Top 10 Hip Hop Deaths of 2011

Songwriters, rappers, and industry taste makers have made headlines through life and death. Regardless of how each has reached their fate, they will all be remembered best for their accomplishments and the progress they made in the Hip Hop community.

Heavy D, Nate Dogg, Patrice O’Neal: 9 Other Shocking Deaths of 2011

The end of a calendar year is usually a somber time filled with reflection, some regret, perhaps a dash of joy. Nothing drives the notion home of how little time we have on this earth than when larger-than-life personalities die. 2011 was no different as our community lost some major personalities, sometimes for shocking reasons […]

Songwriter Nick Ashford Leaves a Vault of Timeless Motown Classics

Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Hall of Fame songwriting duo, Ashford & Simpson, has died from complications from throat cancer in a New York hospital. He was 70. But Ashford left the world with a slew of classics that will never evaporate from our collective consciousness despite the passage of time. After meeting Valerie […]

Nick Ashford of Motown’s Ashford & Simpson Duo, Dies at 70

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson met in church in 1963 and spent the next 48 years making beautiful music together. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” are but a few of the Motown hits written by […]