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The internet is divided over BadBadNotGood 'Lavender' video.
Snoop Dogg has rendered the internet divided by his actions in the new BadBadNotGood video for 'Lavender', after he uses a joke gun to apparently assassinate a character dressed as a clown version of President Donald Trump. Senator Marco Rubio has suggested the endeavour is dangerous.
Snoop Dogg 'assassinates' Donald Trump in music video
The rapper rants and raves about police brutality and a racist bureaucracy in the Nightfall Remix of BadBadNotGood's song 'Lavender' featuring Snoop and Kaytranada. The video, directed by Jesse Wellens and James DeFina, sees everyone wearing clown make-up and shoes, with various clown accessories.
Continue reading: Is Snoop Dogg's Donald Trump 'Assassination' Video Dangerous?
Snoop Dogg believes Kanye West is ''crazy''.
Snoop Dogg believes Kanye West is ''crazy''.
The 45-year-old rapper has admitted he thinks the 39-year-old musician is ''weird'' because he constantly takes to the stage and rants about fellow musicians.
Speaking in a clip on social media, which sees Snoop watching a clip of the 'Famous' rapper and has since been posted to Karen Civil's Twitter, he said: ''This n****r crazy. Have you heard this n****r diss a n****r onstage? This n****r crazier than the s**t I got on my head.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Believes Kanye West Is 'crazy'
The ‘X Factor’ hopeful has found an ally in rapper 50 Cent.
Rapper 50 Cent has defended ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G, whose act has been branded ‘racist’ by some viewers.
The 35-year-old, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, has become this year’s most controversial contestant, thanks to her take on a number of rap tracks.
But 50 has hit back at accusations that Honey G is ‘appropriating black culture’ or making a mockery of rap and hip hop, by saying that anyone who thinks the act is racist doesn't ‘know what racism really is’.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Defends 'X Factor's' Honey G After Some Viewers Brand Act 'Racist'
'Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party' is going straight to series and will debut on VH1 in the autumn.
Get ready people: VH1 is preparing to team up Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart to co-present a new series called ‘Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party’, in what must qualify as the most unlikely hosting partnership in TV history.
The new series, due to air in the autumn and in which the duo will throw dinner parties for their celebrity friends. According to a statement from VH1, it promises to be a “half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, conversation and fun where nothing is off limits.”
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart will be presenting the show together
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg And Martha Stewart To Host Weekly Celebrity Dinner Party Show On VH1
Bow Wow has admitted he plans to quit making rap music when he hits 30 because he has already made his fortune from the 10 million records sold.
Bow Wow has quit the music industry.
The 29-year-old singer songwriter has confirmed he plans to retire from producing rap music before the age of 30, but after he releases his final album 'Nylth', because he is ready for a ''new adventure'' after the success of his career thus far, which has seen him sell over 10 million.
The 'Let Me Hold You' hitmaker - whose real name is Shad Gregory Moss - announced the news via social media.
Continue reading: Bow Wow Has Retired
The remake of the 1970s miniseries debuts on The History Channel on Monday.
Rapper Snoop Dogg will not be tuning in to the remake of 1970s miniseries ‘Roots’ when it premieres on The History Channel tonight (May 31st). In a video posted to Instagram, the rapper said he was sick of seeing TV series and films, including 12 Years A Slave, depicting the history of slavery and asked when a series would be made showing the success of African Americans.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Criticises 'Roots', Remake Tells Fans To Boycott Show
With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the most recent saviour of pop and Connor4Real is the latest major record label cash cow but behind every great talent there's a whole host of people working behind the scenes to create the finished Connor4Real package.
Continue: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Teaser Trailer
Move over David Attenborough, Snoop Dogg is coming for your gig!
A petition is gathering steam online asking for rapper Snoop Dogg to become the new host of ‘Planet Earth’. Over 13,000 people have signed the change.org petition since it was launched two weeks and the rapper himself has even given it his blessing.
Do you want to see Snoop Dogg as the new ‘Planet Earth’ host?
The petition was created by Kelly Orton from the United States, who is calling for Snoop to replace current host David Attenborough. “Snoop Dogg has narrated some Planet Earth in the past but yo we need him to narrate full episodes. Sign the petition if you agree,” it reads.
Continue reading: There's A Petition To Get Snoop Dogg As The New Host Of 'Planet Earth'
The (RED) campaign was set up by Bono to raise money to tackle AIDS.
Almost exactly a year to the day since he seriously injured his arm in a bike accident in New York, U2 singer Bono will be auctioning a bicycle ride as part of a charity campaign for his organisation (RED), which raises money to tackle AIDS.
