Estate Of Notorious B.I.G. Taking LAPD To Trial

The Estate of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace won a decision June 21 to bring a wrongful death suit against the Los Angeles Police Department, which is accused of being complicit in the rapper’s murder. The wrongful death was filed by Wallace’s mother Voletta and his widow, Faith Evans. The lawsuit focuses on a former… Read more »



Tim Westwood Hosts London’s Respect Festival 2004

Tim Westwood will headline London’s anti-racism festival, "Respect". The free event will feature performances by Shystie, one of Britain’s rising female rappers, as well as Big Brovaz, Mica Paris, Def Jam’s Terri Walker and many others. The festival aims to encourage multiculturalism and promote racial tolerance through nine different stages with entertainment including a Choice-FM… Read more »



AZ Issuing ‘Final Call’

After a two year layoff, AZ will release Final Call, the follow up to 2002’s Aziatic. The new album features 15 songs with production by Buckwild, Baby Paul, AZ himself and others. The first single “Talking Gangsta” is a collaboration with Terror Squad member Tony Sunshine and has already hit mixtapes and mixshows. Rell, Ron… Read more »



Kevin Liles Leaves Def Jam

Def Jam President Kevin Liles has left the company due to internal friction with newly named CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid.According to reports, Liles was forced out due to pressures by Reid.Reid replaced ex-CEO Lyor Cohen, who now heads up Warner Music Group’s North American operations.Sources said Reid has been staffing Island/Def Jam with colleagues from… Read more »



The Roots Do Pay-Per-View

The Roots will come to Pay-Per-View on “The Roots Presents,” which kicks off a new concert series titled The Sonic Events. The concert was recorded June 10, 2004 when the group performed at Webster Hall in New York City to an invitation only crowd. In addition to performing selections from their upcoming release The Tipping… Read more »



Bentley Working On Album, Offers Tips To Succeed

As self-proclaimed leader of “The Gentleman’s Movement,” Fonzworth Bentley is hoping the success of his character will translate into album sales when his untitled debut is released. Bentley, who recently changed his professional name from “Farnsworth” to “Fonzworth” for legal reasons, is recording the untitled album with Kanye West and others. “Kanye West called me… Read more »



Ced Gee Launches Label, Says Ultramagnetic MC’s Are Reunited

Ced Gee, producer and member of pioneering Bronx Hip-Hop group Ultramagnetic MC’s, recently launched a record label and is planning an Ultramagnetic reunion album. Ced Gee’s founded Factshen Entertainment along with Philly rapper Grafiq. The label has several new groups signed and is currently planning the Ultramagnetic reunion album, as well as a re-release of… Read more »



More Security Guards Fired For Working With Snoop

A year long probe by The California Department of Corrections resulted in the firing of four state parole agents who were moonlighting as security guards for Snoop Dogg. The controversy erupted when it was discovered that three of the four officers state parole agents were part of a heavily armed entourage escorting Snoop during last… Read more »



Jadakiss Charged In North Carolina Incident

Rapper Jadakiss was charged with various offenses in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Monday (July 5) after police found guns and marijuana in an SUV he was travelling in.Police said an off-duty officer witnessed one of the occupants throwing firecrackers from the window of the SUV.In a report, the officer said he approached the vehicle and… Read more »