AHH Stray News: ODB, The Game Plays Poker, Salt Of Salt-N-Pepa Talks God

A Son Unique,

the final studio album by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, will arrive Nov. 7 via Damon Dash

Music Group. The disc hits shelves a week before the anniversary of the Wu-Tang

Clan member’s death on Nov. 13, 2004. The rapper, who signed with Roc-A-Fella/Def

Jam in 2003, suffered a sudden heart attack after taking what proved to be lethal

amounts of cocaine and Tramadol, a prescription pain killer. He collapsed and

died inside Wu-Tang’s Manhattan, N.Y., studio, 36 Records, just two days before

his 36th birthday. A Son Unique features an all-star lineup, including

RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, Macy Gray, Missy Elliott, N.O.R.E.,

Pharrell Williams, and Fame from M.O.P.The

Game has been tapped to participate in Hip Hop Hold ‘Em, a new television

series that gives a fresh spin on the poker phenomenon, with celebrities from

the sports, music, television, music, and fashion industries. West Coast rapper

Daz Dillinger, former 106 & Park co-hosts AJ and Free, New Jersey Nets rookie

Marcus Williams, New York Knick Jalen Rose, former Knicks star John Starks, and

songstress Lil Mo’ are among those competing for their favorite charities in a

game of "No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em." The series is produced by Premo Pictures,

a subsidiary of Czar Entertainment and IMG Media. Taping for the first show will

take place tomorrow (Sept. 28) at Metropolis Studios in New York, while the series

debuts nationally on Oct. 6.Cheryl

"Salt" James-Wray of Salt-N-Pepa will be a guest speaker at the C3 Youth

Ministry Friday Night Service on Friday (Sept. 29). Salt will address youth at

New York City’s largest church, the Christian Cultural Center (CCC), which has

over 25,000 members. The former rapper will also host a dialog titled "Let’s

Talk About God" and will share her experiences in the music industry, life,

and her spirituality. As part of Salt-N-Pepa, Salt has sold over 11 millions records

and had hit singles with songs like "Let’s Talk About Sex," "Push

It," "Shoop," and "Expression." The group refocused their

music on religion and more worldly issues with their 1997 album Brand New.

In 2003, Salt teamed with Christopher "Play" Martin, one half of Kid-n-Play

and New York Knicks player Allen Houston to create a gospel Hip-Hop musical titled

Rise. CCC, located at 12020 Flatlands Avenue in the Canarsie section of

Brooklyn, is a non-denominational church, which provides various services to inner-city

youth including senior citizen services, ministries for single men and women,

literacy groups various educational ministry services. For more information, visit

http://www.cccinfo.org.

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