North Carolina Reverend Calls For Boycott

Durham based Rev. Paul Scott has called for a boycott of "Gangsta Rap" music, urging fans to demand positive rap and hip-hop that doesn’t promote negative images against African-American men and women. Scott chose Fathers day (June 16th) to start the boycott, targeting men, but is also calling on the women who have lost sons… Read more »



Hip-Hop Documentary Premiers In San Francisco

Hip-Hop documentary "The World Famous," debuted at the San Francisco Black Film Festival on Saturday (June 15). The 45 minute documentary focuses on the impact the ground breaking radio show, "The Wake Up Show," had on the hip-hop community in the Bay Area, and the influence Sway, Tech, Carmelita and Revolution had on the culture…. Read more »



Dr. Dre Second Highest Paid Performer

Dr. Dre has clocked in on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 10 Pay Chart for 2001. Dre, who was topped only by Irish rock band U2, reportedly received an estimated $35 million dollars last year when Vivendi boosted their stake in Aftermath Entertainment, the label he heads. Aftermath is home to such chart topping acts as… Read more »



Queen Latifah Starring In Two New Flicks

Queen Latifah is executive producing and starring opposite Steve Martin in the comedy, "In The Houze." The movie centers around a man (Martin) who meets a female (Latifah) on the internet, who happens to be in prison. In a strange twist, the female inmate escapes prison and proceeds to wreak havoc on Martin’s life. The… Read more »



Will I.Am Launches Clothing Line, BEP Readies New LP

Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am recently launched his own clothing line, dedicated to showing off his unique clothing designs. I.Am clothes, which was founded 6 months ago with co-designer Lor-E Phillips, is geared toward "the higher end trendy spots," and will be available for both men and women. Each design will not exceed 500 pieces… Read more »



Jay-Z, N.E.R.D., Talib Kweli Hit The Road

In addition to teaming with Def Jam for the Sprite/Def Jam University, the soft drink announced today the creation of a new music festival, Sprite Liquid Mix The festival is billed as "an expression of the urban experience featuring a fusion of music, street sports, artistic demonstrations, fashion and entertainment The Sprite Liquid Mix will… Read more »



Ice-T And SMG Release DVD

Ice-T and his new group, Sex Money And Gunz (SMG) which also includes Smooth The Hustler and Trigger the Gambler will be releasing a DVD featuring their live performance at B.B. King’s in Times Square, New York City. The live concert footage will feature SMG’s new songs as well as a variety of Ice T’s… Read more »



Charges Against Eminem’s Ex-Wife Dropped

Two charges against Eminem‘s ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers were dropped last week after a Macomb County judge, said prosecutors failed to make a case against her. Eminem allegedly caught his wife kissing a man, whom he pistol whipped outside of the Hot Rock Sports Bar and Music Cafe. Ms. Mathers was charged with disturbing the peace,… Read more »



Wyclef To Give Free Concert

Wyclef Jean will perform a free concert this Friday (June 14th) aboard the USS Interprid aircraft carrier. The concert, dubbed "Wyclef Jean Life…A Freedom Concert," was originally to take place at Coney Island NY’s Astroland Park. The concert was moved due to crowd control issues, as several thousand people are expected to catch the concert…. Read more »


Universal Records Locks #1 & 2 Spot

Two Universal Records debut discs enter Billboard’s R&B Albums chart in the #1 and #2 spots for this week. Free City, from the St. Louis-based hip-hop group The St. Lunatics (comprised of 6x platinum rapper Nelly, Ali, Kyjuan, Murphy Lee and Slo Down), landed at #1, while Hot Boys member Turk’s long-awaited solo offering, Young… Read more »



Project Pat Sentenced To Prison

After being convicted on two counts of firearm possession as a felon in March, Project Pat was sentenced to serve a four year prison term on Tuesday (June 11). The conviction stems from an event in January 2001, in which he was pulled over for speeding in an SUV. When Pat was pulled over, police… Read more »



BMG Acquires Zomba

United States owned Zomba, who released music from such hip-hop acts as Mystikal, Keith Murray, KRS-One as well as ‘N Sync, The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, was purchased by Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) for around $3 billion dollars. BMG Currently owns 25 percent of Zomba publishing and 20 percent of the Zomba record label…. Read more »



Big Tymers Go Gold, Hit The Road

One month after landing at the #1 position on the Billboard 200 chart, The Big Tymers Hood Rich album has been certified Gold. The album sales were helped by the single "Still Fly," which has been receiving huge amounts of radio airplay across the United States. The video has been garnering significant airplay on MTV,… Read more »