Michael Phelps is the Young Jeezy of the swim world, according to Da Snowman. Now, Jeezy ain't no athlete, but the former trap star is set to put forth an Olympian-sized effort when he celebrates the release of his latest LP (Lil Kim and Fabolous helped him celebrate in NYC), The Recession, which hit stores today. On Wednesday September 3, The Def Jam star will perform at The Tabernacle. Jeezy is also scheduled to appear tomorrow at an in-store signing at North Georgia Compact and host an after-party for his show at The Velvet Room.

They're two of the West Coast's finest and now Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube will be on their global grind as the two rappers headline shows in New Zealand and Australia. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also set to join the bill. Cube and BTNH were added to the lineup without any problems, however, Snoop's involvement raised eyebrows. The Long Beach star's criminal record caused immigration officials to investigate his past. But the rapper was eventually granted a work visa. The international jaunt kicks off October 27 and runs until November 7.

DMX maybe have gotten out of jail recently, but the rapper hasn't escaped the aim of PETA. The animal rights group has urged prosecutors in Arizona--where X was arrested on animal cruelty charges--to throw the book at him. The group is asking that a judge sentence him and order a psychological evaluation.---XXL staff