Hip-Hop Beat: Skee-Lo, Wu-Tang Clan, Royce Da 5'9" ...

'I Wish' rapper's album due in fall; police seeking statements from Wu-Tang Clan; Eminem on fellow Detroit rapper's LP.

Skee-Lo, a Chicago rapper who scored a 1995 pop hit with the title track from his album I Wish, will follow up this fall with an album called I Can't Stop, according to his publicist, Carey Schueler. The 11-track album, which includes the songs "At the Mall" and "Do It Tonight," — uses live Chicago musicians, refrains from profanity and uses no samples, Schueler said. ... San Francisco police are trying to obtain statements from members of the Wu-Tang Clan in their investigation of a reporter's claim that Wu-Tangers Ghostface Killah and U-God and a bodyguard attacked him when he asked for an interview after an Aug. 12 concert, Inspector Daniel Dedet said Friday (Aug. 18). The rap group's representative is cooperating, but the investigation can't proceed without the statements, Dedet said. A label spokesperson declined to comment. ...

Eminem has several guest spots on a solo album by Detroit rapper Royce Da 5'9" that should be out in about six months, according to Game Records general manager Rick Nucci. Royce Da 5'9" was featured on "Bad Meets Evil," a song from Eminem's The Slim Shady LP, and has performed with Eminem on some Up in Smoke tour dates. "Boom," a DJ Premier-produced single from the untitled LP, will be released Aug. 22 on Game/Rawkus Entertainment. ...

Universal Records will re-release the Ying Yang Twins' independent album, Thug Walkin', on Aug. 29, according to spokesperson Dawnalisa Johnson. The Twins' ode to Atlanta strip clubs, "Whistle While You Twurk," debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. The re-release will include new remixes of the hit. ... Fugees rapper/guitarist Wyclef Jean will perform at an HMV record store in New York's Harlem neighborhood Tuesday (Aug. 22), the day his second solo album, The Ecleftic — 2 Sides II a Book, comes out. He'll also appear Aug. 25 at a Best Buy in Willow Grove, Pa., to sign autographs, a Wyclef spokesperson said. ...

OutKast and Elektra Entertainment have launched Aquemeni Records. The new label will release Southern rapper Slimm Calhoun's debut album, The Skinny, in November, according to Elektra publicist Anne Kristoff. Slimm Calhoun appeared with the respected Atlanta rappers on "High Schoolin' " from the 1999 soundtrack to "Light It Up," and will be featured on "Gangsta Shit," a song from OutKast's upcoming Stankonia (Oct. 24). ...

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 spokesperson said. The Lox and Drag-On will perform on Sept. 1 at a concert at the camp. ...

Former Beastie Boys collaborator 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 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 will 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. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report