AHH Stray News: The Neptunes, Dolemite Hospitalized, Russell Simmons, SynCity

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The Neptunes have been sued by two men who claim the platinum plus duo infringed

on one of their copyrighted works. Peter and David Currin filed the lawsuit

in Hartford Federal Court, alleging The Neptunes illegally used portions of

their 1993 song "I’m Frontin" on The Neptunes’ song "Frontin’,"

which featured Jay-Z. The song was released in 2003 on their album The Neptunes

Presents…The Clones. The Currin’s seek an undisclosed amount and have

also named Arista Records, Sony and RCA as defendants in the lawsuit.

Comedic icon Rudy

Ray Moore aka Dolemite has been hospitalized due to an unknown, serious illness.

The 80-year-old comedy legend is reported to be in good spirits in the Intensive

Care Unit at an Inglewood, California hospital. Moore,, who is known as "the

king of party records," shows no signs of slowing down and issued a statement

to AllHipHop.com from his hospital bed. "Steve Harvey and others have used

the title "The Kings of Comedy” but I am the true king! They never

paid me any respect, the youngsters you know, but that’s ok, because I’m still

standing! It was Red Fox and then I and Slappy White." Various rappers

have paid homage to the legend over the years, including Ice-T, Ol’ Dirty Bastard

and Snoop Dogg, who featured the comedian in his video "Doggy Dogg World,"

taken from his platinum-plus album Doggystyle. "Rudy is still funny,

even at 80 in intensive care!," added Moore’s manager Foster Corder. "All

he can talk about is getting back on the road. We discussed a tribute that he

wants all his rapper fans and other celebrity friends to take part in. Everyone

will hear more from me later on that. But it’s a very, very funny idea! In the

meantime, however, let’s pray for the king and his good health.”

Russell Simmons

opened the Nasdaq last week by ringing the opening bell in honor of the 5th

year anniversary of his non-profit group the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and

while doing so, the mogul took the time to announce a new philanthropic endeavor.

“The last time Puffy was at the Stock Exchange, he introduced his new fragrance,"

Simmons said during his one minute speech. "After that, it became the #1

fragrance overnight. In September, we’re coming out with ‘Atman’ and we’re

giving 100% of the proceeds away to charity." Simmons said the first program

to receive funds from Atman’s sale will be Alicia Keys’ "Keep A Child Alive"

program, which is dedicated to bringing medicine to children infected with AIDS

in Africa. Before exiting, Simmons sprayed the NASDAQ podium and some of the

participants, stating “You’ve never smelled so good!”

Mixtape DJ SynCity

AKA the Mixtape Princess and Esteban Serrano have teamed to create The Epydemik

DVD Magazine and are currently negotiating a worldwide distribution deal

for the project with Mastermind/Phoenix Entertainment. The DVD magazine will

feature in-depth interviews with various celebrities and will be available in

various retailers like Walmart, FYI, Best Buy, Tower Records and other outlets.

"I felt it was necessary to put out a Hip-Hop/lifestyle DVD Magazine which

emphasized quality in production…and I also wanted to add input as a female

in Hip-Hop," SynCity told AllHipHop.com. "We want people to learn

something, be entertained…our model segment is called Adore and our first

Adore feature is none other than Eva Pigford from America’s Next Top Model.

It’s hot…you gotta check it out." Serrano, a graduate of the prestigious

Art Institute of Philadelphia, currently works in the production department

for MTV and has worked with 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Green Day, Lindsay Lohan and others.

"I am focused on high quality and content," Serrano added. "I

decided it was time to take Hip-Hop to a higher level and expose the inner culture

of Hip-Hop besides what is overly saturated in the media…violence and poorly

depicted women."

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