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Lil Kim "Gets Naked"
Lil Kim got a lot of exposure lately for her outfit at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, but apparently it wasn't enough to satisfy the Queen Bee. Despite an appearance on Howard Stern and prominent play in such mainstream fare as TV Guide and People, Kim takes it all off for the cover of the November issue of Interview magazine. According to Launch, Kim will be posing in a very suggestive manner wearing only a hat and painted-on Louis Vuitton logos, with hands covering the important parts. The magazine hits stores Oct. 25, but if you can't wait that long, you can catch Kim in the first video from Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem. The title? "Get Naked," and yes she does... again. You can also see her up in the club in the video for Mobb Deep's "Quiet Storm" remix. All this adds up to plenty of publicity for Notorious K.I.M., her sophomore album scheduled for release early next year. (Pick up the phone, Kim, Playboy is calling. There's still time before the album drops.)
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Swizz Beats gets sued
According to 88hiphop.com, Swizz Beats might have lifted certain tracks from keyboard manufacturers. The companies are saying that Swizz lifted the built-in melodies from the machines and used them for the Ruff Ryders' single "Down Bottom" and Eve's "Whatcha Want." A Ruff Ryders publicist had no comment.


School back in session
Poor Righteous Teachers are back with a new album, Losing My Religion, their own label, Exit 7A Records, and their own management group, Meridian Entertainment. The group had a highly successful album, Holy Intellect, in 1992, but hasn't been heard from much since due to label problems. The new album is scheduled to drop in January.


Still Dre, still The Chronic
A release date finally has been set for Dr. Dre's follow-up to 1992's The Chronic. Now if he could just settle on a name. Originally, The Chronic 2000, Suge Knight's album of the same name sparked an upgrade to The Chronic 2001. For whatever reason, he then changed it to Dr. Dre 2001, but as of now has combined the two into Dr. Dre: The Chronic 2001. (Enough already -- no one cares what it's called, just release it!) At any rate the album drops Nov. 9 and features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, MC Ren, King Tee, Kurupt and Eminem. Meanwhile, the first single, "Still D.R.E." has been released, and the video, directed by Hype Williams, takes it back to '92 with Dre, Snoop and The D.O.C. back together again and rollin' in their '64.


Master P: PT, but no points
Master P, known in the NBA as Percy Miller, employee No. 17 of the Toronto Raptors, saw his first action of the preseason in a 112-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. P played in the last two minutes of the game, going 0-for-2 from the field, grabbing one rebound and picking up two fouls. In the Raptors' first exhibition game, the No Limit CEO stayed on the bench as Toronto lost 103-98 to the Milwaukee Bucks.


ODB faces court
ODB showed up in an L.A. courtroom last week in an effort to dismiss one of his many cases. ODB and his lawyer, Robert Shapiro, asked the judge to throw out his body-armor case, claiming that the police had no right to charge Ol Dirty with that crime. ODB was arrested for wearing a bulletproof vest because it is illegal for convicted felons to wear them in Los Angeles. The judge denied the request and set a court-date for Nov. 19.


Def Jam gives away $1 million
Def Jam is giving away $1 million in a contest called "Are You Hip-Hop's Biggest Fan?" The contest is based on hip-hop trivia questions about Def Jam recording artists like Jay-Z, Method Man, DMX and LL Cool J. 27 radio stations are participating and postcards will be available from record stores, magazines and street team members. Visit www.defjam.com for more information. 27 winners will be picked out of a hat and given $10,000 and then the finalists will be reduced to three. These three finalists will compete in a Jeopardy-type game that will air on BET in February. The winner will then be given $100,000 and a chance to pick the $1 million dollar prize behind one of two doors. If the contestant picks the wrong door, he loses and then the $100,000 is taken back.


Will Smith is sued
The artist formerly known as Fresh Prince is being taken to court by songwriter and former friend Clarence Holmes. According to BBC Radio 1, Holmes claims to have co-written many of Will Smith's hits, and is suing for $3 million, which he claims to be his share of the proceeds. Holmes already was paid roughly $22,000 but now wants Smith to hand over his accounts. Meanwhile, Smith's new album, Willennium, is scheduled for release on Nov. 16, following the lead single, "Will2K."


