Former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne has resurfaced – in the Ukraine. Shyne, who converted to Orthodox Judaism while serving a lengthy prison sentence, appeared at the “Global Winds of Change” conference in Kiev last week. He was part of a delegation of leaders from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist faiths. According to Allhiphop.com Shyne addressed the role of religion in music and the media at the conference, telling the audience that he’s now using his music as a way to communicate a message of hope and determination. READ MORE

Sean “Diddy” Combs says substance abuse is the reason why Bad Boy Records rapper G. Dep is heading to prison. G. Dep was recently convicted of second-degree murder in connection to a 1993 murder in Harlem and is now facing years behind bars. In an interview with Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 radio show this week, Diddy called the rapper’s conviction “a shame.” READ MORE

Ice Cube is thawing out some new lyrics for a new album. The hip-hop vet has been doing more acting than rapping lately but is ready to get back into the game. In doing so he says he’s sticking to the formula that works for him. He tells MTV fans can expect “Hardcore, West Coast hip-hop.” It’s what he says he does best and what his fans expect from him.
Cube’s still working on a title for his new set but says he’s leaning toward something like “Everything’s Corrupt.” The rapper’s last album, “I Am The West, ” was released in 2010. Since then, Cube has added three more films and a TV series to his acting resume. He recently appeared in the big screen comedy “21 Jump Street,” playing the role of the police captain supervisor for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

And here’s the news everyone and they mama been waiting for. MTV reports Ice Cube is almost done  with his latest installment to his follow-up to the 1995 original comedy “Friday”. READ MORE

Keyshia Cole Preps New BET Reality Series

Keyshia Cole 30 has another reality show in the works for BET. The network has announced plans for the singer to star in “Keyshia Cole: Family First,” the working title of a six-part series that will focus on Keyshia’s roles as a singer, wife and a mother. Set to debut in the fall, Cole will share executive producer credits with NBA star husband Daniel Gibson and others. READ MORE

Wiz Khalifa is facing arrest charges for alleged pot possession for the second time in ten days.

 

Wiz’s latest brush with the law came after a Tuesday night concert performance in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 

TMZ says police ticketed the rapper and several members of his entourage after they discovered more than eleven grams of marijuana on their tour bus. They were cited and released.

 

Wiz is expected to appear in court on July 27th. The arrest comes just days after the Pittsburgh rapper was caught with marijuana in Nashville on April 21st. Police there sniffed out Wiz after getting wind of reports of marijuana smoke at a local Holiday Inn.

The rapper was also arrested in Greenville, North Carolina in 2010 when police smelled marijuana coming from his tour bus.

 Rick Ross is smoothing out his edgy rap roster with the help of R&B song man Omarion. The Maybach Music Group boss has announced the former B2K frontman as the latest artist to join his hip-hop heavy record label. The announcement came at a news conference in New York Wednesday. Praising his work as a singer and and a actor, Ross called Omarion “a phenomenal entertainer” and the best artist to help him take Maybach into the R&B arena.

Omarion called the announcement “a special day in music” and a special moment in his career.

 

Ross also used his moment in the spotlight to announce plans to release the MMG compilation album “Self, Made, Vol. 2” on June 26th; Meek Mill’s debut album “Dreams & Nightmares” on August 28th; and his own highly-anticipated album, “God Forgives, I Don’t” on July 31st.

 

Ross is promising to deliver on “God Forgives.” He says the work on his fifth studio album is his best yet. READ MORE

The former NFL star Junior Seau [ is prompting plenty of reaction and speculation. The former San Diego Chargers linebacker was found dead in a bedroom in his home in Oceanside, California Wednesday. Police are investigating his death as a suicide, although they did not find any signs of a suicide note at the scene. Seau was 43 years old. He spent 20 seasons in the NFL and owned two restaurants in Southern California. Seau also ran a non-profit organization and was known for his philanthropy. Seau’s mother was very emotional at a press conference following her son’s death. His sister asked the media to respect the family’s privacy as they deal with the tragedy.

Nicki Minaj is laying the groundwork for her first headlining tour in North America.

It seems like just yesterday I watched her do one of her first big performances in the ATL, and to look how far she has come…

 

Nicki announced a series of concert dates that will have her hip-hopping across the United States and Canada all summer long.

 

Nicki will kick off the U.S. leg of her tour in Chicago on July 16th after entertaining fans overseas beginning in June.

 

The trek will wrap up in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 12th.

 

Nicki got the chance to warm up audiences for Lil Wayne and Britney Spears as an opening act last year. Tickets for very own “Pink Friday Tour” go on sale this Friday on LiveNation.com. The rapper’s sophomore album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album chart last month.

My friend who’s a sub-teacher in Georgia called and told me about a big fight that broke out in her classroom recently. READ MORE