2003 – Eve, self-proclaimed First Lady of the Ruff Ryders rap posse and a former stripper, denies she is in a pic of two women having sex which has surfaced on the Internet.
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2002 – Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) is shot dead in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y. Two suspects are reportedly buzzed into Mizell’s area recording studio where the rap pioneer is in a waiting room.
2001 – The Beastie Boys play their first show in more than two-and-a-half years at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, at the first of two New Yorkers Against Violence benefits, which the rap trio organized.
2000 – Eminem is scheduled to give his deposition in a $10 million civil suit filed by his mother, Deborah Mathers-Briggs. She claims her rapping son has insulted her in songs and interviews.
1999 – Authorities search the home of hardcore rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) and his wife, Tashera as part of an investigation into the shooting of Simmons’ uncle and manager, Ray Copeland; the attack, which occurred the previous day, left Copeland with a wounded foot.
1999 – At this year’s American Music Awards, Billy Joel receives the Special Award of Merit and Blondie perform “No Exit” with rapping assistance from Coolio.
1997 – LL Cool J went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ain’t Nobody.’
1995 – Rap musician Tupac Shakur is released from prison on $1.4 million bail, just eight months after a judge sentenced him to a jail term of up to 4 years for sexual assault. Shakur, 23, is released pending an appeal of his conviction.
1990 – The rap group 2 Live Crew releases the single “Banned in the U.S.A.” with the blessing of “Born in the U.S.A.” creator Bruce Springsteen. The song, which racks up 2 million advance orders, is in part a response to anti-obscenity groups that have targeted the rappers.
1986 – A Run-D.M.C. concert in Long Beach, Calif., also becomes a battleground for two rival gangs and 42 people are hurt. Rap’s live rep suffers a blow and the group is subsequently barred from many venues.
1973 – Drummer Gene Krupa dies of leukemia at the age of 64. Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an influential American jazz and big band drummer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style. Biography Eugene Bertram Krupa was born to Polish parents in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing professionally […]