MC Breed Inks Deal, Preps New Album

Flint, Michigan rapper MC Breed has inked a deal with Urban Muzic Zone Records and is preparing a new untitled album. MC Breed has released almost an album a year since his 1991 debut Aint No Future in Yo Frontin and the new album will be his first since 2001’s 2 for the Show. "UMZ… Read more »



Irv Gotti To Be Indicted

Irv Gotti is set to be indicted by federal prosecutors in New York for charges involving million dollar tax schemes sources stated. The charges, which will be made public this week, are expected to be the first in a series of charges levied at the CEO of The Inc. (formerly Murder Inc.) and his "childhood… Read more »



Judge Declares Mistrial For Beanie Sigel

A mistrial was declared today in the case of Roc-A-Fella rapper Beanie Sigel. The jury deliberated for a week but was unable to reach a verdict on any of the charges against him. Sigel was facing 20 to 40 years in prison if convicted of shooting a man outside of a bar in 2003. Terrance… Read more »



Marvel Enterprises Launching Urban Clothing Line

Marvel Enterprises has inked a deal with AST Sportswear and will produce an urban streetwear line of clothing that features several characters from the Marvel Universe. AST, which makes the Source Clothing and World Wrestling Entertainment lines, will be released to specialty clothing boutiques this month. "Marvel is quite simply one of the premiere entertainment… Read more »



IRS Seeks To Shame People Into Paying Taxes

The IRS is seeking to "shame" people into paying their taxes and are listing delinquent United States citizens on State owned web sites. At least 13 states are using the tactic, which some states are branding an effective tax tool. Georgia’s web site boasts two celebrities, the estate of Tupac Shakur, which owes $85,260 and… Read more »



Judge Says Turk Is A Flight Risk

A Federal Court in Memphis Tennessee has labeled rapper Virgil "Turk" Virgil a flight risk and ordered him to stay behind bars today, on the eve of the release of his latest album, Penitentiary Chances. Turk, who is being held in a maximum security prison in Tennessee, is accused of shooting a police officer while… Read more »



Bang ‘Em Smurf Scores Tupac Verses

GF Records CEO Bang ‘Em Smurf and protégé Domination (aka Silverback Guerillas) somehow managed to finagle a pair of verses from Tupac Shakur from a source they refused to divulge. Smurf told, "The Tupac thing – aw man – that Tupac joint man, we stumbled on that. We got that. I can’t even tell… Read more »



Def Filmmaker Screenings Kick Off In May

Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan’s Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG) announced the details of the "Russell Simmons Presents: Def Filmmakers Screening Series." The series is sponsored by Motorola and and will showcase a new urban film every other month at theaters and venues in major cities across the United States. The first film will… Read more »



Run Loses Poet Laureate Bid

Rev. Run was denied the status of poet laureate yesterday (April 23) in Queens, New York. The winner was noted Korean-American poet Ishle Yi Park who is ironically, a poet that appears on Def Poetry, which was created by the younger Simmons’ older brother Russell. Yi Park, 26, said that she was honored to be… Read more »



VH1 Honors Hip-Hop With New Awards Show

VH1 will honor Hip-Hop’s pioneer’s with a new awards show, "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors." The show is scheduled for October 8. Network president Christina Norman told the Associated Press the event will be annual and was a perfect fit for the network and their new push into pop culture. "The people who grew up listening to… Read more »



Daz Has A Message For Suge Knight

Just one day after being released from prison, Suge Knight’s release has already sparked some controversy, in the form of a message delivered to Knight from former Death Row Records artist, Daz Dillinger. "You f*ggot ass n*gga finally you get outta jail," Daz said on an audio statement posted on his website, "They stuffed… Read more »