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2008-01-11 15:09
Nas and the N word
Nas’ latest album is “the most offensive CD title of the year” - according to Newsweek that is. In case you’re wondering why, the title is Nigger. Yes he did. Seems like Nas resents the implication that he doesn’t have anything interesting or thoughtful to say about this subject. When asked if he’s pulling a PR stunt during the Newsweek interview he said “Hell Yeah. I want to shock people into buying the album, and listening to it. I was shocked that people reacted that way considering all the things that have happened before. Some rappers want to pass out turkeys on Thanksgiving. Some brothers want to speak the truth.” The album drops in February. Nasty nuggets to look out for include “The Fear (Of the black man’s dick) and “You a nigger too”. JayZ, Alica Keys, Common and Lupe Fiasco support the title but 50 cents reckons it’s just going for “shock value”. Don’t be a hater Fiddy let’s hear what the Illmatic one has to say.

Janet Jackson drops another one
No not another boob! Janet’s latest album Discipline will also be released in February. The video for her first single, “Feedback” is already out and it’s simply off the hinges. Ms Jackson is back with a bang and she’s not selling her sex-factor either. Beyonce et al, take notes gals! The real Makoya is back! The video is futuristic, the dance moves are slick and Janet looks really tight in her tight cat suit. Also lookout for Miss Jackson in Tyler Perry’s latest Movie Why Did I get married that features neo-soul songstress Jill Scott. The 90s dance diva seems set to own 2008 -watch this space. Ms JJ is dropping it and it’s hot!

Alicia is Horne-y
Get your mind out of the gutter. That’s Lena Horne were talking about. Her biopic has been in the Hollywood works for years with Janet Jackson signed on to play the legendary Jazz songbird. However, Lena apparently had her booted after the Superbowl scandal, eish askies Janet but we know Miss Janet is doing just fine. Anyway, now word is that Oprah Winfrey has taken control of the production and cast Alicia Keys in the lead role. Ms Keys is no stranger to the silver screen having made an appearance in Nanny diaries and had a role in Smoking Aces. While Alicia certainly has the voice to do the jazz diva justice, seeing as though this is her first lead role, we’ll wait and see how Mkhize fares.

Poisonous Paris
Kelly Osbourne claims her chommie Paris Hilton poisoned her while partying. The 23-year-old daughter of legendary alcoholic Ozzy claims she had her first case of alcohol poisoning during a night out with Ms Hilton. When Paris heard about this she replied with “I did?! That's hot!”. Eish Paris is really special. Anyway Kelly checked into rehab in 2004 to be treated for an addiction to painkillers and has cleaned up her act since then. We hope so.

Desperate Mariah
Mariah Carey wants to try speed dating. According to Bang Showbiz, the singer is so desperate to find a new man she is planning on going to a speed dating evening. Eish, desperate times call for desperate measures. So a gal’s gotta do what a gal gotta do. “I like the idea of 15 mini-relationships each lasting three minutes and then you go home alone”, she revealed in an interview. Yeah right! Carey - who divorced her record mogul madala Tommy Mottola in 1997 after four years of marriage admits that she doesn't like the “formality” of traditional dates. Since her divorce Mariah has been romantically linked to Latino singer Luis Miguel, music executive Mark Sudack, rapper Eminem and baseball player Derek Jeter. Oh Mariah quit fronting sister girl. Sounds like you are rather desperate for a mate and will try anything to have someone call you wifey again.

Out in the cold
Bang Showbiz reports that Coldplay are planning to leave EMI Records. Lead singer Chris Martin and crew are following the footsteps of Sir Paul McCartney and Radiohead by severing ties with the label after the release of their fourth album, Prospekt in May. The UK modern rockers don’t plan to renew any contracts; the band is to fulfil their five-record deal with EMI Records by releasing a greatest hits collection in 2009. Coldplay's planned departure is the latest in a number of disappointments for the world renowned label. Shame, the company has had to make major cutbacks across the entire label after losing some of their biggest acts, including Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.

Playboy Justin
Justin Timberlake has been seen cozying up to his Alpha Dog co-star Amanda Seyfried. The 'SexyBack' singer is currently dating actress Jessica Biel but was seen enjoying a drink with 22-year-old actress Amanda at New York's Pink Elephant club last week. BangShowbiz reports that they met up in the club and left together after just 15 minutes. Justin met Amanda in 2006 when they worked together on indie movie Alpha Dog. JT has been dating JB 25, since February last year. In August, it was reported the couple were planning to move in together, but while Jessica wanted Justin to move into her Los Angeles home so they could be close to the sea, he wanted to relocate to New York. Maybe it’s a sign girl. It sure looks like Mr SexyBack is not ready to settle down anytime.

Hunters Refresher Session
Jozi peeps make sure you don’t miss this weekend’s coolest and hippest show to kick-start 2008! Hunters Dry, the City of Ekhuruleni and Oppikoppi Productions bring you the The Hunter’s Refresher’s sessions. This is going to be one mother of a concert that will be taking place at the Dries Niemand Picnic Park in Kempton Park. Eish the Mother City should have more gigs like this. Check out the gallery to whet your appetite. The line up also includes Afro- soul-jazz singer Khethi, HHP, Lira, L’vovo, SteadyRock, Teargas, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Glen Lewis, Oskido, Trompies and much more. Ziya wa this weekend in Ekhuruleni!

Another Drama Queen
Afro-pop nymphet Tina (also in the line up for the Hunters Refresher session) seems to be mastering the art of making tabloid headlines. Sunday World reported that she sweet-talked two victims who were about to lay a charge of assault against her. Kalawa Jazmee’s latest booty babe signing, Christina Fezile, was reportedly drunk when she assaulted two people in two separate incidents in the space of one week. She allegedly battered a woman on Christmas Day and ushered in the New Year by plunging a bottle of beer into the skull of a helpless security guard. The girl clearly not wanting a criminal record quickly apologized and pleaded with them to not go to the police at the “scene of the crime”. She pledged to cover their hospital bill. Scandalous girl, just down right scandalous!.

-Gugu Mkhabela
Sourced: Bang Showbiz;; Sunday World;
This week: Nas gets Nasty with N word, JT’s eye wanders and Coldplay says goodbye. We’ve got your weekly dose of umgosi right here.

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