Lyor Cohen Leaves Def Jam For Warner Music Group

Island Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen has accepted a top position at Edgar Bronfman’s newly acquired Warner Music Group.Cohen, to head Warner’s North American operations, worked with Bronfman before Universal was sold to French owned Vivendi. Cohen spent 21 years at Def Jam.”I have been presented with an extraordinary opportunity to continue growing my career,”… Read more »



Eminem’s Mother Carjacked At 8Mile

Debbie Mathers, the estranged mother of Eminem, was reportedly carjacked on the outskirts of Detroit last Thursday (Jan. 21). According to local reports, Mathers was sitting in her car as her vehicle was being refueled at a gas station that sits at an intersection at the now-famous Eight Mile road. WDIV-TV in Detroit reported that… Read more »



Tony Yayo Back In Jail

G-Unit member Tony Yayo is reportedly back in prison, for violating terms of his probation.According to sources, he must serve 90 days in prison for traveling to Las Vegas with his G-Unit crew.Other sources refuted the notion that the violation was a result of traveling outside of New York.Interscope representative’s declined to comment on the… Read more »



Dame Dash Denies Rape Allegations

Roc-A-Fella CEO Damon Dash denied recent rape charge allegations at a press conference in London.Former model Kirstie Thompson filed a $15 million dollar lawsuit against Dash, claiming that forced himself upon her on New Years day of 2003.”Its just ridiculous,” Dash said. “I am not going to do something that dumb.”Dash vowed to fight the… Read more »



Philly Rapper Wanted On Drug Charges

Another Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper is being sought by authorities, for alleging supplying a major drug ring in Maryland.Richard “Filthy Rich” Harris, who has recorded with fellow Philly rapper, Ms, Jade, is suspected of supplying the drugs in large amounts, which were distributed in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.The investigation started last year, when Randall Nichols, 21,… Read more »



The Roots Launch Okayplayer Records

Hip-Hop band The Roots will launch a record label named after their popular website, Okayplayer.Okayplayer Records will search for talent across the country.A talent search commenced on the website on January 22 and will end on February 13.”There is an array of untapped talent out there especially from the people who are members of the… Read more »



Outkast & Busta Rhymes Hoop It Up

Outkast and Busta Rhymes have both teamed up with the NBA, as Andre 3000 and Big Boi will perform at the All-Star Game and Busta will give a concert after a game this Friday (Jan. 23). Andre 3000 and Big Boi will perform their respective hit singles (“The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya”) during… Read more »



Skinny Pimp Teams With Former NFL Player

Memphis, Tennessee rapper Kingpin Skinny Pimp is preparing to release his latest album, Tha Classic.The album is being released on Onlock Records/Grandstand Entertainment.Onlock Records is headed by former New Orleans Saints professional football player Jamie “JD” Drummond, while Grandstand is the creation of Ken Levy, former VP of Creative Services at Arista for 17 years.”I’m… Read more »



Twista Rocks NYC, Earns Roc-A-Fella Chain

Dame Dash made a surprise appearance at New York club S.O.B.’s during a performance by Chicago native Twista.Dash bestowed upon the rapper a platinum and diamond Roc-A-Fella Records necklace.The performance took place last night (January 21) as part of and S.O.B.’s ongoing “Plain Rap” concert series.While the chain giving is a symbolic gesture that… Read more »



Two Men Killed After Slick Rick Show

Two men were shot and killed after violence erupted at a Slick Rick concert.Walters appeared at a Pico Rivera, California club El Rodeo for their “Wild Tuesday’s” night.The shooting broke out in the parking lot after the Walters’ concert ended early.Ramon Oseguera, 27 and Epimenio Padilla, 30, were both killed while a third man, Jose… Read more »



Diddy’s Ex Seeks Child Support Increase

The mother of P.Diddy’s eldest son, Misa Hylton-Brim, testified in Family Court yesterday in an attempt to increase the amount of child support she receives from the hip-hop mogul.Hylton-Brim is seeking $30,000 a month, up from the $5,000 a month she currently receives.Her lawyer claimed the desired amount is equivalent to what Diddy pays in… Read more »



FBI Coming To Local Record Stores

In an effort to deter music piracy, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has struck a deal with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).The music industry was granted permission to use the FBI logo in CD packaging, warning against unauthorized copying of music.Individual labels are at liberty as to where the logo should be… Read more »