AHH Stray News: Hammer, Raphael Saadiq, Seal, Donald Goines

Rapper MC Hammer officiated

at the wedding of Motley Crue member Vince Neil yesterday (January 9th). According

to reports, Neil, 43, struck up a friendship with the multi-platinum rapper while

they filmed the reality television show “The Surreal Life” in 2002.

Neil married his girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Producer/singer/songwriter

Raphael Saadiq is in the process of compiling the best unused songs from production

sessions with various artists for release this year. The untitled album will

feature Mos Def, Nappy Roots, Kelis, Babyface, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, TLC,

Ginuwine and others. In related news, Saadiq recently completed work with Mary

J. Blige, producing and writing two songs for her new album. Saadiq is also

preparing to shoot a video for “I Want You Back" (featuring Teedra

Moses), the new single from his critically acclaimed Raphael Saadiq as Ray

Ray.

Seal recently criticized

rappers for damaging the African-American community in the United States. In

a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine, Seal, who was recently wed

to supermodel Heidi Klum, said that the rappers were hurting their respective

communities in a way that others would not. "Take for example the Jewish

culture. They’ve been persecuted just like the black people, right? But you

never see them eating their own. They don’t. But we will,” Seal said.

"I really feel that there is a responsibility and what goes around comes

around."

A DVD on the life

story of author Donald Goines recently hit stores, featuring a who’s-who

in Hip-Hop. “Donnie’s Story” is the history of Goines, a former

heroin addict, pimp and gangster, who authored “Dopefiend,” “Addict,”

and “Blackgirl Lost,” which was also a song by Nas. “Donnie”

as his sisters and close friends called him, share insight on his life in never

before seen interviews. Filmed on location across the nation, the DVD features

interviews with DMX, E –40, Ice Cube, Capone, Fab 5 Freddy, Benzino, Mike

Conception, Fredro Starr, Bun B, Easy Mo Bee, Mike Epps, Sticky Fingers, Bo

Tie, Miller London, BMF, Cheddaboyz & many others and was produced &

directed by Kelvin “Kal” Williams.

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