Elbow Gang 2!

Download Elbow Gang 2 now!.

No Lotion 2: The Great Repression

Buy NL2 The Great Repression NOW!.

No Lotion 3: Studio 54!

Cop NL3 : Studio54 3/25/2016.

No Lotion feat. Ashy Larry

Buy No Lotion featuring Ashy Larry NOW!.

Jan 31, 2009

50 Responds to Rick Ross Interview!

Video Provided by DatPiff.com

This looks a little more promising than Buddens and Saigon......... i personally am glad someone is going at Rick Ross the Fraud only cus he never manned up and admitted it was him in them pix.

Jan 30, 2009

50 Cent - Officer Rawse ( diss to Rick Ross, Wayne & Khaled)


Jan 29, 2009

T.I. interview with ATLHustlers

Jabari's Roundtable discussion with 9th Wonder, Young Guru, Young Gunz

Slaughterhouse cypher


You can add the 'L Bowz and Rum to that!

Slaughterhouse SOB's Full Show

Termanology - Tight Pants are for girls


Scram Jones ft. Rhymefest, Saigon,Haffa - Yes We Can

Nostalgic Jada and his '98 Source Cover

Damn, i had that issue to. I'm gettin' old!

Jan 28, 2009

Serius Jones vs. Charles Hamilton at S.O.B.'s

Is it me or that real hip hop is slowly creeping back? Eh, maybe its a pipe dream lol

Rae and Ghost - Criminology 2


Jadakiss ft. Faith - Letter To BIG

Well Done Kiss

Jan 27, 2009

D Nice True Hip Hop Stories: Monie Love

D-Nice Presents True Hip-Hop Stories: Monie Love from D-Nice on Vimeo.

Its all good Kane, it happens to everyone.

Styles P Interview with Jenny Boom Boom

Ron Browz - Jumpin' out the window

Talib Kweli and John Forte - Homecoming

"Homecoming" John Forte + Talib Kweli from The ICU on Vimeo.

How can i not feel this one? He shout out my hood and 383 (inside joke, right Trips lol)

Jan 26, 2009

African man gets chased by angry mob... Uses magic and transforms into a goat?!?!?

One of Nigeria's biggest daily newspapers reported that police implicated a goat in an attempted automobile theft. In a front-page article on Friday, the Vanguard newspaper said that two men tried to steal a Mazda car two days earlier in Kwara State, with one suspect transforming himself into a goat as vigilantes cornered him.The paper quoted police spokesman Tunde Mohammed as saying that while one suspect escaped, the other transformed into a goat as he was about to be apprehended.The newspaper reported that police paraded the goat before journalists, and published a picture of the animal.Police in the state couldn't immediately be reached for comment.Belief in black magic is widespread in Nigeria, particularly in far-flung rural areas.

I dont know bout yall but this could be handy when them bill collectors come around

Jeezy and Sway talk "My President"

Jan 25, 2009

Not Exactly a Stepping Stone!

Jan 23, 2009

When is enough, enough? 100 Point Blow Out!

DALLAS -- A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 game has a case of blowout remorse.

Now officials from The Covenant School say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.

"It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened," Kyle Queal, the head of the school, said in a statement, adding the forfeit was requested because "a victory without honor is a great loss."

The private Christian school defeated Dallas Academy last week. Covenant was up 59-0 at halftime.

A parent who attended the game told The Associated Press that Covenant continued to make 3-pointers -- even in the fourth quarter. She praised the Covenant players but said spectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.

"I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots," said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy. "At some point, they should have backed off."

Dallas Academy coach Jeremy Civello told The Dallas Morning News that the game turned into a "layup drill," with the opposing team's guards waiting to steal the ball and drive to the basket. Covenant scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and "finally eased up when they got to 100 with about four minutes left," he said.

Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with "learning differences," such as short attention spans or dyslexia.

There is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become lopsided. There is, however, "a golden rule" that should have applied in this contest, said Edd Burleson, the director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Both schools are members of this association, which oversees private school athletics in Texas.

"On a personal note, I told the coach of the losing team how much I admire their girls for continuing to compete against all odds," Burleson said. "They showed much more character than the coach that allowed that score to get out of hand. It's up to the coach to control the outcome."

