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Falling Into Place: Jose Reyes Signs With Marlins, Albert Pujols Next?

With the Dolphins putting together a late season surge and the Heat preparing for another controversy filled campaign, the Miami Marlins continue to plant the seeds of a potential juggernaut. Possibly the piece which could cause a ripple effect, the Marlins have come to terms with former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to the tune of $102M over six years (how’d your paycheck look last week?).

Pending Reyes can avoid the injury bug, the Marlins just snagged one of baseball’s more unique talents from under a division rival’s nose. To make matters even more enticing, All Star Hanley Ramirez has allegedly adopted the philosophy of “teamwork makes the dream work.” Word around South Beach is saying he’s already agreed to make the transition over to third base. Free agent closer Heath Bell inked a deal with Miami last week, and given everything squares away with his physical, will serve as a welcomed addition to Miami’s bullpen. Now, with several key instruments in place, here’s where the cooler talk comes into play and the rest of the NL East forms a collective “Manning face.”

Could this be the piece the Marlins needed to lure Albert Pujols away from St. Louis? Dream teams mean nothing in sports as we’re all aware of by now, but an infield of Pujols, Ramirez and Reyes is about as daunting as you’ll fine anywhere in baseball. Sources – the word Chris Broussard deserves a cut from every time it’s used – have said Miami will make several hard pitches towards the future Hall Of Fame first baseman over the next few days and that South Florida is supposedly his first choice if he decides to leave the Cardinals.

Jesus, be an angel in the outfield next season for my Atlanta Braves.

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Justice Dept. cracks down on Cyber Monday scams

Cyber Monday wasn’t just about sales.

On one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, the Justice Department announced that it shut down 150 Web sites selling counterfeit goods ranging from sports jerseys to handbags to the popular P90X exercise program. The operation was part of a campaign launched last year that has targeted more than 350 sites visited by millions of consumers.



The CEO of Zappos.com talks about the significance of Cyber Monday, both to his company, and as an indicator of the holiday shopping season.

The CEO of Zappos.com talks about the significance of Cyber Monday, both to his company, and as an indicator of the holiday shopping season.

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“For most, the holidays represent a season of good will and giving, but for these criminals, it’s the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers,” said John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which spearheaded the operation.

According to the National Retail Federation, a trade group, nearly 123 million people planned to shop Monday, up nearly 15 percent from last year. Conceived as a way to keep the holiday spirit — and spending — going once workers returned to their cubicles after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday now rivals Black Friday in popularity and sales.

But the rise of online shopping also comes with potential perils for consumers, who may unwittingly buy fraudulent merchandise or become victims of identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, complaints about identity theft have tripled over the past decade to more than 250,000 last year. Meanwhile, fraud accounted for about half of the agency’s 1.3 million complaints.

The Obama administration is slated to launch a public awareness campaign on Tuesday on intellectual property theft. In addition to scamming consumers, officials said, buying fake merchandise diverts much-needed sales from legitimate businesses. According to government data, federal agencies seized $188 million worth of counterfeit products last year.

“We are aggressively targeting those who are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. “Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability.”

Many of the domain names seized in the Cyber Monday crackdown may have seemed legitimate to consumers: online-nflshop.com, p90x-workout-program.org and pumaoutlets.net, for example. A Justice spokeswoman said the sites now display a banner notifying consumers that the domain name has been shut down. Several sites also include an ICE video highlighting the economic consequences of intellectual property theft.

To avoid scams, consumers should be on the lookout for inaccurate grammar and frequent misspellings on sites and make sure that contact information is available, Justice officials said.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Federation of America advised shoppers to be wary of online contests, as they may carry viruses that can compromise a computer’s security. The group also encouraged consumers to view their credit reports for accuracy or signs of fraud.

“Consumers share a lot of personal information during the holidays as they shop for gifts, online and offline,” said Susan Grant, CFA’s director of consumer protection. “Many people also chat about their holiday plans on social-networking sites. It’s important to remember to guard your privacy, during what can be a frantic time for many people.”

