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Gym Class Heroes Announce North American Tour With The Roots And Estelle

August 14th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Gym Class Heroes
Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes have announced details of their upcoming co-headline tour with The Roots.

The North American schedule – which features support from Homeschool/Atlantic Records R&B sensation Estelle – will begin on October 3rd at Baltimore's Rams Head Live! and then traverse the continent through a November 1st finale at Albany, New York's Washington Avenue Armory.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on August 15th and 16th. Furthermore, one dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva...
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Rock The Bells Festival Rings In The Stars

August 5th, 2008 4:59pm EDT
Jay-Z
The Rock The Bells rap festival was an all-star affair on Long Island, New York on Sunday when Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Slick Rick made surprise appearances. Jay-Z stunned rap fans at the Jones Beach event when he joined Nas for two songs.

The two rap heavyweights performed "Black Republican" and Jay-Z's "Success" anthem.

Meanwhile, Rhymes gave the reunited A Tribe Called Quest's headlining spot a little star power when he joined them for a version of "Scenario."

And Method Man and Redman's set was awash with special guests - DJ Kool, Slick Rick, Keith Murray and EPMD all join...
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Busta Rhymes Looking To Collaborate With Amy Winehouse

July 10th, 2008 2:54pm EDT
Busta Rhymes
Busta Ryhmes is hoping to collaborate with troubled British singer Amy Winehouse. The rapper is reluctant to work with America's big name artists, preferring to go into the studio with someone relatively new to the music scene.

And he has named Winehouse as his first choice. He says, "Her music is incredible. I am definitely a fan.

"There are a lot of artists I'd like to work with, but I don't want to work with them because of their names, I want to work with them because I know what we'd do together would be something special."

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Missy Elliott's Birthday Party Ends In Brawl

July 7th, 2008 2:46pm EDT
Missy Elliott
Rapper Missy Elliott's 37th birthday celebrations in New York were cut short at the weekend when her make-up artist was arrested for allegedly assaulting a fan.

Deborah Padilla was taken into police custody after the brawl at the NYC Marquee nightclub, where a waitress at the venue reportedly attempted to get close to party guest Busta Rhymes.

An eyewitness tells the New York Post, "The waitress got into it with the make-up artist, then fists flew.

"There were people crying, bottles flying and Missy trying to get out of there. It was pandemonium."

The unnamed waitress su...
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Gym Class Heroes Roll Out 'The Quilt' Sept. 9

July 4th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Gym Class Heroes
Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated third album, "The Quilt." The collection – which follows 2006's RIAA gold-certified breakthrough, As Cruel As School Children – arrives in stores and at online retailers on September 9th.

The Quilt will be preceded by the album's first single, "Cookie Jar." Produced by The-Dream (Rihanna, Usher, Chris Brown), the track will be available for digital purchase on July 8th. Gym Class Heroes recently wrapped production on a companion video for "Cookie Jar" with dire...
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Busta Rhymes Addresses Murder Of Ex-Bodyguard

June 1st, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Busta Rhymes
Rapper Busta Rhymes has spoken out about the "great loss" of a "dear friend" after his former bodyguard was found dead in New York. Jermaine Williams, 35, was found on Wednesday with multiple gunshot wounds in Ozone Park, Queens.

According to reports, he was in Queens visiting his grandmother - but went missing for almost 24 hours.

Police found Williams' body wrapped in a blanket in the backseat of his SUV. Rhymes - real name Trevor Smith - is currently touring Europe and was devastated to hear of the tragic news. Williams worked briefly for the Touch It hitmaker in 2000.

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T.I. Became Friends With Eminem After Legal Troubles

May 9th, 2008 10:07am EDT
T.I.
Rapper T.I. has formed a strong bond with Eminem in recent months after the hip-hop mogul reached out to the star to offer his support during his legal woes.

T.I. was handed a 1,000-hour community service sentence in March, after pleading guilty to weapons charges relating to his October arrest, when he allegedly tried to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers.

And, while spending several months on house arrest at his Atlanta, Georgia home, T.I. reveals a number of his hip-hop peers got in touch to help him through his troubled times.

But no one was more supportive than ...
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Rockers Claim They've Been Shortchanged By 'Grand Theft Auto IV'

May 7th, 2008 1:37pm EDT
Grand Theft Auto IV
New York punk rockers Leeway have accused the makers of video game sensation Grand Theft Auto IV of failing to pay out for the use of their songs on the soundtrack.

