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AHH Stray News: Styles P., Mos Def, Eminem, MC Eiht

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Self-proclaimed

gangster Styles P. of The Lox plans to exhibit a gentler, more conscious side

by expanding his lyrical material for his upcoming sophomore album Time

Is Money, the Yonkers-bred rapper announced. "This album, I didn’t

want to be as street as I usually am," Styles told MTV.com. "Before,

I was more wild. I’m trying to be more grown, I’m trying to go deeper. I don’t

want to be classified for the same thing all the time." Styles’ tentative

first single is the Alchemist-produced "I’m Black," which Styles said

examines the often neglected experience of being black in society. "Sometimes

people forget about who they are and where they came from," Styles said.

"Whatever happens, I’m black. I’m being conscious nowadays, being in the

position I’m in to give consciousness to the kids." That said, Styles collaborates

with the ever-conscious Talib Kweli on a song that speaks to "the first

generation of crack babies," according to Styles. Havoc and Scott Storch

also lend production to the album, expected to release in March 2005.

Mos Def, recognized

by many hip-hop heads as a promising actor, is getting nods from the Golden

Globe Awards, which honors achievements in

film and television. The lyricist is nominated for "Best Performance

by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television"

for his role in the HBO series, "Something the Lord Made."

Mos Def played a black carpenter-turned-lab technician who along with a white

surgeon, disregarded the racially segregated Jim Crow Laws of the South. Both

also made vast innovations in the field of heart surgery. The

Golden Globes, to air January 16, 2005, are often seen as a measure of the leading

nominees for Hollywood’s prestigious Academy Awards.

Eminem’s

studio will go on sale for 30 days via the Internet auction site EBAY Wednesday

(Dec. 15). The multi-platinum rapper recorded his

1997 hit single, "My Name Is" off his debut album, The Slim Shady

LP in the 700-square-foot studio located in Ferndale, Detroit. "The

recording studio is still intact, but the equipment is not part of the sale,"

said David Giltner, senior vice president of the real estate company Grubb &

Ellis, listing the property for sale. "It’s in great shape and was recently

renovated." Producer A.J. Abdullah, who owns the building (The Bassment)

where the studio is located, helped Eminem record The Slim Shady LP and is reportedly

selling the space because he doesn’t spend much time there.

The minimum bid is $215,000 on EBAY.

Hip-hop stars were

honored in a highly unusual fashion, as the popular video game "Grand Theft

Auto: San9 Andreas" picked up four awards, including "Game of the Year,"

at Spike TV’s second annual Video Game Awards Tuesday (Dec. 14). The game features

the voices of some of hip-hop’s finest. West Coast rapper MC Eiht plays the

lead character Ryder in "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," and the soundtrack

includes Eiht’s group Compton’s Most Wanted, Tupac, and Eric B and Rakim. Eiht

previously commented that the success of the "Grand Theft Auto" video

game would be significant for hip-hop by introducing the culture to a wider

audience. "It’s another experience that people get to indulge in, especially

[since] it incorporates hip-hop and one of their favorite rappers who represents

the "hood,’" Eiht said. "It will help open the door of hip-hop

to expand to a whole new era." The gaming industry is increasingly becoming

the fourth major entertainment business next to movies, music and TV. Atlanta-based

rapper Ludacris also performed at the awards.

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