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Eminem's wife attempts suicide
Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, tried to kill herself Friday night at the couple's home in Sterling Heights, Mich., after watching her husband perform in Auburn Hills as part of the "Up In Smoke" tour. Paramedics arrived at the residence around 11:30 p.m., responding to a call that a 25-year-old female had attempted suicide by slashing her wrists. The police department said in a press release that Mathers was conscious and treated at the scene. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released. Eminem was not at home at the time of the suicide attempt. "Eminem is obviously concerned about his wife's well-being," Dennis Dennehy, director of media and artist relations for Interscope Records, said in a statement to the Associated Press. "As far as anything else, it's a private matter, which they'll be addressing privately."


Too Short: Back and nasty as ever
The legendary Too Short is back again with album No. 12, You Nasty, but it's his provocative publicity shots that are stealing the show. The photos feature Short and several naked women in various sexual situations and have been making the rounds at several web sites and publications. One of the shots is featured on the cover of the first single, which is a track called "2 B------," with a B-side titled "Pimp Sh--." Both cuts are the funk-influenced tales that Short's core audience has come to expect. Too Short will put his Midas touch to work Sept. 12 when You Nasty arrives in stores. Each of his 11 previous albums has at least gone gold.


Lil' Cease sued for phone tap
The New York Daily News is reporting that Lil' Cease has been named in a $200 million lawsuit filed by an 18-year-old woman who claims that a private phone conversation was sampled without her consent and used on his album. Danyella "Sunshine" Rogers claims that the conversation in question, which was sexual in nature and turned up on "Play Around" off Cease's 1999 solo album, The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo, is an invasion of her privacy and has resulted in humiliation and damage to her reputation. Puff Daddy, who was listed as an executive producer, and Lil' Kim, who appeared on "Play Around," were also named in the suit.


Eminem appears in court
On Friday, Eminem made his first appearance in court to face felony charges of possession of a concealed weapon and a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm in public. A July 17 date was set for his arraignment. The incident took place June 3 when Eminem allegedly pulled a gun on Insane Clown Posse associate Douglas Dale. Eminem is due back in court next Tuesday to face charges that he assaulted a man who allegedly kissed his wife just a few hours after the incident with Dale. Meanwhile, Eminem announced that he is planning to launch his own tour after the "Up In Smoke" tour concludes this fall. He also is wrapping up the video for the second single from quadruple-platinum The Marshall Mathers LP. Paul Hunter directed the clip for "The Way I Am," which should debut in the next week or so.


Lil' Kim might join "Up In Smoke"
Is
Lil' Kim about to add a feminine touch to Dr. Dre's "Up In Smoke" tour? Kim told MTV that she wants to add a tour to her plans this summer, and she couldn't think of a better one to be a part of. "That's definitely a tour I'm thinking about going on," Kim said in the interview with MTV. "You know it could really be a good thing for the East and the West Coast to kinda collaborate." The tour already boasts performances by Ice Cube, M.C. Ren, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Warren G, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Xzibit and the Eastsidaz, so finding a spot to squeeze her into the lineup might prove to be a problem.


Nelly outsells Lil' Kim
Nelly rode the success of his "Country Grammar" single to a surprising No. 3 debut for his album of the same name. The St. Louis native sold 253,000 copies of Country Grammar to beat out
Lil' Kim's highly anticipated sophomore release, The Notorious K.I.M., by more than 20,000 units. Not surprisingly, Eminem remained at the top of the Billboard 200 for the sixth straight week, breaking Jay-Z's hip-hop record for most weeks at No. 1. Jigga's 1998 album, Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life, topped the charts its first five weeks in release. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP now has sold close to 4.5 million copies.


DJ Quik protege Mausberg killed in Compton
Mausberg, who appeared on DJ Quik's last two albums, was shot and killed in Compton, Calif., on Tuesday. "Mausberg was a good friend of mine and I will miss him," Julio G, a DJ on 100.3 The Beat who had been giving steady play to Mausberg and Suga Free's underground album, Konnectid, said in a statement on his web site. "His music was an inspiration and a joy to listen to." Mausberg appeared on Quik's 1998 release, Rhythm-al-ism, and this year's Balance and Options.


