Billboard Bits: Kurupt, Mathus/Guy, No Good

News on Kurupt, James Mathus/Buddy Guy, No Good

KuruptRapper Kurupt will release the home video "G-TV" on Feb. 19 via Southwest Distributors. The film, available on two VHS tapes or a double-disc DVD, chronicles life on the road with the rapper, who said in a statement, "there's a couple of performances, but it's just pure Kuruption. You can come to our tours if you want to see performances. I'm showing you what really goes on where the gangsta's stroll."

"G-TV" includes footage shot during Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass tour and a trek through South Central Los Angeles, as well as appearances by Xzibit, Kurupt's DPG colleague Daz Dillinger, tha Eastsidaz, tha Liks, and Kurupt's brother, Young Roscoe.

The film will come bundled with a seven-track CD featuring four previously unreleased songs from Kurupt, as well as snippets from the album "Vapirz" (a new collaboration between DPG and tha Liks) and the upcoming Roger Troutman tribute album, "Still More Bounce."

Kurupt appears in the upcoming film "Dark Blue" with Kurt Russell and Ving Rhames, due for an April release in U.S. theaters.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Buddy GuySquirrel Nut Zippers leader James Mathus and his band, the Knockdown Society, have signed on as the opening act on the second half of blues veteran Buddy Guy's upcoming North American tour. Mathus and company join Guy beginning Feb. 20 in Dallas through a March 10 show in Detroit. The two artists collaborated last year on Guy's acclaimed Silvertone album, "Sweet Tea."

Here are Buddy Guy/James Mathus' tour dates:

Feb. 20: Dallas (Red Jacket)
Feb. 21-22: Austin, Texas (Antone's)
Feb. 23: Houston (Aerial Theatre)
Feb. 26: Glenside, Pa. (Keswick Theatre)
Feb. 27: New York (Irving Plaza)
Feb. 28: Greensburg, Pa. (Palace)
March 1: Westbury, N.Y. (Westbury Music Fair)
March 2: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's)
March 3: New Haven, Conn. (Toad's Place)
March 4: Northampton, Mass. (Calvin Theatre)
March 5: Burlington, Vt. (Flynn Theater)
March 9: Toledo, Ohio (Peristyle Theater)
March 10: Detroit (State Theater)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Three members of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team recently joined Miami-based rap act No Good in the studio to record a version of the group's promo-only club track "Ballin' Boy." The song was the No. 1-ranked team's unofficial pre-game locker room fight song during its undefeated 2001 season.

Hurricanes defensive back Edward Reed, wide receiver Jason Geathers, and running back Willis "The Deuce" McGahee contributed their vocals to a new chorus for the track: "Hurricane Ballin' Boys/What you know 'bout the Miami boys/What you know 'bout the Ballin' Boys."

The Hurricanes will face the University of Nebraska's No. 4-ranked Cornhuskers tonight (Jan. 3) in the 88th annual Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Calif. A win for the favored Miami team would give the school its fifth Bowl Championship Series National Championship title.

"We like to think of our song as 'championship inspiration,'" No Good's Derrick Hill said in a statement. "As long as they have our 'Ballin' Boy' blasting in their locker room," added Hill, "Miami is taking home the trophy."

The newly recorded track was sent to Miami radio stations this week. No Good is in the midst of recording its debut album with the Black Mob Group production team. The as-yet-untitled set is due out later this year via ArtistDirect.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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