Cube talks N.W.A reunion
In an interview with the MTV Radio Network on Thursday, Ice Cube revived talk of an N.W.A reunion, saying that he, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Dr. Dre might make it happen after all. Previously, Cube had said everyone but Dre was up for it, but recent conversations might have swayed the group's legendary producer. The last member, Eazy-E, died in 1995 of complications from AIDS. "Me and Dre and Snoop and Ren have been talking about an N.W.A album, so it's just talk now, but hopefully we'll find time to put it together," Cube said. "I'm looking forward to it if we can do it. We're supposed to meet when I get back home in L.A." Cube said if the project does happen, it will probably come together next year.


Kurupt, DMX battle over Foxy
Hip-hop's East Coast-West Coast rivalry might be revived over a woman. It seems that Kurupt is none too pleased that DMX was putting the moves on his ex-fiance, Foxy Brown (left), and has initiated a dogfight with a track called "Calling Out Names" on his second solo disc, Streetz. Kurupt explained to MTV News why he chose to rip in to DMX, who is married. "My specialty is battle rap," Kurupt said. "My specialty is raw on the mic. I eat, live, sh-- chewing up MCs. I'm a real MC. And I'm a real man. Respect me, man. Respect the dogg." Publicists for DMX and for Foxy Brown had no response to "Calling Out Names." The album will be released on November 16.


Kim, Cease discuss shooting
Little Kim and Little Cease issued an official statement denying any involvement in last Friday's shooting at Sean "Puffy" Combs Daddy's House Recording studio. Kim and Cease were inside the studio when gunfire shattered a glass door but did not hit anyone directly, according to The New York Post, which reported over the weekend that blood trails found at the scene were from a woman who was cut by glass shards from the door. The Post also reported that Bad Boy artist Shyne was the intended target of the incident after getting into an altercation earlier that evening at a nightclub.


PE in the House
Chicago became the city that never sleeps thanks to Public Enemy. The group didn't take the stage at the House of Blues until well after midnight Thursday, but there were more than enough night owls to pack the place. Chuck D, probably the hardest working man in hip-hop, led Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, the S1Ws and DJ Lord (filling in for Terminator X, who's cleaning up after Hurricane Floyd) through a two-hour set that could have doubled as a hip-hop history lesson. Chuck always has recognized the importance of a strong performance, and he proved that he still knows how to move the crowd without a lot of props or gimmicks.

Decked out in full urban camo and bulletproof vests, Griff and the S1Ws cleared the way for the Hard Rhymer to make his entrance on "Prophets of Rage." Chuck, simply dressed in a black t-shirt, shorts and a New York Jets cap, stormed the stage with his right-hand man, Flavor Flav, complete with a court jester hat, sunglasses and the traditional clock around his neck. The group proceeded to perform several songs from each of their albums, including half of 1988's groundbreaking It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back ("Bring the Noise," "Don't Beleive the Hype," "She Watch Channel Zero," "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," "Rebel Without a Pause," "Night of the Living Baseheads," "Prophets of Rage," and "Cold Lampin' With Flavor").

On more than one occasion, the second-level auditorium's floor shook from the synchronized jumping inspired by Fear Of A Black Planet's "Fight the Power," "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" and "Welcome to the Terrordome." PE also worked its way through "Can't Truss It," "Shut Em Down," "Give It Up," "Crayola," "Are You Gonna Go Our Way?" a small taste of the "By the Time I Get to Arizona" bassline, and -- believe it or not -- a few others not listed here. Flav got his chance to shine as well, trying to hype the upcoming release of his solo debut, It's About Time, with vintage "911 Is A Joke" and "Cold Lampin'" as well as "What What" from PE's latest.

After all was said and done, Chuck gave the crowd one last wake-up call of advice: Be yourself, stay true to what you believe in and don't ever let anyone program you. There's no question that one of the reasons Public Enemy has had longevity is their ability to keep it live.