The campaign launches on Tuesday (December 1st), which honours World AIDS Day, according to the Associated Press. It can be entered by donated at least $10 through the Omaze website, and the winner will get to accompany the iconic frontman on a bike ride through New York’s Central Park, where he injured his arm so badly it required surgery this time last year.
Bono performing with U2 on their recent world tour
Continue reading: Bono Auctioning Off Bike Ride In Central Park For AIDS Charity
The rapper has helped families in need in his native Inglewood, California.
Rapper Snoop Dogg has helped 1,500 families in need have a happier Thanksgiving, by handing out turkeys in his home city of Los Angeles. At the second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, the rapper was joined by the Mayor of Inglewood, California James Butts and other city officials has he handed out the turkeys.
Snoop Dogg has helped hand out 1.500 Thanksgiving turkeys.
Speaking to TV channel KNBC-TV, Mayor Butts said: "Snoop Dogg took pictures with over 800 people at the event. We had a tented area for seniors to sit in, and the first thing he did was go over to take pictures with everyone there.”
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Helps Hand Out 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys To Families In California
A topless Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) was seen getting out of a black truck outside the ABC studios in Los Angeles as photographers look on. He was arriving for an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', where he was a special guest for musical guest Charlie Wilson.
Continue: Video - Snoop Dogg Arrives Topless For 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
The unlikely duo party, drink and dance all night before they can't take it anymore...but then the celebrations start all over again.
One of music's unlikeliest collaborations has just released a music video.
The South Korean sensation, PSY, teams up with rap legend Snoop Dogg to deliver a non-stop partying music video for their latest track 'Hangover.'
PSY's latest music video is becoming a viral hit
Continue reading: PSY And Snoop Dogg Collaborate To Party Hard In 'Hangover' Music Video
The rapper spoke of the influence he and his peers have upon youth culture.
Snoop Dogg has offered his voice to a growing cry of outrage in the USA against gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in California, the rapper has rallied his peers in support of working to halt the nation's disturbing gun crime stats by speaking of the influence they could collectively exert.
The rap star spoke at a San Francisco news conference designed to raise awareness of his No Guns Allowed campaign. The cause was established last year after the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012 and aims to convince young people to stay away from guns.
"We are the voices that the youth listen to," Snoop said, via Sky News. "They respect us, so we are the ones who actually can put a half pause on the gun violence when we speak as one as a whole rap community.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Stands Up To Gun Violence, Rallies Rap Community
Hip hop pioneer of 'It Takes Two' fame DJ E-Z Rock passed away on Sunday
Hip hop artist Rodney Bryce, who was most famous under the name Dj E-Z Rock, passed away this Sunday at aged 46. The rapper’s death was confirmed by his friend and collaborator Rob Base, the pair had found fame together in 1988 with the track ‘It Takes Two’.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s first single together was 1987’s ‘DJ Interview’ which eventually landed them a recording deal with Profile records. Their next release ‘It Takes Two’ would become an iconic single due to its blend of hip hop and house music, it would peak at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs.
Continue reading: Remembering 'It Takes Two' Rapper E-Z Rock, Rodney Bryce
The 42 year-old rap icon thought Jimmy Fallon's mash-up of the NBC news anchor rapping to the Grammy-Award winning song was hilarious.
Don't worry Brian Williams, Snoop Dogg doesn't mind your questionable rendition of his 1994 hit 'Gin And Juice.'
The 42 year-old rapper must have seen the NBC news anchor's appearance in Jimmy Fallon's latest mash-up montage of his Grammy-Award winning song.
"hahaha my guy !! @bwilliams doin gin and juice - i luv it @jimmyfallon !!," Snoop tweeted on Tuesday morning, along with a YouTube clip of Williams' rap.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Gives Brian Williams' Rap Of 'Gin And Juice' The Thumbs Up
Sunday's Academy Awards topped the ratings as they awarded popular winners. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson assembles his latest starry cast for a New York premiere and we get new trailers for Transformers 4 and the Paddington Bear movie...
The Academy Awards drew its biggest TV audience in more than a decade on Sunday night, as the Oscars were shared by a variety of hit films and performances. Ellen Degeneres hosted the ceremony, giving the night a populist touch by serving pizza to the A-listers and taking a star-packed selfie that managed to crash Twitter.
As for the winners, 12 Years a Slave won three top prizes - for best film, screenplay and supporting actress - while the blockbuster Gravity took home seven awards. There were also popular wins for Matthew Mcconaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and the animated film Frozen. If you need to catch up on any of the above click to find more info on 12 Years a Slave taking Best Picture, Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett's triumph, Pizza anoyone? and Ellen deciding to get a couple of stars together for an impromptu selfie.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Oscars Are A Hit, Stars Turn Out For Grand Budapest, Trailers Arrive For Transformers 4 And Paddington, Julianne Moore Works The Streets
Take a break from skiing to catch some spectacular sounds from South Lake Tahoe's SnowGlobe Music Festival.
