LOOPER The Snare (Mute) Frontman Stuart David (formerly of Belle and Sebastian) based this latest loopy creation on his new novel, The Peacock Manifesto.

EMINEM The Eminem Show (Interscope) With guests Obie Trice, D12, and Dr. Dre, Mr. Mathers takes aim at Lynne Cheney, Moby, Jermaine Dupri, ‘N Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick, and his perennial target, Mom.

DJ SHADOW The Private Press (MCA) After having spun out an endless series of side projects, the mixmaster finally drops a sequel to 1996’s groundbreaking opus, Endtroducing.

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape (Maverick) Talib Kweli and Redman cameo on the singer-bassist’s latest.


OUTKAST, in Atlanta, recording the follow-up to 2000’s Stankonia. Or is that follow-ups? The duo recently told EW they had intended to put out one CD of Big Boi’s material and another of Dre’s. They ultimately decided to mix the two into a double album, due this fall, although their record label, Arista, pleads ignorance. Stay tuned for more details.

Metal kids THE UNION UNDERGROUND making their sophomore album in Chatsworth, Calif. The as-yet-untitled disc is slated for release early in 2003. Lead vocalist and guitarist Bryan Scott is producing.

CRAZYTOWN, goin’ crazy and goin’ to town with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Motorhead), recording their second album in Hollywood. Nothing Comes From Nowhere is tentatively scheduled for a late-October release.