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Underground rap group added to punk-rock Vans Warped Tour.

L.A. underground rappers Dilated Peoples have been added to this summer's Vans Warped Tour, according to tour representatives. The rappers, whose album The Platform was released on May 23, will join the punk-rock tour, which also includes rockers Green Day and hip-hop band Jurassic 5, from July 11–23. ...

The master recordings of Kool Keith's vocals for the upcoming Analog Brothers album, Pimp To Eat, were stolen in the chaos following the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship-clinching game June 19 in Los Angeles, according to the Analog Brothers' label, Nu Gruv Alliance. The release date for the album, on which Ice-T also appears, has been moved from Tuesday (July 4) to Aug. 15. ... Ice-T will release Ice-T's Greatest Hits: The Evidence on Aug. 8, according to his publicist. He'll also be featured in an episode of VH1's "Behind the Music" scheduled to air Sept. 10. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns VH1.) ...

DMX has been indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a felony, by a Westchester County, N.Y., grand jury, the district attorney's office said Thursday (June 29). The charges stem from a Jan. 13 car crash involving a Jeep driven by the rapper; police said they found a 9 mm pistol in the vehicle. DMX has pleaded innocent; his lawyer, Murray Richman, could not be reached for immediate comment Thursday. ...

Rapper Mos Def contributed vocals to a Gang Starr remix of the Macy Gray song "I've Committed Murder," according to a publicist for Gray. The song is from Gray's debut album, On How Life Is, which is at #26 on the Billboard 200 albums chart nearly a year after its release. ...

Prodigy of Mobb Deep is scheduled to release his solo debut album, H.N.I.C. (Head Ni**a in Charge), on Sept. 19 on Loud Records. The first single from the album, "Keep It Thorough," is produced by The Alchemist. ... Former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip pleaded guilty Monday (June 26) to a third-degree assault charge in New York, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. The rapper, born Kamaal Fareed, was ordered to pay $120 in court costs before his unconditional release. ...

Members of early rap crew the Furious Five sued rapper Will Smith, co-writer Morgan Robinson, Sony Music and Treyball Music on Friday (June 23), according to a clerk at U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The case, assigned to Judge Charles Breyer, claims that Smith unlawfully used a portion of the 1979 song "Superappin' " in his song "Will 2K" (RealAudio excerpt). ...

Confrontation Camp, the new rock outfit headed by Public Enemy rapper Chuck D, have decided not to play their eight planned shows with the Vans Warped Tour, according to Artemis Records. The group, which recently signed with Artemis, expects to release its debut album, Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, on Aug. 8. The band is planning to tour later in the summer. ...

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. ...

— sonicnet.com and MTV News Online staff report