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Spike TV Cancels ‘Blade’ TV Series

Despite a successful launch, Spike TV has canceled the Blade television series which starred rapper Sticky Fingaz. Blade was Spike TV’s first original scripted action-adventure series, which featured Sticky Fingaz as Blade, an immortal half-man made famous by actor Wesley Snipes in the movie of the same name. The series drew record ratings for the… Read more »

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Live 1999 Public Enemy Album To Go To Highest Bidder

One lucky person could walk away with the full rights to their own Public Enemy album, as a live disc by the legendary group is scheduled to be auctioned off Oct. 26 by Ocean Tomo, an intellectual property asset management firm. The 24-track set was recorded in Helsinki, Finland, during Public Enemy’s 1999 European tour,… Read more »

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Crooked Lettaz’ Kamikaze Spurs Student Boycott

Anti-Bush statements still don’t fly these days. The latest target is Jackson, Miss., rapper Kamikaze, who was recently banned by student representatives at Mississippi’s Millsaps College after he criticized the war in Iraq during a performance.Kamikaze, one-half of rap group Crooked Lettaz with David Banner, was invited to speak and perform at Millsaps as part… Read more »

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Christian Rapper T-Bone Hosting Gospel Music Channel’s Hip-Hop Video Show

The market for religious-themed Hip-Hop continues to grow with the Gospel Music Channel’s addition of the new program Hype & Glory.The gospel/Hip-Hop video show, developed with Open Rivers Pictures, will be hosted by bilingual Christian rapper T-Bone, a pioneer of the genre who released his groundbreaking album Redeemed Hoodlum in 1993."We’re seeking out top graffiti… Read more »

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Aftermath Hires New Chef — Raekwon

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon the Chef has officially signed with Aftermath Entertainment and will serve up his highly anticipated album Only Built for Cuban Linx II under the label founded by West Coast rapper/producer Dr. Dre. The announcement ends months of speculation as to whether or not the album would be released on the powerhouse… Read more »

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The Game Extends Peace Treaty To 50 Cent

The G-Unot campaign may very well be over. That is, if 50 Cent accepts the Game’s request that the two once-affiliated rappers end their ongoing beef. During an interview in New York yesterday (Sept. 29) with Hot 97 radio personality Angie Martinez, the Game extended an olive branch to his bitter rival, repeatedly urging 50 Cent to call into the… Read more »

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Update: Reporting Error Boosts Sales For Lupe, Chingy, Fergie And Others

An error in this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers reflected inaccurate sales figures, resulting in misleading numbers for artists like Lupe Fiasco, Chingy, and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.SoundScan subscribers were advised that there "may be anomalies in the data for the week ending 9/24/06, after a system failure at a "major chain," reportedly… Read more »

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AZ Prepares Return With New Album, The Format

Veteran rapper AZ doesn’t seem to be fazed by his lack of commercial success, as the Brooklyn MC continues to pound out albums. The next addition to his growing discography will be The Format, due Nov. 7 via his own label, Quiet Money Entertainment/Fastlife Music. The 12-track offering features appearances from Little Brother (“Rise and… Read more »

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