Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul Gives Justin Bieber Sizzurp Tips

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Three 6 Mafia rapper DJ Paul — famous for his song “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” — has some words of advice for Justin Bieber … stay away from sizzurp, or you could die. Paul was out in Vegas this week when we asked him about the photos circulating of Justin Bieber — showing the singer surrounded by double cups and codeine — and the rapper tells us, Bieber’s playing with fire. Paul says, “I can’t say don’t do [sizzurp] because I did my rounds with it. But I stay away from it these days because I had a lot of friends that passed away from it. It’s dangerous if you do too much of it.”

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Have We Outgrown Hip-Hop?

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When hip-hop legend Knowledge B. Born headed to the stage to finally receive his Hip-Hop Lifetime Achievement Award, he clutched in his right hand a speech written in graffiti that he had wanted to deliver for years. He planned to put the entire audience of rap superstars on blast for destroying the culture he helped create. But, when he looked into the faces of a room full of rich kids half his age, who were either half asleep or busy textin’, he just crumbled up his notes, said “Ya’ll keep doin’ your thing,” and left the stage. Leaving the crowd whispering amongst themselves, “Who was that old dude…”

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Gay Friendly Hip-Hop

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Snoop Dogg has rapped in songs where gay slurs have been tossed about. He’s even said them, part of a long list of rappers who have freely fuck and fag in a rhyme.For years, anti-gay epithets and sentiments in rap have largely been accepted, along with its frequent misogyny and violence, as part of the hip-hop culture — a culture that has been slow to change, even as gays enjoy more mainstream acceptance, particularly in entertainment.

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Drake Loses “Best Album” Award To A Christmas Album

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Date: Tuesday – March 3, 2012



The Juno Awards have made great strides in credibility in recent years, but that may have culminated in last year’s Drake-hosted crowning of Arcade Fire. The 2012 Junos took a great big step backwards — and a curiously unnecessary one — by overlooking Drake’s critical and commercial hit Take Care in favor of awarding Michael Buble’s Christmas album.

Perhaps sensing this impending award show train wreck, both Canadian superstars stayed away from the Junos broadcast in Ottawa. (As did Buble’s fellow Christmas album nominee Justin Bieber, though he accepted his Juno Fan Choice Award, presented by new protégé Carly Rae Jepsen, via taped message.)

Drake’s loss to a Christmas album is as egregious as Kanye West not being nominated for a best album Grammy for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Up against two holiday records and a pair of critical failures from Nickelback and Avril Lavigne, it shouldn’t have been a contest. Buble’s Christmas album is good for what it is, but what it is is a freaking Christmas album. It’s hardly an artistic achievement on the level of Drake’s Take Care.

As an aghast Deadmau5 said backstage, “Really? Was it any good? I mean, it better be one hell of a Christmas album.”

The selection of William Shatner as host, after going for cool kid Drizzy last year, seemed like another potential disaster. But the 81-year-old self-described “recording artist” killed as host, joking about Deadmau Five, kicking Chad Kroeger out of his own band to form “Nickel-Shat” (sparking a brief Twitter trend of #CdnShatnerBands) and delivering a CanRock medly, in his inimitable sing-speak fashion, of Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild,” Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” BTO’s “Takin’ Care of Business,” Trooper’s “Raise a Little Hell” and Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.”

Feist, who kicked off the Junos march toward credibility in 2008 with her The Reminder-fuelled five-award sweep, did her part once again as she was named Artist of the Year, adding to the previous night’s best Adult Alternative Album and Best DVD haul and bringing her lifetime win total up to 11. The comparatively lackluster reception for Metals apparently didn’t touch her artistic cred as she beat Canada’s biggest stars Deadmau5, City and Colour, Drake and Buble, a fact she alluded to in her acceptance speech.

“It just keeps going and going, I’m just in shock,” Feist said onstage. “This category is of a very international nature, so I’m very thankful. I’m straight-up grateful. ” She later backed up her wins with a powerful performance of “The Bad in Each Other,” assisted by three drummers, a horn section, Ex-Constantines member Bry Webb, Broken Social Scene’s Charles Spearin, a bluegrass trio and some sweet pyro.

