J. Cole will be releasing a new mixtape before dropping his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. [HipHopDX]

The Hypemen's latest podcast with guests Ben and Bobby Hundreds explores everything from homosexuality in hip-hop to a unique story about the first time Nas heard Jay-Z's Kingdom Come in The Hundreds store. [RefinedHype]

In his arraignment Wednesday, James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond was hit with new charges that he used his music business only as a front for his bi-coastal cocaine trafficking ring. [NYPost]

According to Nielson SoundScan record sales of the first half of 2011 have reported gains for the first time in seven years. [LATimes]

Check out The Atlantic's 5 Music Trends of 2011 (So Far). [TheAtlantic]

The composer of the original 1966 Iron Man television series theme song has filed a lawsuit against Ghostface Killah for name use and uncleared sampling of the song. [AllHipHop]

According to investigative reporting by Star magazine, Lady Gaga is battling a dangerous and unhealthy obsession with her weight. [PopEater]