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A$AP Rocky Is Found Guilty Of Assault In Sweden

This morning (August 14), A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault in a Swedish court. The 30-year-old rapper, model, and actor born Rakim Mayers was convicted of the crime as related to a June 30 altercation on the streets of Stockholm. Apart from the artist and his entourage, the incident... Read more

JAY-Z Is Partnering With The NFL On Social Justice & Entertainment Initiatives

Since 2016, JAY-Z has been one of the highest-profile supporters of Colin Kaepernick in his battle against the NFL. In addition to wearing his jerseys in solidarity, Jay used his profile and art to mirror Kaep's demonstrations in support of justice for people of color. In February of this year,... Read more

Benny & Westside Gunn Confirm That Griselda Has Joined Roc Nation Management

On 2018's critically-acclaimed Tana Talk 3, Benny The Butcher used JAY-Z's blueprint to showcase his outlook on "'97 Hov." Now, Benny and Westside Gunn have announced that their Griselda Records movement is taking that relationship one big step closer. This week, the two Buffalo, New Yorker artists confirmed joining the... Read more

Remembering Veteran Hip-Hop Triple-Threat Paten Locke

The Hip-Hop community has had a somber week with the passing of producer Ras G on July 29, and the loss of both DJ Kaos and Paten Locke yesterday (August 5). For those not familiar with Paten, he was a full-time MC/DJ/producer who grew up in both Boston, Massachusetts as... Read more

The Artifacts’ Longtime Member DJ Kaos Has Passed Away

DJ Kaos had been a member of Newark, New Jersey Hip-Hop group The Artifacts for more than 22 years. Today (August 5), band-mate El Da Sensei confirmed that the turntablist born Shawn Perry has passed away. Details, including a cause of death and Perry's age, have not been provided at... Read more

A$AP Rocky Released From Swedish Jail As He Awaits A Court Verdict

Moments ago (August 2) A$AP Rocky was released from a Swedish jail. The 30-year-old rapper born Rakim Mayers has been in custody for the last month amidst assault charges. During that incarceration, his representatives have described inhumane conditions, and the United States government reportedly intervened after Rocky's rights were allegedly... Read more

New Details Surface In The A$AP Rocky Case That Give Context To His Arrest

A$AP Rocky spent today (August 1) in a Stockholm, Sweden courtroom. The chart-topping rapper has been in custody for one month regarding an altercation involving his entourage and two men on the streets of the city. This morning, Rocky, who previously pleaded not guilty, said he's fighting for his freedom... Read more

E-40 & Scarface Are Making An Album. Their 1st Ever Collabo Is A Preview

After nearly 60 combined years in the game, E-40 and Scarface just released a landmark collaboration less than a week ago. From 40 Water's brand-new 26-track Practice Makes Paperalbum, "Watch The Homies" offers O.G. wisdom from the breakout stars of The Click and The Geto Boys, respectively. The 2019 Vallejo,... Read more

A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault. He Will Remain In Swedish Custody

Today (July 25), A$AP Rocky was charged with assault for an incident that took place last month in Stockholm, Sweden. As of last Friday (July 19), Donald Trump joined ongoing efforts by the US Department Of State to intervene with an ongoing investigation and detention of the chart-topping rapper, model,... Read more

Meek Mill’s Conviction Has Been Overturned & He Is Off Probation

Today (July 24) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse, Meek Mill's 2008 conviction was overturned. After a hearing in the appeals court, the 32-year-old rapper will receive a new trial, as he tells his fans and supporters that he is no longer on probation. Following a 2007 arrest for drug and... Read more

The Meters’ Co-Founder Art Neville Has Passed Away At The Age Of 81

Legendary Funk and Soul musician Art Neville has died this morning (July 22). A co-founder of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, the keyboardist and vocalist known as "Poppa Funk" was 81 years old. According to the musician's family, he was in declining health over recent years. "It was peaceful,"... Read more

Donald Trump Says He Will Try To Help A$AP Rocky In Sweden

UPDATE: In a week that began with the U.S. State Department saying it was looking into A$AP Rocky’s continued incarceration in a Swedish detention center, for his role in an altercation that may have been self-defense, the matter has now risen to the head of the Executive Branch. President Donald... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Was Being Celebrated AND Investigated By LAPD

