Fight Shuts Down Kanye West Autograph Signing Event

A fight between a patron and a security guard ended a Kanye West autograph signing session in Fresno, California yesterday. West’s autograph signing attracted thousands of people, who showed up at the launch of FTK, a new clothing store that recently launched in the area. According to the Fresno Bee, witnesses said a man attempted… Read more »



Ludacris, Will Smith To Headline MTV African Concert

Ludacris and Will Smith will headline a concert for celebrating the launch of MTV Network’s 100th channel, MTV base, the network’s first pan-African music channel. The open-air concert will take place on April 20, 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa, in front of over 10,000 fans. "Combining the celebration of MTV Networks’ 1st local African channel… Read more »



Common, Kanye Talk ‘Be’

Kanye West is notorious for unabashedly hyping himself as well as his own artists, so naturally the Chicago rapper/producer has projected Common’s upcoming album Be as a classic. Meanwhile, Common has responded to critics who claim West restored his career. "I’m telling you right now it’s five mics [The Source album review rating], five stars… Read more »



ODB’s Mother, Manager Claim Company Exploited Dirty’s Name

Cherry Jones, the mother of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and manager Jarred Weisfeld have filed a $1.8 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against a Florida-based production company, alleging the company reneged on deals for a rap album and DVD, while using ODB’s name to lure investors. Weisfeld claims AGU Entertainment attempted to exploit Ol’ Dirty’s name after they… Read more »



Paul Wall Talks Grill Biz

The king of chopped-and-screwed, Paul Wall, is knee-deep in the business of teeth, designing and marketing gold teeth for celebrity clients and ordinary folks with his TV Jewelry business. The shop also supplies other jewels besides mouth grills. "There [are] a lot of people that come through there and get their grills done and get… Read more »



Trina Launching Fragrance, Sitcom

Along with a new album dropping this summer, Miami rapper Trina is also set to launch her new fragrance, Diamond Princess by Trina, and is starring in a new sitcom. Trina’s scent is described as floral and feminine, and the box bears an encrusted logo and lavender packaging, according to Trina’s Atlantic Records representative. "It’s… Read more »



ASCAP Honors Jermaine Dupri

Producer/rapper, Jermaine Dupri will be honored with The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Golden Note Award during the society’s 22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards, the group announced. Dupri will receive the prestigious award during an invitation-only dinner on May 16 in Los Angeles. The newly appointed president of Virgin Records’ Urban… Read more »



Dallas Austin Reactivates Rowdy Records

Producer Dallas Austin hopes to recapture the early success of his Rowdy Records label and will relaunch the imprint with a new group, Da Back Wudz. Austin’s label found mainstream success when the Atlanta, Georgia based label released Monica’s debut album Miss Thang in 1995, helping to launch Atlanta’s R&B/Hip-Hop scene to national prominence. Austin,… Read more »



Tha Realest Leaves Tha Row, Preparing Debut Album

Rapper Tha Realest has become the latest artist to leave Suge Knight’s Death Row Records imprint and recently inked a deal with Omerta Entertainment/Tommy Boy. The Oakcliff, Texas native said he suffered numerous setbacks while recording for Death Row, including getting shot in front of a recording studio in 1999. With his release secured, the… Read more »



Suge Ordered To Pay $107 Million

A Los Angeles judge has ordered Suge Knight to pay $107 million to Lydia Harris, who claims in a lawsuit that she helped found Death Row Records. According to the Associated Press, Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian ordered the Hip-Hop mogul to pay the money after he and his lawyer didn’t answer necessary legal… Read more »



Famed Attorney Johnny L. Cochran Dead At 67

Renowned attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., who made a name successfully defending celebrities like O.J. Simpson, Puff Daddy, and Snoop Dogg in high-profile cases, died today (March 29) at the age of 67. Cochran died of an inoperable brain tumor at his home in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, according to his brother-in-law Bill Baker. His… Read more »



The Outlawz Prepare Two New Albums

The Outlawz are preparing to release a new album, titled Outlawz 4 Life 2005 A.P. The album will feature all new material from group members E.D.I., Kastro and Young Noble. The group was originally assembled by the late Tupac Shakur and despite their close relationship with Pac, the group has opted to forgo any appearances… Read more »