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Dip Set Replaces Mase At ‘Welcome Back’ Show; Mase Retires Again?

After Mase’s “The Official Welcome Back Concert” was highly touted by promoters, the Bad Boy rapper proved to be a no-show only on [September 25], to be replaced by rivals Cam’Ron and The Diplomats. After other similar occurrences, the missed shows have fueled fierce speculation that the Harlem rapper has retired from rap once again…. Read more »

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Dame Dash’s Ex Files Complaint

Dame Dash’s ex-girlfriend Linda Williams filed a complaint with the New York Police Department, alleging the mogul roughed her up over the weekend. Williams said she went to pick up their 12-year-old son in Harlem over the weekend. Dash allegedly refused to let the boy leave. When Williams attempted to take the boy, Dash and… Read more »

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Jermaine Dupri Opening 24-Hour ‘Def Cafe’

Jermaine Dupri is expanding his So So Def empire and the mogul is working on several new business ventures to expand the So So Def brand name. Dupri, 32, is working to open the “Def Café,” which will be a 24-hour café in Atlanta, Georgia’s Buckhead section. In addition to the eatery, Dupri’s So So… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Special Ed, RZA, Coo Coo Cal, Russell

The RZA will be animated and placed in a cartoon as part of an upcoming promotion for Wesley Snipes’ “Blade: Trinity,” The third installment of the “Blade” series. RZA, who scored the movie, will fight gold-fanged vampires in the three minute feature, which was conceptualized by ImajiMation Studios, the same company behind the “Blokhedz” comic… Read more »

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Kutmasta Kurt Prepares ‘Redneck Olympics’

Waxploitation Records announced a deal with Kutmasta Kurt and out of the union will come Redneck Olympics, a new album that includes rarities, b-sides and previously unreleased tracks. Kutmasta Kurt is known for his work with The Beastie Boys, Kool Keith, Dilated Peoples, Linkin Park and others. Redneck Olympics features hard-to-find and unreleased tracks from… Read more »

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Namco Sues Lil’ Flip & Sony Over “Game Over” Sample

Namco America has filed a lawsuit against rapper Lil’ Flip and Sony Music Entertainment for copyright infringement, over the rapper’s hit song “Game Over.” In a lawsuit filed in US District Court, Southern District of New York, Namco alleges their copyright was infringed upon, when sounds from the game "Pac-Man" and "Ms. Pac-Man" were included… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Chingy, XXL, Eminem

Rapper Chingy has departed Ludacris’ Disturbing The Peace and his management with Chaka Zulu. Kenneth Crear and Johnny Wright of WCM will act as co-managers over the multi-platinum St. Louis rapper as his preps his sophomore album, Powerball. While AllHipHop.com speculated about the split in August, Zulu denied the sources’ validity in a statement. Chingy… Read more »

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Pioneering Station KDAY Relaunches In L.A.

Hip-Hop radio in Los Angeles received another entry into the market on Monday, when Styles Media officially assumed control of KZAB and re-launched pioneering Hip-Hop station KDAY. Styles Media ditched KZAB’s Tropical format and will broadcast in KDAY’s original Hip-Hop format on the FM dial at 93.5. The first song the new KDAY played was… Read more »

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Jay-Z & R.Kelly Seek To Prevent Bootleggers During Tour

Jay-Z and R. Kelly filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to halt the selling of bootleg merchandise outside of the venues that will showcase their “Best of Both World’s Tour.” The two granted Bravado International Group Merchandising Services the rights to sell their images on a variety of officially endorsed merchandise. The lawsuit seeks to restrain… Read more »

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Fat Joe Comments On Jay-Z “Beef,” Talks Album

In Hip-Hop folklore, much speculation has been made over a supposed beef between Fat Joe and Jay-Z in the past few years. The pair briefly sparred after Jay apparently took issue with a Joe lyric that referred the Terror Squad victory over Team S.Carter at last year’s Rucker basketball tourney. Jay followed suit in “The… Read more »

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50 Cent Movie Coming To Silver Screen

Rapper 50 Cent will make his acting debut, when he turns his attention to the silver screen for his “semi-autobiographical” drama, “Locked and Loaded.” The rapper will play a former drug dealer, who leaves the seedy underworld behind for a career in music. Terence Winter, who has gained critical acclaim as writer and executive producer… Read more »

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