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Kanye West deletes his Twitter; a nation mourns

Maybe Kanye West is trying to create buzz for a new project, like that rumored Cruel Winter album. Maybe he wanted to cede the virtual spotlight to Kim Kardashian, who could really use more attention. Maybe he just realized he could never top “I specifically ordered persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh.”

Whatever the reason, West has officially deleted every single one of his brilliant, ridiculous tweets — minus an ominous message that simply reads “BE BACK SOON.”

It’s not right, but it’s okay. At least we’ll always have this video of Josh Groban singing Yeezy’s greatest Twitter hits:

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Azealia Banks: Is that a condom in your mouth, or... is that a condom in your mouth?

Answer: Yes. Yes, it is.

So, why is this up-and-coming hip-hop star using a prophylactic as an ersatz balloon on the cover of Dazed & Confused‘s September issue? Because Azealia Banks is “blowing up” — get it?! Her accompanying interview with the magazine isn’t available online, but a tease on D&C‘s website indicates that it’s as gripping as that cover photo:

“I really enjoyed interviewing her. She’s an extremely smart and driven person,” says [Karley] Sciortino, [the blogger who interviewed Banks]. “The intensity of her ambition is almost scary. You get the sense that there are no laws or limits to what she will do to get where she wants to be. She’s really funny, blunt, and flips her hair a lot — like the classic ‘bitch from a teen movie’ hair flip. It’s a good move. My interview with her inspired me to flip my hair more.”

Presumably, it also inspired Sciortino to start making more inflatable condom animals. Which critter do you think Banks plans to create with her contraceptive?

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'Baby Got Back' gets mash-up featuring every movie ever -- TOTALLY AWESOME VIDEO

In the grand history of YouTube mash-up videos, I doubt I have encountered anything as exquisite, as entertaining, or as expertly edited as this mash-up video featuring just about every movie ever made singing the indelible lyrics to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Any more words could not do it justice — just check it out below and behold its glory:  READ FULL STORY

Drake gets very own Kentucky championship ring

For those of us that have been following closely, it’s no secret that hip hop artist Drake has had hoop dreams dating back to the Degrassi days.  And although he has long since retired the Jimmy Brooks persona, Drizzy–the title he prefers these days–has remained persistent in his quest for basketball glory.  He has been a fixture at what seems like every NBA All-Star Weekend for the past couple of years and more recently has taken a serious liking to all things University of Kentucky basketball.  In what has turned into a blue blooded blitz on Ashley Judd’s rule as Kentucky basketball celebrity superfan, Drake has done everything from coach a Wildcat intrasquad scrimmage in a famous Drake shirt to trot out members of the 2010 team (head coach John Calipari included!) onstage for a concert.

Needless to say, it looks like all those hours spent proving his loyalty to Lexington have paid off, as Coach Cal and co.–fresh off winning a national championship in April– have apparently elevated the 25 year-old Young Money rapper/singer (rapsinger?) from fan to…team member?

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Comedians create public music video for Jay-Z and Kanye's 'Otis' -- WATCH

Talk-show host Jay Miller and his comedian sidekick Casey Jost recently hit Times Square to record a public music video of the Jay-Z and Kanye West hit single “Otis.”

Take a look at the video below to see this comedy tag team lip-synch (or is that lip-rap?) their way to NYC stardom. (Hey, not everyone makes it on to the 42nd Street big screen!)

Don’t hold your breath waiting for shots of supermodels in open-roofed Maybachs, though; it looks like the only video vixen this collaboration’s budget could afford was one of the furry variety:

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Queen Latifah says she wasn't coming out with her Long Beach Gay Pride performance

Queen Latifah wants to be clear: Despite speculation online, her performance at Long Beach’s Lesbian & Gay Pride event on May 19 was not a signal that she was coming out as a lesbian. “That definitely wasn’t the case,” she tells EW. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”

That said, the 42-year old was thrilled to participate in the event and even recalled an earlier performance for gay audiences. “To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things,” she says. “My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early ’90s. And the boys were like, ‘Take your shirt off, Tupac!’  He wasn’t doing that. But we had a blast in there.”

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'Hip-Hop Squares' premiere: Where did they find these contestants?

Hollywood Squares was never all that complicated, and the stakes never really very high — which is probably why the show ran for so long in so many different iterations. Last night’s premiere of Hip-Hop Squares, MTV2′s version that trades in minor TV stars in favor of rap legends, ran much the same way.

Last night’s panel featured Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Kat Graham, Donnell Rawlings, Tech N9ne, Ghostface Killah, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, and MGK. As is typical of Squares, some panelists had to simply sit there and look pretty, which was the case with Tech and Rawlings (and Graham only got in on the action in the show’s final round). As for the rest of the group, Fat Joe and Ghostface both acquitted themselves quite nicely, though the evening really belonged to Gambino (which makes sense, considering that he has made most of his bones as an actor and a comedian). Easily the best exchange of last night’s premiere came when host Peter Rosenberg asked about the snatch and the clean and jerk in a filthy-minded inquiry about Olympic weightlifting. READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne misses 'Kimmel' appearance, host finds a last minute, er, replacement -- VIDEO

If you found yourself thinking Lil Wayne looked a lil’ different during his visit on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, don’t fret — Your eyes were not playing tricks on you. When the rapper suddenly couldn’t make it for his scheduled appearance on the show, Jimmy Kimmel chose to improvise rather than leave a gap in his show. (Sorry, Matt Damon, still no time for you!)

Kimmel picked an audience member who looked and sounded, well, nothing like Lil Wayne and transformed him to look and sound, well, nothing like Lil Wayne. (What a difference a hat and wig doesn’t make sometimes.) The host then sat down for a chat with the Lil Wayne stand-in, in which the two chatted about his most recent stint in jail. (Apparently he was incarcerated for speeding, not a gun possession charge. Who knew?!) Watch the interview with “Lil Wayne” here:
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Willow Smith whips her hair no more

It’s the end of an era, tweens and tween-adjacents. After 464 glorious days of hair whipping, Will Smith’s singing, dancing daughter Willow posted a pic on her WhoSay account showing a newly shorn head. Known for out-there style choices, the “21st Century Girl” must have felt that long locks were so last year — either that or she got a little too close to a “Fireball.” All in all, it was a good run — when Miss Piggy is mussing her golden coiffure in tribute, you know you’ve succeeded. Let us pause and take a moment to remember the paint-splattering, hair-whipping good times (video below, obviously). READ FULL STORY

All right, stop! Searchin' time: MC Hammer launches search engine

File under: “Didn’t see that one coming!” MC Hammer, he of the parachute pants and wiggly run, is trying to shake up the Internet. We’re not talking a viral vid here; Hammer’s launching his very own search engine. According to Mashable, Hammer announced WireDoo, his new “2 Legit 2 Quit” engine, at a web summit in San Francisco this week.

Hammer thinks WireDoo will be a game changer because it focuses on “deep search,” focusing on “relationships beyond just the keywords.” While current search giant Google does factor in keyword relationships, Hammer insists his engine (which is still in pre-beta after a two-year development period) is going to blow it, Bing, and other leading engines out of the water. Hammer didn’t announce a firm launch date at the conference.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Were Hammer’s rap hits and career in the ministry just rehearsals? Is now finally Hammer’s chance to seal his legacy? Will you take WireDoo for a test run? And will you first question be “What can’t I touch?”

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