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 »



Andre 3000 Filming Voting Documentary For HBO

Outkast’s Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin appeared at the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention to conduct interviews for an upcoming documentary. The untitled project is being made for HBO and focuses on the rapper’s change from musician to voter registration activist. Benjamin interviewed John Kerry’s daughters and on Tuesday, he interviewed current President… Read more »



Sam Scarfo Wins $11k At Fight Klub

The stakes for a rap battle are getting higher and higher. With $11,000 on the table Sam Scarfo of Gorilla Pimp/IBCent defeated 40 Cal of Skeme Team/Dip Set at Fight Klub in New York last week. The place, an undisclosed spot in Manhattan, was full of celebrities like video director Lil X, Craig Mack, Bill… Read more »



1st Annual Hip-Hop Fest Kicks Off In Vancouver

The first annual Vancouver International Hip-Hop Film Festival kicks off today (September 1st) and will run until September 5th. The VIHF will showcase some of the best Hip-Hop films available, including the legendary movie “Wildstyle,” whose director Charlie Ahearn will present a slide show. Tonight’s first event takes place tonight with performances by rising rappers… Read more »



AHH Stray News: Chino XL, Blyss, Canibus, Jean Grae

Lyrical lexicon Chino XL has been acting as of late, but the emcee is reportedly working with King Tech of the Wake Up Show on a track to support the Democratic ticket. “Wake Up” features Chino with Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss, Nate Dogg, Missy Elliott, Eve, Wyclef and Fabolus, all who are encouraging the public… Read more »



Newark NJ Deputy Mayor Ras Baraka Creates ‘Hip-Hop For The P.E.O.P.L.E.’

Ras Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has teamed with various Hip-Hop artists and producers to create Hip-Hop For The P.E.O.P.L.E. (Providing Education Opportunity, Prosperity and Life Eternally), a new national community service program. The program will use the power of Hip-Hop to promote violence prevention, gang awareness and education. The organization says it… Read more »



Jay-Z, Outkast Win Big At VMA’s

Jay-Z and Outkast dominated MTV’s Video Music Awards last night (August 29), with the rap artists taking home four Moon Men, the name of the trophy given to winners at the annual awards ceremony. Jay-Z’s video "99 Problems" took honors for Best Rap Video, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Direction. Outkast’s “Hey Ya” won… Read more »



AHH Stray News: Graffiti, Styles P., Shock G., Mase

The New York Police Department will reportedly disband their anti-graffiti unit, a division that has been active in the city since the ‘80s, according to a report released last week. Members of the NYPD, however, fear that the move will prompt an increase in vandalism due to their time being transplanted elsewhere. “Graffiti is already… Read more »



Fat Joe To Appear In Voting Commercials

Fat Joe will appear in a commercial targeting young Latinos, hoping to get them to polls for this years election.The national campaign is spearheaded by actress Rosario Dawson and Phil Colon, who together founded Voto Latino.The commercials also feature Nina Sky and Benjamin Bratt, will be in both English and Spanish.According ro reports, only 8… Read more »



Ja Rule Hit With Lawsuit Over Florida Mansion

Ja Rule was hit with a lawsuit by the owner of a mansion in the plush Star Island section of Miami, Florida. According to a lawsuit filed yesterday (August 26), Jeanette Varela said the rapper hosted a party for 600 people and damaged the home. The lawsuit also named The Inc., Universal Studios and MTV,… Read more »