Ice-T will release greatest hits
Ice-T will release his first greatest hits album Aug. 8 on Atomic Pop. Greatest Hits: The Evidence represents over 15 years in Ice-T's musical career and features classic tracks like "6 'N The Mornin'," "I'm Your Pusher," "High Rollers" and "Original Gangster." Two of the songs, "New Jack Hustler" and "Colors," were previously only available on soundtracks, and the album also will contain one new track, "Money, Power, Women." A limited and numbered edition of 2000 double vinyl packages with original artwork also will be available.


Latifah, Busta mentioned for "Oz" remake
Busta Rhymes and Queen Latifah might be off to see the wizard in a futuristic version of "The Wizard of Oz." According to the Hollywood Reporter, Busta and Latifah are in talks along with Patti LaBelle, Ginuwine and Little Richard to star in "The O.Z," the Fox network's remake of the classic film. Dorothy, who has not yet been cast, will be a hip-hop producer in 21st century Los Angeles who is transported to Oz after an earthquake. As she sets out to find the Wizard (Little Richard), Dorothy will encounter Glenda the Good Witch (Latifah), the Cowardly Lion (Busta), the Scarecrow (Ginuwine) and the Tin Man (not yet cast). LaBelle will play the Wicked Witch of the West.


DMX is indicted on gun charges
A grand jury indicted DMX on Thursday for possession of an unlicensed handgun and marijuana after an incident in January in which his sport utility vehicle ran off a highway. X was driving on Interstate 684 in Harrison, N.Y., when his car spun off the road, hit a guardrail and came to a stop. Upon inspecting the wrecked car, officers allegedly found an unlicensed 9mm handgun and a small amount of marijuana in the ashtrays. X testified before the grand jury last week that he was not aware a gun was in the car. DMX has been charged with two felony counts of third-degree weapon possession and marijuana possession. If found guilty, he faces up to seven years in prison.


Busta Rhymes debuts at No. 4
Busta Rhymes' fourth album, Anarchy, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 176,500 copies last week. The album rose to No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart after debuting at No. 81 last week because of street date violations. Eminem, meanwhile, remained at No. 1 for the fifth straight week after The Marshall Mathers LP sold 409,000 more copies. The album, which has sold 4.1 million units since its release, tied the hip-hop record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, set by Jay-Z's Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life in 1998.


Dr. Dre leads Source nominations
The nominations are in for "The Source Hip-Hop Awards 2000," and
Dr. Dre is in position to be the big winner. Besides sharing the Lifetime Achievement Award with longtime partner Ice Cube, Dre has been nominated for Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Producer of the Year and Video of the Year. The nominations were determined by the editors of The Source magazine and other leading hip-hop contributors. The winners will be determined by the public and a panel of radio DJs and will be honored in a ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 22. This is the second straight year that the awards show will take place in the L.A. area. UPN will broadcast the show again this year on Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Click here for the complete list of nominees.


Outkast will perform in New Orleans
Outkast will be performing Sunday, July 2, at Generations Hall in New Orleans as part of the Budweiser Whassup! After Party. The event, which is being presented by
Superfly Productions, will take place after the Essence Music Festival, which is being held at the New Orleans Superdome. The Whassup! guys, made famous by their recent Budweiser advertising campaign, will serve as the party's MCs, and local DJs will be spinning records until 4 a.m. New Orleans' Mental Metropolis will be the opening act. Tickets to the show are on sale now for $25. Doors open at 11 p.m.


Willie D fights Friday night
Geto Boy and professional boxer Willie D will fight John Tarmon on Friday, June 30, at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, La. Scarface and Roy Jones Jr. are expected to be in attendance to show their support. A press release stated that the match will be broadcast on ESPN2 as part of its Friday Night Fights series, but the Riverside Centroplex could not confirm it. ESPN.com does not have the fight listed on their broadcast schedule. Despite his daily training regimen in preparation for the fight, Willie D has found time to record a solo album, which is expected to be released later this year. Tickets range in price from $10.50 for upper level to $150.50 for VIP.


