Snoop rallies for condemned gang founder

ImageSAN QUENTIN: Rapper Snoop Dogg has called for authorities to spare Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the co-founder of the Crips gang, as hundreds gathered outside the prison to protest against his planned execution next month.

"Stanley "Tookie" Williams is not a regular guy, he's an inspiration," he said. "All I want to say to the governor is it's about keeping this man alive because his voice needs to be heard."
Add a comment

Continue Reading

STRAY NEWS: The Aphilliates, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West

ImageDJ Drama of the The Aphilliates has released “Gangsta Grillz: Respect The Game,” a DVD version of the popular mixtape series. The DVD features an abundance of interviews including Bun B, Jae Millz, Killer Mike, Lil Jon, Lil Scrappy, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nelly, Paul Wall, Pitbull, P$C, Stat Quo, T.I., producers and other tastemakers.
Add a comment

Continue Reading

Ludacris Responds To Statement Made On Stage

 Popular rap and hip hop artist Ludacris has responded to the outcry that resulted after the Atlanta, Georgia rapper donned a Confederate Flag during his performance Nov. 12 at the 3rd annual Vibe Awards. 
 
For the show's finale, Ludacris performed the new song "Georgia" with Bobby Valentino and Field Mobb.
Add a comment

Continue Reading

Murder Inc Trial Brief/Day 2: Prosecution Witness Provides Comic Relief, While 50 Cent Shooting Rais

 Day two of the Murder Inc money laundering trial began as the Donell Nichols show, but that all changed when 50 Cent's name was uttered.

After their attorneys spent hours destroying Nichols' credibility, Irving and Chris Lorenzo looked to be in a good position. After all it has only taken defense attorneys Gerald Shargel and Gerald Lefcourt two days to totally discredit both of the prosecution's star witnesses.
Add a comment

Continue Reading

RZA: Wu'd by Hollywood

 The coveted composer has written music for films such as "Kill Bill" Vols. 1 and 2 and the upcoming "Miami Vice." Now he's making noise in front of the camera in the thriller "Derailed," which stars Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.

Staten Island's native son - who now lives in California - plays Winston, a drug dealer-turned-mailroom clerk who meets a gruesome end.

Add a comment

Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg to join prison rally

ImageRap star Snoop Dogg is set to attend a rally at California's San Quentin State Prison on Saturday to protest against the execution of a former gang leader.

Williams has subsequently earned several Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his teachings, urging young people to stay out of gangs. Add a comment

Continue Reading

Kanye's tour raises standard for rap concerts

ImageNot content with establishing a new paradigm for hip-hop productions -- and scoring a string of hits and two multiplatinum albums in the process -- Kanye West set out to redefine the live rap concert with his "Touch the Sky" tour.

Though he's prone to bragging, this was no idle boast: As evidenced by his performance at the UIC Pavilion Monday night, the 28-year-old Chicago-reared superstar has succeeded brilliantly.
Add a comment

Continue Reading

Benzino: Pump Up the Volume

 Ray Benzino might be setting up his personal Tet Offensive, a series of aggressive moves in his long running war again "the machine." And like the famous strategy in a war torn 1960's Vietnam, Benzino hopes to topple his adversaries in a spectacular fashion and drive them out of Hip-Hop for the good of the culture.
Add a comment

Continue Reading

Rap mogul Irv Gotti set for laundering trial

 When a brash disc jockey named Irving Lorenzo decided to call himself "Irv Gotti" and start a music label called Murder Inc. in the late 1990s, he said it was all about selling records. Records by stars like Ashanti and Ja Rule sold in the millions, turning Lorenzo into a rap mogul.

The problem, according to federal authorities, was that his gangster persona wasn't mere hype. Add a comment

Continue Reading

Murder Inc. tied to 50 Cent shooting

ImageFederal prosecutors say the man who shot rapper 50 Cent in 2000 was later hired as a bodyguard for the hip-hop recording label, Murder Inc.

Irv and Chris "Gotti" Lorenzo go on trial in New York Tuesday on charges of laundering money for convicted drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff through their label, Murder Inc., now known as The Inc. Add a comment

Continue Reading