A new report reveals Nipsey Hussle was under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department at the time of his untimely passing. According to the New York Times, authorities at the LAPD and the city attorney's office opened an investigation into the Slauson rapper and his The Marathon Clothing store... Read more

Snoop Dogg Previews His Upcoming LP For KXNG Crooked & Details Suge Knight Song

After more than 25 years in the game, Long Beach, California MC/producer/DJ Snoop Dogg is gearing up to release his 17th studio album, I Wanna Thank Me, later this year. A few weeks ago, Snoop released the single and a video to the title track of the album. In the... Read more

Sean Price’s Brooklyn Mural Is In Danger & Hip-Hop Ain’t Havin’ That

Next month will make it four years since Hip-Hop artist Sean Price passed away. The member of Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik, and Random Axe was in top creative form. Although accolades came to Price during the 1990s alongside Rockness Monsta, the Brownsville, Brooklyn native had catapulted himself to elite... Read more

Jaz-O Confirms Inking Deal With JAY-Z’s Roc Nation

Some of JAY-Z's early and breakthrough Rap appearances came courtesy of his Marcy projects neighbor, Jaz-O. The Jaz, who was signed to EMI Records, featured his friend Jay on video singles "Hawaiian Sophie" and "The Originators." At the time, the two Brooklyn MCs employed a similar stuttered rhyme style. However,... Read more

A$AP Rocky Is Reportedly Being Held In Inhumane Conditions In Sweden

Rapper A$AP Rocky is currently being detained in Sweden. On Friday (July 5), the RCA Records star was ordered to two weeks in detention related to an altercation on the streets of Stockholm during the previous week (June 30). Despite reduced assault charges, the artist was deemed a flight risk... Read more

Ghostface Killah Announces His Next Album With A Heist-Themed Mini-Movie (Video)

Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah is one of Rap's busier veterans. In the last five years, he has released as many projects. This includes a sophomore collaboration with producer/musician Adrian Younge, Inspectah Deck's CZARFACE squad, and a Lost Tapes drop in late 2018. Having already blessed fans with Czarface Meets... Read more

A$AP Rocky May Face 6 Years In Prison For Allegedly Defending Himself From 2 Men Who Were Stalking Him

A$AP Rocky is currently being detained in Stockholm, Sweden. The Harlem MC/producer is currently under investigation following a Sunday (June 30) altercation with two men. Rocky was in Stockholm for a concert amidst a set of European festival dates that the Polo Grounds/RCA Records artist must now miss. He was... Read more

Willie D & Scarface Could Both Become Houston City Councilmen

Last month, Brad Jordan (aka Scarface) announced his campaign to run for Houston City Council. With that step, the legendary lyricist and Geto Boys hit-maker revealed that he is putting his Rap name to bed, and beginning a trajectory that Jordan believes could go as far as the White House.... Read more

JAY-Z Provides Legal Assistance To A Family Terrorized By Phoenix Police

On May 29, an on-duty, in-uniform police officer was caught on video pointing his weapon, shouting profanity, and threatening a young Black family in Phoenix, Arizona. The footage quickly went viral, sparking much controversy and social outrage. Following the incident, 22-year-old Dravon Ames and 24-year-old Aisha Harper officially filed their... Read more

Missy Elliott Is The 1st Female MC To Enter The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (Video)

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. While JAY-Z became the first artist in Rap to join the prestigious circle two years ago, Missy follows a 2018 where Jermaine Dupri was admitted. Both appeared in New York City... Read more

Scarface Is [email protected] Brad Jordan Wants To Be President.

This past weekend, legendary rapper Scarface confirmed his running for Houston City Council in District D. The 48-year-old hometown hero has built his profile over the last 30 years through Rap music. He has since written a memoir, been hired as a record executive (who brought Ludacris to fame), and... Read more

Recordings By Eminem, Tupac, Rakim & The Roots Were Secretly Destroyed In Fire

Eleven years ago this month, a fiery blaze at Universal Studios Hollywood made national news. The flames started following a blowtorch repair to some homes used in old film and television shows. As the fire grew, a King Kong attraction was damaged. Reports also circulated that an archive of old... Read more

Spread Love The Brooklyn Way. A Street Is Named After Biggie Smalls (Video)

Just over 47 years ago, on May 21, 1972, Christopher Wallace was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Wallace was raised by his mother, Voletta, a preschool teacher, at 226 St. James Place in Clinton Hill. From his booming stage entrance during a pivotal... Read more

Bushwick Bill Has Passed Away At The Age Of 52. His Family Confirms.

