Apparently, Jimmy Kimmel was just as puzzled as the rest of us by Justin Bieber’s recent BET nod for Best New Artist. But unlike those of us who simply trolled the blogosphere for commentary, Kimmel actually hit the streets, sending a camera crew to L.A.’s South Central to find out what real people think about the news. The results? Some pretty hilarious reactions. Check out the video after the jump, and then sound off in the comments: What do you think of Bieber as a BET nominee?
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Most celebrity fragrances try to evoke images of springtime, fairies, and maybe a little bit of spice — but not the penal system.
That’s exactly what Akon’s new fragrances for men and women — called Konvict — remind me of. But can you blame me? They’re bottled in two separate handcuffs that link together by a chain, each one containing 1.7 ounces of eau du prison yard parfum. Way to keep the theme going with the cuffs, Akon! Does the purchase come complete with your own orange jumpsuit?
Konvict (tagline: “Break free and live the dream”) is currently available online, for a special price of $41.95. What’s cool is that, according to the website, 10 percent of each purchase will go to Akon’s Konfidence Foundation, which is “dedicated to increasing public awareness of the conditions in Africa.” Plus, the fragrances sound like they would smell decent — Konvict Femme has lemon, mandarin and vanilla and almond musk notes, while Konvict Homme features bergamot, lemon, and a touch of sandal and cedar wood. READ FULL STORY »
Jack White spoke to GQ about a recent recording session with hip-hop hero Jay-Z, and sounded quite enthusiastic about the end result: “We did a song together a few weeks ago. It was incredible. I played him something that I’ve been kicking around for a while and he immediately came out with words for it. It’s unbelievable sounding,” he said.
White is certainly a busy musician. In addition to his bands The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and Dead Weather, he has recorded collaborations with Beck, Loretta Lynn, and the Rolling Stones, and was recently featured in the 2009 documentary It Might Get Loud, alongside guitar legends Jimmy Page and The Edge. Of course Jay-Z isn’t exactly sitting home watching soap operas, as he’s currently on tour for his 11th number one album The Blueprint 3. READ FULL STORY »
Are ’80s-’90s hip-hop duo Kid ‘N Play poising themselves for a comeback? Seems very much like it. First, LeBron James did the Funky Charleston to their music in that State Farm ad last year, then the duo themselves emerged and danced together at the 2009 Hip Hop Awards on BET. And last night they were on The Mo’Nique Show, dancing again. The boys’ signature New Jack Swing dance moves start about three minutes in, if you’d rather just fast-forward to instantly have that “awwww” type moment:
Does this mean that we’re soon going to be fielding the announcement for House Party 4? And a new album? Something’s brewing, folks. Would you like to see a full-blown Kid ‘N Play reunion/resurgence? Did you dig their performance on Mo’Nique?
This is pretty cool: Dollar Van Demos is a site with videos of up-and-coming musicians performing in a Brooklyn dollar van (think of it as a low-rent taxi), mingling with real passengers. Six months after the site started, McDonalds is using Joya Bravo and Wordspit — two Brooklyn musicians straight outta the dollar vans – for nationwide commercials.
This week’s singer, Kalae All Day, sounds pretty great too. Check her out:
Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we officially have 2010′s version of “The Macarena” and “Who Let the Dogs Out” — Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground”. The 63-year-old debuted his loopy rap on American Idol last week, where resident meanie Simon Cowell said, “I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit.” Well, right again, Simon. Since then, Platt’s ditty has gone viral on the internet. And this morning he appeared on The View to perform his rapping sensation. Is he in on the joke? Who knows? And isn’t that part of the weird fun of the thing anyways? Take a look at what you missed below and afterwards begin the countdown until Platt snags a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox.
I used to casually look away when it came on, but to no avail: The Wendy's commercial about the "Frosty Posse" has taken over the already-tiny "useful" section of my brain. By knowing it so well, I've elevated myself to "fairly in the know" status re: Top 40 music. This couldn't be lamer. But it's not entirely my fault. The song — which may have inspired Jay-Z's "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" — is an entire minute long!
A friend of mine used to joke that I have at least a 10 percent chance of dying (happily) with my lips firmly suctioned to the spout of a Frosty machine. Seriously, what a way to go.
Should fast food ads quit trying to be music videos? I say no. But if you happen to be sitting across the subway car from me as I accidentally implement eye contact while mouthing the salacious line "Ooh, baby. Do you wanna get Frosty with me?" I could see how you, baby, might answer otherwise.
A few weeks back, I got a phone call from Kanye West and J. Sakiya Sandifer, who recently published a slim self-help book called Thank You and You're Welcome. My interview with the co-authors turned sour midway through, when I dared to ask Kanye what he thought of Eminem's album. "This is like Andy Kaufman going in, and they're like, 'Do Mighty Mouse!'" the rapper noted. "He's like, 'I don't want to do Mighty Mouse!'" (I think that he was supposed to be Andy Kaufman in that analogy, and I was the inconsiderate audience. Sorry, man, I was on deadline!)
Luckily, Kanye was in a forgiving mood. "I don't get offended anymore, actually," he said. "How did you like the book? I mean, it's like a 15-minute read." At this point, it emerged that I did not, in fact, possess a copy of Thank You and You're Welcome. So we all agreed to schedule another interview for the following week, by which time I would have been able to read the book. Their publisher sent over a copy; I read it cover to cover and drafted what I thought was a list of interesting questions. But when the co-authors called me for our second interview, things only got stranger. What follows after the jump is my testiest exchange with West and Sandifer — most of which did not make it into the printed version of our Q&A.
Eminem has always been kind of an intimidating fellow, but I think he might actually be a decent dude. The proof? The rapper is flying out 200 laid-off Detroit auto workers to watch his Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on Friday, in an attempt to draw attention to the economic woes facing Detroit. As someone who grew up in Michigan, I think it’s pretty phenomenal for Eminem to do this. Detroit has been suffering for a long, long time — long before this latest economic decline. Eminem often gets a bad rap — haha, rap — but this is an incredibly generous thing to do and, personally, it makes me want to buy his new album, Relapse, so much more.
What do you think PopWatchers? Is Eminem actually a really good guy?
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