In the statement on the Covenant Web site, Queal said the game "does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community."

Covenant coach Micah Grimes did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Queal said school officials met with Dallas Academy officials to apologize and praised "each member of the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team for their strength, composure and fortitude in a game in which they clearly emerged the winner."

Civello said he appreciated the gesture and has accepted the apology "with no ill feelings."

At a shootaround Thursday, several Dallas Academy players said they were frustrated during the game but felt it was a learning opportunity. They also said they are excited about some of the attention they are receiving from the loss, including an invitation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to see an NBA game from his suite.

"Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing," said Shelby Hyatt, a freshman on the team. "Keep trying, and it's going to be OK."

Peloza said the coach and other parents praised the Dallas Academy girls afterward for limiting Covenant to 12 points in the fourth quarter. She added that neither her daughter nor her teammates seemed to dwell on the loss.

"Somewhere during that game they got caught up in the moment," Peloza said of the Covenant players, fans and coaches. "Our girls just moved on. That's the happy part of the story."

Jay Z Talks Blueprint 3

hmmmn, could it have been that Jockin' Jay Z didnt pop off as expected? Don't mind me, I'm just thinkin out loud

Dipset XXL Photo Shoot

NBA All Star Starters Announced

Slaughterhouse Live at S.O.B.'s

Safe to say say that were some spitters in the building

Jan 21, 2009

Nas, Green Lantern & Johnny Polygon - BET Inauguration Ball

Snoop vs. Game in Celebrity b-ball game

New Air Penny Fusion!

These is the hottest Nike kicks I seen in a while. Every air Penny Shoe fused! Enjoy ash-holes!

My President is Black Jay-Z Remix!

This verse right here is pretty dope


Jan 20, 2009

Rare Biggie Footage!

In honor of Big, i had to post these. Shout out to TheMeaningofdope for these gems.

Jay Z - Brooklyn Go Hard Live in D.C.

The Revolution Was Televised!

Jan 19, 2009

Happy MLK DAY! Full I have a Dream Speech!

Jan 18, 2009

3 LAX leftovers from The Game

http://sharebee.com/9c87cdf7 - Enemy
http://sharebee.com/f9896a91 - Hustler's Dream
http://sharebee.com/9b18bc27 - Number 1

Q-Tip - ManWoman Boogie (ft. Amanda Diva)

Smooth Look for Kamal, but i would've went with "Believe" with D'Angelo

Jan 16, 2009

Yung Berg Arrested LMAO!!!!!

This was Hilarious and whats worse his manager was more g-ed up than him. Enjoy asholes

Jeezy and Nas - "My President is Black" Video

DJ Mike Nice - Brooklyn Bullshit

A Lot of Rarities on this one!!! Plus its FREE!!

Joe Budden - "Letter to Saigon"


Grandmaster Flash "The Bridge"

Jan 15, 2009


New Joint from our debut Album No Lotion feat. Notorious B.I.G.! Special free download Notorious in theaters now!


Rappers Run-DMC inducted into rock hall of fame

January 15, 2009
New York -- Run-DMC once hailed themselves as the Kings of Rock, so it's fitting that the pioneering rappers are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Run-DMC joins heavy-metal band Metallica, guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials in this year's inductee class.

Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson gets a nod as an early influence, and the sidemen inductees are Spooner Oldham and two of Elvis Presley's musicians - drummer D.J. Fontana and bassist Bill Black.

The induction will be held in Cleveland on April 4.

Jan 14, 2009

Oakland Cop Finally Arrested!

Jan 13, 2009

Pharoahe Monch Ondaspot Freestyle

Ohio Teen Kills Mom over Halo?!!!!

ELYRIA, Ohio (Jan. 13) - Although a teenager's obsession with a violent video game may have warped his sense of reality, the boy is guilty of murdering his mother and wounding his father after they took "Halo 3" away from him, a judge ruled Monday.
"I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever," Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said.

Rejecting an insanity defense, a judge in Elyria, Ohio, ruled Monday that a 17-year-old was guilty of fatally shooting his mother and wounding his father after they took away his "Halo 3" video game. Daniel Petric, here in 2007, faces the possibility of being sentenced to life without parole.


Shes cute but not $3.7 Million Cute!

Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand has persuaded 10,000 men to bid for sex with her.

