AHH Stray News: Puffy, Apl de Ap, Will Smith, Us3

Sean “P. Diddy”

Combs will produce 150 custom luxury Lincoln Navigators at the cost of at least

$100,000 according to reports. In line with Combs’ Hip-Hop flair, the Navigators

will come with six television screens, Playstation 2, a DVD player, satellite

navigation and other custom features. The vehicles will be sold through internet

auction site Ebay. In related news, Diddy was hit with a lawsuit by Columbia Pictures,

over the soundtrack to “Bad Boys 2.” The $1.6 million lawsuit claims

Combs’ Bad Boy agreed to pay $1 million in up-front costs for the soundtrack,

but to date, the label has only paid $27, 835.

Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas revealed that he will give

back to Filipino artists by setting up a record label or management firm. The

firm will feature local talent from the Philippines according to Apl de Ap,

born Allan Pineda. As a member of Black Eyed Peas, Pineda is reportedly the

first Filipino to have won a prestigious Grammy Award.

Will Smith hosted Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert last

night in South Africa. This year the use of technology helped the event raise

$1.6 million dollars in donations using text messaging. India Arie, Annie Lennox,

Queen and numerous South African groups performed for a crowd of over 20,000

people at the southern resort of George. Proceeds of the event go to Mandela’s

Nelson Mandela Foundation, which is dedicated to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS.

"I would love to enjoy the peace and quiet of retirement but I know that,

like many of you, I cannot rest easily while our beloved continent is ravaged

by a deadly epidemic," Mandela said. "For every woman and girl violently

attacked, we reduce our humanity. For every moment we remain silent, we conspire

against our women. For every woman infected by HIV, we destroy a generation."

Us3, the group

that hit big in 1993 with "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," is preparing

to release their first US album in 7 years, titled Questions. The band

released their platinum selling debut album Hand On The Torch shortly

after "Cantaloop" hit for the legendary Blue Note record label. The

group also features two new members, Mpho and Reggi Wyns. Questions

is also the group's first sample free release. "It's important to keep

evolving," group founder Geoff Wilkinson said. "There's been a decreasing

reliance on samples with each Us3 album and Questions is the culmination

of that. And it was kinda nice working with some live musicians rather than

dead ones."