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The First Hip-Hop Mayor

On Friday, September 27, 2002, Hip Hop artist and one time school teacher Ras Baraka was sworn in as one of four Deputy Mayors for the city of Newark, New Jersey. Baraka is the son of poet Amiri Baraka, and will head up Youth and Social Service Programs in Newark. Baraka will continue his position… Read more »

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Redman And Method Man Starring In New Films

Def Jam, Paramount and MTV Films are banding together to create an untitled military comedy for Method Man and Redman. The story follows the misadventures of the two, after they join the military and become involved in a covert operation overseas. The duo have several films in the works. After starring in the modestly successful… Read more »

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Another Victory For Bill O’Reilly

After blasting Snoop Dogg, Jim Henson Productions and NBC on his "O’Reilly Factor" television show, Bill O’Reilly has dealt another blow to a rapper in less than two months. Jim Henson Productions recently announced that "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas" will cut approximately a half an hour of footage from the made-for TV special, including… Read more »

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Record Labels Settle Antitrust Lawsuit With U.S.

The five top United States distributors of compact discs and three large music stores have agreed to pay $143 million in cash and CD’s to settle charges of price fixing authorities announced yesterday (September 30.) Bertelsmann Music Group, EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Trans World Entertainment, Tower Records, and… Read more »

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Scarface Dropping Greatest Hits Collection

Ask any serious students of contemporary hip-hop to name ten of the greatest lyricists to touch the microphone and you are libel to spark a serious debate about who deserves to be in that elite group. But when it comes to Scarface’s place in hip-hop’s upper echelon there is no debate. Any rap fan worth… Read more »

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Dame Dash Gets Custody Of Son

Overcoming three previous court rulings against him, rap mogul Dame Dash has won full custody of his 10-year-old son in his recent child custody dispute with Linda Williams. A New Jersey superior court judge delivered the ruling in favor of Dash, whose Roc-A-Fella empire is worth an estimated $300 million, despite his son¬ís plea that… Read more »

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P.Diddy Hosts MTV Europe Music Awards

P. Diddy said he was going to throw "a big ol’ party" in Barcelona, Spain where he is hosting the November 14 MTV Europe Music Awards. Diddy said at a news conference in London that he promised to make the awards special and that he would perform himself if "someone doesn’t show up." "I love… Read more »

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ASCAP To Showcase Emerging Talent

As part of the ASCAP Presents… Heineken R&B Ampt Music Series of regional showcases, four up-and-coming artists will be performing at The Cotton Club (152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA) in Atlanta on Monday, September 30, 2002. Doors open at 7:00 PM. The show starts at 8:00 PM. The artist line-up includes LaMajic, Transcendental Funk, Heston… Read more »

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Shaolin Monks Fight To Protect Name

The monks of the Shaolin Temple in China have set up a firm, Henan Shaolin Temple Industrial Development, to prevent "abusive use" of the Shaolin name. Made popular by Kung-Fu flicks and the Wu-Tang Clan, the monks are registering "Shaolin" and "Shaolin Temple" as trademarks with the Chinese government. "It’s unshirkable historical responsibility to protect… Read more »

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Suge Knight Vs. Clear Channel

According to Launch.com, Suge Knight has been hit with a lawsuit by Clear Channel subsidiary for not permitting company representatives to remove a billboard on the roof of Tha Row’s offices on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Knight and Clear Channel were unable to agree to the terms of a new lease on the billboard…. Read more »

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De La Soul Take Home High Times Doobie Award

High Times magazine awarded De la Soul with a Doobie Award last night (September 26) for their album Bionix. Sean Paul, Gov’t Mule, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Beenie Man and Shannon McNally were also winners at last night’s Doobie awards show at BB King’s in New York. Maseo of De La Soul, Sean Paul, Warren… Read more »

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LL Endorses Controversial Governor

LL Cool J announced that he was endorsing two-time New York Governor George Pataki against Democratic candidate H. Carl McCall. "The world that I come from, a lot of people aren’t interested in politics, quite frankly," LL said. "After seeing how the governor handled the 9/11 situation, seeing what happened in this city … I… Read more »

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