Hip-Hop Beat: The Roots, Ice-T …

The Philadelphia collective will play at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York.

The Roots will perform in New York’s Central Park as part of the New York leg of the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival 2000. The Philadelphia rap stars will be joined by the Wild Magnolias, Arto Lindsay and others onstage at Rumsey Playfield on June 8. … California State University will host a hip-hop conference from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday (May 20). Presented by the Cross Cultural Centers and the Pan-African Resource Center, the conference features free admission, as well as a free luncheon and a keynote address by Ice-T for the first 150 people to register by calling (323) 343-5001. …

Hip-hop radio DJ’s Sway and King Tech will broadcast their weekly “Wake Up Show” live on Atomicpop.com starting this June. Sway and King Tech started the “Wake Up Show” in 1991 for KMEL in San Francisco and now hit 19 markets every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. … Fugees member Wyclef Jean will begin shooting the video for his upcoming single “It Doesn’t Matter” later this month in Toronto; Calgary, Alberta; and Edmonton, Alberta. The video will feature WWF wrestling star The Rock, who also collaborates on the track, due June 14. …

Shyne is being sued for $6 million by a man who said the rapper beat him up in July after he defeated Shyne in a basketball game, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Shyne (born Jamal Barrow), a 19-year-old rising star on Puff Daddy‘s Bad Boy Entertainment record label, was indicted on three counts of attempted murder in January, stemming from a New York nightclub shooting on Dec. 27. …

Chuck D‘s online hip-hop radio show, www.BringTheNoise.com, announced on Tuesday (May 9) that it will begin a Sunday night radio show with New York DJ Chuck Chill Out as host. The radio veteran, who began his career on 98.7 KISS FM in 1982, will make his online premiere Sunday (May 14) at 11 p.m. EDT. …

Digital Underground rapper Money B (born Ronald Brooks) is not a suspect in the April 20 fatal shooting of hip-hop producer Ronald Blackburn, San Francisco police Homicide Inspector Mike Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson said police have a suspect, but no one is in custody. …

Hip-hop artists Mos Def and Will Villainova each performed a song (“Umi Says” and “Devil in a Blue Dress,” respectively) at a New York rally supporting death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, according Deirdre Sinnott, a stage manager for the Madison Square Garden event. Former New York mayor David Dinkins, lawyer Johnny Cochran and actor Ossie Davis were among the speakers at the Sunday event, which was protested by members of the New York Police Department, according to the New York Times.

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons will launch a new hip-hop information Web site in June called 360Hip-Hop.com. Its first major project, “Rap the Vote 2000″ — a spin-off of MTV’s “Rock the Vote” — will feature public service announcements by LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy and Rosie Perez aimed to get young adults to the voting booths. …

As of its June/July issue, Blaze magazine is defunct. The magazine’s publisher, Bob Miller, who also puts out Vibe and Spin, said Blaze “fell short of its circulation and advertising goals,” the Associated Press reported on Thursday (May 4). …

A host of rappers will grace the big screen in this summer’s “Boricua’s Bond” (June 23), the first movie by writer/director Val Lik. Joining Latin singer Frankie Negron, who stars in the film, will be Big Punisher, who died in February; DMX, KRS-One; Method Man and Redman; and Stickyfingaz. …

Pop-rappers Fun Lovin’ Criminals are working on their unnamed, third studio album, aiming for an early 2001 release. The trio contributed a song, “Everything Under the Stars,” to the upcoming animated film, “Titan A.E.,” and also cut a cover of Eric B & Rakim‘s “Microphone Fiend” for an upcoming compilation, Bite Out of Rhyme.

Lil’ Zane, the 17-year-old rapper who contributed “Money Stretch” to the “Next Friday” soundtrack, is jumping into music and acting careers. His first album, Young World: The Future, is due June 6, and he has landed a supporting role in “Finding Forrester,” a film starring Sean Connery, directed by Gus Van Sant. …

— sonicnet.com staff report