Stuart Hall, and PR guru Max Clifford for offences committed in the 1960s and '70s.
However Fry, who was hosting the Labour Party event at London's Roundhouse, reportedly reminded guests that "fewer than half" of those held in the probe have been convicted, urged attendees to remember "people are innocent until proven guilty", and called for tougher punishments for those who make false claims.
Attempts to prosecute comedians Jim Davidson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Freddie Starr, as well as Coronation Street actor William Roache, failed after months of negative publicity.
One guest at the event tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "It was all a bit awkward. There was a smattering of applause, but mostly there was just this deadly silence."
Fry's friend, BBC DJ Paul Gambaccini, was arrested in October (13) under Operation Yewtree on suspicion of historical sexual offences but was released on bail and was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and Fry is understood to be angry that the failure to charge Gambaccini has received less publicity than his initial arrest.
Coldplay have scared off the competition at the top of the U.K. album charts to take their new release Ghost Stories to number one. The group's sixth album has become the year's (14) fastest seller so far, selling 168,000 copies in its first week on release.
Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape drops a spot to two, while reunited Beautiful South bandmates Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott debut What Have We Become at three and Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction moves up to four.
The 20th anniversary edition of Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe charts at five.
On the U.K. singles chart, Sam Smith picks up his third number one with Stay With Me, while DJ Mr Probz lands at two with Waves and Fuse ODG claims the third spot with Dangerous Love.
It needs to be said that hip-hop music has always been wildly innovative, but we've also suffered from a few lulls over the years. Particularly in the music video department, there's been a tendency towards repetition. Or, as the great 2Pac once eloquently pointed out, things can get a little boring when the same video vixens (we call them "vixens" now) are showing up in all of the videos. And The Roots and dead prez have both made satirical videos, pointing out the monotony in popular rap.
But we're here to celebrate those rappers who opted for a different route, which is partly why we enlisted the help of the one and only DJ Rosenberg. Co-host of Hot 97's “The Morning Show” and one-half of the brilliant Juan Epstein podcast duo (DJ Cypha Sounds represents the "Juan" portion), Rosenberg is more hip-hop than roughly 89 percent of the world's population. So when he spoke with us about the aesthetics of a truly trippy rap video — and gave us some suggestions — we listened. And for that we thank him, just as we thank the many stoner rappers, artsy rappers, underground rappers, backpack rappers (and plain, ol' regular rappers) on this list for going against the grain. Here are the 17 trippiest hip-hop videos ever. And yes, 17 is a pretty random number, but once you experience all of the epic randomness in these videos, you'll understand.
1. Busta Rhymes, "Gimme Some Mo"
Ah, yes. The great Busa Buss. One of the most brilliant, beloved rappers ever changed the game when he teamed up with Hype Williams (one of our favorite music video directors-turned filmmakers) and started making videos. Busta Rhymes really needs his own list — since pretty much all of his videos are the trippiest videos ever — but for now we're picking this Psycho-inspired awesomeness as our favorite. Also, can we please have Rah Digga back now?
2. *A Tribe Called Quest, "Jazz (We've Got) Buggin' Out"
Now, Busta's video is so much more interesting when you go back and watch this one. This 1991 track from A Tribe Called Quest got a seemingly simple video that suddenly turns trippy in the end. The bugged-out eyes are a great reminder of the fact that Busta had some powerful influences back in the day.
3. *Gravediggaz, "Diary of a Mad Man"
Back in 1994 the Gravediggaz album 6 Feet Deep became a seminal work in the "horrorcore" rap subgenre. The supergroup (comprised of Prince Paul, Frukwan, RZA, and Too Poetic) teamed up with Shabazz The Disciple and Killah Priest for "Diary of a Mad Man." Themes of religion, dark magic, and street life mesh together in the haunting, black and white visuals.
4. *Pharcyde, "Runnin'"
The beat is a classic, the song is infectious, but if you have a fear of clowns, this may not be the video for you. Still—clowns and all—there's an amazing, dream-like quality to the video that makes for an awesome visual experience.