This summer may have been a great season for festivals everywhere, but SnowGlobe Music Festival 2013 proves that you don't need warm weather to have a sensational musical experience.
The beautiful city of South Lake Tahoe, California presents another end of year celebration from December 29th - 31st complete with its famous clear blue lake and snow-capped mountains as the back drop to one of the last musical events of 2013. Recently confirmed as headliners are Dutch electronic artist Tiesto and Chicago DJ Kaskade as well as hip hop legend Snoop Dogg who is currently performing under the name Snoop Lion as he embarks on a more reggae based music career. Moombahcore pioneer Dillon Francis will also make an appearance at the event, ahead of the release of his debut studio album, as well as Canadian duo Zeds Dead and Atlanta producer Treasure Fingers. There's more to come, however, as a new headliner will be unveiled on November 3rd 2013.
Continue reading: SnowGlobe Music Festival 2013 Brings Stunning Music To The Skiing Capital Of California
Check out the viral ad below
In this world of viral marketing – see our top marketing spoofs and virals to rival the latest Carrie prank – there are a few cheats. One of them is to get the world’s biggest rapper, couple him with the world’s biggest model, and just let the rest speak for itself.
Oh Hey, It's Kate Upton!
Seriously, we reckon Snoop Lion, Kate Upton and a huge bag of weed – the one he won – were just let loose in a big studio with no supervision. And the result was, well, you can see what happened below. “Now let me give you an introduction/ to the master baker of this production,” Snoop raps, saying that he can “bake anywhere."
Continue reading: Snoop Lion Raps Hot Pockets, Kate Upton Eats Them Up - It's Another Viral
The 'Sports Illustrated' super star featured in some snaps uploaded to Twitter by personal trainer David Kirsch
Believe it or not, but Kate Upton look really good in spandex pants. Hard to believe right? Personal trainer to the stars, David Kirsch uploaded a few snaps of the blonde bombshell on to his Twitter page, which featured the model rocking Heidi Klum's range for New Balance.
Kate is currently 'Model of the Year' - for obvious reasons
Heidi Klum's latest collection for New Balance, or HKNB as it is otherwise known, was launched by the sports company this year to bring a fashionista's touch to the world of working out. The product line has already proved to be a hit with shoppers, and Klum has even contributed some of her favourite workouts to the NB website.
Continue reading: Kate Upton Puts Heidi Klum's New Balance Range To The Test [Pictures]
Snoop Dogg's son is among those speaking out in support of Kiffin's untimely firing.
Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, isn’t normally the headline grabbing type, but the Four-star high school wide receiver got a lot of attention recently, after voicing his support for the firing of USC coach Lane Kiffin. Broadus, who is currently considered to be one of the top college prospects from California in the 2015 class, spoke to 247Sports, saying that he supports USC’s decision to let Kiffin go, following the Trojans’ Sunday defeat to Arizona State, 62-41, at Tempe, Ariz. TheUSC team is currently going through an unusually poor season, and it looks like Kiffin has taken the flack for the low performance.
"I feel that he should have been fired a while ago and USC is going to raise the bar now because the new coaching staff next year," Broadus, who is currently ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports, said. Kiffin has been temporarily replaced by Ed Oregon, until a permanent coach is found. The former USC coach was the first at USC to be fired mid-football season, which created an inconvenience for the team.
"It's never the perfect time to do these things," USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said during an afternoon news conference on campus (as reported by the Los Angeles Times), "but I thought it was the right time."
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg's Son Cordell Broadus, A 2015 Prospect, Reacts To USC's Firing Of Coach Lane Kiffin
Q: What do you get if you leave 55,000 people on the Isle Of Wight for four days in September?
A: Possibly the messiest weekend of excess on the UK's summer festival calendar.
Having become the official closing party to the summer's festivities that started back in May at Brighton's Great Escape, Rob De Bank's Bestival shindig has developed a life of its own in recent years. Growing to over five times the size of its inaugural 2004 event, Bestival can boast at being one of the few music festivals where the line-up is often secondary in the eyes of many revellers. Described as a "boutique Glastonbury" by some, it's become one of the most prominent names on the calendar, which is testament to its creator and his team of organisers in building and maintaining such a prestigious gathering.
Continue reading: Bestival 2013 - Live Review
"Roo, roo, roo!": 'The Arsenio Hall Show' is back!
