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House Music Pioneer DJ Rashad Dead from Alleged Drug Overdose

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CHICAGO (AP) — Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead this weekend of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said Sunday. He was 34.

Chicago Police spokeswoman Janel Sedevic said a friend found Harden’s body Saturday afternoon in an apartment on the city’s West Side. There was no sign of injury but narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found near his body, she said. An autopsy was conducted Sunday but the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said it is waiting for the results of toxicology tests to determine a cause of death.

Harden’s death comes just days before his EP was scheduled for release and less than a month after fellow house music star Frankie Knuckles also died the city.

Harden, a resident of Calumet City, was poised for a breakout year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. His fifth album received his best reviews, he was scheduled to play clubs all over the world and his latest EP, “We On 1,” was scheduled to be released Monday.

“It’s just a tragic loss of a great musical genius,” said longtime friend and collaborator Morris Harper, who performs as DJ Spinn and who was scheduled to appear with Rashad in Detroit on Saturday night.

Rashad was considered a pioneer of footwork — an electronic-oriented music genre that originated in Chicago. Once known as juke, footwork is named for its quick dance moves and is known for what Rolling Stone calls a “frenzied and hypnotic style of dance music that features heart-racing BPMs and, often, chopped-up loops of popular rap, R&B and pop vocals.”

The Sun-Times reported Rashad’s fifth LP, “Double Cup,” which came out last year, is credited with attracting a wider audience to footwork music.

“He shared his music with everyone that would listen,” Harden’s father, Anthony Harden, told the Sun-Times. “He’s been all over the world, taking footwork all over the world.”

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Teacher Gives 15 Year Old Student A Birthday Lap Dance In Class

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Wow. Where the hell were these teachers when I was in school back in the day?! These teachers today have moved from hiding after school with an underage student, to just throwing it down in front of all the kids together now!

A 42-year-old teacher performed a “full contact” lap dance on a middle school student in front of his Texas classmates, authorities allege.

Felicia Smith was charged Thursday with having an improper relationship with a student because of her alleged 4-minute risque performance on a boy celebrating his 15th birthday in February, My Fox Houston reports.

The teen told investigators that he sat in a chair next to Smith’s desk as she moved back and forth on his crotch and touched him all over his body. Near the end of the dance, the student said Smith sank to her knees and put her head between his legs. The incident reportedly happened in front of the other students during class.

The student admitted that he spanked Smith’s buttocks a couple of times, according to KHOU.

As music played, Smith said “I love you, baby. Happy Birthday,” according to the boy’s statement.

Police claim that Smith said the students persuaded her to grind on the teen, TV station KPRC reports.

Smith was removed from teaching in the Aldine Independent School District while her case is pending, district officials told the Houston Chronicle.

She posted $30,000 bond on Thursday.

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DJ E-Z Rock of ‘It Takes Two’ Fame Passes Away at 46

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Who doesn’t remember the classic hip hop joint ‘It Takes Two’ with rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock? Unfortunately yesterday, DJ E-Z Rock died over the weekend.

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Rodney Bryce, who made his mark on hip-hop under the name DJ E-Z Rock, died Sunday, a spokesperson for Bryce’s friend and collaborator Rob Base confirmed to Rolling Stone. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock released their first single, “DJ Interview,” in 1986, but the 46-year-old Bryce cemented himself into the hip-hop canon with 1988’s iconic track “It Takes Two.” Produced by Teddy Riley and built around a vocal sample from Lyn Collins’ 1972 hit “Think (About It),” the song blended hip-hop with house music and became a nationwide hit, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart and helping to lift rap into the pop consciousness. The track would later be sampled by Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr, Girl Talk and South Korean girl group 2NE1, among many others, and has long become a pop culture staple, appearing in everything from the soundtrack to the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to a scene in Sandra Bullock’s 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal.

Questlove included the track on his Top 50 Hip Hop Songs of All Time for Rolling Stone, singling out James Brown drummer John “Jabo” Starks’ work for the Brown-produced “Think.” “Jabo’s sparse, all-on-the-one funk was more at home with conservative soul lovers, which is why it makes total sense that… Jabo was the anchor of the New Jack Swing movement,” wrote the Roots drummer. “Jabo’s go-to magnum opus was on the five-break-filled JB-produced ‘Think (About It)’ by Lyn Collins. James’ holy ghost yelp almost threatens to upstage Starks’ show, but it’s Starks’ steady glide that gave R&B music its blueprint some 15 years after its release.”

The duo released two other singles from their debut album —”Joy and Pain” and “Get on the Dance Floor”—but “It Takes Two” would be the standout single off the group’s debut album of the same name. The album was certified platinum in 1989 and reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for a hip-hop album at the time.

Bryce would not appear on Rob Base’s 1989 follow-up The Incredible Base, but reunited with the rapper for 1994’s Break of Dawn.

Rob Base and E-Z Rock both grew up in Harlem, becoming friends in the fourth grade. “Back then, there were other groups and we used to see other people perform,” E-Z Rock told Pennsylvania newspaper The Morning Call in 1991. “I bought a set of turntables and he bought a mic.”

As E-Z Rock recalled, the duo sent “It Takes Two” to hip-hop label Profile Records and received a call from the label the next day. “At first, it was kind of weird because we only had one record,” Rock said of the group’s first hit “Make It Hot.” “We would open up for people and get on for 15 minutes doing that one song. Then, when ‘It Takes Two’ came out, we started headlining.”

Speaking to The Boombox in 2011, Base was asked about the group’s pop- and R&B-influenced sound. “Well, I know definitely I was one of the first artists to do the hip-hop and R&B thing,” said Base. “When we did it, I just wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to do the same thing that the other groups were doing at the time. So we just did it that way and I really didn’t care what people said. There were a few groups that were saying, ‘Oh, you’re selling out. You’re this, you’re that.’ And I look at them now and they can’t even get one show.”

