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Jim Jones To Star In 'Urban Twilight' Movie

August 29th, 2012 9:02am EDT
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Rapper Jim Jones is set to tackle his first leading movie role in a new vampire film project.

The hip-hop star will star in and produce upcoming action film Vampire Life: The Movie, which will be in a similar vein to 2002 straight-to-DVD film State Property, which Jones made a cameo in.

He tells entertainment website Villagevoice.com, "I love having multiple hustles, and film is just that. I have a short film due out in late spring called Vampire Life. I think it's going to surprise a lot of people."

"It's like an urban Twilight mixed with a little bit of Streets Is Watching. We got s...
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Rapper Jim Jones Arrested Again

February 27th, 2012 6:15pm EST
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Embattled rapper Jim Jones has been arrested for the second time in four days.

The Diplomats star was pulled over by police while driving through New York on Monday morning and booked d for driving on a suspended license, reports TMZ.com.

His latest arrest comes just three days after he was taken into custody for his part in a violent brawl at a Connecticut casino on Friday.

He was charged with assault on a police officer and for breach of peace, but Jones later took to Twitter.com to defend himself, insisting the bust-up was not as controversial as reported.

In a series of posts, he wr...
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Jim Jones Fined For Driving With Suspended Licence

October 6th, 2011 8:32pm EDT
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Rapper Jim Jones has been ordered to pay $200 in fines after pleading guilty to a traffic violation.

The "We Fly High" hitmaker was pulled over in New York City in March for cruising his luxury Bentley down a designated bus lane, and he was later arrested and cited for driving with a suspended licence.

But Jones cleared his name at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and paid the fine as well as an $80 court fee.

The star's licence had been suspended due to an unpaid traffic ticket, according to the New York Daily News.
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Jim Jones Sued Over Ashanti Track

September 23rd, 2011 8:06am EDT
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Rapper Jim Jones is facing a lawsuit from an R&B producer who alleges he sampled a copyrighted track without his permission.

The hip-hop star is accused of using Christopher R. Liggio's song Changing the Locks/Disco Rabbit on his record Changing the Locks, which features vocals from Ashanti.

Liggio filed papers at New York federal court on Wednesday also claiming music companies including Entertainment One, Universal Music Publishing, Songs of Universal Inc. and Pookitoots LLC also used the track without his consent.

Liggio, who has previously worked with Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, was ...
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Jim Jones Sued By Topless Sunbathers

February 11th, 2011 8:26am EST
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Rapper Jim Jones is at the center of a lawsuit by two women who appear topless in the promo for his song, Summer Time.

Samantha Stotts and Sharie Johnson were filmed as they sunbathed and splashed in the sea wearing just bikini bottoms on a beach in Miami, Florida. The footage later appeared on the video for his track, Summer Time - and the two women have issued legal proceedings against Jones and Sony Music Entertainment for violating their civil rights.

Stotts tells the New York Daily News, "It makes me look like I'm a ho... It was supposed to be fun and natural. But then you have so...
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Jim Jones Pleads Guilty To Third Degree Assault

December 8th, 2010 10:26am EST
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Rapper Jim Jones has been ordered to take part in a 10-week anger management class after pleading guilty to assault in the third degree.

The hip-hop star, real name Joseph Jones, was accused of crashing his car into another vehicle in New York in January and then attacking the other driver by punching him and pushing him into the road.

Jones pleaded guilty to the charge at Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday and was told he must attend classes to deal with his anger issues.

It is the latest in a string of legal woes for Jones - earlier this year, a battery charge was dropped against h...
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Nicki Minaj & Jay-Z The Big Winners At Hip-Hop Awards

October 4th, 2010 8:23am EDT
Nicki Minaj
Rap superstar Jay-Z and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday, taking home three honors each.

The "99 Problems" hitmaker was named Best Live Performer, while his New York anthem with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," earned him the Perfect Combo prize and his album "The Blueprint 3" was hailed as CD of the Year.

