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Not only is the Wu Tang Clan back this summer with 8 Diagrams, Rza's Afro Samurai, and a disc of unreleased material by "Wu Tang Clan and friends" are among this week's new releases.

Last week I expressed my love for Joell Ortiz. Get an MP3 at the Rap Up.

UPCOMING SHOW @ IRVING PLAZA
Lord Finesse's B-Day Bash features everyone from Chuck D to DJ Premier - Lord Finesse, D.I.T.C., Das Efx, Grand Puba, Nice & Smooth, and more to come!?!?! Who's coming?!! Tickets for the February 23rd show here

SHOW TOMORROW @ SOB'S
Info on X-Clan's NYC CD release party here.

This week's Hip Hop TV appearances at a glance includes Nas on Kimmel and The Game on Leno.

LA Coka NostraLa Coka Nostra is kind of a lame name - especially considering who's in this supergroup, but anyway check out some info on House of Pain, Non-Phixion, Soul Assassins, and Lordz of Brooklyn getting together. Music @ MySpace. Live show March 8th @ Avalon in Hollywood.

Clipse speak on the mixtape controversy. AngryCitizen reviews the recent Clipse show at Bowery Ballroom. More tour dates have been announced.

In case you were wondering, or even worried, Trent Reznor's new upcoming Nine Inch Nails record is NOT a Hip Hop Album.

9th Wonder and Little Brother part ways. :(
SoundSlam takes a look at some other hip hop divorces.

Finally a Mobb Deep related release to get excited about: Prodigy's upcoming solo album Return of the Mac. Read about it here. Watch a video also. The Voice also speaks.

Gangstarr’s Guru is finishing up “Jazzmatazz Vol. 4,” featuring David Sanborn, Common, Bob James, Damian Marley, Bobby Valentino, Blackalicious, and Vivian Green.

ConsequenceConsequence is hoping to finally quit his day job after March 6th when he drops his album Don't Quit Your Day Job.

Now in concept it might be clever, but unfortunately the song itself kinda sucks. Jay-Z and belle Beyonce are releasing singles that feature each other on the same day. Hollywood (Jay-Z ft Beyonce) and Upgrade U (Beyonce ft Jay-Z) will have also have split videos. Add in all the product placement deals like Cherry Coke, and you might say Jay-Z really is becoming the Mike Jordan of recording.

Tru Life returns to BV Hip Hop news with more entertainment. Watch a video of him posing with stolen Dip Set chains.

Watch this Beat Kingz video featuring Kanye, Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze for some edumacation.

Some info on new female MC Psalm One here.

NPR on Subway Hip Hop. A phenomenon I have yet to witness. (listen)

Info on two upcoming DJ Muggs projects here and here.

A truly pointless Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits compilation coming up. Info here.

DJ Jazzy Jeff releasing new work.

Rev. Run's Wife Justine Simmons Releases Inspirational Book

Q-Tip looking into releasing unlistenable Kamaal album.

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