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Your host, Greg Nice gives you an inside look into the Hip Hop, R&B/Soul and Reggae Cultures.
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DATE: Thu, 29 Oct 2009
SIZE: 23.2 MB
Lil Wayne Locked Up, Busta Rhymes teams with Tha Bizness and Justin Timberlake's Cougar!

Lil Weezy Locked Up Cash Money's golden goose has struck a plea deal that will sentence him to 1 year in jail. Lil Wayne said, yes he was guilty of having a .40 cal handgun in his dominion. Dominion being slightly different from possession in that it was within his radius and ready to use. He's due back in court December 15th for a status update meanwhile, he'll be releasing a new mixtape, No Ceiling and album Rebirth. Busta Rhymes Aorks with Mistah F.A.B. & Dow Jones Local Bay Area talent get a shout out from Busta Bust at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Mistah F.A.B. and Tha Bizness producer Dow Jones have been working on Busta's new LP and Busta give nothing but love to the up and coming talent. Justin Timberlake Avoids Cougar Attack! What happens to weak minded individuals whose subconscious is easily influenced by the illusion of fame? They become stalkers like 48yr old Karen McNeil who happens to have a history of stalking celebs. JT received a temporary restraining order on the 5'6" 215lb cougar who trespassed on Timberlake's property on several occasions. Her last attempt was thwarted by security guards who later called the police. She was released at the scene and lives to prowl another day.  

DATE: Tue, 27 Oct 2009
SIZE: 24.0 MB
Shyne Deported, Beyonce Cancels Malaysia and RZA's The Tao of Wu

Shyne Gets Deported After serving a 10 year sentence for the infamous nightclub mishap involving Puffy and JLo, rapper Shyne is now facing deportation to Belize. The info was revealed by Hot 97's Angie Martinez. Shyne and his team plan to continue the fight to stay in the U.S. from Belize. He's been a native New Yorker since the age of 13 and was raised by his mother and grandmother in Brooklyn. Angie Martinez says that "Shyne is one of the strongest people I know and he's handling this situation just as I'd expect him to." Beyonce fakes on Malaysia again! According to concert organizers the embattled concert on October 25 has been indefinitely postponed by the artist. There had been much opposition to Beyonce performing in the predominately Muslim country. A spokesperson for the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party said "Her skimpy attire and behavior onstage are immoral and lead to unclean behavior." The RZA releases new book: The Tao of Wu The brains of the infamous rap clan The RZA released a second book titled The Tao of Wu. According to The RZA the book is his philosophy of the world. The book serves as a roadmap providing foresight to trials and tribulations one my encounter in the future. The RZA was recently on the Cobert Report and this is what he had to say. UrbanMusicNews.MeVIO.ComUrbanMusicNews.Wordpress.C 

DATE: Thu, 03 Sep 2009
SIZE: 39.3 MB
Michael Jackson Murdered, KRS One's Hip Hop Religion and Outkast's New Album

