Ja Rule Joins UrbanAID 2 Lineup

Katrillion reports Ja Rule has been added to the UrbanAID 2 lineup which already boasts as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs. Ja Rule said, “One in 50 African-Americans are infected with HIV and over 60 percent of new AIDS cases among teens are among African-American teens. Those are just a few of the sad facts. The only way for things to get better is to get involved.”

Dilated Peoples Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Dilated Peoples have announced details of their upcoming tour. The tour is set to kick off on March 5th at San Francisco’s The Fillmore, with dates continuing through Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference. Further dates will be announced shortly.

Nas Announces Stillmatic Tour

Nas announced dates on a short tour of the U.S. which will begin February 23 in Athens before ending March 30 in Las Vegas. “We gonna be getting to all the towns so people can get a chance to experience Illmatic to Stillmatic, the whole travel right onstage,” he said last week. “It’s gonna be right.” Read on for all of the tour spots.

Diddy’s Super Bowl Benefit Show To New Orleans

On Saturday, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs hosted United We Stand, a concert featuring Fabolous, Bubba Sparxxx, Jermaine Dupri, Jadakiss and Black Robb taking place at Zephyr Field. Procedes from the show will help the families of African-American New York City firefighters killed in the line of duty while saving lives at the World Trade Center. The show will be brought to fans on DVD later this year.

Ja Rule Plays Rammstein Club Show

Ja Rule played a surprise show for the MTV USO special that began airing Tuesday with a performance at Rammstein Air Force Base’s Hip Hop club. The rapper also sang ‘I’m Real’ with J.Lo for their main show and helped judge a talent competition later in the broadcast.

Redman, Method Man Announce Tour Dates

Method Man

Sonicnet reports while Redman and Method Man will be touring clubs and small theater’s, they seem to be eyeing the big dough a major tour could get them by opening for bigger acts. A desperate sounding Redman offered, “I hope Jay-Z starts [another] Hard Knock Life tour. That’s what I’m waiting on. Come on, Jay-Z, you got five mics in The Source magazine. Start that tour up and throw me and [Method] Man on there, ’cause you know we’re blowing the spot.” Redman added interest in opening for DMX and Ja Rule.

Afroman Tours On One Hit

Afroman will attempt to headline on his novelty hit ‘Because I Got High’ with tour stops beginning later this month in Cleveland. Read on for the specific dates and places.

Jay-Z Show Causes Near Stampede

MTV.co.uk reports Jay-Z’s show at London’s Hammersmith Po Na Na venue on Monday almost was deadly as an onlooker described, “It started to get really hairy, a real crush. There were some people trying to rush in through a side door and then bangers were let off. There were people running and screaming to get away from it. I managed to get away and across the street and then it seemed to get really nasty.”

DMX Headlines Powerhouse, Beanie/Jadakiss Beef Continues

MTV was on hand for the Power 99 (WUSL-FM)’s annual concert, PowerHouse in Philadelphia, which featured a continuation of the beef between Jadakiss and Philly’s own Beanie Sigel. Jadakiss first was recepted rather warmly, but after taking a stab at Beanie, the crowd booed him and hurled bottles on the stage. Beanie showed up later and said “Give a n—a 80 bars and he’s still talking?” Read more.

Mississippi Snoop Show Canceled

Snoop Dogg’s planned concert in Southaven, Mississippi was cancelled after not only poor ticket sales, but a threatened boycott of the DeSoto County Civic Center if the Sunday concert were to have gone on. About 350 people signed a petition to block the performance.