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Rapper and fellow Public Enemy groupmate Professor Griff to release rock album with new band.

Confrontation Camp, a rock band featuring Public Enemy members Chuck D and Professor Griff, have signed with Artemis Records, according to a label spokesperson. The group's debut album, Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, is due Aug. 8. ...

Police haven't arrested the man who they suspect stabbed an 18-year-old man Wednesday (June 21) outside a Manhattan nightclub where Busta Rhymes held a record release party, said Detective Caroline Chew of the New York Police Department on Friday (June 23). Police witness accounts indicate that the victim and the suspect were on the "street team" staffs for Tommy Boy and Elektra, but the record labels have refused to comment on the incident. ...

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, Snoop Dogg, 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. 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, Black Anger, 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, 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 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. He also hosted an album release party Wednesday at Exit in New York and appeared for an interview on Thursday's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on NBC-TV.

— sonicnet.com and MTV News Online staff report