Doug Banks Teams With HSAN To Register Voters

Morning personality Doug Banks has teamed with Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to create a partnership aimed at registering voters.Dubbed “One Mind. One Vote,” the partnership’s goal is to register 20 million new voters by the year 2008.The partnership will be offically launched January 19 at ABC’s “Good Morning America” studios in celebration of… Read more »



Kanye West Dominates Rap Chart

As 26-year-old Kanye West prepares his highly anticipated debut, College Dropout, the producer and rapper is already dominating the charts.The Kanye West produced song “You Don’t Know My Name” By Alicia Keys occupies the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.In addition to Key’s massive hit, “Slow Jamz” by fellow Chicago natives… Read more »



Killah Priest Clears Album Confusion

Wu-Tang member Killah Priest cleared confusion surrounding his upcoming recording projects.On a website purporting to be the official Wu-Tang site, an article was printed claiming the rapper was seeking pre-orders to record his new untitled album.”That article is completely untrue,” Priest told “I am in the process of contacting the website in order… Read more »



Universal, Shady, Others Launching Pay Channel

According to reports, Universal Music Group, the world’s most dominant record label, is attempting to launch an uncensored, 24-hour music television channel.Dubbed 1 AM in an attempt to pay homage to the first amendment, the new channel is being backed by Eminem’s Shady Records, porno company Vivid Entertainment Group and the Endeavor Talent Agency.While a… Read more »



LL Cool J First Music Artist In Gatorade Ad

LL Cool J has become the first musical artist to star in a Gatorade commercial.The :30 second spot titled “Everywhere” will debut today (January 1) during the Capital One Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl.During the commercial, LL performs an original rap, explaining how the drink is “tested in labs and proven everywhere,”… Read more »



Judge Refuses To Lower Philly Rapper’s Bail

John “Tommy Hill” Wilson of Philadelphia rap group RAM Squad was dealt a set back when a judge refused to lower his bail.Municipal Court Judge Frank T. Brady agreed with prosecutors that Wilson was too much of a flight risk.Wilson was arrested on cocaine charges on December 23, after a ten month investigation.Wilson allegedly sold… Read more »



Sources: $300,000 Hit Was On Soulja Slim, Man Arrested

New Orleans police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the murder of rapper James “Soulja Slim” Tapp.Garelle Smith, 22, was booked with first degree murder relating to the November slaying of Tapp, who was shot multiple times in the face and chest in front of his grandmother’s house on November 26.Sources told… Read more »



Skillz Drops “Rap Up 2003”

As the year 2003 comes to an end, rapper Skillz has released his “Rap Up 2003.”Like last years recording, the noted rapper cleverly weaves the more memorable events of the past year into rhyme form.”Everybody got poked fun at,” Skills told “Everything is in there, but I just missed the Bobby and Whitney episode.”The… Read more »



Interscope Investigating Eminem Leaks

Interscope is conducting an investigation into leaks surrounding music from Eminem’s upcoming album.The rapper is recording his album in a Los Angeles recording studio and despite security precautions, three unfinished tracks have found their way to Internet auction site, Ebay.The recordings were being offered to the highest bidder.Ebay promptly canceled the auction, but the recordings… Read more »



MC Hammer Reality Show On The Way

Hammer will bring a new reality show to television that will focus on his current lifestyle as a minister and his post music industry life.TV producer Devon Sheperd said the show will have a “Cosby Show” type of feel, referring to Bill Cosby’s legendary sitcom about the fictional Huxtable family.”The show is going to focus… Read more »



Scholarship Created For People Convicted Under Rockefeller Drug Laws

STRIVE, an international non-profit employment, training and job placement organization has teamed with Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation to create a scholarship for anyone who has been incarcerated under New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws.The Simmons Brothers Art Scholarship, which honors Simmons’ older brother Danny, will be available to any person incarcerated under the law… Read more »