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AHH Stray News: Jay-Z, Raekwon, Bootcamp

Rocawear was forced to scrap the name of a clothing and jewelry line called “Rocawear MUSE,” after a competitor claimed trademark infringement. According to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Rocawear competitor Maggy London International owns the “MUSE” trademark and has also sold women’s apparel and accessories as well. Rocawear also inked a deal… Read more »

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Whoo Kid Teams With Rock The Vote For Mixtape

Rock the Vote has teamed with DJ Whoo Kid to release a new mixtape they hope will lead Hip-Hop enthusiasts to the polls. The new mixtape features exclusive songs and freestyles from such heavyweights as Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Pharrell Williams, Game and guest appearances by Nas, P. Diddy, Halle Berry and others. “This… Read more »

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Ruling On Sampling Could Have An Effect On Hip-Hop

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio ruled yesterday (Sept. 7) that artists should pay for every sample included in their work, a ruling that could have an effect on Hip-Hop music, which often utilizes pieces of other copyrighted works. A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said that federal laws passed… Read more »

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50 Cent Claims To Tape Sex Acts

50 Cent has reportedly taken dramatic measures to ensure that he doesn’t have to endure a public trial like basketball star Kobe Bryant. According to Elite TV, the rapper claims to film all of sexual exploits that occur within his lavish mansion by utilizing a plethora of spy-like angles. “No matter what you do, it’s… Read more »

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Field Mob Member Arrested On Kidnapping Charges

Field Mob group member Shawn "Kalage" Johnson was arrested in Atlanta on kidnapping charges, according to reports. Police claim Johnson took a six-month-old girl that he believes he fathered and disappeared in July. While Johnson is in custody, police said he will not reveal the whereabouts of the child, who is still missing. In August… Read more »

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Twista Injured In Fatal Car Crash

Twista was injured in a car crash that killed a member of his entourage Monday (Sept. 7) morning in Pennsylvania. The rapper was treated and released after the van he was a passenger in crashed on Interstate 90, as Twista was heading from Syracuse, New York, to his hometown of Chicago. The van swerved off… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Jay-Z vs JD, 213 Lawsuit, Master P.

A who’s who of celebrities and sports stars will participate in the 2nd Annual Break! Celebrity Pool Tournament on Tuesday in New York City. Taking place at Slate Restaurant Bar & Billiards on Tuesday September 14, such celebs as Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Russell Simmons, BET’s Founder Bob Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Lil Kim and others will… Read more »

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Twista Wins Restraining Order Against Wife

On Thursday (Sept. 2) a Chicago judge ordered that Twista’s wife, Rashida Mitchell be restrained from talking to the press about her divorce with the rapper. The order comes after an article that was printed in The Chicago Sun Times accused the rapper of neglecting his daughter. The article was published last week and referred… Read more »

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Warner Music Launches Incubator Labels

Warner Music Group is already making plans to try and capture the Rock and Hip-Hop market with the launch of two new "incubator" labels. WMG has revived the Asylum record label, which will be distributed through Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and will help build indie labels within the WMG label. In business, an incubator is a parent like… Read more »

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Rocawear To Create Batman Line

While chatter is growing about the alleged sale of the Roc-A-Fella Record label to Def Jam, Dame Dash continues to strengthen the Rocawear brand, signing a deal to create a line of apparel based around the upcoming movie, "Batman Begins." Rocawear partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) on behalf of DC Comics to create… Read more »

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Shyne Wants His Phone Rights Back

Incarcerated rapper Shyne has rallied against Clinton State Correctional Facility officials after the prison repealed the rapper’s phone privileges when they alleged he violated several rules last month. In mid-August, authorities were investigating Shyne’s calls for infractions, and claim he violated a number of guidelines including conducting business over the phone. “I categorically deny any… Read more »

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Adisa Banjoko Writes ‘Lyrical Swords’

Adisa Banjoko, a pioneering journalist from the Bay, has taken his skills as a scribe and applied it to his first published book, "Lyrical Swords Vol. 1: Hip Hop and Politics in the Mix.” Incidentally, the book will be released on Election Day November 2. The book is an anthology of essays and interviews with… Read more »

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