Snippets: Hip Hop Artists Blast Bush || Nelly Plays Ball with Sandler || Latifah Featured on Cover Girl CD || Ecko Megastore - Mos DefAs the 2004 presidential elections get closer, more and more hip hop artists are becoming vocal and criticizing the Bush administration.

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie asked a 35,000 plus crowd to, “Pray with us for a new president because America needs one – the whole world needs one,” during a recent performance in Scotland.

On Jadakiss’ latest single “Why” he asks, “why did Bush knock down the towers.” Which has sparked controversy that led to most radio outlets and MTV to air a censored version of the single without the controversial lyrics.

“I just felt he had something to do with that,” Jadakiss told Billboard in reference to 9/11. “That’s why I put it in there like that. A lot of my people felt that he had something to do with it.”

The censorship and controversy has done little to slow down “Why” or Jadakiss’ second solo LP. Kiss Of Death debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts two weeks ago and “Why” is presently #16 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Nelly is making his big screen debut in the new Adam Sandler flick, The Longest Yard.

The Longest Yard, is a remake of a 1974 film by the same name, about a team of inmates led by quarterback Adam Sandler who take on a team of prison guards. Nelly will star as a football running back on lockdown along with Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.

Nelly will also have a song on the soundtrack. The Longest Yard hits theaters on Memorial Day weekend, 2005.

Cover Girl Cosmetics and Atlantic Records have partnered to release a new CD that features artists who have shown a commitment to charitable causes, helping teens and are active in their communities.

The CD titled CG Vibes: Music That Gives Back features Queen Latifah as its spokesperson.

Latifah hosted a launch for the CD earlier this week and her track “Better Than The Rest,” which previously appeared on the “Bringing Down The House” soundtrack is featured on the compilation. The CD also includes songs from Lava/Atlantic artists like Brandy and pop rockers Sugar Ray among others.

The album will be available at Sam Goody and Media Play stores for only $3.99 with the purchase of CG Vibes artists Brandy, The Corrs, Toby Lightman or Ben Jelen CD’s. Proceeds from the sales will go to the CG Vibes fund.

CG Vibes: Music That Gives Back hits stores on July 20th.

According to The New York Times, Ecko plans to transform an abandoned vacant Times Square Theater into a four-level, $25 million ‘supermarket’ megastore filled with brand name clothing, art, video games, electronics and collectible sneakers.

“When you think of what’s trendy, this is where you’re going to be able to find it,” Seth Gerszberg, president of Marc Ecko Enterprises, told The Times. “We needed to be in Times Square, where youth culture converges. Finding this place was just meant to be.”