5. Goodie Mob, "They Don't Dance No Mo"
No disrespect to Outkast, but Goodie Mob is the trippiest rap group to come out of Atlanta. Long before The Voice, Cee Lo Green was being weird and awesome, and rocking footy pajamas in rap videos (sort of).
6. *Psycho Realm, "Stone Garden"
Embraced by Cypress Hill in the early '90s, Psycho Realm came on the scene with a West Coast/gothic vibe that resulted in some pretty intense lyrics and videos. "Stone Garden" opens with some über-trippy hospital scenes (which may have gone on to have some influence on Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" video).
7. Geto Boys, "Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me"
We can't talk trippy rap videos without the Geto Boys. "Trippy" is really putting it lightly here—paranoia, fear, and intimations of suicide make this one a powerful, eerie video to experience.
8. Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, "The Rain"
If you're grown out here in these streets, you can probably remember the first time you saw this video. You didn't know what you were looking at, you didn't know why there was a garbage bag theme, but you knew you were in love. Like Busta Rhymes, Missy's video catalogue is worthy of its own list. She's the reigning queen of trippy rap visuals, and for that we thank her.
9. Eminem, "My Name Is"
When we first met Eminem back in 1999, some of us were skeptical... and weirded out beyond belief. But the Detroit rapper went on to become one of the biggest deals of all time. His contribution to the world of bizarre rap videos (which went along perfectly with his tripped-out lyrics) is immense, but it all started here.
10. Kid Cudi, "Day 'n' Night"
Mr. Solo Dolo came on the scene back in 2008, a Cleveland native living in Brooklyn who got the ultimate co-sign from Kanye West. The somber sounds of Day 'n' Nite might be attributed to the fact that the song was inspired by troubles he was having with a family member who passed away shortly after the song's release. Some of that darkness gets manifested in the visuals, but there's also a playfulness at work here that we really love.
11. Frank Ocean, "Pyramids"
Director Nabil really outdid himself with this unforgettable video. Frank Ocean's brilliant single from channel ORANGE was brought to life in the strip club of your nightmares, and it was epic. Demonized skrippers flipped the concept of the sexually-charged rap video on its head, and the visual experience for the audience mimics tripped-out Frank's own experiences in the video. John Mayer's cameo towards the end only made it weirder. And by "weirder," we obviously mean "cooler."
12. Kanye West, "Black Skinhead"
Another favorite for trippy video fans, Kanye came back on the scene last year with Yeezus and slayed all. Granted, everyone couldn't get into the new sound, but those of us that loved it, really loved it. The "Black Skinhead" (or "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD") video was dark, twisted, and intense—all while remaining somewhat minimalistic, with a computer-generated version of Yeezy at the center of it all. Yeezy also released an interactive version on his website.
Sidenote: every Yeezy fan should check out his incredible interview with the Juan Epstein podcast.
13. Iggy Azalea, "Pu**y"
Before the amazing, Clueless-inspired video for "Fancy," Iggy was just a young, underground rapper struggling to get some airplay. We can't imagine why radio didn't take to this record (ahem) but we will say that any video explicitly referencing the... uh... things she's referencing in this video—while featuring a bunch of kids — is pretty trippy, and even offensive depending on your feelings. But then again, maybe she's just talking about kitty cats.
14. *Tyler the Creator, "Yonkers"
Thanks to DMX, Yonkers has always seemed like a pretty scary place. But Tyler the Creator took our fears to new heights when he dropped these visuals. Prepare to be terrified... and weirdly intriqued. And for a slightly less dark — but equally trippy video — check out Tyler's video for "Tamale" (a song which also features one of the most powerful verses anyone's ever written about their father, probably).
15. Earl Sweatshirt, "WHOA"
Yes, the Odd Future fellas have got the trippy hip-hop video game on lock. Earl Sweatshirt's "WHOA" video almost feels like a tribute to what is probably the trippiest movie ever, Gummo. When he starts dancing with that 45 year-old-ish ballerina outside of his trailer, you just know things have gone too far. It's awesome.