Last September, when her auction came to light, she had received bids up to £162,000 ($243,000) but since then interest in her has rocketed.

The student who has a degree in Women's Studies insisted she was not demeaning herself.

Miss Dylan, from San Diego, California, USA, said she was persuaded to offer herself to the highest bidder after her sister Avia, 23, paid for her own degree after working as a prostitute for three weeks.

She said she had had a lot of attention from a wide range of men, including "weirdos", "those who get really graphically sexual about what they want to do to me" and "lots of polite requests from rich businessmen".

Miss Dylan said she did not think it was particularly significant to be willing to sell your virginity and insisted that she was happy to undergo medical tests for any doubters.

She said: "I get some men who are obviously looking for a girlfriend but I try and make it clear that this is a one-night-only offer.

"I know that a lot of people will condemn me for this because it's so taboo but I really don't have a problem with that.

"My study is completely authentic in that I truly am auctioning my virginity but I am not being sold into this. I'm not being taken advantage of in any way.

"I think me and the person I do it with will both profit greatly from the deal."

She added: "It's shocking that men will pay so much for someone's virginity, which isn't even prized so highly anymore."

Jan 12, 2009

Extended Notorious Trailer

Diddy's Thoughts on Notorious

50 Cent - Shut Your Bloodclot Mouf! (prod. by DJ Premier)


Im feeling this one. My only gripe is that its only one verse.

Jan 11, 2009

New Jordan 2k9!

Eh Ive seen better J o's

Jan 10, 2009

New 50 Play this on the Radio aka FUCK OPRAH!

I cant agree with 50 more, for some reason I have no love Ms. Winfrey.... Enjoy Ash Holes!

Jan 9, 2009

Obama has rap beef with Jay -Z?!?!?!

by Bruce Banter

President Elect Barack Obama is threatening to cancel Jay Z's appearance at his January 20th Inauguration in Washington, D.C. if the rapper born Sean Carter performs new pro Palestinian lyrics that support Hamas. Obama advisers got a preview of the lyrics when David Axelrod accompanied Jay Z and Beyonce to an outdoor fundraiser for Michael Steinhardt. Steinhardt asked Jay Z to do a freestyle rap dissing Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. But Carter declined to get involved in the "beef" saying he is married and avoids beef nowadays "by any means neccesary".

Then in a odd scenario of events Jay Z approached Steinhardt 20 minutes later and asked could he rap about Hamas extensive social programs that have gained popularity in Palestinian society by establishing hospitals, education systems, libraries and other services throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to Axelrod Jay Z told Steinhardt I will do a rap but "I want to change the dialogue" Jay Z said I want to mention Hamas "beef with Israel as political and not religious or antisemitic and that Hamas is democratically elected but can't get recognition despite Hamas's political wing having won many local elections in Gaza, Qalqilya, and Nablus".

Steinhardt said "nobody cares about Hamas" but Jay Z cited that Hamas is not what the mainstream media is depicting and pointed to the recent January 2006, surprise victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, taking 76 of the 132 seats in the chamber, while the previous ruling Fatah party took 43.

Steinhardt told Jay Z to forget he mentioned doing a diss song because the rapper was being anti-social. Jay Z popped his collar, brushed his shoulders off and then backed away from his handlers and stood in the cold and hummed underneath his breath the lyrics to a pro Hamas song called "Gaza Strip Club". Axelrod said everybody there could clearly hear him humming this truce song and these actions were passive aggressive". Axelrod told the Associated Press that "Gaza Strip Club" would clearly embarass Obama. When Jay Z was asked would he perform this song he only responded "GSC all day."

DEF JAM is still a Hip Hop Juggernaut!

Well at least by some people. They reportedly received 36 (YES!, THIRTY SIX) Grammy nominations!Hit the link to see for yourself.


Jermaine Dupri Released from Def Jam

JERMAINE Dupri has left the Universal Music building. Dupri was president of Island Records until he was unceremoniously booted on Wednesday.

A source said, "After [his girlfriend] Janet Jackson's album and tour bombed, he basically didn't come back to work. He still collected a paycheck, but didn't bother to do anything that he was supposed to do, like find artists, release records or actually show up.

Executives tried to talk to him, but he just lost heart."

