Jay-Z Moves Black Album Up

Jay-Z has opted to move his highly anticipated Black Album forward to combat rampant piracy online and subsequent street bootlegging. The album was initially supposed to drop on November 28, Black Friday also the unofficial start of Christmas shopping, but leaked via the internet as early as Monday. Now the album has been bumped to… Read more »



Prodigy Of Mobb Deep Busted

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson of popular rap group Mobb Deep, was arrested in upstate New York on Saturday and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana.Police were allegedly responding to calls about two suspicious vehicles on Remsen Street in Cohoes, New York near the state capital of Albany.Police encountered two Ford… Read more »



Arrested Development Taking On Fox

Arrested Development is taking on Fox Broadcasting, Imagine Films Entertainment and New World Communications, alleging the companies infringed on their trademark of the name “Arrested Development,” the same name of a television series that premiered this month.”The use of our name by FOX is not only confusing to the public, but also has the potential… Read more »



Fam-Lay To “Git Busy,” Prepares Debut Album

Rapper Fam-Lay recently announced that the first single from his debut Def Jam album, Traintogo, will be "Git Busy." "I think everyone will know what that is about," Fam-Lay said. The Norfolk, Virginia based rapper who is signed to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s Star Trak Entertainment, said working with The Neptunes was like working… Read more »



Scratch Tour Kicks Off In San Diego

Mix Master Mike, The Original Jazzy Jay, X-ecutioners and Z-Trip kicked off the 2003 Scratch U.S. Tour last night in San Diego. Qbert will join the 17 city tour November 8th in Portland, Oregon, when the tour hits the Roseland Theater. The tour will climax in Washington, D.C. with a performance by Humanbeat box wizard,… Read more »



Afeni Shakur To Host “Resurrection” Screening In South Carolina

Afeni Shakur announced that she will host a special screening of “Tupac: Resurrection” on Friday, in Lumberton, North Carolina, where Tupac’s family began as slaves in the United States.The highly anticipated documentary has already premiered in Los Angeles and will premiere next Monday in New York and then Atlanta on November 12.The movie will open… Read more »



Fabolous, Neptunes Sued By Brooklyn Woman

A woman from Brooklyn, NY filed a lawsuit against Fabolous, alleging that his 2001 hit "Young N (Holla Back)" was stolen from a group on her record label. Carla Boone claims that she gave CD’s featuring the song "Holla’ Back" by her group Trajik to promoters and executives who worked with Fabolous. Boone claims the… Read more »



New York’s SharpShootaz Win AOL Contest

New York based hip-hop group SharpShootaz won AOL Music’s second First Break contest. The group won the most votes out of the thousands of AOL member entries submitted to for the contest.”This has been a great experience for us, and we feel blessed to have beaten out some amazing competition.,” the SharpShootaz said.”We’ve been living… Read more »



Eminem T-Shirt Sparks Deadly Fight

An Eminem T-Shirt sparked a deadly fight in Istanbul, Turkey’s Kucukcekmece district yesterday.Vendor Hayrettin Demir was hawking the T-Shirts, shouting Eminem, which 19-year-old Dilaver Akkurt took as an insult to his mother. Akkurt told Demir that his mothers name was Emine. “Eminem” means “my Emine” in Turkish.A knife fight broke out between the two men… Read more »



Missy Elliot Leads Fight Against Domestic Abuse

Missy Elliot has been tapped to be the national spokesperson for Break The Cycle, a non-profit organization that works with youth to end domestic violence. "I know how domestic violence can affect a family and I want to do everything I can to stop it from happening to others," Elliot said. "The most important thing… Read more »



Das EFX Hits The Road With The RZA

In stores as of September 23rd, they have started a national campaign along with Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA and his protégé North Star to promote the new album. Das EFX will be performing such classics as “Mic Checka,” and “They Want EFX” along with their latest album’s lead single, “Dro & Henne,” as well as… Read more »



Allen Iverson, 50 Cent Ready New Kicks

Allen Iverson and 50 Cent will drop new sneakers in the next week, with Iverson’s Answer 7 hitting stores November 7th, while 50’s G6 from his G-Unit Collection will land in stores November 11th. Iverson and 50 will be featured in various advertisements together for the first time on billboard and television spots. "Teaming up… Read more »