JMJ: Caught In Feud Between Murder Inc. And 50 Cent?

Investigators are looking into the theory that Jam Master Jay’s murder was prompted by a feud between Murder Inc. and 50 Cent. In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, several label executives who asked to remain anonymous claim they were threatened not to sign 50 Cent. “It’s just like the drug business,” a source close to the… Read more »



Due To War, Will Smith Skips Oscars

Rapper, actor Will Smith will not be present at the Oscars this Sunday due to the U.S. led assault on Iraq. Nominated for best actor in last years Oscars for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali, Smith was scheduled to be a presenter at this years Academy Awards. Stan Rosenfield, Smith’s publicist, eliminated all speculation that… Read more »



Drama Accused Of Six Armed Robberies

Rapper Terrence "Drama" Cook, 22, faces armed robbery charges in Atlanta, GA. Cook is accused of six hold ups, including one in broad daylight. Cook was arrested last Thursday, after a gas station & three motels were robbed within minutes of each other. Cook had a gold single, "Left, Right, Left" which reached number 3… Read more »



Ludacris’ Lyrics Stir Up More Controversy

Ludacris’ lyrics are stirring up controversy again, this time in Columbia, South Carolina. The Columbia City Council heard both sides of a debate over whether or not the rapper was appropriate to perform at the 3 Rivers Music Festival, which receives almost $250,000 in support from the city. "What I am opposed to is using… Read more »



Bootcamp Clik Performs For Minors At Prison

Boot Camp Clik performed a free show for inmates on Rikers Island yesterday (March 18). The rappers performed for the C-74 block, a group of inmates who are all minors ranging from the age of 14-17 years old. "Sometimes we forget that these young inmates are just kids that have had tough breaks in their… Read more »



Trina Speaks To The Kids

Trina spoke to almost 50 children in Cincinnati’s troubled Over-The Rhine neighborhood, which was the scene of riots in April of 2001, due to police brutality. Trina appeared at the Over-The-Rhine Community Center before a performance at Tequila’s Night Club. Her appearance is part of an effort by the Peace Down The Way Coalition and… Read more »



Snoop Grants Sick Teenager His Wish

Snoop Dogg granted terminally ill, 17 year-old Branson Walker of Ohio, his wish of meeting the rapper. The Special Wish Foundation gave Walker three wishes and his first was to meet Snoop Dogg. "I did this because all it is is me meeting one of my biggest fans," Snoop told "Time is what I… Read more »



Kingpin Skinny Pimp A ‘Premier Player’

Memphis rapper Kingpin Skinny Pimp has been nominated for the Premier Rapper Award at the 18th Annual Premier Player Awards. The awards are hosted by the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy. "I been doing this for a long time and I am just glad that my records haven’t gone unnoticed. I know Memphis loves… Read more »



Black Circle Hits The Road With Onyx, Juvenile

Representing the Washington DC and Maryland area, emerging rap collective, Black Circle will be officially introduced during two consecutive national tours this Spring 2003 and are readying their debut album, Armageddon. The first will feature Black Circle as openers for The Spring Break Tour featuring former Cash Money Millionaire, Juvenile. The group will then hit… Read more »



Master P Set To Launch Internet Service

Master P’s personalized internet service is scheduled launch tomorrow at 5 P.M. pacific time. Known as an ESP, the personalized internet service will have an e-commerce area that will feature the P-Miller shoe collection, and other Master P merchandise. Amen Ra Films, under the direction of Freeman White and owned by Wesley Snipes, is based… Read more »



NBA Live Goes Platinum

Popular video game publisher Electronic Arts announced this past Friday that the soundtrack to its “NBA Live 2003,” has been certified platinum, making it the best selling video game soundtrack ever. The soundtrack, featuring Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes, was released last October, packaged along with the game on a separate CD. Sales of the… Read more »



RZA Gets Ready For W.A.R.

Wu-Tang’s RZA is preparing to go to W.A.R., in the form of his new album, The World According To RZA, a long anticipated collaboration of European and US artists. RZA said that in recording the album, he traveled through various European countries seeking out grass roots hip-hop artists, giving them some of the renowned producer’s… Read more »



C-Bo Signs New Deal, Working On 14th Solo LP

West coast veteran Sean "C-Bo" Thomas, CEO of West Coast Mafia Entertainment, has inked a North American distribution deal with Navarre Corporation. C-Bo’s, who has worked with such artists as Tupac, Master P, Too $hort, E-40, Scarface and others, has a rap career that has spanned over a decade. He has 13 solo releases and… Read more »