Herbie Hancock Steps Into The Future

Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock is bringing his "Future 2 Future" tour to the U.S. in support of his new LP of the same name. The LP, which Hancock describes as "a melange of hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass and world beat," features Chaka Khan, DJ Rob Swift and others. Herbie Hancock is no stranger to hip-hop… Read more »



Blackalicious Prepares Major Label Debut

Blackalicious‘ major label debut Blazing Arrow will feature an allstar line up, including Dilated People’s, Ben Harper, Jaguar Wright, ?uestlove, Cut Chemist, Hi Tek and former Rage Against The Machine lead, Zack de la Rocha. Group member Gift of Gab recently told Billboard "The goal has always been to get our music out there. MCA… Read more »



Scarface Changes Name, Prep’s 7th Solo Album

Legendary rapper Scarface recently revealed to that he has dropped the Scar from his name and is now just Face. When asked why the name change for the veteran after so many years, Face simply said he just wanted a change. Face is currently preparing his 7th solo album, titled The Redemption. “This is… Read more »



Xzibit On Man Vs. Machine

West coast rapper Xzibit is preparing to release his new album, Man Vs Machine in June in time for the summer. Dr. Dre, Battlecat, E-Swift and DJ Premier handle the the production on “Man,” which was originally supposed to drop this month. With “Man,” the follow up to his double platinum CD Restless, Will differ… Read more »



Community Forum/Hip-Hop Battle

HipHop Speaks will present A Community Forum and MC Battle this Friday March 8th at House of Justice in New York City. The Community Forum will feature speakers Rosa Clemente, Asha Bandele (Editor At Large for Essence Magazine), Ras Baraka, Toni Blackman and Kevin Powell. The event is a outlet for the healthy exchange of… Read more »



Warner Brothers To Release Tupac Songbook

Warner Brothers Publications is releasing a songbook called The Tupac Shakur Collection this spring. The 84 page glossy contains piano, vocal and chord arrangements for fifteen of the slain MC’s most popular songs, including “California Love,” “I Get Around” and “Dear Momma.” Product Manager, Janet Delissa, worked with Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and explained the… Read more »



Tommy Boy Sells Out, Closes Offices In Europe

Tommy Boy was bought out by Warner Music Group the two companies announced on Monday. On Friday, employee’s in New York City were let go and the U.K. office was closed completely. The deal, which was worth an estimated $8-9 million dollars, ended a 15 year relationship with the label and gives AOL Time Warner… Read more »



Rakim Allah Readies New LP

Hip-Hop icon Rakim is currently finishing up recording his first solo LP on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint, titled "Oh My God." The album has been anticipated since Dre announced that Rakim was signed to his imprint over two years ago. Dre is excited to be working with Rakim, crediting Rakim with the reason he is… Read more »



O.J. Simpson Drops Gem On Cincinnati

O.J. Simpson dropped a few gems on the city of Cincinnati this past Saturday at a concert in the city’s Over The Rhine neighborhood, which was the scene of riots after a white officer fatally shot a black man in April. The concert, which was described by promoters as a healing event for the city,… Read more »



Large Pro Verifies Jay-Z Takeover Verse

Large Professor, former lead rapper for 90’s rap group Main Source, has revealed additional information on the the Jay-Z/Nas beef. In an interview with XXL magazine, the producer/rapper revealed the facts behind Jay-Z’s line on the Nas dis, “The Takeover.” On the song, Jay-Z said, “I showed you your first Tec [gun] on tour with… Read more »



Master P Speaks Out, Breaks Out

Master P, who recently saved a recording studio he spent several million dollars to start building, is not happy with the city the studio was built in. The problems started when P hired Carter Construction Company to build a recording complex in Baton Rogue. After a dispute in construction occurred, P and the construction company… Read more »



D.J. Premier Working On Compilation Album

Recently, DJ Premier of Gangstarr said that he and partner Guru were competing the final touches on their next, still untitled album. The Brooklyn based DJ also said that he was working in a self-produced compilation album to feature a variety of artists. Premier said that he intended to get several guests artists on the… Read more »