AHH Stray News: Butterfly, Royce Da 5'9, Ja Rule

Ja Rule, Ashanti

and R. Kelly will appear on “Wonderful,” the first single from Ja

Rule’s upcoming R.U.L.E. Ja Rule’s album hits stores November

9, one week prior to the release of Ashanti's third album, which is untitled.

Royce Da 5’9

is preparing to release a new album, M.I.C. The 16-track album is Royce’s

third release. The album is a collaborative effort between Royce and upcoming

producer Nottz. The album is being released through Sure Shot Recordings and

hits stores on Oct. 26.

BMI’s 2004

Urban Awards will be heavy on Hip-Hop performances this year, with such heavyweights

as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and The Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari performing.

This year, The Inc.’s Lloyd and Teena Marie will give a tribute performance

to Al Green, recipient of this year’s Icon Award.

Ishmael “Butterfly”

Butler, formerly of Digable Planets, is featured in “A Sexy Love Fest,”

a dramatic collection of poetry, three one-act plays. Black and white photography

by actress Kimberly Scott (Soul Food) is showcased as well. The plays run from

August 26-29 at The Playwrights Horizons and one matinee at the Nuyoricans Poets

Café in New York on August 29.