Dupri was widely blamed for Jackson's album flop as he insisted on letting her get her way on song selection and production of the release, "Discipline."

50 Cent to buy the rights to Death Row Music Catalogue

According to one of ourinsiders, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is on the verge of making a MAJOR PURCHASE.

No not a new car or a house – but the rights to some of the most influential hip hop tracks EVER CREATED. 50 Cent is preparing to aggressively bid for Death Row Records entire catalogue.

The catalogue, which was owned by mogul Suge Knight and is being auctioned in bankruptcy contains all rights to the following albums:

# Snoop Dogg – Doggy Style

# Dr Dre – The Chronic

# Above the Rim Soundtrack

# Tha Dogg Pound - Dogg Food

# 2Pac All Eyez on Me

# 2Pac The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

# Snoop Doggy Dogg Tha Doggfather

# Lady of Rage Necessary Roughness

# Snoop Doggy Dogg Dead Man Walkin'

# 2Pac Until the End of Time

# 2Pac Better Dayz

# 2Pac Nu-Mixx Klazzics

And the price? The estate wants $24 million but 50 will probably get it for half of that. Guess if he cant make a new hit hell take some old ones and revamp em.......lol

Jan 8, 2009

Kingly Duties Must Be Met!

Jan 7, 2009

Asher Roth AKA Passenger 57!

According to his publicist, none other than Asher Roth was involved in detaining the man who just made a bomb threat on an Atlanta-to-LAX flight. The rapper was on his way to LA for a performance on Carson Daly. The LA Times reports:

"The unidentified man was aboard Delta Airlines Flight 110, which was approaching Los Angeles, when he got up and stated he had a bomb, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

"There was an altercation with multiple passengers, who ultimately subdued the man with plastic ties. At one point he tried to exit through one of the aircraft doors after the flight landed at LAX."

courtesy of URB.com

Jan 6, 2009

Oakland Police Murder 22 Year Old Man!

For those who think Obama changed anything yet. Warning this is footage of the police brutally murdering this man Viewer Discretion is advised

50's Before I Self Destruct Tracklist

01. Intro
02. Came To Win (Produced by Red Spyda)
03. Get Up (Produced by Scott Storch)
04. Need Your Hate (Produced by Dr. Dre)
05. Here For A Reason (feat. Nate Dogg) (Produced by Tha Bizness)
06. Good To Be A Gangsta (Produced by Ty Fyffe & Sha Money XL)
07. Don’t Mess With 50 (Produced by Don Cannon)
08. Trust In Me (Produced by J.R. Rotem)
09. Norman Bates Motel (feat. Eminem) (Produced by Dr. Dre)
10. Bitch I’m Sorry (Produced by Needlz)
11. All For You (Produced by Hi-Tek)
12. No Time To Lose (feat. Swizz Beatz) (Produced by The Individuals)
13. Lonely At The Top (Produced by Play-N-Skillz)
14. You Need Us (feat. Lloyd Banks & Tony Yayo) (Produced by DJ Khalil)
15. Different Path (feat. Dave Young) (Produced by Havoc)
16. I Get It In (Produced by Dr.Dre)
17. Somebody Forgive Me (Produced by Jake One)
18. My Reign (Produced by Eminem)
19. Ready For War (feat. Dr.Dre) (Produced by Dr. Dre)

Eminem ft. 50 & Dre - Crack a Bottle

Didn't even listen to it yet but here it is for your listening pleasure!

OnDa Spot freestyle: CNN & Immortal Technique


Guess who got slapped like a BEEYOTCH .,.. Comedian Katt Williams. Katt started talking out the side of his neck to somebody … and he got regulated.

Here’s how it went down:

Sooooo he starts going in on this one dude who was wearing a cowboy hat and matching boots. Spies in the house say the crowd was cracking up until Mr. Cowboy walked up to Kat and bitch slapped him across the face.

They say Kat, who was without any sort of entourage, just sat in a corner smoking a cigarette and when someone approached him asking if he was alright, he answered, "Hell naw I ain't alright! Didn't you just see that n*gga slap me!?"

DANG … Katt … you better stick to talking reckless about NON-FAMOUS DUDES!!!

2 "Notorious" Clips


You may have heard that last week rapper Soulja Boy was robbed at gunpoint by a group of goons. Well now Soulja Boy is refusing to cooperate with police.

