June 30, 2005
HOOD GOSSIPREADY OR NOT HERE THEY COME
Fresh from the Fugees’ surprise performance to open the BET Awards Tuesday in Los Angeles, group member Pras told reporters backstage that a new Fugees album is definitely on deck, despite breakup residue that left them barely able to speak to each other during rehearsals on Tuesday.
"Right now we're in the studio figuring out what our zone is going to be," Pras said, after acknowledging that the split with Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean was due to ballooning egos. Pras says Tuesday’s gig was a first step toward healing still-open wounds.
"Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “We're here now and trying to see if we can do it again. It's a healing process and tonight was a big surgery [for us]."
ALICIA LIKES IT RAW
*Alicia Keys told reporters that her upcoming "unplugged" album will feature the creation of new songs as well as "flipping songs you know." MTV chose Keys to re-launch its acoustic performance series, which she’ll record in July for an October release via J Records.
HIP HOP AND YA DON'T STOP
The late Notorious B.I.G. and Big Daddy Kane are among the hip hop elite to be praised at the second annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors,” to be held Sept. 22 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Other honorees include LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Ice-T, Salt-N-Pepa and John Singleton’s 1991 film "Boyz n the Hood." The show will air Sept. 26 on VH1.
"Our first Hip Hop Honors proved to be an incredible success not only for the channel but also within the hip-hop community. It was a long overdue celebration of the genesis and roots of a genre that has permeated world culture," the show's executive producer Lee Rolontz told The Associated Press. "This year's honorees run the gamut from MCs to trailblazing duos to an iconic motion picture - all of which have had a massive impact on the hip-hop music landscape."
Last year's honorees included the late Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy and Run DMC
WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHYNE
Rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrows just finished two months in solitary confinement for fighting another inmate at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility when he got into another scrap with the same guy.
According to the New York Post, Shyne’s second fight landed him in involuntary protective custody, where he continues to be held. The rapper had just completed two months of 23-hour-a-day confinement as punishment for the first altercation, which occurred in the chow line.
Shyne is currently serving a 10-year bid for his involvement in the 1999 Club New York shooting, in which two bystanders were wounded. Sean "P. Diddy Combs," the president of Shyne’s former label Bad Boy Entertainment, was tried and found not guilty of four counts of weapons possession and one count of bribing a witness.
BEING BOBBY IS BEING NASTY
We haven't seen "Being Bobby Brown," but writer Barry Garon of the Hollywood Reporter has and put it mildly his bottom line thoughts boiled down to one word: "disgusting." He's what he wrote ...
"What gives 'Bobby' that dismal distinction? Is it the lionizing of a lowlife convicted of failing to pay child support for his out-of-wedlock kids, drunk driving and a cocaine-related parole violation? (And let's not forget his spousal 'slap-boxing' arrest.) Is it his insufferable ego (he calls his son, Bobby Jr., 'special to me because he carries my name')? Is it his constant crude comments (he tells wife Whitney Houston to 'bring that ass in quick. I'm going to show you what I'm going to do with it.')? Or is it just his disgusting persona as, in the second episode, he speaks of removing excrement from his wife's derriere? (No, I'm not going to quote him.)"
Hmmm, after reading this, we're not sure ... in fact, we KNOW this one reality we don't want to witness. But hey, if you're a fan of Whitney's "King of Stage," you can be with Bobby Brown tonight at 10 E/P on the Bravo cable network.