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Russell Supports ‘Platinum’

While the music industry has expressed a general dislike for hip-hop drama “Platinum” the show has found a huge, credible supporter – Russell Simmons. The mogul, who was known as “Rush” in his earlier days, says the show is closer to reality than even the industry will admit. The show garnered record-breaking viewership its first… Read more »

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Man Arrested In Connection With Freaky Zeeky Shooting

Police have arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with a gunfight in Manhattan last week that injured rapper Freaky Zeeky and killed an associate, Erick Mangrum. Chauncey Dillon, 29, will be charged with second-degree murder. It is not clear if police believe that Dillon fired the shot that wounded Zeeky and killed Mangrum.The incident unfolded… Read more »

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Last Emperor Inks Deal, Plans Long Awaited LP

The Last Emperor has inked a distribution deal with New York City based Raptivism and will finally drop his much anticipated, still untitled debut album.We have seen various types of contracts, but never in the form provided by Raptivism giving him creative freedom. The Last Emperor, through his label [Red Planet Music Corp.] distributed by… Read more »

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‘Bling-Bling’ Make It To Dictionary

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud. The Oxford English Dictionary has officially admitted the hip-hop term “bling-bling’ into its prestigious pages. Rapper BG coined the word in 1999 in his hit song from the same name and it has been used ever since to explain a lavish lifestyle full of jewels,… Read more »

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Skillz Set For ‘Ain’t Mad’

His name is renown, but Virginia’s Skillz has yet to reap the commercial accolades that he arguably deserves. With the release of several applauded freestyles, mixtapes and b-sides, the rapper is readying the final release of I Ain’t Mad No More , the much-delayed album. Although the album has been pushed back several times, Skillz… Read more »

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Kids Want Hip-Hop Education ON AIDS/HIV

Kids are calling for hip-hop artists to offer more educational, informative and balanced messages according to a study by Children’s PressLine, a New York-based social organization. At a recent seminar for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s RAINBOW/PUSH Wall Street Project Conference, kids sounded off. “A lot of [rappers] talk about sex. They open it like it’s no… Read more »

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Philaflava Offers More Styles

As the commercial realm of hip-hop grows larger, the underground, creative aspects of rap are sorely overlooked, but one independent movement hopes to change things. PhilaFlava presents…A League of Our Own, an independent CD, has released a mixtape album that offers a distinct, exclusive medley of hip-hop. “A League of Our Own” showcases an array… Read more »

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Ice T’s Final Level Inks Distribution Deal

Ice-T’s Final Level Entertainment has inked a multi-year distribution deal with Penalty Associated Labels/Ryko Distribution.. "There are 3 types of companies in the music business," Ice-T said. "The ones that make things happen, the ones that watch things happen, and then there are those major conglomerates that scratch their heads and say…what happened? We chose… Read more »

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Detroit Hip-Hop Summit Draws Over 17k People

The Hip-Hop Summit commenced in Detroit Saturday (April 26), with tremendous success. The event, which was co-hosted by Eminem and Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and FM 98 WJLB, drew over 17,000 participants. "It was so big and much better than the New York Summit," HSAN Chairman Russell Simmons told AllHipHop.com. "Kwame Kilpatrick, half the Congressional… Read more »

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Chuck D. To Pay Homage To Legendary Label

Chuck D. has joined the ranks of performers who will celebrate the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul. Al Green, Percy Sledge, Michael McDonald, Wilson Pickett, Mavis Staples, Isaac Hayes and others will perform on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to pay homage to the only R&B label that rivaled Motown. The legendary… Read more »

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Freeky Zeeky To Be Charged

Diplomat crew member Freaky Zeeky will be charged with will be charged with criminal possession of a weapon, according to a report published in the New York Post. Zeeky, born Ezekiel Jiles, is in stable condition after a shooting in midtown Manhattan Friday morning (April 25). Zeeky was shot in the chest and abdomen and… Read more »

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Murder Inc Exect Arrested On Gun Charges

A Murder Inc. record executive was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on federal firearm charges stemming from the raid of the label’s offices in January. Authorities took Dexter Ottley, 38, in custody alleging they found a .25 caliber gun in his desk during the raid. Along with Ottley, another exec at Murder Inc, Tarik Williams… Read more »

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