Lil Wayne's protegee Minaj continued to garner recognition for her work, walking away with the Rookie of the Year, People's Champ and the Made You Look accolades - despite having yet to release her debut solo album, "Pink Friday," ...
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Fabolous Brushes Off Jim Jones' Feud

April 2nd, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Fabolous
Fabolous has brushed off his escalating war-of-words with Jim Jones on Twitter.com - insisting his rap rival was joking when he told the Trade It All hit-maker to "play dead".

Jones first took aim at his rap rival following the debut of Fabolous' Body Ya music video, accusing him of being unoriginal. He wrote: "I just seen another rapper's video that look just like my chain gang n scarf. Damn, I'm sonnin (something) these n**gaz. I guess my style might body ya. Lol."

Fabolous responded by bashing Jones' mixtape, The Ghost of Rich Porter. He wrote: "iJustWannaKnoWhy the competition won't...
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Battery Charge Against Jim Jones Dropped

February 28th, 2010 8:00pm EST
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Rapper Jim Jones is breathing a sigh of relief after a battery charge against him was dropped. The Diplomats star pleaded not guilty to the allegation in April, relating to a March incident with a teenage fan in Florida.

The hip-hop star faced one count of misdemeanor battery after Damion Johns accused Jones of punching him in the face at the MTV Spring Break concert.

But Jones has been cleared after prosecutors decided evidence against rapper was insufficient - the Florida's State Attorney's Office withdrew the charge on Friday, reports AllHipHop.com.

It's not the first time Jones ha...
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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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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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Pitbull Releases Video For 'The Anthem,' Featuring Lil' Jon

April 17th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Pitbull
Much like his canine namesake, it's not very safe to corner Cuban-American MC Pitbull. Since debuting in 2002 alongside Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz's Kings of Crunk album to last year's star turn with Trick Daddy and Rick Ross on DJ Khaled's ode to Miami's Dade County, "Born N Raised," Pitbull defies labels. As charismatic as any rapper in hip-hop, Pitbull effortlessly moves between crunk and gritty rap anthems, truly earning his nickname Mr. 305.

His new album, Boatlift, brings together Pit's ever expansive world on one album; brimming with sexy Caribbean influences and sounds like...
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David Banner Readies 'Greatest Story Ever Told' For October 9 Release

August 1st, 2007 6:00pm EDT
David Banner
Mississippi hip hop icon David Banner is putting the finishing touches on his much anticipated new SRC/Universal Motown album, Greatest Story Ever Told, preparing it for a fall release. The first single from the charismatic star's fifth studio album, "Speaker," features a select trinity of superstar talent – Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. Other stars joining the compelling producer/artist Banner on this album (either as guest artists or behind the boards) include Chris Brown, Jim Jones, UGK, Cool & Dre and Nitti, to name a few.

The prolific rap star is also slated to join hip-hop's e...
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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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Yung Berg To Appetize Listeners With EP Release July 24, Full-Length Debut Disc To Follow In August

July 2nd, 2007 6:13pm EDT
Yung Berg
The Almost Famous (The Sexy Lady EP), in stores July 24th, is a special treat for all you who can't wait until August for Yung Berg's debut LP, Look What You Made Me. The 6 song EP includes special features from Twista, Rich Boy and Jim Jones.

"I swear this album's crazy" - Yung Berg

Almost Famous (The Sexy Lady EP)

01. Sexy Lady (featuring Junior)

02. Into It (featuring JFK and Tony Loco)

03. Where Do We Go (featuring Twista)

04. Almost Famous

05. Sexy Lady (Remix featuring Jim Jones, Rich Boy and Junior)

06. Painkiller (Nikki Flores featuring Yung Berg)

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Snoop Dogg And Lil Wayne Team Up For Blockstar DVD's 'Welcome To LA' And 'Lil Wayne Edition'

June 29th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg and Lil' Wayne are two of the premiere names in hip hop today, so its no wonder they teamed up with the number 1 Hip Hop Documentary series "Blockstar" as they give an inside look into their lives as block stars.

