It's been a long time coming, but it was worth it.  The man responsible for the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew will never see the light of day again.

William Balfour plead not guilty, but a judge and jury felt differently and handed down a blistering sentence recently.  Though it can't bring her family back, I'm sure she's thankful that he wont go free and that he can spend the rest of his life in prison.  More details of the sentence can be heard below with Tha Wire.

Meanwhile, Hip-Hop's newest stars are gearing up for some major tours.  For starters you can catch Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz in the N.O. tomorrow and Houston on Saturday.  Plus, 2 Chainz is getting ready for his own tour and the release of his debut album.  On the flip, Harlem's own A$AP Rocky is also preparing for his upcoming tour and album.  Another tour on the horizon is Tyga's Closer To My Dreams.  Listen to Tha Wire I got all the dates close to home for all of the above.

In more news, Trey Songz recently released the cover art for his up comin album "Chapter V".  It's going to be out in a couple of weeks and will feature an a-list of Hip-Hops hottest artists.  Get the scoop now.  Press play to hear Tha Wire: 

Meanwhile, Jay Z is taking his partnership with Duracel to the next level.  He and the battery giant joined forces and will feature the new Duracell Powermat at his newly renovated 40/40 Club in New York.  This will allow customers to power-up cell phones or other trendy high tech gadgets at the bar by simply placing their items on the pad.  Here's the new commercial.