Don King Has The Hip-Hop Bug

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New tracks by Wu-Tang Clan member U-God and Bronx bred rapper Cuban Link will be featured on a 30 minute preview show produced by Don King, in anticipation of a highly anticipated boxing card this weekend.

Also featured on the preview show will be Tomeka, a New Orleans native signed to Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Records.

King is promoting the card this weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York. WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz will face Andrew Golota, IBF champion Chris Byrd will defend his crown against Jameel McCline; Hasim Rahman will take on Kali Meehan and Evander Holyfield will take on Larry Donald.

The preview show features the two current and two former world heavyweight champions that will slug it out Saturday (November 13th).

The music will be combined with the “strife of heavyweight champions” the preview show seeks to capture.

“I love to see talent, promote it and watch it blossom,” Don King said. “A wise Chinese man once said 'to see things in the seed, that is genius.' This is great promotion for the artists and good marketing for the fighters and I'm pleased and proud that Don King Productions is now producing these shows and taking more active control of how our fighters are promoted and building a fan base for these tremendously talented warriors, athletes and musicians all of whom are fighters from the womb to the tomb."

Just as Don King is taking control of his business, U-God is doing the same with the launch of a new record label.

"This allows me to express my music,” U-God said. “I have my own style which I want to bring to the Hip Hop community. Independence is the only way I can control my own destiny. I don't need anyone's approval for any moves I want to make. I can make a decision and roll."

Cuban Link expressed his pleasure being involved with the fight and expressed that he had a deeper connection to the evening’s event.

"I'm a big fan of John Ruiz," Cuban Link said. "I saw him when he took the belt from [Evander] Holyfield to become the first Latino world heavyweight champion-and that was history. Writing for boxing is easy for me because from the age of 17 to 21, I wanted to be a boxer and me and Pun would always talk about that. When I spit my lyrics, I think I'm going into the ring. I wrote that song for Ruiz and that's for him for forever."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Ryan on 11-10-2004

I thought Cuban Link was in jail? I hadn't heard of him since Pun was alive. U-God is the worst rapper in Wu-Tang, they could've atleast got Raekwon.

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