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Tupac's Mom Approves Of Coachella Hologram Tribute

April 16th, 2012 9:28pm EDT
Tupac
Iconic rapper Tupac Shakur found new life over the weekend thanks to Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and special effects company Digital Domain, which produced a hologram of the late star for a "performance" with the two living rappers at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

The rap stars' set was the talk of the festival after Sunday night's finale, and Tupac's mother - who handles most of the slain star's affairs - has given her approval and applauded the performance.

A rep for Afeni Shakur told TMZ.com that she "was absolutely positively thrilled with Tupac's virtual performance".

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Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

April 16th, 2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...
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Nate Dogg To 'Perform' At Coachella Via Hologram

April 12th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Nate Dogg
Late rapper Nate Dogg is reportedly set to appear at the Coachella festival in California this weekend - as a hologram.

The hip-hop star, real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, passed away in March, 2011, after suffering complications from multiple strokes.

However, the 41 year old is set to rise from the dead for the much-hyped music festival and "perform" a short set with his former 213 bandmate Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on Sunday during their all-star headlining set.

According to TMZ.com, the late rapper's image will be projected onto a large screen beside the stage, allowing both artists t...
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Dr. Dre Puts On Producer Cap For 'Thaw'

March 24th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre is set to produce his first film.

The rapper-turned-actor will step behind the camera for upcoming thriller "Thaw," which tells the story of an ancient evil that surfaces during the melting of the ice caps in northern Canada.

Vik Weet has been tapped to pen the script but a director has yet to sign on for the project, according to industry paper Variety.

Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, will release the movie under his production banner Crucial Films, which was launched back in 2007 with his business partner Daniel Schnider.
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PETA Slams Dr. Dre For Fox Fur Headphones

January 9th, 2012 9:05am EST
Dr. Dre
Rapper Dr. Dre has come under fire from animal rights activists for selling headphones which feature real fox fur.

The hip-hop star teamed up with designers at fashion house Oscar de la Renta to create a limited edition range of headphones, which are covered in "luxe silver fox," for his line Beats by Dre.

However, the new sound piece has infuriated bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and executive Michelle Cho has now written an open letter to the hitmaker, urging him to discontinue the collection and shun the use of fur and exotic-animal skins in the future.

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T.I. To Celebrate New Year With Release Of Dr. Dre Mixtape

December 31st, 2011 7:00pm EST
TI
Rapper T.I. will ring in 2012 by releasing his new mixtape collaboration with reclusive hip-hop icon Dr. Dre.

The hitmaker, who spent much of 2011 behind bars on a probation violation, is planning to launch his latest release with a New Year's Eve party in his native Atlanta, Georgia.

He says, "For New Year's I'm gonna be waitin' on F**k Da City Up to drop. We got a party poppin' off down here in Atlanta... We gonna turn up and it's basically that. Between the party and the mixtape, that's all I got going. New year, new money. That's that."

And he insists the new release will be a huge d...
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Thumbs Up For Lady Gaga's Heartbeats Headphones

October 11th, 2011 7:00am EDT
Lady Gaga
If Lady Gaga endorses something it's got to be pretty good. The pop diva, known for her over-the-top fashion and popular songs such as "Poker Face" and "Born This Way" recently released the Heartbeats in-ear headphones from Monster.

The earbuds, part of Dr. Dre's collection, follow up Gaga's original model. They offer clear, crisp sound. Whether you're listening to Gaga's "Paparazzi," Adele's "Someone Like You" or Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," they successfully tune out background noise without overpowering your ears.

The diva herself designed the black metallic headphones, which are i...
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50 Cent Cancels Album Release After Argument With Record Label

July 27th, 2011 8:36am EDT
50 Cent
Rapper 50 Cent has vowed to "not put out another album" following a disagreement with executives at his record label.

The In Da Club hitmaker was busy working on his next musical release until he had a heated exchange with Interscope chiefs in May, accusing them of "moving in slow motion."

He warned bosses that unless they worked harder to make the release a success, he would put a hold on the new material - and now he's dropped plans to launch his fifth studio album later this year.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Man I'm not releasing an album... I can't bel...
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Dr. Dre Honors Sean 'Diddy' Combs At ASCAP Awards

June 27th, 2011 11:18am EDT
Dr. Dre
Sean 'Diddy' Combs received a moving tribute from fellow hip-hop star Dr. Dre at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles on Friday night.

