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Rick Ross Responds to Rape Lyrics Controversy: ‘It Was a Misinterpretation’

Rick Ross has responded to the “rape lyrics” controversy, asserting that his words were misunderstood and misinterpreted, and that “woman is the most precious gift known to man.”

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Petitions Demand Rick Ross, Industry Take Responsibility for Rape Lyrics

After widespread outrage over Rick Ross’ rape lyrics, petitions have been launched demanding that the rapper take responsibility for his offensive words.

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Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte to Induct Public Enemy into Rock Hall of Fame

Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte are slated to induct groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meanwhile Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will pay tribute to Donna Summer, and Usher will pay tribute to Quincy Jones.

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Jasson Perez About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes and Reasons talks to activist and BBU member Jasson Perez about the Hip Hop songs that changed his life: Tupac’s “Keep Your Head Up,” Outkast’s “Rosa Parks,” and how hip-hop’s made him a better father. Listen in at BlackYouthProject.com

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A$AP Rocky Addresses Homophobia in Hip Hop: “It’s Crazy that This is Still an Issue”

A$AP Rocky recently addressed the issue of homophobia in Hip Hop, asserting that the genre more forward thinking than many realize. “We’ve got people like Jay-Z. We’ve got people like Kanye. We’ve got people like me. We’re all prime examples of people who don’t think like that.

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Rick Ross Raps About Committing Date Rape in New Song

Rapper Rick Ross is turning heads (and stomachs) with a couple lines from a new track that seem to describe and make light of date rape. He raps: “Put molly all in her champagne, she aint even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she aint even know it.”

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Happy 71st Birthday to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Today is the 71st birthday of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin! Arguably the greatest voice in the history of popular music, Franklin’s vocal chops are legendary and her impact on rock and soul untouchable.

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Chicago Nightclub Shooting: What Was 13 Year-old Rapper Lil’ Mouse Doing There?

13 year-old “gangsta rapper” Lil Mouse was a performer at a record release party on the city’s South Side that turned into a shootout, leaving at least 7 people injured. What is a 13 year-old doing at a nightclub on a school night?

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Common Discusses His Efforts to Give Back to His Hometown

Rapper/actor/activist, Chicago native, and BYP supporter Common recently wrote an editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times about how he plans to continue to give back to the youth of Chicago.

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Yoli Zapata About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Artist and advocate Yoli Zapata talks to Rhymes & Reasons about the four songs that got her through the toughest of times: R. Kelly featuring Nas with “Did You Ever Think?”, 2Pac’s “Can U Get Away”, Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, and Aaliyah’s “One in a Million.”

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