Clipse Member Malice Arrested

Clipse group member Malice was arrested at the University Mall in Tampa, Florida on Saturday (August 10th) and charged with trespassing and later released on $500 bond. Clipse was in Tampa headlining The Grindin Rap Tour, which also features rappers Midwikid, Lady May and Rob Jackson. The group stopped at the mall before a performance… Read more »



Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Planning More Protests

After the success of "The Mobilization For Education" rally in NYC, Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is hitting the road. HSAN will hold 20 different rallies in 20 different U.S. cities starting this fall, with each city being linked to another via satellite connection. "The hip-hop power movement demands quality equal public education," President… Read more »



Jay-Z Challenges Nas To Battle

Yesterday (August 6th), Jay-Z appeared on Angie Martinez’s radio show on Hot 97 in NY and challenged Nas to a battle on Pay Per View television. Jay-Z, who just came back from vacationing in France, said that each would put up $1 million, both artists would have a separate concert and then kick 3 freestyles…. Read more »



Fabolous To Star In New Reebok Commercial

Fabolous will star in a new commercial for Reebok’s Reebok Classic. The 30 second spot will debut August 7, 2002 with Fab sporting the Classic Leather Blaze. “Fabolous is an up and coming icon in the hip-hop community,” said Brian Povinelli, director of Reebok advertising. “His involvement represents Reebok’s evolution of the Classic collection by… Read more »



8th Annual Rap Fest Kicks Off August 10th

On August 10, 2002, from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Salem Temple Assemblies of God Church at 1412 Bryant Avenue in the Bronx hosts their eighth annual Rap Fest. This event features 26 Rap Ministries (groups) from various cities and states throughout the U.S. including Texas, California, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, Maryland and even… Read more »



Deceased Rapper Mausberg To Be Honored

The L.A. Black Business Expo & Trade Show & Black Entertainment Magazine will honor late rapper Mausberg with a "Fallen Star" award. Mausberg was gunned down in July 2000, after he finished recording his debut CD "Non Fiction" with D.J. Quik. "He was to me what Biggie was to Puff, he had such a powerful… Read more »



Skillz Isn’t Dissing In New Video – Yet

When viewers see Skillz’s video for “Crew Deep,” which premiers on BET’s Rap City today (August 2), they will notice a number of human heads on the wall in the same fashion a hunter would mount the head of a prized prey. Similar to a deer’s head or a moose with the largest antlers, are… Read more »



Jam Master Jay Opens Scratch Academy

Legendary DJ Jam Master Jay has founded the Scratch DJ Academy. Already in it’s 3rd semester, the six week courses teach upcoming DJ’s the history of turntablism & DJ’ing techniques. "I’m really a fan of turntablism," Jay told "Turntablists are musicians." Such DJ’s as DJ Premier, Green Lantern, A-Trak, Evil Dee, Mista Sinista, Kuttin… Read more »



Field Mob Member Booked On Cocaine Charge

Field Mob member Darion "Boondox Blax" Crawford, was arrested last Saturday by Albany, Georgia police on felony charges of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor traffic charges of speeding, running a red light and driving with a suspended license. According to police, an officer on patrol observed an SUV speeding and running a red-light. The officer… Read more »



Kane & Abel Ready New Album, New Novel

Twin brothers Kane & Abel, will release their latest album, The Last Ones Left on October 15. The album is being released through Entertainment Solutions. The twins have been incarcerated since last year and are being held at separate federal facilities in Texas. Kane is scheduled for release in November of this year and Abel… Read more »



KRS-One Calls For Artist Minimum Wage

KRS-One and his Temple Of Hip-Hop are advocating a hip-hop recording artist minimum wage. Set at $2.00 per album sold, KRS said that .50 cents of that amount should be placed in a fund for medical, dental and legal insurances for artists. "They [rappers] are making less money today than Little Richard did in the… Read more »



Wyclef, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes To Perform

Wyclef Jean is set to perform at the Fourth Annual "Gravity Games," in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday August 3rd, at 6:30 PM. Busta Rhymes and Run DMC will close out the event, which started July 27th and runs until August 4th. Billed as "the premier action sports, music and lifestyle festival," the event features more… Read more »



Help Free Slick Rick

Def Jam has launched a "Free Slick Rick" campaign on its website, requesting fans to sign a petition urging the Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow Rick to return to his home in New York, while they ponder his deportation case. As reported last month, the INS arrested Rick after he performed on a… Read more »



DMX Set To Dis JA-Rule

According to MTV, DMX is set to dis Ja Rule on a yet-to-be released song called "Ruled Out" where he alleges his label mate stole his style of rhyming and went on to multi-platinum success with it. The often-embattled DMX said that Def Jam executives and other associates are firmly against the song, but he… Read more »



J-Live Shoots Two Videos

J-Live live recently shot two videos from his latest album, All Of The Above in Pittsburgh, PA. Shot by and financially backed by Pittsburgh native Chris Ivey and Hyperboy Media, J-Live shot videos for "Mcee," and "Like This Anna." J-Live was originally going to shoot a video for "Satisfied," another track off of his critically… Read more »