We hate having our hearts broken. Apparently, Def Jam/Phat Farm mogul Russell Simmons and model/Baby Phat first lady Kimora Lee have called it quits as a couple after 8 years of marriage. The couple have two children.
While the reasons for the split are unknown, Kimora has expressed feeling somewhat jealous of her hip-hop husband, whose flare for business and, previously, for the ladies may have put a damper on the relationship.
A shame, considering what a classy lady Kimora is. As expressed in Vanity Fair:
"I'm not used to having a boss. I'm the boss. I don't need the money. I'm filthy f***ing rich!"
"I'm a woman’s woman. I'm a cool girl. I'm not a b****. There's a difference. And the girls that try to take [Russell] are b****es.”
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is still kicking himself for letting it slip back in January that bandleader Dave Grohl and his wife are expecting a baby.
"I thought everybody knew that Dave was having a kid," Hawkins tells us. "I like had this interview with MTV News or something and I was like, 'Oh yeah, we're takin' a break 'cause Dave's having a kid.'” Next thing you know, my wife's like, 'Hey, s***head! It's on the Internet now that you just dropped the bomb that Dave's having a kid.'"
Even though the cat was out of the bag, Hawkins insists that Grohl didn't want to hang him for the slip.
"So I see Dave in Europe while we're touring and he's like, 'Thanks for telling everybody in the world that I'm having a baby.' And I was like, 'Well, I just thought everybody f***in' knew, dude.' He was fine with it. He wasn't a d*** about it. He was like, 'Dude, don't worry about it.'"
Nonetheless, Hawkins now realizes why it was a big deal. "He's a private person... and I don't blame him."
Love Monkey Redux
Did you really love "Love Monkey" ? Most likely you didn't really have much of a chance to fall for the CBS show (based on a Kyle Smith novel) about a record biz A&R guy and his relationships before the network yanked it from its schedule. Well, now you can... Despite the corporate split at Viacom that spun the cable biz to one side and broadcast to another the short-lived CBS series has made its way over to Vh1.
The cable network will run all eight episodes, half of which weren't broadcast by CBS. We saw some of those and were willing to give it time to grow -- although we were suprised that Tom Cavanaugh's "Ed" character might really be his only character and that the plots seemed to, well, not real... yet, there was good music featured, like songs by James Blunt and Robbers On High Street, as well as Teddy Geiger, who played "Wayne," a singer/songwriter that Cavanaugh's character was developing.
Anywho, there are no plans for new episodes... just the originally ordered lot. Maybe if we see the whole thing, we'll get the whole picture. Then we can cast judgement, again.
Hip-hop artist/producer the Alchemist -- who has worked with everyone from Mobb Deep and Pharoahe Monch to Snoop Dogg and Nelly -- has had it with the mainstream. His plan going forward will likely find him making music for forward thinking listeners at street level or below.
"I started realizing the real love is from those kids, man, in the underground," Alchemist says during a fascinating conversation with Just Blaze that's posted on Status Ain't Hood. "And even though it's a lot of s*** in that world that I don't really love, I like what it represents. I'm going to make an album for that world, tour those venues."
And why? He suggests that the topside avenues for success aren't necessarily open to those with talent, only those with means. "The outlets that we used to have, the radio and the video, are locked down on some money s***," he says. "If you're not spending, those spots are taken away."
We Dare You To Call Him An April Fool
We love Henry and not just because we're afraid that he might hit us. He's outspoken and generally right and funny as hell when he wants to be. Giving him a TV forum to hit all sorts of entertainment and political subjects will be nothing short of great.
First episode: Director Oliver Stone and the irrepressible Sleater-Kinney. Check out bonus performance footage of the latter on the show's IFC Web page.
Those jonesing for the musical Henry apparently won't have to wait long. A Punknews.org poster reports that he's reforming the Rollins Band. And Contact News says a late-summer tour is in the offing, and quotes him as saying he needs to get into shape.
If he needs to get into shape, we're in a sad state indeed.