Ruff Ryders Rides With Virgin

Ruff Ryders Records has inked a distribution deal with Virgin Records for signing new acts and releasing compilations. The Ruff Ryders’ previous distributor, Interscope, will continue to hold the rights to Eve and Jakakiss’ solo material, according to Billboard. Likewise, DMX and his Bloodline imprint will continue dealing with Island Def Jam as they were… Read more »



The Roots, Skillz On Tour

The Roots are about to embark on a jam-packed, nationwide tour with metaphor monster Skillz (formerly Mad Skillz) and eccentric singer Cody Chestnut. Richmond, VA rapper Skillz said he was excited about performing alongside of the Philadelphia-based band of hip-hop. “Hell yeah, I’m excited. The industry is so shaky now and nobody’s really touring. I’m… Read more »



Wherehouse Goes Chapter 11

Listing $227.9 million in assets versus $222.5 million in debt, popular music chain Wherehouse Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This is second bankruptcy filing for the company in five years. The Associated Press reports that the company—who at one time operated 370 stores—will close 120 stores in the next few months; this is… Read more »



Rappers Invade Classrooms Nationwide

The lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Goodie Mob and The Geto Boyz are being trumpeted along side John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot and others. Students on the verge of dropping out at Los Angeles’ Crenshaw High School are being encouraged to stay in school with classes that allow them to dissect the lyrics… Read more »



Xzibit Rescued From Ocean

Xzibit was rescued Monday at Bondi Beach in Australia after a rip tide carried him out into the Pacific ocean. According to reports, the rapper was out having some fun surfing, when lifeguards saw the rapper having a bit of trouble. Lifeguards set out after the rapper and helped him on a board, getting him… Read more »



Vivendi Universal Hit With Subpoenas In Murder Inc. Drama

According to the Los Angeles times, federal authorities served grand jury subpoenas at Vivendi Universal’s New York offices this week. The agents were seeking records related to royalties, invoices and other information, in an attempt to find financial ties between Murder Inc.’s Irv Gotti and Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, a convicted Queens, New York drug dealer…. Read more »



Angie Martinez Pregnant

Hot 97 radio personality Angie Martinez has gone on record admitting to a pregnancy that was speculated for sometime by industry insiders. On Jan. 21, the radio jock-turned-rapper made the announcement live from her radio show. Martinez refused to disclose publicly who the father of her fetus is, but she did state that she was… Read more »



DMC Wants Any Justice For JMJ

In an exclusive interview with Sway of MTV, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels stressed that, while he is satisfied with the police investigation surrounding Jam Master Jay, he believes that some form of justice will be rendered in the case – even street vigilantism. “You got hope that if the cops don’t catch them, the streets will,”… Read more »



Jam Master Jay Tribute Sneaker Goes On Sale

Fans of Run DMC are flocking to Adidas stores in New York City, Santa Monica, California and Tokyo to snatch up a pair of the limited edition Jam Master Jay Ultra Star tribute Adidas sneaker. The shoe, which went on sale today (Jan. 21), to coincide with the Jam Master Jay’s birthday. The shoe is… Read more »



Police End Trick Daddy’s ‘Thug Holiday’

Police pulled the plug on a performance by rapper Trick Daddy, after he shouted obscenities at police officers during a Martin Luther King Jr. parade performance in Miami’s Liberty City yesterday (Jan. 20.) The two mile parade ran along Northwest 54th Street and ended with a festival at Martin Luther King Park on N.W. 62nd… Read more »



Mr. Cheeks Prepares New Album

Lost Boyz member Mr. Cheeks is preparing to release his second solo album, Back Again. The first single is an R&B styled number, titled "Crush On You," which features crooner/producer Mario Winans. The album features Pete Rock and CL Smooth, who appear on a track titled "Reminisce," which pays homage to fallen souls and rap… Read more »