Michael Jackson Murdered? New information has emerged in the case of Michael Jackson's death. Questions of when Dr. Conrad Murray realize that his patient had stopped breathing and exactly when did he call the ambulance? Investigators have ruled Jackson's death a homicide and have said Murray is the target of an investigation into manslaughter. Phone records show Murray spent 47 minutes between 11:18 and 12:05 making three personal calls. One call was to MJ's assistant Michael Williams, who later called Alberto Alvarez, MJ's bodyguard and it was Alvarez that placed the 911 call at 12:21 p.m not Dr. Murray. On the flip-side, doctors are constantly blamed and sued for patients death by the family. People want answers to why. Is this a true case of negligence or are we just pointing the finger for our own peace of mind? KRS One's Hip Hop Religion The teacha KRS-One will soon release The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument, a 600-page book that examines the spirituality of the culture. "It explores the spirituality of Hip-Hop and the divinity of Hip-Hop. I’m suggesting that in 100 years, this book will be a new religion on the earth.” The book combines philosophy with faith, practical knowledge and various spiritual teachings. KRS offers his take on the origins of Hip-Hop and draws from instances in history to teach readers about health, love, awareness and wealth. The book is highly controversial but even Jesus had haters. Not saying that KRS is proposing that he is the next Messiah. What he is doing is proposing a new way of thinking and living leading in positive direction. I am all for that! Outkast's new Album In an exclusive interview with Big Boi on, the long-delayed project has finally begun. It's safe to say that most Outkast fans are hoping for some of that Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, ATLiens, Aquemini type action back. I love them because they were and are a breath of fresh air with tight lyrical skills. But once they went too far left with Stankonia and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below I was like - eh?! I am all for artist transforming, growing and experimenting but if you have a brand that people have grown to love you don't just switch it up on them. If your creativity leads you to other styles or flavors create an alter ego album or something. Either way, Big Boi and Andre 3k have proven themselves in the game and fans like me will follow their work no matter where they go.

DATE: Wed, 19 Aug 2009
SIZE: 23.4 MB
Hammer plans companion album, Bobby Brown wanted and Hip Hop for health care reform!

Hammer plans 20th anniversary companion album Oakland rapper, Hammer is planning a companion album to his 1990 10-times-platinum album "Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em", which spent 21 weeks at #1. Hammer says, "Don't Hurt 'Em," will "capture the very essence and vibes of 'Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em,' but updated with the sonic quality of today ... There'll be a lot of parallels between the two, but certainly it'll be very 2010." Bobby Brown Wanted! An arrest warrant has been issued for the New Jack Swing pioneer after he failed to appear in a Massachusetts court relating to delinquent child support payments. He had fallen $45,000 behind in payments for children he had with former girlfriend Kim Ward. He is supposed to pay $5,500 in child support per month for the children. Hip Hop for Health Care Reform Hip Hop artists are being mobilized in the battle for health care reform. The "Health Care Remix" had Phife Dawg of Tribe Called Quest talking about coping with his illness and being uninsured, J Dilla's mother Maureen Yancey being overwhelmed with J's bills and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. equating the health care reform fight to the battle against Jim Crow segregation.   Your Urban Music News resource!

DATE: Wed, 24 Jun 2009
SIZE: 23.8 MB
Iranian Rappers Help Organize Election Protests, Snoop Dogg To Raise $5 Mil For Community Center and Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston Collabo! Ep - 11

Iranian Rappers Help Organize Election Protests   Hip Hop's essence of political change and the voice of the people are in full affect in Iran! President Ahmadinejad won the presidential election but many Iranian's have accused the government of vote fraud. According to Iranian-based sources with , many of the protest riots have been partly organized by Hip-Hop artists. "Cellphones and text messaging as well as internet in Iran have been cut off in the government's attempt to curb communication between the youth so the rappers are making songs,...Its becoming the music of the revolution." Snoop Dogg To Raise $5 Mil For Community Center   Snoop is recording a song to donate proceeds to The Kroc Center, a new facility run by The Salvation Army . The Doggfather will record a track with all of the proceeds - an estimated $5 million dollars - going towards the facility. The rec center will include a gym, fitness center, gardening areas and other facilities to train athletes. Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston Collabo! The talented and oh so lovely Ms. Alicia Keys is rumored to have written a song with Whitney Houston titled "Million Dollar Bill". The song is slated to be on Keys' fourth coming untitled album releasing at the end of the year. Whitney Houston is also working on a come back album due this fall.   Your Urban Music News resource!

