Big Tymers Hit Number 1

Cash Money’s Big Tymers (Bryan "Baby" Williams and producer Mannie Fresh) album HoodRich debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s 200 album chart, dethroning kick country star Kenny Chesney for the top slot. The record was released April 30, and is the follow up the the duo’s previous platinum selling album, I Got That Work. "[Being]… Read more »



South Park Mexican Trial Begins

The sexual assault trial of Carlos "South Park Mexican" Coy started on Wednesday in Houston, Texas. Coy, 31, is charged with 12 counts of sexual assault of a child. Seven young girls have accused Coy of molesting them. Coy is currently on trial for the alleged sexual assault of a 9 year old girl, who… Read more »



Treach Takes It All Off

Naughty By Nature‘s Treach will star in "Love And A Bullet," where he will be the first rapper turned actor to show full frontal nudity in a movie. Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamal beat Treach in the game of showing off the nether regions, when he appeared with nothing on HBO’s popular prison drama, OZ. In… Read more »



Mariah Carey Goes Def

Mariah Carey has inked a deal with white hot Island Def Jam, home to such acts as Jay-Z, DMX, LL Cool J, Method Man, Ludicris and DMX. The deal, which is worth an estimated $20 million dollars, will give Mariah another label to run. She headed up Crave Records while she was under contract with… Read more »



Topdog/Underdog Receives 2 Tony Nominations

"Topdog/Underdog," the critically acclaimed Broadway play starring Mos Def, has been nominated for two Tony Awards. The play is up for Best Play, while Mos’ and co-star Jeffery Wright were nominated for Best Leading Actor. The Awards air on CBS 6/2. In related news, Mos’ next LP will be delayed indefintly due to disagreements with… Read more »


Nelly Barred From St. Louis Shopping Center

Last week, Nelly was denied access into Union Station, a St. Louis shopping center. Nelly attempted to purchase 25 jerseys for fellow St. Lunatic Murphy Lee’s video shoot. Guards asked him to remove his doo rag, saying it violated a code prohibiting bandanas & doo rags, associating them with gangs. "I do a lot for… Read more »



Red Bill Prepares Seatle Competition

Red Bull Energy Drink will host the 2nd annual Lords of the Floor B-boy competition June 1st in Seattle. The event planners expect to attract B-girls and B-boys from around the world. Red Bull Lords of the Floor brings together the elements of hip-hop with dancers, DJ’s and emcees. Red Bull and Bob Foxhoven, of… Read more »



Public Enemy Readies New Album

Public Enemy is preparing their latest album, Revolverlution for a summer release. The announcement of the new album comes on the heels of a new deal between Chuck D.’s long standing SlamJamz imprint and white Koch Entertainment. The album will feature 14 tracks and four of the tracks are winners from the producer contest that… Read more »



Half-A-Mil Goes To Work

Queens rapper Half-A-Mil , who appeared on the remix to the single, “Firm Biz” with AZ, Foxy Brown and NAS, is currently in the studio finishing up work on his sophomore album, “Da Hustle Don’t Stop,” on Warlock Records. Half signed with Warlock after Penalty Records folded in 1999, shortly after he released his debut… Read more »



OutKast Headlines Smokin’ Grooves 2002

Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots lead the lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves festival, which was previously deaded. The tour starts July 18 in San Francisco and goes until Aug. 7 in Atlanta. Cee-Lo, The Jurassic 5 and DJ Shadow will also play various dates on the tour. The last Smokin’ Grooves tour was held… Read more »



Eminem In Negotiations To Copy Proof New LP

Eminem, Universal and Interscope Records are in negotiations to make Eminem’s 3rd LP, "The Eminem Show," copy proof. If approved, the LP would be the most significant release embedded with the technology, being adopted by major labels to combat consumer piracy. Universal is using technology developed by an Israeli based company, Midbar. Consumers have complained… Read more »



Tenants Don’t Want Jay-Z

According to published reports , Jay-Z is attempting to buy a $7.5 million duplex penthouse in Manhattan, but residents are outwardly against it. Some of the more vehement tenants have even threatened to sue if the current owners of the duplex attempt to sell the place to Jay. Many of the residents said that Jay’s… Read more »



Snoop Goes Undacova on Soundtrack

With “Undacova Funk,” Snoop Dogg has lent his already funky persona as the lead single for the Undercover Brother soundtrack. The soundtrack actually features old soul classics as the primary songs on the soundtrack, yet Snoop and Lil’ J appear on the soundtrack to do hip-hop songs. Lil J, who was discovered by LL Cool… Read more »



P. Diddy To Release Remix Album

Sean "P.Diddy" Combs is preparing to release "We Invented The Remix," instores 5/14. In addition to the 13 remixes, the enhanced CD also contains a photo gallery of the Bad Boy family, the videos "Special Delivery," "I Need A Girl" (Part II) and other features. The CD features Ashanti, Snoop Dogg, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, Biggie… Read more »