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We just added about 200 indie hip hop records for sale. Only $3 each, to check that list out go here.

New releases:

- Bun-B "Draped Up" 12"
- Bone Crusher "Wood Grippin" 12"
- Jazze Pha & Cee-Lo Green "Happy Hour" 12"
- O-Solo feat. Rockwilder "6 Minutes" Cd Single
- N.O.R.E. "I'm A G" 12"
- Styles P feat. Akon "Can You Believe It" Cd Single
- T-Pain "I'm Sprung" 12"
- Clyph "Planes, Brain & Automobiles" Cd Single
- Webbie "Savage Life" Poster
- Young Yeezy feat. Akon "Soul Survivor" 12"
- Lil Kim "Lighters Up" 12"/Cd Single
- Twista feat. Trey Songz "Girl Tonight" 12"
- Ebony Eyez feat. 112 "Take Me Back" Cd Single
- Cam'Ron "Girls Cash Cars" b/w "Something New" feat. Jaheim 12"
- Rupee feat. Lil Kim & Fort Nox "Do The Damn Thing" 12"
- Juelz Santana "There It Go(The Whistle Song)" 12"
- Cassidy feat. Mashonda & Raekwon "So Long" 12"
- Ebony Eyez feat. Trina "In Ya Face Remix" 12"
- Mack 10 feat. Nate Dogg "Like This" 12"
- Beanie Sigel feat. Rell & Melissa Jay "Change" 12"
- Little Brother feat. Joe Scudda "Lovin' It" 12"
- Rihanna "If It's Lovin' That you want" 12"
- Black Rob "Ready" b/w "Star In The Hood" 12"
- R.Kelly feat. The Game "Playa's Only" 12"
- Cuban Link "Scandalous" Cd Single
- Noah "Dat Boy Chevy" b/w "Git fresh" 12"
- Teairra Mari "No Daddy" 12"
- Renegade Foxxx feat. Pitbull & Bone Crusher "Remix Royal Rumble" 12"
- Teairra Mari "No Daddy" 12"
- Red Cafe feat. Fabolous "Bling Blaow" b/w "Yellow Bottle" feat. Mack 10 12"
- Fat Joe feat. Mashonda "Listen Baby" 12"
- P. Diddy "Bad Boys Of Comedy" Poster
- 24"X 36" Poster - Rihanna feat. Elephant Man "Pon De Replay" Remix 12"
- Latoya London feat. Black Thought "Appreciate" 12"
- B5 "B5" Poster
- 19"X 27" Poster - Rhymefest feat. Kanye West "Brand New" Cd Single
- Don Omar feat. Fat Joe, N.O.R.E. & L.D.A. "Reggaeton Latino Remix" Cd Single
- Yo Gotti "Full Time" Cd Single
- Boyz N Da Hood "Felonies" 12"/Cd Single
- Webbie "Bad Chick" Cd Single
- Snoop Dogg "Ups & downs" Cd Single
- Common "Go" Cd Single
- Rich Boy "Get To poppon'" Cd Single
- Mashonda feat. NaS & Snoop "Blackout" Cd Single
- Ebony Eyez "In Ya Face" Cd Single
- Cassidy "B-Boy Stance" b/w "A.M. To P.M." Cd Single
- Mario "Couldn't Say No (Remix)" Cd Single
- Ying Yang Twins "Wait (The whisper Song) Remix" feat. Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Lil Scrappy, Free & Mr. Collipark Cd Single - Ying Yang Twins "Badd" feat. Mike Jones & Mr. Collipark Cd Single
- Pitbull "305 Anthem" feat. Lil Jon b/w "She's Freaky" Cd Single
- B5 "U Got Me" Cd Single
- Boyz N Da Hood feat. T.I. & The Game "Dem Boyz (Remix)" 12"/Cd Single
- Ebony Eyez feat. Trina "In Ya Face (Remix)" Cd Single
- Faith Evans "Mesmerized" Cd Single
_ Boyz N Da Hood 2Lp
- Cuban Link "Chain Reaction" Poster