Lil' Kim releases album
The moment you've all been waiting for finally has arrived.
Lil' Kim's long-awaited sophomore album, Notorious K.I.M., is in stores now. Really. No more delays. No more waiting. And just for the record, early indications are that it was well worth the wait. Besides picking up the album, fans will have a chance to meet with Kim at HMV Records in New York City on Wednesday, June 28, from 4-6 p.m. or log on during her MSN Live Chat on Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m. ET.


Up In Smoke updates
Here it is -- your complete guide to
Dr. Dre's "Up In Smoke" tour featuring Ice Cube, M.C. Ren, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Warren G, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Xzibit and other special guests. Every piece of news and any reviews or interviews we have on the artists on tour is just a click away. And as far as the tour itself, we've got you covered. We've set up links to the local newspaper reviews of each stop on the tour (when available). The 411 Online plans to be in the house for some of the upcoming shows as well, so of course you'll get our take on the summer's biggest tour. Be sure to check back often for updates. More...


Wu-Tang Clan announces tour
The Wu-Tang Clan has announced plans to hit the road for an "Underground" summer tour, scheduled to launch on July 24 in State College, Pennsylvania. Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, RZA, GZA, U-God, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killah all are slated to appear in a 25-date club tour that wraps up Aug. 27. A follow-up college tour is being planned for Aug. 28-Sept. 10. O.D.B., who was ordered on Friday to spend six more months in a Los Angeles drug rehab facility, will not be a part of the tour. However, Ol' Dirty has been contributing to the Wu-Tang Clan's latest album, which is being recorded in L.A. It will be the Wu's first album since 1997's Wu-Tang Forever and is scheduled for release in October.

The complete schedule: 7/24 - State College, PA @ Crow Bar; 7/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @Laga; 7/26 - Washington, DC @ Nation; 7/27 - Norfolk, VA @ Boat House; 7/28 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium; 7/30 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater; 8/1 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall; 8/2 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues (2); 8/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora; 8/4 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall; 8/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave; 8/6 - St. Louis, MO @ American Theatre; 8/8 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore; 8/11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater; 8/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall; 8/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall; 8/16 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B; 8/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater; 8/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues; 8/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues (2); 8/22 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues (2); 8/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle; 8/25 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues; 8/26 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues; 8/27 - Sunrise, FL @ Sunrise Theater.


Kids petition for Big Pun Avenue
According to the New York Times, two Bronx fifth graders recently started a petition to have 163rd Street renamed Big Pun Avenue in honor of the platinum MC, whose real name was Christopher Rios. Big Pun died in early February from a heart attack, just a few weeks before his sophomore album, Yeeeah Baby, was released. Twins Kelvin and Melvin Sosa have collected 3,000 signatures in support of the name change, and the proposal has been endorsed by Bronx councilman Pedro Espada. The Sosa brothers, who hope to get 30,000 names on the petition, will present their case to the community board on June 28.


Eminem is still No. 1
Eminem's name is all over the news again, but this time it's not for anything especially negative. First off, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP will stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. According to SoundScan figures, Slim Shady sold nearly 520,000 copies of the album last week to keep the top spot and push total sales past 3.6 million copies. Also, in an interview with Q Online, Eminem revealed that he will provide the voice for a cartoon series that will soon appear on his new web site, SlimShadyWorld.com. "This will show a more humorous side of me in comparison to the serious stuff on the album," Eminem told Q. The plan is for a weekly series with 26 episodes, but a launch date for the series has not yet been announced. In other Slim Shady news, representatives for Rah Digga report that his lawyers have asked that his scenes be cut from "Da Hip-Hop Witch," a "Blair Witch Project" spoof that also features Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Killah Priest, Pras and Digga. And finally, Eminem recently completed a collaboration with Method Man for the "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" soundtrack. The track is called "Off The Wall" and the album drops July 11. As for Eminem's next single, the odds-on favorite appears to be "Stan," the tale -- told in the form of letters -- about an obsessed fan who takes his love of Slim Shady a little too far.


