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Hip Hop artist Kanye West, expressing his fondness of John Mayer’s songwriting, has apparently collaborated with the singer for his next album. At the recent American Music Awards, Mayer said he had just finished working with West in the studio. The two artists kept quiet on further details, but said the collaboration will probably appear on West’s next album titled Late Registration, nearly complete and due out next spring. West said he loved Mayer’s voice and compared him to legendary Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald.

Lyricist J-Live has inked a worldwide deal with Penalty Recordings/Rykodisc. The rapper is working on his untitled Penalty Recordings debut, which is slated for a Spring 2005 release. “I’m extremely excited about being the latest addition to the Ryko/Penalty family,” J-Live said. “This is a huge step forward in my career. I’m working on my 3rd full length album. I’m confident that with Penalty Recordings, my music will be able to reach more ears than ever. I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time.”

Rapper Eminem reportedly got a shock when his bodyguard knocked a wall onto him while he was in the bathroom backstage at the MTV Europe Music
Awards in Rome. The bodyguard attempted to squeeze into the cubicle next to the rapper, reports say, knocking down the divider, which collapsed
onto Eminem.

Lyricist Mos Def returns to touring in early December for two weeks in a series of live performances to promote his latest album The New Danger,
released in October. The New Danger, which sold around 95,000 units during its first week, is Mos Def’s first compilation of original solo material since Black on Both Sides in 1999.

The film “Tupac: Resurrection,” which examines the life of the slain rapper, is among 12 films contending for five nominee spots for a documentary at the Academy Awards this year. The list was released Tuesday (November 16) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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