Leeway join Kanye West, The Who, Bob Marley and Busta Rhymes, among the artists whose music appears on the video game, which is expected to make $400 million in worldwide sales.

Lead singer Ed Sutton claims the band signed a "very simple" licensing agreement last year and were due to receive $2,500 within 60 days - but it never arrived.

He tells the New York Post, "We still haven't gotten paid and they're still ma...
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Estelle Discusses Her Album 'Shine,' American Boys And Her Sense of Fashion

April 28th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Estelle
UK sensation Estelle has been dubbed John Legend's protégé. She's been compared to Lauryn Hill and has collaborated with a number of great artists (Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean, Will.i.am, Mark Ronson and Cee-lo & Jack Splash) to come up with an amazing album called "Shine," which drops in the states tomorrow.

This 28-year-old dynamo is one artist who is comfortable in her own skin. She is willing to take risks to further her career, which characterizes an extreme sense of self-determination that cannot be ignored. Being the first artist to be signed to John Legend's new lab...
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Notes & Quotes: Brinkley On Johansson, 'Monk' Tribute, Dafoe's Deaths & More

April 16th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Tony Shalhoub
Next year's Oscar nominations will be announced on a Thursday, not the traditional Tuesday-- so as not to clash with the presidential inauguration. The Academy Award nods were due to be read on January 20 but Oscar bosses have been forced to move the date because it fell on the new U.S. President's first day in office. Next year's Oscars will take place at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on February 22.

"If I could have one thing, I'd have Scarlett Johansson's skin for a day. This generation of girls grew up protecting their skin from day one." Model Christie Brinkley.

"If we ever ...
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Busta Rhymes Escapes Jail Time

January 24th, 2008 12:03pm EST
Busta Rhymes
Troubled rapper Busta Rhymes has escaped jail after a judge handed him a fine and three years probation on charges of assault and driving under the influence.

The hip-hop star, real name Trevor Smith, entered a plea of guilty to four separate charges against him as part of a plea deal with authorities in New York, according to TMZ.com.

Two assault charges relate to separate incidents in 2006 after the star was accused of beating fan LeBron James on Randall's Island, New York in July and his driver Eddie Hatchett in December.

The judge sentenced Smith to three years probatio...
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'NOW That's What I Call Music!' Vol. 26 And 'NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!' Released

November 26th, 2007 11:29am EST
NOW 26
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, will ring in the holiday season with the November 13 release of two scorching collections of today's hottest tunes. NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits, and NOW That's What I Call Party Hits! celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who's-who of today's top artists.

NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 spotlights 20 of today's hottest chart hits, including Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," J. Holiday...
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T.I. Saves Thanksgiving Dinner For The Homeless

November 22nd, 2007 9:00am EST
T.I.
Rapper T.I. has helped to raise $166,000 to save a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless - despite his current status under house arrest. The Bring 'Em Out star - real name Clifford Harris Jr. - is being held as a prisoner in his own Atlanta, Georgia, home, after he was arrested last month on illegal weapons charges.

But that didn't stop the lyricist from joining in the Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry and Homeless Foundation fundraiser on Tuesday to raise money for the organization's 38th annual Thanksgiving dinner.

T.I. teamed up with U.S. radio DJ Ryan Cameron to head a campaign to ...
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Will.i.am Releases Third Solo Disc, 'Songs About Girls'; Win A Copy!

October 15th, 2007 11:21am EDT
will.i.am
First things first. The Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up. will.i.am, frontman and producer behind the multi-platinum group, wants to get that out of the way right from the start. "We're not going anywhere," he says, by way of introducing his new solo album, Songs About Girls. "I made the choice in high school to be with a crew and that's never going to change. It was just really important for me to try some things out on my own, with my own artistry and imagination."

Indeed. will.i.am has helped steer The Black Eyed Peas into one of the most popular groups in music. They have sold 1...
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Busta Rhymes With Linkin Park

October 12th, 2007 9:20am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes is following in the footsteps of Jay-Z by recording a new track with rockers Linkin Park. Rap mogul Jay-Z scored a massive hit with Linkin Park on "Numb/Encore" in 2004, and with the collaborative album Collision Course, and now Rhymes is hoping for the same good fortune after recording new track "It Looks Like We Made It" with the group.

