For The Record: Quick News On Notorious B.I.G., Farnsworth Bentley, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Mia Zapata, E-40 & More

Seven years ago Tuesday (March 9), the Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in Los Angeles, a murder that remains unsolved. Several hip-hop artists are gathering in New York for a tribute show to Biggie and other fallen rappers to mark the occasion. Scheduled to appear at B.B. King's Blues Club Tuesday night are Mos Def, Gang Starr, Busta Rhymes and M.O.P., who will unveil their new rock band. ...

Cam'ron, Dame Dash and Farnsworth Bentley were among the hip-hop notables who reached out to the kids on Saturday in New York for the launch of the "Read 2 Succeed" literacy program. They were all on hand at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the initiative, which is sponsored by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the National Urban League with support from the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council. ... A week after launching a do-it-yourself Jay-Z remix package, the creators of the Jay-Z Construction Set have set up a blog for people to share their various remixes. It can be found at www.jayzconstructionset.com/hype. ...

Jurors in the trial of Jesus Mezquia, accused of raping and killing punk singer Mia Zapata of Seattle band the Gits in 1993, will have to decide if the DNA evidence that led to his arrest last year is enough to convict him of murder. Mezquia, 49, was nabbed when DNA taken from Zapata's body matched the DNA that was entered into a database for convicted felons after he had been busted for burglary. ... For the first time, an officially sanctioned version of 1985's Live Aid concert is coming to home video. After concert organizers, who include Boomtown Rats' Bob Geldof, noticed bootleg copies available online, they decided to auction off the DVD distribution rights to the 12-hour, two-city event, which raised money to combat famine in Africa. Money raised through the auction will benefit the Band Aid Trust, which continues to provide for the poor and hungry in Ethiopia. The video is expected to be available by the end of the year. ...

Eleven new dates have been tacked on to the Strokes' U.S. tour, beginning May 2 in Nashville. The trek, which kicked off Tuesday to support the band's second album, Room on Fire, will now wrap up with a hometown gig on May 19 in New York. ... Rapper Lyrics Born has recorded a remix of his single "Callin' Out," to be released soon. The new version features the colorful vocabulary of E-40 and the boasts of Casual. ...

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry continues to encourage fans to play around with his Boneyard Brew hot sauce. And for those who can't take the heat, there's still the free Boneyard Brew video game "Genie Joe and the Axeman," at www.starmountainstudios.com. In the fast-action game, fans play Chef Anthony as he scurries around to collect ingredients for the sauce and avoids sour notes sent to him by the evil Axeman. Perry recorded voices and music for the game. ... Add Michael Anthony to the list of rockers who like it hot. The Van Halen bassist is preparing to bottle his own Mad Anthony's Hot Sauce, which, according to a post on his Web site, will "make sweatin' it out on the can the next morning part of your everyday ritual." Now doesn't that sound appetizing? ...

03.08.2004

JC Chasez has incurred the wrath of the publisher of Schizophrenia Digest because the artwork for his new album, Schizophrenic, depicts the singer in a straitjacket. The publisher of the magazine, Bill MacPhee, who suffers from the disorder, accuses Chasez of misrepresenting the ailment and contributing to the public's misunderstanding. In a statement, the singer claimed he chose the album title because of the "wide range of musical styles in the album" and added, "I apologize to anyone I may have offended with the title and cover." ...

N.E.R.D. have recorded a remix of their single "She Likes to Move" with Q-Tip, De La Soul and Busta Rhymes. It's Pharrell and Chad's tribute to the late-'80s/early-'90s bohemian rap collective known as the Native Tongues, with which all three guest artists were affiliated. The remix is expected to be released within a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, N.E.R.D. will appear on "Saturday Night Live" this Saturday, in anticipation of their upcoming album, Fly or Die. ... Beyoncé, Bernie Mac and Luther Vandross were a few of the big winners at Saturday night's NAACP Image Awards. Vandross won four awards, the always irreverent funnyman Mac took home two, and Beyoncé was named Entertainer of the Year. Other winners included Outkast and Cuba Gooding Jr. The 35th NAACP Awards air Thursday night on FOX. ...

Outkast have apparently cleared their schedules and set a concrete time to start filming their Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below movie for HBO. The flick, which is being co-written and helmed by "Hey Ya!" video director Bryan Barber, will shoot for the entire month of April. ... Jay-Z is scheduled to headline the Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival, which takes place May 8 and 9 at Earls Court in London. Considered Britain's largest celebration of black music, the festival will also feature Alicia Keys and native son Dizzee Rascal. ...

Basketball and football aren't in any jeopardy of losing their status as the hip-hop community's favorite sports, but before you know it, NASCAR racing could slowly creep up. The organization is continuing to reach out to the black community with "Welcome to Atlanta - NASCAR weekend" in the ATL from Wednesday to March 15. Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow are confirmed to attend the series of events, which include the Celebrity Malibu Grand Prix Go-Kart Challenge, a celebrity car show and a fashion show. ... Sixties rock legend David Crosby was arrested for marijuana and gun possession at 1 a.m. on Saturday at a hotel in New York's Times Square. Crosby stayed at the Times Square DoubleTree Suites on Friday, but forgot his suitcase when he checked out the next day to play a college in Wayne, New Jersey, with his band CPR. A hotel worker found the bag, and when he searched it for identification he found an ounce of weed, a .45 revolver, 26 rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife. The hotel notified the police, and when Crosby called the hotel to say he was coming back to pick up his forgotten luggage, cops were waiting to meet him. The rocker was released on $3,500 bail. If convicted on the gun charge, he could face up to seven years in jail. ...

Courtney Love got a breather in her misdemeanor under-the-influence-of-drugs case, for which she was scheduled to go to trial on Monday (March 8). Instead, a Los Angeles judge granted the singer a continuance until April 5 to face the charges. In the meantime, Love is due back in court on March 16 in her felony drug-possession case. ... The arraignment of Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was postponed until March 22. Lifeson faces charges for allegedly fighting with police and pushing an officer down a stairwell during an altercation on New Year's Eve. ...

A DJ inspired by Danger Mouse's The Grey Album, a mix of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, has been hit with a cease-and-desist order for his own blend of the Jay-Z disc with Metallica's The Black Album. The legal papers sent to DJ Cheap Cologne came not from Metallica, but from the RIAA, which ordered the DJ to stop distributing and selling what he was calling The Double Black Album. "It started out as a joke when I made one song," Cheap Cologne said, "but like a lot of jokes I guess it went too far." ... Brooklyn, New York's Liars are taking to the road in support of their second album, They Were Wrong So We Drowned. The 21-date North American trek will start March 16 in Montreal and wrap up April 18 in Philadelphia. ...

Electronic DJ Paul van Dyk wants you to vote. In conjunction with his upcoming tour and Rock the Vote, van Dyk will unveil a public service announcement he shot in support of the organization and youth participation in politics. The 30-second spots will be distributed to MTV and various regional TV outlets across the country beginning in mid-March. ...