Skandalouz: When Rappers Face Character Assassinations

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Skandalouz: When Rappers Face Character Assassinations

Today, October 18, a benchmark day in the long, bloody history of assassinations: Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed JFK in broad daylight in Dallas, was born 83 years ago. Years later, many claimed Biggie and Tupac were assassinated as well (sorry, Chris Rock). But now, with the rise of the Internet and celebrity-gossip journalism, you don't need guns to take someone out: All you need is an opinion and an Internet connection. Yep, we're living in the age of character assassination, especially in the rough-and-tumble rap world. And in hip hop, your reputation is everything—a bloodied rep is about as bad as a bloodied body. Click on to see rappers who came under fire—not from bullets, but diss tracks, newspaper articles, blogs, leaked pics, Twitter posts and Youtube videos. —Alex Gale

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