The song will appear on Rhymes' upcoming album "Back On My BS," and the hip-hop star has huge hopes for the powerful anthem.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "This song speaks volumes to the globe - it ain't just about the 'hood, i...
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Ludacris Supports Volunteers

October 1st, 2007 4:59pm EDT
Ludacris
Rapper Ludacris will join 100 volunteers to help refurbish a unkempt park in New York this weekend. The Grammy Award winning star will visit DeWitt Clinton park to paint playground areas and fences and clear litter from the area on Saturday.

Ludacris has also agreed to perform for 5,000 people in a bid to promote volunteer project Boost Mobile RockCorps concert, alongside hip-hop stars Busta Rhymes, Fabolous and Keyshia Cole.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Billy Joel's Wife Turned Away From Diddy's Party

September 3rd, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Billy Joel
Billy Joel's wife Katie Lee was turned away from Diddy's annual White Party on Sunday, because she was dressed in cream. The hip-hop mogul had a strict white dress code at the end-of-summer bash at his Long Island, New York, mansion and made sure his bouncers enforced the fashion rules.

Combs entertained hundreds of people, including Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Donna Karan, Tommy Lee and Ashley Olsen.

Joel's wife Lee turned up dressed in cream, but was told to go home and change.

Combs attended his bash dressed in a white shirt and trousers and white sneakers.

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A Tribe Called Quest To Join Snoop Dogg & Others At 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors'

August 21st, 2007 3:39pm EDT
A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest will take the stage along with honorees Snoop Dogg, Whodini, Missy Elliott, and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing at the fourth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." VH1 will also honor the seminal hip hop film "Wild Style."

Hosted by Tracy Morgan, VH1 will once again pay tribute to the hip hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon.

Taping at New York City's famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, October 4, and premiering on VH1 and VH1 Soul on Monday, October 8 at 10PM*, this year's show will feature pe...
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Check Out Papoose's Latest, "Bang It Out," Featuring Snoop

July 30th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Papoose
Born and raised in the notorious Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Papoose took his first jabs at being a rapper at the young age of 11. Given the name by his grandmother meaning "Indian baby", whom he resembled as a child, Papoose is the true definition of a real MC. Inspired by rap legends Rakim, Kool-G-Rap and Big Daddy Kane, he has been well respected in the underground street circuit for a long period of time now. Papoose has survived the trappings and politics of the rap industry, which uses gimmicks as well as fake street and jail images to sell records and destroy the essenc...
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Busta Rhymes' Indecent Proposal

July 11th, 2007 9:42am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Hip-hop star Busta Rhymes got so carried away in bed with New York radio DJ Tarsha Jones, he proposed to the beauty. Hot 97 host Jones has detailed her alleged alliances with Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z in her memoirs Have You Met Miss Jones? The Life and Loves of Radio's Most Controversial Diva.

She writes, "With Busta, it was only sex. I learned not to trust a proposal of marriage made in bed.

"Busta was as gentle as he could be, because he was packing. Busta's lovemaking was not for the timid or faint of heart.

"The fact that our lovemaking never lasted too long didn't bother m...
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Los Angeles 'Viva Earth' Gig Canceled

July 5th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Ciara
A Los Angeles Live Earth-related concert has become the third leg of Saturday's global extravaganza to be canceled. The Viva Earth benefit concert, which was due to take place at the city's famed Memorial Coliseum, has been called off for reasons unknown at press time.

Stars including Ciara, Tyrese and Busta Rhymes were due to perform at the cancelled event, which now follows in the footsteps of a scrapped Live Earth concert in Istanbul, Turkey.

A spokeswoman for the public relations company organizing the day-long festival says, "I have been informed that the concert has been ca...
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Rihanna & Ne-Yo To Headline Slavery Abolition Celebration

June 26th, 2007 9:12am EDT
Ne-Yo
Rihanna, Ne-Yo, John Legend and Shakira are to headline an upcoming Nigerian festival held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The acts will perform at the second annual ThisDay Festival in Lagos on July 14 and 15.

"So Sick" singer Ne-Yo is particularly excited about his appearance: "I've heard nothing but good things, and can't wait to get over there and give back some of the love that I've been given from over there. It's an honor and a pleasure to even get the opportunity to visit, let alone perform."

Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z, S...
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Taking Back Sunday To Headline Live Tour Dates For Boost Mobile Rockcorps

June 7th, 2007 5:12pm EDT
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday announced today that the band will perform a string of headlining dates for Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC), a national youth volunteerism movement that harnesses the power of music to motivate young people to get involved in their communities. The upcoming concerts, which are free to anyone volunteering four hours of community service to season wrap concert at Radio City Music Hall.