- Ragga Ragga Ragga 2005 (Reggae... Raw XXX Rated Dancehall) Poster
- Frayser Boy feat. Mike Jones & Paul Wall "Got Dat Drink" 12"/Cd Single
- Papa Reu feat. Lil Flip "Represent" b/w "Don't Play" & "Twist Your Cap" 12"
- Czar*Nok feat. Three 6 Mafia "Throw Me That Pack" b/w "Pimp Tight"12"/Cd Single
- Red Cafe feat. Mack 10 "Yellow Bottle" Cd Single
- Pimp C feat. Bun B, Twista & Z-Ro "I'Sa Playa" 12"
- Young City (aka Chopper) "Lil' Daddy" 12"
- Lil Flip & Z-Ro "Get It Crunk" b/w "Kings Of The South" + "Burbans and Lacs" 12"
- Cuban Link "Sugar Daddy" 12"
- Z-Ro "Platinum" b/w "Mo City Don" + "From The South" feat. Paul Wall & Lil Flip 12"
- Partners N Crime feat. Juvenile "Poo Shooter" 12"
- Thirstin Howl III "Mo'Ghetto" b/w "OG Stripes" 12"
- 213 "Gotta Find A Way" b/w "Twist Yo Body" 12"
- Purple City (Dipset) "Road To The Riches" Poster
- Fabolous feat. Mike Shorey "Baby" 12"
- Sly Boogie "It's Nuthin" Produced by Scott Storch Cd Single
- Bump J "Move Around" Produced by Kanje West 12"
- Faith Evans "Again" 12"
- Smitty "One Time" Cd Single
- Trey Songz feat. Twista "Gotta Make It" 12"
- Purple City feat. Dipset "Purple City Byrdgang" 12"
- Fantasia "It's All Good" b/w "Baby Mama" Cd Single
- Goodie Mob Presents... "Lumberjacks" Poster
- N.O.R.E. "Chosen One" Reggaeton 12"
- Twista feat. Faith Evans "Hope" 12"
- 112 "U Already Know" Cd Single
- Mashonda "Back Of Da Club" (Swizz Beatz) Cd Single
- Ludacris "Number One Spot" Cd Single
- Goodie Mob Presents.. Lumberjacks "Turn Your Whip" b/w "Puttin On 2 Nite" Cd Single
- Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz "Crunk Juice" 2Lp
- Trick Daddy feat. Ludacris, Lil Kim & Cee-Lo "Sugar(Gimme Some)" 12"
- Beanie Sigel feat. Melissa "Feel It In The Air" 12"/Cd Single
- Boyz In Da Hood "Dem Boyz" b/w "Don't Put Your Hands On Me" 12"
- Ludacris "The Potion" b/w "Pass Out" 12"
- Red Cafe "All Night Long" 12"/Cd Single
- Cam'Ron feat. Kanye West & Syleena Johnson "Down And Out" Cd Single
- Pimp C(UGK) "Hogg In The Game" Cd Single
- Nicole Wray feat. N.O.R.E. & Peedi Crakk "If I Was Your Girlfriend" Cd Single
- Sly Boogy feat. Jagged Edge "If You Got Crew" Cd Single
- 112 feat. T.I. "If I Hit" 12"
- Kenny G. feat. Earth, Wind & Fire "The Way You Move" Cd Single
- John Legend "Used To Love U" b/w "Ordinary People" Cd Single
- Diplomats "Diplomatic Immunity II" Large Poster
- Pitbull feat. Lil Jon "Toma" 12"
- Cam'Ron "Purple Rain" 2Lp
- Lil Jon feat. Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Pitbull & Daddy Yankee "What U Gon' Do Remixes" 12"
- Ludacris "The Red Light District" 2Lp
- Cam'Ron "Purple Haze" Poster
- Ja Rule feat. Fat Joe & Jadakiss "New York" Cd Single
- Diplomats "Diplomatic Immunity II" Poster
- Diplomats "S.A.N.T.A.N.A." b/w "Push It" Cd Single
