Def Jam Clothing On The Way

In an attempt to broaden the demographic of urban clothing buyers, Russell Simmons announced yesterday plans to launch a new men and women’s line of clothing, Def Jam University, which will feature more affordable prices and be marketed in more mainstream publications. “Phat Farm is growing in volume and more polished every year, however Def… Read more »



Q-Tip Launches Label

The reclusive Q-tip is set to reappear into public consciousness soon with not only a possible A Tribe Called Quest reunion, but with the formation of his own record imprint: Abstract Artworks. The imprint is a deal with Dreamworks Records who Tip—author of Industry Rule 4080—seems to be enthusiastic to work with, at least in… Read more »



Mase Hits Brooklyn For Ministry

Rapper-turned-minister Mason “Mase” Betha brought his verbal skills back to New York to celebrate a Brooklyn church’s lengthy tour of duty as a ministry yesterday (August 4). The former rap star brought a message of spirituality and change to the Christian Cultural Center & Church, an African America church in Canarsie, Brooklyn, as the congregation… Read more »



Styles Is Home From Jail

Styles P of The Lox/D-Block was released from a New York upstate prison about 10 a.m. today (August 4), greeted by Dee & Wahh of Ruff Ryders, fans, journalists and his wife. For the last 8 months, the rapper has made the Valhalla Correctional Facility his home. A pair of correctional officers, who monitored the… Read more »



Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill DMX

A Philadelphia man was arrested after he approached a New York City police officer in Manhattan and asked him for bullets so he could shoot DMX. Reports state that Racheen Smith arrived in New York via bus and approached an NYPD officer at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. He claimed to need the bullets because… Read more »



Joe Budden Teams With J.Lo

While movie critics continue to bash J.Lo’s latest movie, "Gigli," rapper Joe Budden who has teamed Lopez on the remix single to "The One," had nothing bad to say about the sexy singer/actress. "She’s the coolest chick you could ever meet," Budden told "She’s very down to Earth, very humble, very focused. She was… Read more »



Styles P. To Be Released From Prison Monday

Lox member Styles P. is scheduled to be released from the Valhalla Correctional Facility in upstate New York on Monday, after serving 8 months for stabbing a man in the buttocks. Styles, who is co-CEO of the Universal distributed D-Block Records with Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, will hit the studio to record material for a… Read more »



Xzibit Attacked, Rap Career Not In Jeapordy

Xzibit was attacked by a group of alleged Mexican gang members as he left a restaurant last weekend and required 50 stitches after being struck with a 40 ounce bottle. "He got into an altercation and was hit with a bottle," a spokesman for Xzibit confirmed with "He got some stitches and is recovering,… Read more »



Suge Knight’s Life In Jeopardy?

Recently jailed Suge Knight may be the last target in a series of gang-related shootings that began in 1997 as a result of the rap mogul firing one of his former bodyguards according to published reports. The LA Times reported that 4 of the 8 men killed thus far were close associates of Knight. Now,… Read more »



Man Claims To Know Who Killed JMJ

According published reports, a longtime friend of Jam Master Jay claims that he knows who shot the legendary DJ and has already revealed them to police. Ronald "Tinard" Washington claims that he saw Jay with a .45 caliber handgun the day he was murdered and that Run DMC member was scared for his life. He… Read more »