Arsenio Hall has picked up where he left off nearly two decades ago on his late night entertainment show, The Arsenio Hall Show, which has been revived via syndication for a new generation after the original show ended in 1994. Hall tweeted to raise some excitement for his comeback, using the hashtag "#backisbeautiful."
He's Back! Get Those Fists Pumping!
The 57 year-old, who barely looks a year older than when he made his departure from his show, welcomed Paula Abdul, Chris Tucker, Snoop Dogg. Hall showed that his easy manner, sense of humor and energetic hosting skills had not been lost as he stepped back into a television genre now saturated with late night talkshow hosts and their comfy armchairs.
Continue reading: Arsenio Hall Is Back On TV Screens After 19 Years: "Back Is Beautiful"
Bestival's 'Hello Sailor' themed year was no dry dock.
Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event. Mermaids, Vikings, Tritons, Neptunes, and plenty of Spongebob Squarepants watched rapper-turned-reggae-singer Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) headline the main stage on Saturday night.
Snoop: Lion Or Dogg, The Man Has Perfected His Stoner "Act."
As all eyes turned to the red, green and yellow backdrop, everyone wondered if and how the new Snoop - the one who claims to be an incarnation of Bob Marley - would do things differently to the shizzle and bizzle of the 'Smoke Weed Everyday' days. Turns out, things had barely changed. Before the big man himself had emerged onstage his 'hype' crew had already asked the crowd which coast their loyalties lay with and if anyone had smoked weed that day. Lion then sauntered on stage looking as laid back as ever and begins to perform 'Here Comes The King' whilst suspiciously subdued.
Continue reading: Bestival 2013: Snoop Dogg, Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr & The Knife Rock The Boat
By and large, the third day of Bestival was a rousing success.
Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his biggest hits to a backdrop of his own face (because of course he did.)
Snoop's new persona isn't exactly a hit with fans.
Check out more pictures from this year's festival in our gallery.
Continue reading: In One Last Bout Of Summer Festival Euphoria, Snoop Dogg And Franz Ferdinand Rock Bestival
The BET Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
The Bet Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
Jamie Foxx recieved the Award for Best Actor.
The BET categories include Best R&B/Pop artist; Hip-Hop artist; sportsman and sportswoman; music video; viewer's choice; movie; gospel and international act.
Continue reading: BET Awards 2013: Drake, Kendrick Lemar And Gabrielle Douglas Receive Two Awards [Pictures]
Turbo has big dreams for such a small garden snail; dreams that stretch beyond his regular, sluggish, plant-pot dwelling life. He wants to become the fastest mover in the world, even faster than his favourite racing driver, and compete at the IndyCar races, but, as nature would have it, no matter how much training he does, he simply can't gather speed. However, one day, while gazing at the blurry flow of traffic on a highway, his wish comes true when he is sucked into the back of a vehicle and submerged in a tank of nitrous oxide. On making an escape, he finds himself glowing like a lightbulb and zooming past his inching friends a hundred times faster than he ever believed was possible. On his journey to speedy stardom, he meets Whiplash, Skidmark, Burn, Smooth Move and White Shadow; a crew of other racer wannabes who take him under their wings.
Continue: Turbo - Clips
Ben Affleck has certainly scored some awards over the past year.
Ben Affleck was awarded with the Spike’s Tv ‘Guy of the Year Award’ on Saturday (aired last night). The ceremony took place in Culver City, California. Affleck was presented his antler shaped (nicknamed ‘mantler’) award by fellow Oscar winning actor and director, Clint Eastwood. This is one of many awards; Affleck has received this year including an Oscar for his film Argo.
The Awards were first held in 2007 and previous winners have included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Mickey Rourke, Maek Wahlberg and Matt Damon. As you’d expect, the awards are hardly female friendly (there is an award named the ‘holy grail of hot’) yet many turned out for the event including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba.
The awards are hardly on par with the Oscars or a Golden Globes – there was a category in 2012 for ‘Hottest Zo(o)e(y)’. The nominations for this particular award were somewhat limited. However, the award’s lack of prestige did not prevent Affleck celebrating backstage with Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn and Jimmy Kimmel.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Is Guy’S Choice Awards’ ‘Guy Of The Year’
Turbo might be just your average garden snail but there's one thing that sets him apart from all his friends; he is tired of the slowness of life and has dreams of becoming the fastest creature in the world. While his friend Chet does everything within his power to convince him that he should enjoy the life he has and forget his impossible aspirations. However, while Turbo wistfully watches the flow of traffic on the highway, he makes a wish that unexpectedly defies biology. He is sucked into the engine of a racing car and is subsequently submerged in a tank of nitrous oxide which causes him to glow brightly. When he realises that it has also given him the ability to move at an extraordinary pace, he is determined to compete at the IndyCar races and become the first snail in history to win in a vehicular race.
