Nore Joins The Roc

The Roc-A-Fella Records roster continues to blossom as Nore of CNN has joined the label, quenching the rumor mill’s chatter. Nore had previously been an artist on Def Jam Records and had released a song and video with partner Capone earlier in the year called “Yes Sir.” But, slowly Nore has began to work with… Read more »



Masta Ace Announces Retirement in August

As Hip-Hop retirements increasingly appear to be promotion or an alternative to falling off, Masta Ace, a 16-year veteran, has revealed that he will hang up his microphone after the release of his album, Long Hot Summer. The new album, Ace’s fifth, will be released on August 3 and will mark the end of an… Read more »



Police Seek To Question Coo Coo Cal In Shooting

Police in Madison, Wisconsin are seeking to question Milwaukee rapper Coo Coo Cal after a shooting over the weekend left a man wounded. Authorities said the victim is recovering and revealing details of the shooting, which was apparently sparked by a dispute over a dice game. After a performance at a local club area club,… Read more »



MC Eiht Launches Label

MC Eiht, member of pioneering group Compton’s Most Wanted has announced his has formed a label with Native Records and has secured national distribution. Eiht’s label will be distributed through Penalty Associated Labels/Ryko Distribution and the first release will be a brand new solo album from Eiht. To remind a fickle Hip-Hop audience of his… Read more »



Diddy Launches ‘Citizen Change’ Vote Initiative

On Tuesday, Hip-Hop mogul Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs revealed a multi-tiered plan to encourage voting in Black and Latino youth as a drastic method to affect the election. Citizen Change is the Bad Boy Records CEO’s non-profit, non-partisan leg that he hopes to empower and educate the masses. “This is not just about talk, this is… Read more »



Will Smith Returns To Rap, Tops Movies

Will Smith and his hit movie “i Robot” has smacked Spider Man off his sticky top slot after the rapper/actor’s latest effort raked in a whopping $53.3 million over the weekend. And Will intends to capitalize off the furor by reestablishing his rap career.While he was tight-lipped about the project he did reveal scant details… Read more »



BG Celebrates ‘Life After Cash Money’

Rapper BG is planning various events to celebrate his new studio album, titled Life After Cash Money. In addition to performing at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Saturday, July 24, the rapper will return to the Magnolia Projects on Tuesday, July 27 and treat residents to a block party. Life After Cash… Read more »


Nelly Gets A Piece Of The Bobcats

NBA expansion team Charlotte Bobcats announced today that rapper Nelly is now a part-owner of the team. Nelly joins the ranks of owners that include Bob Johnson, the team’s majority owner and billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Hugh McColl Jr., former CEO of Bank of America and others. "This is a great opportunity… Read more »



Lil Romeo Hit With Lawsuit

Lil Romeo’s album Gametime is the subject of a lawsuit over claims that the author of some of the album’s material was never compensated or credited for his contributions. Sean Cunningham claims that he wrote six songs on the album, one that appeared in a motion picture titled “Max Keeble’s Big Move” that featured a… Read more »



Hip-Hop Unity Festival Announces Dates

The 2004 Hip-Hop Unity Festival has announced their lineup and in addition to top named talent, this year’s festival will take place in Toronto, Canada and Boston, Massachusettes. KRS-One, Erick Sermon, Skillz, Royce Da 5’9, Large Professor, C.L. Smooth, Soulive, Jeru and local artists will grace this year’s stages. The Toronto Hip-Hop Unity Festival takes… Read more »



Asian Dub Foundation Producing Opera On Gadhafi

The life of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, will be turned into a musical by the English National Opera. Dance/Hip-Hop collective Asian Dub Foundation has been selected to create the opera and rapper JC001 tentatively has the lead role of Gadhafi. The work will trace Gadhafi’s rise to power, from outcast to ruler of a country… Read more »



Grafh Talks Joining The Roc

Former Epic/Sony rapper Grafh of Queens, New York has departed his former recording home and inked a deal with the Roc-A-Fella Records. While details are scarce, Grafh rejoiced. He told, “I moved my label Blackhand to get distribution from Roc-A-Fella Records, because they understand the street grind. Clearly, it’s a benefit to be on… Read more »



DMC Finalists Compete For U.S. Title

The DMC 2004 U.S. finals will take place in August with 22 hopeful DJ’s across the country battling for the U.S. title. The all ages event takes place on August 7 at the Henry Fonda theater in Los Angeles, California and the winner will move on to the world finals in London in September DMC’s… Read more »