Sources: Jam Master Jay’s Killer On Tape

Contrary to published reports, sources told that Jam Master Jay’s murder was caught on tape by recording studio camera’s and that the police confiscated the video. Sources said that camera’s from a seminar that was taking place in another part of the building may have also captured a picture of the murderer. Initial reports… Read more »



Angie Martinez No Idol, Will Be Honored In NYC

Angie Martinez has quit her judging position on Fox’s popular TV series, "American Idol." Martinez joined the show to judge hopefuls on talent, ability, look and style, helping Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson whittle down the group of thousands of eager contestants to a short list of potential superstars who will perform on… Read more »



Benzino Fires Back At Em

After Eminem phoned in to New York’s Hot 97 to reply to a dis by Benzino with such quips as “HasBenzino,” Philly’s Power 99 featured Benzino explaining the origin of the riff between the two. The Boston-bred rapper said his song was more of a slight against the machine of the music industry, rather than… Read more »



Def Jam Prez Donates Money To Help School

Kevin Liles, President of Def Jam/Def Soul Records, personally donated $150,000 to complete the construction of the Woodlawn, Maryland High School athletic stadium. Construction on the 2,000-seat stadium began nearly seven years ago, but was halted due to a lack of funding. Liles, a 1986 graduate of Woodlawn High School, decided to pledge the $150,000… Read more »



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 »