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DipSet May Be a Done Set

This just in from - Jim Jones apparently told Miss Info from New York's Hot 97 radio station that he and the rest of the Diplomats crew, or the Dipset 300 as he put it are collectively "putting Cam'Ron on punishment." Jones says they are ex-communicating Cam'Ron from the crew in part due to this past week's incident in which Tru Life allegedly punched Cam'Ron outside of Club Stereo with no repercussions. Cam's camp has nonetheless denied this happened. Jim says that he blames Cam's manager Big Joe, who was with Cam at the time. And he even insinuated that Big Joe set up Cam. will bring you more as the story develops.
Busta Rhymes Arrested for Drunk Driving - news source.

Busta Rhymes Arrested For Drunk Driving

Busta Rhymes was arrested on a drunken driving charge early this morning (May 3) in New York, police said, marking the latest in a series of recent legal troubles for the rapper.

Officers stopped Rhymes at about 12:40 a.m. because the sport utility vehicle he was driving had overly tinted windows, Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said. He said officers then smelled alcohol on the rapper's breath.

Rhymes, 34, was taken into custody on a charge of driving while impaired, Wysokowski said. An arraignment was expected later today. A lawyer for Rhymes, Scott Leemon, declined to comment, saying he would address the charges in court.

Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, has had several law enforcement run-ins since last year. He is tentatively scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on two assault charges.
Missing Girls - Claudette Ortiz, Christina Milian & Charli Baltimore

Sometimes I look at the landscape of the music industry and can’t help but scratch my head and wonder why certain people haven’t made it. Some artists seem to have everything going for them but for one reason or another it just doesn’t happen for them. The list of artists that fall under this heading goes on for quite a while, but today I want to focus on three women in particular, three very fine women in particular, who I cannot for the life of me fathom why they aren’t bigger than their current standing in the industry; Claudette Ortiz, Christina Milian and Charli Baltimore.

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Queen Latifah to Release New "Hip Hop Project"

"The Hip Hop Project" is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.

Kazi challenges these young people to write music about real issues affecting their lives as they strive to overcome daunting obstacles to produce a collaborative album. Russell Simmons, hip hop mogul and long-time supporter of the project, partners with Bruce Willis to donate a recording studio to the Hip Hop Project. After four years of collaboration, the group produces a powerful and thought-provoking CD filled with moving personal narratives and sharp social commentary. In contrast to all of the negative attention focused on hip hop and rap music, this is a story of hope, healing
and the realization of dreams. Inspired by Kazi's work, 100% of the net profits from this film are being donated to youth organizations.

OFFICIAL SITE - for more info.

(Thanks to AS for the news!)
Camp Lo Set to Release New Album

Camp Lo Releasing New Album "Black Hollywood" in July

They've delivered classic tracks like "Luchini" while helping to propel long-time producer Ski to the platform he has now. Camp Lo, consisting of Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede, is making a return to the game with their new album "Black Hollywood," dropping July 24 on Good Hands Records, which is distributed through Traffic Entertainment.

The album is entirely produced by Ski. "I feel like I got the same energy as Uptown Saturday night on Black Hollywood," Ski said. "We're about to introduce Camp Lo to a whole new generation of listeners who are going to be blown away."

Camp Lo is excited about working with Good Hands Records. "I know we're in good hands with Good Hands," Ski said. "It's hard to find music people that have open minds to put out this kind of music. They believe in keeping good hip-hop alive."

The lead single, "Black Hollywood," will be released in June.

(Thanks to JP at Underdog for the info!)
X-Clan Joins Insane Clown Posse Tour

File this one under the "believe it or not" department - Brother J and X-Clan are linking up with the resident clown misfits of hip-hop to go on tour. Insane Clown Posse's "The Tempest" Tour will feature them, Twiztid and X-Clan and kicks off April 26, 2007 in Grand Rapids, MI. The tour will stretch through June 8th, 2007 in Fargo, ND. "This tour is a perfect proof that real hip-hop reaches all barriers. ICP and X-Clan would have been the furthest thing from anybody’s mind as a tour combination," said X-Clan front man Brother J. "I am excited to make history with one of the wildest crews in the game. I’ve seen some of the Juggalos at our previous tours, and now we are stepping into their house as a guest of ICP. We are looking forward to tearing it down." Here's a list of upcoming dates:

Thu 04/26/07 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Fri 04/27/07 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Sat 04/28/07 Chicago, IL Congress Theater
Sun 04/29/07 Maplewood, MN Myth
Tue 05/01/07 West Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Wed 05/02/07 Sauget, IL Pop's
Thu 05/03/07 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
Fri 05/04/07 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
Sat 05/05/07 Magna, UT The Great Saltair
Tue 05/08/07 Spokane, WA Big Easy
Wed 05/09/07 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Fri 05/11/07 Chico, CA Senator Theater
Sat 05/12/07 Sparks, NV New Oasis
Sun 05/13/07 Las Vegas, NV Fort Cheyenne Casino
Mon 05/14/07 Anaheim, CA Grove Of Anaheim
Tue 05/15/07 Anaheim, CA Grove Of Anaheim
Wed 05/16/07 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
Fri 05/18/07 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
Sat 05/19/07 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Mon 05/21/07 Saint Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Tue 05/22/07 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Wed 05/23/07 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall / The Casbah
Fri 05/25/07 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Sat 05/26/07 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Sun 05/27/07 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Tue 05/29/07 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
Wed 05/30/07 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Thu 05/31/07 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Sat 06/02/07 Louisville, KY Expo Five
Mon 06/04/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Tue 06/05/07 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Empire Fairgrounds
Fri 06/08/07 Fargo, ND Playmaker's Entertainment Complex

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Thanks to Kerosene Media for the info!

50 Cent to Lead Mayweather to Ring Against De La Hoya

Rap artist 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) will lead "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather into the ring for his WBC super welterweight championship fight against "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view.  50 Cent will be performing his new song "Straight to the Bank," for the very first time ever in front of a live audience.

Mayweather, the recognized "pound-for-pound" best fighter in the world, and 50 Cent are good friends and were recently seen together in the premiere episode of HBO's "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7," a four-part series currently running Sunday nights at 10:30pm on HBO, which takes an inside look at the fighters and their backgrounds.

"50 Cent is a great friend of mine and it means a lot to me to have him walk me in to the ring and debut his new song," said Mayweather. "With this fight being the Super Bowl of boxing, the fans and celebrities coming out to the fight and everyone watching around the world will see the greatest show ever."

(Thanks to RH for the info!)
Russell Simmons On "Doing You"

He is an icon. There’s no other way to describe Russell Simmons and his 25 plus year career as an entrepreneur that has included the founding of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm clothing, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, and numerous philanthropic organizations. Simmons released his latest book, Do You: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, this week, and I sat down with him to talk about the book, as well as his thoughts on the 2008 election, and why he sees rappers as being more charitable than a lot of politicians.

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HUGE UPDATE for April 24th Plus New Sean P Song & Cam'Ron

This may be the biggest update in history! Check out this incredibly array of movie, DVD's & more. We get down like heavyweights at RapReviews!

Week of April 24, 2007

* Crackheadz Gone Wild: New York 2 (DVD)
* Def Jam Icon (Game)
* Hip Hop Life (DVD)
* Other People's Property (Book)
* Trina: Live & Uncut (DVD)

Buckwild: Diggin' In The Crates - Rare Studio Masters: 1993-1997
Classified: Hitch Hikin' Music
The Coup: Genocide & Juice
DJ Bonez & Omni: Ninja Art
Tha Dogg Pound: Dogg Chit
Ghettosocks: Get Some Friends
Haystak: Crackavelli
Lifesavas: Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack
Lyrical C: Corporate Ameri3ka
Phat Kat: Carte Blanche
The Roots: The Best Of...
Scuba Chicken: Slim on Da Rise
Silentarmy: The Effects of Self EP
Woo Child: Under Rated Over Achiever

That's not all! We've also got a new Sean P (of the Youngbloodz) song "U Ain't Know" featuring T-Pain. Thanks to DB for the link!

U Ain't Know (RealAudio)

And if you missed Cam'Ron's now infamous appearance on 60 Minutes where he talks about snitching you can watch it here. Thanks to HHNF for the tip!

Cam'Ron's Rhyme Book Found!

In one of the most hilarious hip-hop send ups of all time, the team of writers designers and bloggers at have found what they allege to be Cam'Ron's "Lost Rhyme Book." It's hard to say what about it is funnier - the illustrations, the perfect imitation of Cam's rhyme style, or the fact that the blog entry has spawned over 200 responses - some from very angry DipSet fans! Check out the controversy here or cut and paste the link below.

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