Common Speaks On Album Leaks

Chicago MC Common recently downplayed the proliferation of bootleg reproductions of his much-anticipated upcoming album Be, stating that he wasn’t too bothered by the album leaks. “People ain’t got all the songs, so I ain’t trippin’. They don’t even have the whole album yet,” Common said in a statement. The rapper is currently working on new… Read more »



Memphis Bleek Talks ‘534’

Roc-a-Fella Records original first round pick, Memphis Bleek, is getting ready to release his new album 534. The album – named for the Marcy Projects apartment building he grew up in – is a reintroduction of sorts for the Brooklyn, New York native. "I feel like in some ways, this is like the first album… Read more »



AHH Stray News: 50’s Ads Pulled, Dame Dash, Jay-Z, Diddy

Reebok has pulled 50 Cent’s controversial advertisement from the airwaves in the United Kingdom, after receiving numerous complaints and pressure from anti-gun groups. Over 40 viewers complained about the 50 Cent spots, which are part of Reebok’s biggest marketing initiative to date, the “I am what I am” ad campaign, which also features Jay-Z, Yao… Read more »



Pitbill To Speak At Conference, Works With NBA

Miami-based rapper Pitbull is scheduled to speak at Billboard’s Latin Worlds Apart: East Meets West Urban Panel, which takes place on April 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. The Cuban-American rapper will be a featured panelist at the Billboard conference, alongside Daddy Yankee and others. Panelists will discuss… Read more »



Heavy D. Starring In, Will Smith Executive Producing ‘Medal of Honor Rag’

Veteran rapper and actor Heavy D. has been tapped to star in Tom Cole’s 1976 play “Medal of Honor Rag,” which is being executive produced by Will Smith. “Medal of Honor Rag” is being directed by veteran actor Delroy Lindo and centers on a clinically depressed Vietnam veteran named Dale Jackson and his relationship with a New York psychiatrist…. Read more »



Dub Magazine Kicks Off Massive Car Show & Tour

Dub Magazine kicks off its Dub Magazine Super Series Celebrity Car Show and Concert tour today (April 17th), showcasing some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop, as well as hundreds of tricked out rides. Dub Magazine, which showcases thousands of luxury cars a year between its pages, has enlisted The Game, T.I., Trillville, Fabolous, Twista,… Read more »



‘Bully’ Loses Case Against Eminem

The real-life bully portrayed in Eminem’s song "Brain Damage" lost his appeal to sue the rapper over the song Friday (April 16). A Michigan state appeals court ruled that Deangelo Bailey, a sanitation worker who admitted picking on Eminem when the two were schoolmates, cannot pursue a lawsuit against the rapper because of the song’s… Read more »



DMX Involved In Car Crash, Arrested

DMX’s driving woes continue, as the rapper was arrested last night, after he was involved in a three-car collision involving a police cruiser Friday (April 15th). The multi-platinum rapper was driving on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, when he hit a car, which rammed a police crusier. DMX, born Earl Simmons, was charged… Read more »



Outkast, Sony BMG, Rosa Parks Settle Lawsuit

OutKast and Rosa Parks have finally settled a longstanding lawsuit stemming from Park’s objection to the rap duo using her name in a song title. While OutKast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and two of the company’s units admitted no unlawful activity, the parties have agreed to work on projects "to enlighten today’s youth about the… Read more »



Harvard Cancels Snoop Show

Harvard University’s Undergraduate Council has cancelled a planned performance by Snoop Dogg next month, after local news reports suggested students objected to the rapper’s obscene lyrics. Some Harvard students reportedly opposed Snoop appearing at the prestigious Massachusetts university, according to local news channel NBC 3. The students mentioned lyrics from Snoop’s latest album Rhythm and… Read more »



It’s Official: Diddy’s With Warner

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has formally entered his Bad Boy Records imprint into a 50/50 joint venture deal with Warner Music Group, the mogul announced today. Combs will be aligned with Warner’s Atlantic label. Under terms of the deal, Bad Boy will be able to utilize Atlantic’s marketing and promotion. “I am thrilled to be… Read more »



AHH Stray News: Ice Cube, Mariah Vs. 50, Nelly, Xzibit

Rapper Ice Cube was recently honored at the annual Butterfly Ball, a swank annual fundraiser for Chrysalis, an organization dedicated to the upliftment of economically disadvantaged people. Cube was honored along with 20th Century Fox TV president Dana Walden and Disney marketing executive Oren Aviv. "Normally I’m a little skeptical about this stuff,” Cube told… Read more »