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Beanie Sigel Acquitted Of Attempted Murder

Rapper Beanie Sigel was acquitted of attempted-murder charges today in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania court, after jurors spent two days deciding the rapper’s guilt or innocence. The jury delivered their verdict today (Sept. 26) vindicating Sigel of shooting Terrance Speller in front of a Philadelphia bar on July 1, 2003. Damon Dash, CEO of Damon Dash… Read more »

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McDonald’s Rap Plan Stalls, Corporation Criticized By Watch Group

McDonald’s plan to pay rap artists to mention the Big Mac sandwich in their songs as a marketing strategy has come under fire by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, formerly Stop Commercial Exploitation of Children. CCFC is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and concerned parents that work to counter… Read more »

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50 Cent, Snoop, The Game Set Ringtone Records

Fans have pushed ringtones by 50 Cent, Snoop Dog and The Game to record breaking status via Sprint PCS’ Music Tones service. 50 Cent has become the first artist on Sprint’s network to have two albums reach platinum/gold status, with more than one million Music Tones being downloaded from his album Get Rich or Die… Read more »

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Trak Starz Dropping New Album, Scoring Film

Production duo Trak Starz [Zo and Sham] are gearing up to release their debut album Star Studded on the Trak Starz/Blackground Records. The duo has tracked hits for such stars as Chingy, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Britney Spears, Ludacris and others and the release in the first under a joint venture that the pair inked… Read more »

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Foxy Brown To Undergo Surgery For Hearing Impairment

Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown announced today (Sept. 22) that she plans to temporarily stop performing to undergo surgery for a hearing defect. Brown briefly fielded questions after making an appearance in a Manhattan Criminal Court on assault charges. As she strained to hear reporters, Brown revealed that she plans to seek treatment for her hearing… Read more »

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Hip-Hop Continues Chart Domination, Paul Wall Hits #1

On the strength the smash single “Sittin’ Sidewayz,” Paul Wall’s The People’s Champ debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week, with first week sales of 176,800 units in the U.S. alone. Wall’s chart-topping debut ends the two-week reign of Kanye West’s Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), which fell to No. 2 with… Read more »

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Nelly Starring In New Reality Show

Taking a cue from the likes of Rev Run and Flava Flav, St. Louis rapper Nelly has signed on to develop a reality television series with A. Smith & Co. Productions. The show will reportedly follow the 30-year-old rapper and budding entrepreneur on his everyday excursions. “I look forward to showing my fans what my… Read more »

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Gucci Mane Assaulted In Prison, Label Offices Raided

Incarcerated rapper Radric "Gucci Mane" Davis reportedly suffered multiple injuries in a jailhouse attack the same day his record label, Big Cat Records was raided by an Atlanta, Georgia SWAT team. Yesterday (Sept. 20), Davis was allegedly attacked in a Fulton County jail by a convicted murderer who reportedly had an issue with the Atlanta… Read more »

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Mariah, 50 Cent and Eminem Lead ’05 AMA’s

Mariah Carey topped the nominees for the 33rd Annual American Music Awards with 50 Cent, Eminem, Green Day and Kelly Clarkson trailing the R&B starlet. The Cedric the Entertainer-hosted award show is slated to broadcast live on November 22 from the Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. 50 Cent got three nods in the pop and Hip-Hop… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Fat Lip, Bow Wow, Loose Cannon, ‘Behind the Beat’

Fatlip, formerly of pioneering Hip-Hop group The Pharcyde, is preparing to release his long awaited album, Thelonliest Punk. The album will feature Fatlip delivering tales of his post-Pharcyde life, since his split from the group almost five years ago. The album will drop on Delicious Vinyl, the label that released The Pharcyde’s influential albums Bizarre… Read more »

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Critics Slam Flick ‘Revolver,’ Praise Andre 3000’s Acting

Andre 3000’s latest film “Revolver” debuted last night in the United Kingdom, following the success of his last film, John Singleton’s hit “Four Brothers.” “Revolver,” directed by Guy Ritchie, premiered last night (Sept. 20) at London’s Leicester Square. The film is set in a casino and is based around a gambler named Jake Green (Jason… Read more »

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