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Rapper George Watsky apologises for breaking woman's arm in stage dive

The rapper jumped into the audience from the stage, injuring two fans

Previously unknown Greek group claims responsibility for Golden Dawn shootings

‘Militant People's Revolutionary Forces’ said the drive-by attack was in retaliation for murder of anti-fascism rapper Pavlos Fissas

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Sia donates money from Eminem collaboration to LGBT charity

The singer's decision follows the controversy generated by Eminem's 'Rap God' single, which uses homophobic language

Kanye West makes a reappearance on Jimmy Kimmel

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West reappeared on the talk show to set the record straight with Kimmel, adding that he thought he was a "creative genius"

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Jazz/hip hop artist Soweto Kinch is up for an award at this year’s MOBOs on 19 October and the Soweto Kinch Trio are at the London Jazz Festival next month. His album The Legend of Mike Smith is out now. He tells  about his current reading, watching and listening...

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Jay Z, the self-styled king of New York, waits backstage just a little past show-time with his wife Beyonce and their improbably named, one-year-old heir Blue Ivy.

Greek police arrest Golden Dawn far-right party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos as head of 'criminal organisation'

Greek police have arrested Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, the far right leader Golden Dawn party today on charges of founding a criminal organisation, police officials announced.

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Senior Greek police chiefs replaced over links to far right Golden Dawn party

Five senior police officers in Greece have been replaced after the government ordered an urgent inquiry into alleged links between the police and the far-right Golden Dawn party.

Backlash against Greek far-right as anti-fascist rapper is laid to rest

Golden Dawn party denies a part in the murder of anti-fascist campaigner

Macklemore performing at the Brixton Academy

Music review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O2 Brixton Academy, London

As the first show on their European tour, Seattle-based duo Macklemore, (real name Ben Haggerty) and producer Ryan Lewis were always going to draw a crowd with their latest album The Heist being one the most anticipated rap albums of 2013.

Film review: The Great Hip Hop Hoax (18)

Get rich or try lying. This documentary tells of an imposture that one feels could only have been perpetrated on the music industry. Californian hip-hop duo Silibil and Brains arrived in London, signed a deal and looked set for stardom. Only they weren't from California, they were two Scottish students, Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain, who got fed up with rejection and decided on a whim to "go American", accents and all.

Review: Signifying Rappers, By David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello

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Chris Fountain has been axed from Coronation Street after he admitted posting offensive songs on YouTube

Chris Fountain axed from Coronation Street over offensive rap lyrics

Actor was exposed as mysterious rapper The Phantom

More than 50 Eminem fans were arrested at the rapper's concert in Ireland

More than 50 arrested at Eminem concert at Slane Castle, Ireland

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