Jean Grae Readies Album With Babygrande

New York lyricist Jean Grae has signed with indie Babygrande to release her second LP, Veteran’s Day. “I’m ready, [but] still humble,” She told “I’ll start battling people real soon again.” The underground community received a creative smack in when Grae released Attack of the Attacking Things, her critically acclaimed CD. However, didn’t she… Read more »



Ruff Ryders Cuts Deal With Virgin

Ruff Ryders has inked a deal with Virgin Records where the Yonkers-based company will recruit artists and release future compilations through the union. Still, DMX will remain at Def Jam records and Eve, the Lox, Jadakiss and Styles will stay at their Interscope Records. Drag-On will release his second LP, Hell And Back, on Sept… Read more »



Two Men Arrested In Samuel “Tone” Barnes Robbery

Two men were arrested and charged with breaking into the luxury home of Trackmaster producer Samuel "Tone" Barnes on Sunday. The New York Post reported that Shatiek Daniels, 22, and Leslie Green, 23, both of Staten Island, were arrested and charged with various offenses related to the home invasion, in which Barnes’ wife, children and… Read more »



Eminem And Shady Clothing Hit With Lawsuit

Eminem is fighting a civil lawsuit over the Shady Ltd. name that is featured on his new clothing line. Shady Inc., a small Nevada based company, filed the lawsuit in Nevada federal court, claiming that they have been using the name since for their clothing since late 1999. Shady Inc. did not register the trademark… Read more »



Nappy Roots Return From Persian Gulf

Nappy Roots recently returned from the Persian Gulf, as part of the USO shows in Iraq, Qatar and Kuwait. The shows were part of Project Salute 2003, the first large entertainment tour of the region since the war with Iraq. "It was an honor to have even been invited to perform for the troops, and… Read more »



Russell Simmons And Stan Lathan Launch Def Filmmakers

Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan are seeking filmmakers to submit their work for consideration for acquisitions and distribution through the newly launched Def Filmmakers Program. Launched by the power duo’s SLMG (Simmons Lathan Media Group), the aim of the program is to identify and nurture aspiring artists for future projects. "There’s just so much talent… Read more »



Security Videotape Presented To Prove Suge’s Innocent

The Department of Correctional facilities would not respond to claims of Suge Knight’s innocence, despite being presented with a security videotape that allegedly shows another man punching a parking valet. The video was shot outside of Hollywood nightclub White Lotus, where Knight was attending a meeting. His attorney, Rose Kogeman, told the Los Angeles Times… Read more »



Eve Still Being Blackmailed?

Rapper Eve confirmed last year that an unknown man was trying to extort her and it seems that the man has made good on his word. Pictures of a nude Eve and another female in a sexual position have hit the Internet, just as the rapper is preparing to star in her own UPN sitcom… Read more »



Ice T To Host New Car Racing Television Show

Ice-T will host a new television show based on the newly formed auto race league, Bad Azz Drivers (B.A.D.). "Ali" executive producer Lee Caplin, racing legend Jay Penske, television producer Andre Jetmir and advertising executive Peter Stranger, have described the show as the WWF of the auto racing world. The events will be hosted on… Read more »



LL Cool J Re-Signs With Def Jam

Veteran rapper LL Cool J has re-signed with Def Jam Records, it was announced today by Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons and Chairman Lyor Cohen. LL, who has been with the label since it was founded by Rick Rubin and Simmons in the early 80’s, had been shopping other deals asking for a purported $20… Read more »