World Cafe Next: Israel Nash

Though rooted in straight Americana, Rain Plans also references the psychedelic side of Neil Young.

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Rosanne Cash On Mountain Stage

Cash gives an extended performance that features songs from The List and The River & The Thread.

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Social Media May Reveal Killer in Death of Brooklyn Rapper

According to an article recently completed for Pix 11, on the ninth of March last year, twenty-year-old Kenny “Nu Money” Casilla was shot execution style from the front passenger seat of a vehicle in Miami.  Originally from Brooklyn, where his mother still resides, Casilla was known as a very pleasant individual, with a love of basketball, music and his mother.  He played for his high school basketball team and had intended to go on to play for a junior college in upstate New York after graduating.  However, the potential for financial success in the rap industry pulled Casilla in another direction.  According to his mother, the lure for the trade was so he could buy her a house and move her out of the Brooklyn projects.

Unfortunately, that never quite happened for Casilla.  He did grow to earn quite a bit of recognition in the rap industry, often being called upon by Juelz Santana and Fabolous—two authorities in the genre—to collaborate.  He was also quite well known for producing music and videos with his group of associates, who referred to themselves as the “Rich Mafia.”  However, he was murdered before he was truly able to earn full acclaim and accreditation in the industry—a fact that isn’t coincidental in the eyes of Casilla’s mother.

His mother, Yvette Ramos, believes her son may have been killed over jealousy in the industry.  She spent a year attempting to crack open her son’s Instagram account, in the hopes that it could provide her some solace as to what his last moments were like.  What she found was beyond her expectations.  One picture, posted just over forty-five minutes before her son was killed, shows a picture taken by the man in the driver seat kicking her son out of the car.  Another photo was posted shortly after Casilla was killed; Ramos believes this photo was sent to prove the death had been carried out successfully; the action, to her, implies that the murder was a specific hit.  As a result, Ramos has announced for anyone in Brooklyn who might have access to further pictures or information to please come forward.