Various hip-hop artists paid condolences to the DJ on social media. DJ Scratch posted a late-Eighties picture of the duo on his Instagram, while Biz Markie tweeted, “R.I.P. to EZ Rock from Rob Base and EZ Rock. You will truly be missed.” DJ Red Alert tweeted, “We Have Lost Our Very Own From Harlem NYC & The Hip-Hop Culture Our Brother DJ E-Z Rock. Rest In Peace…” and Base himself posted a picture on his Instagram with a picture of Bryce and the message “R.I.Power DJ EZ Rock. Team Fearless Salute.”

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Mary Mary’s Tina Campbell Says She’s Ready To Divorce Cheating Husband

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Tina Campbell was ready to walk away from her marriage before her sister Erica Campbell shared how she overcame infidelity.

On the next episode of “Mary Mary,” Tina’s anger over her husband’s cheating will consume her after she finds out how many more affairs he really had. At first, Tina thought Teddy had only cheated once, but the truth is that he was sleeping with many other women while she was on the road.

“I thought we had a good life just like everybody else watching. I thought we was the ideal relationship just like everybody else,” Tina said, expressing what she would probably have said to Teddy if he were standing in front of her.

“You stole my life away from me. I’m angry. Why you gotta do me like this?! I was good to you, man!” Tina shouted before coming to the conclusion that she was ready for a divorce. “I don’t want him. He don’t deserve me. I don’t want him.

She continued, “I had hope when all of this started, when I let the whole world know about it. I thought we was healing because he had me thinking that we was healing.”

What hurt most for Tina was the fact, that he kept dragging out the healing process by admitting the magnitude of his infidelity bit by bit. Instead of coming clean about all of his affairs at once, he’s chosen to deliver the bad news slowly, making it harder for Tina to mend her broken heart.

“You can’t keep telling me stuff,” Tina hollered. “You wait two months, then you tell me something else. You wait two weeks, then you tell me something else. You’re torturing, man! You’re torturing me. Why are you putting me through all of this? Break my heart once! You’re gonna break my heart every month?!”

Tina said, “That’s too much for anybody, Erica! That’s too much.”

That’s when Erica told Tina that she’s been in exactly the same position as Tina, and she shared her steps for getting over the hurt in this preview of “Mary Mary” below! See what else she has to say when “Mary Mary” airs Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on WEtv.

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Listen To The Roots’ New Track ‘Tomorrow’ ft. Raheem DeVaughn (Audio)

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The Roots has been very busy this year as the in-house band on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’ but not to busy to keep making new music. Their new track called ‘Tomorrow’ ft. Raheem DeVaughn was not due for release until tomorrow, but you can here it right here on Rhythm Rave Radio!

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Which 4 states can you not get a blowjob, but still have sex with the dead? What was the ‘Easter’ surprise for one individual?

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World Weird News on Rhythm Rave Radio Podcast 04/19/14

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Did you hear about the baby born with 4 arms and 4 legs? How about the two 12 year old’s that are Britain’s youngest parents? Two 7 year old twin brothers stop a carjacker? Check out Rhythm Rave Radio’s World Weird News and find out!

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Outkast Reunites in Concert at The Coachella Festival 2014 (Full Video)

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Outkast reunited onstage after a near decade long hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.

The rap duo headlined the first night of the music festival Friday in Indio, Calif., performing well-known hits such as “Hey Ya!,” ”Ms. Jackson,” ”The Way You Move,” ”Elevators (Me & You),” and “So Fresh, So Clean.”

The Grammy winners performed two dozen tracks — seen via its livestream on YouTube — as they celebrated 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.”

“Hey Coachella, are y’all alive?” Andre 3000 asked the crowd at the top of their set. “Are y’all alive? Are y’all alive?”

“I really appreciate y’all coming out,” he said at the end of the performance, more than 90 minutes later. “I know it’s kind of weird 20 years later.”

Outkast worked the stage as they performed their rap anthems, and at times, they performed around a small table with two chairs, an ode to their earlier years where they would write songs in Big Boi’s aunt’s kitchen in Atlanta and recite their lyrics in circles.

“We just want to know one thing — are you having a good time?” Big Boi asked the crowd.

 

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Listen to Michael Jackson’s New Song ‘Xscape’


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The King of Pop is posthumously back on a new track leaked online this morning called ‘Xscape’ the title song from his forthcoming release of the same name this May. Rodney Jerkins  produced the title track which comes from MJ in his Invincible days — the 2001 album that featured “Butterflies” & “You Rock My World.”  Take a listen below:

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DJ & Music Producer Frankie Knuckles Dead at 59

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DJ and music producer Frankie Knuckles, lauded as the “Godfather of House” music, died Monday (March 31) at the age of 59.

Although an official cause of death has not been released, his passing was reportedly brought on by complications from Type II Diabetes.

After hearing news of his death, many took to social media to pay their respects. “A legend has fallen. All hail Knuckles an inspiration to us all,” wrote Chicago DJ Vince Lawrence via Facebook late Monday.

Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson tweeted, “jesus man. Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. he was the dj that dj’s inspired to be. true dance pioneer.”

Born in 1959, the pioneering DJ began his career spinning soul, disco, and R&B music at New York City nightclub The Warehouse. He relocated to Chicago in the late 1970s and opened his own club, The Power Plant in 1982.

In 1997, Knuckles won a Grammy in the Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical category, and in 2004 a street in the Windy City was renamed Frankie Knuckles Way.

The next year, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

 

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