Russell Reflects On JMJ

STATEMENT FROM RUSSELL SIMMONS — CHAIRMAN OF HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK — ON JAM MASTER JAY For nearly 20 years, Run-DMC has been the closest thing to gospel artists that the contemporary music community has had. They talked about God and their higher selves, the importance of staying away from drugs, and generally inspirational and… Read more »



Eminem Strikes Back At Benzino

Today on Angie Martinez’ Hot 97 "Take Over Show," 50 Cent and his G Unit companions took over the airwaves for an absentee Martinez, who is on the road as a judge for the "American Idol" television series. During the show, 50 Cent spoke of his new album with Eminem’s Shady Records and future solo… Read more »



N*E*R*D Strike Gold, Unhappy With Virgin

N*E*R*D, the group headed by Neptunes producers Chad Hugo and Pharell Williams and rapper Shay recently struck gold with the release of their debut album, In Search Of….The album has sold over 500,000 copies but Pharrell feels the label the group is signed to, Virgin, didn’t do their best to promote the record. The group… Read more »



Yes Yes Y’all: The Birth of Hip Hop Exhibit

Deitch Projects will present a show of historic photos and flyers from the first decade of Hip Hop at Deitch Brooklyn in New York. The exhibition celebrates the publication of "Yes Yes Y’all: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop’s First Decade" by Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn with an introduction by Nelson George… Read more »



Barbers Sue Over Barbershop

Earlier this week, it was reported that a group of barbers and beauticians were threatening to sue Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for negative statements made by the two about the movie “Barbershop.” The group claims the statements allegedly drove customers away. On Monday, the National Association of Cosmetologists (NAC) filed a $60 million… Read more »



Lil Cease Sentenced

Lil Cease pleaded guilty last Thursday to 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 5 years probation. Cease originally faced attempted murder charges that stemmed from a shooting in August of 2001. Cease, Larceny and bodyguard Suif Jackson were arrested in connection with the shooting of Michael Goody, 21, outside of… Read more »



Mos Def Hits Broadway Again

Mos Def has signed on to star in Suzan-Lori Parks new play, loosely based on "The Scarlet Letter," titled "F*cking A." Performances are scheduled to start February 25 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater in New York. MOs Def debuted on Broadway in Park’s Pulitizer prize winning play, "Topdog/Underdog." In "F*cking A," Mos Def plays a… Read more »



Chicago Rapper Running For President

Feeling that America is in a state of emergency and needs new and innovative leadership, Chicago rapper Brother El is running for President of the United States. Brother El’s campaign headquarters, also known as his very own independent record label, has proclaimed five reasons as to why he should be elected to office. They are:… Read more »



Canibus Prepares Another New Album

Rapper Canibus will drop another album in addition to the album that will be released on Babygrande/Koch. The album, titled: Mic Club: The Curriculum, will hit stores November 19th and is Canibus’ fourth album. The album is dropping on the Mic Club record label. News of the new album came as a surprise to many… Read more »