First things first: Do people still say the word “bling”? Or is that term a relic of a bygone era? Either way, it’s no secret that there is a lot of money to be made by becoming a global hip-hop icon these days. So much so, in fact, that a normally hoity-toity magazine like Forbes has been putting together lists of the Top 20 Hip-Hop Cash Kings since 2007. To that end, the high-falutin’ magazine is putting its fawning coverage of Wall Street robber barons in a temporary holding pattern as they focus their efforts on counting down which rappers are making the most cheddar in 2010.
While you most certainly won’t be surprised to find out that Jay-Z currently holds the title as hip-hop’s wealthiest mogul — he raked in some $63 million last year, no big whoops — you might be surprised when you hear that Lil Wayne places fourth on the list, this despite the fact that he’s been behind bars since March. Hilariously, Weezy’s actually on track to earn more money this year ($20 million) than he did last year ($18 million).
Check out our gallery below to find out who else made the list (and how much they took home). Only one question remains: If hip-hop’s wealthiest don’t spend money on “bling” anymore, what do they spend it on?
Talk about a “Jai Ho“! (Slumdog Millionaire jokes are still in, right?) Here’s hoping that the next generation of young, American pole dancers — be they boys or girls, we support equal employment opportunities for strippers of all genders! — put away their tattered copies of Showgirls, Striptease and American Anthem and instead start drawing their inspirado from these outrageously gifted Indian gents. Eat your heart out, Mitch Gaylord!
[Tip of the cap to our buddy Reihan Salam]
Have you taken the time to cast your vote in TheFABLife’s 2010 Bikini Awards yet? If so, you should stop what your doing and pat yourself on the back for being an upstanding member of our celebrity gossip society. And if you haven’t, well, there’s still time to make sure your voice is heard!
Sadly, you won’t be able to vote for either Sarah Silverman or Michelle Williams in the contest. By appearing in one-piece swimsuits while on the set of director Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz in Toronto, they violated one of the chief bylaws of the 2010 Bikini Awards; namely, that all participants must either be wearing A) Bikinis or B) Mankinis. Better luck next year, ladies!
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rnConsidering the size of Jennifer Lopez’s most famous asset, that might be a difficult task, but that’s apparently of little concern to the producers of American Idol. According to a just-published People report, the show’s braintrust has already decided that the temperamental diva is more hassle than she’s worth and will be moving in a different direction with their judges during the 10th (and quite possibly final) season of the show. Despite the fact that Deadline.com reported that Lopez had “closed [her] deal” to appear as a judge on the popular franchise, People reports that the deal was never inked and that “Fox had just had enough” with Lopez, whose “demands got out of hand.” Wow!rnrnCan Jennifer Lopez pull out of her career nosedive? Who will Idol producers get to replace her? Is Brian Dunkleman getting his hopes up that 2011 will be his year? All of this, as you might expect, is developing…
Charlotte’s WCNC-TV is reporting that 2004 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized yesterday evening after suffering an overdose. While it is unclear at this moment whether or not Barrino is still a patient at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville hospital in Charlotte, sources tell the station that her condition is, fortunately, not life-threatening. It has been a very difficult couple of days for Fantasia, who has had to endure speculation that she not only broke up the marriage of Antwuan Cook, but also recorded multiple sex tapes with him, allegations which her manager denied last night. We here at VH1 wish her a speedy recovery.
Update: Fantasia’s manager released a statement to TMZ regarding Fantasia’s overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. It is quoted below in full…
rnrnWe’re not sure if Fantasia has any plans to release an album of cover songs like Clay Aiken recently did, but if she ever does, you can probably bet that she won’t be including renditions of “Afternoon Delight”, “Secret Lovers” or any other odes to the joys of infidelity. That’s because the former American Idol winner was named as the “other woman” in legal documents filed by a Charlotte woman named Paula Cook relating to her impending divorce from a man named Antwuan Cook.rnrnAccording to papers obtained by Charlotte area television station WCNC, Cook alleges that Fantasia not only stole the man that fathered her two children, but also “have, at times, recorded their illicit sexual activity.” Yikes! In Fantasia’s defense, these are merely accusations at this point; it doesn’t appear that the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Cook has these tapes in her possession. That said, Fantasia has been photographed proudly showing off a tattoo that reads “Cook” (see above). And, as far as we know, she doesn’t have any plans to become the next Rachael Ray, so read into that tattoo what you will. This story is, of course, developing, and we’ll continue to keep you posted with more details as they become available.rnrnRelated: Fantasia For Real Bonus Clip, “Fantasia Discusses Her Overdose”rnrn[Photo: Getty Images]
Remember that episode of 30 Rock where Liz Lemon gets ruthlessly mocked by everyone on The Girlie Show staff after a regrettable commercial from her past surfaces? Well, in real life, Tina Fey never filmed a commercial for a cheesy phone sex line called 1-900-OK-FACE — at least, not that we know of! — but today, a video of a pre-makeover, pre-SNL Fey starring in a Mutual Savings Bank commercial hit the Internets. Somewhere in Manhattan, you can bet that Fey just uttered a barely audible “Blergh” under her breath…
In the first season of Jersey Shore, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was “Snookin’ For Love.” However, during the third season, it appears that she’ll be “Snookin’ For Bail Money” instead. The diminuitive Princess of Poughkeepsie was just arrested by New Jersey police on domestic disturbance charges. Not many details are available right now, but TMZ is reporting that she was bonging beers on the beach all afternoon long. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Oh, before we go, FREE SNOOKI!
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