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Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN)

won a victory yesterday (August 18th), when a judge ruled that part of New York’s

lobbying law was unconstitutional. Simmons and Dr. Ben Chavis, were being investigated

over money spent during a 2003 rally against the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The

commission claimed HSAN was acting as a lobby group, while HSAN argued they

were exercising their rights to free speech. The state expects to appeal the

decision.

Malaysian Hip-Hop

Artist Joe Flizzow will make his United States debut at the 3rd Annual Dragon’s

Roar Music and Arts Showcase Festival on Friday September 17. The event is taking

place at one of Hollywood’s well known venues, “The Sunset Room”

“Too Phat offers a very refreshing genre of music which is gradually accepted

by fans. Coupled with their success in Malaysia, we think there is a good potential

for the band here,” Said Valerie Lim, Managing Director, EMI Music Singapore

Mos Def will perform

a unique show next week as part of a concert series being promoted by popular

New York nightspot, Joe’s Pub. Mos Def’s Big Band will play on August

27th at the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park. Reports said

Mos Def will showcase material from Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Gil-Scott Heron

and his own original compositions. Living Colour’s drummer Will Calhoun

will serve as musical director.

American Eagle Outfitters has hooked up with cutting edge acts from a variety

of genre to support their latest marketing campaign, “AE Jeans Will Rock

You.” The company is auctioning one-of-a-kind Gibson guitars that have

been customized by such artists as D12, N.E.R.D., Danger Mouse, The Black Eyed

Peas, Ima Robot and others. The bidding starts August 24th and ends September

2nd. All proceeds from the auction benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation.

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