Men Associated With Murder Inc. Plead Guilty

Two men associated with Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges. John Ragin, who co-produced the movie Crime Partners, which was allegedly used by McGriff to help clean up drug proceeds and Derek Hayes, have agreed to a plea bargains with prosecutors investigating Murder Inc.’s ties to McGriff and the drug trade. Ragin,… Read more »



B.G. Checks Into Hospital, Preparing New Album

Rapper B.G. checked into a Los Angeles, California hospital over the weekend due to chest pains. According to Carole Dorsey, CEO of B.G.’s Chopper City Records, the New Orleans rapper is fine. "He was having chest pains and checked into the hospital. He really has to slow his roll and get healthy," Dorsey told…. Read more »



Ras Kass Writes From Jail, Off Priority

Embattled west coast lyricist Ras Kass penned a letter to his fans on his Web site (, addressing his frustration with his recording home, Priority Records, his jail time and his pending albums “Since it’s no mystery where I am now, I do feel the need to clarify what it is I was fighting for,… Read more »



LL Cool J’s “S.W.A.T.” Tops Box Office

S.W.A.T., the movie that stars rapper LL Cool J, was the hands down winner this weekend for box office sales, raking in $37 million over the weekend. The flick, which is adapted from the hit 1970’s television show, also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell as special weapons and tactic leaders in Los Angeles,… Read more »



Producers Of Ice-T’s Reality Show Sued By Ford

Ford Motors has filed a fraud lawsuit against the production company that created the TLC Channel’s "Beyond Tough" television show that was executive produced by Ice-T. Neither Ice-T or TLC are named in the lawsuit, which claims that Teleproductions and it’s owners, Andre and Erik Jetmir accepted a $300,000 check to feature Ford trucks in… Read more »



Grandmaster Flash Honored At Billboards

Grandmaster Flash and legendary soul singer Betty Wright were honored with a Founders Award at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks 2003 R&B Awards show this year. Wright accepted her award first, introduced by Miami’s own Trick Daddy, who was by far the best presenter of the evening. Trick bypassed the teleprompters script and introduced Wright… Read more »



Rappers To Be Featured In New Showtime Reality Show

Showtime will premiere a six part reality series this fall titled "Interscope Presents: "The Next," which producers say is a reality version of the rap contests in the movie "8 Mile." The show will follow the trials and tribulations of upcoming rappers across America as they pursue their dreams of hip-hop stardom. "The show paints… Read more »



Nas, Rakim and Alicia Keyes On A Song?

Hip-hop fans who have been savoring for a collaboration between Nas and Rakim since the QB adherent debuted in ’94 with Illmatic, may soon have their collective appetites satisfied. A recent report suggested the two might appear together on a track from Alicia Key’s forthcoming sophomore album. The Grammy-award winning soul singer told MTV News… Read more »



Dirt McGirt Shoots For Playboy

Dirt McGirt, formerly known as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, will be the next celebrity guest photographer for Playboy Magazine. Dirt snapped the pictures as photographer for a day for the magazine’s website, He took flicks of Philadelphia native and Play Boy Special Editions model, Stacy Hetrick. According to those present at the shoot, the… Read more »



Missy Elliot Denies Madonna Snub

Missy Elliot has dispelled rumors that she snubbed Madonna while filming their new Gap advertisement. Printed reports said that Elliot kept Madonna waiting for almost 45 minutes while she gabbed on her mobile phone. When approached by an impatient Madonna, who tapped on the window of the car Elliot was sitting in, Elliot reportedly blew… Read more »