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 »



Tim Westwood Hosts London’s Respect Festival 2004

Tim Westwood will headline London’s anti-racism festival, "Respect". The free event will feature performances by Shystie, one of Britain’s rising female rappers, as well as Big Brovaz, Mica Paris, Def Jam’s Terri Walker and many others. The festival aims to encourage multiculturalism and promote racial tolerance through nine different stages with entertainment including a Choice-FM… Read more »



AZ Issuing ‘Final Call’

After a two year layoff, AZ will release Final Call, the follow up to 2002’s Aziatic. The new album features 15 songs with production by Buckwild, Baby Paul, AZ himself and others. The first single “Talking Gangsta” is a collaboration with Terror Squad member Tony Sunshine and has already hit mixtapes and mixshows. Rell, Ron… Read more »



Kevin Liles Leaves Def Jam

Def Jam President Kevin Liles has left the company due to internal friction with newly named CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid.According to reports, Liles was forced out due to pressures by Reid.Reid replaced ex-CEO Lyor Cohen, who now heads up Warner Music Group’s North American operations.Sources said Reid has been staffing Island/Def Jam with colleagues from… Read more »