Gemma Chan, Henry Golding and more join #StopAsianHate UK campaign

Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, Rina Sawayama and more stars have helped launch a #StopAsianHate campaign in the UK.

Hate crimes against Asian people in London in March 2020 rose by 179 per cent compared to March 2019, according to campaign group Besea.n. Data for the rest of the UK is less accurate but also points to similar increases.

A new campaign has now launched on GoFundMe to create the East and South East Asian (ESEA) Community Fund, which aims to “help uplift and protect” the ESEA community in the UK. Chan, Golding and Sawayama are joined in supporting it by the likes of The Matrix 4 star Jessica Henwick, Marvel actor Benedict Wong, musician Sinead Harnett, model, presenter and fashion designer Alexa Chung and more.

The fund will provide grants to grassroots community organisations, like Besea.n, End The Virus Of Racism, COVID Anti Racism Group and Kanlungan UK.

Speaking to the Observer, Chan said she was “deeply concerned and disturbed” by the rising rates of attacks on Asian people in London alone since the start of the pandemic. “Like many others, I worry for family members every time they leave the house or use public transport,” she said.

“My mum has worked for the NHS for most of her life. She and my dad have been followed and subjected to a number of verbal assaults since the beginning of the pandemic.”

On Instagram, Golding wrote: “Asian hate has been seeping into all parts of the world, not just America. In the UK especially we’ve seen the South and South East Asian communities being affected. Every donation you guys help raise will fund grassroots organisations creating real social change.

“Don’t be a bystander, we are more powerful in numbers. If you see an injustice being committed, do what you can to help the victim. So many times we see these attacks and people of all races turn a blind eye. You may as well side with the ignorant. Love and support each other, that’s the only way we are going to beat this.”

Like the US, the UK has seen a number of violent attacks on Asian people since the pandemic began last year. University lecturer Peng Wang was beaten while out jogging in Southampton and left needing treatment to his face and elbows, while a 26-year-old woman was the victim of another attack in Edinburgh last month, among many other incidents.

You can find more information about the UK #StopAsianHate campaign and donate to the ESEA Community Fund here. 

In March, Beabadoobee spoke about her experiences of racism as an Asian woman and the “terrifying” reality of the increase in hate crimes against Asian people in the UK in the last year.

“I am a woman and I am also Asian,” she said. “I could go out and get assaulted and also get beaten up because of my race. That’s a terrifying thought, but it’s the reality we’re living in right now. People need to be educated in what’s going on and on how to support the Asian community.”

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Two more people join sexual abuse lawsuit against Bassnectar

Two more individuals have made allegations of sexual abuse against US DJ and producer Bassnectar, who is currently facing charges of human trafficking, sexual abuse of minors and the manufacture and possession of child pornography.

According to Rolling Stone, two women identified as Jenna and Jane Doe #1 have joined a pre-existing lawsuit filed in April against the musician – real name Lorin Ashton – and made similar allegations of sexual abuse and human trafficking. The lawsuit was reportedly amended last Friday (May 7) to include the new allegations.

In April, lawyers for Ashton denied the allegations in the lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of complainants identified as Rachel and Alexis. Ashton’s legal representatives again denied these new allegations in a statement to NME, asserting the producer’s innocence of “the offensive and demonstrably false allegations outlined in this outrageous lawsuit”.

“Bassnectar’s purported noble actions and reputation of being in service to some greater good were nothing more than a veil to mask his sinister desires and actions and a means to use his power and influence to groom and ultimately sexually victimize underage girls,” the lawsuit reads.

Jenna alleges she was first contacted by Ashton over Twitter when she was 16. A few months after first getting in contact, Ashton allegedly visited her home state of Pennsylvania and invited her to visit him at the Ritz Carlton hotel.

“Bassnectar instructed Jenna to meet him in his hotel room. Jenna, who was sixteen at the time, went to Bassnectar’s hotel room and met Bassnectar. Almost as soon as she walked into the room, Bassnectar started having sex with Jenna,” the lawsuit claims.

“Bassnectar did not use a condom. Bassnectar was thirty-four years old… Bassnectar provided Jenna with cash after they had sex.”

The two allegedly continued to see each other over the next three years, with the producer regularly flying her to his gigs. Once Jenna was no longer a minor, Ashton allegedly wanted to end things. The lawsuit also claims Ashton contacted Jenna when charges were first filed, to make sure she was “staying quiet”.

