Last Lap: Did Kanye West Perform For A Foreign Authoritarian Leader?

American Idol (finally) secures its judges’ panel, rapper Lupe Fiasco lands in some legal trouble, and TLC teases a possible collaboration.

  • Could Kanye West have stepped into a geopolitical mess? The hip hop star performed at a family event for Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The leader has previously been accused of various human rights offenses. [Rolling Stone]
  • After months of hand-wringing, it looks like Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban are rounding out the panel on the next season of American Idol. [Perez Hilton]
  • A convicted drug dealer’s estranged wife is suing Lupe Fiasco, claiming the rapper helped her husband hide ill-gotten monies to decrease her potential payment from a divorce settlement. [TMZ]
  • We can’t wait to hear new songs from TLC, but are the ladies thinking about teaming up with Lady Gaga? [MTV News]