Ice T Backs New York City Council Bill

Rapper Ice T is expected to testify before the New York City Council today (Dec. 1) to support a tax credit on TV and movie production expenses. Along with Director Spike Lee and Tribeca Film Festival Founder Jane Rosenthal, Ice T will lobby a bill proposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the… Read more »



AP Seeking Legal Action In False R. Kelly Story

The Associated Press is reportedly seeking legal action against the unidentified authors of a false story incriminating R&B superstar R. Kelly, AP representatives said. The AP’s legal department is investigating the origin of the website that first ran a false story alleging that R. Kelly made sexual advances to Shia “Shi Shi” Douglas, the younger… Read more »



Trick Daddy Tapes Cooking Show Pilot For MTV

Platinum selling rapper Trick Daddy recently finished taping a cooking show pilot for MTV. And while the Miami native welcomed the invitation to participate in the show, he said he wasn’t about to slave over a hot stove without a full season’s commitment from MTV. “They wanted me to cook all my dishes,” Trick Daddy… Read more »



Lil’ Kim Hosts AIDS Dance-A-Thon

Lil’ Kim continues her charitable work and has signed on to host Move Against AIDS: Return of the Dance-a-thon, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Kim will share hosting duties with actress Rosie Perez for the event, which will benefit the non-profit Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest AIDS service and advocacy… Read more »



Saigon Inks Deal With Just Blaze’s FT. Knox Label and Atlantic Records

Rapper Saigon has officially inked a deal uniquely structured joint venture with Just Blaze’s new label, FT. Knox Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corp. Under the terms of the deal, Saigon will work closely with former Roc-A-Fella producer Just Blaze, who will handle the majority of production for Saigon’s future releases. He is currently working on… Read more »



New ‘Def’ Scholarship Offers Funding For Filmmakers

Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan will launch the Alumni Def Filmmaker Award with New York University’s Kanbar Institute, to help graduating film students from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts The finalist, who will be chosen by judges from Kanbar and SLMG, will receive $300,000… Read more »



Ice-T Wake Up Call Helps Retailing Giant

Ice-T helped retail giant Target during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, as the prolific rapper/actor was featured in a United States promotion that allowed callers to receive a wake up call to go shopping at Target for the holidays. Ice-T was one of 10 celebrity voices and sounds that awoke shoppers… Read more »



Amaru Entertainment Releases Statement On Tupac Bootlegging

Tupac Shakur’s record label Amaru Entertainment recently condemned the piracy of Tupac’s latest posthumous release Loyal to the Game, which has been prematurely leaked through illegal downloading in the past few weeks. While some sites provide the single "Uppercut" from Loyal to the Game for download, the track has yet to be officially released through… Read more »



AHH Stray News: Rev Run, Ms. Dynamite, Roots Manuva, So Solid

Reverend Run recently recorded a song with British reality TV show contestants, Liberty X. Liberty X gained fame on Simon Cowell’s first British talent show "Pop Stars," which later evolved into “American Idol.” The collaboration came about after Liberty X covered Kool & The Gang’s hit “Cherish.” Robert “Kool” Bell and Run are associates and… Read more »



Florida Atlantic University Cancels Ying Yang Twins Concert Over Lyrics

Due to explicit lyrics, the Ying Yang Twins will not be bringing the crunk to Florida’s Pro Player Stadium as previously scheduled. Florida Atlantic University officials, citing obscene and sexually overt lyrics on the Twins’ three albums, canceled the rap duo’s planned concert for a Dec. 4 football game versus Florida International. The announcement came… Read more »



New Zealand Hip-Hop Station Debut Shocks Competition

Urban radio station Flava 96one in Auckland, New Zealand has grabbed an unprecedented 4.9 rating, the highest debut in the radio market in years according to a New Zealand radio survey. The station, which features contemporary hip-hop and R&B, was the city’s eighth most popular. “Auckland probably has the most deregulated and over-radioed market in… Read more »



AHH Stray News: 50 Cent, Lil’ Jon,

The P.I.M.P. himself 50 Cent has chosen February 15 as the release date for his sophomore album The Valentine’s Day Massacre. The Queens native said some songs will target artists who have lyrically attacked him and his G Unit crew in the past year. “I got something for everybody talking. It’s gonna be entertaining,” 50… Read more »



Trackmaster Lands Executive A&R Spot At Motown

Samuel “Tone” Barnes of production duo Trackmasters was named Executive Vice President of A&R for Motown Records Group yesterday (November 23rd). Barnes, who has worked with a multitude of artists, will help the legendary label snag top-notch talent. Sylvia Rhone, who was named CEO of Motown in October of 2004, is banking on Barnes’ talents… Read more »