Tab “Turk” Virgil Denies Shooting Allegations

Former Hot Boy Tab “Turk” Virgil Jr. has come forward to deny shooting a police officer, or even having a gun in his possession.In an exclusive interview with Memphis Tennessee’s Channel 3 News, Virgil categorically denied all of the allegations.”I’ve never shot a police [officer], I’ve never owned a gun, I’ve never seen a gun,”… Read more »



Beastie Boys Finishing New Album

The Beastie Boys are putting the final touches on the highly anticipated follow up to 1998’s Hello Nasty.In an interview with the BBC, group member Mike D. said the album would be a straight Hip-Hop album.”We’ve been working for a little while in a secret location,” Mike D. said. “But there’s light at the end… Read more »



Sean “P. Diddy” Combs Settles Lawsuit

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has settled a $3 million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 1999 nightclub shooting.Combs’ former chauffeur Wardel Fenderson claimed that Combs and his former bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones, forced him to speed away from the scene of a Manhattan based shooting.The terms of the settlement remained under wraps. Combs was scheduled to… Read more »



Tupac, Mos Def, LL Nominated For Black Reel Award

Hip-Hop made a strong showing in the nominations for the Fifth Annual Black Reel Awards.The event features 46 nominees in the film category. “Tupac: Ressurection,” “The Italian Job” featuring Mos Def, and “S.W.A.T.” featuring LL Cool J all earned nominations for Best Picture.”I was proud of this years list of nominees,” said Tim Gordon, Executive… Read more »



Smoothe Da Hustla Preps Solo Album

Brooklyn, New York bred rapper Smoothe Da Hustla recently finished up a new solo album, Violenttimes Day.The album features production by DR Period, Tune Heads, J Lace and new upcoming producers.”This is a bang out album, no question,” Smoothe told “The first single is called ‘I’m Wit That.’”The album is scheduled to hit shelves… Read more »



Kanye West Headlines First Tour

Kanye West will headline his first tour in the United States, after scoring a #2 debut and selling almost 500,000 copies the first week his album, The College Dropout hit stores.The 34 date tour will also feature Dilated Peoples, who will serve as West’s opening act. The group is gearing up to release their highly… Read more »



?uestlove Seeks To Start Foundation For Pioneers

The Roots’ drummer, Amir “?uestlove” Thompson recently revealed that he has embarked on a goal to create a foundation that honors the pioneers of Hip-Hop.”I’m on a one man mission to start a foundation that will honor the the forefathers of Hip-Hop, especially Kool Herc,” Thompson told the Dallas News.Thompson said the fact that most… Read more »



Update: No Arrest Warrant Issued For 50 Cent

Police said they were not seeking multi-platinum rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, after an alleged incident in Queens, New York.It was reported that 50 threatened gun play at a video shoot Saturday (January 31).GF Records was shooting a video on Guy Brewer Boulevard in St. Albans, Queens, when Jackson allegedly drove up, got out of… Read more »



Hip-Hop Summit Takes Place In Houston, Texas

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s (HSAN) Hip-Hop Summit took place today in Houston, Texas.Russell Simmons, Master P., Reverend Run, Damon Dash, Ice Cube, Beyonce, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, Erykah Badu and others gave thousands of youth advice and answered questions.”This was the best Hip-Hop Summit yet,” Simmons told “We registered over 20,000 voters and… Read more »



Antonio “LA” Reid Tapped To Head Def Jam

Former Arista CEO Antonio “LA” Reid, has been tapped to head up Univeral’s Island Def Jam record label.Reid will become Chairman and CEO of the label, in a three-year, multi-million dollar agreement that he is expected to sign next week.The hiring of Reid, who is known for spotting talent, comes during turbulence in the music… Read more »



Officer May Have Been A Victim Of Friendly Fire

According to sources, police are investigating a shooting that left two officers wounded, seeking to determine if one was injured by “friendly fire.”Tab “Turk” Virgil Jr., 22, was charged with attempted murder, after officers were greeted with gunfire as they raided a Memphis, Tennessee apartment on Monday (January 26), seeking heroin.Deputy Jason Pagenkopf may have… Read more »



Microsoft To Host DJ Summit

Microsoft will conduct a two-day DJ Summit, inviting some of the world’s most popular DJ’s.The corporation will pay tribute to legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash during the event.Flash will also address the DJ’s, who will come from all over the country and will represent all genres of music.”Microsoft feels [the DJ’s] are some of the most… Read more »



Mos Def To Star In Sci-Fi Flick

Mos Def has been cast in the science fiction movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”The movie is an adaptation of the famous Douglas Adams book of the same name.”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” spawned four follow up books as well.Mos has been cast to play an alien named Ford Prefect, sidekick of earthling… Read more »



Coolio To Face Off Against International Pop Stars

Rapper Coolio will take part in a German Television show titled "Comeback – The Great Chance." The show takes stars that had hit records and lets them compete against each other. The winner of the competition will receive a "free" production deal with a yet-to-be announced superstar producer. Coolio will face off against Haddaway, who… Read more »