One person with insider details explained, “[Soulja Boy] just wants the whole thing behind him. He’s grateful that no one was hurt and he’s not trying to do or say anything that could cause more problems.”

The insider added, “Soulja Boy no longer lives in [the same neighborhood] and his new home has added security.”

Man all them youtube videos this dude makes youd think he would have already have some security...... talk about not having your priorities straight.


You may have heard that rapper Jim Jones was involved in an altercation with R&B singer Ne-Yo in the Louis Vuitton store on December 23rd.

Well now the police are involved. Yesterday, the Harlem rapper made his way to a New York precinct to discuss an incident with investigators.

Bow Blogz can report that rapper Jim Jones wasn’t arrested. Instead he was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket for misdemeanor assault. "I don't know what this is for," Jones said when asked about the scuffle. "All I know is I was shopping. I don't know what happened."

Interestingly enough, neither rapper Ne-Yo or Jay Z’s best friend Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith – the two who were injured - filed a police report. Curiously enough, the Louis Vuitton store didn’t file a police report either.

Guess there’s A NO SNITCHIN’ At Louis Vuitton!!!

I dont know bout yall but Jimmy gets no props for stomping out a RnB dude.

Keisha Cole Stalking Young JeezY?!?!?!

An interesting rumor is going around Atlanta. Word on the street is that R&B singer Keyshia Cole has become obsessed with rapper Young Jeezy ... and is now stalking him.

Keyshia Cole has been trying DESPERATELY to get back together with Young Jeezy. But that Jeezy has been avoiding her – and not returning her calls or messages.

And there's more, Keyshia has been showing up uninvited to Atlanta clubs and attempting to confront him about his actions. Jeezy was set to perform at Velvet and Keisha showed up with friends, including [R&B singer] Monica. Apparently she was trying to meet him face to face that night ... [Jeezy] left the club."

The insider speculated that Jeezy is considering legal action against Keyshia and that he "may take out a restraining order against Keyshia."

Word is theres a video of Keyshia talking slick about Jeezy in a ATL club. Here's an excerpt of what she said:

I’m just doing my thing out here. Keeping that money popping so that I can handle my business the way it should be handled…without a MAN.

I’ve been single for like a year now but it’s all good regardless. Shout out to Young Jeezy! I mean I haven’t talked to him in about a year but shout out to Young Jeezy …!

New 50 Cent! I Get It In


Honestly, off of the first listen, i can dig it. Doesn't feel like a forced club banger.

Jan 5, 2009

Premo's top 20 albums of 2008

20. Ill Bill - The Hour of Reprisal
19. 88-Keys - The Death of Adam
18. EPMD - We Mean Business
17. Craig G & Marley Marl - Operation Take Back Hip-Hop
16. Ice Cube - Raw Footage
15. Q-Tip - The Renaissance
14. Guilty Simpson - Ode to the Ghetto
13. Termanology - Politics as Usual
12. Big Shug - Otherside of the Game
11. Ludacris - Theater of the Mind
10. Heltah Skeltah - D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)
09. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
08. The P Brothers - The Gas
07. eMC - The Show
06. Jake One - White Van Music
05. D.I.T.C. - The Movement
04. Scarface - Emeritus
03. Statik selektah - Stick 2 the Script
02. Evidence - The Layover EP
01. DJ Revolution - King of the Decks

Honorable Mention :
GZA, Reks, Devin the Dude, Large Pro, Nas, Prodigy, Trick Trick, Young Maylay, The Game, Black Milk, Torae and Vast Aire.

Nore : Shoot ya'self in the foot

Yea, he's got a point. Give me my flowers while i'm alive.

Bussa Bust gettin' it in! New Freestyle

Live From Bedford Stuyvesant, the Livest one!!!!

Cease reminscing 'bout BIG alongside Gravy in front of Big's old crib

Early '09 Grind!!!!

Barely a few days into '09, there have already been a few quality FREE mixtapes that have hit the streets aka the net First and foremost is noneother than . . . . . . . (drumroll please!) US!
ASHY L BOWZ, keepin' it Ashy with "Joints: The Best Of Ashy L Bowz".


These past few months, Banks has been goin' in on these 5 and Better mixtapes. His latest installment The Cold Corner picks up right where
Halloween Havoc left off.


