Crooked I Inks Label Deal With Universal

After 5 years of waiting for the highly anticipated album Say Hi To The Bad Guy, Crooked I has officially severed all ties and legally left, Death Row Records and has inked a deal with Universal. Rumors that Crooked I was planning to leave the label this year began when the Los Angeles-born, Long Beach-bred… Read more »



Pete Rock, Music Choice To Deliver “The Message”

Music Choice, the television network that broadcasts music via cable and satellite television, will celebrate Hip-Hop Appreciation week with an audio series, "The Message." Hosted by Pete Rock, the program will focus exclusively on Hip-Hop that delivers a positive message. Additionally, Pete Rock will give his take on the evolution of Hip-Hop, where it is… Read more »



MC Ren Teams With Paris To Drop New Album

Paris’ Guerrilla Funk Recordings has reached a deal with rapper MC Ren and will produce, manufacture and distribute a new album by the veteran in early 2005. The album is the first full-length recording for the former N.W.A. member since 1998, when he released Ruthless For Life. Ren is known for his bold lyrics on… Read more »



Lil Flip Steps Behind The Camera

Houston, Texas rapper Lil Flip has his sights set on directing music videos and eventually movies. The platinum selling rapper recently revealed his desire to go from in front of the camera to behind it. "I want to get into directing videos now," Flip told "I co-directed "Game Over" with Benny Boom and we’re… Read more »



Black Eyed Peas Fight Punk’d Prank

A prank from the MTV show “Punk’d” has reportedly gone wrong when host Ashton Kutcher and crew attempted to trick Black Eyed Peas into a fake arrest. According to published reports, the BEP entourage began fighting with the shows fake cops after the attempted apprehension within a sex brothel. Neither Kutcher nor show producers anticipated… Read more »



Diddy’s Broadway Debut A Financial Success

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs’ Broadway performance in the play "Raisin in the Sun" has garnered praises from critics & has become a financial success. Advanced ticket sales for the play have already exceeded $2.5 million dollars. Combs stars opposite Sanaa Lathan, Phylicia Rashad & Audra McDonald and plays the role of "Walter Lee Younger," a… Read more »



The Streets Are Hollerin’ Peace

In 1988, the movie "Colors" brought to the screen, Hollywood’s depiction of the ravenous violence, that over the previous decade, had overtaken LA streets due to the war between the Crips and Bloods. Even West Coast Hip-Hop music of the day from Ice T’s "6 in the Morning, to NWA’s "Straight Out of Compton," glorified… Read more »



Dirty States of America Documentary Chronicles Southern Hip-Hop

Lyricist Lounge and Image Entertainment will present the "Dirty States of America," a documentary of Southern Hip-Hop, accompanied by a soundtrack of the same name. The film examines several different styles of Hip-Hop, including Crunk, Bounce, Booty and the innovative Screwed style. Scarface, David Banner, 8Ball, Goodie Mob, Lil Jon, Petey Pablo, Trick Daddy and… Read more »



C. Delores Tucker Loses Another Lawsuit

C. DeLores Tucker lost another libel lawsuit yesterday (April 28) after claming two newspapers had falsely reported on her dispute with the estate of Tupac Shakur. Tucker sued Shakur’s estate over the song "How Do You Want It," in which Shakur rhymed Tucker’s last name and called her a "motherf*cker." The 1997 lawsuit claimed that… Read more »