Benzino Fires Back At Em

After Eminem phoned in to New York’s Hot 97 to reply to a dis by Benzino with such quips as “HasBenzino,” Philly’s Power 99 featured Benzino explaining the origin of the riff between the two. The Boston-bred rapper said his song was more of a slight against the machine of the music industry, rather than […]

Russell Reflects On JMJ

STATEMENT FROM RUSSELL SIMMONS — CHAIRMAN OF HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK — ON JAM MASTER JAY For nearly 20 years, Run-DMC has been the closest thing to gospel artists that the contemporary music community has had. They talked about God and their higher selves, the importance of staying away from drugs, and generally inspirational and […]

Barbers Sue Over Barbershop

Earlier this week, it was reported that a group of barbers and beauticians were threatening to sue Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for negative statements made by the two about the movie “Barbershop.” The group claims the statements allegedly drove customers away. On Monday, the National Association of Cosmetologists (NAC) filed a $60 million […]

Lil Cease Sentenced

Lil Cease pleaded guilty last Thursday to 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 5 years probation. Cease originally faced attempted murder charges that stemmed from a shooting in August of 2001. Cease, Larceny and bodyguard Suif Jackson were arrested in connection with the shooting of Michael Goody, 21, outside of […]

Mos Def Hits Broadway Again

Mos Def has signed on to star in Suzan-Lori Parks new play, loosely based on "The Scarlet Letter," titled "F*cking A." Performances are scheduled to start February 25 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater in New York. MOs Def debuted on Broadway in Park’s Pulitizer prize winning play, "Topdog/Underdog." In "F*cking A," Mos Def plays a […]

Rap City Stays

After premiering it’s new Fall line up, BET’s Rap City is the longest running hip-hop show in television history. Rumors circulated that BET had plans to cancel the show, which turned out to be false. "It’s an honor to be a part of hip hop history," host Tigga told "Rap City is the longest […]

Ice-T To Release Adult Feature Film

Rap, movie and television star Tracy Morrow, known as Ice-T, will release an adult feature film called Ice-T’s Pimpin’ 101, which will hit video stores January 28, 2003 on DVD and VHS formats. The two-hour movie, being released through Fatt Entertainment and Antigua Pictures, will be available in hard- and soft-core formats. The film is […]