AHH Stray News: Lupe Fiasco, Doug E. Fresh, Rick Ross, Tupac Shakur

Chicago rapper

Lupe Fiasco has been tapped to highlight the 2006 Sierra Mist Major League Soccer

All-Star Game Halftime Show on Aug. 5. The 11th Annual MLS All Star-Game takes

place at Toyota Park, in Bridgeview Illinois and features the 2006 MLS All-Star

Squad going head-to-head with Chelsea FC, the English Premier League champions.

The game starts at 6:30 PM and will also be broadcast live on ESPN. Lupe Fiasco

is preparing to release his debut, Food & Liquor on Sept 19.Rapper

Doug E. Fresh will provide entertainment during the 2nd Annual Fire Ball Weekend

in Detroit. The annual event raises money for the Charles H. Wright Museum of

African American History. Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and First Lady Carlita

Kilpatrick, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and First Gentleman Daniel

Mulhern; Roderick D. and Dr. Linda Gillum and Judge Greg Mathis (Judge Mathis

Show) were named as Honorary Chairpersons for the 2nd Annual Fire Ball Weekend.

The Fire Ball Weekend 2006 takes place Aug. 11-12. Sponsors include General Motors,

House of Courvoisier, Pepsi and Greektown Casino. Ticket prices begin at $200.

Tickets can be purchased at the Wright Museum or through www.fireballdetroit.com.


Jam has announced that Rick Ross' "Hustlin'" has become the first ringtone

to sell a million copies before the release a physical album. According to Def

Jam reps, "Hustlin'," taken from Ross' debut Port of Miami, has

sold over a million copies. The song had previously been certified Gold by the

RIAA in May, for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. “Ringtones are an amazing

gateway to connecting with fans,” Ross said. “They really are the next

level. It’s a beautiful thing that "Hustlin" is ringing on a million

phones right now." The next single from Port of Miami is "Push

It," which contains a sample of Giorgio Moroder's "Scarface (Push it

to the Limit)," from the classic 1983 movie Scarface. The album features

guest appearances by Lil' Wayne, Dre (of Cool & Dre), Mario Winans, Akon,

Lyfe Jennings, Carol City Cartel, J Rock and others.According

to reports, ashes of rapper Tupac Shakur will be spread over the South African

township of Soweto. The rapper's family is heading to Soweto to record vocals

with South African Kwaito star and actor Zola, who will be featured on a track

with Snoop and the late Shakur. While there, the Shakur family will spread the

slain rapper's ashes over Soweto in honor of the township's struggle against apartheid.

The ashes of the legendary rapper have already been scattered in the Pacific Ocean

and in a private garden in Los Angeles. According to sources, the track will be

featured on a CD commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Shakur's death. Tupac Shakur

was shot four times on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept. 7, 1996 and died

from gunshot wounds on Sept. 13. His murder remains unsolved.