“For years since the abuse, Jenna has seen several therapists after suffering severe mental stress and anguish related to Bassnectar’s abusive and coercive behavior towards Jenna beginning when she was a minor. Jenna continues to suffer due to the trauma and continues to receive treatment,” the lawsuit claims.

The other accuser, Jane Doe #1, claims Ashton manipulated her into sending him sexually explicit photos while she was underage.

“Her parents became very protective of Jane Doe #1 while she was in high school and were understandably concerned about Jane Doe #1’s well-being. This became problematic for Bassnectar. In an attempt to find a way to have her parents back off, Bassnectar helped Jane Doe #1 craft a letter to her therapist about how she ‘feels trapped by her parents’,” the lawsuit claims.

“Even as Jane Doe #1 continued to deteriorate, Bassnectar selfishly prioritized his sexual desires over Jane Doe #1’s mental health.”

Kim Hodde and Mitchell Schuster, lawyers for Ashton, said in a statement to NME, “Lorin is completely innocent of the offensive and demonstrably false allegations outlined in this outrageous lawsuit.

“This litigation is nothing more than a shameless attempt to profit off of the important social movement against sexual exploitation. Fabricated claims like these are an appalling disservice to actual victims, whom Lorin and the entire Bassnectar team unwaveringly support.

“To be clear, the claims in the amended complaint – like those in the first version – are meritless and have been drafted to create a sensationalised and false narrative. We have every confidence that once these claims are actually tested under oath in a courtroom – rather than through the court of public opinion – Lorin will be fully exonerated. Out of respect for others, Lorin has resisted taking action while he has been vilified by these outlandish accusations, but he cannot sit idly by any longer. We will pursue every appropriate remedy to hold these opportunists accountable for the damage they have caused to Lorin’s life and reputation.”

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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Tawny Kitaen, ’80s music video star and ‘Bachelor Party’ actor, has died

Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, the ’80s music video star and Bachelor Party actor, has died aged 59.

Kitaen’s death was confirmed by the Orange County, California coroner’s office (per Variety), which revealed that she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday morning (May 7). A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Born on August 5, 1961, in San Diego, California, Kitaen’s first dealings with the world of rock was when she appeared on the covers of RATT’s self-titled 1983 debut album and 1984’s ‘Out Of The Cellar’. Kitaen was dating the band’s guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time.

After appearing in the music video for RATT’s ‘Back For More’ in 1984, Kitaen then went on to star in a number of other videos, most notably Whitesnake’s 1987 smash ‘Here I Go Again’. She also featured in the videos for ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Is This Love’ and ‘The Deeper The Love’. Kitaen was briefly married to Whitesnake’s lead singer, David Coverdale, from 1989 to 1991.

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Film roles followed, with her most popular being when she portrayed Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party. She also starred in Witchboard, White Hot, Dead Tides, and she appeared in the Seinfeld episode ‘The Nose Job’.

More recently, Kitaen appeared in several reality TV shows, including Botched, The Surreal Life, and a season of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, the latter of which was recorded in 2008.

Kitaen leaves behind two daughters she shared with baseball player Chuck Finley, to whom she was married from 1997 to 2002.

A number of tributes have begun to pour in for Kitean. Steelheart bassist Marten Andersson wrote: “Sad to hear about the passing of the Whitesnake video model (as well as Ratt cover model) Tawny Kitaen. A little bit of my youth died right now. Rip T.”

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Mac Miller’s family urge fans not to buy unauthorised book

The family and friends of Mac Miller have condemned a new unauthorised book on the late rapper, and urged fans not to purchase it.

Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller, a new book by author Paul Cantor, is set to be released on January 18, 2022.

In a statement shared by the late rapper’s team, close friends and family, they wrote: “This book is not authorised or endorsed by Malcolm’s family and has been written by a writer with whom Malcolm did not have a relationship.

“Furthermore, the writer had no meaningful access to those that were closest to Malcolm—friends, family, collaborators etc. In fact, the writer of this book was made aware at the outset of the process of writing this book that the family and friends of Malcolm were uncomfortable with him authoring this biography, yet he chose to proceed against our polite insistence that he not do disservice to Malcolm’s legacy through writing a book without legitimate primary sources.”

Later on, the statement criticises the author and the book’s publisher, Abrams Press, for its release date, which falls the day before Miller’s birthday, and they claim is not a coincidental date for publication.

