Hold On

On February 1, a Philadelphia judge granted a stay of execution to Christopher “Cool C” Roney. The 36-year-old MC had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on March 9 after being convicted in the January 1996 killing of Philadelphia policewoman Lauretha Vaird during a bank robbery. Locked up since his October 1996 conviction, Cool C holds the dubious distinction of being the first and only major rapper on death row. Best known for his 1989 single “Glamorous Life,” Cool C first came to prominence in the late ’80s as a pioneer in Philly’s burgeoning hip-hop scene. Performing with his cousins ...

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