A tribute to Dilla is always a good look and Termanology doesn't dissapoint on this one.

http://www.mediafire.com/?ard4edmld1g - pt1
http://www.mediafire.com/?weuwm42mtjy - pt2

Jan 2, 2009

Stephon Marbury may go to the Boston Celtics!

Nearly one year since Stephon Marbury last played in a regular-season game, signals are getting stronger that the New York Knicks' outcast will eventually make his comeback with the Boston Celtics.

That still depends largely on Marbury's ability to negotiate his release from the Knicks after weeks of fruitless and oft-contentious buyout talks, but sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com this week that Boston is Marbury's preferred destination if he manages to become a free agent and that the Celtics are indeed hopeful of signing him.

Lil Kim tries to fight bouncer at New Years Party

January 02, 2009. According to one of our tipsters, a club bouncer started beating on one of her peeps … and Lil Kim flew into action.

Here's what we heard:
As I was waiting on line to get into the New York nightclub house on the early hrs of New Years Day, the line is stopped cause Lil Kim rolls up in a black Expedition.

[Just] as she's about to walk into the club, a male member of her posse gets into it with a bouncer who really isn't aware of what's going on. [The bouncer] proceeds to put the member of Kim's posse into a choke hold and body slams him. In the process of doing so, he knocks Kim to the ground hard.

Kim gets really loud and pissed and proceeds to charge after the bouncer. Luckily someone held her back cause she would be looking at another charge, The bouncer was in complete shock he kept on saying "Dam I didn't know it was you"

Kim was put into the truck that sped off.

Apparently Kim ain't learn here lesson from last time. Leave the fighting to the big boys mama

2008 Month by Month in Review Hip Hop and Pop Culture.

As we end 2008 and head into 2009. I think the best way to bring in the new year is to remember the last. Everyone welcome to the first installment of the Bow Blogz


Hip Hop

  • Articles were published that 50, Wyclef and MJB are tied to steroid trafficking. You know what that means…50’s jacked but got a small wang hahahahaha
  • Eminem is hospitalized, reports indicate his weight exceeds 200 pounds.
  • Flo Rida breaks record for digital sales in a week with 470,000. Apple Bottom jeans, boots with the fur, THE FUR~ people were loving that joint for a minute.
  • Jay Z steps down as Def Jam president and LA Reid takes over. Time for a real executive to run Def Jam.
  • Hookmaster Nate Dogg suffers a stroke.

How can we begin without BRITNEY SPEARS - still, amazingly, the most-searched term on Yahoo. A few days into 2008, she melts down spectacularly, ending up in a hospital after locking herself in a room with her young son. We don't need Dr. Phil to tell us this girl needs help, though he does. Celeb magazines freely diagnose her as bipolar. (But more on Britney later.)

And true tragedy strikes when actor HEATH LEDGER dies of an accidental prescription drug overdose in a New York apartment, cutting short a brilliant career.


  • Game goes to jail. For name-dropping on every one of his songs.
  • DJ Khaled starts his label, We the Best Music, starting what seems to be a never-ending headache.
  • Nas announces his the title of his new album. White people are outraged.
  • Static Major passes away, R.I.P.
  • Hip hop legend KRS-One signs with reemerging independent label, Duck Down Records but you now know nothing will ever come of it, a la Rakim + Aftermath.

The Obama slogan "Yes We Can" ricochets across the Web in rapper and songwriter WILL.I.AM's viral video hit, starring a host of celebrities.

And "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" spoofs the media's fondness for Obama - later, Hillary Rodham Clinton will refer to the skit in a real debate.

HOLLYWOOD WRITERS, meanwhile, end their 100-day strike. Days later, the OSCARS air to dismal ratings.



  • Luda and DTP finds a new home in Def Jam.
  • “Elephant in the Sand” gets released and the beef between 50 and Joey Crack continues.
  • On the other hand, Royce Da 5′9″ and Eminem squash their beef.
  • T.I. get his third strike, trying to buy M16’s and grenade launchers and shit.
  • 50 starts beef with Rick Ross.
  • Nate Dogg pleads guilty to a domestic violence charge. What are you doing Nate? You just had a stroke!

