AHH Stray News: Gangstarr, Lil' Kim, Fat Joe, Baby Bash

Virgin/EMI is preparing

to release a greatest hits collection from Gangstarr titled Mass Appeal: The

Best Of Gang Starr. The CD features 21 of Gangstarr's greatest hits, spanning

their 20-year-career. Included on the CD are two bonus tracks. "Tha Squeeze"

is from the Training Day soundtrack, while "Natural" was taken

from the Spin This soundtrack. Both songs appeared on a Japanese import

version of the group's 2003 release The Ownerz. A CD/DVD deluxe version

of Mass Appeal: The Best of Gangstarr is also available. The deluxe version

comes with 13 music videos from the group, including clips for "Step In The

Arena," "Just To Get A Rep," and "Take It Personal."

Mass Appeal: The Best Of Gang Starr hits stores Dec. 26. Lil'

Kim has inked a deal with talent agency International Creative Management (ICM)

to represent her in all aspects of business, including her foray into television.

"I am excited and anxious to work with Jeff Berg and the ICM team,"

said Kim. "This is a very important period and transition in my life as I

further explore my creativity and build upon my film and television career, while

keeping the music as my soundtrack and my base." Lil' Kim has had roles in

more than seven films, including She's All That and Ben Stiller's Zoolander. Her

reality television series Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown was the highest-rated

premiere in BET history. The rapper currently has a major development project

with VH1 in the works. Terror

Squad leader Fat Joe, rap icons Ice-T and Kurtis Blow, and singer Chris Brown

are among the artists taking part in VH1's Hip-Hop Honors Celebrity Hoops game.

The celebrity exhibition game will take place Oct. 15 at the Wellness, Recreation

and Athletic Center of Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, as part of VH1

Hip-Hop Honors Week, which runs Oct. 12-17. The week aims to highlight various

elements of Hip-Hop culture, as well as focus on education, music, culture, fashion,

and cuisine. Other celebrities participating in the event include Pete Rock, Busy

Bee, Grand Master Caz, Whodini, Grand Master Melle Mel, DJ Mister Cee, DJ Cash

Money, DJ Alamo of Brand Nubian, Pharoahe Monch, and Doug E. Fresh, who will be

the MC for the day. Tickets for the game are priced at $20 and $50 and will be

available beginning Sept. 21 through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com). Proceeds

from the game and a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Madison Square

Boys and Girls Club.Houston-based

rapper/songwriter Baby Bash has inked a deal with Arista Records. In 2003, he

released a pair of albums for Universal, including the gold-selling The Smoking

Nephew and the follow-up, Super Saucy, which spawned the No. 1 hit

singles "Suga Suga," and "Baby I'm Back." As a songwriter,

Baby Bash has penned smash records for artists like Frankie J and Arista labelmate

Paula DeAnda. Bash, who originally hails from Vallejo, Calif., was a member of

Potna Deuce and Latino Velvet. In 2001, he moved to Houston and hooked up with

South Park Mexican's Dope House Records to release his debut, Savage Dreams.

"I look forward to Arista elevating me to a higher level," said

Bash. "This business is crazy and it feels good to have people on my team

who see and understand my vision."