We’ve all caught hip-hop fever around VH1, which isn’t surprising, considering that VH1′s annual Hip-Hop Honors show premieres next Monday, October 8th at 10 p.m. (EST). In the lead-up to that extravaganza, we’re featuring all sorts of beat-making and rhyme-slinging on our fair network. Tonight, there are at least two shows you should know about (in addition to finding out what happened to the men of I Love New York). First up, there’s Bridging the Gap: Queen Latifah and Eve (11 p.m. EST). The two rappers hit some of L.A.’s finest boutiques, eat a little lunch in Beverly Hills, and then sit down to make hip-hop history by writing and recording a song together. A half-hour later, there’s Bridging the Gap: The Game and Snoop Dogg (11:30 p.m. EST), which follows the same premise — get one of the genre’s pioneers and one of its mavericks together, and watch them create. Whose track do you think will be smoother? We’re counting on hip-hop honoree Snoop. Click above for a tour of his studio.
Here’s a little heads-up that tonight at 10/9c, VH1 will air the I Love New York: Where Are They Now? special. Wondering how far along Chance and Real are with their Stallionaires hip-hop project? Curious to see how far 12 Pack and Heat are in their…relationship? Dying to know if Romance ever stopped crying? You’ll find out.
This airs, by the way, right after the I Love New York 2 Casting Special because you can’t go forward without thinking about the past. Especially if your past includes the lovable banshee that is New York.
From the Desk of Britney J. Spears:
Oops ya’ll! Kevin’s lawer is all PO’ed at me because I like, drove my Mercedes Benz (it cost a lot of money!) without a real California license. Big deal! I have a fake license that my cousin gave me that has my actual name on it but instead of California it says “Bimbo’s Driver’s License!” How funny is that? Especially because I don’t even know what a bimbo is. I’m sure it’s something sexy. Anyhoodles, I got a real license too, from like Louisiana or Texas or wherever I grew up. I’m sure I can use that in California. And who cares if my kids were in the car or not? I had them strapped into their tiny people seats with duct tape and straps and stuff. They’re finnnneee. So what if it’s, like, illegal? I’m pretty sure I still have a lot of money, and you know people with money get away with bad stuff because we’re better than other people. Didn’t I just sell some perfume or my own line of hamburger meat or something? Whatever. I’m still rich.
I gotta go pee now.
rum and cokes my fans my kids, ya’ll!
Experimental British mope-rockers Radiohead announced their return yesterday. In a statement on their website, the band revealed plans to release their seventh studio album, In Rainbows, on October 10th — the digital version, anyhow. (The regular old brick-and-mortar disc comes out on December 3rd, with plenty of extra bells, whistles, songs, artwork and the like. You know the drill.) Here’s the fun part, though: For the download release, the band has adopted a pay-what-you-want policy, sort of like what your local natural history museum does on Thursday nights. In other words, you can buy the whole album for as little as close to a penny. In the meantime, rock ‘n’ roll cheat-sheet TheNME has combed all the way through the YouTubes to preview the new album. You have to be a fairly dedicated fan to get much mileage from this stuff, but we had a feeling you might like it anyhow. Above is album-opener “15 Step.”
Yeah, yeah, Jes won. Whoo-hoo. Yay. Blahblahblah.
It’s not that I’m not happy for her, it’s just that I’m happier about something else — the show’s true triumph of the human spirit…
…Heather’s hair. It’s overcome so many obstacles. Gravity, for example. Ultimately, it’s the show’s real winner, if you ask me.
Suffering from Kanye West overkill? Of course not! The world can’t get enough of Mr. West – from his number one album and single, to his appearances on Ellen and Saturday Night Live, to his tantrum backstage at the VMAs last month, to his many magazine covers, to – okay yeah, we’re hella sick of the guy. But there’s one person who’s not – and that’s good ol’ Kanye West. Apparently the man diva just figured out how to get his voice out over the web, and his new blog is a combination of YouTube clips (he loves the newscaster who falls over while stomping grapes too!), pictures of sneakers, and lots and lots of stuff about HIMSELF. Surprised?
Check out Kanye’s hip home in cyberspace and take a look at the rapper poking fun at himself on the premiere of SNL this weekend. It’s kind of a relief that his sense of humor (and ability to poke fun at himself) is almost as big at his ego.
Bruce Springsteen‘s new album Magic drops tomorrow, but you don’t have to wait to get a dose of the Boss. VH1Classic has all your needs covered.
The singer’s exclusive Storytellers performance is now available online for the first time since he recorded the show. It’s great, with Springsteen filling us in on the tales behind tunes like “Blinded By The Light” and “Devils and Dust.” Also starting today, our online Classic site will roll out two previously unavailable Bruce videos per day. Check back this week to see which titles go live.
We also dug through the back catalog and found some favorites from his little-known tracks. And for some recent Bruce, check out his Today Show performance from last Friday, when the E Street band rocked Midtown Manhattan with six blistering songs.
What makes Pamela Anderson‘s new guy such a dream boat?
- Produced such hits as Who’s Your Caddy? Check!
- Once married to Shannen Doherty? Check!
- Famous for doing
nothing Paris Hilton? Check!
Pam and Rick Salomon have received a marriage license in Las Vegas so it’s only a matter of time before she slips on a trashy white bikini and makes it official. Hey, if she wants to marry the dude who creepily boned Paris Hilton and then sold it for all the world – including one day, his two daughters – to see, than more power to her. In twelve years all their kids can get together with a box of wine and bond over their parents’ sex tape mistakes. If there’s one thing Pam likes more than guys who record their racy romps (Tommy Lee and Kid Rock have done it too, natch), it’s marrying them in quickie ceremonies. They may have already done the deed! Hopefully, for the rest of us, they caught it all on tape. [TMZ. Image: Getty]
It didn’t take long for hip-hop, b-boy culture, and breaking to become a global phenomenon, and years ago Wild Style star and hip-hop icon Fab 5 Freddy found himself in a Japanese hotel teaching a group of females about the fine art of tagging. He recounts the action in our “Tales From the Road” series, part of this year’s Hip-Hop Honors action, so yep, it includes some wildness – clubbing, boxer shorts, calls from the front desk, running and screaming, and brothers protecting their sisters from the Rock Steady crew. Let’s let Fab ‘splain it himself.
The Story of Wild Style
We’re big fans of anything that makes Paris Hilton uncomfortable (we love 6×8 foot jail cells!) – and apparently so does David Letterman. The veteran talk show host grilled the heiress about her experiences behind bars on Friday’s Late Show, asking her if she knew why she went to jail (she does!). He also inquired about her slammer pals and the taste of the baloney sandwiches she was given for lunch. Watch (and giggle) as Paris shifts in her seat, shakes her leg, and finally refuses to answer any more questions about her slammer stint. She did get a chance to plug her upcoming movie and new perfume – which Dave promptly guzzled from the bottle. All in the the name of
good great TV. Thanks, Dave.