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2022 Migos rapper Takeoff, 28, is shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas.

2008 R&B singer Nathaniel Mayer, whose first hit was 1962's "Village Of Love," dies at age 64 in Detroit, Michigan, after suffering a series of strokes.

2008 Def Jam executive Shakir Stewart dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 34.

2008 Yma Sumac, a Peruvian soprano who rose to fame in the '50s, dies of colon cancer at age 86. The spotlight shone on her again when her song "Ataypura" was featured in the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski.

2008 Jimmy Carl Black (drummer, vocalist for Mothers Of Invention) dies of lung cancer at age 70.

2006 Apple Computer launches a new mini-store within the US version of the iTunes Music Store dedicated to Latin music and entertainment. iTunes Latino features top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts.

2005 Skitch Henderson, original bandleader for The Tonight Show (hosted by Steve Allen) and founder of The New York Pops orchestra, dies at age 87.

2005 Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band plays "Paranoid" at the ceremony and Ozzy moons the crowd, feeling that they aren't rocking hard enough.

2004 EMI pays tribute to Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who celebrates 50 years recording for the company. In a rare appearance at a private party at EMI's London headquarters, Rostropovich is presented with a golden Neumann microphone and a plaque commemorating the 100 recordings he has made with the company since 1954.

2004 Terry Knight, original manager and producer for Grand Funk Railroad, is murdered by his teenage daughter's boyfriend, Donald A. Fair. Knight, age 61, was stabbed to death when he tried to breakup an argument over Fair's drug use.

2002 T.I. is arrested and convicted in Georgia for carrying a 10mm pistol. This is the rapper's second arrest for gun possession charges in less than a year.

2000 Ben Folds Five announce their breakup. Folds continues as a solo artist.

1999 With getting music over the internet still a novel concept and technical challenge, Third Eye Blind offer their single "Anything" exclusively online. It's free, but can only be played for three weeks.

1999 Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Gold Ribbon Awards gala in Montreal. Dion joins Bryan Adams and Anne Murray for the accolade.

1998 Madonna presents director Alan Parker with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Director's Guild of Great Britain. The ceremony takes place aboard a boat on the river Thames in London.

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Slick Rick Tells "Children's Story" On Debut Album


Slick Rick releases his debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick, featuring the influential rap hit "Children's Story."

In the years since "Children's Story" climbed to the top 5 of the rap and R&B charts and brought a new narrative approach to the art of rap, Slick Rick has earned some lofty titles from the hip-hop community, which has hailed him as the Godfather of Gangsta Rap and Hip-Hop's Greatest Storyteller. The London-born rapper has a simple explanation for the fuss surrounding his talent, telling The Guardian in 2016: "I think what I brought to hip-hop was a visual, storybook-type of a style, like reading a children's book, but in rap form." Rap fans got a taste of Rick's storytelling style on Doug E. Fresh's "The Show" and "La Di Da Di" in 1985, a year after Fresh recruited the flashy, eyepatch-wearing rapper, then known as MC Ricky D, to his crew after seeing him perform at a talent show. The successful collaboration put Rick on Def Jam's radar, and he became the third artist to sign with the label, where he put his skills to work on The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. "Children's Story," the album's second single, is a ghetto nursery rhyme about a budding gangster's swift rise and fall on the mean streets. Rick's sing-song narrative is an instant classic and the tune becomes one of the most sampled rap songs of all time – even 30 years later. In 2018, Nas samples the song on his police brutality anthem "Cops Shot the Kid," featuring Kanye West, as a nod to the rap veteran.



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