By: Hot Gossip Gal OK Mr. Blackwell has put out his list. The best dressed list includes Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Pelosi, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Heidi Klum and Marcia Cross. But those that had his head shaking as his mouth dropped to the floor were the usual pop tarts that frequent the columns with or without clothes, oh and a few old has-beens, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Camilla Parker-Bowles , Lindsay Lohan , Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, Paula Adbul, Sharon Stone, Tori Spelling and Meryl Streep.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With hip-hop being over 30 years old, it’s not a surprise that most fans of the music today forget about the foundation and its influence across the world of the arts. In an effort to educate hip-hop fans on how hip-hop has changed the arts world, author Jeff Chang has written an addendum of sorts to his first book, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, called Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. The book acknowledges how hip-hop has influenced and transformed everything from poetry, literature, theatre, dance, the visual arts, graphic design, and photography. “Most people believe hip-hop is simply about rap,” Chang told HipHopCrack. “So the book helps show how hip-hop has affected the entirety of the arts. People in the hip-hop arts movement have been building with each other across disciplines and genres quite a bit in recent years, and many of us thought it was important to capture these discussions and ideas. There’s a very important burgeoning field of hip-hop studies, but the balance has been weighted far too heavily towards the cultural critics and away from the artists.” Look for the book to hit shelves on February 1. For more info on the book and Jeff Chang’s blog plus his other projects, check out CANTSTOPWONTSTOP.
By: Rizoh Tyrese Gibson\’s girlfriend has done a 360 on earlier reports that the R&B singer had punched her in the stomach during an altercation. Her attorney released a press statement debunking the allegations. "Reports Tyrese punched my client–his girlfriend–in the arm, thigh or anywhere else are false," said attorney Paul Berra. "It is true, Mr. Gibson and his girlfriend had been arguing. She became very emotional and distressed during the argument and called 911 in an attempt to get a mediator. Mr. Gibson, frustrated, left the home. My client, Mr. Gibson\’s girlfriend, who is 11 weeks pregnant, then became more upset and began throwing up. When the paramedics arrived, concerned about the baby, they took her to the hospital. Fortunately, she was fine. Once at the hospital, she was asked by a nurse whether she had been assaulted. She said no. She was then asked what her pain level was on a scale of zero to ten. She said zero. She then discharged herself." As for the future of Tyrese and his woman, Berra offers: "Mr. Gibson and his girlfriend are very much still in love, together and excited about their expectant child. She is quite saddened that this event was so distorted."
By: Hot Gossipi Gal OK so The Game is shooting the next video from his album The Doctors Advocate, the joint where he disses the video chicks and the endless females that try to catch on to rappers (because they are such a good catch!!!) There may even be some of the video chicks in the video that the Game dissed…hmmmm now that may be a case of hoping for too much, as the joint was a straight diss which pi**ed off the likes of Melyssa Ford. However The Games manager Jimmy Rosemond (Henchman) said "They had two choices: You could either be clowned or we can make this fun where people won’t take it as serious. If you fight against it, it becomes serious, ’cause we could get the look-alikes and clown in fun. But if you participate, it can be more impactful. For instance, [model] Melyssa Ford, we’ll have her in a Honda Accord [in the video], but then Game will kinda wake up out of that spell and we’ll have her in a 500 Benz. We’ll clean it up for her. It’s all in fun, though." Wow this is going to be a video to check for…will Ms. Ford stop by? I guess if the money is right, she just might.
By: Rizoh New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd has filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, citing mental and physical abuse. In the divorce letter, Jason also accused Joumana Kidd of maltreating their children and disrupting his own relationship with them. "The defendant’s extreme and unwarranted jealousy and rage has left the plaintiff concerned about her emotional stability," said the dissolution papers. Kidd also described Joumana as "a vitriolic, jealous and paranoid wife prone to public outbursts and threats, including during a recent Nets game." In January 2001, Jason Kidd was arrested and pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse charge for assaulting his wife Joumana Kidd in anger. As part of his plea, Jason was ordered to attend anger management classes for six months.