DATE: Tue, 16 Jun 2009
SIZE: 29.2 MB
DJ Jazzy Jeff Kicked Out, James Von Brunn and Lauren Hill Cancels Tour Dates! Ep - 10

DJ Jazzy Jeff Kicked Out! The legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff's set was cut short June 6 in Kansas city because he played hip hop! The venue was in The Power & Light District, an area that shuns hip hop themed events in fear of drawing the "wrong" crowd - gangs, violence, people of color etc. Jazzy Jeff says “They said I had to change the format of the music I was playing or quit. They said if I continued playing they had 30 cops ready to come escort me off stage. So I stopped." Meanwhile, Power & Light District President Joe Stephens denied Jeff’s recollection of the incident, stating the DJ was simply asked to lower the sound before continuing on." Neo-Nazi Terrorist: James Von Brunn Hip hop journalist Davey D poses the question - "Why aren’t elderly white males being profiled and called Terrorists?" In his article he asks why was 88 year old Neo Nazi James Von Brunn not under the same scrutiny as other alleged terrorist group the Black Panthers or the SF8. Why do people like Bill O'Reilly, who was damn near calling for abortion doctor George Tiller's execution still have jobs and aren't censored? Meanwhile rappers are under tremendous scrutiny for talking about guns and drug dealing. Rapper Paris was on a "No Fly" list after he spoke out and expressed his opposition to the war and what he felt was really behind the 9-11 attacks. Are the James Von Brunn's in the world on a "No Fly" list? How are Neo Nazi White Supremacist not classified as terrorist?! For more on this check out Lauren Hill Cancels European Tour L Boogie has canceled her Euro tour for unspecified health reasons. Spokesperson Lisa Tolonen told the Associated Press that Lauren told the Stockholm Jazz Festival late Tuesday that she would not be involved in any capacity. This would have been her most public tour in several years.

DATE: Wed, 03 Jun 2009
SIZE: 34.0 MB
Sade is Back, Seattle's School of Hip Hop and Bruno Loves Eminem! Ep - 9

Sade is Back! After nearly nine years the living legend recently confirmed a follow up album to her 2000, " Lover's Rock ". Sade is widely known for her brand of soul and is most recognized for hits, " The Sweetest Taboo ", " Smooth Operator " and " Your Love is King " to name a vary few. Sony reps say she's in the studio now with plans to release an album by the end of the year. The album is currently untitled.2 Seattle's School of Hip Hop! Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center will be opening the Center for Hip Hop Culture, Business & Technology in the historic Central District of Seattle, Washington, this summer. The Hip Hop center will focus on serving community youth drop outs, high-risk and those under criminal justice supervision. 18yr old Imani Kang , development director, says “School is a closed box, they teach only what they want you to know, like closing one eye on one side. Our school is resistance to that because we wanna keep both eyes open, we want to see everything." Bruno Loves Eminem ! Real or Fake?! This was definitely not a good look for highest selling artist, Eminem. Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen acting as gay fashionista Bruno faked a malfunctioned high wire act and lowered his bare ass on Eminem's grill! The incident was the highlight at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards . Was it the retaliation of the Pink Mafia or merely another publicity stunt? You be the judge!  Your Urban Music News resource!

DATE: Thu, 28 May 2009
SIZE: 25.1 MB
Rapper Dolla Murdered, Jay Z Leave Def Jam and T.I. Reports to Prison! Ep - 8

Rapper Dolla Murdered Konvict Muzik recording artist Dolla aka Roderick Anthony Burton was murdered Monday May 18th outside a mall in LA. The 21 year old was waiting outside a valet area where he was ambushed. The authorities have charged Aubrey Louis Berry , a music promotor with the murder and is being held on $5mil bail. The slain rapper was finally laid to rest on Sunday May 23rd in Atlanta in a traditional Muslim ceremony . Jay Z Leaves Def Jam The rap mogul amicably parted ways with Def Jam Records May 21st and bought out of his contract for $5mil. After being with Def Jam for more than a decade Jay finally made the break to focus more on his own record company, Roc Nation. He confirmed his departure on and said, "...working with Doug Morris and L.A. Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience, and I respect them immensely," "Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique 'negotiations' ever."   T.I. Finally Reports to Prison T.I. turned himself in at the minimum security Forrest City federal prison in Arkansas early Tuesday May 27 and is to serve 366 days. Tip pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges for trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007. Before reporting to prison T.I. performed a farewell concert in front of 16,000 fans and worked on four Grand Hustle related videos. Your Urban Music News Resource!