The Hip-Hop community is mourning the loss of Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill (aka Richard Shaw). Earlier this year, the Jamaican-born, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York-raised MC was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although a premature announcement was widely circulated this morning (June 9), according to TMZ, the veteran dancer-turned-rapping... Read more

Scarface Announces He’s Running For Houston City Council

For more than 30 years, Houston, Texas has long been a significant player in the Rap music space. Crews ranging from the Geto Boys to Screwed Up Click to Swishahouse have led musical movements far beyond the city. Artists like Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Lil Keke, Mike Jones, Trae Tha Truth,... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Honors His Mixtape Roots With Upcoming “KRIT IZ Here” Album

Nine years ago, Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer Big K.R.I.T. made one of the most-acclaimed mixtapes of the 2010s courtesy of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The 2010 freebie (later released on CD and vinyl) involved Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Devin The Dude, Smoke DZA, and Krizzle affiliate Big Sant. The release was supported by... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Will Play Inspectah Deck In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Bio Series

Last month, following the premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men, a DJ Juanyto interview for HOT 97 on Staten Island with members of the Clan and its extended family suggested that Dave East would not be the only rapper to appear in an upcoming biopic. Joey Bada$$'s name... Read more

Meek Mill Is Getting A Chance To Prove His Innocence In Front Of A New Court & Judge

For more than a decade, Meek Mill's freedom has rested in the hands of a single judge, Genece Brinkley. After multiple lengthy stays behind bars (including one that just ended in 2018), Meek, Roc Nation, his record company, legal team, and legions of fans have campaigned that the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

It’s Official: JAY-Z Is Hip-Hop’s 1st Billionaire

Twelve years ago, JAY-Z projected that he would "see about a billion" in a guest verse on Freeway's "Roc-A-Fella Billionaires." At the time, the head of Def Jam Records was speculating on the maturation of his real estate portfolio and other assets. In 2019, Forbes reports that the net worth... Read more

Bushwick Bill Reveals The Reason The Geto Boys Tour Was Canceled (Video)

UPDATE: Following last Friday's (May 24) announcement that the Geto Boys' recently announced reunion tour plans have canceled, longtime group member Bushwick Bill has clarified those initial reports. “For all y’all out there that thought I was healthy enough to make a tour, I’ve been in the hospital since May... Read more

EPMD Are Working On A New Album & It’s Big Business (Video)

Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are back to work more than 30 years since the release of EPMD's debut album, Strictly Business. At Long Island, New York's Def Squad Studios, speaking to AFH TV, Erick and Parrish dropped some new information about the duo's upcoming eighth album, said to be titled... Read more

Menace II Society Director Allen Hughes Will Make A New Tupac Docuseries

In 2017, director Allen Hughes directed The Defiant Ones. The HBO docuseries traced the lives of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who would make millions (and later billions) together at Death Row Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Beats Music. The N.W.A. co-founder and onetime Chairman of Interscope Records were interviewed, as... Read more

Lil’ Kim & Lil’ Cease Make Peace After 15 Years On Biggie’s Birthday (Video)

In 1995, Junior M.A.F.I.A. released a Top 10-charting debut album in Conspiracy. Executive produced by The Notorious B.I.G. (who vocally participated on more than half of the project), the LP made key introductions from rapping members Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease. Both Brooklyn representatives, Kim and Cease would follow Conspiracy... Read more

Phonte & Rapper Big Pooh Are Making New Little Brother Music

Last September, the three founding members of Little Brother performed a last-minute reunion concert in Durham, North Carolina. In the backdrop of the place where the collective formed, Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder got back together for The Art Of Cool Festival. It was the first show of... Read more

Billionaire Robert Smith Will Pay The Student Loans For An Entire College Class

At today's (May 19) graduation keynote address, 56-year-old billionaire Robert Frederick Smith made a monumental pledge to the 2019 Morehouse University grads in Atlanta, Georgia. The CEO of the San Francisco, California-based Vista Equity Partners told approximately 396 students at the historically Black, all-male college that he wanted to provide... Read more