Backstage, she elaborated on her surprise. “I was completely 100 percent convinced that I was absolutely not going to win an awards,” she said in the press room. “I felt like those days were over and I was content to play, because that’s what I do. This is just exponentially more shocking than it was in 2008. That year there were so many wonderful things happening that nothing felt shocking because I was over-shocked. Now, this is the shock.”

Feist wasn’t the only nice shocker, of course. The Sheepdogs took Single of the Year with “I Don’t Know,” giving them three in total and completing the defeat of Nickelback, who went zero for four, a repudiation of the Vancouver rockers who had swept the Junos on their last album. (The Sheepdogs weren’t there, either, though their dream-slot opening for John Fogerty on an Australian tour is basically the best excuse ever.)

Similarly, Dan Mangan took a well-deserved New Artist of the Year — even if we were personally rooting for Diamond Rings — and Dallas Green took a similarly well-earned Songwriter of the Year for City and Colour.

With the absence of Buble, Bieber and Drake, the night’s biggest international star was Deadmau5, who lost in the Best Dance Recording category that he’s dominated for the past few years. But at least it was to one of the biggest hits of the year, “Hello,” the monster electro-pop jam by Dragonette and noted non-Canadian producer Martin Solveig. (He’s French, so maybe that half-counts.) The upset was acknowledged by Sorbara backstage, who said “It’s just that much more surprising to be recognized in a category with someone who is as big and powerful as Deadmau5.”

But the cheese stands alone and dance music superstar Deadmau5 got to close the 41st annual Juno Awards in appropriately spectacular style with an assist from veteran jungle MC Flipside and electro-pop star Lights, who had also lost the previous night in the pop album category. It ended on a blissfully high note what had begun with Nickelback’s egregious “This Means War.” So if the 2012 Junos were uneven, at least they built from a painful past towards an on-fire future.

Are You Planking?

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Planking is blowing up the news and photo galleries these days. What is Planking? Older people would say it’s another instance of why the youth is screwed up. Kids would fire back that it’s the most fun you can have being still. Who’s right?

Planking is the act of lying face down for a photograph. The term planking originated from Australia but is actually just another name for ‘the lying down game’ (I’m not kidding). The specific instructions: to put your body face down to the ground (or table, or object, or anything) with your arms to the side.

It may be the latest craze that’s taking over the internet, but does it really mean what people think it means?

Rapper Xzibit is leading a new charge against “planking”, claiming the practice has racist roots. Xzibit recently Tweeted, “Planking is THE dumbest shit ever. Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, its not funny. Educate yourselves.” The rapper continues with, “Don’t get twisted. I care less where your dumb asses lay face down and take pictures of the shit, I’m just telling you where it came from.”

Although Xzibit is sharing his thoughts on planking, some celebrities, such as Katy Perry, Demi Moore, Rosario Dawson, Chris Brown, and Justin Bieber, seem to care less and have taken part in “planking” and have posted the pictures online.

So yes, “planking” has roots in slavery. If you look at the picture to the right, it shows how slaves captured in Africa were stowed away on ships during the “Middle Passage” journey during the late 16th Century. Slaves used the planks as beds. Rumors have it that “planking” came from kids in Australia, but actual planking began at the start of the slave trade as captured Africans were transported by ships to the New World during the “Middle Passage”.

What do you think?

Sean Kingston In Stable Condition After Accident

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Singer Sean Kingston was hospitalized after a watercraft accident Sunday (May 29) in Miami. The Jamaican singer was riding his jet ski with an unidentified female passenger when he crashed into the Palm Island Bridge in Miami Beach.

Kingston was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center for his injuries where he was moved to ICU on Monday. An off-duty Coast Guard pulled him from the wreck saying Sean was responsive but coughed up blood. The unidentified female was unharmed in the accident, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. There’s been no word on her condition yet.

Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU and “Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”


His friends took to Twitter praying for his speedy recovery making #getwellsean a trending topic over the weekend. Singer Justin Bieber used the hash tag on his Twitter this weekend adding, “I will continue to support and pray for my friend.”

Kingston’s accident occurred in the wake of Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s death last Friday (May 20). The 58-year-old ex-professional wrestler suffered a heart attack and died while driving his car in Florida.

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