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 »



The Roots Do Pay-Per-View

The Roots will come to Pay-Per-View on “The Roots Presents,” which kicks off a new concert series titled The Sonic Events. The concert was recorded June 10, 2004 when the group performed at Webster Hall in New York City to an invitation only crowd. In addition to performing selections from their upcoming release The Tipping… Read more »



Bentley Working On Album, Offers Tips To Succeed

As self-proclaimed leader of “The Gentleman’s Movement,” Fonzworth Bentley is hoping the success of his character will translate into album sales when his untitled debut is released. Bentley, who recently changed his professional name from “Farnsworth” to “Fonzworth” for legal reasons, is recording the untitled album with Kanye West and others. “Kanye West called me… Read more »



Ced Gee Launches Label, Says Ultramagnetic MC’s Are Reunited

Ced Gee, producer and member of pioneering Bronx Hip-Hop group Ultramagnetic MC’s, recently launched a record label and is planning an Ultramagnetic reunion album. Ced Gee’s founded Factshen Entertainment along with Philly rapper Grafiq. The label has several new groups signed and is currently planning the Ultramagnetic reunion album, as well as a re-release of… Read more »



More Security Guards Fired For Working With Snoop

A year long probe by The California Department of Corrections resulted in the firing of four state parole agents who were moonlighting as security guards for Snoop Dogg. The controversy erupted when it was discovered that three of the four officers state parole agents were part of a heavily armed entourage escorting Snoop during last… Read more »



Jadakiss Charged In North Carolina Incident

Rapper Jadakiss was charged with various offenses in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Monday (July 5) after police found guns and marijuana in an SUV he was travelling in.Police said an off-duty officer witnessed one of the occupants throwing firecrackers from the window of the SUV.In a report, the officer said he approached the vehicle and… Read more »



Trina Hosts ‘Queen of Clubs’ For Playboy TV

After experiencing success with their television show “Buckwild,” Playboy TV is now increasing their Hip-Hop oriented programming. The network will launch three new shows featuring Luke, Trina, Mekhi Phifer, Jadakiss, Lil Jon and The Eastside Boys, Trick Daddy and others as part of a four-week hip-hop programming block. Trina will host “Queen of Clubs” which… Read more »



Chuck D. Programs TV For Trio

Public Enemy’s Chuck D. will take over programming at cable channel Trio for a week and will show viewers films relating to the African-American experience in the United States. From time to time the network hands programming duties over to celebrities, who are given creative control over a block of time. The first film to… Read more »



Snoop Dog Planning ‘R&G’ Album

Snoop Dogg has announced the title for his newest album, which is a co-production between Snoop’s Doggy Style imprint and The Neptunes’ Star Trak label. R&G: (Rhythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece is slated to be released in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be distributed by Geffen Records. In a recent interview, Snoop said… Read more »



Ja Rule Arrested In New York

Jeffery “Ja Rule” Atkins was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana early yesterday morning in New York.According to reports, the rapper was driving his 2001 Mercedes Benz in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village around 2:00 am, when police spotted him making an illegal lane change.When police searched the car, they found a small amount of marijuana.In addition to… Read more »