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The Top 5 NBA Tandems Of Tomorrow

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Look up and down the list of NBA championship-winning teams. With few exceptions – the 2011 Dallas Mavericks being one of them – teams built to win it all share something in common: they have at least two superstars. MJ and Scottie; Magic and Kareem; Shaq and Kobe. And as we look ahead to the upcoming season, we wanted to spotlight five of the best young duos in the league, working to add their names into basketball folklore.

Gone are the days of Kwame Brown and Darius Miles-esque draft busts; the collective talent pool in the NBA is as high as its been since the ’90s. Even teams without a shot at the playoffs have reason to be optimistic, so exciting are their young players. None of the listed pairings have made the playoffs yet, and – with one exception – they will most likely be sitting out of the postseason this year. But make no mistake: there’s enough amassed skill here to suggest that sustained success is right around the corner.

Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers — Okay, so Blake’s emergence last year wasn’t exactly subtle; dude took the NBA by storm. What should really excite Clippers (and NBA) fans is the inevitable coming-out party for Griffin’s running mate, Eric Gordon. Still only 22, the 2-guard from Indiana is already one of the most well-rounded scorers in the league, averaging a career-high 22.3 PPG last season. A highlight-reel-in-waiting, Gordon and Blake should lead L.A.’s other team to the playoffs this year. You know, unless something particularly Clipper-ish happens.

Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — The Kings’ young duo lives in an incredibly wide spectrum of possibilities. In five years, they could be perennial All-Star contenders, maybe even MVP candidates. They could also be out of the league. Assuming things take a turn for the better, look for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins to help reassert Sac-town as perennial contenders. Both show glimpses of transcendent offensive games. Here’s hoping the two can live up to their incredible talent.

John Wall and Jordan Crawford, Washington Wizards — In averaging 8.1 APG last season, John Wall: averaged more dimes per game than rookie iterations of Chris Paul and Deron Williams, and had a higher assist rate than league MVP Derrick Rose. His point guard skills are already years ahead of the curve and his athleticism speaks for itself. Wall is going to be a great player and should soon command MVP consideration. Give him a brash, athletic wing-man like Jordan Crawford to help carry the scoring burden and the Wizards would appear to have one of the most enticing young backcourts in the league. Perfect to bring Washington out of the cellar.

Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons — While the Pistons suffered through an uncharacteristically tumultuous season, glimpses of a successful future could be seen while watching the team’s 2010 first-round pick, Greg Monroe. A physical four, Monroe put up excellent per-minute numbers as a rookie (9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds in average of 27 minutes per game) and will only continue to improve. Toss super-quick point guard Brandon Knight into the mix and Detroit fans have an exciting young pick-and-roll combo to look forward to.

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers — Kyrie Irving won’t revolutionize his position like Derrick Rose and John Wall, but he should still be an All-Star point guard in the mold of Chris Paul. Still, for the Cavs to be any good, Thompson is going to have to develop an offensive game to match his NBA-ready defensive game. Freakish athleticism and an incredibly long wingspan will help aid the cause. As a Cavs fan, watching these two develop is pretty much all I have to look forward to this year.

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Tiger Woods Wins A Tournament, Quotes A Rapper

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In a bit of old news now, you’ve probably heard Tiger Woods won yesterday’s Chevron World Challenge and ended a 749-day winless funk he was stuck in since all those birds came out of the woodwork (no pun) and sent Woods’ world crashing down. The kicker, as it relates to you, would be Tiger’s words to the media at the post-tournament press conference. Calling upon the spirit of LL Cool J, Tiger told the assembled press “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.”

Looks like he’s finally embracing his other side.

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Fred Hampton, Jr. Responds To Jay-Z's Verse On "Murder To The Excellence"

The son of the slain Black Pa


nther Party leader takes aim at Hova over a line from the "Watch the Throne" track.

