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AHH Stray News: Nas, Race-O-Rama, Suge Knight’s Movie, Wyclef

Nas has joined

the Guitar Center music store to present the "Get Down with Nas" sweepstakes,

offering his fans a host of prizes. The winner receives an entire autographed

catalogue of Nas’ albums on vinyl, tickets to one of his concerts, and a backstage

pass to hang out with the Queensbridge rapper after the show. Always one to

choose his promotions carefully, Nas explains that his decision to work with

Guitar Center is because of their devotion to music. "You don’t find too

many companies that maintain the beliefs that originally got them into the business"

says Nas. "Guitar Center has been loyal to musicians from the start. They

do what’s best for music and for those involved in music. That’s rare and the

reason why we wanted to partner with them on this promotion."

The first episode

of ego trip’s "Race-O-Rama" series is set to premiere February 21

on VH1. The collective brains behind VH1’s "TV’s Illest Minority Moments"

(last February) partnered with the station again to promoise another humorous

look at race in America. The "Race-O-Rama" series features three one-hour

shows –"Blackaphobia," "Dude, Where’s My Ghetto

Pass" and "In Race We Lust." This year’s guest list includes

Rappers RZA, Talib Kweli, Too Short, MC Lyte, and Baby. Ego trip, consisting

of hip-hop journalists Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Chairman Mao, Gabriel

Alvarez and Brent Rollins, self-published ego trip music magazine from 1994

to 1998, featuring comical coverage of hip-hop and other genres.

Marion "Suge"

Knight has signed with Beaux Carson’s Carson Signature Films to allow his version

of the events surrounding the shooting of rap legend Tupac Shakur to materialize

on big screen. Knight was driving the BMW where Shakur was murdered in a drive-by

shooting in Las Vegas. The 1996 shooting remains unsolved. Carson, describing

the film as "Training Day" meets "The Godfather," said he

has pursued Knight for two years to get rights for the movie. "We’re not

pointing any fingers, just telling a story," Carson told the Long Beach Press Telegram. Knight is

also planning a collaboration album featuring rappers from Tupac’s time in conjunction

with the film, according to Carson. Portions of the proceeds would benefit programs

for underprivileged youth. In related news, Knight remains under 24/7 surveillance

by the California Department of Corrections in his Beverly Hills home. The rap

mogul will serve out the rest of his parole there, following his arrest this

month on suspicion of parole violation after marijuana was reportedly found

in his vehicle at a traffic stop. The detention requires that Knight submit

to random drug testing and stay in his home from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.

In a case of art

imitating life, homicide detectives in Tulsa, Oklahoma claim that a new gang

called G-Unit, apparently crafted after 50 Cent’s rap crew, has been allegedly

responsible for several recent shootings in the area. Tulsa Police Sergeant

Van Ellis, who heads the gangs unit, says his officers first heard of G-Unit

emerging in Tulsa about 18 months ago. The department is uncertain how many

members exist. "There have been some minor and more violent crimes, assaults,

disturbances around school and community events and at schools and just bad

behavior," Ellis told Tulsa’s News on 6. The Tulsa gangs unit is tracking

about 3,700 people, nearly 1,300 of those certified gang members.

Wyclef Jean and

Chaka Khan will headline the sixth annual concert to benefit Children Uniting

Nations, a program in Los Angeles that mentors foster children. The black-tie

gala will be held February 27, the night of the Academy Awards. The event includes

a formal dinner and live auction. "American Idol" judge, Paula Abdul,

will serve as the master of ceremonies, and Jamie Foxx is also expected to attend.

Further information is available at www.ChildrenUnitingNations.org.

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