Nelly Gets ASCAP’s Songwriter Of The Year

After winning two Grammy awards this past year, Nelly will have to make room on his mantle for another award. The Midwest rapper was honored with an ASCAP Pop Music Award for his hits, “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” and Jagged Edge’s “Where the Party At?” Former Murder Inc. production guru 7 Aurelius was also awarded… Read more »



RZA Cancels European Shows Due To Illness

RZA has canceled his European trip to promote his upcoming album, The World According To RZA, due to what was described only as a sudden illness. "RZA wholeheartedly regrets the disappointment and inconvenience this has caused his fans and fellow artists involved, and is working on rescheduling for the last week in June, 2003," a… Read more »



1982 Lawsuit May Help Eminem

Eminem is scheduled to appear in a Macomb County, Michigan court beginning May 30th, to defend himself against defamation charges stemming from his 1999 track, "Brain Damage," on his Slim Shady LP. DeAngelo Bailey, 32, of Warren claims that Em’s references to Bailey constantly tormenting and beating him on the song are false. Eminem will… Read more »



Remedy, Killah Priest Perform In Israel

Wu-Tang family members Remedy and Killah Priest recently performed in Israel, despite international terror warnings and a recent string of suicide bombings that ripped through various cities this week. The duo performed in Israel at the request of Luke Brenowitz, an employee of the Israeli consulate in New York. The trip was meant to rally… Read more »



Suspects Sought After Violence Rocks Savannah, GA

According to sources, Jason "Camflauge" Johnson’s murder may be the retaliation for two weekend shootings that left two Savannah, Georgia men dead. 24-year-old Felix Scott was shot to death while sitting in a truck, while 27-year-old Michael Grant was shot and killed on a Savannah street corner. Police have formed a task force to attempt… Read more »



P.Diddy Picking Cotton

In order to prepare for his role as Blues legend Robert Johnson, Sean "P.Diddy" Combs will do something he has never done–pick cotton. "I’m going to work on a farm, learn about sharecropping and picking cotton," Diddy told the New York Daily News. "I swear to God. I’m doing cotton picking." Production for the movie… Read more »



Second ‘Freaky’ Shooter Arrested

Authorities in New York have apprehended a second man in connection with the shooting of Diplomat president Ezekiel “Freaky Zeeky” Jiles and the murder of his bodyguard Eric “E” Mangrum. The second man, 32-year-old Herndon Williams, was arrested after he was identified in a police lineup. Williams has been charged with attempted robbery and murder…. Read more »



UPDATE: Camoflauge Shot And Killed

Savannah, Georgia rapper Jason "Camoflauge" Johnson, was shot twice outside of the Pure Pain recording studios, on 37th street. Johnson was gunned down in broad daylight at 37th and Florance street as he walked with his toddler son. In 2000, Johnson and David Rashawn Thompson were charged with the death of Kenneth Capers. A grand… Read more »



Star And Bucwild Bounce From Hot 97

Star and Bucwild of Hot 97’s popular morning show have left the station after a dispute over money apparently strained Star’s relationship with the station. According to Star, the duo have "left Hot 97 to pursue other interests." Earlier last week an angry Star publicly vented on members of the Hot 97 staff during his… Read more »



Lil Jon & The East Side Boys Strike Gold

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz album Kings Of Crunk, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America. The album is the second consecutive gold album for the group. The album has spawned a third single, "Get Low," that features the Ying Yang Twins. The record is gaining momentum on radio… Read more »



Afroman Gets High On God

Joseph "Afroman" Foreman, who found worldwide success with his humorous song "Because I Got High," has given his life to God. The new found faith has him at odds with Universal Records, whom he says cares more about money than art. "They have no faith in it," Foreman told the Hattiesburg American. "They want to… Read more »



Cee-Lo Headlines NBA Tour

Cee-Lo will headline a 12 city tour of major festivals around the United States starting this month, as part of the NBA’s interactive basketball and music tour, Cee-Lo, along with MC Lyte, Remedy, Kali Fam and Catrina Harding will perform on the NBA Rhythm ‘n Rims 18-wheel vehicle, which transforms into a 30,000 square foot… Read more »



‘Platinum’ Gets Cancelled

The hip-hop drama “Platinum” has not been renewed for the fall season, representatives for UPN confirmed with After starting with near record-breaking ratings, the show’s Nielson status plummeted. “Its not coming back next year,” a rep for UPN said, “The ratings were the same as ‘Haunted’ was when we cancelled it last year.” “Platinum”… Read more »



Joe Budden May Need Throat Surgery

Just as Joe Budden’s success has soared with his singles “Pump It Up,” “Focus” and his upcoming self-titled set on Def Jam Records, the rapper has hit a sudden obstacle, he charges. “I’m having voice problems. I have a polyp on my right vocal cord,” Budden told “I’m not even supposed to rap.” A… Read more »