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Big Pun Release Party Turned Out

Big Punisher’s album release party ended on a sour note lastTuesday, in The Bronx. Jimmy’s Cafe was packed with people there to celebrate the release of Pun’s album. Guest’s included Gangstarr, M.O.P., Fat Joe, Dr. Dre (Ed Lover’s Partner). According to sources close to Violator, Chris Lighty was the intended target, but he was not… Read more »

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Violater Gets Loud

Chris Lighty has ended his relationship with Lyor Cohen, the CEO of Def Jam, and has taken Violater Records/Management to Loud Records. After an 11 year relationship, it is rumored that Lighty was forced to leave Def Jam due to a lack of big releases, and that Def Jam opted to not renew his distribution… Read more »

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Violence At Cash Money/ Ruff Ryders Show

The Cash Money/Ruff Ryders tour has been shaken up. During a performance in The Fleet Center in Boston, three people were stabbed, one critically. One person was arrested, although police would not disclose the name. The fight broke out shortly after ten, and the 5,000 people on hand had no idea that is was taking… Read more »

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Snoop Dogg’s Bodyguard Busted

Snoop Dogg’s bodyguards were busted last week in New York City’s Kennedy Airport, when they tried to check their weapons in. According to the New York City Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman, the three men did everything by the rules, and were very courteous. James Ice, Edward Hunter and James Archer, were not licensed to… Read more »

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Wyclef Cancels South Carolina Show

Wyclef Jean has cancelled his March 24th concert at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, in support of the NAACP’s economic sanctions against the tourism industry in South Carolina. The sanctions, which were officially launched on January 1, 2000, are intended to impel the state to stop flying the Confederate battle flag atop… Read more »

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Snoop Dogg Disses Suge

Snoop Dogg has launched an assault against the former label he was on, Death Row Records. No Limit bought his contract for an estimated $700,000, allowing him to head to Master P’s camp. Snoop has one album left under the Master P deal, which is scheduled to drop in the spring, titled The Last Meal…. Read more »

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Q-Tip Arrested

Qtip has been formally arrested and charged with breaking a mans jaw inside of The Virgin Megastore in New York City. The two apparently began arguing over an incident last summer, in which Q-Tip prevented the man from handing out demo tapes in front of the Hit Factory recording studio last summer. Miranda said that… Read more »

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Ice Cube Goes To Mars

Ice Cube is taking more steps to ensure his acting career is on the rise, this time signing on with blockbuster director John Carpenter, and his upcoming flick "Ghosts Of Mars". The movie will also star Hole front woman Courtney Love. The movie takes place 175 years in the future, in a dusty frontier mining… Read more »

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Ice T Helps Launch New Online Label

Ice T was at the New York Music and Internet Expo, helping launch another online record label, SomeMusic.com. Ice serves on the advisory board of the latest online label. The site allows musicians to market, promote and sell their music online. SomeMusic.com is the latest division created by SMI and is designed to complement SMI’s… Read more »

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Kool Keith To Guest Edit Spin Magazine

World-renowned hip-hop innovator Kool Keith will guest edit Spin.com, Spin magazine’s home on the Web, for five consecutive days, beginning Monday, February 14th. Kool Keith is Spin.com’s first-ever guest editor, and his five-day post marks the first time the content of a major music Website has been turned over to an artist. The former Keith… Read more »

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Lil Kim, Mary J. Blige Hook Up With M.A.C

M.A.C Cosmetics, the cosmetics company, announced today that music superstars Mary J. Blige and Lil’ Kim have been named as spokespeople for VIVA GLAM III Lipstick, the primary fund-raising tool for The M.A.C AIDS Fund. Since its creation in 1994, over $14 million dollars have been raised for The M.A.C AIDS Fund. The Fund is… Read more »

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Russell Simmons Speaks On Diallo Case

Russell Simmons had this to say about the verdict in the Diallo case. “I am horrified by the outcome of the Diallo case. This verdict stands as another reason for the community to stand together for change. “The Hip-Hop community moves as an army that has the power to elect government that puts the people… Read more »

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ANTRA To Distribute Miramax Film

The ANTRA Music Group announced that it has signed an agreement with Miramax Films to produce and distribute the soundtrack/full-length album to the movie “O,” a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Martin Sheen, John Heard (Beaches) and supported by some of today’s leading teen celebrities including Mekhi Phifer (Clockers, Soul Food and I Still… Read more »

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Regent University Sponsors Hip-Hop Conference

Regent University, headed up by religious man Pat Robertson is sponsoring a conference on "The Hip-Hop Nation", to try to help adults understand "Urban Youth Culture", and its appeal on teenagers. “Churches don’t get the rap thing,” the Rev. Eugene Rivers III, the conference’s featured speaker, said Friday. “They still don’t get rock ‘n’ roll… Read more »

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