Hip-Hop Beat: Lauryn Hill, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Big Pun ...

Grammy-winning rapper/singer will testify this week, regarding credits on her debut solo album.

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, Mos

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' Kim will 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 and 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,

Method Man,

COLOR="#003163">Redman, Missy

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