December 2007


(shout to ally for the link)

Ebay is selling a copy of Snoop Dogg’s destined to be legendary 10-page spread in this month’s Italian Men’s Vogue. $24.99 buy-it-now? A bargain at 10-times the price!

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Thank you Snoop for being you. Thank you L’Uomo Vogue for recognizing real. Meanwhile, stateside, Men’s Vogue is on some safe stuffy elitist snore ish with George Clooney and Will Smith covers, etc.

(*Apologies Hip Hop Fans, but I gotta post this foolishness. 1. It’s relevant to my Hot97 Celebrity Drama audience. 2. I find it amusing even though I don’t enjoy teenybopper music. And 3. I like to diversify, lol. Eh, not really. )

So, we’ve all seen this video where BowWow barks at Toure from BET and storms out of an interview (even threatening to pummel Toure with a bodyguard). And I actually sympathized with the pup’s reaction, given the obnoxious line of questioning. Like, “Omarion, you were great in the “Naked” video” [which was actually Marques Houston’s video] and “Bow wow, how much did your chain cost? Its smaller than Lil Wayne’s.”

But, of course….there’s a backstory. According to my inside sources, this whole segment was actually taped during the summer for BET’s Black Carpet show (No diss to the hardworking and talented people who work behind the scenes there). Toure was attempting to “punk” BowWow and Omarion, in what was supposed to be a “hell” interview (like hell date…groan). The duo didn’t get the joke, but maybe because the questions were more mean than funny. Ali G’s prank interviews work because they confuse the subjects with bizarre questions that let them make fools of themselves. If you attack the subject, their defense goes up, and the funny is lost.

Anyways, because Bow wow got so pissed off, the episode never aired. But afterward Toure apologized to the artists and explained the prank. And more recently, I hear that Bow Wow approached Toure and apologized for his terrible T.I.-impersonation, lol…..So its all kumbayya.

But, my sources say BowWow and Co are the ones who allegedly leaked this video to the web, as well as another one, to help the buzz on that Face Off album, and the upcoming Bow Wow Omarion Xmas special.

This second video is even more flattering, right?….absolutely completely not.

Team BowWow, this video is not a good look.

First this came out:

Now Remy’s camp has responded with this:

“The fraudulent video hoax that has surfaced of an alleged female
lover of Remy Ma is completely false and reps for Remy Ma emphatically
deny these claims. The staged video and storyline, as well as the
voice on the phone posing as Remy are all fictitious and have made it
very obvious that this is a deliberate attempt to undermine Remy’s
name and character. Remy Ma has not nor has she ever been involved in
a same sex relationship with the accuser or any other woman however
Remy is respectful of those who choose the alternative lifestyle.
Again, this video and claim are both 100% untrue and we hope that the
involved accusers are aware of the civil liberties violated in the
taping of this video.”

(note: I just bolded the parts that made me laugh. Redundancy=truthiness apparently. Also….this was the “revised” version of the statement)

As I mentioned earlier, Tim Westwood and other UK hosts from BBC’s 1Xtra were in town doing live broadcasts at Sirius. Yours truly joined Tim, as well as Styles P, Jim Jones, LL Cool J, and Boy-Betta-Know.

You can hear the show by clicking here and choosing the “latest show” option. Video to come.

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This story had me absolutely crying.

I’m doing a little late-night websurfing, and drop by nahright, where I see a link to an article in the OCWeekly, by writer Ben Westhoff (great stuff, read this too, lol). Ben faux-reports on Lil Wayne collaborating with superfemme teenybopper Zac Efron (Hairspray, High School Musical) on the upcoming “High School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance Party” compilation.

And honestly, things are so nutty these days, a collabo like that really could happen. But if only it could happen like this….(The devil is in the details here. But I don’t know which part of the pitchfork tickled me most.)

Zac and me was both in San Francisco a few months ago for a comic book convention…,”[Wayne says.]… I was like, ‘What’s crackin’, my brother from another mother?’”

At that very moment… Efron himself emerges from Wayne’s den.

“What’s up, my nigga?” Efron says, giving Wayne a pound, a hug, and then, to my astonishment, a full-on kiss…. (Obviously, Efron is going to have to work harder to squelch rumors surrounding his sexual orientation.)

(Me: Hahahaa…What if Weezy adopted Zac? Or Zac announced that it was just “a black mafia thing”? I loved Wayne’s make-believe verse too….)

On “All for One,” Efron sings the chorus—“Everybody all for one, a real summer has just begun!”….while Wayne raps: “I’m a dog, you’re all a bunch of fleas on my dick. Driving a Jag, er, like my name was Mick. I’m so sour like cream with chives, and my sperm will make your face break out in hives.

(Me: And how funny are the newly paired Zeezy’s (or Wac’s) parting words…)

“Does Wayne ever get overwhelmed by the pace of his high-flying lifestyle?

“Hell, no! This is how I live! I get up in the morning, get my dick sucked four times, drink a Molson’s, and then hang out with Zac. What, do you want me to go to Hawaii for a vacation? You got a job, but this is my vacation right here.”