The rap mogul was the toast of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) annual gala and was handed the coveted Founders Award in recognition of his contribution to the music industry.

Dr. Dre presented the prize and honored Combs in a speech, telling the crowd, "If you ask a group of people what hustle is, you are probably going to get a lot of different answers. But I think it's doing whatever it takes to become ...
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Ice Cube Planning N.W.A. Biopic

May 11th, 2011 9:56pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rap and movie mogul Ice Cube has confirmed reports of a planned biopic about his groundbreaking former group N.W.A.

The "It Was a Good Day" hitmaker fronted the original gangsta rap act with Dr. Dre and admits he's working on a new film about "the world's most dangerous group."

He says, "I think N.W.A. changed a lot in pop culture and people should see how we started, how the neighborhood we came from created N.W.A. and then N.W.A. changed the neighborhoods we come from. It's definitely a story that needs to be told."

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America's '25 Fittest Guys' Include Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans & Joel McHale

April 22nd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Fittest Guys
Men’s Fitness magazine is honoring its "25 Fittest Guys." From the boardroom to the classroom, the big screen to the small, these guys are at the top of their game. They’re record breakers, superheroes, and regular Joes.

Check out the celebrities on the list:

Chris Evans, The Action Hero, 30

Evans starred as Marvel Comic Superhero, Captain America. Evans took the role seriously, working with a personal trainer to build bigger biceps and tone his abs, transforming his body into the jacked frame of Marvel Comic’s super soldier.

Alex O’Loughlin, The Five-O, 34

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Dr. Dre Wins Legal Battle Over 'Chronic' Web Sales

April 20th, 2011 9:35am EDT
Dr. Dre
Legendary rapper/producer Dr. Dre has won a legal ruling entitling him to 100 per cent of the profits of digital sales of his iconic album, The Chronic.

Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, took label executives to court last year, alleging they were improperly selling his 1992 debut online and using his hits in compilations without his authorization.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled on Tuesday that Death Row Records bosses do not have the rights to sell the album online and that Dr. Dre has received far less cash than he is due from web sales. The ruling will now see the hip-hop s...
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Snoop Dogg Fuming At 'Wet' Name Change

April 13th, 2011 2:27pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has been told to change the title of his bachelor party anthem dedicated to royal fan Prince William in order to get the racy tune played on U.S. radio stations.

The Gin and Juice hit-maker came up with Wet in honor of the British royal's upcoming nuptials to Kate Middleton, insisting he hoped the tune would help the Prince celebrate his final days as a single man.

He faced some criticism from radio chiefs who refused to play the song on air unless he renamed the track to make it more family-friendly, but the backlash has stunned Snoop - because another single he created with...
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Rapper Nate Dogg Dies At 41

March 16th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Nate Dogg
Rapper Nate Dogg has died at age 41.

Snoop Dogg's cousin - real name Nathaniel Hale - passed away on Tuesday following a lengthy battle with numerous health issues, reports the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Hale, whose cause of death is not yet known, suffered a series of strokes in 2007 and 2008, which left him paralyzed down the left side of his body.

His pal Warren G appealed to fans in November asking them to help contribute to the star's medical costs as he underwent a lengthy rehabilitation process to regain the ability to walk and talk.

Hale rose to fame with Snoop Dogg and Warr...
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Diddy Is The Richest Man In Hip Hop - See How Much He's Worth

March 11th, 2011 8:45am EST
Diddy
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has beaten Jay-Z to the top of the latest list to find the richest man in hip-hop.

Forbes magazine editors estimate Diddy has a fortune of $475 million - just $25 million more than his rap mogul rival Jay-Z.

Dr. Dre came in a distant third with $125 million, while Birdman and 50 Cent tied for fourth with estimated $100 million fortunes.

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Dr. Dre To Perform With Eminem At The Grammys

February 10th, 2011 9:33am EST
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is set to play his first live TV performance in a decade when he joins his protégé Eminem on stage at Sunday's Grammys.

The Real Slim Shady hit-maker is set for a big night at the annual prizegiving - he's up for 10 trophies, including Song of the Year for Love the Way You Lie, Best Rap Album and the coveted Album of the Year trophy for Recovery.

And the rapper will thrill the star-studded audience when he collaborates with Dre, who hasn't performed on TV in 10 years.

