Studio Owner Of Eminem’s First CD Killed

The owner of Studio 8, where Eminem recorded his debut album The Slim Shady LP, was found shot to death Tuesday (Jan. 4) inside the Detroit venue, police said. A business associate of Amjed Abdallah found the 36-year-old on the floor of the studio, according to Detective Lt. Norman Raymond. Police retrieved three bullet casings… Read more »



Lil’ Jon Dismisses ‘Fake Beef’ With Usher

In response to rumors of alleged hostility toward R&B sensation Usher, Lil Jon has fervidly denied that he harbors ill feelings for his fellow Atlantian. “Usher and I are good friends. It’s just haters trying to stir some negative bullsh*t up because we’ve had such a big year,” Lil Jon said. “We’ve made history together… Read more »



Beastie Boys, Chuck D. Encourage Sampling With Contest

Creative Commons and Wired Magazine have launched “The Fine Art of Sampling” contest, encouraging fans to sample works from such well known acts as The Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Chuck D., Danger Mouse, Le Tigre, My Morning Jacket and others. Creative Commons was founded by Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, one of the nation’s… Read more »



50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Support The Homeless

50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and super producer, Swizz Beats teamed up with celebrity sports agent Glenn Toby and NY Jets #91 Josh Evans, to open the "2004 Book Bank Foundation Holiday Superstore for the Homeless," over the Christmas holiday. New York’s Bowery Mission housed the superstore which provided over 300 New York City homeless children… Read more »



Bushwick Bill Supports Tupac On New Year’s Day

Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill will be featured as a celebrity guest model at the First Annual Makaveli Branded Fashion Show, the clothing line launched by Tupac Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur. “It is significant that this event is being held in Los Angeles on New Years,” Bushwick Bill said. “This day represents the birth of… Read more »



Former New York Senator Doing Time With Shyne

Former New York State Sen. Guy Velella, convicted of bribery charges, is reportedly sharing the same prison unit at Rikers Island as former Bad Boy rapper Shyne, who is incarcerated for his role in a club shooting. Upon returning to jail Monday (Dec. 27) to finish a one-year sentence for conspiring to funnel public contracts… Read more »



Russell Simmons, Vibe’s Kenard Gibbs Honored At Eighth Annual Wall Street Project Conference

Russell Simmons and Kenard Gibbs, President of Vibe Magazine, will be honored at Jesse Jackson’s Eighth Annual Wall Street Project Conference, which will take place January 11-13 at the Hilton New York Hotel, in New York City. The theme of the conference this year is “Beyond Diversity, Equity and Parity: A New Covenant.” Doug E…. Read more »



Barbershop Coming To Showtime As Series

The hit movie franchise “Barbershop,” which starred Ice Cube, will be developed into a half-hour comedy series, utilizing the films’ original producers and writer John Ridley. Ridley penned the screenplays for “Undercover Brother,” “Three Kings” which starred Ice Cube and UPN’s short-lived “Platinum” series, which focused on the exploits of a Hip-Hop record label. "’Barbershop’… Read more »



Chris Webber Making Beats Under An Alias

When he’s on the court he is a highly paid superstar, but behind the sound boards Chris Webber tries to remain as anonymous as possible. The Sacramento King and NBA all-star has been making beats under a secret name for some time the athlete revealed. “I make beats under an alias,” Webber told Dime magazine… Read more »



Violence Follows Ja Rule To New York

A week after violence erupted at an after party that was to feature The Inc. rapper Ja Rule in Peoria, Illinois, more violence occurred last night in Ja’s hometown of New York, this time resulting in death. Two men left the LQ club on Manhattan’s Eastside and opened fire on two men they argued with… Read more »



Kurupt Starring In Post Civil War Western

Rapper Kurupt has signed on to showcase his acting skills in a new movie “Click,” set at the end of the Civil War. Kurupt will star opposite of veteran actor David Carradine, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill – Vol. 2.” The movie centers… Read more »