Hip-Hop Beat: Da Brat, 3rd Bass, Russell Crowe ...

Rapper makes cinematic debut; white rap group to issue first album in nine years.

Da Brat will make her cinematic debut cast as a friend of the lead character in the upcoming Mariah Carey film, "All That Glitters," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Carey stars in the rags-to-riches flick, which director Vondie Curtis-Hall will begin filming on July 24 in Toronto. ...

Pioneering New York white rap group 3rd Bass will perform songs from an upcoming album — their first since 1991's Derelicts of Dialect — at the independent distribution company Red's annual convention July 18 in Southbury, Conn. The five-day convention also will include performances by Rob Base, DJ E-Z Rock, Dead Prez and M.O.P. ...

New Zealand actor/musician Russell Crowe, who stars in the film "Gladiator," will play a series of shows next month at the famed Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, with his band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts. The group tackles everything from rap to country, and tickets for the Aug. 4, 11 and 18 shows are being auctioned for more than $300 a pair on eBay.com. While in Austin, Crowe and his bandmates also will begin recording their next album. ...

A U.S. District Court has given the green light to a lawsuit by five black-owned concert promoters against some of the nation's most prominent white-owned promoters and agents alleging that concert bookings in the United States are racially tainted. Thirty-four companies, including SFX Entertainment, the William Morris Agency and CAA, attempted to quash the suit, which alleges that they have a monopoly over major concert venues that amounts to a civil rights violation. Judge Robert Patterson wrote in his ruling "that the booking agency defendants have not allowed plaintiffs to bid to promote concerts by any white performers or major black performers gives rise to a plausible inference of racially discriminatory intent." ...

A Brooklyn, N.Y., teenager has sued Sean "Puffy" Combs, Lil' Kim, Lil' Cease and producer Lance "Un" Rivera for $200 million, claiming that a telephone conversation between her and Lil' Cease was used without her permission on the rapper's hit song, "Play Around," according to the New York Daily News. Danyella Rogers, 18, is charging invasion of privacy. The song, from last year's The Wonderful World of Cease a Leo, was produced by Combs, Lil' Kim and Rivera. ...

Web site Riffage.com has bought 1500 Records, an imprint formerly owned by the Interscope/Universal label group. Artists signed to 1500's roster — including hip-hop group Ugly Duckling and techno-rock act God Lives Underwater — will split the net profits on album sales. ...

Two new De la Soul songs — "All Good?" and "Thru Ya City" — aired on Sunday's (July 9) episode of the HBO series "Sex and the City," according to Tommy Boy Records. The songs are from the triple album Art Official Intelligence, due Aug. 8. ... Geto Boys rapper Scarface will lead a new Def Jam Records imprint that will sign and develop Southern talent. The 30-year-old Houston native, who helped popularize Southern style hip-hop, was named president of Def Jam South, based in Atlanta, in June. ...

Rap, soul and electronic luminaries Kid Rock, DJ Muggs (from Cypress Hill), George Clinton, AMG and Liquid Todd have recorded tracks for Deep Porn, a compilation disc laced with provocative audio samples of adult film stars doing "what they do best," according to HardCorps Entertainment spokesperson Susan Mainzer. The album, which includes a version of "Pornstar Style" — from electronic musician AK1200's Prepare to Assault (1999), is due Aug. 22. ... Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP has been certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, meaning 5 million copies of the album have been shipped to stores. The album has been #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for six weeks. ...

Rapper Lil' Zane has backed out of a scheduled appearance in a Tommy Hilfiger clothing commercial to demonstrate his support of the Screen Actors Guild strike against shooting TV or radio advertisements. The rapper said in a statement that he hopes to work with the company when the strike is resolved. ...

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. ...

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.) ... 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.

— sonicnet.com and MTV News Online staff report