The show will be a treat for hip-hop fans who have been waiting for a new Dre album for 12 years.

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'Detox' Will Be Dr. Dre's Last Album

November 22nd, 2010 4:30pm EST
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre will retire as a rapper after the long-awaited release of Detox next year.

The former N.W.A. star has been working on his third solo project for over a decade and it will reportedly hit music retailers in February after a string of delays. Dre admits he struggled to complete the disc because at 45, he fears he's losing touch with his younger fans.

He tells the upcoming issue of XXL Magazine, "The only part that has been pushing me back is just the fact that I'm getting older... I can incorporate other artists, new artists with this record, to say some of the things ...
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Flavor Flav Launching Vodka And Chicken Range

November 18th, 2010 3:31pm EST
Flavor Flav
Veteran rapper Flavor Flav has become the latest hip-hop star to enter the alcohol industry - he's launching a range of flavored vodkas. The Public Enemy star has been working on Le Flav Spirits and is aiming to have the liquors on the market early next year.

He says, "I want you all to keep on the look out. It should be on the shelves by January... I'm coming out with a cherry vodka, a berry vodka, an olive vodka, a sweet tea vodka, a bubblegum vodka and a grape vodka."

And Flav is already planning to expand the collection: "Also, I'm coming out with Le Flav Cognac and Chateaux Le Flav...
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Dr. Dre Not Happy Over Internet Leak

November 18th, 2010 10:45am EST
Dr. Dre
An internet leak has forced Dr. Dre to release his new single Kush - even though he's not happy with the song's content.

The hip-hop legend already axed his collaboration with Jay-Z, Under Pressure, from upcoming album Detox after part of the song hit the internet early. Dre said at the time, "There's no leaks that came out that's gonna be on the record."

The rapper recently became the victim of a web leak again when an unfinished version of Kush appeared on websites, and he's reluctantly agreed to release the single. Nevertheless, Dre admits he's unhappy with the release of Kush, a son...
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Justin Timberlake Defends Illegal Downloading

September 27th, 2010 2:34pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Pop star-turned-actor Justin Timberlake has sided with fallen Napster co-founder Sean Parker in the music downloading debate, admitting he would have used the file-sharing website had he not shot to fame.

Parker's music-sharing site was shut down in 2001 following a string of lawsuits from artists like Metallica and Dr. Dre, and several major record labels. He re-launched his career in 2004 when he was hired as an adviser for Facebook.com and he is portrayed by Timberlake in new film The Social Network, which chronicles the early days of the website.

Timberlake found himself researching...
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Jay-Z, Eminem, And Music's Biggest Stars In An 'Empire State Of Mind' At Yankee Stadium

September 14th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Jay-Z, Eminem Yankee Stadium
Last night, Eminem and Jay-Z turned Yankees Stadium into a more exciting, surprising, and star-studded event than the VMA’s the night before. Em’s priorities were clear when he ditched the MTV awards immediately after his opening performance to fly east and meet up with Jay-Z for the first of the New York concerts on Jay and Eminem’s their Home and Home tour.

The show got off to a hot start with B.o.B. who did a good job with his opening set, despite the noticeable omission of his chart topping hit, “Airplanes.” In a surprising twist, that tune showed up midway through Eminem’s set, with t...
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Should These Bands Or Artists Be Considered For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

September 1st, 2010 2:31pm EDT
Journey
Not all musicians can be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, it brings to mind some music acts worthy of consideration in the future. Let us know which yet to be named bands or artist do you think should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Performers:

Journey

Classic Rock band Journey is currently experiencing a new wave of popularity thanks to televised musical programs American Idol and Glee.

Nirvana

Rock act Nirvana crashed into the 90's obliterating the Heavy Metal music scene with a new revolutionary industry termed movement known as "Grunge."...
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Dr. Dre Sued For $1.2 Million

July 26th, 2010 2:45pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Rap mogul Dr. Dre is facing a $1.2 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay for studio time.

The legendary producer is being sued by Paramount Recording Studios in California for breach of contract.

In a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, the claimants allege that Dre - real name Andre Young - failed to pay for the use of a recording studio between April 2009 and June 2010. The papers claim that Young promised to pay the amount by July 13th, but failed to do so.

