You may know him from his valuable work as Eva Longoria’s arm candy, but San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is adding yet another job title to his resume: rapper. The 24-year-old released his french-language album Tony Parker yesterday in France, breaking new ground in hip-hop by rhyming about his wealth, women, and famous friends. Parker also uses the same formula when it comes to his videos, which features cameos from his Spurs teammates and, of course, his fiance.
Should Parker quit his day job?
Eminem and his ex Kim Mathers agreed in court on Monday to stop insulting each other publicly for the sake of their daughter, Hailie. Em filed a motion earlier this month to quash Kim’s trash talking — in February during a radio interview, for example, she called Em a "horrible person," joked about the size (or lack thereof) of his penis and implied that he couldn’t sexually perform without Viagra. Up until then, Em felt free to drag Kim’s name through the dirt via the media and his music — he went as far as to address Hailie directly in the Kim murder fantasy "’97 Bonnie and Clyde" ("Da Da made a nice bed for Mommy at the bottom of the lake /
Here, you wanna help Da Da tie a rope around this rock?"). Apparently, Eminem draws the line at the disclosure of secrets about his wang. What a guy. And there’s no place like court to reaffirm manhood, right, Em?
With this new ban on talking smack about Kim in place, don’t you get the feeling that Em’s upcoming album will need to be downsized to an EP? [AP/Yahoo!]
This weekend, Britney Spears‘ mouth went from inflicting pain on the ears of discerning music fans to inflicting pain on its owner. After Brit rushed to the hospital Sunday, her publicist was quick to shoot down rumbling that the hospital visit was the result of a post-rehab Brit revisiting her pre-rehab ways. "They’re all wrong, she just went to the dentist," snapped the rep. "She had a toothache, I have no more details." It’s almost worth believing, as it makes her Coke-not-coke habit seem more plausible (all that soda has to take its toll, right?). And, really, who doesn’t want to believe that Britney is a giant Coke-head?
Meanwhile, this means that she did not attend the weekend birthday festivities of her estranged hubby Kevin Federline. Another ex of his, Shar Jackson, however, did, as K-Fed chatted on his phone and texted his way through the celebration. If you needed further proof that Shar is the poor Kev’s Britney, well, there you go. [TMZ.com]
Box Set: Britney Spears
Rapper Tony Yayo and R&B star Ne-Yo‘s careers are yo-yoing in two very different directions right now. Yayo turned himself in to New York police over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old kid for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Although Yayo’s bud 50 Cent was reportedly with him at the time of the attack, 50′s lawyers claim he wasn’t in the state at the time.
Ne-Yo, meanwhile, is racking up the hits, not arrests. In an interesting interview with BallerStatus, the 24-year-old with the touch of gold talked about: being named after Keanu, his scary sessions with Jay-Z, and how Beyonce’s "Irreplaceable" could have just as easily wound up a country (!) song.
Would you mess with a kid because he was wearing the wrong T?
Artist Page: Tony Yayo
This June the candy-colored Detroit duo returns with Icky Thump, their sixth full-length. VH1.com was privileged enough to preview the album. It?s Jack and Meg White?s oddest yet, filled with hard-rocking songs accentuated by synthesizer rills (?Icky Thump?), spoken word numbers (?Rag and Bone?), and even one with a mariachi feel (?Conquest?), probably written to match Jack?s old facial scrub. The much anticipated follow-up to the band?s Get Behind Me Satan and last year?s Jack White side-project, The Raconteurs, also features bag pipes, horns and, at times, a lazy blues vibe that recalls the Grateful Dead and would make the perfect soundtrack for driving down the Pacific Coast Highway. And between songs like ?You Don?t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You?re Told)? and ?Effect and Cause,? it?s some of their strongest material to date — despite the weirdness. The record?s title refers to the phrase ?ecky thump,? which, according to the press material, ?is an exclamation of surprise or wonderment in northern England.? Full track listing after the jump:
The buzz about Michael Jackson‘s possible long-term, nightly concert series at a Las Vegas casino has been building for months, but it just became a little more exciting: Mike’s residency may coincide with the construction of a 50-foot robotic replica of himself. Yes, that’s right — Michael Jackson’s face will be immortalized in metal, not its usual plastic. A consultant reports that the robot would shoot lasers (!) and be the first thing those flying into Vegas would see. Because nothing says, "Welcome to Vegas!" better than a giant version of MJ’s face. It’ll be the perfect preview for the impending freak show that is any Vegas vacation.
