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February 23, 2012
No one should be satisfied with the censure of Sen. Ulysses Currie ("Disgrace in the Senate," Feb. 19). He is guilty of five ethics violations going on for many years while receiving nearly $250,000 for his efforts. His desk was moved into the corner, and he doesn't even have to wear a dunce cap. Big deal. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller won't even remove him from the budget committee. He deserves to be stripped of his exorbitant pension and kicked to the street. It's just another day of good ol' boy corruption in Annapolis that doesn't even make front page news.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
A law professor who is teaching Maryland's public defenders to better serve their poor clients amid "crushing" caseloads is among the winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. As founder of the Atlanta-based organization Gideon's Promise, Jonathan Rapping works to train public defenders and help reform what he considers civil rights abuses in the criminal justice system. He arrived in Baltimore in May for a year-long stint at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, his first attempt at changing a statewide system.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
His big break was playing a dealer on "The Wire," but these days Tray Chaney has a much cleaner message. The Maryland actor has released an anti-bullying rap, the third single off his "Be Inspired" album which includes a number of songs with positive messages. Just in time for October's Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Chaney's "Mike Bully (Stand Up for Our Future)," tells the story of a bullied boy named Michael and how he manages to turn around his situation with the help of his mom. On "The Wire," Poot was a dealer for Barksdale, hanging out on corners, shooting people and getting shot, serving time and eventually getting a job at a shoe store.
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Justin Fenton, Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Like many artists of his genre, East Baltimore rapper Young Moose uses his lyrics and music videos to depict the harsh reality of his surroundings, with images of men flashing guns, drugs and cash. But as his career seemed to be taking off this summer, with an opening slot for an arena show by a popular national artist beckoning, a city detective was working to turn the budding performer's YouTube videos against him. After police say they found dozens of heroin gel caps in his family's home, Det. Daniel Hersl noted those videos in charging documents, writing that Young Moose "raps about distributing narcotics, violence and using a firearm to commit violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | April 13, 2011
Here's an example of what the world needs less of: twee, novelty covers of rap songs by cutesy indie duos. Not only does Karmin's "cover" suck the vibrant life out of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," but it does so with a knowing, smary attitude. (Amy Heidmann's strange vocal inflections and bug-eyed emphasis scream, "This is funny! I shouldn't be singing this but look ... I am!") This cover offers nothing new other than a Starbucks-ready version of a song that should never be played at Starbucks.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
No one writes a love song like Future. The 30-year-old, born Nayvadius Wilburn, hinted at his prowess on earlier mixtapes, but the Atlanta artist set himself apart from peers on his 2012 debut album, “Pluto.” In particular, Future won a legion of fans with the hit ballad-meets-banger, “Turn on the Lights,” which found him tenderly singing, through amplified Auto-Tune, “I wanna tell the world about you just so they can get jealous.” His...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Graduation speeches are often forgettable, but chances are members of the McDaniel College Class of 2014 won't soon forget when their college president rapped before handing out degrees. That's right: McDaniel President Roger N. Casey chose to deliver his brief remarks to Westminster college's 760 graduates in the form of an a cappella rhyme on Saturday afternoon. The social media-loving president dropped a few pop culture references and used his apparent favorite word: " McSwagger ," a term he invented to express McDaniel pride.
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By Chris E. Hayner Zap2it | February 22, 2014
Of course something special has to happen when  Justin Timberlake  made his inaugural appearance on  "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. " The two BFFs presented the fifth installment of the "History of Rap," rhyming their way through just about every hip hop hit you can imagine. They pay tribute to everyone, from Run DMC and Jay Z to N.W.A. and Kanye West. There isn't a much better way to close out Fallon's first week as host of "The Tonight Show. "
NEWS
August 4, 1992
You don't have to be a fan of rap music or of rapper Ice-T to be disturbed by Time-Warner's decision last week to withdraw the "Body Count" album after police groups and conservative politicians objected to the song "Cop Killer," which critics charge glorifies the murder of police. Once self-appointed censors, no matter how well-intentioned, are allowed to dictate what other Americans can see, read or listen to, the right of all Americans to make up their own minds is threatened.We say this fully aware of the fact that many people who are not police officers also deplore Ice-T's lyrics, along with much else that goes with the culture of rap music.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | December 29, 1993
When she was a little girl, Mary Ann Vieira of Columbia was so quiet her parents worried that something was wrong with her.So Walter Vieira Sr. and his wife Amarina took their toddler to see a doctor, who assured them that she was fine."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