In the recent song "Murder to the Excellence" off Jay-Z and Kanye West's award-winning Watch the Throne, Hova spits the line, "I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died/Uh, real niggas just multiply," referencing how the Brooklyn titan was born on the same day in which Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton was murdered by officers during a FBI raid. While Hov intended the rhyme as a sign of respect for the costs Hampton paid for his political activity, not everyone is responding kindly.

At a recent screening of The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 at the University of Chicago, Fred Hampton's son Fred Hampton, Jr. responded to the Roc Nation impresario's recent song. Referring to Jay as "Slave-Z" during a panel discussion after the screening, Hampton, Jr. said that the line was as distasteful and as it was factually inaccurate.

"Fred Hampton didn't die; he was assassinated," said Hampton Jr. "Saying Fred Hampton died is like the school teacher telling students that Christopher Columbus discovered America."

Check out the Ruby Hornet's complete write-up on the film screening and the audience's response to Hampton, Jr.'s comments. Neither Jay-Z nor Kanye West have responded to Hampton, Jr.'s stance on the song.

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Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards Founder Dies Of Heart Attack

Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards Founder Dies Of Heart Attack


Hip Hop suffered another tragedy this weekend when a local Pittsburgh promoter suddenly passed away.

With the recent deaths of Nate Dogg, Heavy D and Montreal promoter Matthew "Dutch" Garner, Hip Hop has been dealt a number of major blows over the past year. Now, Pittsburgh's burgeoning Hip Hop scene endured a recent tragedy with the passing of renowned Hip Hop figure Dwayne Muhammad this past weekend.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Muhammad, the founder of the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards, passed away this past Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 40. He also worked as a local concert promoter and even founded his own promotion company 360 Entertainment.

Muhammad first began the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards in 2007 after watching the success of the BET Hip Hop Awards. Pittsburgh-based emcee Jasiri X spoke on the loss of Muhammad and his impact on the local Hip Hop scene in Steel City.

"To me, he was instrumental in getting Pittsburgh recognized national and internationally," said Jasiri X. "I don't think it's a coincidence that after the awards started, you saw Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller and on that level. I'm grateful to him for doing that."

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"Style Wars" Outtakes Will Be Released After Kickstarter Campaign Was Met

UPDATE: $28,000 was raised, bringing the seminal Hip Hop documentary's cutting-room segments to new viewers.

Acclaimed Hip Hop/graffiti documentary Style Wars was released in 1983 at just a slim 69 minutes. The film made by Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver featuring a young DJ Kay Slay (as Dez), Dondi and Seen featured over 30 hours of documentary footage never seen by the public. This includes interview footage with then New York City Mayor Ed Koch. A new KickStarter.com campaign is set to change this, with a $28,000 pledge goal launched by Public Art Films.

If the goal is achieved, a new release of Style Wars is promised.

In 2003, Style Wars was re-released as a 20th anniversary edition to double-DVD box set featuring music from then Definitive Jux Records artist Aesop Rock, along with 20-plus minutes from the aforementioned 30 hours.

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UPDATE: On December 1, Style Wars filmmaker Henry Chalfant released the following statement: "The goal of $28,000 was met. Because of 412 cool and inspired backers (plus more as I write this update), we'll all now get to see what is in the outtakes!...All funds raised over $28,000 will go to restoring the entire film: STYLE WARS. We hope that soon, we will be able to deliver STYLE WARS to digital audiences everywhere. Congratulations all. Thank you."

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Five Points On What The New NBA Schedule Actually Means


The NBA’s return signifies the end of one of the more ugly work stoppages in recent memory and one that appeared to derail the entire season just one week ago. While everything remains “tentative” at the moment, the 2011-2012 season is being rushed to be pieced together in a matter of weeks. This means things will be slightly different this year in comparison to seasons past. Feel free to jot these notes down or bookmark this page.

