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21 Savage: Rapper wins release on bond ahead of US deportation hearing

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Radio 1’s Nesta McGregor on what we don’t know about 21 Savage Rapper 21 Savage has been granted release from custody in the US on bond in the lead up to his deportation hearing, his lawyers say. The 26-year-old, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has “won his freedom”, a statement released on Tuesday said. The rapper was arrested last week by US immigration agents who say he is British and in the US illegally. He moved to the US in July…

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Professor Green: Rapper fractures neck during seizure

The British rapper Professor Green has fractured his neck, forcing him to cancel his latest tour. The 35-year-old artist, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, was due to start a UK tour in Cardiff tonight. The star told fans on social media he had had three seizures, resulting in a fall which fractured his neck. Green shared a picture of himself strapped onto a stretcher with his head supported and a neck brace, with a tube in his nose. The musician, who’s known for songs like Read All About It…

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Man cleared over drill rapper Incognito’s murder

Image copyright @SK017_ Image caption Siddique Kamara was known by his rap name Incognito A man who stabbed a young drill rapper in self-defence after his fake Cartier watch was stolen has been cleared of murder. Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and SK, was stabbed to death in Camberwell on 1 August. Kenneth Umezie, 25, pulled out a lock knife after his watch was taken. He was acquitted of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey. Mr Kamara, who was high…

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Rapper Cadet dies in car crash on his way to a gig

Image copyright Getty Images Cadet has died in a car crash on the way to a gig in Staffordshire. The rapper’s family shared the news on his official Instagram account. “We the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson otherwise known as Cadet (Underrated Legend) would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of 9th February 2019 he passed away.” In a statement to Radio 1 Newsbeat, his management said the 28-year-old was as passenger in a taxi. He was on his way to Keele University where he…

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21 Savage: Rapper ‘will fight’ against deportation from US

Image copyright Getty Images A lawyer for US rapper 21 Savage says he will fight to stay in the US after an arrest by immigration agents who say he is British and in the US illegally. Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph came to America in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, US officials say. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also say the musician is a convicted felon. His lawyer accused the US of trying to “intimidate” the rapper into leaving. What did the…

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21 Savage: Atlanta rapper ‘arrested by US immigration force’

Image copyright Getty Images Atlanta rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by immigration officials who say he is actually from the UK, reports say. The rapper, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, officials said. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said he was being held for removal proceedings. He has previously described a childhood in Atlanta during interviews. In an interview with Fader magazine in 2016 he said he first saw a…

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Octavian: The rapper who went from homelessness to winning the BBC Music Sound of 2019

Image copyright Black Butter Records Image caption Octavian: “My music is weird, man.” “My mum, the last thing she told me before I left was, ‘You’re either going to be in prison or you’re going to be big.’” Octavian – who has just got a step closer to the big time after being named winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2019 – is recalling the day, at the age of 14, that he was thrown out of his mother’s house. “She was bare angry at me, so it was weird…

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Kevin Fret: Gay rapper shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24

Image copyright Kevin Fret/YouTube Image caption Kevin Fret’s music video Soy Asi has more than half a million views on YouTube The rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community Kevin Fret has been shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24. The musician, described as Latin Trap music’s first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday, police said. Fret was shot eight times while riding a motorbike in the street. An investigation is under way. His death brings the number of murders in Puerto Rico…

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Rapper Lil Pump criticised for racist gesture

Rapper Lil Pump criticised for racist gesture By Tom Gerken, BBC UGC & Social News And Kerry Allen, BBC Monitoring Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lil Pump has more than 17.4 million followers on Instagram US-Colombian rapper Lil Pump has been accused of racism after he teased a new song which uses a derogatory term. In the song’s lyrics, Pump says “they call me [Chinese basketball player] Yao Ming because my eyes real low” before adding the phrase “ching chong”. In a video posted to his 17.4 million Instagram…

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