Help Free Slick Rick

Def Jam has launched a "Free Slick Rick" campaign on its website, requesting fans to sign a petition urging the Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow Rick to return to his home in New York, while they ponder his deportation case. As reported last month, the INS arrested Rick after he performed on a… Read more »



DMX Set To Dis JA-Rule

According to MTV, DMX is set to dis Ja Rule on a yet-to-be released song called "Ruled Out" where he alleges his label mate stole his style of rhyming and went on to multi-platinum success with it. The often-embattled DMX said that Def Jam executives and other associates are firmly against the song, but he… Read more »



J-Live Shoots Two Videos

J-Live live recently shot two videos from his latest album, All Of The Above in Pittsburgh, PA. Shot by and financially backed by Pittsburgh native Chris Ivey and Hyperboy Media, J-Live shot videos for "Mcee," and "Like This Anna." J-Live was originally going to shoot a video for "Satisfied," another track off of his critically… Read more »



Russell Simmons’ Fundraiser Raises Almost $1 Million

Russell Simmons held a fundraiser for various educational charities at his East Hampton, NY home on July 27. The event, which was hosted by Rosie Perez, honored Black Enterprise founder Earl Graves, Radio One founder and chairwoman Kathy Hughes, "Sex In The City" star Cynthia Nixon & Martha Stewart for their social achievements. Simmons drew… Read more »



Ashanti Weighs In On Irv Gotti Rapping

While Ashanti isn’t the epitome of hip-hop culture, she took a moment with to comment on boss Irv Gotti and his rap aspirations. “I think Irv is destined to become an artist,” the multi-platinum artist said of the mini mogul. “He has so much charisma and he loves being on stage.” Even though Gotti… Read more »



AZ Not Going To The ROC

Contrary to sources close to the situation, AZ is not about to sign to Roc-A-Fella Records as it was mentioned in AllHipHop’s rumor section. “I doubt it,” he said to, suggesting their may be truth in the rumor. “No, I am not trying to get on The Roc,” the Brooklyn-bred rapper said, totally refuting… Read more »



Authorities Suspect Trick Daddy Is Hiding Kidnapper

Ryan Richard "Tater Head" Hobbs, an associate of Trick Daddy, is being sought by the Opa Locka Police department for kidnapping his daughter. Authorities suspect that Hobbs may be hiding in Trick Daddy’s house, a charge the rapper denies. Police describe Hobbs as a career criminal and claim that he kidnapped his daughter Mariah at… Read more »



VH1 To Examine Hip-Hop And Sex

On Sunday July 28th, music channel VH1 will premiere "VH1’s All Access: Hip Hop and Hot Sex," hosted by Fab Five Freddy. The show will delve into this marriage of hip-hop and sex and find out why rappers push the limits as far, or even farther, than rock and rollers. The themes that VH1 will… Read more »



BMI To Honor Cam’ron, NORE, Juvenile, Others

BMI recently announced the first confirmed attendees to its Urban Awards 2002, which are scheduled to take place August 6th at Club Tropigala at the Fountainebleau Hilton Resorts & Towers in Miami Beach, Florida. The first annual Urban Awards will recognize such Urban songwriters and publishers as Cam’ron, NORE, Big Tymers, Juvenile, the Neptunes, Rockwilder… Read more »



The 3rd Annual Philly Urban Legend Awards

The 3rd Annual Philly Urban Legend Awards will take place Thursday, August 1st in Philadephia PA. The event honors such Philly legends as Cosmic Kev, Tat Money and Malika Love. The event pays homage to the pioneers in the radio and musical industry within the hip-hop community. The event will be hosted legendary Philly DJ… Read more »



Lil Romeo Helps Fans Learn Math, History

Along with the usual array of photos, song samples and personal data, visitors to No Limit/Universal Records hip-hop superstar Lil’ Romeo’s Web site,, will also find themselves caught up in extraterrestrial danger and intrigue in "The Romeo Files," an interactive, Macromedia Flash®-animated game designed by digital solutions provider Pileated Pictures (to link directly to… Read more »



Cartoon Network Gets Down With Hip-Hop

On August 20th, the Cartoon Network and Rhino Records will team up to release Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment. The album will contain six brand new songs from such hip-hop acts as Coolio, De La Soul, Prince Paul, Phife Diggy (former member of A Tribe Called Quest) and YZ. Dexter’s Laboratory is the story… Read more »



DMX Pens Autobiography, Finishes New Album

DMX recently finished writing "E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX." Co-authored by veteran music journalist Smokey D. Fontaine, the 352 page book chronicles DMX’s early childhood, how he became a rapper & his exploits as an international star. "E.A.R.L. is poised to become the most gut-wrenching story of the hip-hop generation," Fontaine told The book… Read more »



Minister Farrakhan Behind Rap

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Minister Louis Farrakhan called upon rappers to be "messengers of good," and to focus on using their celebrity to bring forth change. Speaking about his recent tour of the Middle East & Africa, as well as the current war climate in the world, Farrakhan told… Read more »