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New Zealand Hip-Hop Station Debut Shocks Competition

Urban radio station Flava 96one in Auckland, New Zealand has grabbed an unprecedented 4.9 rating, the highest debut in the radio market in years according to a New Zealand radio survey. The station, which features contemporary hip-hop and R&B, was the city’s eighth most popular. “Auckland probably has the most deregulated and over-radioed market in… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: 50 Cent, Lil’ Jon,

The P.I.M.P. himself 50 Cent has chosen February 15 as the release date for his sophomore album The Valentine’s Day Massacre. The Queens native said some songs will target artists who have lyrically attacked him and his G Unit crew in the past year. “I got something for everybody talking. It’s gonna be entertaining,” 50… Read more »

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Trackmaster Lands Executive A&R Spot At Motown

Samuel “Tone” Barnes of production duo Trackmasters was named Executive Vice President of A&R for Motown Records Group yesterday (November 23rd). Barnes, who has worked with a multitude of artists, will help the legendary label snag top-notch talent. Sylvia Rhone, who was named CEO of Motown in October of 2004, is banking on Barnes’ talents… Read more »

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Atlantic’s ‘Joint Chiefs’ Rock Apollo

Atlantic Records flaunted its formidable fourth quarter Hip-Hop roster last night at the “Joint Chiefs” concert inside the Apollo in Harlem, New York. The evening was hosted by Atlantic rapper Lil’ Kim and Hot 97’s DJ Envy, who also released an album for the label. The evening boasted performances by “Joint Chiefs” Trick Daddy, Lil’… Read more »

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UK Nas Contest Winner Banks On Album

Streets Disciple serves as a test to meter Nas’ success after a two year hiatus. For the first time since I Am, Nas is bringing a massive guest list to his double album. While Ludacris and Busta Rhymes will reign regardless, one of those guests depends on this album to possibly boost a movement. Rising… Read more »

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P. Diddy’s Mavericks Uniform Debuts

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ latest design debuted last week, as the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks displayed their new uniforms during a game versus the New York Knicks, Friday (November 19). The Mavericks will sport the alternate uniforms designed by Diddy in 10 other appearances—once more at a home game and nine times on the road—mostly in… Read more »

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Cash Money, Diplomats Give Back For Thanksgiving

Cash Money Records will host their 5th Annual Cash Money Turkey Giveaway tomorrow (November 23) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The annual event is sponsored by the Johnnie and Gladys Williams Foundation as well as clothing company Lugz, which has a partnership with Bryan Williams’ for his signature “Birdman” shoe. New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin,… Read more »

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Black Rob Arrested In Robbery

Bad Boy Rapper Black Rob was arrested Monday (November 22) for allegedly breaking into a woman’s room at a hotel and stealing cash and jewelry, according to police. A security video reportedly caught the Harlem rapper inspecting random doors on the 12th floor of On The Ave Hotel around 4 a.m., police said. Rob, born… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Nelly Banned, Eminem Banned, Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z Tour

Nelly’s “Tip Drill” video will reportedly be banned by British broadcaster BBC. Network honcho’s are scared the video is too rude and will spark unwanted controversy in the U.K. The video sparked protests in the United States, with various groups protesting the portrayal of women in the video. “It was strictly adult entertainment; it wasn’t… Read more »

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DMX Reaches Deal In Road Rage Case

According to the New York Daily News, DMX and prosecutors have reached a deal in the rapper’s road rage incident, which occurred at JFK Airport in June. DMX will avoid jail time and admit responsibility for the scuffle, which started over a parking spot. Reports said DMX and a man were after the same parking… Read more »

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MTV Censors Eminem’s Performance At European Awards

Multi-platinum rapper Eminem was reportedly banned from executing his parody of pop icon Michael Jackson for a performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome Thursday (November 18). The Detroit rapper had allegedly arranged to dress as Jackson, wearing a wig and a fake nosepiece, to perform his single “Just Lose It” off his… Read more »

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Sugar Hill Gang Files Lawsuit Against The Beastie Boys

Hip-Hop legends The Sugar Hill Gang are reportedly suing the rap group Beastie Boys for illicitly sampling the Gang’s 1979 breakthrough song “Rapper’s Delight.” The Sugar Hill Gang, who essentially launched rap into the mainstream with “Rapper’s Delight,” allege that the Beasties used parts of the song without authorization on the single “Triple Trouble” off… Read more »

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Young Buck Surrenders, Expected To Post 500k Bail

G-Unit member Young Buck has surrendered to Santa Monica, California police in connection with a stabbing at The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards. According to Lt. Frank Fabrega, the rapper turned himself in this afternoon (November 19) and is expected to post $500,000 bail. An arrest warrant was issued shortly after the incident for the Nashville,… Read more »

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