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Footwork pioneer DJ Rashad dead at 34

Pioneering Chicago footwork and juke master DJ Rashad has died.

Detroit’s DJ Godfather first tweeted the news, with police confirming the 34-year-old’s death on Saturday. Cops suspect the Teklife founder died of a drug overdose, with narcotics and drug paraphernalia allegedly found near his body. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

DJ Rashad’s label, Hyperdub, acknowledged his passing on its Facebook page, saying: “We’re absolutely devastated by the news that DJ Rashad has passed away. It’s heartbreaking to see such a talented and great guy stopped in his tracks like that. So many people do what they do because of him. Our Condolences go out to his friends and family, keep your heads up Teklife Crew x We will really miss you.”

A Hyperdub spokesman told EW that an official statement is coming early next week, after the coroner’s report is released.

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Young Jeezy released after arrest for false imprisonment, battery

Fulton County sheriff’s officials say Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy surrendered late last week on charges including terroristic threats, false imprisonment, and battery.

According to Fulton County jail records, the rapper is free on $45,000 bond.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says the rapper turned himself in on Friday to face charges linked to a grand jury warrant. A report outlining details of the allegations wasn’t immediately available, including when the allegations were made and by whom.

One of the rapper’s representatives said he didn’t have details of the allegations and had no comment.

Flanagan says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29 for a plea and arraignment hearing.

Young Money president Mack Maine charged with assault, sexual battery

Oklahoma City prosecutors have filed felony charges against rapper Mack Maine following an alleged altercation with two women aboard a tour bus.

The 33-year-old Maine, whose real name is Jermaine Anthony Preyan, was charged Friday with aggravated assault and battery and sexual battery, according to court records.

Preyan, from New Orleans, is also the president of Young Money Entertainment, a record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne.

Preyan invited two women on to a tour bus on Aug. 22, an affidavit said, and grabbed one woman’s right breast. It also says he held the door shut when the women tried to leave, and allegedly punched the second woman in the face as she walked down the bus steps, “breaking her jaw and knocking her down.”

Preyan’s attorney, Tony Coleman of Oklahoma City, would not comment on the charges Monday. No court date has been set.
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Gucci Mane arrested in Atlanta

Atlanta police have arrested rapper Gucci Mane on weapons and drug charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV said an Atlanta police report shows officers responded to a call shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday in southwest Atlanta from a friend of the rapper who was concerned about his behavior. The police report said Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, became “increasingly agitated with officers and began cursing and threatening them.”

The report said the 33-year-old rapper was checked out at an Atlanta hospital and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct, and marijuana possession.

Davis was indicted in April on an assault charge involving an incident at an Atlanta nightclub. He pleaded not guilty.

Davis released his eighth studio album, Trap House III, in May.

A$AP Rocky charged with slapping fan

Hip-hop star A$AP Rocky is facing an allegation of assault during the Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

The district attorney’s office says a concertgoer claimed the rapper, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, slapped her as he tried to wave away fans while walking through the crowd during Saturday’s show.

The private criminal complaint alleges the 24-year-old Harlem-bred rapper landed an open-palm slap square on the woman’s face, giving her whiplash. The name of the woman who filed the complaint wasn’t released.

A message left at the artist’s publicity agency was not immediately returned Thursday.

2 Chainz gets arrested after police standoff on tour bus

2 Chainz’s latest accessory: two cuffs.

It all started yesterday, when the rapper was on a tour bus that police pulled over in Oklahoma due to busted taillights. The cops “noticed signs of drug use,” according to TMZ’s report, and wanted to get on the bus to check it out, but the driver locked the doors and didn’t let up until the police obtained a warrant hours later. Once aboard, officers arrested 11 passengers – including 2 Chainz himself — for “interfering with the police process,” according to TMZ. No word yet whether any drugs were actually found or whether there would be additional charges.

Nelly brings Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry onstage at Cleveland concert

One of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade appeared at a public event for the first time since her rescue, a day after her abductor pleaded guilty in the case.

Amanda Berry made a surprise appearance at the daylong concert RoverFest in Cleveland on Saturday night, walking onstage with her family and waving at the cheering crowd. Wearing sunglasses and dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt, Berry smiled broadly while acknowledging the applause, but she didn’t address the crowd. The rapper Nelly called Berry back to the stage after his music set.

The appearance came a day after Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver, pleaded guilty to 937 counts in a deal that will send him to prison for life without parole, plus 1,000 years.

Berry, now 27, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight disappeared between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16, and 20 years old. They escaped in May when Berry kicked out part of a door and called to neighbors for help.

Berry told a police dispatcher in a dramatic 911 call: “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years, and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.”
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Lil Twist arrested for suspected DUI in Justin Bieber's car

The rapper known as Lil Twist has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after being stopped in California while he was behind the wheel of Justin Bieber’s luxury sports car.

Christopher Moore, 20, was pulled over around 3:30 a.m. Thursday on a Calabasas road leading to a gated community where Bieber lives, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Moore was driving a 2012 Fisker registered to the pop star and going between 60 and 70 mph in an area that has a 30 mph speed limit because of construction, authorities said.

Investigators think Moore might have been under the influence of marijuana. Bail was set at $5,000 for the misdemeanor offense.
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50 Cent charged with kicking ex-girlfriend

Rapper 50 Cent has been charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend and trashing her Los Angeles condo last month.

City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday the 37-year-old “In Da Club” singer is charged with domestic violence and vandalism. Police say the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, had fled the scene when they arrived on June 23 at a condo belonging to a woman with whom he has a baby.

Police say they found the bedroom door kicked in, and damage totaling $7,100. Police say the woman had been in a three-year relationship with Jackson.

The rapper’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Philly rapper Meek Mill ordered to take etiquette classes

A Philadelphia judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside of the commonwealth.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday told the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He served eight months in jail and began five years of probation in the fall of 2009.

Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams’ statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans.
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