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Detroit rapper files for divorce.

Eminem filed for divorce Wednesday (Aug. 16) morning in Macomb County, Mich., according to the rapper's spokesperson, Dennis Dennehy. Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) has been separated from Kimberly Mathers — the subject of murder fantasy musings in the songs "Kim," off this year's multiplatinum The Marshall Mathers LP, and "97' Bonnie & Clyde," off The Slim Shady LP (1999) — since early June. The announcement comes as Eminem faces trial for allegedly attacking a man in June who kissed his wife. ...

Caz, a West Coast rapper who has worked with Ice-T's rap collective Rhyme Syndicate, will promote his debut album and pursue a mock bid for the presidency while at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, said his publicist, Gabe Tesoriero. Caz will have a booth next to Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's booth on the floor of the convention, Tesoriero said. The rapper's album, Thundadome — which features Sticky Fingaz, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Kurupt, Jayo Felony, Ice-T, Rappin' 4-Tay and C-Bo — will be in stores Sept. 26. ...

A person who can convincingly impersonate sexy R&B singer Ginuwine has swindled some radio stations by persuading them to pay him to perform at bogus concerts, according to MTV News Online. Epic Records and the crooner — who is busy prepping for a film role in "Juwanna Man" and recording his third LP — urge radio stations, venues and promoters to contact police if they are approached by the faux Ginuwine. ...

Rhino Records will release the four-CD box set Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words From the Harlem Renaissance on Nov. 7. The set compiles music from Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, among others, and it includes readings by several contemporary artists, including Quincy Jones, Joshua Redman, Ice-T and Coolio. ...

EMI division Virgin America has entered into a $15 million joint venture with Blackground Records to strengthen its urban music catalog, according to the Los Angeles Times. The label is home to recording artists Aaliyah and Timbaland. ...

The hottest DJs in the United States will converge on New York's Union Square on Saturday (Aug. 19) for the 2000 Technics DMC USA DJ Championships, event publicist Ever Kipp said. The DJ showdown features a dance showcase by the Electric Boogaloos, beat boxing, a DJ showcase by Quest and a performance by Mix Master Ice; it will be hosted by legend DJ Red Alert. Whoever wins will go up against DJ Craze for the world championship in London. ...

Rival Detroit rappers Eminem and the Insane Clown Posse are tentatively scheduled to appear on a solo album by DJ Q-Ball of the Bloodhound Gang, a spokesperson for DJ Q-Ball said. Recording for the disc has not yet begun. ...

SoleSides Greatest Bumps, a compilation featuring rare material by DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Latyrx, will be released Oct. 31. ...

Eminem won't be playing at England's Reading and Leeds festivals this month as planned because the rapper isn't allowed to leave North America. He is awaiting trial for two Detroit-area weapons charges, and he could be put behind bars if he travels beyond the 48 contiguous U.S. states or Canada, a spokesperson for Eminem said. ...

Shyne, the Sean "Puffy" Combs protégé who faces attempted-murder charges in connection with the shooting of three people at a New York nightclub on Dec. 27, will release his self-titled debut album Sept. 26, according to his spokesperson, Andrea Murphy. The disc's first single "Bad Boyz," featuring reggae singer Barrington Levy, is getting radio play. ...

Snoop Dogg has formed a female rap trio, Doggy's Angels, who will release their self-titled debut Oct. 24, according to Doggystyle Records publicist Barbara Pescosolido. Snoop Dogg is the album's executive producer. The group members — Coniyac, Kola and Big Chan — are joined by Toi on the first single, "Baby If You Ready," due in stores Aug. 29. ...

Jeru the Damaja says he will release his fourth album, The Magnificent Seven, Armour of Gold, at the end of the year, "if I can finish it up the way I want it to be." The Brooklyn, N.Y., rapper, who released Heroz4Hire on his own Knowsavage label in February, said the new one, also to be released on Knowsavage, will be subtitled Dirtier Than Ever. He's producing it himself. ...

Wyclef Jean will orchestrate the first hip-hop show in New York's Carnegie Hall on Jan. 19 to benefit the Wyclef Jean Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes social programs and helps poor communities worldwide, according to MTV Radio. The Fugees co-founder will release his next solo LP, The Ecleftic, on Aug. 22. ...

Rap-lyric manuscripts, memorabilia and other items from Run-D.M.C., Afrika Bambaataa, the Beastie Boys, Salt-n-Pepa, Tupac Shakur, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Eminem and Missy Elliott will be on display Sept. 22 at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Museum of Art, according to a museum publicist. The "Hip Hop Nation: Roots, Rhyme and Rage" exhibit, which will run until December, also will include an FBI letter to Priority Records expressing its concern about N.W.A, spokesperson Sally Williams said. ...

Wednesday's birthdays (Aug. 16): MC Remedee (Cookie Crew), 33; and LL Cool J, 32.

— sonicnet.com staff report