Belly Special Edition DVD & CD To Be Released

Famed music director Hype Williams’ first foray into movies, “Belly,” will be re-released on DVD later this month as a special edition package.The set will include deleted scenes; the “Grand Finale” music video with DMX, Nas, Method Man and Ja Rule; and Multiple spoken-word featurettes.In addition, the original soundtrack to the movie will also be… Read more »



G-Unit’s Tony Yayo Free From Jail

Last Thursday (Jan. 9), Tony Yayo, one-third of the original G-Unit, was finally released from New York prison Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility after serving a year for gun possession. G-Unit DJ Whoo Kid called into Hot 97 on Friday and announced that the crew gave the rapper a party and the label granted him… Read more »



NCAA President Criticizes Snoop Dogg Ads

The head of the NCAA told leaders of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) that he was unhappy with the series of commercials that featured Snoop Dogg.President Myles Brand chided the organization, which determines what teams play each other in the BCS, while speaking at the NCAA Convention today (January 11).”I thought it was inappropriate for… Read more »



Son Of Kurtis Blow Recording Album

Rap legend Kurtis Blow is grooming his son, Kurtis Blow Jr., for a career in hip-hop.”He’s recording now, we’re working with his flow and his delivery,” Kurtis Blow told “I’m showing him the ropes on the live tip, taking him to a lot of shows and doing the research.”Kurtis Blow Jr. is still working… Read more »



Sir Mix-A-Lot Drops Music Through Technology

Booty buff Sir Mix-A-Lot, best known for his hit single “Baby Got Back,” released material today (January 8) exclusively through his website where fans can stream and download songs via a technology called Weed format.The technology, developed by Shared Media Licensing (SML), is being billed as a means to encourage file trading and help artists… Read more »



Malcolm X Speeches Released On CD

A new educational CD collection of speeches by Malcolm X has been released.Titled The Malcolm X Collection, the CD contains fourteen hours of speeches, debates and interviews by the fallen orator.”Hip-hop is not just a style of music, it’s a way of life, a philosophy, and the philosophy of hip-hop comes, in a large part,… Read more »



Russell Simmons Sells Phat Fashions For $140 Million

Russell Simmons has sold Phat Fashions, into a partnership with clothing company, Kellwood.Under the terms of the deal, Phat Fashions becomes a subsidary of Kellwood.Simmons received $140 million dollars in cash and will continue to manage the company on a day-to-day basis, while Simmons’ wife, Kimora Lee, will continue as principle creative aribiter at Baby… Read more »



Grandmaster Flash Launching Record Label

Pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash is launching his own record label, Adrenaline City Entertainment.Flash said that in addition to hip-hop music, Adrenaline will sign acts from every genre of music.”I’ve been rocking vinyl, cassettes and cd’s forever,” Flash told “Now I want to get behind the scenes and help come up with fire hot floorbangers,… Read more »



Outkast Leads NAACP Nominations

Outkast scored six NAACP Image Awards yesterday (January 7) for their album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album.The group was nominated for outstanding duo or group and in a testament to the popularity of the double CD, Big Boi’s “The Way You Move” from the Speakerboxxx album, will compete against Andre 3000’s “Hey Ya” from The Love… Read more »



Playboy To Do Hip-Hop

Playboy TV has announced the debut of a new hip-hop themed show called Buckwild that will air on their network beginning this Friday (January 9).The show will feature interviews with popular hip-hop artists as they go to strip clubs, shopping for lingerie for their significant others, or participate in their favorite extreme sports. Jim English,… Read more »



Pete Rock & CL Smooth Talk About New Album

Pete Rock and CL Smooth are in the studio recording their highly anticipated reunion album after a lengthy sabbatical from the mainstream of hip-hop.Lead lyricist CL Smooth said that the duo would not stray away from their original sound, which solidified their place in hip-hop history.”If it’s not broke, we aren’t going to try and… Read more »



Detroit Residents Settle “Up In Smoke” Lawsuit

Five Detroit residents have reached a settlement against several retailing giants, after alleging their conversations and images were illegally used in the “Up In Smoke” DVD, which was released in 2000.Detroit police prevented an explicit video from being shown during an October 2000 performance at the Joe Louis Arena.The people suing Dre claim their backstage… Read more »