- R.Kelly & Jay-Z "Best Of Both Worlds Tour" Poster
- Kanye West + model "RocaWear" Poster
- Crime Mob "Stilletos(Pumps)" b/w "I'll Beat Yo Azz" 12"
- Ashanti "Concrete Rose" Poster
- Trick Daddy feat. Khia & Tampa Tony "J.O.D.D." 12"
- M.O.P. "Ghetto Warfare" Poster
- Lil Jon & Ice Cube "Roll Call" 12"
- Ludacris "Get Back" b/w "Put Your Money" feat. DMX 12"
- Mary J. Blige "Vote Or Die!" Poster
- I-20 feat. Three 6 Mafia "Hennessey & Hydro" b/w "Point 'Em Out" w/ Juvenile 12"
- Usher "Vote Or Die!" Poster
- LL Cool J "Rub My Back" 12"
- R. Kelly & Jay-Z "Unfinished Business" 2Lp
- Shawnna "Worth The Weight" 2Lp
- P. Diddy "Vote Or Die!" Poster
- 50 Cent "Vote Or Die!" Poster
- R.Kelly & Jay-Z "Big Chips" 12"/Cd Single
- R.Kelly & Jay-Z "Best Of Both Worlds Tour" Poster
- Ashanti "Only U" 12"/Cd Single
- Ja Rule feat. R.Kelly & Ashanti "Wonderful" 12"/Cd Single
- Jacki-O feat. Ying Yang Twins "Fine" 12"
- Trick Daddy feat. Lil Jon & Twista "Let's Go" 12"
- Kanye West "The College Dropout" Poster
- Shawnna "Weight A Minute" Cd Single
- Beanie Sigel feat. Twista & Peedi Crakk "Gotta Have It" 12"/Cd Single
- Kanye West "The New Workout Plan" Cd Single
- Shawnna "Worth The Weight" Poster
- Christina Milian "It's About Time" Poster
- Method Man "The Show" 12"/Cd Single
- The Beatnuts feat. Akon "Find Us" b/w "Hot" 12"/Cd Single
- LL Cool J "Hush" 12"/Cd Single
- Lil Jon feat. Lil Scrappy "What U Gon' Do" 12"
- LL Cool J "The Definition" 2Lp
- Young Jeezy feat. Bun-B(UGK) "Over Here" 12"/Cd Single
- I-20 feat. Ludacris & David Banner "Break Bread" 12"
- Booty Classics Throwback 2Lp
- D.O.D. feat. Kanye West "Higher" 12"
- Lyfe feat. Lil Flip "I Know What You Want" 12"
- Shyne feat. Ashanti "Jimmy Choo" 12"/Cd Single
- Jim Jones "Ghetto Advocate: On My Way To Church" (Dipset) Poster
- Shyne "Godfather Buried Alive" 2Lp
- LL Cool J "The Definition" Poster
- Lloyd "Hey Young Girl" Cd Single
- Rhian Benson feat. Slum Village & Dwelle "Say How I Feel" Remix 12"
- Lloyd "Southside" 2LP
- Shyne "Godfather Buried Alive" Poster
- Houston feat. Chingy, Nate Dogg & I-20 "I Like That" 12"
- Cam'Ron "Purple Haze" Poster
- Jay-Z "The Black Album" Poster
- Method Man "For President" Poster
- Shyne "More Or Less" 12"/Cd Single
- Fam-Lay "Fresh-N-Drivin'" (The Neptunes) 12"/Cd Single
- Ghostface "Push" Hip Hop vs. House mixes (10 tracks) Cd
- Beastie Boys "Ch-Check It Out" + Just Blaze Remix 12"
- MC Breed "Rap Game" Cd Single
- Allen Anthony "You" Cd Single
- Comp "Harder" Cd Single
- LL Cool J "Headsprung" b/w "Feel The Beat" 12"
- Jay-Z "S.Carter/The Re-Mix" Cd
- Beanie Sigel feat. Cam'Ron "Wanted (On The Run)" Cd Single
- Ghostface "Save Me Dear" b/w "Tooken Back" 12"/Cd Single
- Juvenile - Wacko - Skip "Nolia Clap Remix" b/w "What's Up" 12"