Continue: Turbo Trailer
Ke$ha says she tried her own urine after hearing a rumor that it was good for you.
The headline pretty much says it all. Yes, 26-year-old Die Young singer Ke$ha has clearly been watching Kevin Costner in Waterworld. But while Costner managed to set up a nifty gadget that purified his urine into fresh water, Ke$ha is simply swilling it down - straight from the barrel, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The singer has gained a reputation for being somewhat of an oddball. In her new documentary series by filmmaker brother Lagan Sebert, she's filmed jumping out of airplanes, making out in clubs, crying over nasty comments from bloggers and drinking her own urine. "I heard it was good for you. That was, like, the rumor," she said of the latter. "But I don't know. I'm also just one that doesn't shy away from things. I'm not good at saying 'no' so I just figure, f--k it, I'll try anything once. So I tried it. I wouldn't recommend it. It was pretty gross. And I don't think it really did anything very beneficial to me so, yeah, I wouldn't probably do it again".
The party-girl hit the headlines earlier this month after it was alleged she was puffing on a joint onstage at the MTV Movie Awards with Snoop Dogg, though Ke$ha coyly refuted the allegations. "It was glitter. . We were just smoking my glitter," she said.
Continue reading: Ke$ha Drinks Her Own Urine. Repeat. Ke$ha Drinks Her Own Urine
David Guetta, Fatboy Slim and Swedish House Mafia are pictured at the final weekend of Miami's Ultra Music Festival.
Swedish House Mafia at Ultra Musical Festival, Miami
America's favourite EDM fest The Ultra Music Festival have rounded off their last weekend with an impressive line-up.
We expected nothing less than exhilarating, flawless electronic finery from Ultra's uber exciting 2013 2-weekend line-up and neither weekend's artists held back at all as they hit Miami's Bayfront Park full of enthusiasm. Weekend 2's line-up saw a sting of disc jockey legends including double Grammy winner David Guetta, DJ royalty Fatboy Slim, the more recent chart sensation Deadmau5 and the Gold-selling Calvin Harris. Other attendees included Afrojack, who recently remixed Psy's YouTube hit 'Gangnam Style', Dutch sensation Armin Van Buuren, Italian DJ Benni Benassi and out latest electronic music heroes Zeds Dead. Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) became the highlight of weekend 1, however, and he probably felt right at home having collaborated with many artists on the bill.
Continue reading: Highlights From The Ultra Music Festival 2013! Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim And More (Photos)
There's a nagging sense of indulgence that leaves us wondering just how truthful this documentary actually is as it follows Snoop Dogg on a voyage of personal discovery. Part of the problem is that he smokes so much weed that we're not even sure how much he'll remember about his decision to travel to Jamaica to reinvent himself. But at least he has this film to remind him of what happened.
Snoop, aka Calvin Broadus, decides to record a reggae album instead of his usual rap, so he takes his entourage to Kingston to explore the Rastafarian beliefs of his idol Bob Marley. He knows this will involve shifting his musical focus from his violent past to a more love-filled approach, and this is affirmed when he meets original Wailer Bunny (who renames him Snoop Lion) and Marley's son Damian. They explore key locations from the Wailers' past, smoking an almost comical amount of ganja with the locals. And along the way, Snoop reminisces about his earlier life working with Dr Dre, the late Tupac Shakur and his cousin Nate Dogg, who died in 2011 after a series of strokes.
All of this is presented in a loosely linear narrative, as their experiences in Jamaica are combined with extended flashbacks to events that have affected Snoop's life along the way. It's an intensely intimate odyssey, as Snoop talks openly about leaving his life as a gangster and pimp behind him and returning to his wife Shante and their children. Director Capper lets us watch all of this through Snoop's eyes, which creates a sharp portrait of an intelligent man on a strongly artist quest for meaning.
Continue reading: Reincarnated Review
Turbo is a regular garden snail who, unlike his friends, is bored of living his life at a. well, snail's pace. As much as his friends and family try to convince him that his dreams of becoming a super-fast racer are, frankly, ridiculous and utterly fruitless, he refuses to give up hope and makes a wish that is set to change his life forever. After accidently finding himself taking a ride on the roof of the racing car of one of the fastest racers in the world, he finds himself flying into a tank of nitrous oxide which transforms his genetic code and makes him one of the fastest moving creatures on Earth, putting other wannabe snail racers to shame.
'Turbo' is the hilarious and delightful new animated movie from DreamWorks about the power of hope and determination in striving to achieve your dreams. It is David Soren's directorial feature film debut, though he has worked on a string of other animated flicks in other departments. He also co-wrote 'Turbo' with Darren Lemke ('Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Shrek Forever After') and Robert D. Siegel ('The Wrestler', 'Big Fan'). It is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas this Autumn on October 18th 2013.
