An attorney for four producers and songwriters who sued acclaimed
singer/rapper Lauryn Hill confirmed
that the Fugees member will testify
via deposition this week. Drum programmer Vada
Nobles, guitarist Johari
Newton, pianist Tejumold
Newton and vocalist Rasheem
Pugh sued Hill in 1998, alleging they were denied
co-songwriting and co-production credits for the Grammy Award-winning
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. ...
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is
scheduled for sentencing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (June
23) for violating probation on his 1999 convictions for making terrorist
threats and wearing body armor. Judge Marsha Revel will receive a
diagnostic report on the troubled Wu-Tang
Clan MC to help her determine a sentence. ODB has been in
jail since he was caught with alcohol in January; his probation forbade
him to use or possess alcohol. ...
Two fifth-graders from the Bronx, N.Y., have collected 3,000 signatures
in a campaign to rename the borough's 163rd Street "Big Pun Avenue" in
honor of the late Puerto Rican rapper Big
Punisher, according to The New York Times. Born
Christopher Rios, Big Punisher died of a heart attack Feb. 7. ...
Rap group 504 Boyz are featured on
WestSideTV.com with an X-rated version of the video for their
chart-topping single, "Wobble, Wobble." The site also includes uncut
videos from hip-hop artists Ice
Cube, Dr. Dre,
COLOR="#003163">Snoop Dogg COLOR="#003163">Eminem
Def and Q-Tip, according
to a spokesperson from the site, who asked not to be named. ...
The rapper who helped make platinum wigs, skimpy designer threads and
X-rated rhymes de rigueur for female MCs will begin a series of
appearances to push her new album, Notorious K.I.M.
COLOR="#003163">Lil' Kimwill be at the HMV outlet June 28 in
Harlem, N.Y., for an in-store appearance and will perform her single "No
Matter What They Say" before July 6 on "Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee,"
according to an Atlantic spokesperson. ...
Israel's Ex-Centric Sound System,
who mix electronic music with Ghanaian chanting, will open for rapper
Common on Saturday (June 24) in New
York's Central Park, as part of the SummerStage Concert Series. (The
SummerStage series is sponsored in part by sonicnet.com.) ... Hip-Hop
artists the Coup,
COLOR="#003163">Black Anger COLOR="#003163">Underground Railroad
COLOR="#003163">Underground Railroadand 10 others will be
featured on a free MP3-only compilation put together by Punk
Planet. Available online Monday (June 26) at www.punkplanet.com, the
release is set to correspond with the street date of Punk
Planet's issue #38 and its publication of Aaron Shuman's essay on
the New Hip-Hop Activism movement. ...
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,
Elliott, Mary J. Blige,
Sean "Puffy" Combs and
COLOR="#003163">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. ...
Friday's birthday (June 23): Virgo
Williams (Ghostown DJs),
sonicnet.com and MTV News Online staff report