360HipHop.com stumbles out of the gate
360HipHop.com, Russell Simmons' highly anticipated web site that he touted as "the ultimate destination point on the Internet for all things hip-hop," got off to a slow start on Tuesday, its long-hyped launch date. Early in the day, a message informed people to check back at 6:30 p.m. for the launch, but the site was not actually up until close to two hours later. But many users still encountered trouble with blank pages and browser errors and Macintosh users were practically shut out altogether. Some of the broken links still were not fixed as of Wednesday afternoon.


L.L. Cool J wins first movie award
L.L. Cool J was named Favorite Supporting Actor for his performance in "Deep Blue Sea" at Tuesday night's Blockbuster Awards. "This is a special day for me because this is the first award I've ever received as an actor," L.L. said in his acceptance speech. "Plus it came from the people, which makes it that much more special." The Blockbuster Awards are decided by fans. L.L., a veteran of nearly 20 films, is shooting two more movies this summer -- "Kingdom Come" and "Rollerball" -- and his new album, G.O.A.T., is scheduled to be released Aug. 8.


Erick Sermon celebrates with the Lakers
According to EUR, Erick Sermon (a.k.a. Erick Onasis) has converted his current single, "Focus," into a Lakers victory song. You would think he'd be a Knicks fan, but maybe the song's guest stars, West Coast veterans DJ Quik and Xzibit, convinced him to do it. Erick Onasis' Def Squad Presents... album is scheduled to be released on June 27.


New Lil' Kim video debuts
Lil' Kim debuted the first video from her highly anticipated sophomore album, Notorious K.I.M., on MTV's "Total Request Live" on Tuesday, June 20. The clip is for "No Matter What They Say" and features appearances by Method Man, Redman, Missy Elliott, Puff Daddy, Carmen Electra and a reunited Junior M.A.F.I.A. Notorious K.I.M. is the follow-up to Kim's 1996 platinum debut, Hardcore, and will be released June 27. Of course, if you didn't catch her on MTV, you can always check out some of her new publicity photos right here at The 411 Online.


Pot found on Snoop Dogg's bus
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a member of Snoop Dogg's entourage admitted ownership of more than a half-pound of marijuana found on a tour bus early Friday after the "Up In Smoke" tour stop at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. The Border Patrol stopped the bus for an immigration inspection at a checkpoint near the Riverside County line. As agents climbed aboard, they reported smelling marijuana smoke and proceeded to find more than a half-pound stashed in three separate places. Guiuermo Stopani, 31, was cited by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and released.


Master P releases unedited video
Master P and the 504 Boyz have released a new uncensored video for their hit "Wobble, Wobble." The clip can be seen at WestSideTV.com alongside several other uncut clips from the likes of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Q-Tip and DJ Quik. In other Master P news, he recently signed with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the United States Basketball League.


Flesh-N-Bone convicted
Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was convicted Thursday, June 15, of assault with a firearm and for being an ex-convict in criminal possession of a firearm for threatening a friend with an AK-47 in December. According to Reuters, Flesh-N-Bone could face up to 19 years and 8 months in prison on the two charges when he is sentenced on July 14. The plot thickens for Flesh on June 20, when he is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court to face felony charges of possession of a firearm and resisting an officer stemming from a separate incident in January.


Nate Dogg arrested by SWAT team
Nate Dogg was arrested Saturday in Pomona, Calif., for investigation of kidnapping his former girlfriend and torching a car. According to the Associated Press, Nate, whose real name is Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, was arrested by a SWAT team at about 12:30 p.m. at his Pomona home. He was booked for investigation of kidnapping, making terrorist threats, domestic violence and arson and was held in lieu of $1 million bail, Plett said. Nate allegedly held his girlfriend against her will at a home in Lakewood, assaulted her and set her mother's car on fire. The girlfriend, identified only as Rhoda, told KABC-TV that she had broken up with Nate several days earlier. Nate Dogg is currently on the road with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and several other artists as part of the "Up In Smoke" tour.


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