Hip-Hop Beat: Biz Markie, Kool G Rap, Xzibit ...

Greatest-hits sets due from old-school rappers; Xzibit to tour with Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach.

Greatest-hits albums by Biz Markie and Kool G Rap will be released Oct. 17, launching a reissue program of old-school rap from Cold Chillin' label artists. The discs will be released on LandSpeed Records. The Biz Markie album will include "Just a Friend" and "Vapors," while the Kool G Rap disc will feature "Roads to Riches" and "Streets of New York," the label said. ...

Rapper Xzibit will join Limp Bizkit, Eminem and Papa Roach on their joint tour this fall, according to a spokesperson for Xzibit. Dates have not been announced for the outing, which is expected to kick off in early October. Xzibit is scheduled to release The Restless LP on Nov. 7. ...

Nelly and his St. Lunatics crew filmed a live performance of the hit song "Country Grammar" that will be broadcast Saturday (Sept. 2) on the Fox TV show "NFL Under the Helmet." Nelly's album, Country Grammar, has been at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for three weeks. Upcoming acts scheduled to appear on the program include Cypress Hill, Baha Men, De la Soul, 3 Doors Down, and Kurupt. ...

Rap star Juvenile's never-before-issued Playaz of da Game will be released Sept. 26 on D3 Entertainment, according to a publicist for the label. The album includes fellow New Orleans artist DJ Jimi and features previously unreleased songs and other hard-to-find tracks, such as "Bounce for the Juvenile," "New Orleans Bounce" and "A Little Sumtn' in Sumtn." ...

"Murda Muzik," the upcoming film written and produced by Prodigy of Mobb Deep and directed by Lawrence Page, is scheduled to be released straight to video in November, according to Mobb Deep's publicist. The film, based on real-life events in Queensbridge, N.J., features cameo appearances by Limp Bizkit, Nas and Lil' Cease. ...

After breaking rap album sales records with the multiplatinum The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem plans to explain the record's songs to fans in a book, set for release in November, called Angry Blonde. The "only authorized and official" book about the rapper will have lyrics from the rap star's solo albums and unreleased material, as well as personal stories about his life and commentary about his songs, according to HarperCollins spokeswoman Jennifer Suitor. ...

Ja Rule, whose 1999 debut, Venni Vetti Vecci, contained such snarling street anthems as "Holla Holla," will release his second album Oct. 3, according to Def Jam spokesperson Theda Sandiford-Waller. Rule 3:36 includes collaborations with R&B singers Lil' Mo and Christina Milian and rappers Vita, Black Child, Tah Murder, Case and Jayo Felony. ...

Canadian rapper Choclair, who released his first U.S. album, Ice Cold, in March, is scheduled to perform Sept. 21 at the MuchMusic Awards show in Toronto, according to the Canadian television network. ...

Legendary music executive and producer Clive Davis, who was forced out of his position as president and chief executive officer of Arista Records earlier this year, has founded a new record label with Arista's parent company, BMG Entertainment. Davis and BMG have not announced which artists will be part of his J Records roster. Davis has signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston during a nearly 40-year career, and his last label was parent to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment. ...

Lucy Pearl's self-titled debut album, released May 23, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The R&B supergroup is opening for D'Angelo and headlining its own shows this summer on a tour that will be extended into the fall. ...

BMG, whose artists include Toni Braxton and DJ Quik, will begin selling a small portion of its catalog online as digital downloads in September, according to a Reuters report. BMG previously had announced it would begin selling music online in June. ...

Friday's birthdays (Sept. 1): D.J. Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz), 30.

— sonicnet.com and MTV News Online staff report