Jay’s Black Book On The Way

Jay-Z’s autobiography is still on the way, even though the much-anticipated novel was originally slated to be released with the rappers The Black Album The book has been delayed simply because co-author dream hampton and the rapper are still writing the rapper’s memoirs. “He [Jay-Z] might be able to record an album in six weeks,… Read more »



Tower Records Files For Bankruptcy

The parent company of Tower Records filed for bankruptcy yesterday, one day after the music industry celebrated their achievements at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.MTS Inc. filed Chapter 11 in what the company said was a final step in reorganizing under bankruptcy laws.Tower is the latest casualty in an industry wide recession that has claimed… Read more »



Freeway Prepares To Debut New Group Ice City

Philadelphia bred MC Freeway struck national fame with his Roc-A-Fella cohorts and now the rapper is preparing to bring out his own crew, Ice City.Named after an area in Philadelphia that stretches several blocks, the crew is preparing their untitled debut release.”It’s me and my n*ggas I grew up with,” Freeway told “Ice City… Read more »



Belvedere Ad Fuels Roc-A-Fella Break Up Rumors

Adding to the continuing debate as to whether the relationship is all but over between Roc-A-Fella Records co-owners Jay-Z and Damon Dash, is a new print ad by Belvedere Vodka.Along with several other ventures, the two are also co-owners of Armadale Vodka, which they had hoped to position as a major competitor against Belvedere.In a… Read more »



Lil Zane Stars In New Movie

Rapper Lil’ Zane continues to expand his acting resume.After starring in the hit film “Finding Forrester” “Dr. Doolittle 2” and “The Fighting Temptations,” Zane will star in a new straight-to-video suspense thriller, “Motives.” The movie centers around a successful business man who engages in an adulterous affair that ends in murder. Vivica A. Fox, Golden… Read more »



Outkast Wins Big, Hip-Hop Reps At Grammys

Hip-Hop was a big winner at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles, California even though there were some notable omissions when the victories were tallied.Outkast took home three awards, including Album of the Year for their best-seller, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.The group perhaps had the most exciting performances in a very stiff,… Read more »



Pure Pain Ordered To Cease Camoflauge CD Sales

Pure Pain Records has been ordered to cease selling Camoflauge’s albums, due to a dispute with the slain rapper’s mother.Tammie Greene claims that the label has not provided her with an adequate accounting for three albums and a DVD the rapper released.Greene filed a lawsuit against the label last month, alleging that Camoflauge’s estate has… Read more »



Lil’ Flip Still With Columbia, New LP Coming

Despite rumors circulating that Lil’ Flip had severed ties with Columbia Records, the rapper will release his sophomore album through the label next month. “Lil’ Flip is [still] on Columbia,” a source with the label told via e-mail. “His new record hits streets on 3/23.” Though the rapper’s first album, Undaground Legend, struck platinum,… Read more »



Kevin Liles Leaving Island Def Jam

Def Jam’s Kevin Liles has resigned from his position as president of the label, after negotiations between the mogul and parent company Universal Music Group broke down.According to The New York Post, the two sides could not reach an agreement on a contract extension.The negotiations broke down over money.Last week, Island/Def Jam’s CEO Lyor Cohen… Read more »



Afeni Shakur’s Bio Hits Stores

Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper Tupac, released her biography, "Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary" on February 3. The 240 page book, which is written with actress Jasmine Guy, reveals four decades of Shakur’s life. Guy spent over 10 years with Shakur, recording her thoughts and conversations, which touch on race, drugs, music, love… Read more »



Russell Simmons To Launch “Hip-Hop Laws Of Power”

Russell Simmons has partnered with X Radio Networks and will launch a nationally syndicated radio show, "Hip-Hop Laws of Success." The program will feature a new episde daily, featuring Simmons’ opinions for success in culture, business, politics, entertainment and personal development. The show will also feature special guests and will profile people of influence on… Read more »