Ever since the first time that someone decided to break out a turntable at a block party in the Bronx, scandal and hip hop have gone together like peanut butter and jelly. From notorious murders and untimely deaths to sleazy sex scandals and high-profile arrests, rarely does a week go by without some sort of drama going down in the hip hop community. On VH1?s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, which debuts this Sunday, September 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, we?ll count down the most mind blowing, controversial, stunning and horrific moments ever.
You’ll have to watch the show to guess the final order, but some of the things you can expect to see will range from the silly (like Gucci Mane?s triple scoop ice cream cone face tattoo and Nicki Minaj getting her booty slapped by Regis Philbin) to the serious (the murders of Biggie and Tupac, the latter of which occured 15 years ago this month). On VH1?s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, we?ll revisit all the stories that caused people to either gasp or #SMH.
VH1′s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments is a two-hour special, which will immediately be followed by the television premiere of our latest Rock Doc, Planet Rock: The Story Of Hip Hop And The Crack Generation. It’s a night that hip hop fans won’t want to miss! To get a taste of what it will be like, follow along to watch comedian and familiar VH1 talking head Donnell Rawlings share his personal thoughts on what the most shocking thing about hip hop is.
T.I. Is Free, And Coming To VH1
Yeah, we told you about this earlier. But can you blame us for being excited? Here’s hoping the Rubber Band Man can bounce back.
Chartbeat: The Game Topples The Throne But Will Make Way For Lil Wayne
By just a 4% margin, The Game‘s R.E.D. Album tops the Billboard 200 this week, just narrowly squeaking ahead of Watch The Throne (still strong in its second week). We wonder whether The Game’s promise on Twitter to follow anyone who proved that they bought two copies of his album made a difference. In any case, Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV is predicted to sell nearly ten times as many this coming week as either album sold last week, and though the Red Hot Chili Peppers likely won’t match that, I’m With You Throne. [Billboard]
It’s that time of year again! When we?honor thy father by running out to?the nearest department store?to get?the big guy?a tie that?he’ll accept with a smile and probably never, ever?wear. I kid, I kid! In all seriousness, this Sunday marks yet another Fathers’ Day, and it goes without saying that the job is a tough one that deserves recognition. Dirty diapers, puberty meltdowns, giving proper advice… the list of fatherly?duties is literally never-ending. And that, my friends, is exactly why we have to hand it to the gentlemen?who’ve made it on?our Top 20 Daddy Tally list.
Not only are these distinguished men highly successful in the ultra-competitive music industry, but they’ve managed to achieve their success while also fathering?HUGE tribes of children. That’s right, each papa bear on our Top 20 list has upwards of five children, and whether it’s serial philanderer Bob Marley, sperm donor extraordinaire David Crosby (hey Melissa Etheridge!) or rumored father of 75 bouncing babies (!!!), Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, they all have more than “earned” their spot.
It’s hard to believe it, but a quick check of the calendar shows that we’re almost halfway through the summer. Yes, already! On a related note, a quick check of the pop charts and our own Top 20 Video Countdown shows that Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” has had a stranglehold on the top spot for the last few weeks, clearly cementing herself as the favorite to take home the this year’s Song of the Summer prize. However, don’t go engraving her name on the award just yet! Atlanta’s prodigal son, T.I., has been out of the clink and hard at work in the studio for a few months now and is ready to enter the race with “Got Your Back” (with a chorus featuring the sultry vocals of Keri Hilson). We’re excited to bring you a :30 sneak of the video here on the VH1 Blog today, and be sure to tune in to our Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend to see the whole thing. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Those longing for additional music programming from VH1 are in luck: six new episodes of Behind the Music are on the way starting with the Sept. 10 profile of Lil Wayne (premiering at 10/9c). Check the details in the press release below:
VH1 is re-launching its Emmy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed series Behind The Music. The iconic series that helped put VH1 on the map will premiere on Thursday, September 10 at 10/9c with Behind The Music: Lil Wayne.? The self-proclaimed ?best rapper alive? opens up about his childhood, his music, and his struggles, as he and the people who know him best describe his ascension from a poverty-stricken childhood in New Orleans to his reign as one of hip-hop?s heavy hitters.? New episodes of the series will feature some of the best and brightest in the music industry today, including pop songstress Pink (September 17), self-proclaimed ?King of R&B? Bobby Brown (September 24), rock star Bret Michaels (October 1), the ?King of the South? rapper T.I. (October? 8 ) and hip-hop megastar 50 Cent on (October 13).? All episodes will air on Thursdays at 10/9c except for? Pink, which will air on Thursday, September 17 at 8PM* in advance of VH1?s Divas Live and 50 Cent,? which will air on Tuesday, October 13 at 8PM* in advance of the premiere of VH1 Hip Hop Honors.