BMI's annual pre-Grammy Awards songwriter's panel, "How I Wrote That Song", was an interesting meeting of minds, made somewhat more interesting by Snoop blazing up a blunt.
Often, what makes a song popular is its relatability: how well its audience can relate to the sentiments within. However, it never fails to be fascinating to find out where those lyrics, the ones that make us laugh, cry, and vent any other variety of emotions that they evoke, came from originally. Every year, BMI hosts a panel of some of pop, R&B and rock's most successful song writers to talk about the origins of the music they write. This year's panel was made up of Snoop Dogg, Luke Laird, B.O.B., Evan Bogart and Busta Rhymes.
Clearly, there was something of a hip-hop bias while compiling the panel, but that worked to its merit. In fact, as Billboard reports, one of country music song-writer Luke Laird's influences was Snoop's pre-eminent album 'The Chronic'. Growing up in the country, in a town with a population of just 700, you'd not think that hip-hop would be a the genre of choice. However, as he said: "Let me just say, the album everyone was listening to was 'The Chronic.'"
Continue reading: Where Does Your Favourite Music Come From? Song Writers B.O.B, Busta Rhymes, Luke Laird And Snoop Dogg Chat On Stage About Influences
Here at Contactmusic, we’re already taking bets on how many punters at Bestival will be dressing up as Elton John on fancy dress day. Or possibly for the whole weekend. If you’re planning on going to the festival, on the Isle of Wight this summer, you’d better get your outrageous glasses purchased now, because they’re sure to run out pretty soon. Apparently, it was the power of fancy dress that lured Elton to the festival. “I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that, they must all look amazing from the stage.”
Elton’s appearance is a serious coup for the festival, which is curated by Radio One DJ Rob da Bank. He admits “I haven't played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years,” so the chance to catch him at a relatively small (though influential) affair on the ever-expanding UK festival circuit will be a treat. “When the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested,” Elton told The Guardian. "Bestival seems to be more of a people's festival, not too big, and very friendly - I like the idea of that.” Whether or not Elton’s planning on wearing fancy dress too, remains to be seen.
The second of the festival’s headliners to be announced is the US rapper Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg, that is), another rarity on the UK’s outdoor gig scene. The event takes place on September 5-8, 2013. Snoop will headline the Saturday night and Elton takes the iconic closing slot on the Sunday.
Continue reading: Bestival 2013: Will Elton John Or Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg) Wear Fancy Dress?
Snoop Lion used to be called Snoop Dogg and was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr - that's a lot of names for one person to have in their lifetime. The reason behind Snoop's anthropomorphising is due to his new found rastafarian status, apparently. However, now, after Snoop has made a documentary called 'Reincarnation' and recorded his first reggae album, Bunny Wailer of Bob Marley and the Wailers, is threatening to take legal action against the ex-rapper.
Speaking to TMZ he said that Snoop Lion has committed "outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community's personalities and symbolism," and has failed to meet "contractual, moral and verbal commitments." Along with Bunny's comments, Snoop has also received a seven page letter from Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council (aka Rastafari Millennium Council) expressing their disgust with his actions.
They feel that Snoop's documentary is reductive and makes it looks as though "smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is... what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!" When it most certainly is not. All of this has culminated in a potential law suit. "[T]hey want Snoop to stop using the name "Lion" ... pay up the "financial and moral support" they claim he committed, and issue a public apology." Everyone knows him as Snoop Dogg anyway, he's got bags of money and sorry is just a word. Shouldn't be too difficult.
Continue reading: Bunny Wailer Disgruntled By Snoop Lion And Threatening To Sue For Being A False Rastafarian
Turbo is a garden snail with big dreams of becoming the speediest snail in the world. He is seen as a figure of embarrassment among his snail community, his family and his friends for rejecting their slow and steady way of life but is nonetheless determined, through an intensive training routine, to become like his all-time favourite idol, Guy Gagne; a Indianapolis 500 racing champion for IndyCar. One day, his treasured dreams seem set to be realised when, following a freak incident, he develops an incredible superpower that allows him to move at a mind-blowing pace giving him the chance to truly compete at the IndyCar races and win the Indy 500 champion title for himself.
