Fat Joe Manages Success

With his latest single, “Crush Tonight” from the forthcoming release Loyalty, receiving heavy airplay on the radio and in the clubs, along with a Benny Boom directed video on the way, Fat Joe looks to be following in the footsteps of success that his previous album brought him. The Bronx Don, however, won’t let the… Read more »



Clipse Strike Gold, Neptunes Want To Go Country

Virginia-based group, Clipse have officially hit Gold status. The group’s album, Lord Willin debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart powered by their hit single “Grindin.’” Released by Star Track, the label headed up by mega-producers Neptunes’ deal with Arista, “Grindin” topped the charts. This week, the video clip for their latest single, “When… Read more »



Stoute And Diddy May Face Off

It seems that when Nas rhymed on the remix to “The Pledge” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, he not only affirmed his Murderous affiliation by spittin’ “Inc. is the label, ill will merger,” but he also ambiguously claimed to be back with Steve Stoute, his former manager. Stoute, who most recently was the head of… Read more »



Dame Dash Assaulted In Paris

Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash was attacked by "a whole block of men," last week. Dame said the men grew angry that he was filming in their neighborhood. According to the New York Post, Dash was in town hosting Roc-A-Fella/Roc-A-Wear parties during Paris’ Fashion Week. Dash said that he was late for a radio interview in… Read more »



Minister Ben, D.O.C. Host Dallas Hip-Hop Summit

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network will host a Dallas hip-hop summit, on October 11, 2002. The event, which is taking place at the Adolphus Hotel at 1321 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas, will address the serious issues surrounding the hip-hop community and will educate those who attend on how to promote diversity within the music… Read more »



Steph Lova Files Civil Suit Against Funkmaster Flex

Stephanie "Steph Lova" Saunders has officially filed a lawsuit against Aston "Funkmaster Flex," in connection with his alleged assault of her in front of Hot 97’s New York offices. "I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the overwhelming support I have received from fans, my colleagues at Power 105.1 clear… Read more »



Missy Elliot To Perform To Support AIDS

On World AIDS Day, December 1, MTV will air a 90-minute commercial-free special featuring GRAMMY®-winning artist Alicia Keys, multi-platinum acts Missy Elliott, Dave Matthews and many others to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The concerts will take place in Cape Town, South Africa and Seattle, Washington and will be edited together to produce a… Read more »



JMJ Laid To Rest

Hip-Hop legend and pioneer Jam Master Jay was laid to rest today in Queens, New York. Thousands of people withstood freezing cold weather and waited in long lines to pay their last respects to the man who along with Run-DMC helped change the face of hip-hop music. Men, women and children flocked to the Greater… Read more »



Queen Latifah To Star In New CBS Drama

GRAMMY® winning artist, Queen Latifah has signed on to star as Mali Anderson in new CBS drama based on the Harlem super-sleuth mystery novels written by Grace F. Edwards. Latifah’s character is a street and book smart graduate student who works towards her PHD in Social Work, while solving neighborhood murders and crimes involving close… Read more »



Babygrande Signs With Koch

Indie hip-hop label Babygrande Records has inked a multi-year distribution with Koch Entertainment. The label was founded by Chuck Wilson, the former A&R executive at Priority Records. Babygrande is preparing to release albums by Jedi Mind Tricks, The Mountain Brothers and Canibus. "While most major labels are downsizing and consolidating, Koch is enjoying astonishing growth,"… Read more »



Kwame: Behind The Scenes

Rap pioneer Kwame has returned to the front lines of the urban music industry by working behind the scenes as Producer for platinum-selling artists such as Mary J. Blige and LL Cool J. Having sold over three million albums worldwide, Kwame is familiar with what it takes to create a strong street buzz. Currently, tracks… Read more »