1. The season now will now run through April 26. And to make matters even more physically taxing, each club will have at least one series of back-to-back-to-back games. This probably doesn’t mean much for young teams like Oklahoma City and Sacramento, but it’ll be interesting to see how a team like Boston’s schedule pans out. A shortened season won’t mean much if they’re playing in such a frequent fashion. Hell, there’s a possibility back-to-backs could be played during the postseason.

2. Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if needed) falls on June 26, which means there could possibly be a very short turnaround time for the 2012 NBA Draft.

3. No team will play on three straight nights more than three times.

4. Expect 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games. Teams will not visit every NBA city, meaning some smaller market squads who benefit from their more nationally known counterparts’ visits will miss out out on that payday this season (for ex. the Warriors hosting the Celtics/Heat/Bulls).

5. Training camps and free agency tip off December 9 and the regular season on Christmas Day with a blockbuster triple header of Bulls/Lakers, Heat/Mavericks and Knicks/Celtics.

The agreement also means the four city tour LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul organized has now been cancelled. Now, what sucks is the proceeds from said tour were all going to be donated to charity; a stand up act (and only real option during the lockout) from all four superstars, indeed. That said, you want to talk about charity and money going to a good cause? Think about all the people who can finally go back to work and make sure their lights won’t be cut off this month. Shout out to those people.

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10 of the Greatest Comic Book Video Games


Comic books are a beautiful thing. They’re colourful and amusing and are a gateway into a life of reading, which everyone knows is good for the brain but is something no one really wants to do. Flipping through the pages of The Fantastic Four or Captain America really gives the reader a rush as they witness acts of superhuman abilities, both mental and physical, and dream of a world where they can fly and lift cars. When the world of video games began expanding and evolving, alongside comic books and their fan base, nerds around the world hoped for a glimpse of being able to play as their favorite hero and, for once, fly around the city instead of just witnessing it happening beyond their control. Both gaming and comic books have come a long way since the early days of Captain America’s Hitler hunts and pixelated pong games, and the two have combined into something really special. Many superhero action games are sadly made horribly because with the comic book world being a major supplier of modern movies, game developers know they can sell a half-assed game simply on the name alone and that’s just plain wrong.

Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

There is absolutely nothing better than a good old fashioned ‘90s beat-em-up game. Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage was based off the comic book mini series of the same name. The fourteen part mini series played host to a selection of comic book characters that continued to increase as the story unfolded. The game saw some of these characters and did miss certain parts of the story itself but the option to play as the heroic Spider-Man or the villainous Venom is really what piqued the curiosity of gamers young and old. Either character followed their own specific storyline, which gave the game a lot of replay value and the overall length of the game was respectable for its genre. This is what the next Spider-Man game should be…what ever happened to the beat-em-up?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance was an idea that spawned from the widely popular “X-Men Legends” game that centered on the ability to choose your characters; to make a team of heroes you want, regardless of whether they would ever actually fight together in the comics. You could play as the fantastic four, your favorite selection of X-Men, or whatever four character combination you could think of. Ultimate Alliance later spawned a sequel which gave a much richer roster of heroes and villains, yet lacked the real special something that it’s predecessor gave us all.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum Screenshot

Batman: Arkham Asylum recently showed game developers what could be done with the decades of comic book material they had at their disposal for so long. Arkham Asylum brought one of DC’s darkest characters into one of DC’s darkest places. Batman is in the very Asylum he has brought so many villains to in the past…and the Joker is running the show, letting every one of the Asylum’s inhabitants free to do as they please. The game featured a great storyline and some really stunning graphics as well as a new style of fighting that gave players loads of satisfaction from landing that slow-mo kick to the face of the thug behind you.

X-Men: Arcade

X-Men Arcade Game

When arcades in the ‘90s finally received this X-Men beat-em-up game, kids lined up to pour their parents’ savings into the machines. The game featured all our favorite X-Men heroes and villains, allowing the player freedom to play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Colossus, Dazzler, Storm, and Nightcrawler. Each character had their own special mutant power that could completely rip through most everything on the screen.

