Suge Knight’s Offices Raided

A SWAT team raided the offices of Suge Knight’s Tha Row records, serving one of 17 warrants in two states, related to several homicides. Authorities confirmed that one person was arrested, but the identity of that person is not yet known. Los Angeles County sheriff deputies and the SWAT team surrounded Tha Row’s Wilshire Blvd…. Read more »



Rap Pioneers In New Book

To support the release of the book “Yes Yes Y’all,” an exhibition featuring hip-hop pioneers will take place Sunday November 17th from 3-7 p.m. The book was put together by Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn, director of the Wild Style, and features over 300 pages of photos and flyers from the first decade of hip… Read more »



Dame Dash ‘I Want Twista’

Although Twista is still signed to Atlantic Records, mogul Dame Dash is aggressively courting the Chi-town rapper in an attempt to sign him to Roc-A-Fella. “I’m trying to get Twista officially and unofficially – you can print that,” Dash said to Twista appears on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 2 track “Poppin Tags,” with OutKast’s Big Boi… Read more »



Planet Asia Assaulted By Security Guards

Rapper Planet Asia was assaulted by security at club 1st Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Asia charges that 8 security guards assaulted him after a performance Sunday, as he tried to re-enter backstage without his pass. "It is tragic to recognize that in 2002, we are still physically living the parallel dramas as Rodney King," Asia… Read more »



The Roots And Common Set To Drop New LP’s

Highly anticipated albums from The Roots and Common are scheduled to be released in the weeks to come. The Roots will drop 14-track Phrenology on Tuesday, November 26 with DVD footage at a low price of $10 during the first week of sales. The first single “Break You Off,” features fellow Philly artist Musiq. Other… Read more »



Prince Paul Addresses ‘Politics’

Cerebral producer Prince Paul is about to spark brain cells with another album dubbed Politics of the Business, a title that represented the struggle of creating the project itself. “It took a lot for me to put this out,” he said. “Let just say [music industry] politics are in full effect. It took a lot.”… Read more »



Kevin Powell Speaks Hip-Hop And Leadership

In front of an audience of students, parents and community members, hip-hop historian Kevin Powell delivered the keynote address at the Fourth Annual Youth and College Leadership Summit held in Baltimore, Maryland this past weekend. The speech titled “The Essence of Leadership” featured Powell, who chastised today’s black leaders and called Eminem the Benny Goodman… Read more »



Update: Police Apprehend Suspect In Santana Murder

According to sources, authorities in Los Angeles have apprehended a woman in connection with the murder of actor and aspiring rapper, Merlin Santana. Santana, who played Romeo on The Steve Harvey show, was gunned down as he sat in a parked car in South Central, Los Angeles Sunday morning. Ironically, Santana had a role in… Read more »



Members Of Digital Underground Get Dirty

West Coast group Digital Underground has teamed with an adult entertainment company to produce a sexually explicit DVD/video series. Money B and Clee from Digital Underground, have entered into a business relationship with adult entertainment giant, Metro Studios. The DVD/ video series will take a look at what goes on backstage and inside recording studios…. Read more »



Update: Authorities Seek JMJ Acquaintance

According to the New York Post, police are seeking an acquaintance of Jam Master Jay, who they think may have served as a lookout for the man who murdered the rap star in his Queens, New York recording studio. The police say the man is an convicted drug dealer who left the city days after… Read more »



Russell Simmons Prepares Def Poetry On Broadway

Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry is set to make its Broadway debut at the Longacre Theater in New York on 11/14. The play has been previewed by various critics and industry insiders since October 31. The multi-cultural cast features Beau Sia, Black Ice, Staceyann Chin, Steve Colman, Maya Del Valle, Georgia Me, Suheir Hammad, Lemon and… Read more »



Dougie Fresh, Ed Lover Help Kids Learn To Read

The Quaker Oats Company, Scholastic and Sesame Workshop are coming together to make reading fundamental by holding the First Annual Akidemics/Fundamentals Program to be held on Today (Nov.9). The purpose of this program is to create the desire to read and helps children to discover that inside of each book is a new adventure. Over… Read more »