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Ruthless Records Relaunches With Sony Deal

Longstanding independent music label Ruthless Records will hit the ground running this year with a string of new albums, as it celebrates 20 years of existence.   Despite Ruthless Records’ unprecedented success with rappers like NWA, The D.O.C., Above The Law, JJ Fad, Michele, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and others, the company suffered a major setback when… Read more »

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Charges Against Trick Daddy Dropped

Prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor charges against Miami rapper Trick Daddy yesterday (February 14).   Charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest were tossed, after prosecutors admitted the rapper did not commit any crimes during an altercation last September at Tootsies Cabaret.   Police responded to a fight at the gentleman’s club around 1:00 am and found… Read more »

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Criminal Charges Against Tony Yayo Dismissed

Criminal charges against rapper G-Unit member Tony Yayo were dismissed today (February 14), although the rapper pled guilty to a violation, regarding an incident last March involving the 14-year-old son of a rival music executive.   In March of 2007, Yayo, born Marvin Bernard, was accused of backhanding the son of music executive Jimmy “Henchmen”… Read more »

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Shyne’s Father Makes History As Black Prime Minister of Belize

Dean Oliver Barrow, the father of incarcerated rapper Shyne, has become the first Black Prime Minister of Belize.Belize is a small Central American country that voted for Barrow over incumbent Prime Minister Said Musa, who was dogged by allegations of embezzlement and financial negligence in recent years.In a swearing in ceremony in Friday, Barrow pledged… Read more »

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Common Offers Fans A Chance To Write Lyrics

Rapper Common is launching “A Minute,” a new lyrical contest encouraging young people to get tested for HIV it was announced today (February 14).   The contest, which kicks off today on MTV’s TRL (Total Request Live) show, offers youth the opportunity to submit lyrics or poems addressing why getting tested for HIV is important…. Read more »

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Rapper Prodigy Granted A Week Extension

Mobb Deep member Prodigy has been granted another week’s freedom, representatives for the rapper announced today (February 14).   Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, was supposed to begin serving a three-year-prison sentence after pleading guilty to unlawful gun possession charges, after police found a .22 caliber handgun in the center console of his SUV during an… Read more »

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LeBron James Signs Deal With State Farm

Basketball phenomenon LeBron James will do his part to encourage safe driving as part of a new marketing deal with insurance giant State Farm, AllHipHop.com has learned.   The All-Star Cleveland Cavaliers Forward will help State Farm target a young adult market, in addition to creating initiatives that help provide children and young adults with… Read more »

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Jazze Pha Remakes Cheech & Chong B-Ball Song

Hip-Hop producer Jazze Pha and executive Kenny Burns have teamed with TNT Networks to remake the song “Basketball Jones,” originally recorded by comedians Cheech & Chong.   Basketball Jones, which is a spoof of Brighter Side of Darkness’ song “Love Jones,” was originally released in 1975.   The song, which was produced in less than… Read more »

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DJ Khaled Launches We The Best Music With Def Jam

Terror Squad member DJ Khaled has signed a partnership between his label, We The Best Music, and Def Jam Records, Island Def Jam Music Group Antonio “L.A.” Reid announced today (February 13).The new label venture is named after DJ Khaled’s second album, We The Best, which hit #1 on Billboard’s independent albums chart.The album produced… Read more »

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Rapper Juvenile Arrested On Pot Charges

Rapper Juvenile was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, after police found a small amount of marijuana in the rapper’s car yesterday (February 12).   According to the Associated Press, Juvenile, who was traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans, was stopped near Meridian because his vehicle had an expired tag.   Police seized a small amount of… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Mos Def Talks Politics

Rapper/actor and activist Mos Def will appear at the 92nd Street Y in New York City next month, where he will discuss music, movies and activism with journalist Anthony DeCurtis. The rapper will detail his social and political perspectives and the role that artists play in helping to change the world for good. DeCurtis is… Read more »

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