Weekly Hip Hop News Roundup
We’re at the last stretch of January and the news never stops coming! Here’s the latest news to hit our radar for this week:
Hip Hop World Mourns for Kobe Bryant
We all woke up to the shocking and terrible news of retired NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s deaths as his helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California today. He was reportedly on his way to a basketball camp with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, along with 7 other people when a fire broke out and the helicopter crashed on a hillside.
The hip-hop community joined the rest of the world in mourning, with hip-hop celebrities and stars tweeting their sadness and shock at the Black Mamba’s untimely passing.
Kobe, We love you brother— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave pic.twitter.com/pxbgLOOmpY
For more of our hip hop celebrities expressing their shock and love for Kobe, read on here:
Nipsey Hussle Wins Posthumous Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance
Nipsey Hussle sporting rope chains and Cuban link chains
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The 62nd Grammy’s have posthumously awarded slain rapper Nipsey Hussle with his first ever Grammy Award. The award was shared with Roddy Rich and Hit-Boy for best rap performace of “Racks in the Middle”, and won over J. Cole, DaBaby, Dreamville and Offset featuring Cardi B.
The award was accepted by Nipsey’s family, including his grandmother. Later on, YG, DJ Khaled and John Legend are set to perform a medley of the slain rapper’s songs together with Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin and Roddy Rich as part of the Grammy’s tribute to Nipsey.
For more of this and the list of who won the Grammys in their respective categories, follow on here.
YG Arrested Ahead of Grammy’s Performance
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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, “Go Loko” YG was arrested early Friday morning at his Southern Californian home on robbery charges. The Compton rapper was reportedly being tied to an ongoing investigation and he was processed and booked inside LA’s Men’s Central Jail with a bail of $250,000.
YG's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, denied all accusations associated with the charges for his client. "This arrest is one that caught YG completely off guard because there is no truth to them. YG has no idea what investigators are talking about and we have not been provided with any details. We are learning about this case through the media. Rest assured, my client will be cleared of all charges, if they even survive past the arraignment."
YG has since been released on bond. Read on here for more information.