DMX Pens Autobiography, Finishes New Album

DMX recently finished writing "E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX." Co-authored by veteran music journalist Smokey D. Fontaine, the 352 page book chronicles DMX’s early childhood, how he became a rapper & his exploits as an international star. "E.A.R.L. is poised to become the most gut-wrenching story of the hip-hop generation," Fontaine told The book… Read more »



Minister Farrakhan Behind Rap

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Minister Louis Farrakhan called upon rappers to be "messengers of good," and to focus on using their celebrity to bring forth change. Speaking about his recent tour of the Middle East & Africa, as well as the current war climate in the world, Farrakhan told… Read more »


Man Shot And Killed At Seattle’s KUBE Summer Jam

A man was shot and killed after a Seattle, Washington concert that featured such performers as Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, LL Cool J and others. Leonard Smaldino, who owned three Sports Warehouse stores in Seattle, was selling food in the nearby campground operated by the Gorge Amphitheatre, where the KUBE Summer Jam concert was… Read more »



Samuel L. Jackson Refuses Scripts Starring Rappers

Critically and commercially acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson recently said that he wasn’t fond of rappers using their celebrity to become actors. Jackson said that he will not even look at a script that would give a rapper a starring role. "It’s not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who’s just coming into… Read more »



Suge’s Memoir To Drop In 2003

Riverhead books has secured the rights to release the memoir of music mogul Suge Knight and plans to release a hard cover book in 2003, according to a statement. In a statement released by Riverhead the book will “chronicle the inspirational story of Knight’s emergence from the streets of Compton, CA to become one of… Read more »



Benzino Avoids Jail Time

Ray "Benzino" Scott, co-owner of The Source magazine entered into an agreement with Florida state prosecutors and will avoid jail time, after being arrested for a confrontation with a police officer during the 2001 Source Awards. Scott pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. All of the charges were either… Read more »



Ice-T to Promote Urban Ice Cream

Rapper/actor Ice-T is slated to be the national spokesman for Posse Pops ice cream. The ice cream is the creation of Rick Brown, an ice cream vet who worked at Ben and Jerry’s for 20 years. Posse Pops will come in a variety of sweet flavors and wrapped in packaging that will educate the kids… Read more »



Billboard to Honor Afrika Bambaataa

Billboard Magazine will honor the legacies of hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and the Isley Brothers during the company’s second annual Billboard-AURN (American Urban Radio Networks) R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show August 9th. The Founder’s Award, which will be bestowed upon both artists, is a first for Billboard and will recognize the artists for their contributions and influence… Read more »



Cash Money Inks Deal With Darkchild

Cash Money Records and Rodney Jerkins of Darkchild Entertainment have signed a production and distribution deal where the New Orleans hip-hop label will distribute, co-promote and market records with Darkchild Records. Harlem-based rapper FATS’ album, F.A.T.S (Finally A True Story) is the first expected collaboration between the two companies, according to Ronald “Slim” Williams. FATS… Read more »



Roc-A-Fella Buys Scottish Vodka Company

Roc-A-Fella CEO’s Jay-Z, Kareem “Biggs” Burke and Dame Dash announced that they have purchased imported Scottish liquor brand, Armadale Vodka. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Dash said the Roc-A-Fella heads were excited about the acquisition. “Roc-A-Fella has always respected quality vodkas, such as Belvedere and Grey Goose. Just like we do… Read more »



Mystikal Arrested For Rape and Extortion

Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal (Michael Tyler), along with two other men, were charged with aggravated rape and extortion, according to the Associated Press. All three men, including Leland Ellis, 36, and Vercy Carter, 34, turned themselves in to police on Thursday morning and were booked in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Thursday afternoon Mystikal was released on $250,… Read more »



Jaz-O Crew Member Turns On Him

Dibiase, one of the point rappers in Jaz-O’s Immobilaire crew, has defected and fallen out with the leader Jaz-O. In the unnamed song circulating, Dibiase turns on his former crew member and lyrically tosses disses at the veteran rapper, who is already in a war of words with Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella crew. Dibiase is… Read more »



Long Awaited Large Professor Album Coming

According to Matador Records, the long awaited album by veteran producer Large Professor will finally hit shelves October 8. Titled 1st Class, the album features Nas, Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes. After several label changes that kept his solo album from being released 1st Class is the Large Professor’s first full album release since he dropped… Read more »