When saying goodbye, weeping can come with the territory. In its own way, the party-starting Baltimore rap duo AK Slaughter knows this painfully well. At a recent cover shoot for their forthcoming and final EP, “It's Not You ... It's Us,” Emily Slaughter and Aran Keating hoped to depict the aftermath of a break-up. They wanted to truly cry for the full effect, but an onion they sliced failed to produce tears. So the two friends improvised. “So then Aran takes the onion juice and puts it against his eyeball,” Slaughter, who described the shoot as “exhausting,” said outside of the Bell Foundry performance space in Station North last week.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
No one writes a love song like Future. The 30-year-old, born Nayvadius Wilburn, hinted at his prowess on earlier mixtapes, but the Atlanta artist set himself apart from peers on his 2012 debut album, “Pluto.” In particular, Future won a legion of fans with the hit ballad-meets-banger, “Turn on the Lights,” which found him tenderly singing, through amplified Auto-Tune, “I wanna tell the world about you just so they can get jealous.” His...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Graduation speeches are often forgettable, but chances are members of the McDaniel College Class of 2014 won't soon forget when their college president rapped before handing out degrees. That's right: McDaniel President Roger N. Casey chose to deliver his brief remarks to Westminster college's 760 graduates in the form of an a cappella rhyme on Saturday afternoon. The social media-loving president dropped a few pop culture references and used his apparent favorite word: " McSwagger ," a term he invented to express McDaniel pride.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The first rap record to enthrall Zsuzsanna Ward was "Illmatic" by Nas. Better known as ZZ Ward, the genre-defying singer-songwriter grew up in Oregon, far from the dangerous New York surroundings Nas memorably depicted on his 1994 album. But as all great writing does, it resonated with her. "Even though I was growing up in a completely different place than he was, I still felt this connection to feeling like there was something bigger for you," Ward said on the phone from Los Angeles last week.
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By Chris E. Hayner Zap2it | February 22, 2014
Of course something special has to happen when  Justin Timberlake  made his inaugural appearance on  "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. " The two BFFs presented the fifth installment of the "History of Rap," rhyming their way through just about every hip hop hit you can imagine. They pay tribute to everyone, from Run DMC and Jay Z to N.W.A. and Kanye West. There isn't a much better way to close out Fallon's first week as host of "The Tonight Show. "
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Last Thursday afternoon, Michael Quattlebaum Jr. waited to board a flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Raleigh, N.C., where the 27-year-old would spend Christmas with his mother. It was a familiar feeling, as Quattlebaum found himself sitting in airports many times this year. But those trips were different: Quattlebaum, a gay man, spent 2013 touring the world, from Singapore to Germany to Texas' South by Southwest Festival, under the female rap alias Mykki Blanco. On Saturday, he will add Baltimore to the list when Mykki headlines the Ottobar . Along with the May release of a strong EP titled "Betty Rubble: The Initiation," Quattlebaum says it was his growing reputation as "a really strong performer" that allowed him to tour internationally for the first time this year.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | February 16, 1997
Whenever I speak to high school students, nothing sends them into fits of guffawing more than the notion that their elders, in our never-ending quest to protect them from the ravages of gangsta rap, think that the group 2 Live Crew is a gangsta rap outfit.Oh, how the young folks snicker and giggle! But their elders, having put our feet in our mouths once too often on this issue, have solved the problem. We'll simply redefine reality. That'll show the whippersnappers.In an article Thursday, Sun staff writer C. Fraser Smith reported on the latest goings on in Annapolis.
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By DERRICK Z. JACKSON | August 25, 1993
Boston.--Zipping down a Houston freeway, I did a slow burn into depression. One of the local black-oriented radio stations was playing rap music that was misogynous beyond my let's-understand-their-social-conditions tolerance. The words ''bitch'' and ''ho'' (whore) flew off disc after disc. This was not after-hours underground radio. This was 9:30 a.m. on one of the most powerful FM stations in the city.I still defend rap as a window to the rage and pain young people feel. I still feel African-American rappers are often unfairly singled out for violent lyrics in an entertainment industry awash with gunplay and belittlement of women.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013
Joe Flacco is selling chicken wings for McDonald's , and Haloti Ngata has peddled food for Royal Farms. But neither of them sang opera or freestyle rapped on their commercials. Leave that to Justin Tucker, the Ravens kicker who is now endorsing Dr Pepper on a video advertisement that's starting to make its rounds online. Check it out above.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre open-mindedness and staying in the loop of new faces and sounds. Taken on a case-by-case basis, the lineup (which is fluid, meaning there could be more artists added) is all over the place: There's house hero Kaskade, feeling-himself-on-Top-40 crooner Robin Thicke, EDM-mashup dude Pretty Lights, chillwave posterboy Washed Out, polarizing surrealists MGMT and the Avett Brothers, the popular folk-rock band trying to convince people a banjo can still be cool.
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