Russell Simmons Book Signing

Russell Simmons, who recently released his book "Life And Def," will discuss his new book at a workshop at New York City’s Boys & Girls High School. Co-author and longtime friend and writer Nelson George will also be present. The workshop will be moderated by journalist/activist Kevin Powell. Taking place Saturday, November 17, 2001 at… Read more »



King Tee To Release New Album

According to sources, West coast pioneer King Tee will be dropping an album early next year. With production by Dr. Dre and Battlecat, the LP will be released independently and distributed by the late Eazy E’s Ruthless Records imprint. The untitled LP is set for a February 2002 release. "With this record, we want to… Read more »



Shyne Involved In Fight

Blaze magazine hosted the their annual battle, at Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan New York City last week. Eyedea, who is from St. Paul, won the top spot, battling amongst others, Puff Daddy, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal and Black Rob. Shyne, who is still out to prove what a Bad Boy he really is, was engage… Read more »



The Beatnuts Dropped From Loud

The Beatnuts have officially been dropped from Loud Records after over 7 years on the label. The group, which is overseas on their "Take It Or Squeeze It" tour, recently canceled their dates in Australia for unknown reasons. "The promoters and sponsors would like to personally thank and apologise to everybody who has supported this… Read more »



Suge Knight Resumes Construction On Mansion

Suge Knight has resumed building a mansion in the San Fernando Valley for inner city children. Construction on the house stopped when Knight went to prison in 1996 for assault. The 9,000-square-foot hilltop mansion, which sits on 1.8 acres, will have a movie theater, a pool & other accommodations, according to renovation plans. Suge Knight… Read more »



Ras Kass’ Van Gogh Delayed

Ras Kass‘ 3rd LP, Van Gogh, has been pushed back until spring 2002 due to online bootlegging, according to reps at Priority Records. The Cali rapper is currently recording new songs for the LP, which was originally slated to drop Nov. 6th. The Van Gogh album has been the subject of controversy for some time,… Read more »



Big Daddy Kane Signs With Landspeed

After months of rumors and speculation, it has been confirmed that hip hop legend Big Daddy Kane has signed a deal with Massachusetts based Landspeed Records. The rumor mill had spawned many different versions of who Kane was going to finally sign with after a lengthy hiatus. Some reports had Kane with Rawkus, while other… Read more »



Beanie/Jadakiss Beef Flares Up in Philly

The beef between Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss just will not go away as battle ensued on Sigel’s Philly homefront. At the annual Powerhouse concert, which is sponsored by Philadelphia’s WUSL Power 99 FM, Jada incensed the crowd by launching verses at Philly’s hometown hero. Jada performed after sets by Mr. Cheeks, Fabolous and Noreaga. After… Read more »



Afrika Bambaataa Stays Busy

Afrika Bambaataa, who was commissioned by Nike to do the Emmy Award nominated "Freestyle" basketball piece has been keeping busy. Bam’s group, Hydraulic Funk which includes Steven "Boogie" Brown and Fred Fowler, also did a spot for Reebok which features MVP Allen Iverson. After the enormous success of the "Freestyle" piece, Hydraulic Funk is working… Read more »



Jay-Z Pleads Guilty

Jay-Z was sentenced to three years probation on Wednesday after pleading guilty to stabbing Lance "Un" Rivera. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and confessed to stabbing Rivera on Dec. 1, 1999, at a party for Q-Tip at Manhattan’s Kit Kat Klub. According to the police, Jay accused Rivera of bootlegging copies of Vol. 3-Life… Read more »



New West Coast Label Announces Roster

Bungalo Records which is distributed by the nation’s leading distribution company, Universal, is the newest label to rep the streets of Compton, South Central, and beyond. The labels’ roster claims many of the west’s top notch acts, including DJ Quik, Suga Free, Coolio, Hi-C and Chill of Compton’s Most Wanted. Bungalo’s founder and CEO is… Read more »



Old Dirty Gets 2 Years

Ol’ Dirty Bastard was sentenced yesterday, (Wednesdy July 18th), to 2-4 years in prison, for possesion of 20 vials of crack cocaine. According to reports, Ol Dirty may have tried to hurt himself earlier at the psychiatric ward where he currently being held. Ol’ Dirty was in protective custody and is under suicide watch Tuesday… Read more »



C. Delores Tucker Loses Her Appeal

C. Delores Tucker, who almost single handedly helped Death Row lose their distribution deal with Time-Warner, lost her attempt to sue Time Magazine and Newsweek, claiming that they had mischaracterized her dispute with the estate of the late Tupac Shakur. The Supreme Court’s 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out 74 year old Tucker… Read more »



Producer Kenny Greene Dies At Age 32

Kenny Greene, who produced and wrote songs for the Queen of "Hip-Hop Soul," Mary J. Blige, Intro and Tyrese recently passed away due to complications from AIDS. Greene, who penned "Reminisce," "My Love," "Love No Limit" and "You Remind Me," for Mary J. Blige as well as music on Intro’s first album. Greene, who was… Read more »



DMX To Embark On Hoodstock Tour

DMX will embark on his Hoodstock tour, giving fans on the East Coast free outdoor shows on top of an 18 wheeler truck. According to Def Jam, Hoodstock starts Oct. 12th in D.C. and will end in Atlanta on Nov. 1st. The tour will run through Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia,… Read more »