Damon Dash Sponsors ‘Kingdome Basketball Tournament’, Giving Away Free Sneakers

Mogul Damon Dash and Pro-Keds will launch "Pro-Keds Day" on July 1 as part of a celebrity basketball tournament taking place during New York’s Kingdome Basketball Tournament. The ten-week basketball competition which is in it’s third week, features top talent from high school, college and the NBA. For the third year, Dash and Pro-Keds are… Read more »



LL Cool J Earns ASCAP’s Golden Note Award

Rap legend LL Cool J was honored with ASCAP’s Golden Note Award last night (June 26) at the 19th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Kevin Liles, former Def Jam president and current VP of Warner Music Group co-presented the award to LL Cool J… Read more »



D.M.C., Photographer Ernie Paniccioli Ink Deal With ‘Omage’ Clothing Line

Rapper DMC of Run-D.M.C. and longtime Hip-Hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli have entered a deal to license images to Omage, a new retrospective line of clothing. The collection features graphic t-shirts inspired by Hip-Hop’s five elements: break-dancing, graffiti, deejaying, emceeing and knowledge of self. The shirts, priced at $24-$32, are currently available at select retail locations…. Read more »



Rapper Monsieur R Avoids Prosecution By French Government

French rapper Monsieur R has avoided prosecution by the French government for controversial lyrics that compared France to a slut and the government to Germany’s infamous Third Reich. In the song, FranSSe, Monsieur R (born Richard Makela) makes reference to relieving himself on Napoleon and General Charles De Gaulle while repeatedly referring to France as… Read more »



Foxy Brown To Perform At AIDS Benefit Concert, Sources Say Hearing Regained

Rapper Foxy Brown has been tapped to perform at the first HIV/AIDS awareness reggae concert by LIFEbeat’s Hearts & Voices Benefit Concert Series. The concert, dubbed "Reggae Gold Live 2006 Summer Jumpoff," is presented in conjunction with E.A.R.S. Entertainment Group and New York’s Power 105.1 FM. The sixth annual Hearts & Voices AIDS Benefit Concert… Read more »



Pharell Williams Tapped For Louis Vuitton 2006-2007 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams has been tapped to appear in Louis Vuitton’s new fall 2006 and winter 2007 ad campaigns. The nationwide advertisements will feature the rapper/producer surrounded by monogrammed Louis Vuitton suitcases, as well as the fashion house’s new Innsbruck carryall bag. “We brought to this campaign a touch of the street, elevated… Read more »



Babs Bunny Arrested In Brooklyn

Bad Boy rapper Babs of Making The Band fame was arrested early Saturday (June 24) after an altercation at a Brooklyn, N.Y., house party. According to representatives, Babs spent the night in jail after an incident involving two unidentified women. One woman allegedly believed Babs had stolen her former boyfriend. The two women showed up… Read more »



Juelz Santana Hooks Up With German Record Label; Label Fights Against Government Ban

Dipset rapper Juelz Santana is featured on a new German rap single, titled "Gangzta Mucke" ("Gangsta Music"), a track from the album Trendsetter by rapper Fler. Trendsetter is a CD/DVD released by Aggro Berlin, one of Germany’s top rap labels. which has distribution by US-based distribution company, Caroline. The project, which features a DVD of… Read more »



Rhymefest Sets July 11 Date For ‘Blue Collar’

Grammy Award winning writer and MC, Rhymefest, has signed to Allido/J Records to release his highly anticipated album, Blue Collar. Production credits on the album, which hits stores July 11, include Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Just Blaze, NO-ID, Cool & Dre, Mike Payne and John Henry (Animal House Productions) and Emile. Rhymefest co-wrote West’s hit… Read more »