"Communities are like gardens," notes lead singer Adam Lazzara when asked why they chose to get involved with BMRC. "Without upkeep and care, without maintenance, it is impossible for the...
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The Hives Team Up With Pharrell

June 7th, 2007 9:23am EDT
The Hives
Swedish rockers The Hives are taking their music in a new direction for their next album - they've teamed up with rap producer Pharrell Williams. Williams, one half of production duo The Neptunes, is known for his work with rappers Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, but has also worked with pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

The Walk Idiot Walk stars hope their collaborations for their follow up to 2004's Tyrannosaurus Hives will match the success of William's previous ventures. In a statement, front man Howlin Pelle says, "This new album has been recorded all over the ...
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Busta Rhymes Settles Fan Lawsuit

May 23rd, 2007 10:53am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes has settled a $100,000 lawsuit filed by a fan, which claimed the rapper assaulted him. Melvin Smith accused the hip-hop star and his bodyguard Troy Green of assaulting him after he approached Busta Rhymes asking for an autograph in a Manhattan sandwich shop in 2005.

Smith claimed he needed four stitches after he was punched near the eye by the rapper, whose real name is Trevor Smith.

In January, a New York judge ruled both men were civilly liable for the incident and ordered the Touch It hitmaker to pay $100,000.

Rhymes decided to settle the suit on Monday, just ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 20

May 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Timothy Olyphant
Happy Birthday to rapper Busta Rhymes (1972), race car driver Tony Stewart (1971), "Deadwood" star Timothy Olyphant (1968), "The Facts of Life" actress Mindy Cohn (1960), "Ghost" actor Tony Goldwyn (1960), "True Romance" actor Bronson Pinchot (1959), singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959), Go-Go's singer Jane Wiedlin (1958), singer/actress Cher (1946), British singer Joe Cocker (1944), "The Matrix Revolutions" actor Anthony Zerbe (1936), and "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" star Jimmy Stewart (1908; d. 1997).
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Busta Rhymes Rejects Plea Deal

May 8th, 2007 1:48pm EDT
Busta Rhymes
Rapper Busta Rhymes walked out of a New York courtroom today, after refusing to accept a plea deal which would have seen him serve 12 months in jail for assault and drunk-driving charges. Rhymes - real name Trevor Smith - was at Manhattan Criminal Court to stand trial for the alleged December assault of his driver and an August assault of a fan. He was also facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge, after his arrest last week.

His lawyer rejected the plea deal proposed by the prosecution, which offered the rapper a one-year prison term, attendance of a drunk-driving program and...
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Busta Rhymes Freed On $7,500 Bail

May 4th, 2007 10:05am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Troubled rapper Busta Rhymes was released on $7,500 bail yesterday following his drink driving arrests earlier that day. Police stopped the hip-hop star, real name Trevor Smith, at 12.48am after they noticed the windows of his GMC Yukon Denali Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) were excessively tinted.

Officers claim they smelled "a strong odor of alcohol" on Smith's breath and "he dropped his wallet to the ground" when he attempted to show them his identification.

An on-site sobriety test found his blood alcohol level was .147 - above the legal New York State limit of .08. However, a l...
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Federation Ready Sophomore Album 'It's Whateva'

May 3rd, 2007 12:13pm EDT
Federation
Bay Area rappers Federation will release their new album -- "It's Whateva" -- on June 26 on Reprise Records. Veteran producer Rick Rock (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, E-40) pushed the trio -- Doonie Baby, Goldie, and Stresmatic -- to further diversify the bass-heavy, rapid-fire hyphy sound, and deliver more than what fans may expect to hear from these pioneers.

"It's Whateva" has already received early critical acclaim: "Considered originators of the rap microgenre, hyphy, the Feds are back with the biggest dread-shaking album of the year. The bangin beats on '18 Dummy' and 'My Rims' will blow ...
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Diddy Gives Lil' Kim A Boost On Remix Record

April 30th, 2007 4:07pm EDT
Diddy
Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs is hoping to get Lil' Kim's career back on track after her prison stint - by including her on the remix of his latest single. Diddy asked Kim to record vocals for the Last Night remix - the tune marks her return to music after her jail spell last year for perjury.

Kim admits she was thrilled to get the call from her long-time friend: "We've always had amazing chemistry together and it was a great feeling to pick back up where we left off years ago and do it again."

Diddy adds, "It feels great to be working with Lil' Kim again after all these years." Th...
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