Prosecution Rests In The Inc. Trial, Detective States Hit Out On Ja Rule

After a series of critical setbacks, New York Federal prosecutors rested their money laundering case Monday (Nov. 28) against the hip-hop recording label, The Inc., as the trial winds down. The center of the government’s case revolved around the theory that convicted drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff provided the seed money to start up The… Read more »



AHH Stray News: Diplomats Sued, Arthur Ash Sneak, Illadelph Records Murder Update

The Diplomats, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Music Group have been sued by music publisher Jamie Music Publishing. Jamie claims The Diplomats song “I’m Ready” from 2003’s Diplomatic Immunity infringes upon Barbara Mason’s hit “Yes I’m Ready.” Jamie Music Publishing owns the rights to the song, which was first released on… Read more »



Crips Co-Founder Gets Private Clemency Hearing

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday (Nov. 25) that he will hold private hearing on whether or not to grant clemency to convicted killer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams. While Gov. Schwarzenegger is not legally obligated to hold a public or private hearing, he has agreed to a Dec. 8th meeting with Williams’ lawyers… Read more »



Jazze Pha, Cee-Lo Talk ‘Happy Hour’

Sho ‘Nuff Records CEO/producer Jazze Pha and Goodie Mob group member Cee-Lo have linked up with Capital Records to release their debut collaboration Happy Hour. "It was inevitable that we would do a project," Jazze Pha told “When we came together to do Happy Hour, we both knew exactly what the other was wanting… Read more »



T. Pain Planning A Return To Rap

T.Pain is a unique sort of crooner, who brands his R&B style "Hard & B," for its reality-based approach. But, Pain has only been singing roughly 9 months and the Tallahassee, Florida native was a rapper beforehand. Despite the success of his hit single “I’m Sprung,” T. Pain reckons he’ll return to Rap music on… Read more »



Rapper Busta Rhymes Cuts Dreads After 15 Years

After 15 years, Busta Rhymes has officially cut off his long dreadlocks. Busta Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, cut off his trademark dreadlocks during a recent photo shoot in a New York barbershop. “I started growing these sh–s in December ’89. I was 17,” Busta stated. “I signed my [record] deal and said I aint combing… Read more »



Rhymefest Responds To S.A.S. Comments

Chicago rapper Rhymefest has addressed comments he made on a mixtape and in a recent issue of U.K. Hip-Hop magazine Hip-Hop Connection, regarding the U.K. based group, S.A.S. Rhymefest allegedly made comments about the group on a mixtape circulating and in the Dec. issue of Hip-Hop Connection. The magazine published comments Rhymefest made about the… Read more »



NAACP Honors Rapper Hev With Spirit Award

Rapper/actor Hev (formerly Heavy D.) will be presented with the NAACP Spirit Award at the The 16th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards taking place in Feb. Hev is being awarded for his leading role in the stage play “Medal of Honor Rag” in addition to his accomplishments in film, television and music. “Sometimes when you do… Read more »



Adisa Banjoko Talks ‘Lyrical Swords Vol. 2

Noted author, lecturer and veteran Hip-Hop journalist, Adisa "The Bishop" Banjoko will be releasing his second book "Lyrical Swords Volume 2: Westside Rebellion" on January 15th. The book is a collection of essays and interviews about the social, spiritual and cultural trends inside Hip-Hop and features chapters on chess and Hip-Hop, martial arts, the prison… Read more »



French Lawmakers Accuse Rap Groups Of Inciting Riots

Various rappers and rap groups in France are facing legal action after being accused by lawmakers of inciting the country’s riots through their raps. 200 lawmakers signed a petition on Wednesday (Nov. 23) that was co-signed by 152 Deputies and 49 Senators and presented to Justice Minister Pascal Clement, singling out seven rappers/groups. The rap… Read more »