Rakim Leaves Aftermath Entertainment

Legendary rapper Rakim has split with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label, due to what Rakim’s management deemed "creative differences." "Rakim and Aftermath have mutually decided to part ways," Rakim’s manager Zach Katz told "Rakim is presently in talks with three powerhouse record companies." Recently at the BET Awards, Rakim presented with Baby from… Read more »



Virgin CEO Dresses Up As Eminem

Sir Richard Branson, boss of the Virgin empire is looking to expand his aviation business into the United States, he announced today. And what did he do to ensure maximum publicity for his announcement? He dressed up as Eminem. The 53 year old tycoon, whose empire spans around the globe and includes Virgin Records, the… Read more »



Sprite Liquid Tour Offers Hip-Rock Mix

Sprite has announced has revealed the second year for the Liquid Mix Tour, a seven-hour festival that caters to several demographics of teens and youth. This year the tour will feature an eclectic mixture of rap, rock and alternative music to match a diverse crowd. The main stage of the tour features the likes of… Read more »



Jean Grae Readies Album With Babygrande

New York lyricist Jean Grae has signed with indie Babygrande to release her second LP, Veteran’s Day. “I’m ready, [but] still humble,” She told “I’ll start battling people real soon again.” The underground community received a creative smack in when Grae released Attack of the Attacking Things, her critically acclaimed CD. However, didn’t she… Read more »



Ruff Ryders Cuts Deal With Virgin

Ruff Ryders has inked a deal with Virgin Records where the Yonkers-based company will recruit artists and release future compilations through the union. Still, DMX will remain at Def Jam records and Eve, the Lox, Jadakiss and Styles will stay at their Interscope Records. Drag-On will release his second LP, Hell And Back, on Sept… Read more »



Two Men Arrested In Samuel “Tone” Barnes Robbery

Two men were arrested and charged with breaking into the luxury home of Trackmaster producer Samuel "Tone" Barnes on Sunday. The New York Post reported that Shatiek Daniels, 22, and Leslie Green, 23, both of Staten Island, were arrested and charged with various offenses related to the home invasion, in which Barnes’ wife, children and… Read more »



Eminem And Shady Clothing Hit With Lawsuit

Eminem is fighting a civil lawsuit over the Shady Ltd. name that is featured on his new clothing line. Shady Inc., a small Nevada based company, filed the lawsuit in Nevada federal court, claiming that they have been using the name since for their clothing since late 1999. Shady Inc. did not register the trademark… Read more »



Nappy Roots Return From Persian Gulf

Nappy Roots recently returned from the Persian Gulf, as part of the USO shows in Iraq, Qatar and Kuwait. The shows were part of Project Salute 2003, the first large entertainment tour of the region since the war with Iraq. "It was an honor to have even been invited to perform for the troops, and… Read more »



Russell Simmons And Stan Lathan Launch Def Filmmakers

Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan are seeking filmmakers to submit their work for consideration for acquisitions and distribution through the newly launched Def Filmmakers Program. Launched by the power duo’s SLMG (Simmons Lathan Media Group), the aim of the program is to identify and nurture aspiring artists for future projects. "There’s just so much talent… Read more »



Security Videotape Presented To Prove Suge’s Innocent

The Department of Correctional facilities would not respond to claims of Suge Knight’s innocence, despite being presented with a security videotape that allegedly shows another man punching a parking valet. The video was shot outside of Hollywood nightclub White Lotus, where Knight was attending a meeting. His attorney, Rose Kogeman, told the Los Angeles Times… Read more »



Eve Still Being Blackmailed?

Rapper Eve confirmed last year that an unknown man was trying to extort her and it seems that the man has made good on his word. Pictures of a nude Eve and another female in a sexual position have hit the Internet, just as the rapper is preparing to star in her own UPN sitcom… Read more »