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RZA Named in ‘Blade’ Lawsuit

Wu-Tang Clan rapper/producer RZA has become embroiled in a lawsuit over money due from his work on the soundtrack to the movie Blade: Trinity. According to reports, United Talent Agency filed court papers Friday (Sept. 22) against RZA and his New York-based company, RZA Productions, for money owed for the beat-crafter’s work on the soundtrack…. Read more »

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Hip-Hop Industry Vets Form New Booking Agency, Idolmakerz Entertainment

Veteran Hip-Hop managers Mickey Bentson and Felix Cabrera have joined forces to form Idolmakerz Entertainment, a full service booking agency based in Bellville, New Jersey.Launched in January, the business includes a radio promotions department, a graphic design department, and a division that focuses on Latin artists.Bentson and Cabrera, who serve as co-CEO’s of the new… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Tyrese, DVD Producer Charged, Min. Farrakhan, Soul Assassins

Rapper Cassidy and R&B legend Stevie Wonder are among the guests featured on singer Tyrese Gibson’s second Hip-Hop mixtape Ghetto Royalty. The 21-track disc, released under Gibson’s rap moniker Black Ty, is the follow-up to the crooner’s first mixtape offering, Best of Both Hoods Volume 1, which was hosted by DJ Warrior. Gibson recruited DJ… Read more »

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Lil’ Kim’s Former Manager Producing Documentary On Hot 97 Shootout

Lil’ Kim’s former manager Damion "D Roc" Butler has solicited various entertainers and professionals for Conspiracy: 10 Years Later, a documentary that examines the infamous Hot 97 shootout involving Lil’ Kim.Butler, who helped shape the careers of Lil’ Kim, Notorious B.I.G., and Junior M.A.F.I.A., commissioned director April Maiya to helm the film, which details "the… Read more »

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Rapper Chuck D.Named An ‘Icon’, Honored By Magazine

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. will be featured in Swindle Magazine’s first ever "Icons" issue, which is dedicated to various people who have had an influence in popular culture. Swindle has partnered with technology giant Motorola, to produce a series of exclusive sit down dinners in New York and Los Angeles with the various personalities… Read more »

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Ludacris, Dallas Austin Judge Rising Musicians In New Talent

Ludacris, mega-producers/songwriters Dallas Austin (Brandy, Michael Jackson), Sean Garrett (Usher, Beyonce) and Block (Young Jeezy, Jazze Pha) have signed on as celebrity judges for the “How Down Is Your Sound?” talent contest sponsored by Atlanta media personality Ryan Cameron and Kaneva.com.The online contest, open for submissions until October 9 and open to everyone in the… Read more »

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Beanie Sigel, Tommy Lister Support Peace Rally

In the midst of recent killings throughout American cities, the Hood March Movement Committee and Before & After Entertainment have organized a silent hood march scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at noon in the city of Wilmington, DE.The event, inspired by Margaret “Cookie” Melton, mother of Donminico Melton, 35, who was murdered in July in… Read more »

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Russell Simmons To Speak at Inaugural CRO Conference

Hip-Hop activist/mogul Russell Simmons will be among the speakers at the first-ever Corporate Responsibility Officers Conference. The entrepreneur, who will be featured in Fireside Chat with Russell Simmons, joins Wall Street Journal assistant managing editor Alan Murray, best-selling author Andy Savitz, and Citigroup vice chairman Lewis Kaden as part of the event’s 20-speaker roster. “Russell… Read more »

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Fredro Starr Introduces Onyx Spin-off, Yung Onyx

"Papoose can’t be the only one to bring New York back," said Onyx frontman-turned-actor Fredro Starr. "Yung Onyx is here."With a notable legacy that dates back to 1993, Queens, N.Y., rap team Onyx was among the kings of gritty street anthems.No, they aren’t making a comeback, but their protégés, under the name Yung Onyx, plan… Read more »

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