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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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

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50 fails to learn by Madonna's example

ImageSooner or later, famous musicians face the temptation to diversify a little bit and try their hand at acting. Some have found the transition to be smooth and successful (Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube come to mind), while others have become perennial Razzie winners (Madonna, unfortunately, will never learn to stay away from celluloid). Add a comment

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