Xzibit On Man Vs. Machine

West coast rapper Xzibit is preparing to release his new album, Man Vs Machine in June in time for the summer. Dr. Dre, Battlecat, E-Swift and DJ Premier handle the the production on “Man,” which was originally supposed to drop this month. With “Man,” the follow up to his double platinum CD Restless, Will differ… Read more »



Community Forum/Hip-Hop Battle

HipHop Speaks will present A Community Forum and MC Battle this Friday March 8th at House of Justice in New York City. The Community Forum will feature speakers Rosa Clemente, Asha Bandele (Editor At Large for Essence Magazine), Ras Baraka, Toni Blackman and Kevin Powell. The event is a outlet for the healthy exchange of… Read more »



Warner Brothers To Release Tupac Songbook

Warner Brothers Publications is releasing a songbook called The Tupac Shakur Collection this spring. The 84 page glossy contains piano, vocal and chord arrangements for fifteen of the slain MC’s most popular songs, including “California Love,” “I Get Around” and “Dear Momma.” Product Manager, Janet Delissa, worked with Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and explained the… Read more »



Tommy Boy Sells Out, Closes Offices In Europe

Tommy Boy was bought out by Warner Music Group the two companies announced on Monday. On Friday, employee’s in New York City were let go and the U.K. office was closed completely. The deal, which was worth an estimated $8-9 million dollars, ended a 15 year relationship with the label and gives AOL Time Warner… Read more »



Rakim Allah Readies New LP

Hip-Hop icon Rakim is currently finishing up recording his first solo LP on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint, titled "Oh My God." The album has been anticipated since Dre announced that Rakim was signed to his imprint over two years ago. Dre is excited to be working with Rakim, crediting Rakim with the reason he is… Read more »



O.J. Simpson Drops Gem On Cincinnati

O.J. Simpson dropped a few gems on the city of Cincinnati this past Saturday at a concert in the city’s Over The Rhine neighborhood, which was the scene of riots after a white officer fatally shot a black man in April. The concert, which was described by promoters as a healing event for the city,… Read more »



Large Pro Verifies Jay-Z Takeover Verse

Large Professor, former lead rapper for 90’s rap group Main Source, has revealed additional information on the the Jay-Z/Nas beef. In an interview with XXL magazine, the producer/rapper revealed the facts behind Jay-Z’s line on the Nas dis, “The Takeover.” On the song, Jay-Z said, “I showed you your first Tec [gun] on tour with… Read more »



Master P Speaks Out, Breaks Out

Master P, who recently saved a recording studio he spent several million dollars to start building, is not happy with the city the studio was built in. The problems started when P hired Carter Construction Company to build a recording complex in Baton Rogue. After a dispute in construction occurred, P and the construction company… Read more »



D.J. Premier Working On Compilation Album

Recently, DJ Premier of Gangstarr said that he and partner Guru were competing the final touches on their next, still untitled album. The Brooklyn based DJ also said that he was working in a self-produced compilation album to feature a variety of artists. Premier said that he intended to get several guests artists on the… Read more »



Houston Hip-Hop Community Gives Back

In response to the displacement of a single mother and her young family due to a gas explosion in their home, the Houston Rap community began fundraising activities to help relocate them. The effort is being led by record a group of local music industry businesses, including Rap-A-Lot Records, Lil Troy’s Short Stop Records, Break… Read more »



Outkast Snags Two Grammy Awards

Outkast beat out heavy competition at the 44th annual Grammy Awards last night. Despite going up against huge records by Jay-Z and Ja Rule, Outkast’s Stankonia took home the gold for Best Rap Album Of The Year. The group also snagged the gold for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. Lil Kim was… Read more »



Roots Member Scratch Explain Vocal Scratching

Scratch, the member of the Philadelphia based Roots crew, is preparing to drop his solo debut, The Embodiment of Instrumentation. According to the human beatbox, or in his words, vocal percussionist, he is rooted in hip-hop’s past, but attempting to raise the art. Distinguishing himself from other vocalists, Scratch is best known for his ability… Read more »



Trial Of Lost Boyz Member Gets Underway

Jury selection began today (February 27th) in Queens New York for the trial of Lost Boyz extended family member Corey Bussey. Bussey is accused of shooting and killing Rodrick Padgett in retaliation for the murder of Lost Boyz member Freaky Tah. Tah was shot and killed on March 28th, 1999. Sources have said that Tah… Read more »