AHH Stray News: Method Man, H.U.F. Awards, Nas' New R&B Singer, Star

Wu-Tang Clan's Method

Man is preparing the follow-up to 2004's Tical O: The Prequel with a new

album titled 4:21. The first single from the album is titled "Say"

and features Lauryn Hill of the Fugees. Method Man's latest album also boasts

guest appearances from Styles P., Fat Joe and others and features production by

various top name producers, including Dr. Dre. In related news, Wu-Tang is planning

to release Legend Of The Wu-Tang, the first collection that captures all

of the group's popular videos, as well as a 21-minute documentary titled Enter

The Wu-Tang. The documentary was originally filmed in 1994 and features in-depth

interviews with all the original members of the group. Such videos as "Method

Man," "C.R.E.A.M", "Protect Ya Neck" and others are featured

on the video compilation. Legend Of The Wu-Tang hits stores June 12.

Afeni Shakur, Judge

Mablean Ephriam and The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation will award various men

for their positive contributions to their communities on Friday June 16, at

The First Annual Honoring Urban Fathers (H.U.F.) Awards. The awards will be

hosted by Donnell Rawlings and will take place at the Fox Theater Egyptian Ballroom

in Atlanta. The awards were created by Judge Mariam Mablean, who presides over

various divorce cases on Fox TV's Divorce Court. Over 100 men were nominated

for Solo Warrior (Single Father), Love Cares (Married Father), Fatherhood Forever

(Divorced Father), Village Dad (Non-Biological Father) and Living Legacy (Father,

Grandfather, Great-Grandfather) awards.

Nas has signed

Tre Williams, a new R&B singer to his Ill Will Records label. The singer

was featured on the title track to Petey Pablo's album Diary of a Sinner.

Williams has already completed songs with Nas, Styles P., Kanye West and

others. Williams, who hails from Daytona Beach, Florida, has released a mix-CD

titled Street Gospel that is hosted by Nas and DJ Big Mike. The crooner's first

album under the deal will be titled The Depth of My Soul.

Controversial shock

jock Star asked for a dismissal of his court case on Wednesday (May 30) after

being fired and arrested earlier this month from New York radio station Power

105.1, for comments he made about Hot 97's DJ Envy and his four-year-old daughter.

The two traded insults over the New York airwaves for weeks. The insults reached

a climax when Star, born Troi Torain, threatened to urinate on DJ Envy's daughter

and hurled racial epitaphs at Envy's wife, who is black and asian. Star's attorney

Ben Brafman protested the charges saying the rival DJ's on Hot 97 were hurling

insults as well. "If we are going to criminalize comments made by warring

deejays in competing radio broadcasts, then the repeated threats against Mr.

Torain must be dealt with by authorizing the immediate arrest of the offending

Hot 97 deejays," Brafman said in his motion. "This case either does

not belong in criminal court at all, or if it does, the Hot 97 DJs should both

be arrested as well, if you apply the same legal theory used to authorize the

arrest of Mr. Torain."