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Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop’s biggest names of the 1990s with hits including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has died. Manager Jarez Posey tells The Associated Press that Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died at the Los Angeles home of a friend on Wednesday. The cause was not immediately clear. Coolio was 59. He won a Grammy for best solo rap performance for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” the 1995 No. 1 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds” that sampled Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise.”

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock and Los Angeles police are searching for a third suspect they warned should be considered armed and dangerous. The Philadelphia artist, whose real name is Rakim Allen, was gunned down Sept. 13 at a South LA restaurant while eating with his girlfriend. Investigators say a robber approached their table and demanded items from the rapper. A minor and a woman under the age of 18 are in custody. Police are searching for a 40-year-old man. Detectives believe a social media post may have tipped Rock’s killer to his location.

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Rihanna is set to star in February’s Super Bowl halftime show. The singer, who declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, on Sunday posted an image on Instagram of an arm holding up an NFL football. The NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation have a multiyear pact with the league to pick halftime show performers. They confirmed that Rihanna will headline this season's Super Bowl. The game will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12. After years of Pepsi sponsoring the event, the upcoming halftime show will be sponsored by Apple Music.

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Ari Lennox's new album, “age/sex/location” masterfully takes listeners through the various stages of courting and infatuation. Lennox’s sophomore project was released earlier this month and includes includes features from fellow R&B stars Summer Walker, Chloe Bailey and Lucky Daye. It follows up 2019’s critically acclaimed “Shea Butter Baby.” Lennox says the new album “encompasses dating and its entirety, the ups and downs, the crushes that start off so light and sweet, but'' end "in pain, misery, horror.” The album's title alludes to a common questionnaire used by internet chatroom participants in the late 90s and early 2000s. During the album creation process, Lennox says rap superstar J. Cole encouraged her to start journaling to unlock her creativity.

NBC says “Top Gun: Maverick” actor Miles Teller will host the opening episode of “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 1. The show begins its 48th season in something of a transition period, after having lost eight cast members. Teller will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning musical guest Kendrick Lamar, who makes his third appearance on the show. Actor Brendan Gleeson and musician Willow will be featured the next week. Musician Megan Thee Stallion earned the right to double duty on the Oct. 15 show as both host and musical guest. Pete Davidson Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon are among the long-time cast members who won't be back this season.

The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman at his Louisiana home and of possessing several drugs. Attorney Joel Pearce says the 51-year-old performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent of all charges. Tyler entered the pleas on Monday in Ascension Parish court in Gonzales. Pearce says he has not been able to get copies of the two indictments, but they were read in court. Pearce says the next hearing is on Oct. 17, and prosecutors said they plan to bring up Tyler's 2003 guilty plea to sexual battery as evidence of prior crimes.

Rapper and actor Common will make his Broadway debut this fall in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Between Riverside and Crazy.” The play centers on a cantankerous ex-cop who owns a piece of real estate on New York City’s Upper West Side and makes it a refuge for the hard-luck orphans who have become his surrogate family. Common will play the ex-cop’s newly paroled son, Junior. The Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy Award-winner will have actor Stephen McKinley Henderson as his onstage father. “Between Riverside and Crazy” will begin previews Nov. 30 and will officially open on Dec. 19 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater.

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FILE - Rapper and actor Common arrives at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 5, 2018. Common will make his Broadway debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Between Riverside and Crazy.” Previews begin Nov. 30 and it will officially open on Dec. 19 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal has been scheduled for arraignment on charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman, and illegally possessing drugs at his Louisiana home. Attorney Joel Pearce says the performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent. And he says he hopes he will be allowed to present evidence on Monday supporting bond for Tyler. The performer has been held without bond since he was arrested July 31 on charges accusing him of choking and raping the woman at his home in Prairieville, near Baton Rouge. Pearce says Tyler is the victim, and had a court order to protect him from the woman.

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Kanye West is breaking up with the Gap. An attorney for Kanye West, who goes by Ye, told The Associated Press that a letter has been sent to the clothing chain Thursday seeking to terminate the contract between Gap and West’s company, Yeezy. The clash comes a little over a year after Yeezy’s first item_ a blue puffer jacket _ appeared in Gap stores. West's attorney's say substantial noncompliance under the contract with gap has been costly. Gap confirmed that the agreement was ending in a letter to its employees.