Julia Child = OO7


Well what do you know? That crazy old lady chef that you probably secretly loved to watch on PBS as a kid was a spy! Julia Child, who is like the most famous TV chef in the world (even though she died in 2004), was a member of an “international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.”

For the rest of this story, head to Scandalist.

John Loves Pete, Pete Loves Kanye, Kanye Loves…


Pete loves John. John loves Kanye. Pete loves Kanye. John loves Pete. Over at Scandalist, they’re crowning a new group of hyper-obnoxious oversharers. The mutual appreciation society that is John Mayer, Pete Wentz and Kanye West will henceforth be known as the Blog Hogs — like the Rat Pack with less talent. Or the Frat Pack without Will Ferrell.

Read the rest of the post and see photos at Scandalist.

New York vs. Tailor Made!


At last, we get to watch New York and Tailor Made in action, and it ain’t pretty. In the extra from this week’s New York Goes To Hollywood above, Tailor calls Tiffany and gets a swift tongue-lashing. “What is the definition of a fiance, if I’m your fiance?” wonders New York, who feels slighted. She goes on to chew him out and then “off-record” accuses of being gay. She calls the whole ordeal, “a trial and a tribulation!” We couldn’t agree more.

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From Cypress Hill to De La Soul, Hip Hop Honors 2008 Celebrates Old School Heroes


Roll through hip hop’s old school and you quickly get goosebumps: the array of innovative artists that helped establish the music is daunting. Our annual salute to the masters who gave rap its early achievements has become a great tradition. This year, VH1′s Hip Hop Honors is saluting five wildly creative acts, Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, and Too $hort. Each brought a wealth of ideas to the table, guiding the music to the next level.

The show is hosted by Tracy Morgan. It premieres on October 7 on VH1.

Watch videos by all the honorees!

Cypress Hill

“Hummin’, comin’ atcha…” B Real and his buds Sen Dog and DJ Muggs put asses in gear and had dudes glancing over their shoulders when they busted out of L.A. in 1991 with a wildly aggressive debut. They were weed-smoking bangers who loved all sorts of funk. Sometimes rapping in Spanglish, sometimes letting their anger dominate, and always explaining their frustrations, they made tracks like “How I Could Just Kill a Man” sound like chilling reports from the ‘hood.

Slick Rick

A Brit raised in the Bronx, Slick Rick had MCs all around him during his teenage years. He’d bang beats on the school desks and freestyle through the afternoons. The borough was rap’s Mesopotamia, of course, and superhero Doug E Fresh help Rick get a leg up. Almost instantly the party people were constantly shouting one of his improvised refrains. Hip-hop, most assuredly, would be a lesser place without “La Di Da Di.” Turns out the MC had compelling way with a narrative, too, and “Children’s Story, from 1988′s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is one of rap’s masterpieces.

De La Soul

If everyone’s zigging, maybe it’s best to zag. De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising sounded like nothing hip-hop had heard before when the Long Island trio dropped it in 1989. Nothing. If rap had fashioned itself into a music that was perpetually hard, Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos, and Pacemaster Mase came on like flower children. Indeed, with their iconoclastic debut declared hip-hop’s “daisy age” to be in full effect. Oddball samples, unusual flow, giddy subject matter – the guys brought a sense of frolic to the foreground, and it was utterly refreshing.

Naughty By Nature

They took a Jackson 5 sample, turned it inside out, layered some glib sex talk on top, and came up with one of hip hop’s catchiest tracks, 1991′s “O.P.P.” Three Jersey kids – Treach, Vinnie, and Kay Gee – knew how to make party music, no question. They came up under Queen Latifah, and in no time had New York bobbing its head to some dope beats. There was a tough side to the Naughty boys, but by the time they dropped “Hip Hop Hooray,” everyone knew they destined to celebrate, not intimidate.

Too $hort

“I met another girl/her name was Ann/all she wanted was to freak with a man/when i met Ann, I shook her hand/we ended up freaking by a garbage can.” Too $hort was just telling it like it was when stepped out of Oakland onto the national scene in 1987. He let everyone know he was born to mack, and his rhymes were filled with the action of dope fiends, sex freaks, and pimp problems. Radically stark, the music behind his performances was woozy and ominous. But something about it was addictive, and it remains so to this day.

Scenes From The Rock Of Love Bus Tryouts


Earlier this week, TMZ posted footage from the Rock of Love Bus auditions that were recently held in New York’s otherwise supposedly classy section of the Hamptons. What ensued was pretty much what you’d expect: discourse on boobs, bandannas and Bret. When one girl looks blearily into the camera and says, “I’m not the perfect girl. I’m an alcoholic,” she is soooo speaking our language.

Direct video link is here.

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Brooke Hogan’s Latest Fashion, Statement


Brooke Hogan recently took to her MySpace to post some confusing faux-mugshots of herself looking bruised. If the statement is one of solidarity with her still-incarcerated brother, Nick, she kinda threw us off with the layers of stage makeup. But isn’t that what layers of stage makeup are meant to do? Whatever! Additionally, Brooke posted a coinciding MySpace blog about the pictures…we guess? Her words verbatim go:

LOL poor press and clingy gossip lovers….

It’s so funny that the smallest thing I do can jack up everyones day…LOL sorry I ruined your little gossip world today people………or did I give you something else interesting to cling to for your boring worlds? :) Stay tuned! I might go shave my eyebrows tomorrow! Lets see what other fun things I can think of…um…. don’t you have a life to live? I know I do! Peace!

Love Always, Brooke”

Your guess as to what all this means is welcome! [Brooke’s MySpace via Dlisted]

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