DATE: Tue, 19 May 2009
SIZE: 18.8 MB
Sierra Nevada Music Festival, Eminem on Jimmy Kimmel and DMX is Free! Ep - 7

Irieites ! Festival season is upon us! The first summer festival, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival takes place June 19-21 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds . Patrons will enjoy the sounds of Tarrus Riley , Femi Kuti and Zap Mama to name a few. Mark your calendars to par take in the good vibes and blaze up the holy sacrament! Eminem Stimulus Plan The Detroit rapper flew out 145 unemployed auto workers to the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show on May 15th. United Auto Workers spokeswoman, Christine Moroski said, "He wants to put a human face to when you talk about the auto crisis and the economic crisis, and he thought this would be a good way to do it." DMX is Out The Cage Ruff Ryder DMX is free after serving over 90 days in jail for drug, fraud and animal cruelty charges. He was released from "Tent City" May 13th and was originally supposed to release a double album "Walk With Me Now' and the other a gospel album titled "You'll Fly with Me Later". Both projects remain in limbo.  Your Urban Music News resource!

DATE: Mon, 11 May 2009
SIZE: 26.8 MB
T.I. Drops a Snitch, Gotti Drops Ashanti and Jacko Gets Sued for Millions! Ep - 6

T.I. Drops a Snitch! Tip has kicked rapper AlfaMega out of Grand Hustle after learning he was a snitch for the DEA! The Smoking Gun released legal documents revealing Alfamega willingly gave information concerning illegal activity of several Atlanta individuals. His cooperation reduced his sentence from 110 to 18 months in prison. T.I. says, "I am stunned and totally surprised..." "...I don't for see me or my company playing a role in his personal or professional business." Gotti Drops Ashanti ! The label head and reality TV star says there's nothing he can do but end their musical and business affiliation. Gotti and the Princess of Inc . haven't been on speaking terms for some time. Gotti explained, "...My views and philosophies and her views and philosophies are not meeting up." "I don't think she can win. She needs some guidance..." "The relationship has run its course and honestly, I'm gonna just drop her." Jacko Gets Sued for Millions! No, this doesn't involve little boys. The King of Pop's former publicist, Raymone Bain filed a $44Mil lawsuit for failing to pay her for her services. She ran every aspect of the " Thriller 's" life from 2003 -2006 and also saw him through the most difficult times of his career. Bain says, "Unfortunately, Mr. Jackson has elected not to honor the financial obligations of our contractual relationship, despite my numerous attempts to amicably resolve this matter. I am sincerely disappointed in Mr. Jackson's failure to honor his obligations."  Your Urban Music News resource!

DATE: Mon, 11 May 2009
SIZE: 20.0 MB
Hip Hop Appreciation Week, Snoop Dogg Mic Whips a Fan and Tupac is Alive! Ep - 5

Hip Hop Appreciation Week KRS-One 's Temple of Hip Hop will be sponsoring this years Hip Hop Appreciation Week held in Atlanta, GA. quotes organizers saying "cooperation is the main theme in fighting to decriminalize the images of hip hop seen in the mainstream." Organizers will be pushing attendees to network with each other, promote the positivity of Hip-Hop, and start neighborhood watch/community beautification committees.The Appreciation Week will run from May 15-24 in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Snoop Dogg Mic-Whips a Fan Snoop is being sued by Richard Monroe Jr. for $22mil for an incident that happened at a 2005 concert in Seattle. Monroe claims he was hit by Snoops brass-knuckle mic and attacked by bodyguards while onstage and later woke up nude in a pool of blood. The trial is expected to last throughout the week. Tupac Alive! (again!) Real or fake?! has photos of Tupac kicknit on Bourbon street getting his swerve on! You be the judge.

