Common has dropped out of an upcoming performance in Toronto, Canada during the Rock The Bells festival. According to reports, the budding actors film schedule is preventing him from making the date, which takes place tomorrow (July 5) at the Molson Amphitheater. Mos Def will fly in from the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland to fill the date for Common. Torontos Rock The Bells stop features performances from Nas, Damian Marley, Slum Village, Big Boi from Outkast and numerous others.
Hip-Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash will be a part of the upcoming DJ Hero videogame from Activision. Flash has signed on as an in-game character and he will at the tutorial level, where he will explain the mechanics of the game, as well as how to work the turntable controller. Additionally, Grandmaster Flash created two exclusive mixes for DJ Hero, which is due to be released this Fall. In May, Jay-Z and Eminem announced their involvement in DJ Hero for exclusive branded editions of the game.
Eminem has been tapped to make a cameo appearance in Adam Sandlers upcoming movie Funny People. The movie, which hits theaters on July 31, stars Sandler as a comedian who finds out he is about to die. After he is finally cured of his illness, Sandler struggles with how to cope with a second chance at life. The comedy is directed by Judd Apatow and also stars Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman and others. Eminems appearance in the film is his first since in a major theatrical release since his own autobiographical movie, 8 Mile.