Pras promises a surprise on tonight's MTV Video Music Awards

When Pras, of the Fugees, performs his “Bulworth” soundtrack hit “Ghetto Superstar” on tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards (8 p.m.), watch out for a surprise appearance by Big Baby Jesus, the rapper formerly known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard. ODB, you’ll remember, disrupted this year’s Grammy Awards by bum-rushing the podium to praise his rap group Wu-Tang Clan as a confused Shawn Colvin waited nearby to receive her award. (ODB was later accused of stealing a pair of Nikes from a Virgina Beach store four days after he was shot during a robbery attempt at his Brooklyn home.) Tonight, though, the outspoken rapper won’t have to crash the party. “I’m gonna have Mya sing with me and (fellow Fugee) Wyclef,” Pras tells EW Online, “and I want to have Big Baby Jesus come up and join in.”

Pras’ MTV appearance comes some six weeks before his long-awaited first solo album, “Ghetto Superstar,” is due to hit stores (Oct. 27). The disc is getting a lot of industry scrutiny because it follows the highly praised solo releases of Fugee mates Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. The Brooklyn-born singer, who surprisingly says his favorite performers these days are the pop-polished Goo Goo Dolls, Shania Twain, Aerosmith, and the Wallflowers, has turned out a radio-friendly mix of rock, pop, and hip-hop. “The record is meant to inspire kids,” says Pras. “It’s not about guns, or dissing women, or how much money I’ve got. It’s time for hip-hop to turn away from all the bragging about ‘My $50,000 watch,’ which the average kid can’t relate to. You can have a good record without talking about these subjects.”