Posts by Billy Johnson, Jr.
- Yahoo Music1 hr ago
March 9 is a sad day for Notorious B.I.G. fans. It's the anniversary of his 1997 death to a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. But producer David Catalano has given the late rap star's followers a reason to smile. On Sunday, Catalano released "Nasty Boy," the sixth episode of his hilarious webisode series "The Smalls Family." For the new segment, characters Tess Strohm (Katie Smalls), James Hook (Big Poppa) and Jill Bresnahan (Step Momma Smalls) transform Biggie's boastful freaky tales into a modern family storyline about parents' concerns about their child's choice of friends.
- Yahoo Music1 day ago
Actress, dancer and model Carmen Electra used her birth name Tara Patrick before meeting Prince in 1991. After the pop legend saw the then aspiring artist dance, he suggested a name change. "I auditioned for an all girl group that he was putting together and he ended up signing me to his label Paisley Park," Carmen told The Yo Show. "After I danced for him he said, 'You look like Electra. That should be your name.'" Carmen admits that the new moniker didn't initially stick. "At first I thought it sounded kinda like a super hero type of name which actually it is," she said. "So I was hesitant but it just sorta grew on me and that's it. I'm Electra now." Prince was right. Carmen's appeal and electric personality has lead to a successful career including a Playboy magazine cover, and dozens of television and movie roles including "Baywatch," "American Vampire," "Scary Movie," "Meet the Spartans," "Date Movie" and "Starsky & Hutch."
- Yahoo Music3 days ago
Ed Sheeran may be adding a new cover song to his concerts. The charismatic pop star that scored a viral hit with his mash up of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" and Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" has been rehearsing Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love." "I might forget the words cause I'm not quite there, finishing it," Ed said Wednesday before previewing a snippet of his work in progress during a stop by Ryan Seacrest's morning show.
Hear Ed Sheeran's "Drunk in Love" cover at .50 mark:
Even though Ed forgot some of the lyrics to the chorus, his acoustic rendition sounds incredible. "I'll get there eventually," he said after his 20-second clip. What do you think? Ed also discussed his tattoos, showing off a new teddy bear on his right bicep. The art on his right arm is mainly family-oriented, and the other arm features more music-related drawings, he said.
- Yahoo Music4 days ago
Since Iggy Azalea has taken us back to school with her awesome video for "Fancy" that re-creates a number of scenes from the 1995-cult classic comedy "Clueless," a hip-hop poll is in order. In one of the opening scenes, Iggy, portraying "Clueless"'s lead character Cher Horowitz, makes a presentation for her classmates. Though her boasts about her ability to "hold ya down" like she's giving "lessons in physics" are engaging and all, we couldn't help but notice the interesting survey written on the whiteboard behind her.
We thought it would be fun to turn the questionnaire into a ballot. In the comment section below, pick one person for each category. Best Rapper Alive: Nas Eminem Andre 3K Common Jay Z Best Ever: Tupac Biggie Nas Jay Z LL Cool J Longest Staying Power: Dr. Dre Snoop Ice Cube Next Artist to Make It Big: Kendrick Lamar Childish Gambino
- Yahoo Music4 days ago
Time has been good to "Clueless" character Cher Horowitz, transforming her into a cult icon. But today, 19 years since the release of the Beverly Hills High School-inspired comedy, Cher got a new look as Australian rapper Iggy Azalea portrayed her in her latest video.
Iggy lifts the "Clueless" storyline in the video for her song "Fancy." Directed by Julien Christian Lutz, the clip re-creates a number of memorable scenes from the original. Check out below, Iggy doing a picture perfect Cher, she walks down the hallway in the signature, yellow plaid schoolgirl outfit.
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LYRICS
For authenticity, the video was shot on the same school campus used for the film.
[Related: Take Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" Hip-Hop Poll]
- Yahoo Music4 days ago
If Ashanti ever returns to court to pursue additional charges against her stalker, Devar Hurd, she can call on one notable star witness: Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne happened to meet the man found guilty of aggravated harassment and stalking while both were serving sentences at New York's Riker's Island.
[Related: See Ashanti's Outrageous Shoes]
When Ashanti saw Lil Wayne after his November 2010 release from prison, he was anxious to tell her about his encounter with Hurd. "I was in the studio with Wayne in Miami, he was like, 'Turn the music down. I got to tell you this,'" Ashanti told Yahoo Music, recalling her conversation with Wayne. "'I was in the same cell as your stalker and none of us liked him.'"
- Yahoo Music5 days ago
Lil Wayne owes more in back taxes than most people earn in a lifetime. According the Miami Herald, the IRS filed a lien against the Young Money rapper for $12,155,084, citing unpaid taxes dating back to 2011. The rapper owes $5.8 million for 2011 and $6.3 million for 2012, the Herald reports, referencing the lien filed by the Miami-Dade Country Clerk of Court's office.
- Yahoo Music8 days ago
Rick Ross uses his own mortality as inspiration for his video for his song "Nobody," a remake of Notorious B.I.G.'s "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)." Rick's dramatic clip opens with a woman calling to report a drive-by shooting, a reference to a January 2013 murder plot against the rap star.
Similar to Notorious Big's original from his 1996 album "Life After Death," the song opens with words from Diddy. On Biggie's version, Diddy says a prayer. But for "Nobody" he offers a pep talk to his protégés, rattling off fiery motivational rants like, "I'm trying to push you to supreme being."
- Yahoo Music10 days ago
Apparently signing an Internet petition can actually achieve a desired result. Katy Perry's video for her chart-topping song "Dark Horse" has been edited to remove an Arabic reference deemed blasphemous by a Change.org petition.
Shazad Iqbal, 22, posted the complaint, demanding that the video be removed from YouTube. "At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse; a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word 'Allah,' which is the Arabic word for God," he wrote. Iqbal describes Perry's Cleopatra-inspired persona as an opposition to God that "engulfs the believer and the word God in flames."
- Yahoo Music10 days ago
Erica Campbell, one half of the platinum-selling, Grammy-winning gospel group Mary Mary, recently stopped by Yahoo Music to discuss their WE tv reality series, her solo album, the passing of their father and more. The promos for Season 3 of the TV show (which premieres Thursday, February 27th at 9|8c) is intense, honing in on Tina Campbell's discovery that her husband had been unfaithful. Erica says such turmoil delayed the production for the series. "There was a lot the cameras didn't see," Erica told Yahoo Music. "So we did turn them off quite a bit. It took a long time to film Season 3."
[Related: Watch Mary Mary on The Insider]