TMNT: Turtles in Time

TMNT was THE game that every kid had played at least once back in the day. Many, like myself, have spent years playing through this amazing beat-em-up and still play it to this day, simply for the rush of memories of a simpler time. A time when virtual reality wasn’t the first thing people think of when you say games and where video games were played until the early hours of the morning and not made into “family night” in the living room after supper. Also — “My toe! My toe! My toe!”

DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online Screenshot by IGN

DC Universe Online made a huge splash when it was released last year, becoming one of the fastest selling games of all time. The reason is because they took the idea of an MMO and used the world of DC Comics as its theme. Being able to make your own hero or villain and team up with the legends we all grew up with is all the reason gamers needed to pick the $70 game up and gladly pay the $15 monthly fee. DCU’s number of players has decreased of late, most likely due to a lack of fresh content which really starts to make players think twice about the $15 they’re forking out each month. The game is now free to play with the option of paying for extras which will pull many gamers back to Gotham City of Metropolis for some more superhero mayhemCaptain America and The Avengers

Captain America and The Avengers Screenshot

What’s better than a beat-em-up starring the Uncanny X-Men? How about a beat-em-up starring a super group unlike any other: The Avengers. Captain America and the Avengers is the ultimate comic book beat-em-up. The X-Men were composed of characters who were all mutants; some cool, some…not so much, but the Avengers are the very best of the best. The most recognized faces of Marvel Comics: Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and The Vision. Seriously, there’s not too much more you could possibly ask for.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Marvel vs. Capcom brought together two completely different worlds and put them against each other in brutal combat. The idea was genius and has since been used several times; being able to have a match as Iron Man against Mega Man or The Hulk against Zangief…it was heaven. The first Marvel vs. Capcom laid the foundation for its sequel, which is the most memorable of the franchise. It can never truly be recreated by modern sequels but many gamers are still more than happy that they’re trying.

The Death and Return of Superman

The Death and Return of Superman is probably the most epic and memorable story arc in the history of comics. Readers will forever remember the day DC Comics killed off the world’s greatest hero: Superman. This game captured the story of Superman’s bloody battle with the Krypton monster; Doomsday, Superman’s ultimate demise, the emergence of new heroes claiming to be Superman, and the epic return of our favorite hero. The game allowed players to play as Superman, Steel, The Cyborg, The Eradicator, and Superboy. All five Supermen in one epic ‘90s title. Epic.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Screenshot

The most recent game to use the idea of two separate worlds coming together to battle was Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. It was a smart idea. Mortal Kombat has had a strong following since the dawn of the arcade days and DC Comics has been around even longer and is becoming increasingly popular as time goes on. Who didn’t want to have Superman and Sub Zero duke it out? It fared pretty well and even had a story to tie together the fusion of these two very different universes

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Bishop Eddie Long’s Wife, Vanessa, Files For Divorce


To all ladies (and interested gentlemen) embattled Bishop Eddie Long is back on the singles market. The alleged sexually ambidextrous preacher and his wife Vanessa Long will be going their separate ways after she filed for divorce on Friday. The news come after the former Mrs. Long initially filed a divorce petition, apparently withdrew it only to have the divorce filing reinstated by the close of business day. In the petition, Vanessa Long said her marriage was “irretrievably broken” and there was “no hope of reconciliation.” Accusations of sexual relations with boys always seem to hamper maintaining a healthy marriage.

The couple had been married since 1990 and have three children

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An Eye For An Eye: Cotto Exacts Revenge On Margarito In Heated Rematch

Fit Antonio Margarito for an eye patch now. Avenging his loss from their first fight, Miguel Cotto’s nine-round pummeling of Margarito resulted in a TKO to retain his WBA Super Welterweight title. Cotto (37-2-0) tactically took out his opponent in one-sided dominance with all three judges scoring in his favor 89-82. As Margarito’s eye swelled up the ref let him proceed in the 9th but the in-fight doctors stopped the bout in the 10th as the Mexican’s camp begged for one more round. Absorbing punches unfazed during the fight, Cotto exposed Margarito’s worn down right side, the same one damaged by Manny Pacquiao a year ago.

