Will Smith Involved In Potential Philadelphia 76ers Purchase

Actor/rapper Will Smith could be the latest entertainer to hold a stake in a professional basketball team. The Philadelphian is among a set of investors interested in purchasing the Philadelphia 76ers from Comcast-Spectacor, according to The Philadelphia Daily News. The group, which was assembled by basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving, would like to have… Read more »



Pioneering Philly Hip-Hop Label Pop Art Bought Out

Pop Art Records, once home to Hip-Hop pioneers Roxanne Shante and Biz Markie, announced its buy-out yesterday (Oct. 24) by the Coalition, a production and management company. Founded in 1979 by Lawrence Goodman, Pop Art’s roster included DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Roxanne Shante, 3 Times Dope, Salt and Pepa, MC Shan, Craig… Read more »



Jermaine Dupri Issues Statement On Leaving Virgin Records

Jermaine Dupri has officially vacated his position as President of Urban Music at Virgin Records, after underwhelming sales of Janet Jackson’s comeback album 20 Y.O. Contrary to published reports, Dupri, who announced the position in January 2005, voluntarily left the position. “Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records,… Read more »



Nelly, Apple Bottoms Honored At Retail Awards Gala

St. Louis rapper Nelly will be honored in New York at the Black Retail Action Group’s 36th Annual Scholarship & Awards fundraiser. The nonprofit will honor Nelly Friday (Oct. 27) at Cipriani Wall Street with BRAG’s Special Recognition Award for penetrating the retail clothing world with his clothing line, Apple Bottoms. The organization will also… Read more »



Diddy Hits #1

The Bad Boy hit streak continues this year as label head Sean "Diddy" Combs’ solo album Press Play lands at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The disc moved over 176,000 units in its first week, besting releases from Evanescence (The Open Door), JoJo (The High Road), Dierks Bentley (Long Trip Alone) and… Read more »



Judge Objects to Promotion of New C-Murder Album

C-Murder’s talent on the mic will have to speak for itself, according to the judge presiding over the rapper’s second-degree murder case. Louisiana’s Times-Picayune reports that C-Murder (born Corey Miller) can take pictures to promote his upcoming album as long as it’s done at the location where he is currently under house arrest. “I don’t… Read more »



Russell Simmons Heading To Africa In Hopes Of Changing Diamond Business

Hip-Hop philanthropist Russell Simmons will join the Diamond Information Center in spearheading a fact-finding trip to Africa in hopes of discovering ways to empower the country’s communities through his diamond business, Simmons Jewelry Company. The nine-day trek, beginning Nov. 26 and ending Dec. 4, will include stops in South Africa and Botswana. Simmons and his… Read more »



Ras Kass Responds To Crocodile Hunter’s Manager

Rapper Ras Kass has responded to criticism surrounding a line on his recently released diss track to rival The Game, in which he references the death of Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin. Irwin’s manager John Stainton lashed out at the rapper yesterday (Oct. 23) in the Sydney Morning Herald, because of a line in the… Read more »



Jim Jones Announces Dipskate Skate Team

Jim Jones is currently riding high with “We Fly,” but the Dipset executive is planning to enlist others to do the real aerodynamics for him. Jones revealed to that he has started Dipskate, a Diplomat Records sponsored skate team. The team is a union between the Harlem-based label and Courtney and Chris Brown of… Read more »



Fabolous Hires P.I. To Investigate Shooting

Fabolous reportedly hired private investigators to inspect the details of a recent robbery/shooting outside a Chelsea-area eatery, where NBA star Sebastian Telfair was robbed of a $50,000 gold chain and the rapper was shot in the leg.Fabolous’ attorney Alberto Ebanks said he hired private detectives primarily to clear himself of weapons-possession charges he and three… Read more »