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Baby Explains Picture Kissing Lil’ Wayne

It might be the most interesting kiss ever in Hip-Hop. Bryan “Baby” Williams, Cash Money Records executive, addressed a picture circulating of him kissing label mate Lil’ Wayne on the lips as he promoted a new CD by the duo. In an interview with Q93, a Clear Channel station in New Orleans, the mogul and… Read more »

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City of Philadelphia Moving Towards Ban On Blunts

Council members in Philadelphia are close to outlawing the smoking of blunts in the city. Last Thursday (Oct. 26), the council’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections unanimously approved a bill that would make the sale of “loosies” and other drug paraphernalia, including cigarette wrapping papers, illegal. The Philadelphia Metro reports that sales of cigars in… Read more »

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Sway Hits the Road in the Name of Hip-Hop

MTV News correspondent Sway Callaway is taking his love of Hip-Hop across seas. The Wake Up Show host recently began the first in an international series of trips with a visit to Paris. The experience proved positive for Callaway, who said he was inspired by the power of Hip-Hop while taping a segment for MTV… Read more »

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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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