- Lil Flip feat. Young Buck & Bun B of UGK "Game Over [Flip] Remix" b/w "4 DJ Screw" 12"
- Method Man "Tical 0: The Prequel" 2LP
- Kanye West "Jesus Walks" b/w "Heavy Hitters" 12"
- Life feat. Lil Flip "I Know What You Want" 12"
- Lloyd Banks "On Fire" b/w "Warrior" 12"
- Renegade Foxxx feat. Young Bloodz & Petey Pablo "Anything U Want" 12"
- Xzibit feat. Pastor Troy "Ride & Smoke" 12"
- Jagged Edge "Hard" Poster
- Joe Budden, Fat Joe & Joe "Not Your Ordinary Joe" 12"/Cd Single
- Ludacris "Diamond In The Back" b/w "We Got" 12"/Cd Single
- Cam'ron feat. Jaheim "Lord You Know" b/w "Shake" 12"/Cd Single
- Patti LaBelle "Timeless Journey" Poster
- Ghostface "The Pretty Toney Album" 2LP
- Beyonce "Naughty Girl Remix" feat. Lil Kim b/w "Naughty Girl Remix" feat. Lil Flip 12"
- Ying Yang Twins "What's Happnin!" feat. Trick Daddy b/w "Salt Shaker Remix" feat. Lil Jon, Fat Joe,Juvenile, etc 12"
- Jay-Z "99 Problems" b/w "My 1st Song" 12"/Cd Single
- White Boy feat. Kanye West "U Know" 12"
- Shawnna feat. Ludacris "Shake That Sh!t" Produced by Timbaland Cd Single
- Isley Brothers (4 selections from Taken To The Next Phase) 12"
- Jagged Edge "What's It Like" b/w "What's It Like Remarkable Remix" feat. Jermaine Dupri 12"
- Nas "illmatic" 2LP
- Teedra Moses "Be Your Girl" b/w "Still Got Love" 12"
- Dead Prez "RBG" 2LP
- Lloyd feat. Ashanti "SouthSide" 12"
- Cypress Hill "Till Death Do Us Part" 2LP
- Ludacris "Blow It Out" b/w "Teamwork" 12"/Cd Single
- Lil' Flip "U Gotta Feel Me" 2LP
- DJ Kay Slay "The Streetsweeper Vol.2" 2LP
- Nappy Roots "Trouble Of This World" 12"
- Wylde Bunch "Last DAy Of School" b/w "Our Lyfe" 12"
- Nas "illmatic" Poster
- Westside Connection "So Many Rappers In Love" b/w "Pimp The System" 12"
- Dead Prez "RBG" Sticker
- Joe Budden "Body Hot" 12"
- Lloyd feat. Ashanti "Southside" 12"
- Esham feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "Pay" b/w "Woo Woo Woo Woo" 12"
- Method Man feat. Busta Rhymes "What's Happenin'" b/w "The Motto" 12"
- Grafh "I Don't Care" Cd Single
- St. Juste "5 Dollars" b/w "Rider", "Miracle", "Big Shoes" 12"
- Don Yute feat. Ying Yang Twins "Row Da Boat" 12"
- Lil' Flip "U Gotta Feel Me" Poster
- Ghostface feat. Missy "Push" Cd Single
- Dead Prez "Revolutionary But Gangsta" Poster
- Ashanti feat. Black Child "Make Up To Breakup Remix" 12"/Cd Single
- Cam'Ron "Hey Lady" 12"/Cd Single
- Young Gunz "Friday Night" 12"/Cd Single
- Lil' Flip "Game Over" b/w "Bounce"12"
- Young Gunz "Tough Luv" 2Lp
- Case feat. Ghostface Killah "Should Known Betta" Cd Single
- Kanye West feat. Syleena Johnson "All Falls Down" 12"/Cd Single
- Lil' Flip "Game Over" Poster/Calendar
- Ginuwine "The Senior" Poster
- Tony Touch "The Piecemaker 2" Poster
- Slum Village feat. Kanye West "Selfish" 12"
- Kanye West "The College Dropout" 2Lp
- Cypress Hill "What's Your Number?" 12"

