Ol Dirty’s Widow Keeps DNA In Estate Battle

The widow of rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard has saved DNA proof that the late rapper is the father of her three children. In a press conference yesterday, Icelene Jones, her kids and her lawyer appeared to proclaim that she was the “court appointed” representative of the rapper’s estate. Icelene Jones also charged that she and… Read more »



Russell Simmons Signs Run To New Label

This morning (April 13th) Russell Simmons formally announced his latest venture, Russell Simmons Music Group, and revealed that he’s signed his brother Reverend Run of the seminal group Run DMC. In addition to Run’s rock album, Simmons has also pulled R&B group Buddafly into his latest venture. The new imprint will be distributed by Island… Read more »



Hip-Hop Summit Coming To Morgan State University

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele will join the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Chairman and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, as well as a host of hip-hop executives and artists at the Maryland Hip-Hop Summit, which is taking place at Morgan State University on Thursday, April 21, 2005. Simmons will be joined by Warner Music… Read more »



Common Launching New Line Of Hats

Rapper Common is planning to venture into clothing accessories with a line of “high-end” hats called Soji “I love hats man, I been wearing them for so long and people always ask me where I get my hats from. So, why not just design something? I want to keep it high-end and quality on the… Read more »



Foxy Brown Appears In Court

Foxy Brown appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court today (April 11) on assault charges for allegedly punching and kicking two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon, who claimed that the rapper refused to pay for a pedicure last summer. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, is accused of assaulting the two workers, Myoung Yi and… Read more »



Brawl Ends Da Brat’s B-Day Bash

A brawl abruptly ended a birthday party for Chicago rapper Da Brat early Sunday morning (April 10) after uninvited guests attempted to enter the party at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. At around 1:30 a.m., two men allegedly shoved past security guards at the venue, Chicago police spokeswoman JoAnn Taylor told South Florida’s Sun Sentinel…. Read more »



Outkast, Jay-Z, Kanye West Make Time’s Most Influential People List

Time Magazine has named Outkast, Jay-Z and Kanye West as three of the world’s 100 most influential people. The list features an eclectic mix of people who made an extreme impact on the world and in addition to the rappers includes inventors, political strategists and even terrorists. The magazine’s managing editor told the associated press that the… Read more »



NAACP Denies Filing Lawsuit On Behalf Of C Miller

The NAACP has denied filing a lawsuit on behalf of Corey Miller, who is appealing a 2nd degree murder conviction to the Louisiana Supreme Court. “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has not authorized a lawsuit on behalf of Corey Miller,” NAACP Interim General Counsel Angela Ciccolo told “While the… Read more »



Benzino Resigns From The Source

Ray Benzino, the Chief Brand Executive and Co-owner of The Source magazine, has resigned from his position at the company today (April 8). “If me leaving the source is gonna help the magazine then I’ll do it,” the rapper told”The Source is an institution and is part of history; I want my kids and… Read more »



Jay-Z To Be Named ‘Man of the Millennium’

New York radio station Power 105.1 will award Jay-Z with the “Man of the Millennium Award,” at the stations Power Music Summit, taking place next week. The station is honoring Jay-Z for his charitable work and community efforts. Jay-Z will make an appearance at the one day event, that gives business executives, aspiring label entrepreneurs,… Read more »



Little Brother Planning ‘The Chittlin Circuit’

Little Brother has teamed up with Fastlife Music to announce the release of The Chittlin’ Circuit (Version 1.5) on June 7th. The Chittlin’ Circuit (Version 1.5) contains tracks featuring some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop including Kanye West, Big Daddy Kane, Young Guru and Consequence, as well as unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from The Justus League… Read more »



Game and 50 Give $200K To Compton Schools

On April 7, the Game and 50 Cent presented a pair of checks totaling $200,000 to help the Compton Unified School District and its ailing arts and music program, which has been dormant for several years.  The pair made the donations through their respective companies, The Black Wall Street and The G-Unity Foundation. Aftermath Entertainment… Read more »