It’s appropriate that the Cotto revenge show took place in New York’s Madison Square Garden. If it were at any other typical boxing venue on the West Coast, Team Margarito would be in full force but the Pro-Cotto New York crowd waved their Puerto Rican flags high, cheering for their native son’s retribution. Unlike the previous marquee match of Pacquiao v Marquez III, this match was high-action and, by looking at Margario’s face, there was a definitive winner and loser. Let’s not take away the fact Margarito was fine outside of the right-eye and could have went the distance otherwise. But you could tell Cotto’s camp had a mission at hand exposing that right side and with consistent jabs and hooks with Cotto’s left hand, a strategy that proved successful.


We know these guys hate each other. “He means nothing to me,” said Cotto in the post-fight interview. After finding out Margarito was found with illegal handwraps against Shane Mosely in the match after their first fight, Cotto sought revenge. And to definitely prove his loss in their first match was a fluke, Cotto flung successive strikes to his opponent’s right side, shutting both his eye as well as the door on this rivalry.

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Herman Cain Quits Presidental Race

Herman Cain’s Presidential journey came to a screeching halt earlier today, as the one-time GOP frontrunner announced that he’d be indefinitely suspending his campaign. The Godfather’s Pizza guy’s campaign had been under extreme fire the past few weeks amid accusations of sexual harassment and the final straw may have been an Atlanta woman claiming that the two had been involved in a 13-year affair. While the news wasn’t exactly shocking, the manner in which the 65-year-old business man and inspirational speaker exited included a parting shot of insanity: a quote pulled from his repeat viewings of Pok√©mon 2000.

To be more accurate, Cain quoted a song which played in the Pokemon movie, Donna Summer’s “Power Of One,” by stating “Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me.”

Yes, Republicans were once leading the charge for such brilliance to be the leader of our co

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Respect Your Elders: How Signing Veteran Artists To Young Labels Has Been A Constant Trend In Hip Hop

As Curren$y builds his empire with industry vets Fiend and Mikey Rocks, DX wanted to look back at some Grammy-nominated comeback stories, some giant flops, and some cool minutia in between.

Earlier this month, Curren$y signed Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids to Jet Life Records. Mikey will be joining former No Limit Records star Fiend at the fledgling label, which is primarily dedicated to free mixtape releases, spot dates and retail projects from the label's New Orleans founder and flagship artist.

To many, Curren$y and Sir Michael Rocks are of the same class of emcees. The Cool Kids were breaking into the media in 2006, the same year the former 504 Boyz emcee stepped out under a still-wet Young Money Records for "Where Da Cash At?" It was not until just two years ago that Curren$y was deemed a XXL "Freshman," but already the artist who has hopped from No Limit to Young Money to DD172/Def Jam to Warner Brothers is assembling his own roster. The 30 year-old has signed a rapper five years his senior, and an upper-twenties "blog-rapper" peer. Is signing veterans and peers a re-emerging trend from several years ago? HipHopDX looks back to the history, triumphs and tribulations of this act.

Kanye West and Common


Albums Together: 4

Result: As "Big Brother" tells it, Kanye West's mentor was Common's longtime producer No I.D. After MCA Records merged with Geffen Records, Common's musical output and his street credibility were in jeopardy. 2002's Electric Circus was viewed as a departure for the Chicago emcee veteran, where he just stepped a bit too far out on the ledge of experimentation. Having just released one album, a Grammy Award-winning, four-times platinum debut album in The College Dropout, 'Ye was in a perfect position to help out. Although later deemed a "strategic partnership," West's fledgling G.O.O.D. Music imprint backed Common's sixth album, Be. With Kanye and J Dilla on the boards, the new Chicago superstar helped an original regain some ground, and score a gold, Grammy-nominated album. With West's sophomore Late Registration released later that same year, 2005 will be remembered as a benchmark for Chicago Hip Hop, and younger artists getting out their dreams, and working with their inspirations.