Adds Efron, “Word!”

Awesome.

wow, you know what…..for once (and I’m gonna go out on a limb and say, prolly only once)…..I actually agree with Bow Wow on this one.

I mean, BowWow’s chest-thumping is a little hilarious (especially when you tell someone to come out and get some, and then pass it off to your two humongous bodyguards)…..but…..I give him credit for defending the completely harmless Omarion. And asking random obnoxious questions to clearly just get a rise out of someone you’re interviewing, is kind of a lazy cop-out. Subtle funny jabs take more thought, but pay out more. And if you push buttons with the truth, nobody can dismiss you as a hater.

(shout to Steve for sending me the link to this in the previous post)

On a semi-related note: I’m hearing some stuff about some bad habits that certain pop-rap celebs are picking up from their star-friends. Not good. I’ll investigate and report if the rumors are substantiated.

First off: much love to all my UK family that tune in every week to the Miss Info Celebrity Drama Report on Tim Westwood’s Saturday Night Show on Radio 1. I appreciate the love : )

As for tonite, I’m not sure the webcam worked for shit inside the Sirius studios, but it was a legendary show all the same. Tim Westwood and the whole BBC 1Xtra crew came out to NYC for a series of live broadcasts (also in town, DJ Semtex, MistaJam and more).

It really felt like a family gathering. Tim was host, your girl helped co-host, Cipha Sounds was on the turntables, Max Glazer and Boyd (Kingston, JA) supported….and then the guests: Styles P, Jim Jones, LL Cool J, and from the UK grime-side BBK (Boy Betta Know).

I’ll post audio and pics soon. But along with some hilarious reminiscing between Tim, Jim and LL about all-night partying in London, there were some very interesting moments like….

Jimmy and Styles announce to me and Tim that they’re going to be doing a whole album together on Koch Records. Wow. That kinda came out of nowhere but I think it’ll be a good pairing. I suggested the name, “Worst of All Worlds.” They were highly enthusiastic. (I’ll bill them later, lol)

LL and Jimmy said they just recorded a song together for LL’s album, called “The 5 Borough’s is Back,” along with Lil Kim, KRS-One, and Method Man. Nice! LL said he felt that his last 3 albums were not up to par, which Im sure most agree with. But he said that for his final Def Jam album, its importantly for him to live up to the standard of his catalog. Now, of course these are promises that we’ve heard before (from every artist whose been blessed to have a long enough career where falling off is even an option). But LL definitely seems passionate about the whole thing (probably fueled by feelings of indignation, lol).
Anyways, LL also said that he’s really happy too about his release, because he negotiated to take back all of his masters (minus a 10% cut to Def Jam). Which, with a 20+ year catalog, is HUGE. Owning “Radio” and “I Need Love” and “I’m Bad”? Better than a dozen Bentleys.

All in all, a fun night. I definitely hope to get out to the UK soon.

Sidenote: I know some of youse hit me up because in the original post, I mentioned a few other artists who were also on the schedule for tonite. I’m not sure what happened with them, but sometimes people don’t know that Tim built the foundation of what hip hop in the UK means today. Having Run-DMC on his show, with their manager Russell Simmons. Broadcasting from Marley Marl’s house. Cutting dubplates with Elephant Man in Kingston….Early.

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Bet.com (props to the homie Carl) just posted an exclusive clip of the infamous Ralphige prank-calling Suge Knight. (Read Carl’s description, background, and interview with Ralphige here.) That guy Ralphige is on another level with his shit. But the novelty of this one for me, is more about how different things are now than the culture of fear we all fed into back in the late 90s.

Punking Suge back then? Unthinkable. But bankruptcy and jailtime will put even the boogieman of hip hop on his back. So Suge’s reversal of fortune has made him like an outcast bear in a cage, ready for kids to taunt for laughs.

Back during Suge’s prime, I having a conversation with him at what used to be called Carbon (also Exit, maybe Chrome, and what other names?). It was Mike Tyson’s party. (yikes) The afterparty was at the Four Seasons. He was extremely charming, polite, friendly….because he had high hopes and big plans. Now….not so much.

Me thinks: with nothing much to lose these days, Suge is ripe to bite back.

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(photos: the Port Arthur News and AP)

The Houston Chronicle Handstamp Blog has a very detailed moment-by-moment account of the funeral, which attracted thousands of people, many of whom were in line before 8am.

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uh…. this can’t be a good feeling. In the book, Mommy Dearest says Em is manic depressive, out of touch with reality, and that his “tales” have caused her to be spat on by fans and robbed on 8-Mile Road. (backstory: Eminem was sued for defamation by his mom over his less-than-flattering lyrics, but then more recently, Em paid for her extensive medical bills when she was diagnosed with cancer.)

Add to that, this: “A family friend tells America’s Life & Style magazine, “[Debbie Nelson] just hopes he’ll read it and realise how loved he is.”

uh…how about just sending a text message?

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