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Prodigy, The Alchemist Arrested In New York On Gun Charge

Mobb Deep’s Albert "Prodigy" Johnson and super-producer Alan "The Alchemist" Maman were arrested yesterday (Oct. 26) in New York for gun possession, after police stopped their bulletproof Chevy Suburban for making an illegal U-turn. According to the New York Post, Prodigy was driving the $120,000 customized bulletproof SUV on West 30th Street around 2:15 am,… Read more »

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Proof Shooter Sentenced and Fined

The man responsible for the death of D12 rapper Proof was sentenced Thursday (Oct. 26) for his role in the fatal shooting. Wayne County Circuit’s Vera Massey Jones sentenced Mario Etheridge to time served in addition to a $2,000 fine, the Detroit Free Press reports. The 28-year-old Detroit man, who was convicted last month of… Read more »

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California Nurses Association Uses Hip-Hop To Support ‘Proposition 89’

As the November primaries draw near, the California Nurses Association is looking to spread their political voice through a new Hip-Hop-themed music video. Produced by Colette Washington, “About Time for 89” was written in an attempt to educate young voters about California’s proposed referendum, Proposition 89. The new bill seeks to clean up the corruption… Read more »

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Will Smith Involved In Potential Philadelphia 76ers Purchase

Actor/rapper Will Smith could be the latest entertainer to hold a stake in a professional basketball team. The Philadelphian is among a set of investors interested in purchasing the Philadelphia 76ers from Comcast-Spectacor, according to The Philadelphia Daily News. The group, which was assembled by basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving, would like to have… Read more »

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Pioneering Philly Hip-Hop Label Pop Art Bought Out

Pop Art Records, once home to Hip-Hop pioneers Roxanne Shante and Biz Markie, announced its buy-out yesterday (Oct. 24) by the Coalition, a production and management company. Founded in 1979 by Lawrence Goodman, Pop Art’s roster included DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Roxanne Shante, 3 Times Dope, Salt and Pepa, MC Shan, Craig… Read more »

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Jermaine Dupri Issues Statement On Leaving Virgin Records

Jermaine Dupri has officially vacated his position as President of Urban Music at Virgin Records, after underwhelming sales of Janet Jackson’s comeback album 20 Y.O. Contrary to published reports, Dupri, who announced the position in January 2005, voluntarily left the position. “Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records,… Read more »

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Nelly, Apple Bottoms Honored At Retail Awards Gala

St. Louis rapper Nelly will be honored in New York at the Black Retail Action Group’s 36th Annual Scholarship & Awards fundraiser. The nonprofit will honor Nelly Friday (Oct. 27) at Cipriani Wall Street with BRAG’s Special Recognition Award for penetrating the retail clothing world with his clothing line, Apple Bottoms. The organization will also… Read more »

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Diddy Hits #1

The Bad Boy hit streak continues this year as label head Sean "Diddy" Combs’ solo album Press Play lands at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The disc moved over 176,000 units in its first week, besting releases from Evanescence (The Open Door), JoJo (The High Road), Dierks Bentley (Long Trip Alone) and… Read more »

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Judge Objects to Promotion of New C-Murder Album

C-Murder’s talent on the mic will have to speak for itself, according to the judge presiding over the rapper’s second-degree murder case. Louisiana’s Times-Picayune reports that C-Murder (born Corey Miller) can take pictures to promote his upcoming album as long as it’s done at the location where he is currently under house arrest. “I don’t… Read more »

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