For pricing & many more available items browse the store catalog.

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Hip Hop news:

09.22.05 T.I. has created the theme for the MTV2 & Nike basketball series "Nike Battlegrounds: King of the Court." T.I. will also perform the theme song during the season finale as the worlds of music & basketball collide. T.I.'s song "Battlegrounds: King of the Court," can be heard on the series premiere of Nike Battlegrounds on MTV2 Sunday, Sept. 18th at 8pm ET.

09.15.05 Bizzy Bone has created a reality-based show that will be streamed exclusively on AllHipHop.com in a series of weekly webisodes. The webisodes debut Sept. 26 & Bizzy's LP "Speaking in Tongues" drops Sept. 27.

09.14.05 Kanye West will headline the "Touch the Sky" tour, featuring Common, Fantasia and Keyshia Cole. The tour kicks off in Miami on Oct. 11 & ends in Canada on Dec 11.

09.03.05 Kanye West criticized U.S. President George Bush & the governments reaction to Hurricane Katrina last night during A Concert for Hurricane Relief, a live benefit concert on NBC. West deviated from the pre-written script. It's been five days [waiting for help] because most of the people are black, West said. NBC quickly cut away from West.

08.29.05 Tyson Beckford is suing Sean "Diddy" Combs for $5 million for breach of contract & copyright infringement. Beckford claims Diddy failed to renew his Sean John contract & used his image without permission.

08.28.05 The gunman that shot Marion "Suge" Knight this morning (August 28) during a Kanye West-sponsored party for MTV's Video Music Awards remains at large, according to police. Police seek to question a black male wearing a pink shirt in relation to the shooting. Knight will undergo surgery to remove a bullet from his leg & is in good condition.

08.18.05 The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts will unveil a bronze memorial statue of Tupac on 9/13 in Atlanta. The unveiling takes place on the nine-year anniversary of Tupac's death.

08.17.05 Eminem has been hit with a lawsuit by his aunt & uncle in an unusual claim filed in Macomb County Court. Jack & Betti Schmitt claim they sold their MO home because the Detroit rapper wanted to maintain family ties. The lawsuit says Eminem built the Schmitts a home, but reneged on a promise to pay them $100,000 per year.

08.03.05 Rapper 50 Cent has teamed with MTV to release his autobiography, titled "From Pieces to Weight." At the beginning of the book, 50 Cent tells readers that he's giving people an account of his life prior to selling millions of records. "People want the truth," 50 writes. "This is what happened when I was trying to get rich." The book hits shelves 8/16.

07.20.05 Rawkus Records signed an exclusive distribution deal with RED Distribution. The label helped launch the careers of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharaoh Monch & others until Jan of 2004, when the label closed down. Rawkus has also formed its own management company called Rawkus Management & a film division.

07.11.05 Mos Def is in negotiations to star opposite Brenden Fraser in the new thriller "Journey to the End of the Night." The movie centers on a man & his son, who are both trying to better their lives through the criminal under world. Alice Braga, who starred in "City of God" is already attached to the project. The movie starts production in December in Brazil.

07.08.05 The city of Los Angeles & the LAPD have been ordered to pay the family of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." for withholding evidence about the rap star's murder. A mistrial was declared in the case after it was revealed that an LAPD detective withheld documents critical to the Wallace familys argument that LAPD officers may have played a role in the murder of Notorious B.I.G.

06.29.05 Big Pun's Widow Liza Rios, is auctioning off the deceased rapper's diamond & gold "Terror Squad" pendant on eBay. Pun originally paid $100,000 for the chain, which contains over 1,900 diamonds. According to the auction page, the family is struggling, having received $8,000 since the rapper passed away in 2000 of a heart attack.

