We were lucky enough to get a little time with the West Coast’s Ambassador of Gangsta, Ice-T, when Hip Hop Honors taped last week. As he held court in the the press room (ignoring the moderator’s time limits) we realized Ice-T might be one of the savviest players in the game. Check out some of what he had to say, and be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m. to see Ice-T pay tribute to Snoop.
“I ended up on Law and Order. They asked me to do four shows, and now I’m on my ninth year. I’ll be on that show til they throw my black ass off. It’s a good look.”
“Imagine that — Ice-T playing the police.”
“I judge men by their women. If I see you and she all out of pocket, that’s a reflection on you. I’m going to see if she’s looking good. If you got on all the jewels and her shoes is bad, then I’m going to be like, ‘Player, you ain’t handling your business correctly.’”
“I never fronted on my albums. When I put a girl in the video, that was my girl. I never had a model in a picture with me, in life. I never posed with a car that wasn’t mine.”
“When I did the new album Gangsta Rap, with me and Coco lying in bed on the album butt-naked, I was kind of like laying there one morning looking at myself like ‘Damn, this sh*t’s kind of fly right now.’ I ain’t posing — this is the truth.”
“Most of my moves you won’t understand for two or three years.”
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Today in Miami, many people will be removing their clothes for the camera. Photographer Spencer Tunick, who has made it his life’s work to fly to exotic locales and capture stills of people in their birthday suits, will be shooting at South Beach’s renowned and clubby Sagamore Hotel. (The image to the left is from a shoot Tunick did in Melbourne.) In Florida, meanwhile, approximately 600 people will be putting it all out there for him. The artist told NBC: “I’m going to have 100 to 200 women in pink rafts. We’re going to have people on the balcony posing very much like the Tower of Babel meets Logan’s Run. We’re going to buy some champagne, 500 bottles, and were going to make a giant explosion for the climax of the installation from the balcony.” The photo will be on display at the Art Basel art fair in Miami this December. Question: Would you disrobe for the camera? Another question: Who doesn’t disrobe in Miami?
Naughty Beyonce Enjoys Burlesque Show
B and her group of girls got down at an NYC burlesque show. So this is why Jay likes her. [NYP]
J.Lo Keeps Baby Bump Under Wraps
J. Lo stayed silent on her rumored pregnancy and chose only to belt out songs at her NYC show. An announcement on that baby bump probably would’ve sounded better. [NYDN]
Britney Goin’ Broke
Brit’s blowing through her cash stash like a pile of good nose candy. Maybe it’s time to put down the tacos and go back to work. [NYP]
Christina Gets Ready for Baby
The singer and her hubby registered for baby goods over the weekend and they adorably rubbed her belly the whole time. So when is she gonna reveal her pregnancy? We can’t buy her gifts until she does! [People]
Paris is a Party Hog
Big surprise – the heiress took over the mic and her sister’s b-day bash like it was her own shindig. Is it possible that jail actually made Paris a worse human being? [TMZ]
If you watched the Rock of Love reunion, you know that isn’t quite the rock of love that Bret had thought. Now we can bring you the full story from Jes’ perspective. They say that winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing, but for Jes, it amounts to…well, very little.
After the jump, Jes tells us about the only time she talked to Bret in the six months between the taping of Rock of Love and the reunion. She lets us know what she really thinks of Bret, what she’s up to now and why she thinks Heather should have won.
With over twenty years in the game, Spinderella is more than qualified to talk about this year’s Hip Hop Honors. The Salt N’ Pepa MC helped make the group a household name while driving home the point that in hip-hop, a woman’s place is behind the decks, not just in the videos. Spin was kind enough to share her fond memories (a personal serenade by Guy) and not-so-fond memories (near-death experience with Missy) with us.
WHODINI was my first concert, besides Salt N’ Pepa, when I first got with [Salt N' Pepa]. It was one of those Fresh Fests, in ’87. I was brand new, like 16 or 17. I got to stand in the front, because I was with Salt N’ Pepa. I was like, “What the hell am I doing here?” I remember Jalil was singing to me — I was like “Oh my God.”
Me and Missy — we have a personal story — we could have died! I was driving in her car with her, and it was a really rainy night. It was flooding. She decides that she wants to drive through this big flood, and I was like, “I don’t know about this.” There was a police barricade stopping people from going down this one street, but we just said forget it, because my car was right there. The water kept rising. We could have gotten arrested if we didn’t die.
Kanye West spills his expensive beans in an awesome interview and continues to be the most down to earth, likable egomaniac around. [CONCRETE LOOP]
Jamie Foxx wears clip on earrings. It’s bling for grandmothers – and Oscar winning playboys. [DListed]
Heather Graham bravely poses in a bikini on a mag cover with a mysterious shadow on her thigh. Girlfriend’s got balls – literally! [CityRag]
Is she melting? Courtney Love‘s face looks like a mushy bowl of dip. Pass the crackers. [Seriously? OMG! WTF?]
Ice-T’s wife CoCo makes us coo coo for something. Maybe her booty? [DListed]
Rappers have never been afraid to put their opinions out there, and last night at our Hip-Hop Honors show, after helping celebrate his South Central bud Snoop Dogg, Ice T answered a volley of queries from the press, passionately erupting on a number of subjects. The most compelling flurry had to do with names – the way we identify ourselves and each other. Delivered in a lightning bolt speed, it was an impressive spiel, And it went a little sumpun like this…
N*gga’s not a bad word. My father said n*gga, so I’m not gonna get rid of the word. It has no relevance. I feel there are inside words and outside words. If you’re gay, you can say gay stuff, if you ain’t gay, don’t talk about it. If you’re fat, don’t talk about nobody skinny. If you’re skinny, don’t talk fat. If you Italian, same thing. I come from the hood where n*ggas is, so I can say n*gga. But if you ain’t from that, don’t say that. You dig?