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VH1 Storytellers: T.I. – Coming In December

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The next installment in VH1′s play-and-tell concert series Storytellers will focus on none other than the King of the South T.I. and premiere on air Friday, Dec. 10 at 11/10c. Details on the show, which taped last night in New York, are in the press release below.

T.I, the proclaimed “King of the South,” got personal last night during VH1’s Storytellers taping saying, “Even when I lose faith in myself there is something in me that speaks through and says I am not finished yet” as he hit the stage of New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom and kept the capacity crowd on their feet the whole night as he blazed through a set of career hits. This exclusive performance, VH1 Storytellers: T.I. will premiere on Friday, December 10th at 11:00 PM*.

Between songs, T.I. opened up with candid stories about his redemption from the life of a drug dealer to the rap superstar he is today. He also entertained questions from the audience on topics ranging from his time in prison to his future aspirations as a musician and actor.

Fans were treated to never-before-performed-live songs “Still Ain’t Forgave Myself” and the highly personal “I Still Luv You” which he revealed chronicles his pain over the death of his father and the love of his children despite becoming a father at a young age. T.I. explained that this was the right time, right stage and the right crowd to unleash these hit songs in a live performance.

The hour-long VH1 Storytellers episode will also feature T.I. performing a selection of his biggest hits such as “Rubber Band Man,” “Bring Em Out” and “Live Your Life.” For viewers at home, they’ll gain a unique opportunity to hear T.I. share his stories and the inspirations behind each song.

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ZZ Top Storytellers: Get A “Sharp” Sneak Peek

As promised. Here’s a teaser for our Storytellers show that’s coming up on June 27 at 10 pm. The Texas Top really raise a ruckus with just guitar, bass, and drums, right? Watch ‘em rock “Sharp Dressed Man” and see what they have to say about taking direction from a homeless dude.

ZZ Top Storytellers also airs on VH1 Classic and Palladia on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00 pm ET.

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Kid Rock Storytellers: Sneak Peek!

Kid Rock loves a good romp, and a few weeks ago, just outside of Nashville, he gathered up his Twisted Brown Trucker band and spent the evening recording songs both old and new for an episode of VH1 Storytellers. That’s the show that delivers the artistic backstory, with stars explaining a bit about their songs’ genesis – you really get a feel for what goes into the creative process. Kid, of course, has been riding high this year. His Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus CD found its way into lots of record collections. His “All Summer Long” dominated the radio during the last few months. His entire song catalog finally became available for download exclusively at Rhapsody.

VH1 Storytellers is set to premiere on Thanksgiving day, November 27 at 9 pm ET. Watch him bounce through “All Summer Long” from the show in the above clip.

And below you’ll find a special glimpse of another Storytellers track, as well as the show’s entire set list.

Check out a photo gallery of Kid Rock through the years.

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Kid Rock Answers “Loaded Questions”

A few questions, if you please. Did Kid Rock ever sing “Bad, Bad, LeRoy Brown”? Did Kid Rock ever dress up as the Statue of Liberty? Is Kid Rock a shoes fiend? Is Kid Rock down with Garth Brooks? A few answers: Maybe, could be, perhaps, and let me get back to you. Actually the Detroit dawg, who’s a fan of Too $hort and lots of old school hip hop, jumps to the center of these subjects in the video above. Fans can learn something new about their boy by watching his interview with CMT for a few minutes.

Fans can also learn something about him by checking out his VH1: Storytellers performance, premiering on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. That’s where he’ll be performing his biggest songs like and explaining how they came about. Keep your eyes open for more updates and a sneak clip from the show. Check more interviews and lots of great videos in our Kid Rock Box Set.

You know that his entire catalog has recently become available for download exclusively on Rhapsody, right?

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Key to Snoop’s Success: Sex, Weed and Fighting

Snoop DoggIt seems like Snoop Dogg strolls down every red carpet that is rolled out in every corner of the world, not to mention he just taped a new Storytellers for VH1. (Coming Friday: a sneak peek and exclusive online clip.) How did the rapper/actor become such a pop culture fixture? To answer this question is to lay out a blueprint for struggling artists and actors everywhere.

Some might believe Snoop is so ubiquitous because he’s sold millions of albums. This is not the case. There’s plenty of multi-platinum selling rappers that aren’t household names. Others believe Snoop’s fame comes from hustling. Pimp C hustled. Was he invited to red carpet events around the world?

The answer, I believe, lies in Snoop’s face — his bold, cinematic face. When Snoop scowls, the paparazzi goes crazy. His meanly-contorted face, backed up by run-ins with the law, adds a sense of danger and excitement to otherwise drab events. But in order to emulate Snoop, it’s critical to understand what drives those theatrical expressions.

To this end, I spent hours studying hundreds of Snoop Dogg photographs. At first I was bewildered, reading emotions into his face that simply aren’t there, including self-doubt, happiness and remorsefulness. You see, Snoop has three — and only three — thoughts that drive each and every look on his face. (Although sometimes they cross over with one another, producing facial contortions that are slightly harder to interpret.) If you are a wannabe pop star or actor, then think about one of the following lines whenever you’re in front of a camera. Like Snoop, you might end up with the career of your dreams.

Snoop Dogg’s Three Thoughts:

1. I’m About to F*ck You Up

2. You Gonna Get It, Doggystyle

3. Bitch, Roll Me Another Blunt

To prove my point, I’ve paired 16 images with Snoop’s thoughts at the time of each shot.

“I’m About to F*ck You Up” and “Bitch, Roll Me Another Blunt”

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“I’m About to F*ck You Up”

Snoop: “I’m About to F*ck You Up”

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Snoop Dogg On Stage: Tales To Tell

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He talked about cooling his heels in the living room while Doctor Dre took a boudoir trip with a female friend. He talked about growing up on the East Side of Long Beach, “where the grass is always greener.” He talked about being a kid and making his family laugh by doing the bump with his mom. And he talked about his wife thinking that “Sensual Seduction” was “weak” the first time she heard it. (Now, he added with a sly smile, “she can’t stop singing it. Heh Heh.”) Yep, Snoop Dogg lived up to the story part of his Storytellers sessions last night in Brooklyn – he’s got quite a few memories. This is going to be a good one.

The show airs on March 31, and certain tunes are going to remind fans just how agile an MC Snoop is. He had his flow on last night, especially during an update of “Lodi Dodi” from his rather classic debut disc. He made it special by kicking it with an old school master beat boxer by his side – can you guess who? Also sharp: a set closin’ romp through one of The Time‘s party anthems – can you guess which one? And our show ain’t the only TV the Doggfather’s doing. Looks like he’s dropping into the soaps and the toons, too. More about Storytellers next week. Stay close. Set list after the jump.

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Mary J.’s Gonna Tell You A Story

A few weeks back, Mary J. Blige came in and filmed her very own Storytellers, playing the hits from What’s the 411? on up to her latest Growing Pains. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul shared the stories behind all the songs, and on Monday, February 25th at 8 p.m., VH1 is airing the show. Check back on Friday when we’ll have a few sneak cuts of songs that didn’t make the show.