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Angela Simmons New Executive Editor Of Word Up! Launching New Teen Publication

Angela Simmons, daughter of rap pioneer Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, has hooked up with Word Up! magazine to launch a new magazine for teens. The monthly publication, titled Angela’s Rundown, will target youths age 14-18 and cover teen issues, style, music and fashion while offering fashion tips and in-depth celebrity interviews. Among those featured in… Read more »

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Busta Rhymes Arrested After AmsterJam

Rapper Busta Rhymes was arrested shortly after an appearance at Heineken’s AmsterJam Festival last night (Aug. 19) on Randalls Island. While details of the arrest were not immediately available, police claim Rhymes may have assaulted a concertgoer that allegedly spit on his car, after his performance around 5 p.m.The New York Daily News reports that… Read more »

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Young City Appears In Baltimore Court, Bail Set At $75,000

New Orleans Rapper Young City, formerly known as Chopper, attended a hearing yesterday (Aug. 18) in Baltimore County Circuit Court for armed robbery charges dating back to September of 2001.Kevin Lamont Barnes, Jr., who gained widespread popularity as the young, rambunctious rapper known as Chopper on Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ MTV series Making The Band, faced… Read more »

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Trina Departs From Atlantic Records, Looks For New Label

Slip-N-Slide Records’ rap diva Trina, born Katrina Taylor, has officially cut ties with her distributing label Atlantic Records, and is now searching for a new recording home.Ted Lucas, owner of Trina’s label Slip-N-Slide Records, said that Atlantic was no longer able to assist the rapper in her upcoming endeavors.“We decided to look for another label… Read more »

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Jermaine Dupri Booked As Music Director of AmsterJam Festival

Producer and Virgin Records president of urban music, Jermaine Dupri, has signed on to be musical director of the 2nd annual AmsterJam, an 8-hour music festival at Randalls Island.The concert pairs musical acts together from various genres of music. As musical director, Dupri will be responsible for helping artists like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers… Read more »

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