'Turbo' is a wonderful animated family comedy from DreamWorks about determination, hope and achieving your dreams. It is the feature directorial debut of David Soren who has previously worked on 'Shark Tale', 'Madagascar 2' and 'Shrek' in various departments and who also acted as a co-writer for the film alongside Darren Lemke ('Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Shrek Forever After') and Robert D. Siegel ('The Wrestler', 'Big Fan'). It's a delightful little tale due for release much later in the year on October 18th 2013.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson
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Hip hop has always been more of a culture than just a genre of music. It represents a huge portion of the marginalised world of America and how they managed to create something from nothing; how their lifestyle and previously buried literary talents created a culture that has inspired millions. The frontman of rap/ metal band Body Count Ice-T takes his audience on the road to visit the founding fathers, the major superstars and the rising stars of the rap genre including Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, Krs-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and discover the skill and feeling behind what has made them international music heroes. One of the frequent interviewees is Grandmaster Caz who we are taken to visit on several occasions as he writes a new set of rhymes called 'The Art Of Rap'.
Directed by Ice-T with help from Andy Baybutt, 'Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap' is a feature length music documentary delving into what goes into making the seminal hip hop records that have dominated music since the late '70s. It came about when producer Paul Toogood asked Ice-T the simplest of question which the star had never before been asked: How did he write seminal tracks such as '6 In The Mornin' and 'Colors'?
Featuring: Common, Ice Cube, Chuck D, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nas, Kanye West, Darryl McDaniels, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane
And so the day finally arrives. After months of campaigning, it's officially Election Day 2012, with America set to choose between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. There's nothing more either man can do but sit back, try to relax and hope the votes flood in.
One thing's for sure, it's going to be no landslide for either candidate and both will pull in millions of votes to make it one of the closest run elections in years. As a Democrat, Obama can rely on California and New York, and Romney is certain to take Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina - basically everything in the south - though the election hinges on the swing-states Florida, Nevada and most importantly, Ohio. The bookmakers certainly think they know who's going to be President on Wednesday, offering odds of around 1/6 on President Obama with around 9/2 on Mitt Romney. We're pretty sure Republicans may think that's worth a flutter, though if you're still unsure about who to vote for - or think you've voted for the wrong candidate - check out the celebrity endorsements to see if your favourite stars agree with you!
Jay Z and Beyonce (President Obama)
Continue reading: Election Day 2012: Obama Or Romney? Let Your Favorite Celebrity Decide!
Nelly’s tour bus was searched at a border patrol in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Heroin was uncovered, alongside a loaded firearm, reports MTV.
The rapper was detained on Wednesday night (October, 9 2012) but wasn’t arrested, after Brian Keith Jones – a man on the bus with him – admitted to being the proprietor of the 0.64 ounces of heroin, more than 10 pounds of marijuana and a loaded .45-caliber pistol. He was, of course, subsequently arrested after the dogs sniffed out his batch of illegal stuff. “It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning,” NME reported Nelly as saying. “Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials did not press charges against anyone other than that individual.”
Sierra Blanca seems like a honey trap for celebs that insist on smuggling narcotics: Willie Nelson, Armie Hammer, Snoop Dogg and, most recently, Fiona Apple have all been arrested for drug possession in the Texas town. "Most of the people were very nice to me," Apple said of her arrest. "There are four of you out there, and I want you to know I heard everything you did, I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking I couldn't hear and see you."
Nelly, the multi-platinum selling rapper with a trademark band-aid on his cheek has had his tour bus raided by police, where they found heroin, a loaded gun and a huge amount of weed, so reports TMZ.com. Nelly was subsequently detained by police in Texas.
The bus was stopped for a routine check at a stop point in Sierra Blanca, and sniffer dogs were used to root out the contraband material. Apparently, according to law enforcement sources, 0.64 ounces of heroin were found in 36 different bags and over ten pounds of marijuana in a 'large green duffel bag'. There were 7 people on board the bus at the time of the rain, all of whom were detained during the search, but have since been let go after a man named Brian Keith Jones admitted to sole possession of the drugs and gun.
The Sierra Blanca checkpoint is a notorious place for celebs to be busted for drugs, most famously Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg. And being just 30 miles from the Mexican border the entire area is rife with drug smuggling.
Continue reading: Nelly's Whole New Dilemma As His House Is Raided, Drugs Seized
We're looking forward to seeing what long-winded song title Fiona Apple comes up with when she gets around to writing a song about this one. That's right, the singer songwriter who once held the dubious honour of writing the world's longest album title, was reportedly arrested on the Mexico border after being found to have marijuana on her persons.
Apple certainly isn't the first music star to be stopped on the border and found to have the green stuff on her. Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Armie Hammer are three of the not-so surprising names to have found themselves in trouble with the law for possessing the banned substance. Apple was found to have hash on her as well as a small amount of weed and as such the 35 year-old is being held at Hudspeth County Jail.
