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New Mos Def Album Set For Summer

Multi-talented emcee Mos Def will return from a 3 year hiatus with his 4th studio album, The Ecstatic.   Mos debuted two new tracks courtesy of his Myspace page (www.myspace.com/mosdef): the Mr. Flash produced “Life In Marvelous Times,” and “Quiet Dog Bite Hard,” produced by Preservation.”   Both songs are available for download via iTunes… Read more »

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Mary J. Blige Cleared In Copyright Lawsuit

Hip-Hop soul pioneer Mary J. Blige was recently cleared of copyright infringement accusations stemming from her 2001 hit “Family Affair.”   The suit was filed in January by Leonard Jones and James White.   White, who previously managed a rapper named Benevolence, claims to have submitted the artist’s copyright-protected demo to Universal Records in May… Read more »

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Lawsuits Continue Over Tupac Bio Pic

Accusations of deception and sabotage are at the heart of a new lawsuit filed by the mother of deceased rap legend Tupac Shakur against Morgan Creek.   Afeni Shakur’s Amaru Entertainment has filed a $10 million cross complaint that claims Morgan Creek head James Robinson and other tried to strong-arm a deal for the movie… Read more »

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Rapper Kid Cudi Says He’s Quitting Music

Rapper Kid Cudi is ready to exit the music game even before his debut album is released this summer, a direct result of the pressure, rigors and foolishness of the profession. The rapper wrote a comprehensive blog post where he explained his looming exodus. “After the release of my first LP this summer, I am… Read more »

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Homeless People Sue Pras Over Documentary

Former Fugees member Pras Michel is being sued by three homeless people over his 2007 documentary Skid Row.   Michelle Hassan, Wesley Bolden and Terrell Brown claim Michel disguised himself as a homeless man to “star” in the film, which chronicles the rapper’s nine-day experience living in the 50-square-block Skid Row section of downtown Los… Read more »

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Rap Star MC Hammer Sued Over Book

Oakland, California rapper MC Hammer has been hit with a lawsuit over an inspirational book that a publishing company claims was never finished.   Simon & Schuster filed the lawsuit on March 5, seeking the return of a $61,000 advance doled out to Hammer for the book Enemies of the Father: Messages from the Heart… Read more »

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