Authorities and Beanie Sigel's lawyer initially called the wound life-threatening, but hospital officials told police that the rapper was awake Friday afternoon after surgery, Pleasantville police Chief Jose Ruiz said.
The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy, as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a musty treatment of a mid-'60s story. When the film premieres on Christmas Day, of course, the music won't so overtly contradict the period -- until the end credits, anyway, when "Glory," a song by Common and John Legend, will bring things up to date, both lyrically and musically.
When it comes to rap in regards to the Grammys, the question has become not who we hope wins, but who will win. And the answer usually comes in a trembling echo of united frustration. It happened last year when Kendrick Lamar was up against Macklemore. Rap aficionados were rooting for the Compton, Calif., rapper, whose critically acclaimed debut good kid, m.a.a.d city was branded an instant classic, but Macklemore, who many didn't consider as an "authentic" MC, ultimately swept the category.
"A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande, referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom 'Sam & Cat.' That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP, 'My Everything,' this past August, and made Billboard Hot 100 history.
This year, Iggy Azalea became music's first white female rap star. The 24-year-old surpassed Lil' Kim as the woman rap artist with the longest-leading single in chart history ("Fancy"), was featured on the soundtrack to the Disney film 'Million Dollar Arm' and performed on 'Dancing With the Stars.'