Lil’ Flip Still With Columbia, New LP Coming

Despite rumors circulating that Lil’ Flip had severed ties with Columbia Records, the rapper will release his sophomore album through the label next month. “Lil’ Flip is [still] on Columbia,” a source with the label told via e-mail. “His new record hits streets on 3/23.” Though the rapper’s first album, Undaground Legend, struck platinum,… Read more »



Kevin Liles Leaving Island Def Jam

Def Jam’s Kevin Liles has resigned from his position as president of the label, after negotiations between the mogul and parent company Universal Music Group broke down.According to The New York Post, the two sides could not reach an agreement on a contract extension.The negotiations broke down over money.Last week, Island/Def Jam’s CEO Lyor Cohen… Read more »



Afeni Shakur’s Bio Hits Stores

Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper Tupac, released her biography, "Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary" on February 3. The 240 page book, which is written with actress Jasmine Guy, reveals four decades of Shakur’s life. Guy spent over 10 years with Shakur, recording her thoughts and conversations, which touch on race, drugs, music, love… Read more »



Russell Simmons To Launch “Hip-Hop Laws Of Power”

Russell Simmons has partnered with X Radio Networks and will launch a nationally syndicated radio show, "Hip-Hop Laws of Success." The program will feature a new episde daily, featuring Simmons’ opinions for success in culture, business, politics, entertainment and personal development. The show will also feature special guests and will profile people of influence on… Read more »



Master P In Court Over Tax Violation

Percy “Master P” Miller will appear in a Baton Rogue, Louisiana court today (February 5), admitting he failed to file a corporate tax return seven years ago.Miller will appear before Judge James Brady this afternoon at the request of federal prosecutors, who accuse Miller of neglecting to report first -year earnings for Bout It Incorporated.Miller… Read more »



Twista Debuts At #1

Twista’s Kamikaze debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album, powered by the Kanye West produced hit single "Slow Jamz," which also features Jamie Foxx, moved over 312,000 copies. According to Billboard, the album almost matches the to-date sales of Twista’s 1998 release Mobstability. The album has moved a total of 397,000 copies…. Read more »



Tab “Turk” Virgil Denies Shooting Allegations

Former Hot Boy Tab “Turk” Virgil Jr. has come forward to deny shooting a police officer, or even having a gun in his possession.In an exclusive interview with Memphis Tennessee’s Channel 3 News, Virgil categorically denied all of the allegations.”I’ve never shot a police [officer], I’ve never owned a gun, I’ve never seen a gun,”… Read more »



Beastie Boys Finishing New Album

The Beastie Boys are putting the final touches on the highly anticipated follow up to 1998’s Hello Nasty.In an interview with the BBC, group member Mike D. said the album would be a straight Hip-Hop album.”We’ve been working for a little while in a secret location,” Mike D. said. “But there’s light at the end… Read more »



Sean “P. Diddy” Combs Settles Lawsuit

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has settled a $3 million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 1999 nightclub shooting.Combs’ former chauffeur Wardel Fenderson claimed that Combs and his former bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones, forced him to speed away from the scene of a Manhattan based shooting.The terms of the settlement remained under wraps. Combs was scheduled to… Read more »



Tupac, Mos Def, LL Nominated For Black Reel Award

Hip-Hop made a strong showing in the nominations for the Fifth Annual Black Reel Awards.The event features 46 nominees in the film category. “Tupac: Ressurection,” “The Italian Job” featuring Mos Def, and “S.W.A.T.” featuring LL Cool J all earned nominations for Best Picture.”I was proud of this years list of nominees,” said Tim Gordon, Executive… Read more »



Smoothe Da Hustla Preps Solo Album

Brooklyn, New York bred rapper Smoothe Da Hustla recently finished up a new solo album, Violenttimes Day.The album features production by DR Period, Tune Heads, J Lace and new upcoming producers.”This is a bang out album, no question,” Smoothe told “The first single is called ‘I’m Wit That.’”The album is scheduled to hit shelves… Read more »