Cohen/Def Jam Win Judgment, Damages Reduced

Island Def Jam Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen won a judgment yesterday, dramatically reducing the amount Cohen was ordered to pay for allegedly blocking the release of an album featuring Ja Rule on TVT Records. On March 21, an 8 person jury in Manhattan federal court found Cohen personally liable for fraud and willful copyright… Read more »



Noreaga Busted

Queens bred Victor "Noreaga" Santiago of rap group Capone-N-Noreaga, was arrested yesterday after authorities found marijuana in an SUV the rapper was driving. According to police reports, Santiago’s Humvee was stopped in Manhattan after police received a report of someone brandishing a gun before getting into an identical vehicle. While no weapon was reported to… Read more »



The Roots Prep New Album, Add Guitarist To Line Up

Hip-Hop band The Roots are preparing to release their next album and have added a new group member to the Philadelphia based band. The group is considering naming their latest effort The Tipping Point, also the name of a book by author Malcolm Gladwell. Amir "?uestlove" Thompson said that the group chose the title because… Read more »



Sir Mix-A-Lot Drops Sixth Album, Works With Rockers

Seattle rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot has returned to the rap game with Daddy’s Home and a considerably more mature attitude. Mix-A-Lot, best known for his crossover hit "Baby Got Back," has been branded a "one hit wonder" by many mainstream outlets, but as those from an older generation will recall, the rapper had success with… Read more »



Hollis Day To Be Renamed Jam Master Jay Day

Officials at the Hollis Day Celebration in Queens, NY will rename the annual event Jam Master Jay Day, paying tribute to the legendary DJ who was gunned down October 30, 2002. The renaming of Hollis day will be announced by Council Majority Whip Leroy Comrie at 3 P.M. today (August 30). Local organizers are also… Read more »



Joe Budden Highlighted On VH1 Series

VH1 will premiere the second installment of it’s "Hip-Hop Babylon" series in September. The two hour special focuses on the realities of making it in the hip-hop business. In this edition, a reality segment featuring Joe Budden’s will featured, showing hopeful rappers the work it takes to make and support a hit record, while trying… Read more »



Necro Preps New CD, Makes Porn Directorial Debut

Brooklyn rapper Necro is preparing to delve into the world of pornogrpahy with a new CD and DVD combo pack. Brutality Part 1 features 17 new tracks from Necro and comes with Necro’s pornography directorial debut, "Sexy Sluts." "This new CD is the most brutal CD to drop this year," Necro told "It’s very… Read more »



Kool Keith, Mystik, MF Doom, Others Featured On “Mic Planet”

Kool Keith, MF Doom, Mystik and others will appear on a new compilation The Mic Planet Sessions, being released by 7-year-old hip-hop trade, Insomniac Magazine. "I wanted to put together a release that featured many of independent hip-hop’s most gifted artists," publisher and executive producer Israel "Iz-Real" Vasquetelle said. Vasquetelle, who also drops verses on… Read more »



Irv And Ja Sign On With ErvinGeoffrey

Despite published reports, Murder Inc. CEO Irving "Irv Gotti" Lorenzo and rapper Jeffery "Ja Rule" Atkins are not owners in the clothing line, ErvingGeoffrey. The two have been seen donning various denim jackets and T-shirts from the denim clothing company, but Rule said that they are spokesmodels for the clothing line, due to the coincidental… Read more »