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shyne to be paroled soon


Word has it that Shyne, the former Bad Boy artist, that was sent to prison for he involvement in the now infamous club shooting in New York that also involved P. Diddy. Diddy got off clean, while Shyne was sentenced to 10 years, which, needless to say, has caused friction amongst the two. Anyway, it has been reported that during the trial and sentencing, no sort of negotiations surrounding parole were brought up and so now Shyne maybe eligble for parole in October. It is said that he is to be set free on October 6, but no details about the circumstances of his parole are known at this time. For the full story, visit Hip Hop DX. Shyne has many supporters, so it will be interesting to see what will happen when he gets out. I’m sure everybody is wishing him the best.


baatin of slum village passed away


As many have probably heard, Baatin, one of the founders of the much respected group Slum Village, has been confirmed dead by the group’s manager. There has still been no information released as to the reason for his death. He has had a number health complications in the past, severely enough that they caused him to leave the group for a period of time after becoming very ill on tour. He was set to rejoin the group and they were supposed to put out an album in September. Many people started spreading RIP messages and condolences over the internet on August 1. Hip hop will truly miss him. Here is one of the full stories.


kanye west claims new king of pop position


Kanye has really out done himself this time. It has been just over a month since Michael Jackson died, and already he is declaring himself the new “King Of Pop.” Not only that, but he has allegedly reached out to Jackson’s family for the “rights” to use the term. There are so many things wrong with this. For instance, how do you give yourself the title? Isn’t that for the public to decide? And can we give the Jackson’s more time to get themselves together? There are fans that are still mourning his death, so just imagine what the family must be going through and feeling at this point. True, there may be some sort of void now since some people may feel as though the title needs to be passed on, but that is something that the fans and fans alone will decide.

Kanye talked about taking his ego down a notch a few weeks ago, but that state of mind has clearly passed and he is back at it again. What else would you expect? Although Kanye has not sold nearly as many albums, has not had nearly the longevity (Michael Jackson hadn’t recorded an album in who knows how long, and he would still sell out concerts), and even though he is very popular throughout the world, still doesn’t have the star power of Michael Jackson. There are stories circling all over the internet about Kanye’s statements, but here is one of them.

Update: Kanye West denies new “King of Pop” comments. Check out his official blog here to see what he had to say. Although it’s a good thing it isn’t true, isn’t it still sad that Kanye’s ego has gotten to the point that we could actually fathom that he would say something like this?


cash money taking over in september


In an interview with, Baby said that they plan to drop at least 5 albums during the month of September and that there may at least one or two releases going into October. Drake will be leading the pack, followed by Wayne’s rock album Rebirth, Baby’s album, a compilation album, and others. The only question is if this is too many albums at one time for consumers? Not only that, but will all of these albums actually drop when they are supposed to? It seems like Wayne’s album has been pushed back 100 times now and Baby has already ben forced to push back his album at least once.

Regardless, the attempt could be a bold one With all of these albums dropping, Jay-Z’s BP3 and who knows who else dropping in September, consumers will have to spend their money wisely. Is there enough money to go around? In these times, it’s not likely, but only time will tell. View the interview here.


dem franchise boyz “whip it like a slave”?!


Believe it or not, that is the title of their new song featuring Lil Wayne. All feed back that I’ve seen to this point has been very negative toward the record. I don’t think it has even really surfaced yet, but Talib Kweli made mention of it on his Twitter page and a discussion of the song has been started on the Blacksmith website, which you can get to here. The track won’t actually be placed on this site, but you can just search for it on youtube and it will come up. Let us know what you think about this. It is usually said that no publicity is bad publicity, but do you think this will prove that untrue?


Rock The Bells 2009

The “Rock The Bells” concert was excellent! A number of performers came out and tore up the stage. Everybody from Common to Nas & Damien Marley. Check out pictures from the event below.

101_0516Tech N9ne put on a show. Too bad all you could hear was rumbling from the speakers lol. Way too loud.

101_0530Common had a great performance!

101_0542Raekwon and the rest of the Wu showed up. Nobody gets more love from NY than the Clan.

101_0550Havoc gave a surprise appearance with Raekwon.

101_0566Iron Lung knows just how to get the crowd goin’.

101_0581Roots up on stage.

101_0598Slaughterhouse rocked the stage with lyricism.

101_0607Even Ice-T made a brief appearance.

101_0615Big Boi had the crowd partyin’.

101_0642Of course KRS was there.

101_0660The show ended with Nas & Jr. Gong and they shut it down! It couldn’t have ended any better.


big boi to head to def jam


Big Boi is now headed to the legendary label. Does this mean that we may finally get the album? To hear him tell it, the album has been done for at least a year now, but Jive keeps pushing it back. Let’s hope that this move actually works out so that he can get the album out and him and Andre can get back to working on the Outkast album. For the full article, click here.


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