Published on November 3rd, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Van Lathan & Mona Scott-Young On The New WE tv Series “Hip Hop Homicides,” Pop Smoke & More

From Executive Producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mona Scott-Young and P. Frank Williams, WE tv premieres the highly anticipated new series Hip Hop Homicides, tonight, Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Setting itself apart from your average true-crime procedural, Hip Hop Homicides aims to provide an added layer to consider by taking a “big picture” look at the epidemic of violence in hip-hop, while it humanizes the victims and attempts to understand why these murders continue to happen. The series investigates the murders of Pop Smoke, XXXTentacion, King Von, Magnolia Shorty, Chinx, Soulja Slim, Mo3 and FBG Duck. New episodes will become available on popular AMC streaming service ALLBLK every Monday, following their network television premiere via WE tv.

Hosted by TV personality and Academy Award-winning producer Van Lathan, Hip Hop Homicides features exclusive, one-on-one interviews with those closest to the fallen, and also receives insight from artists including Master P, French Montana, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Vic Mensa, among others. Saddened by the recent murders of PnB Rock and Takeoff from The Migos, producer P. Frank Williams wants Hip Hop Homicides to be a conversation-starter to discuss and provide solutions to stop the violence. Per Williams in a press release: “The crisis in hip-hop culture is very real. Rappers, who were once celebrated, seem to have a target on their backs nowadays. We keep asking when will it stop?”

On November 1, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Hip Hop Homicides host Van Lathan and producer Mona Scott-Young via Zoom, which you can watch here. The trailer for episode 1 of the show can be watched here. More on Hip Hop Homicides can be found by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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