NO ID Gets Cozy With Def Jam

Veteran Chi-Town Producer NO I.D. has inked a 3-album production deal with Def Jam/ Def Soul Records for his Face the Music imprint. The producer, who is best know for his early work with Common, has also landed a publishing deal with Chrysalis Music. The first artist to be released on Face the Music will… Read more »



Funkmaster Flex Gets Restrained By Judge

As a result of a clash with a radio personality from a rival station, a New York judge issued a restraining order against Funkmaster Flex on Wednesday. Flex, a Hot 97 DJ/radio personality, has also been charged with third degree assault and harassment¬óboth misdemeanors. The restraining order and charges stem from a confrontation Flex had… Read more »



Master Fuol Readies Album

Skillionaire Enterprises will be releasing the highly anticipated album E.R.A.M. “The Epitome of Raw Animal Magnetism” from MTV’s Lyricist Lounge alumni, the Brownsville kid, Master Fuol. Master Fuol, self-proclaimed Rudy Ray Moore of the rap game, drops lyrics on the 18 track offering about what he likes and responds to: women, music, partying, drinking and… Read more »



Iverson Displays Lyrical Ability In New Commercial

Allen Iverson will display his lyrical ability for the first time on television during Reebok’s latest advertising campaign for Iverson’s sneaker, Answer 6. Iverson shares the spotlight with Lox member Jadakiss during the commercial. The commercial’s will premiere on Rap City next Wednesday (Oct. 23) and will then air on eight different networks the following… Read more »



Eminem Turns 30, Prepares Movie And Album

Eminem, who is gearing up for the theatrical release of his debut movie, "8 Mile," turns 30 tomorrow (October 17). Em, who stars opposite Kim Basinger in the new movie, recently popped up at Michigan State University following a screening of the movie. As the credits were rolling playing the last song, "Lose Yourself," the… Read more »



Lil Flip’s Major Label Debut Strikes Gold

Lil Flip’s major label debut, Undaground Legend has been certified gold by the RIAA as of October 10. The album hit stores August 27 and debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 chart and #4 on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart. According to Soundscan, Undaground Legend moved almost 70,000 copies in the first week. The double album… Read more »



Rappers Have Strong Presence At Fashion Awards

Rappers had more presence than ever at this year’s VH-1 Vogue Fashion Awards. The event, which was hosted by "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing, mixed music with fashion and honored the trendsetters in the fashion world. Ruff Ryder’s First Lady Eve snagged a VH-1 Vogue fashion award for best break through artist while P…. Read more »



Cali Rappers Organize Scene Vs. Scene Battle

A group of rappers and breakers from San Jose will battle rappers from the Bay Area on Saturday, October 19. The idea is the brain child of a San Jose promoter witnessed a group of local rappers freestyling and contacted people about a "scene vs. scene" battle. The event, titled Sick N’ Tired 2 will… Read more »



P. Diddy Signs New Edition

P. Diddy has signed New Edition to a multimillion dollar deal on his Bad Boy record label. The line up will feature Ralph Tresvant, Johnnie Gill, Ronald Devoe, Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, but not Bobby Brown. "His label has all of the component that artists need," Bivins told "Plus he is a cool n*gga… Read more »



Timbaland And Ms. Jade Hook Up With GM

Producer Timbaland and Ms. Jade inked a deal with General Motors to make a video for "Ching Ching Ching," that features the new Hummer H2. The full length video was shot and then edited down to 30 and 60 second spots, which hit televisions across the nation this week. The deal comes during an advertising… Read more »



LL Cool J Is A Free Agent

LL Cool J will drop his final album in a ten album deal with Def Jam. Cool J, who has been signed to Def Jam for the entire span of his career and was the first artist to release a record on the Def Jam logo, is a free agent after his album, 10 drops…. Read more »



Rick James Joins Nocturnal Rage On Remix

Seattle based hip-hop group Nocturnal Rage, has hit the underground scene with their debut single, "Miss Mary Jane," from their self-titled CD on Noc on Wood Records/City Hall. The group is performing and promoting the track around the country and are anticipating even more heat with the remix, which features funk icon Rick James. The… Read more »



Grey Goose Adds Tour Dates For West Coast

Vodka company Grey Goose has extended it’s tour itinerary, adding dates that will take the tour to the West Coast. The tour features Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz, 8 Ball & MJG, Lady May and Now City. The tour has sold out venues across the country according to Lee Einsidler, the Vice… Read more »



Zulu Nation Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 28th Anniversary

The Universal Zulu Nation will celebrate the official anniversary of hip-hop culture November 8-10 in New York City. The annual event is recognized throughout the world as the longest running tribute to hip-hop music and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. The event pays homage not only to hip-hop, but to the pioneers… Read more »