AHH Stray News: Chino XL, Blyss, Canibus, Jean Grae

Lyrical lexicon Chino

XL has been acting as of late, but the emcee is reportedly working with King Tech

of the Wake Up Show on a track to support the Democratic ticket. “Wake Up”

features Chino with Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss, Nate Dogg, Missy Elliott, Eve, Wyclef

and Fabolus, all who are encouraging the public to vote.

AllHipHop.com Breeding

Ground Alum Blyss, is featured in this month's issue of XXL magazine. The Washington

D.C. representative was excited to be spotlighted in the issue. "I'm getting

so much love from this XXL s**t," he told AllHipHop.com. "A D.C. emcee

has never been in there before so I'm paving new ground not just for me bout

for all of D.C." The special issue includes a round table discussion with

Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Common, dead prez and comic Dave Chapelle. And due

to the political nature of the magazine, Blyss, a graduate of Morehouse college,

offered his own words of advice. "I want ni***s to know that this rap s**t

aint all about rhyming, because a lot of business goes into this s**t too. So

if you making songs without handling your business, you're gonna lose in this

race, because its dudes out there who can spit and be a businessman like me."

Canibus and basketball

star Shaquille O’Neal have collaborated on a new mixtape song with DJ

Kay Slay. The song is featured on the new Kay Slay mixtape and is expected to

premier tonight on his Hot 97 “Drama Hour” show. Spit over the Biggie

“Victory” beat, ‘Bis says, “Can-I-Bus verbally burst

you/ raw shit forklift the high hats to tha side to let my verse through/ im

so high in the clouds, I got to aim down/ lyrically i'm 6 foot 1 from the waist

down/ lay down, or taste rounds from the straight pound/ kiss the ground as

you lay face down/ ghetto life is a death sentence/ born in the hood, end up

dead, slumped over a car engine.”

Rap mistress Jean

Grae is about to drop her Babygrande debut with This Week. She said

with the album, she hoped to inspire creatively that is absent from commercial

Hip-Hop. “We all keep talking about change but not supporting it,”

she told AllHipHop.com. “Ride with me on this one. I won't let y'all down.

I give it a 10.” This Week is slated to hit stores on September


On September 14,

Spike TV and Ol’ Dirty Bastard will premiere a new reality series called

“Stuck To ODB,” where a normal individual must stay within 10 feet

of the rapper for five full days. Should be achive the daunting task, he will

win $25,000. After the first showing, it will be seen on Tuesdays at 10:00 PM

(ET) and 11:00 PM (PT).