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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Tragedy struck the hip-hop world last Sunday, when rapper M-Bone (of the group Cali Swag District) was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, California. As of this writing, the  investigation is ongoing, and police have not released the names of any potential suspects, nor any possible motives for the killing.

This week, Up on the Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer offers a tongue-in-cheek, hypothetical scenario: that M-Bone's killer is caught, brought to trial, and offers the defense that he was driven crazy by Cali Swag's infectiously catchy hit, "Teach Me How to Dougie."

This is an unimaginably tough time for M-Bone's family, friends, and fans, who are preparing for the 22 year-old late rapper's funeral. Some might say it's too soon to crack any kinds of jokes, but others also say, "Laughter is the best medicine" -- especially when something so seemingly senseless happens, and people find themselves scratching their heads and asking "Why?"

So with condolences to M-Bone's family, we bring you this week's Noise Complaint.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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