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LaShawn Daniels, Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter, Dies At 41

The beloved songwriter died due to injuries from a car crash.

On Wednesday morning (Sept. 4), it was reported that veteran songwriter LaShawn Daniels passed away at age 41. According to The Independent, the cause of death has yet to be made public.

Affectionately known as Big Shiz, the pen-master crafted lyrics for R&B and Pop's top vocalists of the late 90s into the 2000s. Daniels wrote hits like Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World," "One Wish" by Ray J, Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine," "It's Not Right (But It's Okay)" by Whitney Houston, and the Grammy-winning track "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child. In 2013, Daniels was nominated for another gramophone for his work on Tamar Braxton's hit melody "Love and War."

In tandem with producer/songwriter extraordinaire Rodney Jerkins, he and Daniels began a fruitful partnership in placing an iconic stamp on R&B during the 90s and early aughts. Working on Brandy's sophomore album Never Say Never continued to boost the pair's studio creations and led them to work with a countless number of singers.

In an interview with Parle Magazine, Daniels shared one of his proudest moments as an acclaimed songwriter, highlighting Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce" and its sample of "Say My Name" as a highlight.

"I think as a writer, one of my proudest moments are when I hear the newer artist that’s popping, great and respected, sample a song that I worked on. Then when they mention you on Instagram, it becomes 'Wow! I didn’t even know y’all dug into credits like that.' Drake used the 'Say My Name' hook on one of his records and since then he’s used four more, even with his latest project," Daniels said. "The turnaround of music being appreciated in a way that somebody refers to something you’ve done and recognize you and respect it enough to figure out who you are, that’s really a proud moment. People would say to me, 'I knew that was you when I heard this line or that rip,' it’s crazy! But it’s a really, really proud moment for me. You feel like you’ve made a difference and set yourself aside in a world of singers and arrangements. I’m just always in awe and appreciative."

His music industry peers expressed their condolences and memories on social media. Daniels wife, April Daniels, issued a statement on Instagram. According to CNN, the beloved hitmaker died from injuries in a car accident.

 

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💔💔💔💔💔 I can’t even process that you’re gone. I learned everything I know about harmonies and vocal production and songwriting from YOU at day one straight outta sac into your arms and coaching!! All of your timeless work. Purple Reign days are my entire foundation. The classic songs you’ve written. Your kindness and willingness to work with some new girls straight from their hometown and give us your ALL after working with LEGENDS ONLY! I would be nothing. I was just talking about you to billboard and it feels like yesterday that we were all in the studio laughing, crying, working day and night just to get a glimpse of a dream. The way you made me do it over and over and teach me to come and sing with that shiz vibrato that was so recognizably yours. Your patience with my pitchy ass at 19. The way you sang toot it and boot it around the studio echoing in the halls. That loud contagious laugh. I will never forget your presence. I really don’t know what to say this is heart breaking I hope the world knows the angel we just lost. I 😥😥😥 really wish this weren’t true. Life is so short man I pray for your family. Your twin son. I pray that God wraps his arms around everyone tonight as we pray and re imagine you with the wings you’ve always had. I will miss you Shiz. So much. Rest well. Play your music and sing loud in heaven so we can hear it in our dreams. I love you

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Baltimore Cop Under Investigation For Intentionally Coughing At Residents In Public Housing Complex

The Baltimore Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer was filmed intentionally coughing at residents while walking through a public housing complex in Southeast Baltimore.

“The Department takes COVID-19 very seriously and we do not condone any action by our members which may be perceived as making light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ” the Department said in a statement on Monday (April 6) according to CNN.

Video footage of the incident picks up as the officer walks towards a woman who addresses him as “officer friendly with the cherry cheeks.” The officer doesn’t respond verbally but begins coughing at the woman and continues coughing without covering his mouth as he walks past numerous residents.

Baltimore police investigating video showing officer cough near residents of a housing project; at least 8 cops in the department have tested positive for coronavirus

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison called the footage “disturbing.”

“It is not only disturbing, but incomprehensible, especially considering the high-level of strong and clear guidance that we have provided from the beginning, regarding COVID-19,”  Harrison said in the statement. “Members are always expected to be sensitive and professional to the community, but what we saw in the video is alarming because this pandemic is affecting lives not only nationally, worldwide, but right here in our own police department.”

The BPD confirmed on Monday that at least eight police officers and two civilian employees tested positive for COVID-19. According to WBAL-TV, 94 officers have been cleared to return to work after the department quarantined 305 officers amid the pandemic.

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Kanye West, Mariah Carey And Tyler Perry To Join Joel Osteen For Virtual Easter Sunday Service

Joel Osteen is amping up the star power for Easter Sunday. Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Tyler Perry will join the Lakewood Church pastor’s virtual church service to be streamed online this Sunday (April 12).

“I don’t know that I did it too much. It just all came in to place,” Osteen told TMZ Live on Wednesday (April 8). The 57-year-old faith leader revealed that he’s known Carey “from years past” and that she reached out to him about paying tribute to healthcare workers and to do her part to “uplift the nation” during the coronavirus pandemic. Perry will be submitting a five-minute inspirational message, according to Osteen.

Although it’s unclear how West will contribute to the service, Osteen implied that the rapper’s Sunday Service choir will be involved. “I’m not so sure exactly what he’s going to do but he sent me a couple of pictures where it looks like they’re going to keep with the social distancing,” Osteen said of West and his choir. “He’ll figure out some way to do it. He just talked about wanting to partner with us on Easter to bring hope and inspiration to people.

“Especially when people are down and afraid I think this is a good time to lift people up,” added Osteen.

West and Osteen have teamed up before. The “Jesus Is King” rapper made an appearance at Lakewood Church last November where he addressed the congregation about his spiritual journey. The religious duo were reportedly  planned to take the show on the road for a tour of some sort.

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Rapper And Model Chynna Rogers Dies at 25

Philly MC and model, Chynna has died, sources close to rapper confirmed.

“I can regrettably confirm Chynna passed away,” her manager John Miller told Stereogum via email. He added that her family said, “Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed”.

The 25-year-old got her start in the industry after she signed to Ford Models when she was 14-years-old. On weekends, she'd travel New York City with the late A$AP Yams. It was the producer and creative who inspired the "seasonal depression" rapper to pursue her music career.

In the 2013, made waves with her single, "Selfie," followed by the hard-knocking "Glen Coco," before releasing her EP, I'm Not Here. This Isn't Happening in 2015. Two years later, Ms. Rogers released her EP, Music 2 Die 2 .

It's no secret that she struggled with opiate addiction. Back in 2017, the late rapper told VIBE that she was three years sober.

"I felt crazy. I didn't want to be a statistic. I didn't want to go out that way and people be like: 'I told you so," or glamorize it [drugs], because I don't feel like that," Chynna said to VIBE. "It was nerve-wracking to be open, but when you see how many more people who are dealing with the same thing, it's good to have some kind of example of someone you didn't expect to be going through it."

Chynna went on to explain how having a support system was instrumental in her battling addiction. "It was hard," she said. "I had to go away for a minute and I did detox, but it was a matter of having a really good support system of family and friends."

chynna you were fuckin hilarious bro... today was our last exchange of jokes & those i will miss the most. i can’t believe it idk how to

i love you. so very much.

my heart is officially iced.

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 9, 2020

 

Damn it’s true 😔 her cousin confirmed on IG 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/S9yGblZjUc

— PSMIITH (@BoomFuego) April 9, 2020

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