AHH Stray News: Columbia Vs. Mistah F.A.B., Soul Train, DJ’s March, Snoop, Nas

Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B.’s “Ghost Ride It” video has been banned from all media outlets because of the video’s use of the Ghostbusters car and logo in the video for the controversial single. Mistah F.A.B.’s “Ghost Ride It” singles touches upon the phenomenon of “ghost riding,” which is when the driver stands on the hood of a moving vehicle. According to reps for Mistah F.A.B., who appeared on Fox’s Hanity & Colmes show over the subject, the video for the single had already been edited 52 times to meet MTV and BET’s guidelines. The video was being aired on MTV2’s Unleashed MTV Jams, MTVU and MTV’s Sucker Free Countdown when Columbia Pictures threatened legal action over the usage of the Ghostbuster’s logo and likeness in the video. In Dec. 2006, the song came under scrutiny when an 18-year-old man and a 36-year-old man died in separate “ghost riding” incidents.

The Soul Train Music Awards, which was hosted by Omarion and Letoya, took place on Saturday (Mar. 10) in Los Angeles. Jermaine Dupri was honored with the 2007 Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement, Jay-Z won Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video for “Show Me What You Got,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” won Best R&B/Soul Single, while Webstar & Young B.’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” won for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut. Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx won best album awards. Foxx won Best Male Album for Unpredictable, while Blige won Best Female Album for her release The Breakthrough. Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson won the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for her role in the hit movie Dreamgirls. Beyonce Knowles, who also stars in Dreamgirls, won an award for Best Female Single for the hit “Irreplaceable.” Kirk Franklin also won for Best Gospel Album for his release Songs from the Storm, Volume I.

A coalition of DJ’s will descend upon Washington, D.C. for the first ever Million Dj March in the Summer of 2008. The march is being implemented by clothing designer Amorettas Shaw, in an attempt to recognize the importance of the DJ community. According to Shaw, she felt the need to address the DJ community when she realized they weren’t often adequately compensated for their hard work and dedication in working with artists. “DJ’s do not get recognized for the work that they do…labels and major Businesses who reap the rewards of default publicity need to pay more attention and give more recognition to DJ’s for the hard work that they are consistently doing,” said A. Shaw. The 1st ever Million DJ March July 24-27, 2008. For more information log onto www.themilliondjmarch.com.

Snoop Dogg, Doggy Style Records and Koch Records announced a new compilation today, just days after the rapper was detained by police in Stockholm, Sweden on suspicion of possessing narcotics. The Big Squeeze features new acts Western Union (Damani, Soopafly and Bad Lucc), The Warzone, Terrace Martin, Kurupt, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Azure and others. Snoop, who produced 16 tracks on The Big Squeeze, is featured on 12 of the albums tracks. “I basically wanted to produce these tracks from up and coming West Coast acts. I see a new West Coast and it’s right here — and it’s brought to you by the King of the West Coast.” In related news, representatives for Snoop issued a statement surrounding the rapper’s recent detainment in Stockholm, Sweden. “Contrary to erroneous press reports, Snoop Dogg was not arrested in Sweden,” reps for the rapper said. “He was questioned and released with no charges filed. He is excited to continue his successful co-headlining European tour with Diddy.”

Queensbridge rapper Nas will launch the 26-date One Man, One Mic, One Night Tour, which launches Mar. 31 in Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh and ends May 3 in San Francisco. Nas will hit the road in support of his newest album, Hip-Hop Is Dead. According to reports, Nas is also videos for “Black Republicans” which features former rival Jay-Z and “Hustlers,” both taken from Hip-Hop Is Dead. The Tour dates for the One Man, One Mic, One Night Tour are below:

Saturday, Mar 31 Nas University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Monday, Apr 2 Nas House of Blues

Cleveland, OH, USA

Tuesday, Apr 3 Nas Rams Head Tavern

Baltimore, MD, USA

Thursday, Apr 5 Nas The Norva

Norfolk, VA, USA

Friday, Apr 6 Nas House of Blues

Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

Saturday, Apr 7 Nas House of Blues

Orlando, FL, USA

Sunday, Apr 8 Nas Revolution

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

Tuesday, Apr 10 Nas Tabernacle

Atlanta, GA, USA

Wednesday, Apr 11 Nas Neighborhood Theater

Charlotte, NC, USA

Friday, Apr 13 Nas Love Nite Club

Washington, DC, USA

Sunday, Apr 15 Nas Lupo”s Heartbreak Hotel

Providence, RI, USA

Monday, Apr 16 Nas Metropolis

Montreal, Canada

Tuesday, Apr 17 Nas Kool Haus

Toronto, ON

Thursday, Apr 19 Nas State Theater

Detroit, MI, USA

Friday, Apr 20 Nas Congree Theater

Chicago, IL, USA

Saturday, Apr 21 Nas Eagles Ballroom

Milwaukee, WI, USA

Sunday, Apr 22 Nas Myth

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Monday, Apr 23 Nas THE PAGEANT

St. Louis, MO, USA

Wednesday, Apr 25 Nas Filmore

Denver, CO, USA

Thursday, Apr 26 Nas Harry O’s

Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Sunday, Apr 29 Nas House of Blues

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Monday, Apr 30 Nas House of Blues

Los Angeles, CA, USA **LATE SHOW** Tickets go on sale Tuesday 3/13

Monday, Apr 30 Nas House of Blues

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tuesday, May 1 Nas House of Blues

Anaheim, CA, USA

Wednesday, May 2 Nas 4th & B Concert Theater

San Diego, CA, USA

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