Hip-Hop Beat: Busta Rhymes, Nate Dogg, Eminem ...

Flipmode Squad ringleader/rapper to perform on Letterman, appear at record stores, host release party.

Rapper Busta Rhymes is promoting the release of his fourth solo album — Anarchy, due Tuesday (June 20) — with a week of public appearances, according to Markeisha Ensley, a publicist at Elektra. He will perform the single "Get Out" on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday (June 19), appear at two record stores Tuesday in New York and New Jersey,

host an album release party Wednesday at The Exit in New York and appear for an interview on Thursday's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." ...

Nate Dogg, the vocalist who brought "G Funk" harmonies to West Coast gangsta rap, was arrested on Saturday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for allegedly kidnapping, abusing and making terrorist threats against his 26-year-old girlfriend, as well as burning her car. The 30-year-old, who has been performing with his cousin Snoop Dogg and collaborator Warren G on the ongoing Up in Smoke rap tour, was released after posting $1 million bail, said department spokesperson Rick Martinez. A tour spokesperson could not be reached for comment. ...

Rap star Eminem will be featured in 26 weekly animated cartoons to be shown on a new Web site, Slimshadyworld.com, according to Isis Payan, a spokesperson for parent site Hookt.com. The rapper will provide all the voices for the episodes, which will begin in mid-July. …

Big Tymers, Sticky Fingaz, Nelly, Chico DeBarge and Monifah will contribute songs to the soundtrack for "The Original Kings of Comedy," a Spike Lee movie due this summer. The soundtrack also will include comedy bits from Steve

Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac, according to Valencia Terrell, a publicist at Universal Records. ...

New York hip-hop label 75 Ark, whose lineup includes Automator and Anti Pop Consortium, entered an agreement with MP3-trading software company Napster, the two companies announced Thursday (June 15). The agreement, Napster's first with a record label, includes plans for exclusive monthly downloads of unreleased songs. ...

Rapper Eminem, who has been arrested twice this month on assault and weapons charges, pulled out of KROQ's Weenie Roast festival, to be held Saturday (June 17) in Anaheim,

Calif. A station spokesperson said he canceled because of scheduling conflicts. Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP is at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the third straight week. ...

In a statement, rapper DMX said he was "totally innocent" in a car accident he was involved in last

week in New York. Police are not investigating the case, as it only involved property damage, according to Detective Robert Samuel at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information. ... R&B crooner

D'Angelo and rapper and producer Dr. Dre are teaming up for a remix of D'Angelo's "Chicken Grease" (RealAudio excerpt), according to MTV News Online. D'Angelo also said he was working on a remix of his "Devil's Pie," which should be released soon. ...

K-Ci & Jo-Jo and up-and-coming hip-hop group 4th Avenue Jones' will

record a song called "Wife for Life" in Los Angeles next week for the upcoming Tupac Shakur spoken-word

album, according to 4th Avenue Jones' manager Jeremy Larner. The song will incorporate a poem written by Shakur, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996. ...

Underground lyricists Cali Agents have changed some dates on their North American tour with

COLOR="#003163">Spontaneous, Slum Village and Bahamadia, the rappers' spokesperson Trevor Seamon said. The new dates are

June 25 at Metro in Chicago, June 28 at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit and July 3–4 at the Knitting Factory in New York. ...

Cypress Hill are planning their third annual Smoke Out festival, to be held Oct. 7 in San Bernardino, Calif. The lineup for the event, which planners expect to draw 50,000 fans, will be announced next month, according to Cypress Hill publicist Amy Morris. ...

Besides working on his new CD, G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), due Aug. 22, the ever-restless LL Cool J will start shooting the video for the album's first single, "Imagine That," on June 17. The rapper/actor also is filming "Kingdom Come" with Whoopi Goldberg and is scheduled to film the remake of the 1970's classic "Rollerball" this July. Snoop

Dogg, Ja Rule,

COLOR="#003163">Q-Tip, Kelly Price and Amil are confirmed guests on G.O.A.T. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report