AHH Stray News: Pimp C., Hip-Hop Boot Camp Auditions, Mad Linx, The EBC


Arthur, Texas native and UGK group member Pimp C. scored a #1 debut with his solo

CD The Pimpalation (Return of the Trill). The album hit #1 on Billboard's

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week, while landing at #3 on Billboard's

Top 200 Chart. The album, which shipped gold, was released on July 11. The

Pimpalation features guest appearances from Scarface, 8-Ball & MJG, Chamillionaire,

Lil Keke, Ali & Gipp, Z-Ro and Bun B. Production duties were handled by Mike

Dean, Jazze PHA, Mannie Fresh, Mr. Lee, Clay D and Cory Mo. A Chopped & Screwed

version of The Pimpalation album is due in stores on July 25.Joe

Jackson will host a competition in Philadelphia to find one contestant for his

upcoming television show Hip-Hop Boot Camp. The talent show is being held

in conjunction with Philadelphia based community organization "Men United

for a Better Philadelphia." Contestants between the ages of 18-32 can enter

the competition, which will not accept offense, or vulgar lyrics. Guest speakers

will also be on hand to explain the importance of education and avoiding drugs,

gangs and guns. There are 25 available spots during the competition, but only

one will be selected to participate in the nationally televised TV show. Jackson

and Philadelphia Mayor John Street will host a press conference at The Mayors

Office at City Hall on Friday (July 21). The event takes place Sunday (July 23)

from 12 PM – 7 pm at the Mander Recreation Center, located at 23rd &

Diamond Street.Mad

Linx, host of Bet's Rap City, stars in a new DVD titled On The Grind, which

takes an in-depth look at some of Hip-Hop's recent feuds, including Gucci Mane

verse Young Jeezy and Young City verses Choppa. Artists who appear on the DVD

include Russell Simmons, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Xzibit, Jim Jones, Rakim and

others. Also included in On The Grind is an instructional portion that

explains the intricacies of DJ'ing a party successfully to future spin doctors.

"I didn't just want this to be the typical Hip Hop DVD," Mad Linx said.

"I wanted to give viewers something to talk about, whether it is the true

story behind some of rap's most publicized beefs or how I cope on the road traveling

around the world. I thought it would be great to include an instructional section

for anyone who loves to spin and wants to know more about the craft." On

The Grind was directed by Hakim Taylor and hits stores Sept. 26. The

Entertainers Basketball Classic is hosting the second annual Celebrity and All-star

Basketball Extravaganza on Sunday (July 23) at Madison Square Garden. The EBC

which operated out of Holcombe Rucker Memorial Park for the past 20 years, will

feature playground stars Ali "The Black Widow" Moe, Malloy "Future"

Nesmith, Corey "Homicide" Williams and others competing during the All-star

game, while the Celebrity game will feature Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Joe Budden, Zab

Judah, Michael B. Jordan (All My Children) and others. Tickets are priced

between $10 - $50 and are on sale now at Madison Square Garden box office and

at all Ticketmaster locations.