50 Cent and Mobb Deep

Albums Together: 1

Result: You cannot talk about Queens, Hip Hop and not mention Mobb Deep. At the height of G-Unit Records' run with Interscope, 50 Cent assembled a dream-team of artists. As the mid-'00s helped brand Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo to the mainstream, Fif began grabbing up acts left and right to add to his roster. There was M.O.P., there was Ma$e, there was Spider Loc, and even Olivia. Of the acquisitions, the only group to ever release a properly-backed G-Unit album was Mobb Deep, two artists who Fif held in the highest regard. After a brief stint with Jive Records to release the commercially-dipping Amerikaz Nightmare, Curtis Jackson pulled Havoc and Prodigy into his own spotlight. 2006's Blood Money did not do any better than the previous album, despite involvement from Dr. Dre and a heavy-hand from 50 Cent. As legal woes compromised the Mobb Deep brand, the pair focused on solo works for the next five years. Although the personal relationship appears in tact, 50 Cent's power-move offered the Poetical Prophets little more than they had earned themselves.

Diddy and 8Ball & MJG

Albums Together: 2

Result: Diddy began Bad Boy Records' reign by releasing longtime EPMD affiliate Craig Mack's solo debut album, Project: Funk Da World. A decade into his label empire, the Uptown Records-exec-turned-Bad Boy-mogul signed Memphis, Tennessee duo 8Ball & MJG. The space-age-pimpin' pair had been striking gold with Houston, Texas independent Sauve House Records for over a decade. Backed by Universal and Relativity Records at stints, 'Ball and G lacked the marketing excitement Bad Boy is known for. Diddy inked the duo to Bad Boy South, his fledgling subsidiary and pushed the veterans into the lab with his Hit-Men, as well as Lil Jon, Cool & Dre and Bangladesh. 2004's Living Legends scored another gold plaque for the pair and a Top 3 debut on the charts. However, 2007's Ridin' High would be a decline for the pair, who spent three years recording the effort. By last year, 'Ball & 'G had now found a new home in T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, although they were not privy to his Atlantic Records distribution enjoyed by B.o.B. and Young Dro.

Jermaine Dupri and Whodini

Albums: 1

Result: J.D. is largely known for pushing kiddie and teen rappers to the marketplace, including young debuts from Lil Bow Wow, Da'Brat and J-Kwon. However, the onetime back-up dancer has a soft-spot for some golden-era greats. In addition to leading the direction in MC Lyte's Bad As I Wanna B, Jermaine signed the group that gave him his start: Whodini. In 1996, J.D. released Six from Jalil, Ecstasy and Grandmaster Dee. The work paired the Brooklyn, New York originals with the likes of R. Kelly, Lost Boyz and Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. Whodini's first album in five years is still remembered as their last. The trio and So So Def parted ways after the critical and commercial thud.

Atmosphere and MF DOOM


Albums Together: 1.5

Result: MF DOOM is the king of the one-off. The same year that the KMD front-man released Madvillainy (as Madvillain with Madlib) on Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records, he made a stop in the Twin Cities to partner with Rhymesayers Entertainment. MM..Food, released seven years ago this week brought DOOM's self-production back into the spotlight, and was presented as an artistic follow-up to Operation Doomsday, the emcee/producer's previous studio release under the same moniker. Although not as commercially successful as DOOM's collaborative '04 release, MM..Food is a highly-regarded jewel in the veteran's catalog. Released by Slug, Ant and Brent "Siddiq" Sayers' RSE, the work featured no appearances from Atmosphere or any other label artists. Both leaders in the late '90s underground Hip Hop movement, Atmosphere were students of DOOM's early Elektra Records releases with KMD, and production for 3rd Bass-affiliated projects. With DOOM-related project, Monsta Island Czars' Escape From Monsta Island released a year previous, this would be the last MF/RSE collaboration to date - though rumors swirl of more material.

