LL Cool J On Board For “Slow Burn”

Multi-platinum rapper LL Cool J will star opposite Ray Liotta and Jolene Blalock in the independent movie, "Slow Burn," which is currently in development. According to the Hollywood Reporter, LL will star in the movie that pits a lawyer (Liotta) against an attractive assistant district attorney (Blalock) and an "enigmatic stranger," played by LL. The… Read more »



Nas On Board For Antigun PSA’s

Nas and R&B group members Jagged Edge have signed on to promote antigun PSA’s for the state of Connecticut, as part of the Bush Administration’s Project Safe Neighborhoods. The project aims at getting guns off the streets of neighborhoods plagued by violence. During the first year, there was a 30 percent increase in federal firearm… Read more »



AOL Time Warner To Honor Russell Simmons

Fresh on the heels of snagging a Tony for his award winning production, "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," Russell Simmons will be honored with the Time Warner Innovator Award. Simmons is being honored by the conglomerate for his various business dealings, as well as his charitable organizations, mainly Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Hip-Hop… Read more »



British Member Of Parliament Raps

Veteran former member of British Parliament, Tony Benn is taking on a new career at the tender age of 78. The longest serving Labour MP in the history of the party, will become a rap artist. A speech that Benn made five years ago regarding the dangers of warring with Iraq impressed record producer Charles… Read more »



Lyor Cohen Hit With New Lawsuit

Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen has been smacked with a lawsuit from former in-house lawyer Jonathan Lieberman, who also testified in the TVT case for Def Jam. According to a report by Roger Friedman of Fox News, Lieberman, whose title was Vice President of business and legal affairs for Def Jam, is seeking $6 million… Read more »



Dame Dash Launches Roc Music

Rell and Anthony Allen will embark on a 7 city tour sponsored by Remy Martin, to celebrate the launch of Roc Music, Dame Dash and Jay-Z’s latest musical venture designed to show case R&B, Alternative, Pop and Rock music. "Damon and Jay started Roc Music as a label for music other than hip-hop. Roc-A-Fella Records… Read more »



Angie Martinez Gives Birth

Rapper and NY radio personality Angie Martinez gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday. Niko Ruffin, weighed in at 9 pounds & is 21 inches tall. "This is my second child, I’ma have two boys," an excited Nokio told shortly before the child was born. Niko is the couple’s first child. Martinez has… Read more »



K-Luv The Pimp Busted For Pimpin’

Garrett "K-Luv The Pimp" Craven, 39, was arrested Wednesday morning in Stockton, California on felony pimping and pandering charges. Authorities claim that Craven was associated with a prostitution ring that required the women to sign contracts and rewarded the top sellers with trophies. "We looked at it as maybe a motivational technique," said Stockton police… Read more »



Houston Rockets Guard Steve Francis Starts Label

Houston Rocket’s guard Steve Francis has launched a new record label and is seeking new talent. Isoh Entertainment has one act signed, female singer T’Neq and according to Francis, he has his aims for the business set high. “I’m looking to be a big player, one day,” Francis told the Virginia Pilot.“Whether it happens overnight,… Read more »



Crooked I Drops Mixtape; More Waiting

Fans may have to wait some time until they hear the long awaited and further delayed debut from Crooked I, the lyrical leader of Death Row Records. So following the likes of AZ, Royce 5’9, and Peedi Crack, and others Crooked, is releasing a preview mixtape to hold the masses over. The CD, titled “Westcosonastra”… Read more »



Kim Mathers Arrested, “Powdery Substance” Found

Kim Mathers was arrested Tuesday for driving with a revoked license. The former wife of Eminem and a female companion were arrested, questioned and released pending a further investigation, after two Ziploc bags containing a white powdery substance were found. St. Clair Shores, Michigan Police Chief Frank Troester downplayed the arrest, saying that the incident… Read more »