Jam Master Jay Bio In Stores

A journalist has written a biography of the late DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC fame, which is currently available in stores. “Jam Master Jay: The Heart Of Hip-Hop,” penned by Chicago-based scribe David E. Thigpen, who is a writer for Time magazine. Thigpen said he ventured through Jay’s Queens stomping grounds and managed to… Read more »



Ras Kass Is Still On The Run, And Selling T-Shirts?

While Priority Records’ recording artist Ras Kass remains a fugitive from justice, that hasn’t slowed him down any in his campaign to procure a release from his recording contract. Aside from recent freestyle releases, such as "R.A.S.," a boisterous declaration of his freedom from Priority Records set to the beat from Noreaga’s "N.O.R.E.," Ras Kass… Read more »



ODB Changes Name To Dirt McGirt

Ol’ Dirt Dog has done it again. ODB, the charismatic and often troubled member of Wu Tang has changed his name again – this time to Dirt McGirt ODB. The rapper has assumed a variety of monikers including the infamous Big Baby Jesus to Ason to God Unique to Joe Bananas to Osiris. “He’s changed… Read more »



G-Unit Records Signs With Interscope

50 Cent has signed his G-Unit Records to Interscope and intends to drop an album by the crew of the same name before year’s end. “First I drop my album, and people pay attention,” 50 Cent said in a statement. “Now that I got their attention, I’m gonna drop the next s**t on them –… Read more »



Tupac Amaru Foundation Establishes Scholarship

Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper Tupac, donated $10,000 dollars to a community college in North Carolina to establish a scholarship in his grandmother’s name The Rosa Bell Williams scholarship was given to Robeson Community College on behalf of the Tupac Amaru Foundation. The check was presented yesterday (April 8) after Afeni Shakur was interviewed… Read more »



Funkmaster Flex Pleads Guilty In Assault Case

Hot 97’s Aston "Funkmaster Flex" Taylor struck a deal in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday and plead guilty to harassing Power 105.1 air personality Steph Lova. Flex’s Lawyer, Murray Richman said that by striking the deal, Flex was not charged with any crime and was cited for a violation. "He denies striking her, and the district… Read more »



Star Temporarily Suspended From Hot 97

New York morning DJ, Star of Hot 97 was recently suspended by his employers for unknown reasons. "Star has been suspended and we don’t know when he will return," co-host Prozac Girl aka Keysha Whitaker told listeners. Sources claim that Star was suspended for negative comments he made against radio station advertisers. Barry Mayo, Senior… Read more »



Al Sharpton’s Rally Talks Hip-Hop

Presidential hopeful Rev. Al Sharpton held his second Annual National Convention for his National Action Network over the past weekend that was punctuated with a hip-hop workshop on Saturday evening. The last workshop, “Using The Influence Of Hip-Hop To Empower Our Youth,” served as a town meeting for the public to engage with a robust… Read more »



Eminem Has A New Court Date

Eminem is scheduled to appear in a Macomb County, Michigan court next month to defend himself against a defamation lawsuit. Eminem and sanitation engineer DeAngelo Bailey, 32, of Warren could not come to a settlement after mediation and proposals to settle the case were rejected. Bailey, a childhood associate of Eminem, claimed he was defamed… Read more »



Dick Gregory, Bootcamp Clik, Headline 4th Annual “Hip Hop As A Movement” Conference

Human rights anti-war activist and comedian legend Dick Gregory will deliver the keynote speech to open the fourth annual “Hip Hop Generation-Hip Hop As A Movement” Conference, April 11-13, 2003 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Gathering under the banner of Peace and Anti-Militarism, the weekend event will feature panels, strategy sessions, and performances. The… Read more »



Rahzel On ‘Greatest Knockouts’ Tour

The self proclaimed "Godfather of Noyze," Rahzel, recently embarked on "The Greatest Knockouts World Tour," a 19 outing with Rocksteady Crew member DJ JS-1 to showcase his beatboxing and sound effect abilities and support to support a mixtape of collaborations and performances around the world. Greatest Knockouts Vol.1 features a brand new track that features… Read more »



P.Diddy, MTV Criticized By NY Neighbors

MTV’s show "Making The Band 2" and P. Diddy have come under fire from residents in Greenwich Village in New York, where the show is being filmed. MTV rented two combined brownstone townhouses for the show and neighbors are complaining of loitering, noise and cigarette butts being left on the sidewalk. Residents in the area… Read more »