By: Hot Gossip Gal John Legend was asked to leave the venue of his performance in London after he allegedly turned up a little drunk. His younger brother had taken to the stage in an attempt to stop Johnny from making a fool of himself but the crowd who had turned out wanted to see the older ‘Legend’ weren’t too happy. So Johnny took to the stage and in his drunken state literally told the full to capacity auditorium to f**k off. He was then removed from the venue by the staff. I am having a bit of a problem digesting this though as when I last sat down with JL he couldn’t gush enough about how important the English fan base was to him. But then again we all have our bad days and maybe that was just one of his…who knows???
Label name: Definitive Jux Records Founded (Date): 2000 Founders: El-P Backstory Founded in 2000 by Company Flow front man and producer El-P, Definitive Jux is an artist run label for the artists. With its first releases it was clear that the label had come at a time when there was a void in hip-hop’s cultural landscape that El-P’s vision would soon fill. Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Rjd2 and El-P himself would form the label’s successful core and artists such as C-Rayz Walz, Hangar 18, The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif’s new group project), S.A. Smash, Camutao and Rob Sonic represent the Jux’s commitment to cultivating new talent and inspiring new voices for the future. www.definitivejux.net Greatest Achievements: Releasing classic albums such as El-P’s Fantastic Damage, Aesop Rock’s Labor Days, Rjd2’s Deadringer, and recent albums – Mr. Lif’s Mo’ Mega and Cage’s Hells Winter Current and Future projects El-P is getting ready to release his next album on March 20 2007 titled, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. The album features guest artists Trent Reznor, Cat Power, The Mars Volta, among others. Aesop Rock is readying his next album None Shall Pass for release in mid 2007. Goals and Purpose: To continue to release the illest in independent hip hop music. Within the Game We have secured a spot as one of the leading independent hip hop labels in the music industry. CLICK HERE TO VIEW DEFINITVE JUX RECORDS CLICK HERE TO VIEW El-P
Apple debuted its much anticipated iPhone, a sleek device with a large screen that combines a phone, an iPod and instant messaging in a new push beyond computers that sent its shares to a new record. The iPhone is thinner than some of the cellphone industry’s sleekest devices, such as Motorola Inc.’s RAZR. It will cost $499 to $599 when it debuts in the United States, and is expected to hit Europe in the fourth quarter and Asia in 2008. Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. wireless network and a unit of AT&T Inc., has a multiyear, exclusive agreement to provide U.S. service for the iPhone. Jobs predicted that in 2008 Apple could sell 10 million iPhones, representing roughly 1 percent of the current annual mobile phone market of 1 billion units a year. Last year, the consumer electronics market globally was worth $145 billion. Check out Apple’s DEMO. If this phone works as good as it looks it is a masterpiece.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fans in their late 20’s and early 30’s probably remember who Lords of the Underground were. They dropped a classic album in 1993 called Here Come the Lords that featured such hits as “Funky Child” and “Chief Rocka” and followed up with a solid but slept on album Keepers of the Funk in 1994. Then they pretty much disappeared. Mr. Funke Man, Do it All (now Du Kelly) and DJ Lord Jazz made a comeback in 1999 but nobody listened so now they’re trying it again. The group is gearing up to drop their new album, House of the Lords, and their mixtape Heart of the Ghetto. They’re also in the process of dropping a new DVD called “Still LOTUG” featuring their live performances, personal interviews and behind the scenes footage of their 2006 European tour, a place where the group is fondly remembered. For the latest and a trailer of their DVD, check out STILLLOTUG.
By: Rizoh Hip-hop vet LL Cool J gave Diddy’s twin girls, D’Lila Star and Jessie James, an ultra-generous gift prior to their December 21 arrival. According to People magazine, Uncle LL showered Diddy’s newborns with two cream colored custom-made cribs from Ga GaDesigns. Each crib was allegedly priced at $2,250. Other celebrity gifts received by the girls include: an exquisite seven-drawer French Dresser/Changing Table from Jay-Z (valued at $3,120), and a $338 Stella Pink Chandelier from actor Denzel Washington. Diddy and girlfriend Kim Porter welcomed D’Lila Star and Jessie James on December 21.Porter already has a son, 8-year-old Christian, with Combs.