“We have been consistently disappointed by the author and publisher’s decision to pursue this book given their full understanding of our discomfort with the circumstances under which it was authored, but utilising Malcolm’s birthdate as a marketing tool is,” the statement read.

The statement ends with Miller’s family asking that “those that wish to support Malcolm and his legacy to abstain from purchasing this new book,” and ask them instead to buy and read a fully authorised book on the rapper, Donna-Claire Chesman’s The Book of Mac, which is due out this October.

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Mac Miller. CREDIT: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

Chesman reportedly spent a year interviewing many of Miller’s friends and collaborators for the book, including ThundercatSydWiz KhalifaKehlani and more.

According to a description of the book shared on AmazonThe Book Of Mac provides “a vivid and poignant portrait of this astonishing artist – one who had just released a series of increasingly complex albums, demonstrating what a musical force he was and how heartbreaking it was to lose him”.

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Die Antwoord no longer appearing at ALT+LDN festival following artist backlash

Die Antwoord will not appear at the London festival ALT+LDN this summer following a backlash from a number of the artists on the bill.

Die Antwoord’s presence on the ALT+LDN line-up has been publicly criticised by both ZAND and Bob Vylan in the past week (via Kerrang!) with both artists citing past allegations of abuse that have been made against the South African band, all of which Die Antwoord have always denied.

In a brief statement issued this evening (May 7), ALT+LDN confirmed that Die Antwoord would no longer be appearing at their festival “by mutual agreement”.

In a post on Instagram last week, ZAND explained that while they were grateful for the “insane opportunity” to play at ALT+LDN, “it must be said I do not feel comfortable at all with a certain band (Die Antwoord) playing this festival”.

“Having a safe space for victims and all people should be a priority to all of us and in this instance because it is not, I will not allow my stance on this to come off as complacent by not addressing what needs to be addressed,” ZAND continued, adding: “Every other artist on this bill: let’s get it.”

Bob Vylan frontman Bobby Vylan spoke out against Die Antwoord’s booking at ALT+LDN in a video on Twitter on Wednesday (May 5), and asked the festival organisers to remove the band from the bill.

“If not, I and other acts I’m sure will protest their presence with our presence, and make it extremely fucking uncomfortable for them to be there, I can guarantee that,” he said.

In response to Vylan’s video message asking ALT+LDN to take action against Die Antwoord, Architects frontman Sam Carter replied: “We’re reaching out with you.”

In August 2019, Die Antwoord were removed from the line-ups of several music festivals after video of an alleged homophobic attack against Hercules and Love Affair‘s Andy Butler went viral.

Die Antwoord’s Ninja – AKA Watkin Tudor Jones – claimed in response that the clip of the incident had been “cleverly edited to make it seem like me and Yolandi [Visser] committed a hate crime towards a person because they are gay”, and denied that the band were homophobic.

The following month Australian musician Zheani Sparkes filed a police report in Queensland against Tudor Jones after alleging that she was a victim of revenge porn, and accused the rapper of sexually assaulting her in South Africa in 2013 – both of which he denies.

Queensland Police subsequently confirmed [via The Music] that “the complaint of the sharing of intimate images was thoroughly investigated, and, due to subsequent legal advice, it has been determined that the chance of a successful prosecution was unlikely.

“The matter is now finalised, and the police have advised the complainant of this outcome.”

Italian-American singer Jade Carroll also accused Jones of committing indecent assault in 2014, while Die Antwoord’s former collaborator Benjay Crossman spoke out against the band’s alleged behaviour in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jones denied all of the allegations at the time, describing them as “wild and unsubstantiated stories from people who have an obvious agenda and animus against me”.

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Madonna pays tribute to the late Nick Kamen: “It’s heartbreaking to know you are gone”

Madonna has paid tribute to the late singer and model Nick Kamen, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 59.

Kamen, who was known as a Levi’s model and, later, for his solo singles ‘Each Time You Break My Heart’ (1986) and ‘I Promised Myself’ (1990), is understood to have died on Tuesday night (May 4) after a long illness.

Madonna and Kamen worked closely together for a period in the 1980s, with the former notably co-writing and contributing vocals to Kamen’s ‘Each Time You Break My Heart’.

Posting on her social media channels last night (May 5), Madonna shared a selection of photos of Kamen and said that it was “heartbreaking to know you are gone”.

“You were always such a kind, sweet human and you suffered too much,” she added. “Hope you are happier wherever you are, Nick Kamen.”