06.22.05 Hip-Hop pioneer Kurtis Blow will be inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame on June 26. Blow was a fixture in the Bronx Hip-Hop scene & in 1979 Blow became the first rapper to be signed by a major label. His hit song The Breaks also helped ignite Hip-Hop on a global basis & earned Blow the first certified Gold single.

06.13.05 Cam'ron is launching his own clothing line called Vavali. Vivali, which Cam says means "I'm fly" in Italian, is available in select stores in Harlem, NY now.

06.03.05 Comedian Dave Chappelle unexpectedly surfaced in Hollywood, CA appearing at two comedy theaters performing unrehearsed. Chappelle showed up at the Hollywood Improv & the Comedy Store on Wednesday (June 1), performing for small crowds. Many speculated Chappelles mental health after he suddenly disappeared & emerged in South Africa.

05.28.05 Chicago emcee Common has partnered with celebrity design team Krispy Klean to release a pair of limited edition Nike Dunks. The sneaker hit stores earlier this week to coincide with the release of the conscious rappers latest effort, BE. Only 100 pairs of Coms sneaker will be available, retailing at a price of $350.00 per pair.

05.24.05 Afeni Shakur announced the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, GA will open on 6/11. The $4 million dollar facility will focus on mentoring high-risk youth between the ages of 12-18.

05.12.05 Justo Faison, founder of the successful Mixtape Awards, was killed in a car crash sometime early morning Saturday (May 14) in Virginia. Faison founded the Mixtape Awards in 1996.

05.12.05 Eminem has a new DJ & Green Lantern's replacement is a familiar face to Hip-Hop. The Alchemist, normally affiliated with Mobb Deep, has accepted a position with Em as his new in-house spin doctor.

05.04.05 M.O.P. announced they are making a clean, amicable break from Roc-A-Fella Records & the newly formed Damon Dash Music Group.

04.29.05 Cam'ron has parted ways with Roc-A-Fella for Asylum/Warner Music Group. The deal makes Cam the first non-southern act signed to Asylum. Cam's previous home, Roc-A-Fella Records, was sold to Universal in December of 2004 for almost $10 million dollars. No release date has been issued for Cams untitled Asylum debut.

04.28.05 Sean P. Diddy Combs hopes to tackle the Latin market with his Bad Boy Ent. & has launched of Bad Boy Latino. The label will be helmed by Miami-based Cuban-American rapper Pitbull. Pitbull will sign artists, handle the marketing & help run the label. The label will release Latin Hip-Hop, soul & tropical music.

04.26.05 Outkast member Andre Andre 3000 Benjamin has been tapped to star in and produce a new untitled musical. Benjamin has partnered with Double Feature Films to produce the musical, which will focus on a man with magical powers. In addition to producing, the chart-topping rapper will also provide original music for the unnamed film.

04.25.05 Miami rapper Jacki O confirmed that a physical altercation took place between her & Foxy Brown yesterday (April 24th) at Circle House studios in Miami, FL. According to Jacki O, Brown made a comment, which she overheard. "I was looking forward to working with her," Jacki O said. Reps for Brown were not available to comment.

04.15.05 Outkast & Rosa Parks have settled a lawsuit stemming from Park's objection to the rap duo using her name in a song title. While Outkast & Sony BMG admitted no unlawful activity, the parties have agreed to work on projects "to enlighten today's youth about the significant role Rosa Parks played in making America a better place," said Parks' guardian Dennis Archer in a statement.

04.08.05 Ray Benzino, the Chief Brand Executive & Co-owner of The Source, has resigned from the company today (April 8). The rapper named a number of reasons for his departure, including his beef with Eminem & politics.

04.05.05 Pharrell Williams recently launched The Ice Cream skate team, lead by professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy. The team will embark on a seven month tour to scout talent & film tricks for an upcoming DVD/CD, which will be released in the fall. Team members include Williams younger brother Kato, Terrell Robinson, Kevin Booker, Jacob Walder & Jimmy Gorecki.

