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Rap Stars Rock The Vote

20th January 2004

Rap stars LL COOL J, JADAKISS, JOE 'RUN' SIMMONS and his brother RUSSELL SIMMONS have launched a new initiative to sign voters up for the upcoming American presidential elections. The collective hope to...

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Russell Simmons Urges Blacks And Jews To Join Together

18th January 2004

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is urging African Americans to join forces with Jews to fight anti-Semitism in Europe and America. The seminal DEF JAM record company founder has teamed up with RABBI MARC SCHNEIER...

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Roc-a-fella's Future Questioned

15th January 2004

Speculation is mounting over the future of ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS, following reports JAY-Z is planning to set up his own label in a move to distance himself from troubled partner DAMON DASH. CHANGE CLOTHES rapper...

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Simmons Sells Phat Farm

12th January 2004

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has sold his super successful PHAT FARM urban clothing line for a staggering $140 million (GBP82.35 million). The DEF JAM co-founder has agreed terms with KELLWOOD CO. in America, in...

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Simmons' Cribs Show Becomes 9/11 Tribute

10th December 2003

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has agreed to let MTV bosses show off his old dream home on their CRIBS programme - as a tribute to those who lost their lives in 9/11. Simmons and...

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Mc Ren Angry With Def Jam Over Scarface Lp

5th November 2003

Veteran rapper MC REN wants fans to boycott new album MUSIC INSPIRED BY SCARFACE - because record bosses included a NWA track without their permission. DEF JAM's new compilation album is a tribute to...

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Jay-z Calls In Rubin

28th October 2003

JAY-Z has enlisted top producer RICK RUBIN to produce a track on his final album THE BLACK ALBUM. The DEF JAM co-founder has reworked the rapper's 99 REASONS for the LP which will be...

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Jay-z Goes Out On A Friday

20th October 2003

Rapper JAY-Z is planning to break with tradition by releasing his final outing - THE BLACK ALBUM - on a Friday rather than a Tuesday. In America, albums are generally released at the beginning...

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Simmons Plans Hip-hop Institute In New York

17th October 2003

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is teaming up with community leaders in New York to build a hip-hop institute, cultural centre and museum in Jamaica, Queens. DEF JAM co-founder Simmons, along with CHARLES FISHER, founder...

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Foxy Brown Quits Def Jam

13th October 2003

Hip-hop beauty FOXY BROWN has finally parted ways with rap label DEF JAM RECORDS after a long-running feud with ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP's boss LYOR COHEN. Brown's management have confirmed that the HOT...

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Rubin Readies Cash Finale

24th September 2003

JOHNNY CASH's music producer pal RICK RUBIN is to compile his finest moments with the late country star as a tribute box set. The DEF JAM founder worked exclusively with his hero during the...

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112 Quit Over P Diddy Attention Seeking

16th September 2003

Up-and-coming rap act 112 were forced to quit SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS' BAD BOY record label, because the hip-hop mogul was more interested in his own image than theirs. The IT'S OVER NOW...

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P Diddy, Snoop And Eve Cause Scarface Reissue

9th September 2003

The re-release of ultraviolent flick SCARFACE in American cinemas this month (SEP03) is thanks to the influence of urban music stars SNOOP DOGG, SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS and EVE. The hip-hop heroes were recently...

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Russell Simmons Selling Half Of His Fashion Empire

27th August 2003

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has put half of the clothing division of his PHAT FASHIONS empire on the market for a whopping $150-200 million (GBP93.7-125 million). The sale will include the popular PHAT FARM...

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Russell Simmons Defends Wife

18th August 2003

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS was so infuriated with jibes about his designer wife KIMORA LEE SIMMONS' taste and spending habits, he fired off an angry letter to her critics. The DEF JAM co-founder put...

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Ja Rule Cancels Canadian Shows

15th July 2003

Badboy rapper JA RULE has cancelled five Canadian concert dates - and his record company has no idea why. It's not the first time the ALWAYS ON TIME singer has axed a concert -...

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Gotti Reiterates His Stance Against Crime

1st July 2003

Rap mogul IRV GOTTI insists he stands against criminal activity - despite his Mafia-inspired moniker and his decision to name his record label MURDER INC. Gotti, real name IRVING LORENZO, is currently at the...

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Def Jam Mogul Under Investigation

26th June 2003

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has landed himself at the centre of an investigation - due to his allegedly aggressive political lobbying efforts. The DEF JAM boss is suspected of using extreme lobbying in an...

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Def Jam Mogul: Dissenters Out

20th June 2003

DEF JAM RECORDS founder RUSSELL SIMMONS is fed up with all the meek-mannered people in the music business. American Simmons, who launched names including METHOD MAN and JAY-Z on the world, says there is...

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Locklear's Husband Helps Out With Music Research

19th June 2003

Actress HEATHER LOCKLEAR drew on close inspiration for her role as a high-powered music executive in her upcoming movie UPTOWN GIRLS - her rocker husband RICHIE SAMBORA. The former SPIN CITY beauty admits she...

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Lyor Cohen Back In Court

17th June 2003

DEF JAM record label head LYOR COHEN is being sued by former in-house lawyer JONATHON LIEBERMAN for "tortuous interference". Lieberman claims that Cohen made it difficult to find work after he left the record...

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Simmons Discusses Drug Laws With Governor

5th June 2003

Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS met with New York's Governor GEORGE PATAKI on Tuesday (03JUN03) to discuss revising the state's drug laws. Simmons has held a series of rallies in recent weeks to address the...

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Ll Cool J On The Lookout For A New Deal

2nd June 2003

Veteran hip-hop star LL COOL J is searching for a new recording contract - after his longtime label DEF JAM opted against keeping him on their books. The rapper released his tenth album, 10,...

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Joe Budden Facing Throat Surgery

21st May 2003

Rapper JOE BUDDEN has received bad news on the eve of his debut album release - his voice is at risk. Budden, who is scheduled to release his self-titled album on 10 June (03),...

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Russell Simmons Enters Banking

15th May 2003

DEF JAM co-founder RUSSELL SIMMONS has branched into a new area - banking. Simmons, founder of PHAT FARM men's apparel, has launched a prepaid VISA debit card that caters to the 48 million...

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Susan Sarandon Joins Rap Stars In Drug Fight

14th May 2003

OSCAR-winning actress SUSAN SARANDON is adding her support to a new protest - she wants to repeal New York's tough drug laws. The screen star - who faced a backlash for her anti-war stance...

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Eminem And Nas Receive Honours In Detroit

28th April 2003

Rappers EMINEM and NAS were honoured for their musical efforts during Detroit, Michigan's HIP-HOP SUMMIT on Saturday (26APR03). Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS was among those who announced that the hip-hop stars would receive awards...

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Lil. Kim Proposes Truce With Foxy Brown And Eve

23rd April 2003

Hip-hop star LIL' KIM is willing to end her feud with fellow rappers EVE and FOXY BROWN by recording a song together - but only if she can get all the cash from the collaboration....

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Eminem And Method Man Set For Hip.hop Summit

21st April 2003

Rappers EMINEM, METHOD MAN and DOUG E FRESH are set to appear at America's latest Hip-Hop Summit. The stars will be joined by others including REDMAN, CAM'RON + THE DIPLOMATS, KEITH MURRAY AND CAPONE-N-NOREAGA...

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Def Jam Chief Slams Murder Inc Investigation

25th March 2003

DEF JAM boss LYOR COHEN has slammed the investigation of record label MURDER INC - insisting the company's boss had no involvement in the murder of RUN DMC's JAM MASTER JAY. Speculation has focused...

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