You Can’t Beat Em? Buy Em!

BMG is looking to consolidate and own music distribution on the internet. After snatching up CDnow and acquiring a stake in Napster, BMG is now looking to purchase and Liquid Audio. The chairman of the Ecommerce group, Andreas Schmidt, is holding preliminary talks with both groups, and is looking to form an alliance with… Read more »



Tupac Domain Name Dispute Settled

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) handed down a ruling regarding the dispute filed by the Tupac Shakur Estate over the domains and . Judge Richard D. Faulkner of Texas, ordered the domain names stay with the current owner, R.J. Barranco. The two month dispute began when Tupac’s estate sent a cease and… Read more »



DJ Screw Dies Of Heart Attack

DJ Screw, born Robert Davis Jr. has died of a heart attack Wednesday, November 15th. Screw, who was recently honored by fellow mix DJ Funkmaster Flex, was one of the biggest DJ’s from Texas. In addition to being a DJ, he owned two record stores, appeared in a number of straight to video movies, wrote… Read more »



Sticky Fingaz Making Moves

Sticky Fingaz is getting ready to release his solo album, Black Trash: The Autobiography Of Kirk Jones. The debut from ex Onyx member will feature fellow Universal label mates Canibus and Eminem, as well as Raekwon and Rah Digga. Sticky, who recentley proclaimed "I’m the hottest thing Universal Got This Year" has been busy staying… Read more »



Loud To Release Big Pun Tribute

Big Punisher died suddenly of natural causes resulting from a heart attack and respiratory failure. Though the hip-hop community lost one of it’s most promising voices, the impact of Big Pun’s legacy continues on his upcoming tribute, Endangered Species, which is to be released February 6, 2001. Loud Records readies itself to release the posthumous… Read more »



Tommy Boy Hooks Up With ClickRadio

ClickRadio today announced that it has been granted an interactive radio license by Tommy Boy, the groundbreaking independent label. The agreement brings Tommy Boy’s catalog of over 200 albums spanning Rap, Dance, Rock and Gospel to ClickRadio’s free, personalizable, Internet-enabled digital radio service, which delivers a completely different way to hear music offline and a… Read more »



Source Sound Lab Launches

The Source will launch their weekly Hip-Hop show, The Source Sound Lab on UPN, Saturday October 7th, at 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Busta Rhymes will be hosting the first few episodes of the show, and then Ray J., Brandy’s younger sibling will take over the chores as permanent host. The show, which will be an… Read more »



Kool Keith To Release New Album

Fat Beats first opened Kool Keith and Motion Man have teamed up to release a new album on November 14th. The album, which features production by Kutmasta Kurt, will drop on Threshold Recordings. They will drop the first single, "We All Over b/w Souped Up, today (Tuesday October 17th). Check out or for… Read more »



JaRule Lands At Number 1

JaRule helped show the power of Hip-Hop, snagging the number one spot from Radiohead. JaRule’s latest offering, "Rule 3:36" moved 276,000 unites during it’s first week, while Radiohead moved 86,450 units, slipping to the number 10 position. Nelly continues his amazing run on the charts, hopping back up to number 2, moving 150,125 units this… Read more »



Puff Hit With Another Lawsuit

Puff Daddy has been hit with $3 Million dollar lawsuit by the driver that took Puff, Jennifer Lopez and Puff’s bodyguard away from a nightclub in December. The driver is claiming he suffered personal injuries and emotional distress. The driver has also indicated that the 9mm in the car belonged to Puff’s bodyguard, and not… Read more »



Noreaga Documentary On The Way

Noreaga, half of the duo Capone N Noreaga is planning to release a documentary, dealing with the Hip-Hop world. The documentary, titled "What, What" is told through they eyes of Noreaga, who depicts himself as (surprise) a Hustler in Queens New York, to a million dollar rap star. It will cover Noreaga’s days as a… Read more »



Russell Simmons And Al Sharpton Call On Label Executives

Russell Simmons and Rev. Al Sharpton are coordinating a meeting between all of the major record label CEO’s to focus on curbing violent lyrics, women bashing and profanity in Hip-Hop. The summit is scheduled for October 30th, at Harlem’s House Of Justice. According to a spokesperson at Sharpton’s National Action Network, Simmons and Sharpton are… Read more »



Biggie Smalls & Tupac In Feature Film

Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur will be coming to the big screen. Investigative journalist Kathy Scott has sold the rights to her books, "The Killing Of Tupac Shakur" and "The Murder Of Biggie Smalls" to producers Jon Sheinberg and Beaux Carson. The books will be combined to produce a feature film titled "Record Wars". Shakur,… Read more »



Scarface Attacks DEA

Scarface has attacked the DEA, for their investigation into Rap-A-Lot Records. The investigation began in 1988, when authorities discovered 76 Kilograms of cocaine in a car from a used car dealership that Rap-A-Lot CEO J-Prince owned. The DEA then opened an investigation into J-Prince, his label and his affiliates. The agent who led the investigation,… Read more »


Nelly, Cash Money To Hit The Road

Nelly, The Cash Money Billionaires, R&B acts Joe and Profyle have embarked on a nationwide tour, kicking off November 12th, in Houston, Texas. Here are the dates: Nov. 12; Houston, Texas; Compaq Center Nov. 15; Miami, Fla.; American Airlines Arena Nov. 18; Annapolis, Md.; 92Q radio show Nov. 19; Philadelphia, Pa.; First Union Spectrum Nov…. Read more »