Madonna’s tribute to Kamen follows on from messages that were shared yesterday on social media by the likes of Boy George, Duran Duran‘s John Taylor and the actor Susie Cave.

Matt Lucas also paid tribute to Kamen on Twitter, writing: “If you didn’t have a crush on Nick Kamen in the 80s, you probably weren’t there. RIP.”

Katrina Leskanich from Katrina & The Waves wrote: “My dear friend passed today. A sweet, humble, totally down to earth loving human being.”

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Marilyn Manson’s accuser Ashley Morgan Smithline details “terrifying” alleged abuse

Ashley Morgan Smithline has recounted the alleged abuse her ex-partner Marilyn Manson infected upon her, while calling the musician the “most terrifying monster in the world”.

The model – aka Ashley Lindsay Morgan – is among the multiple women to have accused Manson of abuse after his former girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood claimed he had groomed, abused and manipulated her “for years”.

Manson subsequently denied the allegations in February, calling them “horrible distortions of reality” and saying that his past relationships had “always been entirely consensual”.

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Speaking in a new interview with People, Smithline accused Manson of raping her, cutting her and locking her in a glass, soundproof room – which he is said to have called “the bad girls’ room” – whenever she “pissed him off”.

“He kept telling me, ‘You can’t rape someone that you’re in love with’,” Smithline told the publication.

“There’s a difference between waking up to someone having sex with you nicely in the morning and waking up tied up with someone having sex with your unconscious body, being tied up and screaming and not enjoying it, and him laughing, like, sadistically, or gagging my mouth or something.”

Smithline also claimed she was “brainwashed” by Manson over the course of two years, alleging that the musician at one point carved his initials into her thigh. She still has a scar, according to the article, which “makes me feel disgusting”.

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Marilyn Manson. CREDIT: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

“He cut me on my stomach and then drank my blood. Then, he had me drink his,” she said. “The more I let him hurt me, the more I loved him and the more I was proving myself to him.”

A spokesperson for Manson has since denied Smithline’s new accusations in a statement, writing: “There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them.”

The statement went on to deny Smithline’s claim that the pair’s relationship spanned two years (between 2010 and 2012). “This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn’t last one week,” the spokesperson wrote.

According to People‘s report, Manson had first contacted Smithline to discuss an acting role in a film over the summer of 2010.

Claiming that he then “lured me in with this endless intelligence”, she explained: “We talked about Nabokov and Tolstoy and foreign films and not in a pretentious ‘first year of film school’ way. In a way of really appreciating art and literature.”

Smithline said Manson’s behaviour became “slowly more and more invasive” ahead of their first meeting in November 2010, when the musician took her to his apartment in West Hollywood. She described the property as a cold “black refrigerator”.

It was reported last week (April 30) that Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco had filed a lawsuit against Manson, alleging sexual assault, physical abuse, and human trafficking. Bianco first went public with the claims against him in February.

Manson was dropped from his record label, Loma Vista, after the allegations were reported earlier this year. His booking agent CAA and longtime manager Ciulla also went on to sever ties with him, while it was confirmed that his appearances would be removed from TV shows American Gods and the Creepshow anthology.

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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Jesy Nelson opens up on Little Mix departure: “I found it so hard to just be happy”

Little Mix‘s Jesy Nelson has opened up on the exact moment she realised she was going to leave the group.

Nelson, who joined the band during their formation on The X Factor in 2011, announced her departure in December.

Speaking in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Nelson explained how being in the group had adversely affected her mental health.

Nelson said that her decision to leave Little Mix was made after she suffered a panic attack while filming the music video for ‘Sweet Melody’.

“I immediately became a different person,” Nelson said. “I had anxiety. Whenever we had a music video, I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to try and lose weight.”

Describing the moment as “breaking point”, Nelson went on: “I’d been in lockdown, and I’d put on a bit of weight but I didn’t care. And they said, ‘You’ve got a music video in a couple of weeks’ and I just panicked.

“I went on this extreme diet, with bloody shakes, and tried to eat as little as possible. On the day of the ‘Sweet Melody’ video I had a panic attack on set because I didn’t look how I wanted to look and I found it so hard to just be happy and enjoy myself.”

Nelson explained that she was “sobbing in the dressing room” and a close friend advised her to quit.

“For so long I worried about other people and letting people down,” she said. “The only person I should have been trying to make happy was myself and I wasn’t doing that. I needed to do it for my mental health.”

Nelson is now focusing on her own solo material, while Little Mix – comprised of Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – have continued as a three piece.

