The upcoming Fast 6 aka Fast & the Furious 6 aka Ludacris is in this one is bound to be the the series’ greatest. I know this because someone told me so, and I trust their judgement. I also know this because I saw New Year’s Eve in which Luda was seriously undervalued.
When we were freshmen in high school ten years ago, Eminem’s portrayal of struggling rapper Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith (A.K.A. himself) in 8 Mile was an inspiration. The monster hit “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack became our personal pump up jam to run laps during gym class, and gave us the confidence to take that “one shot” and ask Jenna to the prom, try out for the class play, or pass that chem test! Plus it was also notable for changing the way we thought of the phrase “mom’s spaghetti” forever.
However as we got a little older, we realized the one shot ol’ Marshall Matthers was rapping about was much more serious than our day to day high school drama. It was about reconciling hopes and dreams with growing up and responsibility, all against the bleek Detroit backdrop. By no means a quick flick rushed out to capitalize on his skyrocketing fame, Eminem gave an incredible performance, made all the more amazing considering it was his first movie!
But Eminem is by no means the only rapper who tried his hand at acting. In fact, it seemed like every MC has made the jump to films at one time or another. Some totally killed it and became a successful multi-talented crossover artist, while others…made Soul Plane. So in honor of Em’s epic 8 Mile turning 10 years old today, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of our favorite rappers-turned-movie stars over the years. Enjoy!
Of all the fashions we spotted on the red carpet and onstage at last night’s AMAs, there were some that were clearly awesome and others that hurt our delicate eyes. But then there was the middle ground. The outfits that confuse our sense of right and wrong. Daring, but maybe too much. Awful, but maybe in an interesting way. Gorgeous if only they fit better.
Maybe you can help us out: Were Justin Bieber‘s tiger-striped pants hideous or hilarious? Should we admire J.Lo‘s nude bodysuit on the grounds that it showed off her assets? If Jennifer Hudson looked so uncomfortable in her super-short gold dress, does that detract from its hotness? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @theFABlife.
Yesterday we posted the extremely sad news of Nate Dogg‘s death. His passing was met with a fair amount of shock because the entertainer was only 41 years old, and no details had emerged about what caused him to die. While the official cause hasn’t yet been stated, Nate’s family is speaking out about what the possible cause could be. His manager and close friend Rod McGrew said he was, “95% recovered from the first stroke in 2007.” Nate had suffered two strokes — one in 2007 and one in 2008 — which left him partial paralyzed and with memory loss. What’s confusing about this is that McGrew revealed that Nate had “cognitively recovered,” and was functioning and alert in the days leading up to his death.
Either way, McGrew’s given a statement on the family’s (and his) behalf that reads, “We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support. We know that Nate will be hanging out with his good friend 2Pac and Biggie.” Meanwhile, the music community are pouring in tributes and condolences for their friend.
Chris Brown must be in a giving mood. Rihanna’s restraining order against him was officially eased in an LA court yesterday, meaning he can once again talk to the ex-girlfriend he brutally beat in 2009, as long as he doesn’t “annoy” her. His new album F.A.M.E. (Fans Are My Everything) comes out in a month, and he has two singles in the Top 30. Not bad for a guy who some would have predicted would be doing tragic reality shows or worse by now.
Proof of his good spirit came at his All-Star party last week in LA, where he dropped an a capella version of “Wet The Bed,” a risque track on F.A.M.E. Check out the video to watch Chris sing “cuz I’m gonna kiss you right…there…I’m gonna lick all night…yeah…girl, you heard what I said—I’m gonna make you wet the bed.” The studio version will reportedly feature Ludacris, so it’s likely the lyrics will get even more extreme than that.
We’d like to sit down with millionaire Jason Hope and advise him about how to spend his millions. For someone with so much money, brain cells seem to be less abundant. The dude threw a fancy pants Christmas party and paid Ludacris $100,000 to perform for 45 minutes. Which is cool y’know…we love Luda. But he just made some insane cash off this Jason guy!
We also don’t disagree at all with decision to bring Ludacris on stage, because quite frankly, the rest of the guest list made us question Mr Millionaire’s sanity far more. Hope threw some serious dollar bills to make sure that “celebrities” would attend his party in Arizona. The quotation marks are intentional, because take a look at the guest list TMZ provided, along with the amount each person was paid to show up.
Snooki – $17,500 Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt – $12,500 each Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul – $16,000 The Kardashian stepfatherÃ‚Â Bruce Jenner – $15,000 Giuliana andÃ‚Â Bill Rancic – $15,000 total Dean Cain – $5,000
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?