AHH Stray News: Roc-A-Fella, Beasties, D12, Beef

In an interview with

the August 16 issue of Newsweek, Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid confirmed that Def Jam

was close to buying out the partners of Roc-A-Fella Records and negotiating deals

to keep them within the Def Jam system. Reid also said he will sign more diverse

acts to the label.

The Beastie Boys

latest album To the 5 Boroughs is almost at platinum status, with 792,000

copies sold. The album shipped over 1 million units. The group has sold a total

of 22 million records throughout their career. In related record sales news,

Juvenile’s latest Juve the Great, has been certified platinum

powered by the strength of the massive hit “Slow Motion” featured

the late Soulja Slim.

D12 is working

on two movies, one a horror flick named “Devil’s Night” and

another called “Runyon Cash,” named after a street members of the

group grew up on. The movie will be executive produce by their managers, Jeremy

Geffen and Max Gousse. Gousse was also executive producer of the movie “You

Got Served.”

Quincy “QD3”

Jones will release “Beef II,” the follow up to the platinum selling

“Beef” DVD. The DVD reveals details behind some of the biggest feuds

in the Hip-Hop industry. DMX, K-Solo, 50 Cent, Fredro Starr, Stick Fingaz, Afeni

Shakur, Angie Martinez, Canibus, Nelly and KRS-One are among the artists featured.

“Beef II” hits stores August 31.