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Robbers who stole Lady Gaga’s dogs didn’t know pets belonged to her

Police in Los Angeles have said that the suspects who are accused of taking two of Lady Gaga‘s bulldogs and shooting her dog walker earlier this year did not know that the pets belonged to the singer.

It comes after Jaylin White, James Jackson and Lafayette Whaley were arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery.

A new felony complaint claims that the trio were actively “looking for French bulldogs” in the West Hollywood and San Fernando Valley area on 24 February when they are alleged to have spotted Fischer.

They allegedly turned off their car lights and followed him down an isolated side road, before White and Jackson jumped out of the vehicle to assault Fischer and take the dogs.

Fischer, who had been gagged, was then allegedly shot in the chest by Jackson who fled the scene.

While Gaga subsequently confirmed the crime, White’s father Harold White and Jennifer McBride, who was in a relationship with Harold, are said to have then become involved in the crime.

They are alleged to have helped Jaylin avoid arrest, while McBride returned the dogs to police on 26 February.

Lady Gaga performs live. CREDIT: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

A statement from the LAPD previously explained that McBride had reported that she found the dogs and responded to a reward email to return the animals.

She has been charged with receiving stolen property valued above $950 (£685), and a count of being an accessory in the theft.

Jaylin White remains in custody on a £1m bond (£720,000) while Jackson is held on a bond of just over $3m (£2.16m), and Whaley’s bond is $1.1m (£7.92m).

Harold was released from jail last Saturday (May 1), while McBride was freed on Monday (May 3) ahead of their next court appearance.

Gaga is yet to respond to the arrests, although Fischer recently revealed that he had part of his lung removed after being shot.

Posting on Instagram, Fischer spoke about how he ended up back in hospital after being initially discharged only weeks after the incident.

“Recovery isn’t a straight line,” he wrote.

“It became quite clear that my lung was not healing, and the bullet wound had scarred my tissue like a burn. It could take months, if ever, for the hole to seal.”

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Lucinda Williams reveals she’s recovering from a stroke

Lucinda Williams has revealed she suffered a stroke last year and that she’s on the road to recovery.

Speaking in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the 68-year-old singer-songwriter said she spent five weeks in the hospital after a blood clot developed on the right side of her brain in November of last year.

A few days before Thanksgiving, the singer was in her bathroom getting ready to take a shower when she had trouble keeping her balance. She stumbled and struggled to stand up straight and couldn’t walk.

“An ambulance came and got me and we told them not to put the big siren on. We didn’t want to alarm the neighbours or anything,” she explained. “But they put the siren on.”

Williams spent a week in the intensive care unit where doctors discovered a blood clot on the right side of her brain, which affected the left side of her body. She was then transferred to a rehabilitation centre to begin a monthlong treatment of therapy.

Williams was discharged on December 21 and is now undergoing physical therapy. She now walks with a cane, is unable to play guitar, and has lingering pain in both her left arm and left leg. However, thanks to the lack of brain damage, doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

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Lucinda Williams. CREDIT: Robin Little/Redferns

“What happens is your brain gets all… the wires get all crossed and you have to retrain your brain basically, to tell your arm to do whatever it is you’re trying to do. So that’s the biggest challenge,” Williams said of the healing process.

“I do, like, walking, with the cane and they watch me and see how well I’m doing. And then I have to do hand and arm exercises. It’s really about regaining my strength and mobility, and range of motion. That’s what they work with me on.”

Williams said she feels positive that she will make a return to making music and wants to continue the summer tour she planned with Jason Isbell.

“I feel good and positive about playing again. We’ve got some shows scheduled with Jason Isbell for late July and we’re planning on doing those,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll stand up and sing or I’ll sit down like an old blues person. But we’ll figure it out.”

She added: “The main thing is I can still sing. I’m singing my ass off, so that hasn’t been affected. Can’t keep me down for too long.”

Back in March, Williams shared a cover of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Save Yourself’.

The country-rock artist’s rendition of the song appeared on ‘Epic Ten’, a special 10th anniversary edition of Van Etten’s second album ‘Epic’ (released in 2010).

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Watch Lil Wayne pay tribute to DMX during Trillerfest performance

Lil Wayne paid tribute to DMX during his Trillerfest performance in Miami last night (May 1).

DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died on April 9 at the age of 50. He was first hospitalised following a heart attack as a result of a reported overdose on April 3, where he had remained in intensive care since.