04.02.05 Ludacris and Will Smith will headline a concert celebrating the launch of MTV Networks 100th channel, MTV base, the networks first pan-African music channel. The open-air concert will take place on April 20, 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa, in front of over 10,000 fans. The network will air highlights of the show on other MTV channels around the world in May 2005.

04.01.05 Houston, TX native Paul Wall, is knee-deep in the business of teeth, designing & marketing gold teeth& jewelry for celebrity clients & ordinary folks. Clients include rappers Mike Jones, Master P., Lil Jon T.I., David Banner, & Chingy.

03.31.05 Kanye West has projected Common's upcoming album Be as a classic. While West boasted of the album's superiority, Common envisioned Be as a testament to his evolution as an MC and a slight return to his usual self.

03.28.05 McDonald's is seeking to use Hip-Hop to promote their Big Mac sandwich & have offered money to rappers who include the sandwich's name in a hit record by summer. Artists will not receive any money upfront, but McDonald's has offered various record labels, producers and artists $1 to $5 every time each song is played on the radio.

03.25.05 The Cartoon Network has ordered 15 half-hour episodes of the popular comic strip "The Boondocks." The animated show will be based on the award winning comic strip series created by executive producer Aaron McGruder. The series is set to premiere this October on Cartoon Network's popular "Adult Swim" block of programming.

03.19.05 Lauryn Hill & Wyclef Jean roused appetites for a Fugees reunion yet again when the duo reunited onstage in Malaysia at a charity concert Friday (Mar. 18) for victims of the South Asian tsunamis.

03.10.05 Jadakiss denied being threatened by four men, who were arrested in a stolen tow truck last night (3/9) after they allegedly flashed a gun at the rapper as he left a tribute party to B.I.G. Jadakiss confirmed the incident, but said the men were showing their support for him in his lyrical rivalry against 50 Cent.

03.09.05 50 Cent & The Game have decided to lay their beef to rest & will make a formal announcement at a press conference today (March 9) at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture in NYC at 2:00 pm.

03.05.05 Authorities seek to question The Game in relation to a shooting in front of Hot 97's offices on Monday. According to reports, police believe that Game may be able to identify the gunman that left a 24-year-old Compton, CA man wounded. In related news, Newsweek reports that federal authorities have launched a sweeping probe of the hip-hop industry.

03.01.05 Rap vet Nas has decided to pen his own novels. The rapper said he's developing a book based on his song "Sekou's Story" off his latest LP, "Street's Disciple.

02.28.05 Jury selection started today (Feb. 28) in the trial of Lil' Kim, who is accused of lying to a federal grand jury in relation to a daylight shootout in NY. Testimony could begin as early as tomorrow. Kim & her assistant are charged with perjury, obstruction of justice & making false statements.

02.26.05 Krayzie Bone has responded to an arrest warrant that was issued for the rapper, after being confronted with charges of child support non-payment of his 6-year-old son.

02.25.05 The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music & adidas will celebrate the life of Jam Master Jay tonight (Feb. 25) with an all-star tribute in NYC. The non-profit in Jay's name was founded by his wife Terri Mizell & is dedicated to supporting public school music initiatives.

02.24.05 Corey "C-Murder" Miller's upcoming music video featuring scenes of the incarcerated rapper inside prison have reportedly irked a New Orleans, Louisiana sheriff. The video features Miller in his orange jumpsuit complaining about racial profiling against blacks. The rapper is currently awaiting a new murder trial for the 2002 shooting death of a 16-year old.

02.23.05 Public Enemy Tribute Weekend kicks off in NYC tomorrow (Feb. 24) with a party for the group by Shocklee Ent. honoring the making of "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." The event takes place at Crash Mansion at 8pm & will feature hip-hop from 1988-92. On Feb. 25th & 26th, The Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music at NYU will host a discussion about the making of the LP.

02.15.05 Lord Finesse & the Estate of Big L will honor the Harlem emcee with an all-star tribute show at SOBs in NYC on Wednesday (Feb. 16), featuring appearances by the Diggin' in the Crates crew, DJ Premier, Pharaoh Monche & a host of others. Big L was shot & killed on Feb. 15, 1999. A new LP from Big L is in the works as well.