Really, this is exactly what MJ needs to top Celine Dion as the city’s resident spectacle. I hope RoboJacko ends up fighting crime or Mothra or something. Your move, creep. [New York Daily News]
Video: Michael Jackson
Sheryl Crow lashed out at Fox’s American Idol, telling the April issue of Ladies Home Journal that she’s “sad [the American public] love it so much.” Crow, who was the first celebrity spokeswoman for Dell Computers and whose songs have been widely used in car and beauty product commercials, goes on to say “it undermines art in every way and promotes commercialism.” It seems a safe bet that Sheryl won’t be a guest judge anytime soon. And neither will Amy Lee. She thinks it’s “surreal” to see someone else sing one one her tunes, though she did say that Gina Glocksen’s recent romp through Evanescence’s “Sober” wasn’t too bad.
Gwen Stefani, however, will be. The creator of the HP Harajuku Lovers digital camera will be coaching the remaining contestants through their performances tomorrow night.
What songs do you think the final ten should perform?
Photos: Sheryl Crow
Yep, they do it a little different on the Left Coast. This weekend’s reports find the former singer for rockers Mest confessing that he murdered a guy in a condo parking lot, and a hotel chasing after Scott Weiland for beating the hell out of a room he recently stayed in.
What’s the weirdest LA rock moment? Leave a comment.
Artist Page: Mest
Artist Page: Scott Weiland
This Is Why He’s Hot
Why is MIMS so hot right now? According to this, it’s because he can backstroke. According to this, it’s because of the lessons his late mother taught him. And according to this, it’s because of some Venn diagrams. [VH1, Billboard, Houston Press]
Son of Czar Violated?
Charges are reportedly being considered against 50 Cent and Tony Yayo for allegedly roughing up the 14-year-old son of music mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond. [AllHipHop]
Slim to Kim: Zip It
Eminem‘s set to go to court in Michigan on Monday in an effort to get his ex-wife to stop talking trash about him. [Detroit News]
Keeping Up With the Joneses (and the Jacksons)
Are Ne-Yo and Jay-Z the new Michael and Quincy? Listen to their new single to find out if they’re for real or if they’re just "Crazy." [SOHH]
El Producto Es Muy Bueno
Trent Reznor and Chan Marshall on a hip-hop record? Might sound indie-sent, but El-P‘s LP is getting rave reviews. [AllHipHop]
Hip Hop Mixtape
Super-producer Timbaland has told GQ that Justin Timberlake?s new album is going to sound like the Rapture. More specifically: The Tim-team has been listening to 2002?s ?House of Jealous Lovers? and they like the way it sounds. JT likes it so much, he?s been blasting it while taking the stage recently. So expect the new Justin joint to be rife with cowbell, shrieking and the future sex love sounds of punk funk. In not entirely unrelated news, the Rapture?s ?House of Jealous Lovers? was produced by James Murphy, the indie god who also attempted to collaborate with Timberlake?s ex, Britney Spears. Murphy (aka LCD Soundsystem) told New York Magazine about the experience: ?It was very strange – we were both lying on the floor, head-to-head, working on lyrics in a notepad. She seemed eager to please, but it went nowhere. She went to dinner and just never came back.?
What do you think, could Justin pull off that kind of sound?
Photos: Justin Timberlake
Box Set: Justin Timberlake