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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 […]

Dame Dash Gets Custody Of Son

Overcoming three previous court rulings against him, rap mogul Dame Dash has won full custody of his 10-year-old son in his recent child custody dispute with Linda Williams. A New Jersey superior court judge delivered the ruling in favor of Dash, whose Roc-A-Fella empire is worth an estimated $300 million, despite his son’s plea that […]

ASCAP To Showcase Emerging Talent

As part of the ASCAP Presents… Heineken R&B Ampt Music Series of regional showcases, four up-and-coming artists will be performing at The Cotton Club (152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA) in Atlanta on Monday, September 30, 2002. Doors open at 7:00 PM. The show starts at 8:00 PM. The artist line-up includes LaMajic, Transcendental Funk, Heston […]

Shaolin Monks Fight To Protect Name

The monks of the Shaolin Temple in China have set up a firm, Henan Shaolin Temple Industrial Development, to prevent "abusive use" of the Shaolin name. Made popular by Kung-Fu flicks and the Wu-Tang Clan, the monks are registering "Shaolin" and "Shaolin Temple" as trademarks with the Chinese government. "It’s unshirkable historical responsibility to protect […]