P. Diddy’s Band Debuts, Prepares Album

Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs is gearing up to release his latest, and thoroughly promoted act, Da Band, a six-person collection of artists from across the nation. MTV’s "Making The Band" reality series has had a plethora of infighting, but the music mogul stated that he was ready for the group to show-and-prove when their album drops… Read more »



Heavy D Returns To T.V., Loses Weight

Heavy D is set to play a mechanic on "The Tracy Morgan Show," an upcoming comedy based around the Saturday Night Live comedian. Fans may be a little surprised when they see the return of the rapper. Heavy says that he shed 135 pounds over the last year, in order to gain more acting roles…. Read more »



Organization Seeks “Jam Master Jay Street”

The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council has circulated a petition in the community of Hollis, Queens in an attempt to rename 203rd Street Jam Master Jay Street, where the legendary Run-DMC DJ was raised. The council hopes to get the street, portions of a nearby park or Hollis Avenue renamed in honor of Jam Master Jay…. Read more »



Grandmaster Flash To Receive Billboard’s Founder Award

Grandmaster Flash and Betty Wright will both receive Billboard’s Founders Award at the 2003 Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show Aug. 8. According to Billboard, "The Founders Awards recognize artists for their achievements and influence on others in the R&B and hip-hop genres, as chosen by the editors of Billboard." Flash has influence the genre of hiphop… Read more »



Video Game Co. Sues Eminem

Detroit rapper Eminem faces yet another legal quandary after a Los Angeles-based video game company has filed a lawsuit claiming that the rapper breached a contract with them to create a video game with his licensed hip-hop music. Conspiracy Entertainment of L.A. filed the lawsuit claiming that the multi-platinum rapper was guilty of fraud and… Read more »



Method Man Not Leaving Wu-Tang, No Truth To Rumors

Contrary to reports posted on various websites, Wu-Tang member Method Man is not leaving the clan. Reports circulated that Method Man appeared on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show recently, allegedly dissing his Wu bretheren and that the Clan struck back on Power 105.1. Mark Breezy, who handles A&R duties for Method Man said that the… Read more »



Ben Chavis Subpoenaed By NY Lobbying Commission

Minister Benjamin Chavis was subpoenaed by the state Lobbying Commission, seeking to find out how $300,000 in funds were spent, in an effort to change New York’s Rockefeller drug laws. According to the New York Post, the subpoena was issued after talks between the commission’s executive director David Grandeau and a lawyer for Simmons and… Read more »



Modeling Agency Files Lawsuit Against Eve

Eve was hit with a lawsuit by modeling agency Wilhelmina Artist Management, claiming the rapper failed to pay the agency their share of endorsement deals that they originally initiated. According to a lawsuit posted on, Wilhelmina claims that Eve and a company that she owns, Blondie Rockwell Inc. as well as manager Troy Carter… Read more »



Yukmouth Preparing New Album

Yukmouth is preparing to release a new album, Godzilla and finishing up the second installment of his DVD series, "United Ghettos." Godzilla features appearances by Kurupt, Dru Down, Devin The Dude, Bun B., C-Bo and Aaron Hall. The first single, "Nothin’ 2 A Bo$$," is currently getting rotation on California radio stations. Yukmouth is currently… Read more »



Rhymesayers Ink Worldwide Deal

Rhymesayers Entertainment and Atmosphere have signed a worldwide deal with Epitaph Records and after being courted by several major record labels, have opted to remain independent. The first release under the new deal will be a brand new full-length album from Atmosphere on September 23. Seven’s Travels, will be the fourth album for the duo,… Read more »



Producers Conference To Take Place In NYC

The 2nd Annual Ear to Da Streets Producer Conference is set to kick off September 17-19th in New York City. The event is designed to help aspiring producers network, learn and shop their product to the music industry. Various panels will discuss production techniques, legalities involved in music production and a showcase, where panelists and… Read more »



Chicago Police Apologize To Ice Cube

Today was not a good day for Ice Cube, as The Chicago Police Department issued the rapper/director a public apology for issuing alerts that described the alleged suspect of sexual assaults in the area as resembling the former N.W.A member. The police released the alert Sunday, only to have Chicago broadcast stations simultaneously run clips… Read more »