AHH Stray News: Mystikal, EA/Def Jam, Ms. Dynamite, El Da Sensei

Mystikal was sentenced

to a year in prison for tax violations yesterday (Jan. 12). U.S. District Judge

James Brady sentenced the rapper for failing to report $824,916 in earnings

in 1998 and $930,953 that was earned in 1999. He must pay back taxes in the amount

of $271,000 in addition to penalties and fines. Mystikal will serve the one-year

sentence concurrently with a state sentence for sexual battery against his former

hairstylist. The rapper pleaded guilty in 2004 of forcing a woman to perform oral

sex after he allegedly caught her writing $80,000 in checks. He was sentenced

to six years in prison. On Jan. 19, the rapper has a parole hearing at the Elayn

Hunt Correctional Facility in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, where he is currently incarcerated.

Electronic Arts and Def Jam Enterprises announced Def Jam Fight

For NY: The Takeover will hit stores this spring for the Play Station Portable

gaming system. The latest installment is the prequel to Def Jam Vendetta. Fans

can assume the roles of Busta Rhymes Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and

others. "Def Jam Interactive's first PSP title has proven to be an exciting

and entertaining product. Again, EA has developed an unparalleled title and

we are confident that Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover will go far beyond

everyone's expectations," said Lauren Wirtzer, VP of Marketing for Def

Jam Enterprises.

Award wining rapper Ms. Dynamite pleaded guilty today (Jan.

13) in Bow Street Magistrates’ Court to assaulting a female police officer

after an altercation outside a West London nightclub. Ms. Dynamite, 24, became

verbally abusive with officers after they spotted her kicking the front door

of The Paragon Lounge nightclub on Jan 6. As she was in custody, she allegedly

smacked a female officer in her face. Ms. Dynamtie’s brother Kingsley

Daley and another female associate were also charged with obstructing the police.

Ms. Dynamite will be sentenced on Jan. 17 and is facing prison time. Her brother

pleaded not guilty. Ms. Dynamite’s attorney said the situation arose from

another incident where she and her 18-year-old sister were racially abused.

The New Jersey

rapper El Da Sensei, former member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo The Artifacts,

is preparing his second solo album, The Unusual. El Da Sensei began

his career as a part of The Artifacts with partner Tame-One. El Da Sensei released

his independent solo debut album, Relax, Relate, Release in 2004. His

second solo album, The Unusual will display just how multifaceted his

talent is. “I definitely didn’t want to come like the last album,”

explained El. “I felt like Relax, Relate, Release was a little

bit personal for everybody. With this album I just wanted to go back to basics

and bring a certain kind of fire back to myself.” The Unusual

features guest appearances from O.C., Sean Price and features production by

Illmind, Jake One, Saukrates, DJ Revolution, K-Def and J Rawls. The Unusual

hits stores February 28th on Fat Beats Records.