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Universal Music Seeking To Sell To Microsoft/Apple?:

Vivendi Universal’s stock rose today after reports claiming the world’s second-largest media group was in talks to sell its music division. Vivendi Universal, which includes such labels as Def Jam, MCA, Motown, Universal Records and Interscope and is also home to such acts as Ashanti, Ja-Rule, Eminem, Nelly, 50 Cent, Limp Bizkit, Elton John, U2,… Read more »

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College Wants To Halt 50 Show

Citing safety concerns, officials in Ohio are urging the University of Miami-OH to cancel a scheduled performance by 50 Cent later this month. The show is sold out and city manager Jane Howington fears violence could erupt if individuals show up at the door attempting to buy tickets for the show. On Friday, a spokesperson… Read more »

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Diddy’s New Movie

Hip-hop impresario Sean “P.Diddy” Combs has been tapped to star as blues musician Robert Johnson in a HBO Films feature, which will begin production in September. Johnson was labeled “King of Delta Blues,” in spite of recording only 29 songs prior to dying at the age of 27. The film will be shot on location… Read more »

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Naughty Cancels Africa Show Due To War

Naughty By Nature was planning to go back to Africa as they had previously in 2001’s historical concert in Nigeria. However the group and their rap crew unanimously voted against a planned performance in Ghana later this month because of the war-like climate in the world. The U.S.-led war on Iraq may not completely prevent… Read more »

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Man Tries Stealing Slick Rick’s Identity

A Raleigh, North Carolina man was charged with the identity theft of Slick Rick Walters, the jailed legendary rapper, after he attempted a series of fraudulent transactions and actual impersonations. Twenty-eight-year-old Steven Glenn was arrested and charged with seven counts of fraud, three counts of forgery, two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, and… Read more »

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Somebody Shoots At Snoop Dogg And Bodyguards

Unknown assailants fired shots at rapper Snoop Dogg and his entourage yesterday as they were traveling in Los Angeles, according to reports. Police reports dispatched last night (April 10) that one of the rapper’s bodyguards – a police officer – was shot in the melee, but Snoop escaped without harm. The rapper was traveling with… Read more »

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Jam Master Jay Bio In Stores

A journalist has written a biography of the late DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC fame, which is currently available in stores. “Jam Master Jay: The Heart Of Hip-Hop,” penned by Chicago-based scribe David E. Thigpen, who is a writer for Time magazine. Thigpen said he ventured through Jay’s Queens stomping grounds and managed to… Read more »

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Ras Kass Is Still On The Run, And Selling T-Shirts?

While Priority Records’ recording artist Ras Kass remains a fugitive from justice, that hasn’t slowed him down any in his campaign to procure a release from his recording contract. Aside from recent freestyle releases, such as "R.A.S.," a boisterous declaration of his freedom from Priority Records set to the beat from Noreaga’s "N.O.R.E.," Ras Kass… Read more »

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ODB Changes Name To Dirt McGirt

Ol’ Dirt Dog has done it again. ODB, the charismatic and often troubled member of Wu Tang has changed his name again – this time to Dirt McGirt ODB. The rapper has assumed a variety of monikers including the infamous Big Baby Jesus to Ason to God Unique to Joe Bananas to Osiris. “He’s changed… Read more »

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G-Unit Records Signs With Interscope

50 Cent has signed his G-Unit Records to Interscope and intends to drop an album by the crew of the same name before year’s end. “First I drop my album, and people pay attention,” 50 Cent said in a statement. “Now that I got their attention, I’m gonna drop the next s**t on them –… Read more »

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Tupac Amaru Foundation Establishes Scholarship

Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper Tupac, donated $10,000 dollars to a community college in North Carolina to establish a scholarship in his grandmother’s name The Rosa Bell Williams scholarship was given to Robeson Community College on behalf of the Tupac Amaru Foundation. The check was presented yesterday (April 8) after Afeni Shakur was interviewed… Read more »

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Funkmaster Flex Pleads Guilty In Assault Case

Hot 97’s Aston "Funkmaster Flex" Taylor struck a deal in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday and plead guilty to harassing Power 105.1 air personality Steph Lova. Flex’s Lawyer, Murray Richman said that by striking the deal, Flex was not charged with any crime and was cited for a violation. "He denies striking her, and the district… Read more »

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Star Temporarily Suspended From Hot 97

New York morning DJ, Star of Hot 97 was recently suspended by his employers for unknown reasons. "Star has been suspended and we don’t know when he will return," co-host Prozac Girl aka Keysha Whitaker told listeners. Sources claim that Star was suspended for negative comments he made against radio station advertisers. Barry Mayo, Senior… Read more »

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Al Sharpton’s Rally Talks Hip-Hop

Presidential hopeful Rev. Al Sharpton held his second Annual National Convention for his National Action Network over the past weekend that was punctuated with a hip-hop workshop on Saturday evening. The last workshop, “Using The Influence Of Hip-Hop To Empower Our Youth,” served as a town meeting for the public to engage with a robust… Read more »

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