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Common Talks Aids Activism, Children’s Book, New Album

Chicago Rapper Common has expanded his horizons beyond Hip-Hop and has launched a new foundation, delved into AIDS activism and authored a children’s book. According to Common, being involved with the “Knowing is Beautiful” AIDS campaign being launched in conjunction with corporate giant Viacom, is very personal. “I had a family member that passed from… Read more »



Purple Haze

Artist: Cam’RonTitle: Purple HazeRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Martin A. Berrios When Dr. Dre decided to title his debut The Chronic, he was making a statement. It was a direct reference to the album’s amazing potency, which reflected the California weed that inspired the name. Harlem’s own Cam’ron now follows suit with the release of his… Read more »



Kanye West On ’60 Minutes,’ Leads Grammy Nominees

Kanye West’s single “Jesus Walks,” previously on heavy radio rotation, has incited debate over the use of the word “Jesus” and the role of religion in secular music, a topic West addressed directly in a “60 Minutes” interview to air Wednesday (Dec. 8). West, known for his upbeat rhymes, told “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon… Read more »



Trick Daddy: Thug Honor

For all his transgressions, Trick Daddy is surprisingly moral. The raunchy rapper—with a history of drug charges and jail time—holds strong opinions regarding education and police presence surrounding the hip-hop community. But much like his discography, the Miami native is often overlooked as a legitimate talking head. We all know Trick loves the kids, but… Read more »



AP Seeking Legal Action In False R. Kelly Story

The Associated Press is reportedly seeking legal action against the unidentified authors of a false story incriminating R&B superstar R. Kelly, AP representatives said. The AP’s legal department is investigating the origin of the website that first ran a false story alleging that R. Kelly made sexual advances to Shia “Shi Shi” Douglas, the younger… Read more »



Pras Snags Rights To Iceberg Slim’s ‘Pimp’

In addition to plotting a reunion with The Fugees, rapper Pras has snagged the rights to produce the story of legendary author Robert “Iceberg Slim” Beck. The film will be an adaptation of Iceberg Slim’s book “Pimp: The Story of My Life,” which was originally released in 1969. The movie was originally set to star… Read more »



Luke Campbell Opening ‘Luke’s Cabaret’ Gentleman’s Clubs

Luther “Luke” Campbell is opening what he hopes will be the first national “urban” strip club franchise, Luke’s Cabaret. Luke will combine his name and entertainment connections with an upscale gentleman’s club that will target successful and affluent African-American and Latino Males. “I am going to be highly involved in the management of these clubs-… Read more »



A Critique: Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black”

Under the Paramount Classics banner, "Fade to Black" unspooled before me as I remembered Jay-Z’s previous documentary "classic," an execrable piece of immature backstage concert antics named, well, "Backstage." Imagine my shock and pure joy when "Fade to Black," through fits and starts, eventually emerges to live up to the lofty title of its studio… Read more »



Akademiks Ads Pulled In New York

The Hip-Hop clothing line Akademiks is causing controversy in New York over their racy poster ads that state: “Read Books, Get Brain.”Enraged New York City transit officials are taking action, vowing to pull the ads from city buses.”Get Brain” is slang for oral sex and the ad deliberatly played on the meaning.Akademiks’ ad designer Anthony… Read more »



R. Kelly Doesn’t Perform At NY Concert, Jay-Z Airs It Out

Friday, the private problems between Jay-Z and R.Kelly bubbled over publicly as Kelly abruptly left the highly touted hometown Best of Both Worlds tour date at Madison Square Garden in New York City. According to Kelly’s publicist, Kelly and two bodyguards was pepper sprayed by members of Jay-Z’s entourage, forcing him to go to the… Read more »



AHH Stray News: Canibus, Stimuli, Vi, Joe Budden

In an interview with radio personality, Angie Martinez, Wyclef recently announced that he and former protégée Canibus had mended their past beef. He told Martinez, “I reached out to him. There was some unfinished business in the street. The good thing about it is all beef is squashed between Clef and Canibus. Me and Canibus… Read more »