16. Angel Haze, "Werkin Girls"
Creepy, stone-faced kids? Check. Frightening Freddy Krueger hand prop? Check. Weird kidnapper dude with an aluminum foil mask under his shades? Check. If you haven't been checking for Angel Haze, consider this your introduction. She's talented, trippy, and her latest video for Battle Cry is equally dope.
17. Flume & Ghostface Killah, "Space Cadet"
One way to make a dope rap video is to team up with an Australian electronic musician. Flume got Ghostface to feature on his new track, and the collaborative video is one of the coolest we've seen so far this year. Plus, don't you want a little cartoon Ghostface Killah of your own? Of course you do.
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British rocker Ricky Wilson was once gifted a signed ukulele by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney. The Kaiser Chiefs frontman was thrilled when the veteran musician gave him the unique present and he had a cabinet specially made so he could show off the instrument in his home.
He tells Absolute Radio DJ Sarah Champion ahead of a special gig for the station at London's Hard Rock Cafe this week (beg12May14), "I was given a ukulele by Paul McCartney. It says 'To Ricky my dear Paul McCartney was here'. I keep it on a shelf at home in a specially made case."
The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have reteamed to record a new track with Frank Ocean. The punk icons, who also joined forces as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, have recorded Hero with Ocean and in-demand DJ/producer Diplo.
The song is part of Converse's Three Artists, One Song series, which has previously brought together collaborations between Gorillaz, and Andre 3000 and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and Santigold.
Hero will be available to download from 10 March (14) on Converse's Tumblr page.
Talking about his all-star collaboration, Diplo says, "The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything.
"Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone's artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen."
Superstar DJ Pete Tong has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Prince William. The hitmaker and producer was presented with the honour in recognition of his broadcasting and music career during a ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (04Mar14), just over two months after he was named in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year's Honours List.
The 53 year old says, "There are so many worthy people here today, I feel quite humbled by all the servicemen, policemen and the charity workers and people like that. So I count myself lucky to be recognised in this way."
After the ceremony, Tong revealed that he owes much of his success to devotees of a fanzine who turned his name into everyday rhyming slang with the phrase "It's all gone Pete Tong" - used to reference something gone wrong.
He insists he has never had a problem with the phrase, which was also used as the title to a 2005 film, starring British comedian Paul Kaye, adding, "It just stuck, (and) turned into an amazing legacy...
"Why run away from something that's so catchy? I use it as my brand when I do parties around the world."
During the MBE ceremony, Prince William also honoured military personnel and adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, who received the Polar Medal for his expeditions.
Hip-hop stars Dj Paul and Da Mafia 6 are paying tribute to their late bandmate Lord Infamous by taking his casket with them on tour. The rapper, real name Ricky Dunigan, suffered a fatal heart attack in December (13), at the age of 40, but DJ Paul is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of his half-brother and he is determined to keep his spirit alive onstage by keeping his casket nearby.
He says, "We're bringing his casket out, we're bringing it to every show. I wanted him to be there. I'm that kind of guy - a weird, kinda creepy kind of guy. I had to pay a lot of money to get an extended tour trailer that would fit his casket and all of the merch (merchandise)."
Lord Infamous and DJ Paul were co-founders of Three 6 Mafia and formed the spin-off group, Da Mafia 6, last year (13) with five of the original six members of the Oscar-winning group.
Da Mafia 6's Triple 6ix Tour kicks off in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday night (28Feb14).
Hip-hop star Dj Drama has landed a new job as part of the artists and repertoire (A&R) team at Atlantic Records. Drama, who used to serve as T.I.'s official DJ, will help executives find new talent to add to the roster and develop musicians already signed to the label, which is currently home to the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, Bruno Mars, Sean Paul, T.I. and Janelle Monae.
He will also be charged with supervising new projects at his Mean Streets Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
A statement released by Drama reads: "My first two albums as an artist were on Atlantic. And I'm now looking forward to working with Craig (Kallman, Atlantic chairman/CEO) and Julie (Greenwald, Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO) in a new capacity, helping them break the label's next crop of amazing talent."
Drama's rap pal Ludacris has congratulated the DJ on his new gig on Instagram.com, sharing a photo of a news article about the job alongside the caption, "WELL DESERVED!"