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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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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