Memphis Bleek Prep’s Third Album

Memphis Bleek, the first artist signed to the Roc-A-Fella label, is preparing to release his third solo album, M.A.D.E. The album title stands for Money, Attitude, Direction and Education. The release sees the return of Bleek, who took a hiatus after a motorcycle accident almost took the life of his older brother in Miami. Roc-A-Fella’s… Read more »



Chuck D., LL Cool J Differ On File Trading

Rapper’s Chuck D. and LL Cool J both testified before a panel of Senators yesterday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The two rapper’s comments highlight how divided the entire music industry has grown in relation to peer to peer file sharing, the genie that Shawn Fanning’s Napster let out of the bottle, in 1999…. Read more »



C-Murder Convicted Of Murder, Mandatory Life Sentence

A jury convicted rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller of second degree murder today (September 30). Miller is accused of shooting 16-year-old Steven Thomas in the chest after an argument inside of the Platinum Club in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in January 2002. Nine defense witnesses testified that Miller had nothing to do with the shooting or the… Read more »



Closing Arguments In C-Murder Trial Halted

Closing arguments in the murder trial of rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller were halted today, when the state 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a judge cannot keep prosecutors from telling jurors that Miller could be innocent of second degree murder. Prosecutors said that jurors should be informed that Miller could be guilty… Read more »



P.Diddy The Marathon Man

Sean "P.Diddy" Combs will enter the 2003 New York City Marathon, hoping to raise millions of dollars for New York City children. "I’m not in it for the hype and publicity," Diddy said. "It’s a personal challenge for me, but most importantly, it’s to benefit the kids. The AIDS epidemic in our communities is real."… Read more »



LL, Chuck D. Take It To Capitol Hill

LL Cool J and Chuck D. will speak along side music industry executives and technology experts will appear on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to speak about downloading music and copyright issues. The panel, titled The Privacy & Piracy: The Paradox of Illegal File Sharing on Peer-to-Peer Networks and the Impact of Technology on the… Read more »



Little Brother Embarks On First National Tour

The North Carolina trio of Phonte, Big Pooh, and producer 9th Wonder, collectively known as Little Brother, began their first national tour Tuesday (Sept. 23) in Solana Beach, California as a part of the Hieroglyphics Full Circle Tour. The first performance of the 40 plus-city tour was at the Belly Up Tavern, where Little Brother,… Read more »



Jay-Z Sells Out Madison Square Garden

Jay-Z’s concert at Madison Square Garden sold out in a matter of hours on Saturday September 27th. Tickets for the November 25th show went on sale at 9am and were sold out by 5pm. The concert is the beginning of Jay-Z’s retirement and will help hype the release of his final solo album, The Black… Read more »



Big Tigger Leaves NY’s Power 105

Big Tigger has left New York’s Power 105, after being ranked number 1 in the 18-34 last Arbitron ratings. Tigger was not available for comment, but sources said that the popular host left the station because of a contractual dispute. Tigger will continue on Detroit’s FM98 WJLB and Miami’s new 103.5 FM The Beat as… Read more »



Dead Prez Members Arrested In Brooklyn

Dead Prez’ M-1 and Sticman were arrested yesterday as they conducted a photo shoot, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. The arrest follows their performance on the 26th, at the New School University, in Tischman Hall. Sources stated that a strong police presence turned out for the free concert the group gave,… Read more »



50 Cent Snags 52 Room Mansion

Rapper 50 Cent recently purchased Mike Tyson’s 52-room house in Farmington, Connecticut. The house sold for $4.1 million dollars and in addition to the 52 rooms, includes 25 full baths and 14 half baths. The house has two three story spiral staircases, several kitchens, a sauna, a hot tub, four whirlpools and brass and marble… Read more »



George Clinton Alive And Well

The death of author George Plimpton set off rumors in the hip-hop community that funk legend George Clinton had passed, due to the similarities in their names. Various radio outlets reported at length that Clinton had passed due to an unknown illness, which is false. "George Clinton is very alive and well," his lawyer, Shoshana… Read more »



Outkast Jumps Into ‘Adult Toys’

Hip-hop entrepreneurship might have just gotten too big for its britches, among other things. As their album, Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below, is expected to easily top the charts, Outkast plans to start a line of adult toys. Whether the duo of Andre and Big Boi are serious truly remains to be seen, but the pair… Read more »