02.13.05 According to reports, pioneering producer Rick Rubin has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records to distribute his American Recordings label. Rubin founded Def Jam with rap impresario Russell Simmons. Rubin recently returned to his Hip-Hop roots, producing for Jay-Z & Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz in the past year.

02.06.05 Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested Saturday (Feb. 5) evening for suspicion of violating his parole after police found marijuana in his Ford pickup truck during a traffic stop, according to reports. Knight, 39, was arrested in Barstow, about 100 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The rap mogul is currently awaiting transfer to state prison next week, said sheriff's Cpl. Lorraine Riser. The Death Row Records co-founder was also cited for not having insurance.

01.31.05 Ego trip, the collective brains behind VH1's "TV's Illest Minority Moments", has partnered with VH1 once more to present "Race-O-Rama," another humorous observation of race in America, to air in February. The "Race-O-Rama" series examines the nation's race issues - which ego trip deems "the new pornography," - with three one-hour shows, "Blackaphobia," "Dude, Where's My Ghetto Pass" & "In Race We Lust." Guests include RZA, Talib Kweli, Too Short, MC Lyte & others.

01.30.05 On Feb. 25th & 26th, The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU will bring together Chuck D., original Public Enemy group members & a variety of people that brought forth the group's 1988 LP "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back." A dialogue on how the LP was made & screening of a new PE documentary will also take place.

01.29.05 Lil Kim's manager Damion Butler pleaded guilty yesterday (Jan 28) for his participation in a broad-daylight shootout in front of Hot 97's NY offices in 2001. Butler admitted that he fired a handgun "with the intent of hurting someone." Lil' Kim, who is charged with conspiracy, perjury & obstruction of justice, will stand trial on Feb. 28th.

01.27.05 Goodie Mob member Big Gipp has formed a group with St. Lunatics member Ali & the two are preparing an LP for Nelly's Derrty Ent. this spring. After constant run-ins at awards shows, the duo decided to work on an LP, titled "Kinfolk," as Gipp & Ali.

01.25.05 After a 10 year hiatus, The Geto Boys' highly anticipated reunion LP "The Foundation" hit stores today. "The Foundation" features production from Mike Dean, Scarface, Tone Capone, Cory Mo & Mr. Mixx.

01.24.05 Jermaine Dupri has been named President of Virgin Records' Urban Music Division. Dupri will bring his So So Def label over to Virgin & produce for other acts.

01.21.05 After months of speculation, a representative for Lil' Wayne confirmed that the rapper is still signed to his native label, Cash Money/Universal and not a Jay-Z helmed Def Jam.

01.18.05 Today begins a new "Rap City" on BET with a new, modern set. Along with the set, Mad Linx will replace Big Tigger as the host of the highly rated show, starting today.

01.16.05 Jimmy James Johnson, the man accused of punching Aftermath CEO Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards in November, allegedly told police that Marion "Suge" Knight paid him $5,000 to carry out the assault. Published reports said Johnson told police Knight paid him to carry out the attack in an attempt to embarrass Dr. Dre. Knight previously denied any involvement.

01.15.05 G-Unit rapper Young Buck pleaded not guilty Friday (Jan. 14) to an assault with a deadly weapon charge stemming from an incident at the Vibe Awards last November in Santa Monica, CA. Buck is accused of stabbing Los Angeles parolee Jimmy James Johnson after Johnson allegedly punched Aftermath Records head Dr. Dre, as the award show was being taped.

01.11.05 With anticipation slowly building for his return, 50 Cent is set to drop his Formula 50 VitaminWater drink to coincide with the release of his sophomore CD, Valentine's Day Massacre. 50 and Glaceau VitaminWater recently joined forces to introduce a new grape flavor of the low-calorie drink titled Formula 50. Fiddy also reportedly bought a share of Glaceau -the company that owns the VitaminWater brand.

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