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Mac Miller, Pittsburgh Rapper And Producer, Dead At 26

Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh-born rapper who developed a ravenous following over the course of five successful albums, died Friday of an apparent overdose in his Los Angeles home, multiple outlets have reported. He was 26 years old.

He was found unresponsive in his home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles late Friday morning and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to NPR, though the office said an autopsy was pending and said an official cause of death had not yet been determined.

Born Malcolm James McCormick in Pittsburgh, Mac Miller had a string of hit albums reach the top ranks on the Billboard 200. His 2011 debut, Blue Slide Park, reached No. 1 on that chart, followed by 2013’s Watching Movies with the Sound Turned Off (No. 3); 2015’s GO:OD AM (No. 4); 2016’s The Divine Feminine (No. 2); and, released just last month, Swimming, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. He was also a skilled producer under the alias Larry Fisherman.

Mac Miller openly struggled with substance abuse, which he documented throughout his mixtapes and albums. (On the song “Loud,” he said “Yeah, people lie, numbers won’t … Keep me high, drugs is close … Roll one up, pour a cup … Watch the world go up in smoke.”) Last month, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office reportedly charged the rapper with a DUI in the wake of a May car accident, which came after a highly public breakup between he and singer Ariana Grande.

At a Tiny Desk concert taped last month for NPR Music, he performed three tracks from Swimming for the first time in front of an audience. “I may trip, but I never fall,” he rapped in the song “Small Worlds.” “God knows, I came close — don’t try this at home.”

The day before Mac Miller’s death, Vulture published a profile in which he addressed his relationship to fans and friends alike: “The people that have the best chance of knowing me, that would like to, would just be by listening to my music.”

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Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations

Cosby’s main accuser, Andrea Constand, and two other women who testified that Cosby also drugged and sexually assaulted them were in the courtroom and burst into tears as the verdict was announced.
“I feel like my faith in humanity has been restored,” one of the women, Lili Bernard, said after hearing the verdict.

The conviction came about 11 months after a mistrial was declared in Cosby’s first trial when a jury failed to reach a verdict.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating Wednesday and spent a little over 12 hours going over evidence presented to them over two weeks before rendering their unanimous decision.

After the verdict was announced, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked Judge Steven O’Neill to revoke Coby’s bail and send him to jail right away.

“I understand this is very serious … however to ask to revoke the bail of individual … is your concern?” O’Neill asked Steele.

“Flight,” Steele said. “To any place. He has a plane.”

At that point, Cosby screamed out in a booming voice: “He doesn’t have a plane you a——!”

Cosby was convicted charges connected to the assault on Andrea Constand, a former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor. Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with a powerful drug and sexually assaulted her in 2004 at his home.

The prosecution was also allowed to call five other women to testify that Cosby assaulted them in the same manner.

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Feds Set to Prosecute Juelz Santana on Drug and Gun Charges

Harlem native and Dipset representative Juelz Santana has found himself in an unfortunate situation. It has been reported that the rapper is now facing federal charges stemming from ditching his luggage containing a gun and drugs at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month.

Juelz initially faced state charges but those charges were dropped as a sign of deference to the feds who are set to prosecute the rapper. He pleaded not guilty to gun and drug charges levied against him but remains in jail until pending hearings.

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Toxicology Shows Fentanyl in Prince’s Body Was ‘Exceedingly High’

According to a confidential toxicology report obtained by The Associated Press, Prince had exceedingly high amounts of Fentanyl in his system at the time of his death. The legendary musician was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016.

The report showed that Prince had 450 micrograms per kilogram of Fentanyl in his liver, adding that 69 micrograms per kilogram “seem to represent overdose or fatal toxicity cases.” The report added that there was a second lethal dose of undigested Fentanyl in his stomach at the time of his death.

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Juelz Santana Arrested After Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport

Juelz Santana was arrested on drug and weapon charges Monday, two days after the rapper fled a Newark airport after TSA discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.

Santana surrendered to police following the incident. The Dipset rapper faces unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance as well as an unspecified federal warrant, TMZ reports.

NJ.com added that Santana was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft, even though the rapper didn’t pass the security checkpoint.

The rapper was scheduled to board a flight from Newark to San Francisco Friday night when, after leaving two bags and identification at a security checkpoint, he “paced the area nervously and requested that several individuals screen his bag expeditiously because he was going to miss his flight,” the criminal complaint said.

Juelz Santana was arrested on drug and weapon charges Monday, two days after the rapper fled a Newark airport after TSA discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.

 

Upon checking the bags, TSA found a loaded Derringer 38-caliber handgun as well as the still-unspecified controlled substance. Santana then fled the airport, hailed a cab and remained on the lam until Port Authority Police arrested him early Monday morning.

As a convicted felon – in 2011, a raid on the rapper’s New Jersey studio yielded two loaded handguns and 17 bags of marijuana – the “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” charge alone carries a possible 10-year sentence.

DMX Voluntarily Checks Into Rehab Program

DMX is entering an inpatient rehab program, a court filing indicates. The rapper, whose birth name is Earl Simmons, tested positive for cocaine and pot several times while out on bail for his federal tax fraud case.

DMX Voluntarily Checks Into Rehab Program

Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff ordered him to home confinement following the failed drug tests.
Shortly thereafter, DMX asked Rakoff for approval to travel for work.

Rakoff decided Friday that DMX could travel to Atlanta for a gig — as long as he was with a sober coach at all times.
DMX’s Atlanta job fell through, however, he decided to enter an inpatient substance-abuse program, according to his lawyer, Murray Richman. “This is a voluntary move on his part,” Richman told the Daily News.

DMX Voluntarily Checks Into Rehab Program

Rakoff signed off on DMX entering the program in an order issued Tuesday.

The court filing indicates that pretrial services — which supervises DMX while he’s out on bail — has approved the plan, and that prosecutors haven’t opposed it.

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DMX Bai Revoked, Judge Orders House Arrest

DMX received a tongue lashing and a heavy handed warning as the judge presiding over his tax evasion case confronted him for his irresponsible behavior while out on bail. However, he got to go home despite having failed several drug tests over the past month.

Judge Jed Rakoff had apparently had enough with the 46-year-old Yonkers rapper prior to his late arriving at a bail hearing at Manhattan Federal Court on Friday, August 11. It had been a mere one day since news got out that X recently broke the terms of his bond arrangement by leaving the state to visit family in St. Louis, and he was already sparing the rapper from having to pay some pretty serious repercussions for a different violation. According to Rakoff, DMX has tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, and opiates on four occasions in less than four weeks.

Attorney Murray Richman went to bat for his client, by reminding the judge that Simmons has a problem with substance abuse, but Rakoff reportedly wasn’t having it, firing back, “It sounds like total self-denial.” In response to the infraction, Rakoff ordered X to serve house arrest with an electronic bracelet on his ankle and warned that “it will be the end of his career and the end of living a decent life,” if the rapper jumps bail.

Before dismissing DMX, Judge Rakoff turned his focus solely on Richman, saying, ”The lesson he seems to have learned over the last few weeks is Murray Richman will always get him off.”

 

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