Set up in June 2003 by Tony Wright with funding from the Arts Council of England, Rapnews was a non profiting site supporting quality rap music and hiphop culture, promoting, exposing and documenting the happenings of the scene with a predominant but not exclusive UK focus.

In 2008 after five years of providing interviews, features, news and reviews produced in the spare time of contributing writers, Rapnews closed its doors due to a lack of activity within its area of focus and time constraints of its contributors.

Rapnews is not for sale, relaunching or ever will be.