Who said a prison sentence screws stuff up? T.I., who will begin serving a jail sentence next spring for weapons charges, is busy beefing up his career before heading behind bars. The rapper just signed a three-film deal, and will begin making a crime drama with Matt Dillon titled Bone Deep shortly. But that’s not enough! T.I.P. will also be promoting his new album Paper Trails as well as his MTV documentary style reality show. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. T.I.’s all about his future as the next Tom Cruise, telling MTV, “I’m just looking forward to continuing my success in the film industry. I want to do all kinds of movies. I want to do romantic comedies, action movies, dramas ? tons of different things.”
We’re sure jail will provide the perfect inspiration for all those future roles!
It’s baby time at T.I.‘s house! The rapper and his longtime lady love Tameka “Tiny” Cottle have welcomed a new son into the mix. The little guy’s name is Major and he arrive early this morning, clocking in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches long. This is the second child for the couple, who have a son named King together. Seeing as T.I.’s still stuck on house arrest, he should have no problem playing Mr. Mom for a while. If he can’t handle it, surely T.I.P. can!
Photog Chasing Britney Hit By Car
A “spotter” who was following the pop star to the Four Seasons was hit by another paparazzo’s car and seriously injured. Welcome to the painful world of Brit Watch. [TMZ]
Lindsay Does Time at Red Cross
LiLo has started her community service working at the organization’s blood services facility. Wouldn’t it be more helpful if she just hid out for ten days? [People]
T.I. Convinced He?ll Go Free
The rapper is convinced he’ll be “exonerated” of the charges against him. That’s the spirit! [Yahoo]
Posh Ready to Pop Out Baby #4?
The Spice Mom is rumored to be pregnant with a daughter who she can prompty ruin with bad outfits and poor eating habits. [OK]
Reese & Jake Sneak Off on Vacation
The new lovers headed to Napa for some private R&R. Someone should tell them that they can cuddle all they want in LA – no one cares! [OK]
T.I.‘s little gun party has turned into disaster for his whole family – or they were already headed in that direction all along. Follow this:
- His on again-off again gal pal (and baby mama, pictured) Tiny Cottle was arrested alongside her man on Saturday night, for possession of weed and ecstasy.
- What is most alarming is not necessarily the charges against her, but that she is allegedly pregnant with T.I.’s baby! Knocked up and f*cked up?! Oh Shizz!
- The pair already have a kid together, 3-year old King, who was home at the time of the raid (ATF guys stormed the rapper’s house, broke down doors and windows and chucked stun grenades inside) and was apparently traumatized by the ordeal. The little one supposedly has gone with Tiny to visit his daddy in jail, where the first thing he did was apologize. We smell one screwed up kid ready to grow up!
- T.I.P.’s been denied bail and will not be able to request it again until Friday.
So when is Daddy gonna get out, head home, and make it all better? [Getty]
So apparently that giant feud between Kanye and Fiddy was fake. Well gee, we spent a lot of time crying over nothing then. All to sell albums? Thanks a lot, guys. Page Six reports that the rappers joined Diddy, T.I., and Jay-Z at the 40/40 Club Wednesday night and palled around over vodka shots. Their boys night out came after the Screamfest ’07 show at Madison Square Garden where the group of guys all performed together onstage. Some feud that was! We’re not buying anyone’s albums on September 11th – so there. [NYP. MTV. Image: Getty]