Obama may be the Internet candidate, but here's an Internet sensation he'd prefer disappear: video of his former pastor JEREMIAH WRIGHT, making incendiary comments that will give Obama a major political headache.



  • Hov signs a crazy $150,000,000 deal with Live Nation. Did I mention crazy?!
  • Diddy tells people to keep an eye out for Janelle Monae.
  • Bobby Valentino ditches Luda and the DTP gang.
  • UK lets Snoop back into the country.

MILEY CYRUS is a genuine superstar at age 15, a role model to countless girls. So what's the problem? A few pesky photos shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. They show the Disney princess, aka Hannah Montana of course, in a come-hither pose, with a bare back and shoulders. A rare bump in the road for this teen phenom.



  • DMX does what he does best, gets arrested. This time, for animal cruelty.
  • Suge Knight somehow stays relevant in the hiphop scene, gets assaulted and hospitalized.
  • Remy Ma’s 25 year sentence was shortened to 8.
  • Mass Appeal magazine calls it quits.
  • With the help of single, “the Boss,” Rick Ross’ album is the first to reach Gold status in 2008.
  • Nas is forced to change his album title to Nas.
  • Saigon gets kicked out of Atlantic Records.
  • Polow da Don is named Songwriter of the Year.
  • Blind NY Governor David Paterson pardons Slick Rick.
  • Yung Joc starts a label, resulting in Hotstylz and the ridiculous single “Lookin’ Boy.”

After four years and endless buildup, the "SEX AND THE CITY" gals return in a feature-length film. Will Carrie find happiness with Mr. Big? Yes, but even happier are the producers, after a $55.7 million opening weekend - unprecedented for a chick flick. And this IS a chick flick. Men flock to root canal appointments.

HARRISON FORD returns as Indiana Jones - at age 65! We doubt Hollywood would be so kind to a 65-year-old actress. And speaking of older women, they're said to be behind the "American Idol" victory of 25-year-old DAVID COOK, who beats the baby-faced 17-year-old, DAVID ARCHULETA, breaking the hearts of countless tween girls.

Los Angeles street artist SHEPARD FAIREY creates his wildly popular poster of Obama, a red-white-and-blue hued image of the candidate gazing ahead, underlined by the word "HOPE."



  • Charli Baltimore is still around? Indeed she is, still with Murder Inc.
  • Nas changes his album title yet again, this time to Untitled.
  • Weezy’s Carter III sells over a million the first week.
  • DMX doesn’t have a valid driver’s license on him so what happens…?
  • D-Block starts working on another group album.
  • BET loses major sponsorships such as Pepsi, GM, Proctor & Gamble for their obscene music videos.
  • Nate Dogg is arrested for making terrorist threats at his girlfriend.

TIM RUSSERT dies at 58 of a sudden heart attack, after more than 16 years in one of the most influential jobs in TV news - moderator of NBC's "Meet The Press." The death causes some baby boomers to start to wonder about their own health.

A computer-animated science fiction romance? Leave it to Pixar. After "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille" and "Cars," another triumph for the studio comes in the form of "WALL-E," a futuristic film about love between two robots.



  • 50 starts beef….with Taco Bell, for using his name without permission. Doesn’t he know “50 Cent” is a term before he jacked it for himself?
  • Gucci Mane is arrested for gun and drug charges. What else is new with rappers these days?
  • Carter III hits certified double platinum.
  • Bone Thugz n Harmony reunite, every member this time. But nobody cares.
  • Before he was a rapper whose main topics are drug trafficking, it’s revealed that Rick Ross was a correctional officer.

Bonjour to the new JOLIE-PITT twins, who emerge in France, where parents ANGELINA JOLIE and BRAD PITT are hunkered down on their enormous estate. And BATMANIA reigns, thanks to LEDGER'S stunning (and posthumous) portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight."

BRITNEY and PARIS make their unwitting entrance into the campaign, fodder for McCain's commercial mocking Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world." Hilton, though, gets the last laugh: The doe-eyed hotel heiress, lounging in a leopard-print swimsuit, offers up a much cleverer video riposte.



