Aceyalone, Zion-I Compete For MTV Exposure

Hip-Hop underground acts Aceyalone, a founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, and the spiritual Hip-Hop trio Zion-I will compete in "MTV2’s Dew Circuit Breakout," amongst 12 unknown bands battling in a weeklong tournament to gain valuable exposure. Zion-I will appear on "MTV2’s Dew Circuit Breakout," November 22 and Aceyalone on November 24, with MTV2 VJ Jim… Read more »



Murder Inc. Bookkeeper Busted For Money Laundering

Murder Inc. Bookkeeper Cynthia Brent was arrested and indicted Monday (November 8) on money laundering charges, as federal prosecutors continue their investigation into a connection between the rap label and drug dealers. Brent, 39, was charged with laundering over $1 million in drug money and arranging cash deposits to evade federal filing laws, officials said…. Read more »



Pioneers To Detail Plans For The Universal Federation For The Preservation Of Hip-Hop Culture

Hip-Hop pioneers Afrika Bambaataa, GrandMaster Caz, Kurtis Blow and others will announce the establishment of the Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip-Hop Culture, a nonprofit organization invested in safeguarding Hip-Hop’s evolutionary history. According to the Federation’s Vice President Kenny “Yoda” Syder, also a member of the legendary Crash Crew, artists have consistently toured the… Read more »



St. Lunatic Murphy Lee Accused of DWI

Murphy Lee of Nelly’s St. Lunatics was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs after police claim they stumbled on almost 35 grams of marijuana in the rapper’s Mercedes Benz, according to published reports. Police say they found the marijuana after stopping Lee, 22, for an expired license plate Oct. 31 on… Read more »



Diddy Says Citizen Change Won’t Stop, Wants To Be Black James Bond

Rap impresario turned political activist Sean “P.Diddy” Combs announced today (Nov. 6) that Citizen Change, his non-partisan voter registration initiative, will continue to operate and recruit young people into the electoral process even though presidential election has passed. “This is phase one, step one for us to get people engaged," Diddy told the Associated Press…. Read more »



Bill Cosby Gets Down With Hip-Hop

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby and various Hip-Hop artists have joined with Ras Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, to launch Hip-Hop for the P.E.O.P.L.E., a national community service program aimed at underprivileged urban youth. The mission of Hip-Hop for the P.E.O.P.L.E. (Providing Education Opportunity, Prosperity and Life Eternally) is to enlighten inner city youth on… Read more »



Family For Mac Dre Holds Public Viewing

The family of Andre “Mac Dre” Hicks will hold a public viewing for the rapper, who was shot to death on a stretch of highway in Kansas City. The family will hold the viewing from noon to 5 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1735 Enterprise Drive, in Fairfield, California A private service for the… Read more »



Baby Drops New Shoe

Multi-platinum Hip-Hop artist Bryan “Baby” Williams, CEO of Cash Money Records is collaborating with urban shoe company Lugz to launch a new holiday boot collection.The “Birdman Nightwing” follows in the footsteps of Baby’s “Birdman” shoe line, which was introduced last spring and sold over one million pairs.The new collection will make its debut this weekend,… Read more »



Akademiks Ads Pulled In New York

The Hip-Hop clothing line Akademiks is causing controversy in New York over their racy poster ads that state: “Read Books, Get Brain.”Enraged New York City transit officials are taking action, vowing to pull the ads from city buses.”Get Brain” is slang for oral sex and the ad deliberatly played on the meaning.Akademiks’ ad designer Anthony… Read more »



Rapper Testifies During Weapons Of Mass Destruction Trial

Philadelphia rapper John “Tommy Hill” Wilson testified yesterday in Federal court during the trial of a family accused of harboring drugs and Weapons of Mass Destruction.Hill, a former member of popular Philadelphia rap group The Ram Squad, was busted last December and charged with major drug offenses.He agreed to cooperate with authorities and testify against… Read more »