It is reported the rapper has used the recording studio for a decade and got a cheaper rate on the s...
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Dr. Dre Teams Up With Justin Bieber

July 21st, 2010 2:21pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Rap super-producer Dr. Dre took a break from working on his long-awaited comeback album on Tuesday to make music with an unlikely collaborator - teenage pop star Justin Bieber.

The Still D.R.E. hit-maker has been perfecting the tracks for Detox for months and his first new release in over a decade is expected to hit music retailers by the end of the year. However, Dre temporarily put the album on hold this week to provide Usher's protégé Bieber with some beats and share a few wise words with the 16 year old.

Revealing the news on his Twitter.com blog on Tuesday, Bieber wrote, "Got to b...
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Timbaland Surprises High School Graduates With Impromptu Performance

June 24th, 2010 7:17pm EDT
Timbaland
Rapper/producer Timbaland and Dr. Dre shocked students in California on Wednesday night by performing a surprise gig at their graduation party.

"The Way I Are" hitmaker was introduced onstage at Culver City High by Dr. Dre, who then performed hits with his guest in the school's gymnasium.

A 17-year-old student from the school, Saul Salmeron, tells the Associated Press, "When we walked in, we were like, 'Whoa. Is this a second prom?'"

Speaking during the event, which was sponsored by Interscope Records and Hewlett-Packard, Timbaland was met with cheers as he asked the crowd of teenagers, ...
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Eminem Named 'Artist Of The Decade'

May 6th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
Eminem
Rap superstar Eminem has a prestigious new plaque to add to his collection of awards after picking up his honor as America's best-selling artist of the decade.

The Without Me hit-maker, real name Marshall Mathers, was crowned the king of the charts by officials at Nielsen SoundScan, the company which compiles the Billboard countdowns, in December after selling more than 32 million albums in his career to date.

Eminem was presented with a special plaque commemorating his achievements this week when he was joined by mentor Dr. Dre, Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine, manager Paul Rosenb...
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No 'Relapse 2' For Eminem

April 14th, 2010 8:00pm EDT
Eminem
Rapper Eminem has scrapped plans to release a sequel to his Relapse album.

The Without Me hit-maker returned to the charts last year with Relapse, his first release since 2004's Encore. He revealed his studio sessions with mentor and super-producer Dr. Dre had been so productive, he planned to serve up a double treat for fans by releasing a second project, titled Relapse 2, months later.

Eminem said, "We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff."

The project was originally scheduled to h...
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Dr. Dre: 'I've Been Listening To A Lot Of Kraftwerk'

April 9th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop legend Dr. Dre has been turning to 1970s electronica pioneers Kraftwerk for inspiration as he completes work on his long-awaited album Detox.

The rap icon is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 1999 release 2001, and recently revealed the first single will be a track called Under Pressure featuring Jay-Z.

However, Dre admits he's been listening to a completely different genre of music to help fuel his creativity during the lengthy process.

He tells Reuters, "I've been listening to a lot of old '60s and '70s music. Things like Kraftwerk, and Parliament Funkadelic....
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Dr. Dre Launches Royalties Lawsuit

February 12th, 2010 9:03am EST
Dr. Dre Launches Royalties Lawsuit
Rap legend Dr. Dre is suing the newly acquired Death Row Records over unpaid royalties stemming from his iconic 1992 album The Chronic. Dre, real name Andre Young, filed a suit against the label at Los Angeles Federal Court on Thursday, claiming he has not received any further money from album sales since he left the company in 1996, and that the new owners of Death Row Records released a collectors' version of The Chronic, as well as a greatest hits record, without his consent.

Young's lawyer claims in the suit that WIDEawake, part of music publisher EverGreen which acquired the assets...
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Michel'le Toussaint Suing 'Suge' Knight Over Child Support

January 10th, 2010 3:00pm EST
Suge Knight
Singer Michel'le Toussaint is taking her ex-husband Marion 'Suge' Knight to court over child support payments.

Toussaint, a former artist on Knight's Death Row Records, was married briefly to the fallen rap mogul in 1997 and the couple has a daughter together, named Bailel.

In the court documents, obtained by TMZ.com, the former millionaire now earns just $1,307 a month, meaning under California law Toussaint can only receive $302 every four weeks for the four year old.

Last year, she took Knight to court seeking over $40,000 in court-ordered spousal support payments, and reques...
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