You can still catch the tour at these locations: Oct. 7 - Detroit, Mich. @ The Majestic; Oct. 8 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ TBA; Oct. 9 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Mann Music Center; Oct. 10 - Washington, D.C. @ The Nation; Oct. 12 - Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ House of Blues; Oct. 14 - New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues; Oct. 15 - Austin, Texas @ Stubb's; Oct. 17 - Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre; Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ House of Blues; Oct. 20 - Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern; Oct. 21 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Maritime Hall; Oct. 23 - Salem, Ore. @ Salem Armory.


Scandal at The Source
Don't believe the hype. David Mays, publisher of The Source, has damaged his magazine's credibility once again by attempting to promote the long-lost cause of the Almighty RSO. The Boston group has had full-page ads running for more than a year touting the release of its first album under its new name, Made Men, but now it seems Mays altered the album's mic rating in the October 1999 issue from 3.5 ("dope") to 4.5 ("superior"). The move prompted editor in chief Selwyn Hinds to resign. The October issue also gave Made Men Hip-Hop Quotable of The Month, a spot in the Singles File column and a position in the Heavy Rotation charts. The September 1999 issue featured a five-page article on Made Men while the group's video "Is It You? (Deja Vu)" was nominated for video of the year at The 1999 Source Awards, even though no one on our staff seems to recall ever seeing it.

This isn't the first time that Mays has gone over his editors and shown extreme favoritism towards this group. The November 1995 issue featured a three-page article on the Almighty RSO that had not been assigned by former editor James Bernard, who resigned and later helped launch XXL. A source close to Hinds suggests he will follow suit. He is currently in negotiations with one of hip-hop's moguls regarding an executive position on an upcoming online hip-hop venture.


No Family Values for DMX
There was a noticeable absence on the Family Values tour's first stop in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. DMX decided to pass on the Limp Bizkit-headlined show just days before the event kicked off. Ja Rule and Mobb Deep took the stage in his place, and Run DMC is booked through Oct. 3 to fill in as well, but is also committed to the 20th Anniversary Fresh Fest tour. Of course, Method Man and Redman still are scheduled to appear on select dates. Def Jam has not yet released an official statement regarding DMX's departure.


Eve debuts at No. 1
If you don't count Lauryn Hill and her tendencies to sing, then Eve has set a record for the highest-selling debut ever for a female rapper. Ruff Ryders' First Lady sold 212,000 in its first week to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.


Warren G wants it all
The West Coast rises again? Warren G has dethroned Jay-Z at the top of Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. "I Want It All" featuring Mack 10 is also No. 8 on the pop chart. The single is the title track from his upcoming album, scheduled to be released Oct. 12.


Heavy D, King Tee dropped
Two hip-hop veterans and their respective record companies have decided to part ways, but at least both seem to have left on good terms. After 13 years at Universal -- including a stint as president of the Uptown label -- Heavy D is moving on, possibly due to the fact that his latest album, Heavy, has sold only 104,000 copies since its release on June 15. Meanwhile, King Tee seems to be the latest victim of Dr. Dre's notoriously slow rate of production. Ads for Tee's long-delayed Aftermath debut, Thy Kingdom Come, originally had it slated for a summer '98 release, but the album never came. Eve, RBX and former En Vogue singer Dawn Robinson have all moved on to other labels or projects after sitting around for too long on Aftermath. Dre reportedly allowed King Tee to keep his masters for release on another label.


Eminem sued by his mom
Of all the people Eminem has ripped on in his rhymes, it was his mom, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, who finally filed a $10 million lawsuit against the rapper for comments that he made about her on his album and in the media. She claims that she has suffered various forms of emotional distress, including diminished self-esteem, humiliation, sleepless nights, harm to her credit rating and even loss of her mobile home due to the comments. In a statement issued to MTV News, Eminem's lawyer stated: "Eminem's life is reflected in his music. Everything he said can be verified as true -- the truth is an absolute defense to a claim of defamation. The lawsuit does not come as a surprise to Eminem -- his mother has been threatening to sue him since the success of his single 'My Name Is...' It is merely the result of a lifelong strained relationship between him and his mother. Regardless, it is still painful to be sued by your mother and therefore the lawsuit will only be responded to through legal channels."

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