Mack 10 and MC Eiht

Albums Together: 2

Result: During the success of Westside Connection, Inglewood's Mack 10 launched a label in Hoo Bangin' Records. The Priorty-distributed imprint picked up some bench-warmers for other labels in CJ Mac (Rap-A-Lot), Techniec (Doggystyle) and The Comrads (Jive/Zomba). The jewel of his roster however, was MC Eiht of Comptons Most Wanted fame, who reportedly went there after passing up a seat at Master P's No Limit Records. The Compton Rap pioneer was five years removed from a gold album in We Come Strapped when Mack 10 released his Section 8 effort in 1999. Eiht traded major label backing at Epic for Mack's indie machine. The sizzle of W.S.C. didn't help C.M.W. at all, and a year later, Eiht had vacated the imprint. Years later, the "Jeah" trademark emcee would make a similar partnership with Snoop Dogg, through his shelved super-group with Kam and Goldie Loc, Warzone.

Tech N9ne and Brotha Lynch Hung

Albums Togerther: 2

Result: After witnessing the perils of botched label deals first-hand, Tech N9ne has created a solace in Strange Music. The Missouri independent label with a sizable staff has made a home for refugees like Jay Rock and Young Bleed in the past year. However the first artist to prove the Technician formula was Sacramento Rap legend Brotha Lynch Hung. After going to war with his former label, Black Market Records, Lynch has enjoyed charting success at Strange in two celebrated releases: Dinner and A Movie and Coathangastrangla. The horror-core emcee also benefited from the budgets allowing his murderous gang-bang tales to mini-movie and national tours.

Kottonmouth Kingz and X-Clan

Albums Together: 2

Result: Seminal late 1980s New York Hip Hop group X-Clan was among the first veteran acts to find a new home at Kottonmouth Kingz' Suburban Noize Records. While Suga Free, Saigon and Glasses Malone would follow, Brother J's '00s lineup on X-Clan released two albums at the California-based imprint. 2007's Return From Mecca was the first X-Clan album in 15 years, and featured the likes of DJ Quik, Tech N9ne and Chali 2na. However with J's new supporting cast, this and 2009's Maintream Outlawz may have doubled X-Clan's catalog, but it failed to find them a proper reintroduction to the fans of artists the group undoubtedly influenced.

El-P and Del The Funkee Homosapien

Albums Together: 1

Result: In the last days of Def Jux Records, El-P released an album from Del The Funkee Homosapien. The Hieroglyphics' front-man's career began just several years before Company Flow began making records, though the Oakland veteran surely influenced the FanDam sound. In 2008, Def Jux released Del's fifth studio album, Eleventh Hour. The work scored a Top 200 Soundscan appearance to the former Elektra Records star. However, the work was among the final Def Jux releases, and failed to meet the success of previous albums from Murs, RJD2 or Cage in changing times at the music marketplace. Del has subsequently self-released subsequent product, and done collaborations with K7, which now also releases El-P's work.

High & Mighty and Tame One

Albums Together: 2.5

Result: After The Artifacts break-up in the late 1990s, it became apparent that El Da Sensei and Tame One had very different styles. One was into releasing, relaxing and relating, while another was into drugs and debauchery. Now defunct, Eastern Conference Records was a sanctuary for the former. Nearly a decade removed from Between A Rock and A Hard Place and a deal with Big Beat/Atlantic Records, Tame went solo with DJ Mighty Mi and Mr. Eon's label, and released When Rappers Attack in 2003. The emcee helped cultivate a new audience, but like his former partner, failed to match the group success as when alone. Even as The Leak Bros. with Cage, Tame didn't finish first in the Eastern Conference.

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