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 »



Mos Def Nominated For An Emmy Award

Rap Renaissance man Mos Def has been nominated for an Emmy Award, an honor which is bestowed to the finest actors in the profession. The rapper stands poised to win the Actor, Miniseries or a Movie category for his role in "Something the Lord Made," a series on HBO. Mos played Vivien Thomas, an African-American… Read more »



Joe Budden Arrested

Joe Budden was arrested in Queens, New York on Tuesday for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Published reports said Budden was driving a 2004 BMW on the Clearview Expressway when he was clocked doing 76 mph in a 50 mph zone. After providing identification, authorities found that Budden was driving with a suspended… Read more »



Nas Offering Rappers Spot On New Album

Nas is giving one lucky rapper in the United Kingdom the chance to be featured on his upcoming double CD, Streets Disciple. The Queensbridge rapper launched his career on another group’s song when he debuted on "Live at the Barbeque," a selection from Main Source’s classic 1991 album, Breaking Atoms and he is now recipricating… Read more »



Juvenile Signs With Atlantic, Off Cash Money

New Orleans, Louisiana based rapper Juvenile has entered into an exclusive long-term worldwide contract with Atlantic Records, which will distribute the rapper’s record label, UTP (Uptown Projects). The first release from the union will be a new solo album from Juvenile. His group UTP, which features Juvenile, Skip and Wacko are also preparing an album… Read more »



Master P Cut From Denver Nuggets

Percy “Master P.” Miller was among five players cut from the Denver Nuggets summer league, just before the team’s second practice. According to reports, the mogul’s celebrity status made it awkward for assistant coach Scott Brooks to break the bad news. “(Miller) thanked me and was very respectful,” Brooks told the Denver Post. “I was… Read more »



White Boy Safe After Shooting

Contrary to reports circulating, Rockford Illinois rapper White Boy was not shot 5 times in a drive-by shooting in his hometown.Sources confirmed with that a shooting took place that injured a member of his entourage and left the rapper’s vehicle bullet riddled.Sources stated the shooting was gang related, but emphatically denied that White Boy… Read more »



Beatminerz Focus On Production For New Album

The Beatminerz hope to reinvigorate the production side of Hip-Hop music with the release of a new album, Fully Loaded with Static. Led by Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, The Beatminerz have crafted sonic masterpieces for such cherished groups as Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun and solo acts like Rah Digga, Talib Kweli and Busta Rhymes. With… Read more »



Estate Of Notorious B.I.G. Taking LAPD To Trial

The Estate of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace won a decision June 21 to bring a wrongful death suit against the Los Angeles Police Department, which is accused of being complicit in the rapper’s murder. The wrongful death was filed by Wallace’s mother Voletta and his widow, Faith Evans. The lawsuit focuses on a former… Read more »