While rap’s young guns are appeasing critics and vowing to keep it clean, one of hip-hop’s elder statesmen isn’t about to let Al, Oprah or anyone else tell him what he can and can’t say.
In an interview with SOHH, Ice-T said that he’s going to continue to use the N-word when he’s got the mic in his hand, claiming that the word’s OK when used by someone from the ‘hood.
"I’m (going to) say ‘n***a’ til the wheels fall off," said the Original Gangster. "My daddy used to say it. I believe that, if it doesn’t apply to you, don’t say it. If you ain’t from the hood, don’t say n***a. That’s where it lies."
Ice-T then went off on sellouts, saying that he thinks "a lot of black people are too overly concerned with what white people think about them."
What’s your take on Ice’s stance? Is the N-word always offensive, or can it be used by those with cred?
Problem No. 100
Report: Despite denials, Jay-Z is father of Shenelle Scott’s four-year-old son (BallerStatus)
Outkast‘s Big Boi to work with Atlanta Ballet (RapBasement)
Listen to R. Kelly‘s tribute to victims of the Virginia Tech shooting (R-Kelly)
A Tribe Called Quit
Phife Dog on A Tribe Called Quest‘s breakup: ‘We should have kept going’ (XXL)
Buy Curtis’ Crib
50 Cent is putting his Connecticut mansion up for sale (AllHipHop)
Ed Lover says Tru Life slugged Cam’ron, but Cam’s camp denies it (SOHH)
T.I./T.I.P. talks about working with/arguing with Eminem/Slim Shady (HipHopDX)
Kanye West has already come clean about his obsession with porn. Now it’s his mom’s turn to talk about the rap superstar’s fleshy fixation.
In her memoir about her son, "Raising Kanye," Donda West talks about a young Kanye’s obsession with porn growing up. According to his mom, Kanye would take adult magazines with him to grade school, then graduated to smuggling pornographic videos into the house by the time he was in high school. The habit became such a problem that Donda, a college professor, eventually made him write a full-blown research paper entitled, "The Impact of Watching X-rated Movies on a Teen-age Boy."
The famed MC ‘fessed up to being hooked on porn about a year ago. "My only drug is porn," he admitted.
Maybe it’s time for a new thesis, K.W. … "The Impact of Porn on a College Dropout," anyone?
Box Set: Kanye West
As if getting attacked by Cam’ron and The Game wasn’t enough, 50 Cent now has a new partner in beef: Christians.
The Resistance, a radical Christian organization that gained recognition after saying Jessica Simpson was "whoring herself out," is now attacking 50 Cent for wearing the cross as a fashion statement.
"50 Cent is no Christian, and if you listen to his lyrics it becomes clear that he is more of a Satanist than anything," said Resistance founder Mark Dice. Dice went on to say that 50 is defaming the cross by wearing it while rapping about "killing people for no reason," and said that it would be more appropriate for Curtis Jackson to wear a "large, diamond-studded platinum satanic pentagram."
What do you think: Should 50 cut the cross from his neck, or should he be allowed to wear what he wants?
Proving that R&B can be just as hazardous as other dangerous occupations — lobster fishing, say, or big game hunting — is T-Pain, whose concert in Miami last Saturday ended in a mess of cops. When the venue cut his performance short, the singer?s manager allegedly tried to storm the DJ booth, but was brought down by police. According to Allhiphop.com, ?Several police officers reportedly scrambled backstage trying to cut the sound to T-Pain?s performance and they finally succeeded while the singer was in the midst of his popular song, ?Buy You a Drank.?? Yikes.
In other police-blotter items, an after-party for Young Buck turned violent on Saturday night. Apparently the rapper invited the crowd at his show back to his hotel for a little late-night soiree. But when a fight broke out in the parking lot between Young Buck?s entourage and some other rappers, guns were fired, hotel guests were terrified and nine people were arrested. On the plus side, Akon hasn?t humped anyone lately, at least not that we?ve heard of.
Britney?s comeback is happening faster than you might think. Fresh off whatever miracle diet/workout is available only to L.A. royalty, the disgraced former queen of teen pop is apparently on a House of Blues tour, starting next week in Anaheim. According to Interweb sources, she?ll be playing some old stuff and some new stuff, and she?s booked under the name the M + M?s. Is this because she loves junk food?
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s guitarist Max Rafferty on Tijuana, staying Rolling Stones-style sexy and Courtney Love?s commitment to fandom.
Tough Work for the Liver
The long stretches while we?re on the bus can get tedious, but we all genuinely enjoy each other?s company, so that helps. We usually smoke a lot, drink until we pass out and listen to Bob Marley.
Touring Is Like a Psychedelic Picasso
The freakiest place we?ve ever been was Tijuana. When I went there, I had envisioned the place as an American Spring Break resort. Instead, all I saw were these transvestites wandering around with massive heads and old men playing guitar. Fascinating and a little scary.
We?ve recently noticed that many rock stars are calling for new levels of audience participation. Used to be that they?d pull you out of the crowd if you were female (a la Bruce Springsteen and Courteney Cox); now they want you to direct their videos. Just this week, Bjork announced a contest for a fan to direct a clip for ?Innocence? from her forthcoming disc, Volta. Now we?re as invested in the Interweb as the next media organization, and we?re big fans of feedback (comments, please!). But we?re drawing the line here, because when Bjork, or Buckcherry, or Modest Mouse, or whoever else starts asking fans to make videos for them, it smacks of laziness.
?All I Wanna Do? songstress Sheryl Crow has recommended saving the environment by conserving toilet paper. Writing on her blog, the sunny SoCal girl says, ?I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit,? except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.? She also says ?paper napkins . . . represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a ?dining sleeve.? The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another ?dining sleeve,? after usage.? Her third idea? A reality show where contestants compete to see who can lead the greenest life. She?s willing to put her body where her mouth is, too. At last night?s White House Correspondent?s dinner, Crow had words with rapping administration star Karl Rove about global warming. By most accounts, Rove was dismissive. The evening finished very uncomfortably when Crow reached out to touch Rove?s arm as he was making his way back to his table. He said, “Don’t touch me.” To which Crow responded, “You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.” Rove offered this as a rejoinder: “I don’t work for you. I work for the American people.” All that makes us wonder . . . what are you doing to stop global warming?
- Because it only makes total sense, Bono and Edge have maybe been tapped to write the lyrics and music for the upcoming Spider-Man musical. Here?s your competition, Wayne Coyne.
- The New York Times is reporting that Wang Chung and Twisted Sister are re-recording their hits. Not surprisingly, it?s a business deal. Hopefully this fad will catch on and we?ll be able to hear all-new old stuff by Tiffany. Wait. That already happened.
- Marilyn Manson?s first song from his new record is available for the listening on his MySpace page. It?s called ?If I Was Your Vampire,? and there?s very little doubt anywhere that the song?s addressed to his teenage squeeze, Evan Rachel Wood.
- Speaking of new songs, Radiohead have posted a clip of a song that may or may not make their upcoming album. Hey, fans, time to obsess!
- Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, Floria Sigismondi, director of gorgeous music videos (Bowie, the White Stripes, Marilyn Manson), has been tapped to write and direct Neon Angels, a biopic about the Runaways. Floria and Joan Jett — what a team!