Hip-Hop Beat: Juvenile, Arsonists, KRS-One ...

Rappers recording soundtrack for movie; crew working on follow-up album; rap legend releasing greatest-hits LP.

Rappers Juvenile, Lil Wayne and other Cash Money Millionaires teamed with E-40, Nelly, Nas and Noreaga & Capone to record the 18-song soundtrack to "Baller Blockin'," due Sept. 12, according to Universal Records. The movie, shot in New Orleans' Magnolia Projects, is a straight-to-video release due Sept. 26. ...

Rap crew the Arsonists are working on a follow-up to last year's debut album, As the World Burns, with a smaller lineup, according to Matador Records. Q-Unique is working with MCs Jise One and Swel Boogie on the LP, while D-stroy and Freestyle are pursuing solo careers. ...

East Coast rap legend KRS-One is set to release a greatest-hits album Tuesday (Aug. 22). A Retrospective features tracks from his solo career and his role in Boogie Down Productions. The collection includes such KRS-One anthems as "Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight)" and "Black Cop," as well as the BDP cuts "Love's Gonna Get 'Cha (Material Love)" and "My Philosophy." ...

Caz, a West Coast rapper who has worked with Ice-T's rap collective Rhyme Syndicate, is promoting his debut album and pursuing 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. ...

Thursday's birthday (Aug. 17): Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer (De la Soul), 31.

— sonicnet.com staff report