Snoop, Slim Thug Sign With Star Trak

Snoop Dogg and Slim Thug have inked deals with Star Trak, the label owned by multi-platinum producers the Neptunes. Snoop will drop an untitled solo album before the year is over. The two albums come on the heels of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo taking their burgeoning empire from Arista and hopping over to Universal,… Read more »



Flavor Flav Stars In ‘Surreal Life’

Continuing their tradition of pitting rappers against other celebrities, creators of "The Surreal Life" have announced the cast of the third season, which includes Public Enemy member Flavor Flav. Flavor will join an all new cast that includes Dave Coulier (Full House), Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja), Ryan Starr (American Idol), Jordan Knight (New Kids On… Read more »



C-Murder Second Murder Trial Set For September

Corey "C-Murder" Miller is about to go through it again. A judge in Gretna, Louisiana set a date for the second murder trial for the rapper for September 12, 2005. Miller was convicted last September for the shooting death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, 16, in 2002. He was never sentenced due to allegations that the… Read more »



T-Boz Files For Divorce From Mack-10

R&B singer T-Boz of TLC has filed for divorce from West Coast rapper Mack 10 and, in the windfall, made a series of sensational allegations including death threats. According to the Associated Press, T-Boz (Tionne Tenese Watkins Rolison) said that Mack 10 (Dedrick D-Mon Rolison) cheated on her in addition to threatening her life. Subsequently,… Read more »



Book Publisher Targets Hip-Hop

Riverhead Trade recently launched Riverhead/Freestyle, a new literary division of publishing giant Penguin Group. The new division will focus on feeding a growing demand for books by "Hip-Hop" consumers. The company just published the first title, "Blinking Red Light." The book was first self-published by the author, Mister Mann Frisby, former reporter for the Philadelphia… Read more »



DMX Hit With Lawsuit Over Dog Clothing

DMX was hit with a lawsuit stemming from his involvement in the canine clothing company Boomer 129. Amusing Divisions Inc., the company behind Boomer 129, recently filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court, saying they weren’t aware of DMX’s 13-counts of animal cruelty charges, to which he pleaded guilty in 2002. DMX was ordered to… Read more »



P. Diddy Takes Top Honor At Fashion Awards

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs’ Sean John clothing line landed him the prestigious Menswear Designer of the Year award, a first for an African-American in the world of fashion. The award was bestowed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America on Monday, June 7 at the New York Public Library. Combs beat out such fashion… Read more »



Ray Charles, The Genius, Dead At 73

Pioneering African-American Icon Ray Charles passed away today at the age of 73 due to complications from liver disease. The 12 time Grammy Award winner passed away today at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Charles was diagnosed with liver disease last year after receiving hip-replacement surgery. On April 30, Charles made his last public… Read more »



Organized Konfusion Reunion Off

It was projected to be a monumentus return. Prince Po, Pharoahe Monche, and newly added member O.C. had planned to re-introduce Organized Konfusion. Buckwild, Large Professor, and DJ Premier were all rumored to be on the boards. Even was excited enough to make this album one of the Top 5 for 2004. But after… Read more »



Outlawz Not Signed To Cash Money-Yet

Fans of the Outlawz are stirring feverishly with the speculation that Tupac’s rebellious protégé’s have signed to Cash Money Records. But, according to Outlawz rapper E.D.I., the group is still ironing out details and have not officially joined the Cash Money roster. “Honestly, this thing has leaked too early. The deal isn’t done yet,” E.D.I…. Read more »



Shaq Gets In Rap Battle With Skillz

The Los Angeles Lakers are embroiled in a highly competitive Championship Series against the Detroit Pistons, but that hasn’t stopped Shaq from engaging in a battle far more personal. The basketball juggernaut has turned his lyrical aggression to rapper Skillz even though he’s looking for yet another championship ring. Shaq went at the Virginia-bred rapper… Read more »