AHH Stray News: Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Diddy, Nas

Jadakiss reached a plea

agreement with the Cumberland County Court yesterday (March 24) at a misdemeanor

hearing stemming from an incident in North Carolina, that ended with the rapper

being hit with marijuana and gun possession charges. Kiss was given deferred

prosecution after he passed a drug test and under the agreement, the Yonkers,

New York native must submit to searches and random drug tests. He must avoid

any trouble in North Carolina and cannot use, nor possess illegal drugs. Jadakiss

also paid $900 in court costs. The rapper was charged last July after a club

performance in Fayetteville. Officers spotted a man throwing firecrackers from

the window of the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up less than an ounce

of marijuana and two loaded .45 Ruger pistols.

Fat Joe's latest album All

or Nothing has been pushed back, while his label tries to clear samples for

songs on the album. Joe's highly anticipated album has been pushed back for

a third time to May 24. The Bronx rapper's label cited "sample clearance

issues" as the reason for the holdup. The most recent release date for

All or Nothing, Joe's sixth solo album, was April 26.

Rumors have been circulating

that Sean "P. Diddy" Combs signed "American Idol" contestant

Mario Vasquez, who unexpectedly dropped out of the nationally televised singing

competition over a week ago. But Diddy has neither confirmed nor denied signing

Vasquez to Bad Boy Records. "I can't really have any comment on that at

this time," Diddy told the New York Post. "We're hopefully about to

announce our plans for our next era." If Vasquez, 28, had won, he would

have signed with RCA Records, but the New York native is committed to "American

Idol" until the show ends in May. Vasquez cited "personal reasons"

for quitting the show.

Nas and Fabolous have been

tapped to perform for the University of Connecticut's Spring Weekend, according

to Daily Campus. Six thousand general admission and floor tickets will be available

at $10 per student and $30 for guests. U. Conn's Spring Weekend has previously

hosted rappers 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West and Ludacris.