Authorities Suspect Trick Daddy Is Hiding Kidnapper

Ryan Richard "Tater Head" Hobbs, an associate of Trick Daddy, is being sought by the Opa Locka Police department for kidnapping his daughter. Authorities suspect that Hobbs may be hiding in Trick Daddy’s house, a charge the rapper denies. Police describe Hobbs as a career criminal and claim that he kidnapped his daughter Mariah at… Read more »



VH1 To Examine Hip-Hop And Sex

On Sunday July 28th, music channel VH1 will premiere "VH1’s All Access: Hip Hop and Hot Sex," hosted by Fab Five Freddy. The show will delve into this marriage of hip-hop and sex and find out why rappers push the limits as far, or even farther, than rock and rollers. The themes that VH1 will… Read more »



BMI To Honor Cam’ron, NORE, Juvenile, Others

BMI recently announced the first confirmed attendees to its Urban Awards 2002, which are scheduled to take place August 6th at Club Tropigala at the Fountainebleau Hilton Resorts & Towers in Miami Beach, Florida. The first annual Urban Awards will recognize such Urban songwriters and publishers as Cam’ron, NORE, Big Tymers, Juvenile, the Neptunes, Rockwilder… Read more »



The 3rd Annual Philly Urban Legend Awards

The 3rd Annual Philly Urban Legend Awards will take place Thursday, August 1st in Philadephia PA. The event honors such Philly legends as Cosmic Kev, Tat Money and Malika Love. The event pays homage to the pioneers in the radio and musical industry within the hip-hop community. The event will be hosted legendary Philly DJ… Read more »



Lil Romeo Helps Fans Learn Math, History

Along with the usual array of photos, song samples and personal data, visitors to No Limit/Universal Records hip-hop superstar Lil’ Romeo’s Web site,, will also find themselves caught up in extraterrestrial danger and intrigue in "The Romeo Files," an interactive, Macromedia Flash®-animated game designed by digital solutions provider Pileated Pictures (to link directly to… Read more »



Cartoon Network Gets Down With Hip-Hop

On August 20th, the Cartoon Network and Rhino Records will team up to release Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment. The album will contain six brand new songs from such hip-hop acts as Coolio, De La Soul, Prince Paul, Phife Diggy (former member of A Tribe Called Quest) and YZ. Dexter’s Laboratory is the story… Read more »



DMX Pens Autobiography, Finishes New Album

DMX recently finished writing "E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX." Co-authored by veteran music journalist Smokey D. Fontaine, the 352 page book chronicles DMX’s early childhood, how he became a rapper & his exploits as an international star. "E.A.R.L. is poised to become the most gut-wrenching story of the hip-hop generation," Fontaine told The book… Read more »



Minister Farrakhan Behind Rap

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Minister Louis Farrakhan called upon rappers to be "messengers of good," and to focus on using their celebrity to bring forth change. Speaking about his recent tour of the Middle East & Africa, as well as the current war climate in the world, Farrakhan told… Read more »


Man Shot And Killed At Seattle’s KUBE Summer Jam

A man was shot and killed after a Seattle, Washington concert that featured such performers as Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, LL Cool J and others. Leonard Smaldino, who owned three Sports Warehouse stores in Seattle, was selling food in the nearby campground operated by the Gorge Amphitheatre, where the KUBE Summer Jam concert was… Read more »



Samuel L. Jackson Refuses Scripts Starring Rappers

Critically and commercially acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson recently said that he wasn’t fond of rappers using their celebrity to become actors. Jackson said that he will not even look at a script that would give a rapper a starring role. "It’s not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who’s just coming into… Read more »



Suge’s Memoir To Drop In 2003

Riverhead books has secured the rights to release the memoir of music mogul Suge Knight and plans to release a hard cover book in 2003, according to a statement. In a statement released by Riverhead the book will “chronicle the inspirational story of Knight’s emergence from the streets of Compton, CA to become one of… Read more »



Benzino Avoids Jail Time

Ray "Benzino" Scott, co-owner of The Source magazine entered into an agreement with Florida state prosecutors and will avoid jail time, after being arrested for a confrontation with a police officer during the 2001 Source Awards. Scott pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. All of the charges were either… Read more »



Ice-T to Promote Urban Ice Cream

Rapper/actor Ice-T is slated to be the national spokesman for Posse Pops ice cream. The ice cream is the creation of Rick Brown, an ice cream vet who worked at Ben and Jerry’s for 20 years. Posse Pops will come in a variety of sweet flavors and wrapped in packaging that will educate the kids… Read more »



Billboard to Honor Afrika Bambaataa

Billboard Magazine will honor the legacies of hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and the Isley Brothers during the company’s second annual Billboard-AURN (American Urban Radio Networks) R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show August 9th. The Founder’s Award, which will be bestowed upon both artists, is a first for Billboard and will recognize the artists for their contributions and influence… Read more »