Zion I To Release Second Album This Year

Rap duo Zion I are releasing a second album and DVD this year, fresh on the heels of their sophomore album, Deep Water Slang Version 2.0. The new DVD, titled Curb Servin, will feature 9 brand new songs and exclusive unreleased remixes by the West coast’s Triple Threat DJ, Vinroc. "This record was made in… Read more »



Gangstarr Readies “The Ownerz”

Gangstarr is preparing to release their seventh album, The Ownerz. The album features guest appearances by Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Freddie Foxxx, Jadakiss and M.O.P. "The concept of The Ownerz involves how people are renting and leasing hip-hop," Guru said. "At this point in the game there’s a lot of people exploiting it, and calling… Read more »



Snoop Visits Big Momma

Twenty-nine years ago a toddler named Calvin Broadus visited his grandmother’s house in South Carolina. Twenty-nine years later a man named Snoop Dogg visited his grandmother’s home again, and this time he brought some friends. "Oh, I was so glad to see him," said 92-year-old Corine Broadus, Snoop’s grandmother, who Snoop calls Big Momma. "He… Read more »



Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Snags Tony

Russell Simmons snagged a Tony for his groundbreaking Broadway poetry series, "Def Poetry Jam" last night at the 57th annual Tony Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Def Poetry took home the award for Special Theatrical Event. "When artists write spoken word or write to silence criticism and injustice, the results are always… Read more »



Youngbloodz Sign To So So Def

So So Def CEO and Arista Vice President Jermaine Dupri recently announced the signing of the Youngbloodz, who are preparing to drop their second album, Drankin’ Patnaz. The duo’s sophomore set follows up their 1999 debut, Against da Grain, which contained the chart singles "U Way (How We Do It)" and "85," which featured Big… Read more »



Sylvester Stallone To Star In Biggie/Tupac Drama

Sylvester Stallone is writing, directing and starring in a movie about the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, as well as the Rampart Scandal, one of the biggest cases of police corruption in history. Stallone will play real-life former LAPD detective Russell Poole, who uncovered evidence that the LAPD allegedly had a hidden hand… Read more »



Lil’ Kim Makes Life Size Doll

Hip Hop diva Lil’ Kim is giving her fans the opportunity to get freaky with her – sort of. “I am going to make a life-size Kim doll that will be anatomically correct in ever way,” the rap star told the British tabloid The Daily Sport. Kim explained the doll is in tune with her… Read more »



Police Arrest Third Suspect In Freeky Zeeky Shooting

Police arrested Eric Mingo, 32, today (June 5), capturing the man suspected of shooting Freaky Zeeky and murdering his friend, Eric Mangrum. Police staked out a Tremont Avenue Bronx apartment building Thursday morning, after receiving a tip that Mingo may have been staying there. Police waited for a woman and her 7-year-old son to leave… Read more »



Loon Reveals An Alcoholic Started The Harlem Shake

Although, the dance has faded considerably, Bad Boy Records artist Loon has revealed the true origins of the “Harlem Shake,” the once-popular dance that swept the country. “The Harlem Shake – that was a dance made up by this alcoholic dude by the name of Sisqo (not of Dru Hill),” he told laughing. The… Read more »



50 Cent Nominated For 10 Billboard Awards

50 Cent has been nominated in 10 different categories for Billboard’s third annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Nelly was also dominate with nominations in seven categories, R. Kelly is up for seven, Eminem clocked in at 5, while the late songbird Aaliyah was nominated in four categories. Some of the categories 50 Cent is up for include… Read more »



Master P Arrested In New Jersey

Percy "Master P" Miller, 36, was arrested and detained Tuesday at New Jersey’s Newark Airport, for possessing illegal bullets. According to reports, the mogul was heading to Los Angeles via American Airlines on Tuesday. He informed security that he was carrying a legal, unloaded firearm. During the subsequent inspection, security officials found the illegal bullets…. Read more »



Jay-Z, P.Diddy, Others Join Anti-Drug Law Rally In NYC

Jay-Z, P.Diddy, Fat Joe, Memphis Bleek, Joe Budden and others joined Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network today to protest the Rockefeller drug laws.Over 60,000 people crammed Broadway at City Hall closing down traffic to listen to rappers speak their piece about the laws.P.Diddy by far was one of the more articulate of the speakers… Read more »



50 Cent Launches Sneaker With Reebok

50 Cent has entered into a long term partnership with Reebok, that will include his own signature line of footwear, the “G-Unit Collection by RBK.” An initial launch will take place this fall with limited distribution and will go nationwide in early 2004. “Reebok’s Rbk Collection is the real thing when it comes to connecting… Read more »



Hot 97’s Summer Jam Wrap Up

Despite the cold weather and rain, Hot 97’s tenth annual Summer Jam concert drew over 50,000 people to Giants Stadium last night to see some of their favorite rappers perform. While Clipse, Fabolous, Lil Kim along with Mobb Deep, Sean Paul and others took to the stage, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Eminem and 50 Cent were… Read more »