Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Mat Kearney talking fine wine and a certain Motley Crue drummer.
It’s a Good Thing He’s Not Playing Phuket…
"Norfolk," in Virginia, is a very tough [city] name to pronounce, without sounding like you’re cursing. So I got myself in trouble in Norfolk a little while ago. It’s a hard name to say properly without offending small children.
Singer, Songwriter, Sommelier…
Oregon Pinot Noir — that’s my red M&M item. I’m from Oregon, and it’s maybe the best Pinot country in the world. It’s been competing with France these days. Sometimes [venues] even get wineries that are within 10 miles from the house I grew up in.
After a 16-day hunger strike, doctors ordered "J" to end her "Starvation for Sanjaya" campaign. The 23-year-old American Idol fan garnered the nation’s attention when she announced her food boycott until hopeful Sanjaya Malakar was ejected from the AI line-up. The 17-year-old Malakar has had a polarizing effect on the nation, the like of which is usually reserved for wars, or actual issues.
In other Sanjaya news, KFC president Gregg Dedrick has plumbed new shallows in marketing, offering Malakar a lifetime of free KFC Classic Bowls in exchange for cutting his famed tresses into a bowl cut. In an open letter, Dedrick states: "We’re sure America will be as ‘bowled-over’ by your take on this classic look as they are by our KFC Famous Bowls."
Pitbull in a Skirt
Hip-hop honey Eve talked to Giant magazine about sex tapes, making up with Lil Kim, interracial love, and more (Giant)
Former Roc-a-Fella crooner Rell was busted for receiving 50 pounds of weed in the mail (All Hip-Hop)
The Vagina Luda-logues
St. John’s said no to the Vagina Monologues, so Ludacris might have to say no to swearing when he performs at the NYC university (XXL)
Hova Comes Ova
Rihanna‘s new single, "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z, is up on the web. The Bajan beauty is also the next Cover Girl. (SOHH)
Save Your Budget for Your Bling
The latest trend in hip-hop videos? Superstars going super low-budget. (MTV)
Timbaland‘s Shock Value drops next week, and apparently nobody’s more curious about how it’ll be received than the man himself. SOHH ran some video of Timba at his New York listening party, and while he seems to be in a good mood when introducing the album, once it actually gets rolling you can see him scanning the room to see how people are responding. (Relax, Tim. Those in the know are mostly diggin’ on your efforts.)
In other news, a former Timba collaborator received a little shock value of his own recently. The Game was called out by model/singer Vida Guerra during a radio show appearance. Guerra "rapped" (at least we think it was supposed to be rap) about the Game having none after he called her a video ho on his single, "Wouldn’t Get Far." Don’t expect to see these two "collaborating" any time soon.
There have been rumors that Wyclef Jean has grown frustrated with the Fugees and is looking to start up a new band with none other than R&B superstar Akon. The pairing of ‘Clef and ‘Kon would be an island-soul dream team, but would it ever happen? In a recent interview with SOHH, Akon sounded skeptical, but said he would be on board.
It’s fun to speculate who would best complete the trio. The new gal would have to be soulful and sexy, with a killer voice. Kind of like … Nelly Furtado? Gwen Stefani?
Some ladies that Wyclef and Akon wouldn’t have any trouble recruiting are sexy-sister duo Brick and Lace. Cast from the Rhianna-Ciara mold, the young Jamaicans are the first act signed to Akon’s label, "Kon Live" and already have a video for their first single, "Never Never."
Who should be ‘Kon and ‘Clef’s female band member?
Photos: Wyclef Jean
How does a daughter of a late hip-hop legend honor a father’s legacy? Well, if you’re Erin "E.B." Wright, daughter of Eazy-E, maybe playing dad in a biopic is the answer.
In an interview with AllHipHop to help mark the 12th anniversary of her NWA MC’s death, E.B. suggested that she would like to cross genders and play the hard-core gangsta rapper who died of AIDS. "I think it was cool how Hilary Swank played that role as a boy in ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’" said E.B. "That movie was great! I would love to do something like that in my father’s movie."
Considering that E.B. has only starred on MTV’s "My Super Sweet 16," it’s hard to imagine she has Swank-sized chops. But if the acting thing doesn’t pan out, she can still try to cut it as a rapper — yup, E.B. has an album coming out later this year. (Listen to one of her songs here.)
You interested in seeing an Eazy-E movie?
Box Set: Eazy-E
Rapper Tony Yayo and R&B star Ne-Yo‘s careers are yo-yoing in two very different directions right now. Yayo turned himself in to New York police over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old kid for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Although Yayo’s bud 50 Cent was reportedly with him at the time of the attack, 50′s lawyers claim he wasn’t in the state at the time.
Ne-Yo, meanwhile, is racking up the hits, not arrests. In an interesting interview with BallerStatus, the 24-year-old with the touch of gold talked about: being named after Keanu, his scary sessions with Jay-Z, and how Beyonce’s "Irreplaceable" could have just as easily wound up a country (!) song.
Would you mess with a kid because he was wearing the wrong T?
Artist Page: Tony Yayo
This Is Why He’s Hot
Why is MIMS so hot right now? According to this, it’s because he can backstroke. According to this, it’s because of the lessons his late mother taught him. And according to this, it’s because of some Venn diagrams. [VH1, Billboard, Houston Press]
Son of Czar Violated?
Charges are reportedly being considered against 50 Cent and Tony Yayo for allegedly roughing up the 14-year-old son of music mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond. [AllHipHop]
Slim to Kim: Zip It
Eminem‘s set to go to court in Michigan on Monday in an effort to get his ex-wife to stop talking trash about him. [Detroit News]
Keeping Up With the Joneses (and the Jacksons)
Are Ne-Yo and Jay-Z the new Michael and Quincy? Listen to their new single to find out if they’re for real or if they’re just "Crazy." [SOHH]
El Producto Es Muy Bueno
Trent Reznor and Chan Marshall on a hip-hop record? Might sound indie-sent, but El-P‘s LP is getting rave reviews. [AllHipHop]
Hip Hop Mixtape
He got his start in films by doing his own 8 Mile. Now, he’ll continue his acting career by going 80 miles per hour.
Variety says that, 50 Cent will star in "Live Bet," an action film about illegal car racing. The film will be directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Lozano, whose past projects include Matando Cabos and a string of other Mexican films.
And regardless of what you think of Fitty’s career choices — The Fast and the Furious-type fare probably won’t lead to any little golden statues — at least he isn’t jumping in the ring with these two.
Marques Houston has a new album out. Marques Houston has a song on the new album called “Kimberly.” Marques Houston has recently been seen jetsetting with sex tape “Superstar” Kimberly Kardashian. So is Marques Houston’s new song about Ray J‘s ex?
“The song was written pretty much for my girlfriend, but the thing behind ‘Kimberly’ is that every woman has (a) ‘Kimberly’ (side),” Houston told SOHH.com. “It’s that freaky side, the woman that is so shy and softspoken, I’m pretty sure she has a ‘Kimberly’ side in the bedroom.”
Houston went on to discuss his relationship with Kardashian. “Kim is my girl, we’re doing a lot of business together. We are good friends.”
Yeah, and with friends like Kardashian, who needs marketing departments?
What do you think: is the song about KK?
Photos: Kim Kardashian