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Album: Richard Fontaine, The High Country (Decor)

Resolute in their rejection of Hollywood happy endings, the songs Willy Vlautin writes for Richmond Fontaine are downbeat narratives, related against the tints of a subtle Americana-rock which yaws between country, indie and ambient, as the action demands.

Tupac Shakur's ashes smoked

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Album: Wu-Tang Clan, Legendary Weapons (E1 PPP)

Legendary Weapons, it's claimed, is not a "proper" Wu-Tang Clan album, but rather a "compilation" album featuring members of the Clan alongside various old-school fellow-travellers like Sean Price. But then, weren't all the Clan's albums to some degree compilations, patchworks of the nine principals' differing styles and infatuations?

Snoop Dogg, Forum, London

Even the Snoop faithful were impatient at his late arrival, around 10.20pm, whistling and booing at the empty stage. When he did stroll on in his customary casual manner, the "King of the West Coast" was instantly forgiven.

Album: Snoop Dogg, Doggumentary (EMI)

It's many a year since the pigtailed rapper spat an inspired or original line, but he does at least recognise what some more articulate verbalists fail to grasp, which is that character and delivery counts as much as meaning – and few of his peers have as instantly recognisable a style as Snoop's laidback, lascivious drawl.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a rap fan

Gwyneth Paltrow knows every word to classic rap track 'F**k Tha Police'.

Nate Dogg: Singer who gave a soulful dimension to a raft of G-funk and gangsta rap records

Over the last two decades, the demarcation lines between hip-hop and R&B have become blurred as the two genres have cross-pollinated through the use of samples, the proliferation of remixes and the ubiquity of guest appearances by vocalists and rappers on each other's records. Nate Dogg, the singer whose signature baritone gave dozens of "G-funk" and gangsta rap tracks a soulful dimension, played a pivotal role in that development.

Rapper Nate Dogg dies

Nate Dogg has died aged 41.

P Diddy richest artist in hip-hop

P Diddy has been crowned the wealthiest artist in hip-hop, with a fortune of $475 million.

Diddy sued for $1 trillion

Diddy is being sued for $1 trillion.

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