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Video for female rapper's new single, 'No Matter What They Say,' debuts.

The video for Lil' Kim's "No Matter What They Say" — debuting on MTV's "Total Request Live" on Tuesday (June 20) — includes celebrity cameos by Carmen Elektra, Method Man, Redman, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Sean "Puffy" Combs and Junior M.A.F.I.A., according to an Atlantic spokesperson. The song is off her upcoming album, Notorious K.I.M. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) ...

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 performed the single "Get Out" on the CBS-TV's "Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday (June 19) and appeared at two record stores Tuesday in New York and New Jersey, and he will 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" on NBC-TV. ...

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 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.

— sonicnet.com and MTV Online News staff report


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