DATE: Mon, 11 May 2009
SIZE: 21.6 MB
Coast Guards Not Pirates, Rappers Fight for Jasmina Anema and Beyonce is Tone Def! Ep - 4

K'naan Says Coast Guards Not Pirates! In a recent interview with Hip Hop journalist, Davey D, The Somali-Canadian rapper, K'naan says that the pirates are protecting Somalia's shores from westerners who are illegally fishing and dumping nuclear toxic waste. A Swiss firm called Achair Parterns and an Italian waste company called Progresso have been dumping for years. To see the full interview go to Rappers Fight for Six-Year-Old Girl with Leukemia Flo Rida, Rick Ross and Trick Daddy team up to find a bone marrow donor for Jasmina Anema. Anema's story has touched the hearts of many celebrities including Rihanna and Kelly Rowland. The rappers will unite in concert April 26th and will encourage attendees to donate blood in search of a match. Beyonce is Tone Def! Real or fake?! A recent episode of Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show claimed to expose a “leaked” feed of the raw vocals for Beyonce as she sang live on the Today Show. You be the judge!

DATE: Mon, 11 May 2009
SIZE: 20.2 MB
Kanye Shocks the World, Bow Wow Takes a Bow and Rick Ross' Fiddy Cent Dis Track! Ep - 3

Kanye Shocks the World! On a recent episode of South Park, Kanye is depicted as an egotistical jerk with deep desires of being a "gay fish." The rapper surprisingly responds humbly in his blog writing - "'s pretty funny. It hurts my feelings but what can you expect from Southpark? " "I just wanna be a doper person..." " I'm not actually a huge douche." After his South Park epiphany, Kanye locked himself in a room, threw on a pastel colored Nemo costume and sang a break up song about his ego using auto-tune. Bow Wow Says Peace Out! The rapper announces his retirement, again after the flop of " New Jack City 2." He says "This is my last album because for me, there's no more that needs to be done on the music side, I've done everything." With 7 albums under his belt he says "'s time to endure a new challenge..." "...I wanna be the next Will Smith." Meanwhile , Hip Hop heads around the world say, "We don't really give a rats ass!" Rick Ross' Fiddy Cent Dis Track! The Boss lines up Fat Joe, Ja Rule and The Game on "Mafia Music" in much anticipated Album "Deeper Than Rap." Fat Joe calls him out on 50's chain snatching incident in Africa and Rick Ross talks about his son and the boy's mother. G,g,g,g,G,g,g,g, getyoassupouttahere!

DATE: Fri, 08 May 2009
SIZE: 19.3 MB
Jamie Foxx Real Life Bad Ass, Keyshia Cole's Mom's Ain't Dead! Ep - 2

    •    Jamie Foxx real life bad ass?!     ?    Stalker arrested in Philly while shooting movie "Law Abiding Citizen"     ?    tried to break hotel room 3 times, 3rd time Foxx scuffled with man and eventually pushed him out.     ?    shortly after, the 49 yr old suspect was arrested while spotted near the movie set. as he was being tucked into the squad car he kept saying "oh my goodness wanda, im bout to rock ur world"     •    Keyshia Cole's moms not dead     ?    Coles rep says moms is alive and well and did not die in an alleged car crash     ?    her biological mom, Frankie Lons is safe and sound in her atlanta ga home     ?    Keyshia's music career however is in critical condition     •    Andre 3000 arrested!     ?    the supreme lyricist and actor arrested in GA for speeding March 31st. 109mph in a 65mph zone.     ?    taken to county jail and shortly posted bail for $1200     ?    Dre needs to stop speeding and start rappin again.

DATE: Fri, 08 May 2009
SIZE: 19.8 MB
T.I.'s Road to Redemption Over, Rihanna's UFC Bodyguard and Oakland's Civil War: The People vs The Police! - Ep 1

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