Harlem has been at the center of Lewis Tucker's life since he was a kid: "I grew up in the Bronx and Westchester and lived in Harlem," he explains. "I've been playing basketball here since I was 10 years old. I'm entrenched in Harlem." So years later, when he decided to add a restaurant to the colle ... More >>
He spent five years in jail awaiting trial. Call it justice, Queens-style.
Dawn Richard goes solo at S.O.B.’s.
It's the eve of his debut album release and Machine Gun Kelly is in the middle of the requisite new rapper media blitz, which, quite frankly, he hates. Right now though, he's grappling with a bigger problem: Does he order Delicatessen's brioche French toast or cheeseburger mac and cheese? It's befor ... More >>
Last week, a trial in Brooklyn started off with a strange twist. At the federal criminal trial of James Rosemond -- a/k/a Jimmy Henchman -- one of the first things Rosemond's attorney did was kick an unemployed journalist named Chuck Philips out of the courtroom by naming him a witness in the case. ... More >>
Trevell Coleman, a rapper who uses the stage name "G. Dep" -- and who once was signed to Sean "Puffy" Combs' label, Bad Boy Records -- was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder for the 1993 slaying of a Queens man during a robbery-gone-wrong in East Harlem.The kicker: the case was cold ... More >>
If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>
Machine Gun Kelly Gramercy Theater Sunday, May 22 Better than: Going to the gym. Machine Gun Kelly onstage is like a Nintendo character, if someone kept pressing the B button. His feet touch the ground about as often as his knees hit his chest; he looks like he learned to walk on a Dance Dance Re ... More >>
Diddy-Dirty Money, Tyga, Lloyd Hammerstein Ballroom Friday, April 22 Better Than: That time Diddy's son took Nicki Minaj to his 16th birthday party. "Diddy's not so much my thing," said a friend as we waited amid hundreds of fans and at least ten gigantic spinning cardboard cutouts of Ciroc bott ... More >>
The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, b/k/a/ the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., remains unsolved. Last week, the case became both more transparent and more suspicious as the FBI opened up its files into an investigation about not just who shot Biggie Smalls, but also who helped orchestrate th ... More >>
Brooklyn's finest have a few thoughts on their online celebrity
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The Harlem crew's president and cred-enhancer is once again free to fly high
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The Perils of Hanging With Puffy
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The Gangsta Life and Times of Jamal Barrow
Are Civil Rights Leaders Frontin for Hip Hop Gangstas?
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The Tragedy and Legacy of Big L
When hip hoppers use violence to silence their critics