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50 Cent Prank Calls Shyne
A few months ago Shyne threw a sloppy shot at 50 Cent on his freestyle over Alicia Keys' 'Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready).' The formerly incarcerated rapper called out 50, rhyming, "I need a couple million, f--- 50 Cents," but the G-Unit CEO didn't seem too keen o…
J. Lo Signs with Def Jam?
According to reports, Jennifer Lopez has signed with a new record label.
"Def Jam label group will be the new home of Jennifer Lopez," Benny Medina reportedly told the New York Daily News. The popular singer/actress departed from Sony back in February, after releasing six albums wit…
Big Boi Inks Solo Deal With Def Jam
In July of 2009, OutKast's Big Boi enthusiastically announced that he was in the process of inking a solo deal with Def Jam Records. The switch from Jive Records would give him the opportunity to do some more work with L.A. Reid -- the record executive and iconic figure responsible for signing …
Def Jam Exec L.A. Reid Rumored to Be Losing His Job
Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid has been criticized by the media for his recent signing of Belize-bound rapper Shyne, and now his job is said to be on the line. The rumor is supported by his failure to appear at a speaking engagement where he was likely to face questions regarding the safety of his position..…
Newcomer Mr. Finley Carries Las Vegas on his Back
Chicago, better known as the Windy City, has produced some of hip-hop's most heralded emcees to grace the mic since the culture's inception. On the other hand, Las Vegas, aka the Sin City, has some serious catching up to do. But Mr. Finley, one of Vegas' premiere emcees, is making it …
Shyne Signs Seven-Figure Deal with Former Label
According to reports, former Bad Boy rapper Shyne has signed a seven-figure deal with Def Jam records.
The Belize-born rapper, who was recently released from prison after serving more than nine years for a club shooting involving Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez, has been depor…
Understanding Hip-Hop’s Beef With the Grammys
"You think I give a damn about a Grammy?" Eminem spitefully rapped on 2000's 'The Real Slim Shady,' a surprisingly ironic quip from a rapper who's won (and accepted) nine Grammy Awards throughout his career. Such is the contradiction that underscores the uneasy …
VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Salutes Def Jam: A Recap
"In 1984, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons heard the call of destiny," preached VH1 Hip-hop Honors host Tracy Morgan to start last night's telecast celebration of Def Jam's 25th anniversary. It's hard to argue with that sentiment, but even harder to properly pay tribut…
Memphis Bleek Explains Why He Left Def Jam
While VH1 gears up to celebrate Def Jam's 25th anniversary at the annual Hip Hop Honors show on Oct. 13 some artists are going the opposite route and taking the time to express their discontent with the iconic hip-hop label. For years now, artists have criticized the label for focusing its marketing…

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