Hip-Hop Beat: DMX, Lox, Hurricane ...

Ruff Ryders sponsors summer camp; ex-Beastie Boys DJ to release disc in fall.

Ruff Ryders Entertainment, the hip-hop imprint whose roster includes DMX and Eve, will sponsor a summer camp Aug. 28-Sept. 2 at Camp Pontiac in upstate New York. One hundred kids, ages 8 to 15, were chosen based on their academic achievements for the weeklong event, which will include educational and athletic activities, a Ruff Ryders spoksperson said. The Lox and Drag-On will perform on Sept. 1 at a concert at the camp. ...

Former Beastie Boys DJ Hurricane will release Don't Sleep on Oct. 10. Guest artists include the Flipmode Squad, Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, Money Mark, Kool G Rap and singer Scott Weiland of rock band Stone Temple Pilots. ... Eminem's mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, has filed a second defamation lawsuit against the rapper following the publication of an Eminem interview in Shooting Star magazine, according to the office of his lawyer, Peter Peacock. Mathers-Briggs is seeking damages of $1 million in the new complaint, in addition to the $10 million demanded in a suit she filed against her son last year. ...

Rappers Kane & Abel will release their fourth album, Most Wanted, on Sept. 26 on a new label, Most Wanted Empire, a spokesperson said. The twin brothers also are writing a book, "Speed of Darkness," and adapting their 1999 novella "Eyes of a Killer" into a screenplay. ...

Rappers Juvenile, Lil Wayne and other Cash Money Millionaires teamed with



COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">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,

COLOR="#003163">Krayzie Bone,

COLOR="#003163">Layzie Bone,

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">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,

COLOR="#003163">Cab Calloway,

COLOR="#003163">Louis Armstrong and

COLOR="#003163">Duke Ellington, among others, and it includes readings

by several contemporary artists, including Quincy

Jones, Joshua Redman,

Ice-T and

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">Aaliyah and

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">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. ...

Friday's birthday (Aug. 18): Everlast, 31.

— sonicnet.com staff report