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Kanye West, No I.D. work on Jay-Z album

Although it's unclear if they will produce the entire album, Kanye West and Dion "No I.D." Wilson are hard at work making tracks for Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3," according to West's management.

Lil Jon extends pact with Orchard

Lil Jon and the Orchard have announced a content partnership deal, which includes brand marketing and A&R direction.

Devin the Dude signs with Razor & Tie

Rapper Devin the Dude has signed a one-album deal with independent Razor & Tie and is prepping his fifth album, "Landing Gear," for release in the fall.

Nas inks deal with Fila ahead of album release

Rapper Nas has broken his tradition of sidestepping brand partnerships and inked a one-year deal with athletic apparel company Fila.

Jim Jones introduces Byrd Gang

Rapper and Diplomat Records CEO Jim Jones is introducing his new rap group, Byrd Gang, through the debut album, "M.O.B.," due Tuesday via Asylum.

Global Music Group gets Death Row assets

Global Music Group, a Tennessee-based independent label, has acquired Death Row Records and could release a new Tupac Shakur album this year.

Lil Wayne, T-Pain talk collaboration

His new Cash Money/Universal album "Tha Carter III" is only a week old, but rapper Lil Wayne is already in talks about a collaborative project with T-Pain.

Nas’ album release date pushed back

Nas' new album has shifted on the Def Jam release schedule yet again, this time moving from July 1 to July 15.

Janet Jackson frustrated over promotion

Janet Jackson has aired her frustrations with Island Def Jam, whom she claims is no longer supporting her label debut, "Discipline."

Nas flier for video screening uses N-word

Despite shifting his controversially titled album from "N*****" to an untitled project, a flier touting a screening for Nas' new video, "Be a N***** Too," hit the Web on Thursday night.

T-Pain sets date for ‘Three Ringz’

T-Pain is eyeing a Sept. 30 release for his third album, "Three Ringz," which will be released by Konvict Muzik/Zomba.

LL Cool J heading toward Def Jam ‘Exit’

LL Cool J is gearing up to release his next album, "Exit 13," on July 18 via Def Jam.