Snoop takes in Blockstar and gives him a rare look to the making of his brand new west coast unity video with "Welcome To LA". In the DVD, you hear from Warren G, Snoop, The Game, JT the Bigga Figga, Kurupt, Daz and more about West Coast Unity and the power of hip hop as a whole. After years of beef between coasts and other hip hop superstars, Snoop aims to bring t...
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Daddy Yankee Sets Release of His First Studio Album in Three Years, 'The Cartel: The Big Boss,' for June 5

April 3rd, 2007 10:04am EDT
Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee's first studio album since 2004's groundbreaking Barrio Fino promises to pour more gasolina on the fire that is reggaeton. The Cartel: The Big Boss, to be released June 5, continues to expand reggaeton's power and reach by featuring such diverse guest artists as Fergie, Jim Jones, Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls, Akon, and Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas.

Both Akon and Will.i.am also produce, as do Mr. ColliPark and Scott Storch (the latter producing the first single, "Impacto") along with Reggaeton producers Eli "El Musicologo", Tiny Tunes, Diesel and Menace.

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New Ruling Gives Independent Music A Chance At Radio

March 28th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
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Radio listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over may have something to cheer about: Several weeks ago, broadcasters agreed to anti-payola settlements that could shake up music playlists at some of the nations largest radio chains.

Four major broadcast companies will pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, as reported by The Associated Press.

The agreement is aimed at curbing payola - generally defined as radio stations accepting cash or other consideration from record compan...
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Rich Boy To Release Debut Album March 13; Check Out The New Single, 'Boy Looka Here'

February 24th, 2007 9:00am EST
Rich Boy
Rich Boy, the first hip-hop artist from Mobile, Alabama to sign a major-label record deal, will release his self-titled debut album on Interscope Records on March 13.

"Throw Some D's," the first single from the LP, is a worldwide hit, having topped the Billboard singles charts and music video playlists on BET and MTV2. The success of the original spawned a popular, star-studded remix, which features multi-platinum artists Andre 3000, Nelly, The Game, Jim Jones, and Murphy Lee.

The second single from Rich Boy is "Boy Looka Here", produced by Polow Da Don, the man behind hits from ...
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New CD Reviews, November 7, 2006 (Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa & more)

November 6th, 2006 9:58pm EST
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Road to Escondido
CD releases this week include new albums from Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, Keith Urban, Josh Groban and Sugarland; a previously unreleased Frank Zappa album; box sets from Frank Sinatra and The Bee Gees; and much more. Continue reading for reviews, info and tracklistings...

Frank Zappa - Trance-Fusion
When Frank Zappa died in 1993, he had spent much of his remaining time and energy completing a number of projects before the end finally came. Why the majority of them are still unreleased as of late 2006 is anybody's guess, but perhaps the long awaited release of Trance-Fusion is a good sig...
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A-Listers To Perform at 'BET Hip-Hop Awards'

November 3rd, 2006 1:39pm EST
Ludacris
BET announced today that Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, T.I. & Young Dro, The Game, Lil Wayne & Baby are set to perform at the 2006 "BET Hip-Hop Awards." The all-star roster of participants also includes multi-faceted entertainment mogul Diddy, top nominees Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross, hip-hop diva Remy Ma, Jim Jones, Rhymefest, Sway, Papoose, DJ Scratch, DJ Drama, Saigon and Styles P.

Premiering Wednesday, November 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the stage is set for the "BET Hip-Hop Awards" to be an electrifying evening of non-stop entertainment, celebrating the history and culture of hip-ho...
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Notorious BIG Duets Album Boasts Amazing Guests

October 26th, 2005 2:59pm EDT
Notorious B.I.G.
Bad Boy Records has announced the superstar line-up for the most eagerly anticipated album in hip-hop history, "The Notorious BIG Duets: The Final Chapter." Over two years in the making, the 22-track collection is slated for release Dec. 20, 2005. The album features rhymes recorded by B.I.G. throughout his career, melded with newly recorded performances by some of contemporary music's greatest vocalists and MCs. Dozens of superstars have come together to perform with and pay homage to the legendary rapper on this unprecedented, history-making release. In addition, "The Final Chapter" incorp...
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