Tributes have been pouring in ever since the news of the legendary rapper’s death broke, including from the likes of Eve, Swizz Beatz, T.I., Meek Mill, Shaquille O’Neal, Lebron James, Viola Davis, Ice-T, Talib Kweli, and Power actor Omari Hardwick.

Last night, the tributes continued when Lil Wayne shared a story about touring with DMX during his performance at Trillerfest: Miami.

“When I was a younger kid, we used to be on tour a lot, right. Like six months a year,” Wayne told the crowd. “We used to have so many artists we didn’t need to have no opening acts ’cause we just needed another record label, and it was just us and them.

“So back then we went on this tour called ‘The Cash Money/Ruff Ryders Tour’. See, being from New Orleans it’s so far away from New York and Cali and shit like that. We didn’t know if it was real when we seen it on TV, the New York guys, the LA people. So when we saw DMX we all fell in love.”

He continued: “But when I got on tour with him, and now you’re in the hotel lobby, you’re backstage, you run into a n***a and he actually says something to you, and when you see this n***a talk like how he rap, and you see this n***a is what he is, and you see this n***a has a zillion dogs with him, then a zillion dogs with him it’s impossible not to be obsessed, infatuated, impressed, whatever.”

Wayne then asked the crowd to make some noise for DMX. See his tribute below.

DMX’s memorial service took place last Saturday (April 24) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centerin New York.

“DMX: A Celebration of Life” saw a number of high-profile guests in attendance including rappers Nas and Swizz Beats, who both gave speeches at the event. Also in attendance was Eve, Jadakiss, Styles P and Drag-On – members and signees of the hip-hop collective and record label Ruff Ryders that boosted DMX’s early career.

Kanye West‘s Sunday Service Choir paid tribute to DMX with live performances at the memorial service, opening with an arrangement of Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’ and ‘Keep On Movin’ before singing the Clark Sisters’ ‘You Brought The Sunshine’, the hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and their original song ‘Excellent’.

In addition, hundreds of motorcyclists drove through Brooklyn ahead of the memorial, which is happening the day before the rapper’s private funeral. The “Ruff Ryders 2 The Rescue: Ryde 4 Life” procession was led by a Ryders monster truck carrying DMX’s coffin, with hundreds of people lining the city’s streets.

Meanwhile, DMX‘s final interview is set to air later this month as part of TV One’s popular Uncensored series.

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Former Judas Priest drummer John Hinch has died

John Hinch, the former Judas Priest drummer who played on the band’s debut album, ‘Rocka Rolla’, has died aged 73.

The musician’s death was confirmed by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who shared a photo of his former bandmate on his Instagram Story with the caption: “RIP.”

“His style was strong, direct and unique,” Halford recalled to Loudwire. “I’ll be blasting ‘Rocka Rolla’ today!”

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing added: “I am extremely saddened to hear that John has passed away as he played his part so well in the creation and the history of Judas Priest.”

“There are so many memories of crazy and fun times we all shared together. John was always so dependable and did everything to the best of his ability, including his drumming which looking back can only be described as faultless. The fact that he continued to play to his very last day is testimony to his ability and dedication to his love of the drums.”

“I wish to give my sincere condolences to John’s family and loved ones from myself and all of you forever. Rest in peace, John.”

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“His style was strong, direct and unique” – Rob Halford on John Hinch. CREDIT: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Born on June 19, 1947, in Staffordshire, England, Hinch began his career playing in several bands in the Birmingham area. He first joined Halford in the group Hiroshima before following the frontman to Judas Priest in 1973.

Hinch and Halford joined forces with guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill in the band, and later second guitarist Glenn Tipton. In 1974, the group recruited Black Sabbath and Budgie producer Rodger Bai and recorded their debut LP, ‘Rocka Rolla’.

The album was very different to what Judas Priest would go on to be known for – it was more blues rock than heavy metal – but it gave the band its first bit of exposure. They toured the LP throughout the UK and Europe, and Hinch handled most of the driving as well as the band’s finances – although he admitted later it was frustrating.

“Drumming to me just became secondary,” Hinch admitted. “It was like, ‘Ok, here we go we’re on stage,’ and then invariably you’d get an argument just for the sake of an argument.”

After the tour was over, the band turned their attention to second album ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’, and it was at that point that Hinch was fired from the band.

Following his stint in Judas Priest, Hinch pursued a career in band management, working with artists such as Jameson Raid and Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions fame.

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