Rap pioneer H Rap Brown Convicted

On March 9th, a 10-member Georgia jury convicted Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, aka 1960’s activist H. Rap Brown, in the killing of a police officer and the shooting of another. Al-Amin was found guilty of murdering Deputy Ricky Kinchen of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Dept and wounding Deputy Aldranon English in March 2000. Many experts like […]

Xzibit On Man Vs. Machine

West coast rapper Xzibit is preparing to release his new album, Man Vs Machine in June in time for the summer. Dr. Dre, Battlecat, E-Swift and DJ Premier handle the the production on “Man,” which was originally supposed to drop this month. With “Man,” the follow up to his double platinum CD Restless, Will differ […]

Community Forum/Hip-Hop Battle

HipHop Speaks will present A Community Forum and MC Battle this Friday March 8th at House of Justice in New York City. The Community Forum will feature speakers Rosa Clemente, Asha Bandele (Editor At Large for Essence Magazine), Ras Baraka, Toni Blackman and Kevin Powell. The event is a outlet for the healthy exchange of […]

Warner Brothers To Release Tupac Songbook

Warner Brothers Publications is releasing a songbook called The Tupac Shakur Collection this spring. The 84 page glossy contains piano, vocal and chord arrangements for fifteen of the slain MC’s most popular songs, including “California Love,” “I Get Around” and “Dear Momma.” Product Manager, Janet Delissa, worked with Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and explained the […]

Rakim Allah Readies New LP

Hip-Hop icon Rakim is currently finishing up recording his first solo LP on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint, titled "Oh My God." The album has been anticipated since Dre announced that Rakim was signed to his imprint over two years ago. Dre is excited to be working with Rakim, crediting Rakim with the reason he is […]

Master P Speaks Out, Breaks Out

Master P, who recently saved a recording studio he spent several million dollars to start building, is not happy with the city the studio was built in. The problems started when P hired Carter Construction Company to build a recording complex in Baton Rogue. After a dispute in construction occurred, P and the construction company […]

Houston Hip-Hop Community Gives Back

In response to the displacement of a single mother and her young family due to a gas explosion in their home, the Houston Rap community began fundraising activities to help relocate them. The effort is being led by record a group of local music industry businesses, including Rap-A-Lot Records, Lil Troy’s Short Stop Records, Break […]