By: Hot Gossip Gal So he had his little outburst on Howard Stern where he maybe gave up more than we really needed to know; but obviously sex sells and this is the new avenue 50 is taking. Sex toys and condoms. No reason why he won’t make money in that department either. But he is adamant in wanting to create a vibrator that is the exact same as his own; the reasoning behind that being so fans can feel like he is having sex with them. Well honey plastic ain’t no comparison to the real thing, but if putting your weenie out there for a public slaughtering is what you feel you need to do then go right on ahead. I guess this is considered self marketing in its most naked form???
Clarke, Inc., a diversified investment holding company with interests in freight transportation services, international shipping, warehousing, information technology services, real estate and marketable securities, reportedly made a $120 million bid at $2.25 a share for Canadian media conglom Entertainment One, including the wholly owned Koch Entertainment, whose estimated value as a standalone is about $74 million. Now whose really Baaaaaaalin!?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It seems that if you get down with Jay-Z, he’d take care of you more than the average homie – just ask Memphis Bleek. But now it seems like Jay is even going as far as hooking up Beyonce’s momma. With Jiggaman having a stake in the New Jersey – soon to be Brooklyn – Nets, it seems obvious that he had a little influence on Dereon, a junior collection of clothes from House of Deréon, which is designed by Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, being named the official sponsor of the Nets Dancers. "The Nets Dancers are such a fun part of going to the games," Tina told the NY Post. "We are thrilled to be able to provide Deréon wardrobe for these extremely talented young women." No word on when the Nets dancers will start sporting the new gear, Dereon gear, which is co-owned by Beyonce, but you can expect the Nets in Brooklyn for the 2009-2010 season.
By: Hot Gossip Gal VH1 aired two new reality shows last night. I love New York and Ego Trips The (White) Rapper Show. Wow was the first word that came to mind when New York sent home Wood. How she could send home that ‘fine hunk of chocolate’ had me up all night. Even if he was a TV Show regular, he would have been kept around for a minute just because ‘the big man with a big heart’ was fynnnnnneeeee. Looks like play boy Chance is taking a big chance at getting off on the wrong foot with NY’s Momma. But if there is one person who will help her keep the boys in check it is Token, did you see homeboy grassing on all the other dudes in the house. But gotta love the fact that Romance and Boston are still there. Moving onto the White rapper thing…hmmmm dildos and the n word are not really working for Far Rockaways contribution to the show. Persia, what a hot mess, but gotta show her love for her battling, she held her team down in the South Bronx as they walked the streets looking for respect from their hood. One thing I have to say is there is just no star quality in The White House. Some surprised me with their capabilities and some just made me want to point them in the direction of the shower, being dirty and grimy in the literal sense. But I guess we just have to see where this goes, but I don’t think its going to beat out I Love New York when it comes to numbers.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James recently hooked with Sprite to be a part of its “subLYMONal” ad campaign. As if his pockets aren’t fat enough, King James is asking fans to go to www.lebron23-23.com and create some theme music for an upcoming commercial. "To have a theme song created by the fans of Sprite and the NBA is a real honor. The online world offers so many new and exciting ways for all of us to communicate and express ourselves," James said. "LeBron 23-23.com will produce some great tracks and I am really looking forward to listening to and judging the best songs." Paul Wall and Al Fatz will help out LeBron on judging the top three tracks out of the top 23 most voted tracks. The grand prize winner will get a chance to join Paul Wall and Al Fatz in the studio to fine tune and tweak the beat for the commercial. Other prizes include signed LeBron jersey, video IPODs, nise canceling headphones and portable AM/FM/CD stereo units.
iHipHop Blog Team