Nelly Shoots For Playboy

Nelly recently teamed with Playboy for a nude photo shoot featuring the platinum selling rapper and Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain. "He didn’t walk in like some off-the-cuff rock star, like ‘I’m the shit,’" Nicole told "It made it cool." Nelly took pictures of the Playmate, becoming 5th celebrity to take pictures. Tommy Lee, Poison’s… Read more »



Irv Gotti Inspires Rockwilder To Rap Again

Grammy award winning producer Rockwilder has announced that he too would jump into the rap fray like Irv Gotti, CEO of Murder Inc. “I said if Irv Gotti can do it, so can I,” the producer said to The rapper-turned-producer first gained underground recognition in the group Crossbreed, who were featured on Redman’s Muddy… Read more »



Grey Goose Vodka Gets Down With Rap

Grey Goose Vodka has teamed with Make Millions Management and Clear Channel Entertainment, to promote the first annual Grey Goose Vodka Music Tour, Billboard reports. The tour, which is scheduled to kick off Sept. 17th in New York, will feature Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 8 Ball & MJG, Lady May, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz and… Read more »



Pirates Crack Eminem’s Code

A month after rap artist Eminem released his latest album with ‘uncrackable’ copyright protection technology, pirated copies are on sale across eastern Europe. Universal has invested considerable effort in stopping piracy of the Eminem Show, with technology embedded in the CD’s from being copied and redistributed. Universal is using technology by an Israeli based firm,… Read more »



Run-D.M.C. To Tour With Aerosmith And Kid Rock

Run D.M.C. is embarking on a 39 city North American tour with Aerosmith and Kid Rock. The tour opens August 13th at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey and ends November 14th in San Francisco at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, announced Antonio "L.A." Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records. The tour dates are below:… Read more »



Trina Launches Clothing Line, Talks Movies

Trina will launch a new clothing line, Diamond Princess Wear. Launching in the fall, the clothing line will have a variety of styles, from casual wear to "glammed up night attire." "$1,000 for a shirt – everybody can’t afford that," Trina told "It’s going to be popular because everybody can rock it. Whether you… Read more »



VH1 To Focus On Notorious B.I.G. In New Special

VH1 will analyze the life of the Notorious B.I.G. in its popular series, "Driven." The show will chronicle the earliest years of the rapper, explore his Catholic school education, his dealing drugs on the street and the relationship he had with his family. Each episode of "Driven" is dedicated to a single artist, searching for… Read more »



Ice Cube Honored For Film Work

Ice Cube was recently honored for his film work at the 6th annual Urbanworld Film Festival in the England, where Cube’s latest flick "Barbershop," premiered. Cube received the first Minority Entertainment for the Cinematic and Creative Arts (MECCA) award for his role in opening the door for future minority filmmakers and actors. "It feels good,… Read more »



Hip-Hop Minister Conrad Muhammad Switches Faiths, Runs For Office

"Hip-Hop Minister" Conrad Muhammad recently announced he left the Nation Of Islam, has turned to Christianity and will run against popular New York Democrat Charles Rangel for New York’s 15th Congressional District which comprises East and Central Harlem, the Upper West Side, and Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhoods. "I call it a wilderness experience. The black church… Read more »



Chuck D. Talks Elvis And Eminem

Chuck D. recently clarified his feelings on Elvis Presley during an interview with Newsday for an article commerating the 25th anniversary of the famed singers death. On the hip-hop classic "Fight The Power," from Spike Lee’s "Do The Right Thing," Chuck D. rapped "Elvis, was a hero to most/but he never meant sh*t to me."… Read more »



Clipse Member Malice Arrested

Clipse group member Malice was arrested at the University Mall in Tampa, Florida on Saturday (August 10th) and charged with trespassing and later released on $500 bond. Clipse was in Tampa headlining The Grindin Rap Tour, which also features rappers Midwikid, Lady May and Rob Jackson. The group stopped at the mall before a performance… Read more »