Mario is into Ice Cube (we won’t say which song). Diddy is down with Run-DMC (you can guess the track, can’t you?), Busta Rhymes salutes Public Enemy (no, not “Bring the Noise”). In fact lots of celebs still get a kick out of old school hip-hop tracks. We put together lots of lists for Hip-Hop Honors. Come see who chose which joint, and while you’re hanging out, check the 20 cuts we’re calling the best of 2007 (so far).
Hey, what’s your favorite old-school classic? C’mon, spill the beans…
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We’re in that weird waiting zone between finale and reunion, so it only makes sense that Rock of Love winner Jes be our hottie of the week. The pink-and-blonde-haired spitfire, who resembles no one so much as ’80s cartoon hero Jem, won one for the nice girls, beating out Lacey and the like for a shot at Bret Michaels’ heart. Speaking to VH1.com, Jes explained how she stayed true to herself: “I stuck to my morals from day one . . . . I’m not going to sit there and show affection to a man who’s showing affection to 20 other women. I wouldn’t do that in front of chicks to make them jealous. I don’t play that game in my life and I refuse to play that game on TV.” She also explained how she remained calm, even when Lacey threw her into the pool: “They portrayed that in my favor. I did freak out and the producers rushed outside: ‘Jes, do not hit her.’ I was screaming, ‘Get her the f*ck out of my face right now.’ But I got over that quickly. I don’t hold grudges.” We’re kind of impressed. Are you?
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- Alicia Keys says, “I’m not the chick that breaks down, I’m not the one who loses it and wilds out, that’s not my thing.” Way to go – you just talked yourself out of ever having a reality show. Hope you’re happy, Leesh! [CONCRETELOOP]
- Britney Spears leaks a song that comments on the media’s fascination with her. We can only hope that the next chapter in Brit’s self-conscious realm of music-making will be a remake of “Baby Come Back.” [CityRag]
- Ray J reportedly is prepping a memoir called Sex Machine that will chronicle his bedding of over 1,100 women. Let’s pray the Kardashian chapter is titled, “Butt Seriously…” [Crunk + Disorderly]
- Angelina Jolie is the current target of Bai Ling‘s affection. Try to resist adopting her, Angelina. Just try! [Dlisted]
- Demi Moore is going gray! A crack in the facade! Break out the champagne! [Seriously? OMG! WTF?]
Tonight VH1 continues its week-long paean to hip-hop with a series of rap-related programs (see the schedule here). Tonight we’re most excited about Rags to Riches: Snoop Dogg, in which the Doggfather, one of this year’s Hip-Hop Honors honorees, explains how he went from East Long Beach, California, to owning a fleet of luxury cars. Fans of Porsches and fans of Tia Carrera can unite over Snoop’s clever wordplay. (You know, there’s the Porsche Carrera, and then there’s the Wayne’s World/Curb Your Enthusiasm star. OK, sure, it’s a bad pun, but a) Snoop’s wealthy enough to make it, which means it’s just weird enough to be interesting, and b) it is true that the Porsche Carrera and Tia Carrera share a name.) As the man says, his rides don’t need to be pimped because he already is a pimp. And that, friends, is the truth. Watch it tonight at 11 p.m. (EST) on VH1.
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TMZ recently posted this video of New York mouthing off to he paparazzi. Go get ‘em, Tiffany! The best part of this occurs toward the end when the guy holding the the camera demands, “Tell me something else.” New York looks right into the camera and says, “Nooooo.” Hee!
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This photo of Lou Pearlman seemed to be begging for a caption, something like “It was awesome!” Or simply, “Boys!” But both of these felt really wrong. In case you aren’t sure who that big old fat dude is, he’s the puppet master behind such boy band phenomenons as The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC (and their insignificant copycats Take 5 and LFO). The problem is, he not only made these guys, he also maybe molested them. According to a new Vanity Fair article, Pearlman allegedly preyed on his young future stars, and traded sexual favors with promises of boy band stardom. His former assistant said, “I would absolutely say the guy was a sexual predator. All the talent knew what Lou’s game was. Some guys joked about it. I remember [one singer] asking me, ‘Have you let Lou [fellate] you yet?’ ”
Apparently Nick Carter, the youngest Backstreeter, was the main target of Pearlman’s, er…affection. One former BSB member said that Lou was “definitely inappropriate” with the star, and Nick’s own mom revealed, “Certain things happened and it almost destroyed our family. I tried to warn everyone. I tried to warn all the mothers . . . I tried to expose him for what he was years ago.”
Damn. Maybe this explains all of Nick’s sh*tastic life choices thus far. Paris Hilton, the House of Carters TV show, that hair-do – there’s a reason the guy’s so messed up! Pearlman’s currently in jail for bank fraud, so boy bands across the country should feel safe to continue ruining radio with their crappy make out jams. As for Pearlman – Nick Carter’s got big muscles and one crazy brother. We hope one day he can put them to good use. [NY Post]
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Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis welcomed his first child, a boy, earlier today. Kiedis’ girlfriend, model Heather Christie, 22, went into labor yesterday, and delivered the baby at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Kiedis’ father is reporting that they named the child Everly B.
Let’s hope the little man inherits his mom’s height, and his dad’s sock size, if you catch our drift.
LiLo has recently reconnected with her father – after three years of estrangement – as part of her grueling rehab process out in Utah. You know, she plants some flowers, smokes a cig, gets a mani/pedi, and reconciles with her dad. Tough work! Today the father-daughter team is beginning a five day retreat to a rural lodge where they will presumably try to impress each other with how much coke they’ve each done. Oh, and hopefully make up and hug it out. Wouldn’t you give anything to be a fly on the wall (or a cigarette in Lindsay’s back pocket) for one of their healing conversations?
LL: “Dad, I’ve done a lot of bad things.”
Dad: “Me too, honey. It’s okay.”
LL: “Like lots of coke. And obviously pot. Oh, and ecstasy. And maybe meth a couple of times.”
Dad: “Been there, done that.”
LL: “I’ve had a lot of sexual partners, and don’t remember a lot of their names. Or we would do drugs together.”
LL: “Like Calum Best.”
Dad: “Yup, me too.”
At last, we bring you Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Salt-N-Pepa (here’s Part 1 of our Salt-N-Pepa interview). After the jump, the hip-hop titans talk more about The Salt-N-Pepa Show (their upcoming reality series that debuts Oct. 15 on VH1), women in hip-hop, feminism and the question that’s on everyone’s mind: where on earth is Spinderella?
John Mayer has a new woman, Minka Kelly, who thankfully seems to be the exact opposite of his former obnoxious flame Jessica Simpson. She’s a casually dressed brunette and an actress (no, Jessica’s crappy movies do not count as acting) on our fave football drama “Friday Night Lights.” So far, we like. Nice work John! A couple interesting tidbits thanks to Wikipedia: Minka is the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, and once dated actor Donald Faison, whose current gal pal is Jessica Simpson’s ex-assistant CaCee Cobb! The smallness of the world makes us so happy sometimes.
In case you aren’t yet familiar with Ms. Minka, we’ve got the visual goods below. Enjoy!
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