Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chuck Philips has come forward to clear his name in the ongoing saga of music mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, who was recently convicted of heading up a Continuous Criminal Enterprise, the first such conviction in the history of the Hip-Hop business. I’ve known Chuck since around 2007, after a variety of investigative pieces were published, regarding Tupac’s shooting at the Quad, as well as his subsequent death in 1996, along with the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997.
When Chuck and I started communicating, I was a bit uneasy. He had a pretty bad reputation in our community, because of the numerous articles he had written on both of these touchy subjects. After awhile, I had received a few aggressive emails from Chuck regarding Diddy that I didn’t particulary appreciate, so I stopped replying to him. Things got even thornier after he published a controversial article in the Los Angeles Times, regarding Tupac’s shooting at the Quad in 1994.
The Los Angeles Times contacted me the weekend prior to their article being published to give me a heads up about the article, so I went ahead and published a story, on their story. Well that did not go over well with Sean “Diddy” Combs or James “Jimmy Henchman,” who both contacted me immediately (on my birthday, to top it all off), to debunk the story and claim that the allegations contained in the article were false. So everyone in this industry was shocked, when TheSmokingGun.com dropped a bombshell – The L.A. Times’ article contained phony “302″ documents that helped sink the story – along with Chuck Philip’s career. He was laid off by the L.A. Times and no publication would touch his writings.