It hopefully won't derail what's been a fairly promising comeback from Apple, who released her first album in seven years this year, giving it the typically long-winded title The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. The album went to number three on the US Billboard Charts, although it hasn't got anywhere near sales of her phenomenally received debut album Tidal. Released in 1996, that sold some 2.7 million in the US.
Born in small-town Canada, Justin started showing musical talent very early and was encouraged by his young single mum Pattie and grandparents Diane and Bruce.
As the 12-year-old Justin sang and played guitar and drums in local venues, Atlanta music producer Scooter Braun spotted a YouTube video. Studying with mentor Usher was followed by years of flogging Justin's live talents to radio deejays and internet fans. And as his following grew, a record label finally took notice.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Review
Pete Wentz is to make a cameo appearance on the hit US TV show Californication.
The Showtime series stars former X- Files actor David Duchovny as a writer living in Los Angeles.
Fall Out Boy bassist Wentz is reportedly going to play himself in the episode, which is scheduled to air in September, reports NME.
According to Perez Hilton, "Duchovny's character, the troubled writer Hank, will see Pete at a pool party hanging out with the show's resident teen, Mia. Pete will tell Hank how much he enjoyed his book."
Wentz and singer Ashlee Simpson married recently, announcing that they are expecting their first child just weeks afterwards.
Rapper Snoop Dogg recently imparted some of his parenting advice to Wentz when he appeared on the FALL OUT BOY star's show FNTV.
In the comedy sketch, SNOOP DOGG advised Wentz to keep the new baby in the garage, reports Showbiz Spy.
Continue reading: Pete Wentz To Appear On Californication
Like a series of linked MAD TV skits done without regard to network censors - the humor is about that intelligent - the film presents the 1992 Rodney King beating and subsequent riots as a grand comic opera of greed and stupidity, going after everybody involved with equal vigor. One can get a feel for how writer/director Marc Klasfeld intends to approach his subject a few minutes in, when the car chase and police beating of King (T.K. Carter) is done as a jokey game, with a police helicopter pilot serving as the announcer ("and they're off!"), while the cops themselves, having pulled King over, place beats over the ethnicity of the guy inside. Then Snoop Dogg shows up - serving, appropriately enough, as the film's narrator and chorus - to introduce the film proper, while fireworks go off behind him.
Continue reading: The L.A. Riot Spectacular Review
Snoop Dogg portrays charismatic hood Jimmy Bones, a stylish late '70s dude with a cool demeanor to match his threads. Jimmy has always protected his community by looking out for his crime-ridden neighborhood. He possesses the cocky swagger of John Shaft and the street savvy of Superfly's Priest. We're told in flashback that Jimmy Bones refused to deal crack cocaine to his beloved people, and thus the crooked cops and thugs snuffed him out. But nobody betrays Jimmy Bones -- nobody! So he comes back from the dead.
Continue reading: Bones Review
Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart), along with his buddy Muggsy (Method Man), uses the $100 million Wade wins in a court settlement against the airline that kills his dog, to buy an airline of their very own. Wade calls it NWA - no, not Northwest Airlines - Nashawn Wade Airlines (clever, huh?). It features one departure daily from the 3-1-0 (Los Angeles) to the 2-1-2 (New York) from the brand new Malcolm X terminal at LAX, where a brother can find bargains at a 99 cents store, play some half-court hoops, and eat some fried chicken before a flight.
Continue reading: Soul Plane Review
That's not a prude's complaint about how nubile college-age folks getting wasted in Mexico is degrading, insulting, or a sign of our moral decline. A well-made film about what happens on Spring Break would be a wonderful thing; it might tell us something about how people's personalities transform in a world without moral tethers, which is the stuff of good documentaries. Robert Flaherty went to the Arctic and made the great Nanook of the North, and if somebody went to Cancun and made Nookie of the South, I'd be all for it. Heck, give it some high-minded title - American Ritual, say - and even the Film Comment crowd would happily climb aboard.
Continue reading: The Real Cancun Review
At the heart of "Baby Boy" -- director John Singleton's return to his "Boyz 'N the Hood" roots -- is a character with whom it's extremely hard to sympathize.
Played by R&B hip-hop artist Tyrese Gibson, his name is Jody and the fact that he's only 20 years old is supposed to excuse him for being a selfish, shallow, disdainful, disloyal, disrespectful, lying, cheating, irresponsible hypocrite with a huge chip on his shoulder.
Singleton, who set this story in the same neighborhood as "Boyz," expects us to see "Baby Boy" as Jody's journey into manhood because toward the end of the film he has a tired cliché of an insincere quickie epiphany. He realizes maybe he should stop running around on one of the two girls who have already borne his children, start taking some responsibility, get a job and support his kids -- or at least one of them. Well, duh.
Continue reading: Baby Boy Review
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