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Stoute And Diddy May Face Off

It seems that when Nas rhymed on the remix to “The Pledge” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, he not only affirmed his Murderous affiliation by spittin’ “Inc. is the label, ill will merger,” but he also ambiguously claimed to be back with Steve Stoute, his former manager. Stoute, who most recently was the head of […]

Dame Dash Assaulted In Paris

Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash was attacked by "a whole block of men," last week. Dame said the men grew angry that he was filming in their neighborhood. According to the New York Post, Dash was in town hosting Roc-A-Fella/Roc-A-Wear parties during Paris’ Fashion Week. Dash said that he was late for a radio interview in […]

JMJ Laid To Rest

Hip-Hop legend and pioneer Jam Master Jay was laid to rest today in Queens, New York. Thousands of people withstood freezing cold weather and waited in long lines to pay their last respects to the man who along with Run-DMC helped change the face of hip-hop music. Men, women and children flocked to the Greater […]

Babygrande Signs With Koch

Indie hip-hop label Babygrande Records has inked a multi-year distribution with Koch Entertainment. The label was founded by Chuck Wilson, the former A&R executive at Priority Records. Babygrande is preparing to release albums by Jedi Mind Tricks, The Mountain Brothers and Canibus. "While most major labels are downsizing and consolidating, Koch is enjoying astonishing growth," […]

Kwame: Behind The Scenes

Rap pioneer Kwame has returned to the front lines of the urban music industry by working behind the scenes as Producer for platinum-selling artists such as Mary J. Blige and LL Cool J. Having sold over three million albums worldwide, Kwame is familiar with what it takes to create a strong street buzz. Currently, tracks […]

Rapper Kidnaps People For Sport

“I’m a hustler, not a rapper, it’s just rap is my hustle,” Cam’ron spit on his sophomore set Sports, Drugs and Entertainment. Well, now-a-days rappers are pushing more weight than just CD’s. Whether it’s Cam’s Oh Boy cologne, Diddy’s restaurant and clothing line or Talib Kweli’s bookstore, hip hop has bred its fair share of […]

The First Hip-Hop Mayor

On Friday, September 27, 2002, Hip Hop artist and one time school teacher Ras Baraka was sworn in as one of four Deputy Mayors for the city of Newark, New Jersey. Baraka is the son of poet Amiri Baraka, and will head up Youth and Social Service Programs in Newark. Baraka will continue his position […]

Another Victory For Bill O’Reilly

After blasting Snoop Dogg, Jim Henson Productions and NBC on his "O’Reilly Factor" television show, Bill O’Reilly has dealt another blow to a rapper in less than two months. Jim Henson Productions recently announced that "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas" will cut approximately a half an hour of footage from the made-for TV special, including […]

Record Labels Settle Antitrust Lawsuit With U.S.

The five top United States distributors of compact discs and three large music stores have agreed to pay $143 million in cash and CD’s to settle charges of price fixing authorities announced yesterday (September 30.) Bertelsmann Music Group, EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Trans World Entertainment, Tower Records, and […]