Boyz II Men have tapped
MC Lyte to bring character to their latest single, a remake of Bobby Caldwell’s
“What You Won’t Do For Love.” “Working with them was great,”
Lyte told AllHipHop.com. “It was pretty simple. I just went into the studio
out here in Los Angeles and I talked with [Boyz II Men group member] Nate and
he told me what it was he wanted me to do. He was great in explaining and I executed
to the best of my ability.” The single is the first release from the group’s
newly formed record label, MSM Music Group.
Queen Latifah is
in negotiations to star in the next Muppets film, titled “The Muppets’
Wizard of OZ.” Reports stated that the movie will air on US television
and will be directed by Kirk. R. Thatcher, who directed “Very Merry Muppet
Christmas Movie.” Singer Ashanti and director Quentin Tarantino are already
signed on to the project. Latifah will drop a new album, The Dana Owens
Album, in September.
Lauryn Hill will
hit the road in a series of concerts slated for the fall. Hill has put together
a band for the Kool Nu Jazz Festival. The event will hit four cities: Chicago,
Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia. Other performers include The Roots, Big Boi,
Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Ruben Studdard and George Clinton. The sponsor of the
tour is Kool cigarettes, whose parent company, Brown & Williamson is currently
under fire for marketing the Kool brand of cigarettes to under aged African-American
and Hispanic youth.
On August 18th,
Yo-Yo took the stage at The Sunset Room in Hollywood to promote her new album
Feel Me which will drop shortly. Yo-Yo returns to the rap scene after making
such memorable songs such as "The Bonnie & Clyde Theme", "You
Can't Play With My Yo Yo", and "It's A Man's World" with Ice
Cube. Kurupt shared the stage with her and others in attendance included Dru
Down, Keita Rock, Gail Gotti and longtime West Coast dance master Mr. Animation.