Big Tymers Go Gold, Hit The Road

One month after landing at the #1 position on the Billboard 200 chart, The Big Tymers Hood Rich album has been certified Gold. The album sales were helped by the single "Still Fly," which has been receiving huge amounts of radio airplay across the United States. The video has been garnering significant airplay on MTV, […]

Jedi Mind Tricks First LP Re-Released

Jedi Mind Tricks first album, The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological, and Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness has been re-released on Babygrande Records along with six new songs. Sandboxautomatic, a popular internet retailer of hip-hop music, has teamed with Babygrande for the re-release, which will appear for the first time on CD. The album has been digitally […]

Crip Walk Banned From L.A. Schools

Los Angeles inner city schools have banned the "C-Walk" dance, short for "Crip Walk." The dance, which was popularized by such rappers as WC, Snoop and even Lil Bow Wow, has stirred up controversy in the school districts. According to law enforcement officials, the dance was originally performed after Crip’s murdered a rival gang member. […]

Suge Knight To Pen New Book

Suge Knight has joined forces with the Acme Literary and Talent agency and will be shopping his memoirs to a variety of publishers. Knight said that his book will examine his relationship with Tupac, Dre and Snoop, as well as the time he spent behind bars after he was convicted of violating his probation in […]

Prodigy Admitted To Hospital

Mobb Deep was forced to cancel their London England performances after member Prodigy was admitted to the hospital due to a recent bout with Sickle Cell Anemia, a disease that affects over 80,000 in the United States and millions worldwide. The tour, due to start on June 5th, has been postponed until further notice. In […]

Snoop Dogg Goes Wild

Snoop Dogg will be the first celebrity host of the extremely successful "Girls Gone Wild" franchise of videos. "Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style" follows Snoop around Feb. 2002’s Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans. According to sources, Snoop was paid in excess of $1 million dollars to have camera crews follow him around while women […]

Ja-Rule’s Performance Sparks Controversy

An apology was issued as a result of controversy surrounding Ja-Rule‘s performance at 98PXY’s Summer Jam concert last week in Rochester, New York. According to reports, complaints about loudness and the obscene language used during the Ja-Rule’s performance flooded Supervisor Ralph Esposito’s office the next morning. The official sponsors of the concert, the Rochester Broadway […]

C-Murder To Stand Trial

Corey "C-Murder" Miller will stand trial in the second-degree murder of 16 year old Steve Thomas last January at a Harvey, New Orleans night club. Miller is accused of shooting Thomas after an argument ensued at Club Platinum, which has since been closed. Miller, who has pleaded not guilty to the crime, was ordered to […]

R. Kelly Indicted

R. Kelly was indicted today (June 5th) on 21 counts of producing child pornography, a felony charge that could land the R&B singer behind bars for 15 years. Authorities have studied the 26 minute tape, which apparently depicts Kelly involved in various sexual acts with a yet to be identified under age female. Kelly has […]

George Bush Declares June Black Music Month

President Bush issued a proclamation on May 31, officially declaring June as "Black Music Month" in the United States. Throughout the month, Bush said that every American should celebrate a "critically important part" of the United States’ cultural history by "highlighting the enduring legacy of African-American musicians, singers, and composers." Bush urged every American "to […]

Billboard Introduces New Rap Chart

Billboard has introduced a new Chart to their magazine, the Hot Rap Tracks. The new 25 position chart is based on radio airplay information provided to Billboard by Nielsen BDS, a service that monitors what records radio stations play. The charts are based on information from a panel of 134 radio stations and chart rankings […]