RZA Signs Autographs In NYC For Wu-Tang Manual

Founding Wu-Tang Clan member RZA will return to his native New York City Saturday (Feb. 5) to sign copies of "The Wu-Tang Manual: Enter the 36 Chambers, Book One." "The Wu-Tang Manual: Enter the 36 Chambers, Book One" is RZA’s introduction to Wu-Tang Clan’s history. The first book chronicles the philosophy of the band of… Read more »



Jermaine Dupri Signs ‘106 & Park” Champion To Virgin

In another classic BET “106 & Park” moment, Hip-Hop mogul Jermaine Dupri announced that he has signed freestyle champion SunNY, who was officially named to “Freestyle Friday” Hall of Fame Friday (Feb. 4) after a seven-week winning streak. Dupri surprised the “106 & Park” audience by appearing on stage, presenting SunNY with a chain and… Read more »



Actor/Activist Ossie Davis Dies At 87

Renowned actor Ossie Davis, who advocated social and racial justice in life and on stage, has died at the age of 87. Davis was found dead Friday (Feb. 4) in his Shore Club Hotel room in Miami Beach, Florida, according to the Associated Press. Davis’ grandson called officials early morning after Davis would not open… Read more »



“The Godfather” Video Game On The Way

The gangster flick many rappers swear by is finally coming to video – games that is. A video game version of the classic "The Godfather" book/film is in the works, Electronic Arts and Viacom Consumer Products announced Wednesday (Feb. 2). "The Godfather," written by Mario Puzo and developed into a Paramount Pictures motion picture is… Read more »



Tray Dee Gets 12 Years For Gun Case

Rapper Tray Dee of Snoop Dogg’s West Coast-based crew, Tha Eastsidaz, was sentenced to 12 years in California state prison Wednesday (Feb. 2) in relation to a 2003 shooting. Tray Dee, born Tracy Lamar Davis, appeared in Long Beach Superior Court and pleaded no contest to the shooting, which allegedly occurred near an occupied vehicle,… Read more »



UGK’s Pimp C Preparing Rap-A-Lot Solo Album

Pimp-C, one half of the Texas rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), is set to release his first solo project, The Sweet James Jones Stories,due out early 2005 on Rap-A-Lot Records. Pimp-C will be one of the first artists to release an album under Rap-A-Lot’s new distribution deal with Asylum/WMG/Warner Music Group. The Port Arthur, Texas… Read more »



Bushwick Bill ‘Rap’ About Houston

After hearing reports yesterday (Feb. 2) that hip-hop artist Houston gouged his eye out in an apparent suicide attempt, rapper Bushwick Bill of the legendary Geto Boys has expressed his empathy and condolence. Bill, too, was compelled to kill himself one night back in 1991,losing his eye in the process. “I want Houston to know… Read more »



Key Hot 97 Morning Staff Fired Over ‘Tsunami Song’

In light of controversy surrounding the Hot 97 Morning Show’s parody "Tsunami Song," radio station executives have taken action, firing morning crew member Todd Lynn for offensive racial comments made on-air, as well as producer Rick Delgado, who created the song. Following an internal investigation into the incident, Hot 97 and their owner, Emmis Communications,… Read more »



Jay-Z Sues R.Kelly

Continuing their ongoing battle, this time in the legal realm, Jay-Z filed a countersuit against R&B singer R. Kelly in Manhattan Supreme Court Jan. 24. The duo began their running dispute following a series of incidents during their abridged Best of Both Worlds tour, which ended abruptly after a show at New York’s Madison Square… Read more »



Singer Houston Gouges Eye In Suicide Attempt

R&B singer Houston has reportedly attempted suicide by gouging out his eye while on tour in London. According to reports, Houston tried to jump off a balcony, but was stopped by his security detail. After he was prevented from leaping, he then was locked in a bathroom, where he gouged out one of his eyes…. Read more »