ASCAP To Showcase Emerging Talent

As part of the ASCAP Presents… Heineken R&B Ampt Music Series of regional showcases, four up-and-coming artists will be performing at The Cotton Club (152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA) in Atlanta on Monday, September 30, 2002. Doors open at 7:00 PM. The show starts at 8:00 PM. The artist line-up includes LaMajic, Transcendental Funk, Heston… Read more »



Shaolin Monks Fight To Protect Name

The monks of the Shaolin Temple in China have set up a firm, Henan Shaolin Temple Industrial Development, to prevent "abusive use" of the Shaolin name. Made popular by Kung-Fu flicks and the Wu-Tang Clan, the monks are registering "Shaolin" and "Shaolin Temple" as trademarks with the Chinese government. "It’s unshirkable historical responsibility to protect… Read more »



Suge Knight Vs. Clear Channel

According to, Suge Knight has been hit with a lawsuit by Clear Channel subsidiary for not permitting company representatives to remove a billboard on the roof of Tha Row’s offices on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Knight and Clear Channel were unable to agree to the terms of a new lease on the billboard…. Read more »



De La Soul Take Home High Times Doobie Award

High Times magazine awarded De la Soul with a Doobie Award last night (September 26) for their album Bionix. Sean Paul, Gov’t Mule, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Beenie Man and Shannon McNally were also winners at last night’s Doobie awards show at BB King’s in New York. Maseo of De La Soul, Sean Paul, Warren… Read more »



LL Endorses Controversial Governor

LL Cool J announced that he was endorsing two-time New York Governor George Pataki against Democratic candidate H. Carl McCall. "The world that I come from, a lot of people aren’t interested in politics, quite frankly," LL said. "After seeing how the governor handled the 9/11 situation, seeing what happened in this city … I… Read more »



Dame Dash Starts ROC Radio

Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash has expanded his brand name further by hosting a radio show called ROC radio. The show is broadcast live on Sundays on New York radio station Power 105.1 from 9-10 pm. DJs Jus Ske and old school legend Brucie B will joint Dame for the weekly program. Dame Dash told… Read more »



Bone: Bizzy Bone Ousted

During a recent peformance at B.B. King’s in New York City, members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony confirmed that Bizzy Bone was no longer a member of the group. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony headlined a night of hip-hop acts that included Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz and 8Ball & MJG, who gave their first New York performance. During… Read more »



Barbershop Controversy Rages On

Jesse Jackson said he was pleased that the producers of "Barbershop" have apologized for the film’s remarks about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others, but said he is still pushing to have the jokes cut from future DVD and video editions of the film. “The producers and writers, we wanted one individual in… Read more »



Russell Simmons Helps Queens Library

Russell Simmons is continuing his push to further the cause of education and will donate $10,000 to the Queens Borough Public Library in Queens, New York. Simmons, who recently spoke with Kevin Powell, Benjamin Muhammad and others at Powell’s Hip-Hop Speaks event in Harlem, said that the donation will be used to help fund the… Read more »



Cash Money CEO’s Deny Working With Master P.

Cash Money CEO’s Ronald "Sugar Dime" Williams and Bryan "Baby" Williams denied that they were planning a movie with mogul Master P. In a statement to, the brothers said that while they had no beef with Master P., they still had no plans on working with him "Cash Money has evolved and we’re involved… Read more »



Master P and Cash Money Plan Movie

Master P and his former cross-town New Orleans rival, Baby, co-CEO of Cash Money Records, plan to fully end the previous beef in a new movie, “Ghetto Ballin,” a ‘ hood comedy.’ "Its about me and him having the same babymama. It’s going to be a fun hood movie," P told P said he… Read more »