R.I.P D.J. Threat

Ruff Ryder crew member Jason Campbell AKA D.J. Threat was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday (May 12) at the age of 23. Threat, who had just started DJing at Hot 97 in New York City, also was recently named East Coast Director Of Promotions for Atlantic Records. Campbell, who lived in Brooklyn, went… Read more »



Yuckmouth Got Beef

Rap-A-Lot Records rapper Yukmouth got beef. On his new album, Thuglord: The New Testament, he openly, and graphically, criticizes the critics and No Limit CEO Master P. Apparently, he is still bitter over P jacking his "Ice Cream Man" concept, a street term for selling drugs. Yukmouth’s group, The Luniz, created the term which was… Read more »



Sporty Theivz’s Marlon Brandoe Killed

Sporty Theivz’s member Marlon Brandoe was struck and killed by a drunk driver in New York last night (May 10th) around 3 a.m. According to Sporty associates, Brandoe was walking out of a deli, when a drunk driver in a van ran up on the curb. Brandoe, who was just 22 years-old, heroically pushed his… Read more »



Mase Signs Six Figure Book Deal

Mase, who left the Bad Boy musical family to become a Minister, will chronicle his time with Bad Boy and the events that led up to him leaving the fame and fortune behind. The book, which is titled "Revelations," will be written with the assistance of Karen Hunter, who has also penned books with Queen… Read more »



Exclusive: The Alchemist Responds To Ras Kass

The Alchemist has responded to Ras Kass’ allegations that he sold the same beat twice. "This is what happens when labels don’t handle their business" he said, speaking exclusively to The problem started when Ras Kass bought a beat from The Alchemist in 1999. According to Ras, the paper work was not handled on… Read more »



Death Row Continues To Taunt Snoop

Suge Knight’s Death Row records continues to throw blows at Snoop Dogg. The latest round comes via the Death Row website, which features a flash intro with artist Jayo Felony. The intro features Jayo’s face, stating that he is wanted by Death Row to become an inmate for "Showing Bitch-Ass Snoop that it takes more… Read more »



Run DMC To Headline Anti-Racism Festival

Run-DMC will headling an anti-Racism festivel in London, July 21, at Finsbury Park. Rap royalty Run DMC are walking this way to headline an anti-racism festival in London. The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, is organizing the free event. “By playing, Run DMC and the other performers are showing that racism remains a key issue… Read more »



EST Signs With Def Jam?

Beans and Eve might meet old Philly friend at the top of the charts if EST is telling the truth. According to EST, he recently signed to Def Jam Records and is working on an album. It may be a long time coming as he has struggled to return to the spotlight. Along with the… Read more »



MC EIHT Leaves Priority

MC EIHT returns to the scene in 2001 with a brand new album. Embarking on the May, 2001 release of his 6th solo album entitled ‘Tha8t’z Gangsta’, MC EIHT stands poised with a new focus and vision to take control of his career and music. As a founding member of the famed west coast rap… Read more »



Tupac’s Estate Reaches Settlement

The Tupac Shakur estate has reached a settlement with Jimmy "Chopmaster" Dright and Network One, the company that he owns. Dright possessed unreleased recordings on Tupac Shakur, which he released without the proper authorization from Tupac’s Estate. According to Launch, the estate of the late Tupac sent a letters to retailers asking them not to… Read more »



Rosa Parks Vs. Outkast: Round 2

Lawyers for civil rights activist Rosa Parks requested that an appeals court reinstate her lawsuit against Outkast, whom she claims misused her name in a their song "Rosa Parks." Lawyers for the 88 year old Parks claimed that she has the right to sue to challenge the Outkast’s use of her name, which appeared on… Read more »



D.J. Quik And Talib Kweli Hook Up

D.J. Quik, is hard at work on his follow up to 2000’s platinum release, "Balance & Options." The as-yet-untitled album will feature guest appearances from a variety of artists. Recently, Quik finished recording a song with Reflection Eternal member Talib Kweli. The song, titled "7:30″ was produced by Quik. "First of all, he is very… Read more »



Second Hip-Hop Summit Coming

Plans for the second Hip Hop Summit are underway. The event, which is sponsored by Hands, will include a keynote address from Minister Louis Farrahkhan & will be moderated by Hip-Hop legend, KRS-One. The event will take place in New York City at The House Of Justice. A town hall meeting is also being scheduled… Read more »



Ice T To Star in R Xmas

Ice T stars in a new flick directed by Abel Ferrara (King Of New York), titled "R Xmas." The flick, which was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday (May 10th), is a strange Christmas tale about drug dealers and corrupt policemen. Ice T plays a racist gangster and also stars Drea de Matteo and… Read more »