Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Music-Report for Thursday, Dec. 20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Music-Report for Thursday, Dec. 20

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Prep-Music-Report for Dec. 20

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JULEZ SANTANA - SENTENCED

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rapper Juelz Santana has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for trying to get a loaded gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was sentenced yesterday in Newark, New Jersey, to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. He was arrested in March after security at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport found a loaded .38-calibre handgun and non-prescription oxycodone pills in his carry-on. Santana left the area and the bags behind, but he turned himself in three days later. The 36-year-old rap star will not immediately go to prison after having reached an agreement to perform on Long Island.

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PUSHA T - WINNING STREAK

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pusha T has been on a winning streak. In a year where rap easily dominated as music's top genre, Pusha T's 21-minute, seven-track "Daytona" album became one of the most successful hip-hop projects of the year. He also prevailed in his beef with Toronto rapper Drake -- and he earned a Grammy nomination for best rap album. As the rap star reflects on the year, he says: "I really can look back at 2018 and really look at it as a total win." "I didn't start 'Daytona' to let anybody down and I feel like we definitely accomplished the mission," he added. "'Daytona' is rap album of the year. No one rapped better than me in 2018.'" Pusha T, 41, has been making bold statements like those since he emerged on the music scene as one-half of the duo Clipse two decades ago, earning praise for his raw lyrical content and delivery. He reached new heights this year when he exposed Drake on "The Story of Adidon." The Kanye West-produced album "Daytona" soon followed, debuting at No. …

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