Ego Trip Will See You In Hell

Who’s the Ego Trip posse’s favorite MC to skewer? “God,” said veteran scribe Gabriel Alvarez. “His Rhyme of the Month is a doozie. He seems to have fallen off a bit, but he still ships diamond every time. Goddamn.” The overtly satirical journalist helps comprise the Ego Trip clique with Chairman Jefferson Mao, Brent Rollins,… Read more »



Jay-Z Signs Sneaker Deal With Reebok

Reebok has signed Jay-Z to a multi-year deal, giving the rapper his own "signature" line of sneakers. Jay-Z’s "S.Carter Collection by RBK" is scheduled to hit stores nationwide in June. "The collection is an authentic reflection of my personal style," Jay-Z told in a statement. The shoe will sell for around $150. Reebok says… Read more »



Mixtape Awards Marred; Artists Respond

Last night (Dec 3), the 7th annual Mixtape Awards were marred by violence as minor altercations and random acts caused organizers to put a halt to the event shortly after is started. The cancellation was sparked when DJ Kay Slay (The Drama King) and DJ Pudgee P had a verbal dispute that escalated into chaos…. Read more »



Nas Moves ‘God’s Son’ Release Date Up

Nas has made the decision to change the release date of his latest album God’s Son, due to rampant bootlegging. The album will drop on Friday December 13, four days earlier than anticipated. "God’s Son is my most personal album," Nas told "I poured my heart and spirit into it. It’s important to me… Read more »



INS Rules To Deport Slick Rick

The Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) issued a ruling last week to deport rapper Slick Rick back to his birthplace of England. Rick’s lawyers filed a motion to stay the deportation, but the judge has not ruled, which means the Bronx-bred rapper could be sent back at any moment. He has been a resident of… Read more »



Tha Corner To Feature Fat Joe, Kay Slay And More

"Tha Corner" will be Music Choice’s second edition of the new monthly audio program that will feature exclusive, unedited interviews with today’s hottest rap artists and celebrities, along with the latest rap music, news and industry buzz. The Music Choice Rap channel will be available in 25 million digital cable and DIRECTV homes. The December… Read more »



Rapper X-Raided Wants Johnnie Cochran

Rapper X-Raided, who is serving a 31 year prison term for murder, is saving the proceeds from his albums in an attempt to hire attorney Johnny Cochran. X-Raided, born Anerae Brown, was convicted of shooting community activist Patricia Harris, 42, in March of 1992, after he and fellow gang members allegedly stormed her house seeking… Read more »



VH1To Honor Jam Master Jay

The late hip-hop icon Jam Master Jay will be honored at the VH1 Big in 2002 awards show scheduled to air Dec. 15 at 9pm. According to the Associated Press, Kid Rock will serve as the musical director of the tribute as Grand Master Flash, Chuck D and others pay homage to the legendary Queens-bred… Read more »



Dead Prez Rock Philly Film Fest

Boasting an impressive roster of hip-hop journalists, independent filmmakers and a regional hip-hop pioneer, the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia hosted a panel discussion recently on hip hop and film, which featured a concert afterward by dead prez. Sheena Lester, founder/editor-in-chief of Rap Pages, moderated the panel comprising of Source staffer Akiba Soloman; Selwyn Sefu Hinds,… Read more »



Lil Kim Finishing New Album

Lil Kim is putting the final touches on her latest album, titled Hollyhood.. She recently cut tracks with Timbaland, as well as group/production team Full Force. While members of the group wouldn’t reveal the name of the song, group member Bowlegged Lou was confident that Lil Kim’s fans will like the song. "I don’t even… Read more »



Rappers Get The Holiday Spirit

Various rappers have the holiday spirit this year. DMX, Jay-Z and The Nappy Roots will all give back the their communities by offering performances, and actually serving food. The Nappy Roots are going to serve dinner to the homeless at the Wayside Christian Mission House in Louisville. After the dinner, they will give a free… Read more »



Lox Rapper Styles P Begins Bid In Upstate New York

Lox member Styles P surrendered to authorities yesterday (Nov. 26), to start his 8 month bid at the Valhalla Correctional Facility in upstate New York. P is serving the time for stabbing a man in the buttocks. "Somebody got me aggravated [and] I did somethin’," Styles told "Now I gotta pay the consequences and… Read more »



Outkast’s Dre To Star With Morgan Freeman

Andre Benjamin, OutKast’s Andre 3000, will make his film debut with acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman in "Love Haters," set to be released in 2003 in association with Dre’s first solo project in March. Incidentally, the title track is "Love Hater." Dre’s character "Valentine" falls in love with a lower-class Caucasian girl and they encounter problems… Read more »



Jay-Z To Retire After Next Album

With seven platinum-plus albums, his stakes in Roc-a-Fella Records and Rocawear clothing, producing films and a distribution deal with Armadale vodka, Jay-Z’s future looks brighter than ever. Sales for his combined interests in 2002 are projected at more than $300 million. And yet, amongst all this success, there is talk of retirement. "My next album… Read more »