Weekly World Report: Wyclef & Haiti, Hiero, k-os

Wyclef Jean has postponed plans for a pre-Christmas Live Aid concert, Yele Haiti, scheduled in his native Haiti, citing that he wants to raise awareness of the current conflicts in the country first. Initial plans called for an all-star-studded event on December 5, but Wyclef reportedly could not get enough celebrities to perform. The rapper… Read more »



Ludacris Charity Event In Alabama Cut Short

A charity event at Alabama’s Montgomery Mall, where Atlanta-based rapper Ludacris made an appearance, was forced to shut down Thursday (Dec. 9) following two altercations according to reports. Ludacris was reportedly in the midst of signing autographs and posing for pictures at the mall’s new Citi Gear store, when police could not control the crowd… Read more »



Hip-Hop Summit Says Hip-Hop Helped Change Drug Laws

After relentless protests and campaigns to increase awareness of New York’s famously harsh Rockefeller Drug Laws, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), headed by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, has induced lawmakers to enact significant reforms. Simmons, Chairman of HSAN, said hip-hop played a major role in revisions of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, as artists actively… Read more »



Prodigy, Alchemist Launching ‘Infamous Radio’

Prodigy and The Alchemist have teamed with XM Radio and the pair will host their own show, Infamous Radio. The weekly show on channel 66 RAW will feature hip-hop exclusives, artist interviews, live performances and more. “I’m very excited that Prodigy, The Alchemist and the rest of the Infamous Mobb have joined the continually growing… Read more »



Outkast, Kanye Win Big At Billboard

Outkast and Kanye West both received huge accolades at the Annual Billboard Awards even though Usher was the biggest winner for the evening at the show in Las Vegas. Usher walked away with 11 honors for the evening at the event in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. OutKast’s Big Boi, who was flanked by Killer… Read more »



Jay-Z Named President Of Def Jam

After finally reaching a deal to sell the remaining portion of Roc-A-Fella Records to Island Def Jam for $10 million dollars, Jay-Z was named president of the legendary label founded by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons in 1985."I have inherited two of the most important brands in hip-hop, Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella,” Jay-Z said. “LA… Read more »



Roc-A-Fella Sold To Island Def Jam

According to published reports, Island Def Jam has acquired the remaining 50% stake in Roc-A-Fella Records for $10 million dollars. The buyout gives Island Def Jam 100 % ownership of the hit making label, which helped power parent label Universal to a whopping 28 Grammy nominations – 10 of which came from Roc-A-Fella artist Kanye… Read more »



Carmelo Anthony Under Fire For DVD Comments

Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, who recently released his "Carmelo 1.5 Mixtape," has come under heat for appearing in a DVD titled "Stop Snitching," which allegedly features rappers threatening people who divulge illegal activity to police. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) of the 7th District, which includes Anthony’s old Baltimore, Maryland neighborhood and the neighborhood… Read more »



ODB’s Mother, Manager, Form Label To Release Music

The mother of deceased rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his manager have announced plans for a new record label and other related business ventures. Dirty’s mother Cherry Jones and longtime manager Jarred Weisfeld have formed JC Records (Jarred Cherry Records), a division of AGU music, and are planning the first posthumous release from Ol’ Dirty… Read more »



Kanye West On ’60 Minutes,’ Leads Grammy Nominees

Kanye West’s single “Jesus Walks,” previously on heavy radio rotation, has incited debate over the use of the word “Jesus” and the role of religion in secular music, a topic West addressed directly in a “60 Minutes” interview to air Wednesday (Dec. 8). West, known for his upbeat rhymes, told “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon… Read more »



ODB’s Wife, Mother, Clash Over Estate

A judge in the Surrogate Court has granted control of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s estate to his widow, Icelene Jones, as she and ODB’s mother, Cherry Jones, continue to battle over the deceased rapper’s assets. Icelene, mother to three of ODB’s (born Russell Jones) children, was reportedly estranged from ODB for years since their 19-year marriage,… Read more »



Stevie Wonder Has Harsh Words For Eminem

Legendary singer Stevie Wonder recently criticized Eminem’s spoof of pop icon Michael Jackson in the "Just Lose It" music video, which has come under fire of late. "Kicking someone when he’s down is not a good thing," Wonder reportedly told Billboard magazine. "I have much respect for his work, though I don’t think he’s as… Read more »