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Grandmaster Flash Honored At Billboards

Grandmaster Flash and legendary soul singer Betty Wright were honored with a Founders Award at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks 2003 R&B Awards show this year. Wright accepted her award first, introduced by Miami’s own Trick Daddy, who was by far the best presenter of the evening. Trick bypassed the teleprompters script and introduced Wright […]

Nas, Rakim and Alicia Keyes On A Song?

Hip-hop fans who have been savoring for a collaboration between Nas and Rakim since the QB adherent debuted in ’94 with Illmatic, may soon have their collective appetites satisfied. A recent report suggested the two might appear together on a track from Alicia Key’s forthcoming sophomore album. The Grammy-award winning soul singer told MTV News […]

Dirt McGirt Shoots For Playboy

Dirt McGirt, formerly known as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, will be the next celebrity guest photographer for Playboy Magazine. Dirt snapped the pictures as photographer for a day for the magazine’s website, Playboy.com. He took flicks of Philadelphia native and Play Boy Special Editions model, Stacy Hetrick. According to those present at the shoot, the […]

Missy Elliot Denies Madonna Snub

Missy Elliot has dispelled rumors that she snubbed Madonna while filming their new Gap advertisement. Printed reports said that Elliot kept Madonna waiting for almost 45 minutes while she gabbed on her mobile phone. When approached by an impatient Madonna, who tapped on the window of the car Elliot was sitting in, Elliot reportedly blew […]

NY Commission Halts Probe of HHSAN

The New York Lobbying Commission has suspended an investigation into possible inappropriate activities from Russell Simmons, Benjamin Chavis, and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network stemming from their opposition to the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The protest of the laws culminated in a June 4 rally, which was designed to call for the repeal of the laws […]

Def Jam Clothing On The Way

In an attempt to broaden the demographic of urban clothing buyers, Russell Simmons announced yesterday plans to launch a new men and women’s line of clothing, Def Jam University, which will feature more affordable prices and be marketed in more mainstream publications. “Phat Farm is growing in volume and more polished every year, however Def […]

Q-Tip Launches Label

The reclusive Q-tip is set to reappear into public consciousness soon with not only a possible A Tribe Called Quest reunion, but with the formation of his own record imprint: Abstract Artworks. The imprint is a deal with Dreamworks Records who Tip—author of Industry Rule 4080—seems to be enthusiastic to work with, at least in […]

Mase Hits Brooklyn For Ministry

Rapper-turned-minister Mason “Mase” Betha brought his verbal skills back to New York to celebrate a Brooklyn church’s lengthy tour of duty as a ministry yesterday (August 4). The former rap star brought a message of spirituality and change to the Christian Cultural Center & Church, an African America church in Canarsie, Brooklyn, as the congregation […]

Styles Is Home From Jail

Styles P of The Lox/D-Block was released from a New York upstate prison about 10 a.m. today (August 4), greeted by Dee & Wahh of Ruff Ryders, fans, journalists and his wife. For the last 8 months, the rapper has made the Valhalla Correctional Facility his home. A pair of correctional officers, who monitored the […]

Joe Budden Teams With J.Lo

While movie critics continue to bash J.Lo’s latest movie, "Gigli," rapper Joe Budden who has teamed Lopez on the remix single to "The One," had nothing bad to say about the sexy singer/actress. "She’s the coolest chick you could ever meet," Budden told AllHipHop.com. "She’s very down to Earth, very humble, very focused. She was […]