Deceased Rapper Mausberg To Be Honored

The L.A. Black Business Expo & Trade Show & Black Entertainment Magazine will honor late rapper Mausberg with a "Fallen Star" award. Mausberg was gunned down in July 2000, after he finished recording his debut CD "Non Fiction" with D.J. Quik. "He was to me what Biggie was to Puff, he had such a powerful… Read more »



Skillz Isn’t Dissing In New Video – Yet

When viewers see Skillz’s video for “Crew Deep,” which premiers on BET’s Rap City today (August 2), they will notice a number of human heads on the wall in the same fashion a hunter would mount the head of a prized prey. Similar to a deer’s head or a moose with the largest antlers, are… Read more »



Jam Master Jay Opens Scratch Academy

Legendary DJ Jam Master Jay has founded the Scratch DJ Academy. Already in it’s 3rd semester, the six week courses teach upcoming DJ’s the history of turntablism & DJ’ing techniques. "I’m really a fan of turntablism," Jay told "Turntablists are musicians." Such DJ’s as DJ Premier, Green Lantern, A-Trak, Evil Dee, Mista Sinista, Kuttin… Read more »



Field Mob Member Booked On Cocaine Charge

Field Mob member Darion "Boondox Blax" Crawford, was arrested last Saturday by Albany, Georgia police on felony charges of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor traffic charges of speeding, running a red light and driving with a suspended license. According to police, an officer on patrol observed an SUV speeding and running a red-light. The officer… Read more »



Kane & Abel Ready New Album, New Novel

Twin brothers Kane & Abel, will release their latest album, The Last Ones Left on October 15. The album is being released through Entertainment Solutions. The twins have been incarcerated since last year and are being held at separate federal facilities in Texas. Kane is scheduled for release in November of this year and Abel… Read more »



KRS-One Calls For Artist Minimum Wage

KRS-One and his Temple Of Hip-Hop are advocating a hip-hop recording artist minimum wage. Set at $2.00 per album sold, KRS said that .50 cents of that amount should be placed in a fund for medical, dental and legal insurances for artists. "They [rappers] are making less money today than Little Richard did in the… Read more »



Wyclef, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes To Perform

Wyclef Jean is set to perform at the Fourth Annual "Gravity Games," in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday August 3rd, at 6:30 PM. Busta Rhymes and Run DMC will close out the event, which started July 27th and runs until August 4th. Billed as "the premier action sports, music and lifestyle festival," the event features more… Read more »



Help Free Slick Rick

Def Jam has launched a "Free Slick Rick" campaign on its website, requesting fans to sign a petition urging the Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow Rick to return to his home in New York, while they ponder his deportation case. As reported last month, the INS arrested Rick after he performed on a… Read more »



DMX Set To Dis JA-Rule

According to MTV, DMX is set to dis Ja Rule on a yet-to-be released song called "Ruled Out" where he alleges his label mate stole his style of rhyming and went on to multi-platinum success with it. The often-embattled DMX said that Def Jam executives and other associates are firmly against the song, but he… Read more »



J-Live Shoots Two Videos

J-Live live recently shot two videos from his latest album, All Of The Above in Pittsburgh, PA. Shot by and financially backed by Pittsburgh native Chris Ivey and Hyperboy Media, J-Live shot videos for "Mcee," and "Like This Anna." J-Live was originally going to shoot a video for "Satisfied," another track off of his critically… Read more »



Russell Simmons’ Fundraiser Raises Almost $1 Million

Russell Simmons held a fundraiser for various educational charities at his East Hampton, NY home on July 27. The event, which was hosted by Rosie Perez, honored Black Enterprise founder Earl Graves, Radio One founder and chairwoman Kathy Hughes, "Sex In The City" star Cynthia Nixon & Martha Stewart for their social achievements. Simmons drew… Read more »



Ashanti Weighs In On Irv Gotti Rapping

While Ashanti isn’t the epitome of hip-hop culture, she took a moment with to comment on boss Irv Gotti and his rap aspirations. “I think Irv is destined to become an artist,” the multi-platinum artist said of the mini mogul. “He has so much charisma and he loves being on stage.” Even though Gotti… Read more »



AZ Not Going To The ROC

Contrary to sources close to the situation, AZ is not about to sign to Roc-A-Fella Records as it was mentioned in AllHipHop’s rumor section. “I doubt it,” he said to, suggesting their may be truth in the rumor. “No, I am not trying to get on The Roc,” the Brooklyn-bred rapper said, totally refuting… Read more »



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 »