Hip-Hop Beat: Goodie MOb, Canibus, Chuck D ...

Spike Lee movie soundtrack to feature rappers, R&B artists; rappers play in Big L Memorial Basketball Game.

The soundtrack to the upcoming Spike Lee movie, "Bamboozled," offers up a who's who of hip-hop and R&B artists. Tentatively scheduled for September release, the album will feature rappers Goodie MOb, Canibus, Chuck D and Common, along with soul artists Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Prince. ...

Neighborhood children wore white Big L T-shirts while they watched a group of basketball players, including God Shammgod (ex-Washington Wizards), and rappers, including Herb McGruff, play in what was billed as the First Annual Big L Memorial Basketball Game on Sunday (July 30) in New York's Harlem neighborhood. The game also served as a video shoot for "Holdin' It Down," the second single from Big L's posthumous second album, The Big Picture, released Tuesday (Aug. 1). Big L was killed near his Harlem home on Feb. 15, 1999. ...

State officials are weighing whether to discipline organizers of a July 23 Ice-T performance at Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs, Nev., because it was not authorized by the Department of Prisons, the Associated Press reported. Although the rapper did not perform "Cop Killer" — a controversial song he recorded with his band Body Count in the 1990s — the choice of entertainment offended officers who work at the facility, Ed Flagg, president of the Nevada Corrections Association, said. ...

Sean "Puffy" Combs, Russell Simmons and other stars from rap, fashion and the big screen will face off during an Aug. 26 charity basketball match in East Hampton, N.Y., that will benefit several children's groups. The game, which will pit two dot-coms — 360hiphop.com and hookt.com — against each other, will generate donations for Boys Harbor, Harbor for Boys and Girls and The Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Kids Union (T.H.A.N.K.U.), said event spokesperson Linda Shapiro. ...

Busta Rhymes has wrapped up shooting "Finding Forrester," a movie with Academy Award-winner Sean Connery. The movie is about a boy from a middle-class Bronx, N.Y., family who goes to an Ivy League school. Connery — who plays the boy's mentor — and Busta Rhymes — who plays the boy's older brother — provide emotional support as he adjusts to life at the school, the rapper said. ...

The Flipmode Squad, Busta Rhymes' ever-present rap crew, will team up with old-school rap greats and R&B singer Pink on an album that may be in stores by late October, Busta Rhymes said. The Rulership LP will have a Rah Digga–Pink duet; a song with Rah Digga and famed female rapper M.C. Lyte; a Rampage track with Snoop Dogg; a rap with Baby Sham, Slick Rick and Nas; and a Busta Rhymes duet with Nelly. The Squad also is working on a Roc-Marciano/D'Angelo effort, Busta Rhymes said. ...

Also, Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah rap on the Anarchy track "The Heist," and Busta Rhymes will return the favor with a guest spot on the Wu-Tang Clan's album due in October, the rapper said, adding that the song doesn't have a title yet. ... Rappers Cypress Hill have resurrected their online tour diary for their Napster-sponsored free tour with Limp Bizkit. "Soldier Stories," which most recently appeared on www.cypresshill.com during the band's 1998 appearance on Smokin' Grooves and subsequent run of Japan, is updated daily. ...

The hip-hop festival tour Smokin' Grooves likely will sit out for the second year in a row, after hopes of securing chart-topping rapper Eminem as the headliner fell through. "It doesn't look good, but you never know," said Kevin Morrow, a vice president at House of Blues, which puts on the tour. ...

"Soul Assassins," a two-hour hip-hop radio show hosted by Cypress Hill's B-Real and Eric Bobo, has been nationally syndicated by NBG Radio Network, according to publicists for NBG. The program, which has aired on Los Angeles' KPWR Power 106, plays rap-rock mixes and sketches and features in-studio interviews with hip-hop and film stars. ...

Ice-T is keeping his acting career rolling with appearances in several upcoming films, including "3,000 Miles to Graceland," starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell; "Agent of Death," with actors Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen; the John Turtleski–directed "The Guardian"; and director Abel Ferrara's "R Xmas," according to an Atomic Pop publicist. There are no release dates available for the films, label spokeswoman Amy Welch said. ...

Rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse plan to launch a tour in November with the Bloodhound Gang, Three 6 Mafia and the Kottonmouth Kings, according to ICP's Violent J. Dates for the outing have not been announced. ...

Dead Prez, Xzibit, Gang Starr, Redman and Erick Sermon are among the 40 artists joining Cypress Hill at their third Smoke Out Festival, to be held Oct. 7 in San Bernardino, Calif. For a full lineup for the 14-hour show, check out the festival Web site (Smokeout.net). ...

Beat box rapper Rahzel, on tour in Europe, will return to the studio in August to start work on his second album, according to a spokesperson at MCA Records. Rahzel, who is also a member of the Roots, released his solo debut, Make the Music 2000, last year.

— sonicnet.com staff report