  • Dr. Dre won’t let his daughter rap.
  • Big Boi and Killer Mike make peace.
  • Yung Berg follows Gucci Mane, gets arrested for possession of drugs and weapons.
  • Cam’ron sells Juelz Santana’s soul to Def Jam for $2 million.
  • After a smart investment in Vitamin Water, 50 tops Forbes’ 2008 Hip Hop Cash Kings.
  • After much anticipation, Game’s album L.A.X gets leaked before the release date, but I didn’t care. Did you?

Call this the anti-celebrity month: Wary after that Britney-Paris spot, the DEMOCRATIC PARTY does its very best to de-emphasize the celeb factor at its convention in Denver. Meanwhile, McCain's anti-celebrity campaign unveils its own, well, celebrity: the telegenic PALIN, who bursts onto the scene with a speech that galvanizes the GOP convention.

MADONNA turns 50! And the chiseled superstar is hardly alone. Also hitting the half-century mark this year: MICHAEL JACKSON, PRINCE and ELLEN DEGENERES.


  • Yung Berg gets mugged for his Transformers necklace. If it wasn’t for his arrest a month earlier, he’d be in jail for shooting the bastard.
  • Kanye flips on the paparazzi.
  • 50 learns but not enough apparently. He announces his album release, a week before Kanye’s.
  • T.I’s Paper Trail releases to his biggest debut yet.
  • Nate Dogg suffers his second stroke of the year. That’s what you get for making terrorist threats at your girl!

"I can see Russia from my house!" FEY debuts her impersonation of PALIN on "Saturday Night Live." Kudos to the "SNL" writers, but you can't say Palin doesn't give them plenty of material - including verbatim chunks of her rambling exchanges with KATIE COURIC. The CBS anchor, long plagued by low ratings and high expectations, makes a welcome comeback.

Also making a comeback: the '60s, with all that guilt-free smoking, thanks to "MAD MEN," the evocative drama on cable's AMC. "Mad Men" wins an Emmy this month, thrilling its small but hugely loyal audience.



  • Maino smacks Yung Berg is the face. Berg wishes he still had his guns on him.
  • Eminem announces the title of his new album, Relapse.
  • Lil Jon signs to Universal Republic Records but no one cares anymore. WHAT!…..YEAH!

Shall we just call it "HSM3"? And if you don't know what that means, you probably won't be seeing the movie. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," the big-screen sequel to the two Disney TV movies, sings and dances its fresh-faced way to the top of the box office, thanks to the durable appeal of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and the other "HSM" alums.

"SNL" scores its highest ratings in 14 years when it snags the ultimate prize: Palin herself. The VP candidate proves a game cast member, obliging happily when Amy Poehler shouts out: "All the mavericks in the house, put your hands up!" "

And JOE THE PLUMBER makes his debut, as a constant reference in the third presidential debate. Later, Joe, aka Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, 34, campaigns for McCain and Palin.



  • Lupe announces he will retire after his third album, E.N.D which will be a triple cd set. He plans to release a book about a life of a window washer after his music career.
  • Kanye West releases his album, 808s and Heartbreaks on Nov. 25th, to mixed reviews.
  • Chamillionaire reuses original formula, releases single called “Creepin,” not surprisingly similar to “Ridin.”

Yeah yeah, Obama is elected, but we'll reserve the pop culture prize this month for OPRAH WINFREY. Weeping on the shoulder of a stranger at Obama's victory rally, and gushing uncontrollably on her postelection show, the talk-show queen can surely claim a little credit for the triumph of her "favorite guy." Two economists even claim she brought Obama a million votes in the primaries.



  • The Wu announce nationwide tour. Their new music sucks but I’ll def check their shows.
  • Common’s latest release, “Universal Mind Control” is greeted with weak reviews…even from Chi-Town!!
  • The DJ who invented the scratch, Grandmaster Flash announces an album to be out in February.
  • Dark Man X is arrested once again….is it getting old yet?
  • Jim Jones says Jay Z’s flow is gorgeous but he’s just gorgeous……..no comment.
  • 50 announces even he’s hit hard with the bad economy.

Any true pop culture story must end as we started: with BRITNEY - for, after a year in which she seemed to reach the depths, this famously durable young woman is in the midst of an astonishing comeback, with "Circus," her latest CD, reaching No.1 on the album charts, according to her label, Jive. At 27, she seems to be not only "the world's pop princess," as her manager says. She's the world's pop culture princess, too.