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Bloodline Records Taps UK Talent

DMX’s label Bloodline Records is increasing their international efforts and is aiming to recruit talented rappers from England. The label recently held an open mic contest at the West End’s Mean Fiddler. The sessions were filmed and executives from the label will come back to the United States to judge the rappers and pick a… Read more »



Africa Bambaataa Protests Kool Mixx Championships

A group of protesters that included Hip-Hop legend Africa Bambaataa boycotted the Kool Mixx DJ Championship in Chicago on Saturday (July 24). The majority of states that make up the United States of America have filed lawsuits against Brown & Williamson, makers of the Kool brand of cigarettes. Attorney Generals in various states including Illinois… Read more »



DMC Finalists Compete For U.S. Title

The DMC 2004 U.S. finals will take place in August with 22 hopeful DJ’s across the country battling for the U.S. title. The all ages event takes place on August 7 at the Henry Fonda theater in Los Angeles, California and the winner will move on to the world finals in London in September DMC’s… Read more »



No Gray Area

Artist: White BoyTitle: No Gray AreaRating: 2 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Paine Milkbone was a somewhat cool name in its time. Yeah, it dealt with the obvious. Granted, that was 1995. A decade later, any rapper calling himself White Boy is creating an elevation to the treadmill of the industry (I mean did Black Child ever… Read more »



Rasco: Unassisted

One of the fiercest MC’s to ever grip the microphone is the Soul Father Rasco. The beautiful mind who is often quoted for his line, “My mind shines harder than your chain” has been grinding away for a decade, and been making records for over half. One of the leaders in the Bay Area movement,… Read more »



Cam’ron Creates Diplomats Hat

Cam’ron, CEO and chief lyricist of Diplomat Records, has designed his own signature baseball hat for New Era’s 59Fifty “Capture the Flag” limited-edition hat series. With this feat, he joins the ranks of Roger Clemens, Fabolous and Bobbito as the fifth time a celebrity has crafted a 59Fifty cap. Of course the hat represents Cam’ron… Read more »



Common: When War Meets Peace

While most artist decide to dedicate 16 bars to Jacob’s pricey jewels or whatever reality lies in the street, Common reflects a more socially aware side of Hip-Hop.  Drawing from a more organic blend and shunning conformity, The Chicago native has carved his own niche – even if it causes critical chatter.  Obviously, being different… Read more »



Cormega, Ghostface, MOP To Rock Summer Tours

Cormega and Ghostface are about to hit the road together in their highly anticipated national tour. The tour begins on Sunday, June 6th at New York’s Knitting Factory and will continue for 16 dates until June 29. Cormega said that touring with Ghostface was exciting to him as a fan and artist. “Ghostface is one… Read more »



Soul Plane Opens, MGM Executive Defends Movie

After raking in $5.7 million over the holiday weekend, "Soul Plane" appeared to stall at the theaters to the glee of critics, but its defenders claim people are taking the imagery far too seriously. The movie, which was shot on a budget of $16.5 million, drew harsh criticism from various African-American watch groups, as well… Read more »



Shure Introducing ‘Vinyl Kombat’ DJ Competition

Shure, one of the leading suppliers of DJ related products, will introduce a new competition to the United States DJ battle scene, Vinyl Kombat.The competition differs in that it is open to all ages and audiences, under a “keep it clean premise” in which contestants are barred from using profanity during the battle.”We created Vinyl… Read more »