As part of Salt-N-Pepa, Sandy Denton struck a blow for women rappers everywhere. The famed trio’s string of hits, including “Push It” and “Let’s Talk About Sex,” opened lots of doors and lots of minds. Since her pioneering heyday of the ’80s, Pep’s gone on to participate in VH1′s Surreal Life, be celebrated on Hip Hop Honors, and show us the subtlties of the reunion with her old partner on the Salt-N-Pepa Show. Of course, she lived her life, too – it’s had its ups and downs.
The new Let’s Talk About Pep, a tell-all autobiography, is filled with the particulars of those ups and downs. Her rough childhood, teen stardom, falling out with Salt, battles with domestic abuse , premonitions of death, promise of celibacy, and lots more. You can purchase the book right here.
We grabbed one of the book’s more dramatic chapters to illustrate how candid the whole thing is. Here’s a section of “The Nightmare.”
“In my dream, I was standing at the top of this huge staircase. This staircase was like something out of Dynasty?with its white, wooden railings that seemed to go on forever. It was the kind of staircase you find in a mansion, splitting two wings. The staircase was so huge that in this dream I couldn?t stand in the middle and grab the railings?they seemed like a mile apart. In my dream, I?m at the top of the stairs and I?m in a fight. I?m on the wrong end of this fight, with my back to this huge staircase. I?m being beaten and I?m not really fighting back because I?m over this staircase?this long, hard, wooden staircase?and if I fall, that?s it. So I?m holding on to this person, trying to hold on to my life. But in my dream, I lose this struggle and end up at the bottom of this staircase broken. I don?t know whether I?m dead or paralyzed, but I?m not moving.
I was barely speaking to Brad. I was recuperating from that last incident with the IUD. I spoke to him long enough to tell him about the no sex for two months. But why was I even entertaining being with him again after that? I was not in my right mind. I was not in a good place…
It’s always fun to see how a big L.A. video gets made, and since Lifehouse‘s “Broken” is getting its on-air Top 20 premiere this Saturday, September 20, we thought it was only right to share this behind the scenes clip with fans. There’s star factor involved: Kiefer Sutherland directed the video, and he’s part of this clip. Watch singer Jason Wade explain the vid concept and the inspiration for his new song.
Check out the latest Top 20 videos.
Check out Lifehouse playing acoustic at the VH1 studios.
Last year we gave the Lifehouse guys a “blindfold test.” We spun them a song and asked them to guess the artist without showing them who it was. Did they know Rob Thomas, Radiohead, the Police? Read the feature.
By now, New Kids fans know that VH1 is giving away tix to a handful of the group’s fall shows. We’ve had lots of great responses to our “Ultimate Fan” contest. People have sent in photos and stories about why they’re the most rad NKOTB lovers ever. No one has been more impressed than the guys themselves. Last week, they stopped by our NYC offices and checked out a few of the entries.
In the above clip, Donny, Jordan, Jonathan, Danny, and Joey urge everyone to participate in the contest. After the jump, they read of a few of their fave submissions. Don’t miss the one about the girls who went to Boston to actually kiss the porch of the house the Knight family lived in…
Every fan, ultimate and otherwise, will be hopped-up about the arrival of VH1′s “New Kids on the Block: A Behind the Music Special,” which premieres on September 28 at 8 PM ET. It’s a great overview of the group’s phenomenal early success and their recent reunion. Best of all is the fact that during the show, VH1 is cutting to the Kids’ sold-out Boston concert to see a live performance of three songs. Do Not Miss!
Find out how to participate in the “Ultimate Fan” contest and see the New Kids in concert.
Watch the New Kids talk about their favorite videos in VH1′s “My Playlist.”
See pictures and read some crazy fan stories here.
Check out our two winners so far, Kim and Torrie.
We thought Scandinavia was full of easy-going, lovey-dovey blondes, not guitar-stealing nogoodniks. Guess we were wrong. A couple nights ago in Helsinki, Peter Buck of R.E.M. had his trademark Rickenbacker 360 guitar lifted from the stage. Poof – no more jangle. The band is offering a reward and accepting information about the instrument’s whereabouts. Head to the R.E.M. Web site for the specifics.
Here are five of the band’s best Rickenbacker tunes. Do you agree? Listen to R.E.M. at Rhapsody.
“Seven Chinese Brothers”
“Feeling Gravity’s Pull”
“Begin The Begin”
Watch our R.E.M. Box Set of videos and interviews.
The bomb, baby, the bomb! We always get a phalanx of talented artists participating in our annual Hip Hop Honors show, but this year’s line-up is extra terrific. Confirmed to give praise to our old school honorees are Lil Wayne, Kid Rock, Ghostface Killah, MC Lyte, Wyclef Jean, Big Boi, Lil Jon, Q-Tip, Bun B, Biz Markie, Scarface, Cheech and Chong, DJ Kaos, and Sanaa Lathan.
Tracy Morgan hosts the show, which airs on VH1 on Monday, October 6 at 10 ET/PT.
Watch videos by the participants and performers.
Vote for your 10 favorite hip hop videos.
Get more information on this year’s honorees, De La Soul, Too $hort, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature, and Cypress Hill.
Jonah Hill almost got his lips on Britney, and Rihanna rocked some of the sexiest boots in the universe. Katy Perry took a shot at “Like a Virgin,” and Slipknot found themselves with a new, fresh-faced member. Get a recap of last night’s show with our video clips. And here are three of the evening’s most “revealing” moments, featuring Lil Wayne, Pink (happy birthday!), and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.
Here’s where you can watch every performance from the show. Keep an eye on Lil Wayne and T-Pain prowling the audience.
Lots of news from the Paramount party zone in L.A., the site of this year’s VMAs. With the show starting in an hour, Britney‘s cooling her heels in her dressing room. Paramore’s Haley Williams, whose band is competing with Kid Rock for “Best Video of the Year” award, says what would really thrill her is shaking Spears’ hand (what, no tongue kiss a la Madge?). Lauren Conrad & Chase Crawford will be handing out a prize, Tokio Hotel rocks as hard at rehearsal as they do during a real show, and Rihanna warms up her throat by belting out Jonas Bros hits.
Above is a classic clip of Britney doing her thing a few years ago. Make sure you’re tuning-in at 9 pm ET to find out who makes the biggest splash.
Yes, there was Madonna writhing in her wedding gown with her “Boy Toy” belt singing “Like a Virgin.” And Britney with that snake and that pillow talk opening statement (“I know I may be young, but I’ve got feelings, too/and i need to to do what i feel like doing/so let me go…”) during the “I’m a Slave 4 U” stage show. Indeed there have been lots of killer performances at the VMAs. Kanye’s “Gold Digger,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” – we’ve put a bunch together in a video songlist that contains these and lots more.
Crank it up and get prepped for Sunday night’s 2008 VMAs on MTV at 9 pm ET.
Check out 10 of the most memorable VMAs moments since the show began.
They’re getting everything tight at L.A.’s Paramount Studios, the site for this year’s MTV VMA’s show. Tight meaning rehearsals, tight meaning pre-party interviews, tight meaning fun. Check the video player above for Kid Rock romping through “All Summer Long.”
Watch the show on MTV Sunday night at 9 pm.
Read our list of 10 Memorable VMAs Moments.