Court TV Examines ‘Hip-Hop Justice’

Russell Simmons’ "Russell Simmons Presents: Hip-Hop Justice" airs tonight, the first in a series of upcoming documentaries the mogul’s Simmons Lathan Media Group is producing. The documentary examines three high profile court cases, including the murder conviction of C-Murder, the allegations surrounding Tupac Shakur’s rape case and the government raid on the offices of Irv… Read more »



Freekey Zeekey Shooter Convicted

The man who shot Freekey Zeekey and helped kill an associate was convicted yesterday in a New York court. Chauncey Dillon, 30, was found guilty of assault, attempted robbery, gun charges and second-degree murder. Zeekey’s associate Eric Mangrum was killed in the shootout. Dillon faces 25 years to life. Prosecutors in the case argued that… Read more »



VH1 Honors Hip-Hop Legends: Pioneers Celebrate, Look To Future

In 1979, when the Sugar Hill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight,” critics regarded rap music as just a passing fad. Twenty-five years later, P.Diddy, clad in Run-DMC regalia—Shelltops, black leather blazer and fedora—stood on the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan and uttered the famous Bad Boy mantra, which could easily double as that of… Read more »



Finalists Announced In Nas Album Contest

Nas has announced the finalists for Thief’s Theme – a competition Sony had opened for UK rappers a couple of months ago. The contest attracted over 2,000 entries across Great Britain. Rappers were encouraged to download the instrumental version of his single "Thief’s Theme." The final winner will be selected by Nas himself and brought… Read more »



Ms Dynamite Arrested For Assault

Leading UK rapper/singer Ms. Dynamite has been arrested for an alleged assault that took place at a London restaurant, according to sources. The incident, which allegedly took place last month, occurred in central London in the Soho district, Reuters reports. "A 23-year-old woman voluntarily attended a central London police station on October 1 following an… Read more »



Foxy Brown Signs With S.Carter Records

Rapper Foxy Brown has signed a deal with Jay-Z’s new label, S. Carter Records. A source revealed that the deal has not been officially announced, because Carter has not settled on a distribution deal for his new imprint. “Lyor [Cohen] was with Jay-Z in Chicago on tour and LA Reid was with him soon after,”… Read more »



Jay-Z To Release Feature Film ‘Fade To Black’

Jay-Z has teamed with production company and Paramount Classics to release “Fade To Black,” a film that chronicles the rapper’s farewell performance as a solo artist at Madison Square Garden in November of 2003. Jay-Z narrates the film, which takes viewers backstage during the concert and offers fans a chance to look at how… Read more »



Nelly Defends ‘Tip Drill’ Video

Nelly is brushing off critics of his video “Tip Drill,” and is planning on producing a full-length adult movie based around the song and video. The original video, which aired on BET’s UnCut late night video show, came under fire from various African-American groups and women on college campuses across the nation for it’s portrayal… Read more »



Kanye West Cleans Up At MOBO’s

Mos Def hosted the Music Of Black Origin awards, held last night at the Royal Albert Hall, London. American Hip-Hop act Kanye West was the evening’s biggest winner, taking home awards in three categories, including Best Album, Best Hip-Hop Act and Best Producer, fueled by the success of his album, College Dropout. The night’s other… Read more »



Mixshow Power Summit Kicks Off In Puerto Rico

The 7th Annual Mixshow Power Summit kicked off this week in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The 4 day summit brings together some of the best mixshow and club deejays in the world, as well as some of the hottest talent all of the major labels have to offer. On Thursday, September 30th, the Mixshow Power… Read more »