Oakland, California Declares May 17 To Be Phife Dawg Day

Phife Dawg was a product of Queens, New York who represented for his borough and St. Albans section throughout his 25-plus-year music career. However, the co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest also lived other places during his 45 years of life. One place Malik Taylor made his home was Oakland,... Read more

Chris Rock Is Taking The Saw Film Franchise To A Twisted New Place

Fifteen years after Saw debuted in movie theaters, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedic icon Chris Rock will help lead the franchise in a new direction. The psychological film released in 2004 spawned seven further installments, most recently 2017's Jigsaw. For its ninth chapter, Rock will reportedly join Jigsaw writers behind the scenes for a reboot... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Are Releasing A New EP This Week

Last Friday (May 10), the Showtime network premiered the four-part Wu-Tang Clan documentary, Wu-Tang: Of Mics & Men. The Mass Appeal film is directed and produced by Sacha Jenkins, with the members of Wu also serving as producers, and covers more than 30 years of history surrounding the nine founding... Read more

Kool Keith Has A New Album Coming. He Turns To B-Real For The 1st Single

In the last 20 years, Kool Keith has become one of Hip-Hop's most prolific MCs. The co-founder of the Ultramagnetic MC's has a career that spans more than 35 years in Rap. However, the Bronx, New Yorker has never slowed his roll. Instead, the advanced lyricist has created characters, groups,... Read more

The Geto Boys Are Uniting For A Final Tour For Bushwick Bill

Last week, veteran MC, dancer, and producer Bushwick Bill revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. More than 30 years ago, the Jamaican-American artist born Stephen Shaw joined Rap-A-Lot Records' Geto Boys as a dancer. Eventually moving to the role of rapper, he remained to become an... Read more

Dave Chappelle Will Receive Comedy’s Most Prestigious Award

Dave Chappelle has won multiple Grammy and Primetime Emmy Awards during his incredible career as a comedian, actor, and writer. This October, the 45-year-old Washington, D.C. native is slated to collect the most prestigious honor available to a comedian. He will do so just miles from Silver Spring, Maryland, where... Read more

Common Opens Up About Being Abused As A Child To Help Others Heal (Video)

From the outside looking in, Lonnie Rashid Lynn (professionally known as Common), has led a charmed life. The Chicago artist, who got his start in entertainment as a rapper, added acting to his repertoire and, over the course of his career, has won an Oscar, an Emmy and multiple Grammy... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Now Has A District Named After It In Staten Island

Yesterday (May 4), part of the Park Hill section of Staten Island, New York was officially renamed the "Wu-Tang Clan District." The rechristening is in honor of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late O.D.B. Meth', Raekwon, Ghostface, and U-God are some... Read more

Big Daddy Kane & 9th Wonder To Be Inducted Into North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame

In the mid-2000s, Little Brother released one of its most significant collaborations to date. "Welcome To Durham" found Big Pooh, Phonte, and 9th Wonder putting on for their city. The Chitlin Circuit inclusion also featured a legendary guest, Big Daddy Kane. Kane, whose work Phonte praised in lyrics on The Listening,... Read more

The Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Has Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer (Video)

On June 19, 1991, the Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill was shot in the head, in the midst of an argument with his girlfriend. Miraculously, Bill survived the incident but it left him with only one functioning eye, an injury which was graphically depicted on the cover of the Geto Boys'... Read more

John Singleton Has Passed Away At The Age Of 51

UPDATE: Moments ago (April 29), the family of John Singleton confirmed that the 51-year-old film and television producer, director, and screenwriter has died. The report comes hours after family members released a statement to TMZ announcing that he would be removed from life support today. A Singleton family rep has... Read more

The Roc Boys In The Building: JAY-Z & Cam’ron Have Ended Their Beef (Video)

Last night (April 26), JAY-Z performed his "B-Sides 2" concert at New York City's newly-reopened Webster Hall. It was the first time the Manhattan venue hosted a Hip-Hop show since Action Bronson took the stage in the summer of 2017. Following his 2015 rarities set, Jay performed songs from his... Read more

John Singleton Is In A Coma After Suffering A Stroke

UPDATE: According to TMZ, director John Singleton remains in treatment more than a week after being hospitalized in California. The acclaimed director suffered a stroke on April 17. Sources now say that Singleton is currently in a coma. The publication obtained documents confirming that members of John's family are seeking... Read more