AHH Stray News: Nas, Supernatural, DMC Battlegrounds

Nas will release

his highly anticipated first album for Def Jam in late September. The Queens-bred

MC made the announcement during a 15-minute performance that took place during

the first night of the Roots' two-night concert at Radio City Music Hall in

New York. Def Jam representatives told Billboard that the album will be titled

Hip-Hop Is Dead, while Nas told MTV.com after the concert that the title

is Hip-Hop Is Dead…The N. The new set will be the follow up to his

2004 double album Streets Disciple.

Rapper Supernatural

will attempt to break the world record for the longest freestyle, which was

set by Toronto rapper D.O. in July 2003. Supernatural will attempt the feat

during the annual Rock The Bells IV festival at the NOS Event Center in San

Bernardino, Calif. D.O. set the record by rapping for eight hours and 45minutes.

One 15-minute break was enforced on D.O. and in order to verify the freestyles,

spectators wrote a variety of topics on a white board for the rapper to rap

about. Rock The Bells IV takes place Aug. 5, with Wu-Tang Clan as the headlining

act. Mos Def, De Las Soul, Redman, Immortal Technique, Aesop Rock, Talib Kweli,

Planet Asia and others are also slated to perform.

The American Battleground

2006 tour kicked off last month in Austin, Tex., in search of the world's top

battle DJ. Local competitions commenced with Donnie D advancing in Austin, while

Etronik won the heat held in Albuquerque, N.M. The American Battleground is

part of The DMC/Technics World DJ Championships, an annual competition that

features thousands of DJ's competing for the worldwide DMC DJ title. The finalists

are chosen through various competitions held worldwide. Winners from individual

heats then compete for the title at a final competition. The acclaimed competition

was created in 1986 and has produced such legendary DJ's as DJ Cheese, DJ Q-bert,

A-Trak, Cash Money, and Roc Raida. "Various cities will host day events

allowing young spectators to experience DMC direct-- and inspire new members

to preserve this vital art-form," DMC American Chapter GM, George Cabrera

said in a statement. The DMC competition US Finals will be held in Chicago in

August, while the World DJ Championship takes place in France in September.

The next heat takes place May 21 in Wilmington, Delaware and will be hosted

by Flipmode's Rampage and DJ Street Treatz. For more information, click