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Ryan Reavis, last of three men charged in rapper’s 2018 death, to plead guilty to one charge of fentanyl distribution For more, check out: (Source)

Christian Weber

People will take you for granted until you’re gone, a truth hip-hop is intimately familiar with. If an artist is “lucky,” they will live long enough to have their contributions simply forgotten, as with innovators undersung in their middle age like the late DMX and Shock G. Too common is the scenario where an artist’s talent is belittled just as their star rises, like when popularity invited cynicism to Lil Peep and Juice WLRD until their premature demises rendered their geniuses unimpeachable. If the tragedies in rap of the last few years — from Pop Smoke to King Von to Nipsey Hussle, and the list goes on and on — have spoken to anything broken in our culture, beyond the complete callousness with which we treat the lives of young hip-hop musicians, it’s that we fail to adequately celebrate our artists until they are no longer able to join in themselves.

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Stephen Walter, 48, has agreed to plead guilty to supplying Miller with fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone pills in a deal that drops more serious charges For more, check out: (Source)

Marcela Avelar

Nothing says Halloween like Christmas music. Every year, before October is even over, dozens of new Christmas songs and albums are announced. And for the past five years, I have been running them down on or before All Hallow’s Eve, mainly to spook those of you who can’t stand this stuff.

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The Baton Rouge rapper could tie Taylor Swift for the most Number One albums in RS 200 history For more, check out: (Source)

Artists discuss their new project ‘Cheers to the Best Memories’ and how they set out to make the ‘Watch the Throne’ of R&B For more, check out: (Source)

Original title, Good News, was a nod to Miller’s first posthumous single For more, check out: (Source)

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Colson Baker, aka rapper-turned-punk-rocker Machine Gun Kelly, also has a burgeoning acting career. Sometimes that has involved portraying musicians, as when he played Tommy Lee in the Mötley Crüe movie The Dirt, or music-adjacent figures like a backstage barista on Cameron Crowe’s short-lived Showtime series Roadies. For his next such role, he’ll play a troubled rapper living out his last days in Tim Sutton’s Good News.

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Ty Dolla $ign and dvsn — the duo of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85 — have teamed up for an impressive new song called “I Believed It,” featuring a previously unreleased verse from the late Mac Miller. The track, built from a vast array of sitar, brass, and choral samples, centers on Ty$’s hook: “You lied to my face and I believed it/ Said no matter what I do you’ll never leave me/ But now you’re gone.” Ahead of its release, the artists shared footage of Miller in the studio working on the song. You can check out the music and that footage below.

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The song is off the artists’ upcoming joint album For more, check out: (Source)