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New Documentary Explores Sample-Based Legal Battles in Hip-Hop

The new music documentary 'Copyright Criminals' takes a magnified look at samples in hip-hop and the resulting, endless copyright battles. The film, which premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Toronto Film Festival, and then part of PBS' Independent Lens Series, investigates the legitimacy of famous hip-hop copyright disputes

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Flavor Flav Involved in Car Accident

Rapper and VH1 reality TV star Flavor Flav was involved in a two-car accident late Wednesday evening (Jan. 20). According to TMZ, the Public Enemy member, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton,

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Flavor Flav Owes More Than $183,000 in Back Taxes

Public Enemy hype man turned reality TV star, Flavor Flav is the latest name added to the list of celebs failing to pay taxes. The New York native owes more than $183,000 to the state of California. According to reports a

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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 tribute to the label's monumental history without coming across as corny

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Public Enemy Ask Fans to Raise Money for New Album

Times are hard, so it's no surprise that artists need help delivering their masterpieces to the masses. Public Enemy are reaching out to fans via Sellaband to help them fund the recording of their upcoming album.

Public Enemy recently signe

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Flavor Flav Heading Back to High School in New Reality Series

Public Enemy hypeman turned reality star Flavor Flav is returning to the tube ... and school. Flav, who made a pop culture comeback with his successful VH1 reality series 'Flavor of Love,' is working on two new television shows, one that will take the rapper back to high school.

"I'm working on a reality show and a talk show, going back to high school," Flav revealed in an interv

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Chuck D, Uplaya Analyze ‘Science’ Behind Hits

Veteran rapper, author and social activist Chuck D has partnered with music marketing website uplaya.com in an effort to figure out the "science" behind hit songs. The website, which launched in June, measures the ma

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The Roots, Public Enemy Take Over Philly for Pier Picnic

If we had to give the 2nd Annual Roots picnic a theme, we'd simply say: Music unites the masses. Unarguably the best hip-hop band ever, The Roots, who scored a gig jamming for Jimmy Fallon Monday-Friday, packed approximately 7,000 music lovers and an awesome assortment of talent into the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on Saturday.

The legendary Roots crew kicked off the all-day

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Isaac Hayes Commemorated at VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

Hip-hop made room for a tribute to soul legend Isaac Hayes at last night at VH1's fifth annual 'Hip-Hop Honors' ceremony. Held at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, rappers including Chuck D, Scarface and Mos Def all saluted the music pioneer.

The tribute inclu

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Top 20 Hip-Hop Albums of All Time: No. 7

'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,' by Public Enemy
The revolution will not be televised. No need, as it was already placed on wax. Chuck D and crew delivered their fierce messages of black-on-black crime, police brutality -- way before Rodney King and Abner Louima -- and deliverance by way of self-empowerment on the 1988 album that launched a modern civil-rights movement and paved the way for burgeoning revolutionaries everywhere.

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