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
In the modern rap game, you’re only as good as the company you keep. So given T.I.’s studio posse, the Southern rapper is hotter than a sweltering July day in downtown ATL.
According to T.I., his upcoming album T.I. vs. T.I.P. (scheduled for a July release) will have the following "features" on it: Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef Jean, Nelly, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, Ciara, Akon, and Just Blaze, among others. (Whew. Only thing that could make that list more impressive is getting a bald Britney to raise Tupac and Biggie from the dead.)
One person who isn’t likely to visit him in the studio, however, is T.I.’s ex-girlfriend/fiancé Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (left). The two recently announced their amicable split, even though Cottle is due to give birth to T.I.’s fifth child (second with Cottle) in July.
It took a while, but Britney Spears finally said "yes, yes, yes" to a bit of clean-up. Those fans looking for an anthem that speaks to that "no, no, no" phase a few weeks ago can still have a giggle, however. Check this mash-up that splices footage of the fallen pop star with the audio of Winehouse’s controversial single, “Rehab.” If this video is anything to judge by, it would seem Spears’s aunt has the right idea – go home, Britney. Otherwise, you could end up with a tour rider that looks like Winehouse’s.
Tell us a song that best applies to Britney’s latest condition in "comments."
Unlikely though it may be, the former Mr. Spears is getting into the online search business: Kevin Federline just launched his own search engine. Like Google or Yahoo (which it’s powered by), Search with Kevin allows users to trawl the Net, looking for news, images, items and the like. Unlike Google or Yahoo, however, if you Search with Kevin, you could win prizes, like, say, tickets to the dude’s private birthday March 24th in Las Vegas. As of yet, there’s no word back on whether certain search terms – do rag, PopoZao, Vanilla Ice – have been doing better than others.
Artist Page: Kevin Federline
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will visit a fat camp during the upcoming season of The Simple Life, which is set to film this summer. Though the facility is billed as a "wellness camp focused on eating right, yoga, nutrition and exercise," you best believe that it’ll be stuffed to the gills with kids whose parents want to see less of them (in more ways than one!). You also best believe that Paris and Nicole, whose combined body-mass index crawls past negative numbers only on some days, will do their part to contribute fat jokes. Those two: always finding new ways to feel superior. Such ingenuity. [New York Post]
Photos: Paris Hilton