Category: Rap

Tom Felton didn't crush on Emma Watson -- but is rap music a different love story? [Poll]

Tom Felton at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere in New York

Tom Felton couldn't have cared less, back in the day, that he was Emma Watson's first crush -- because according to the the bleached-blond "Harry Potter" bad boy, he was crushing way too hard on an older woman: Helena Bonham Carter.

Felton, 23, was in New York on Monday for the East Coast premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," which opens Friday in the U.S. after its London world premiere last week.

So, did Mrs. Tim Burton ever learn the secrets of young Draco Malfoy's heart?

Wincing at the memory, Felton told E! News that yes, he'd "embarrassingly wrote it in a card to her after the third or fourth film."

Reminiscing about how young they'd both been, he said that Watson's infatuation, which he heard about through the grapevine, was actually flattering to the 12-year-old boy who found himself a decade later to be friends with that former 12-year-old girl.

In other Tom Felton talk Monday, it was reported in the Sun that the actor, who has a record deal with an indie label, had "revealed" upcoming plans to become a rapper -- more specifically, that he was "looking to get into the grime rap UK scene."

While some outlets played the story as straight news, others at least considered the possibility that Felton's dry sense of humor was again at play, especially given the nature of Felton's musical career to date, busting out gangsta tunes like "Hawaii," below.

The Ministry is firmly in the tongue-in-cheek camp -- British humor has fooled people before -- but we'd love to know where Felton fans fall. Let us know, in the poll and in comments.



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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tom Felton meets fans at the New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" on July 11, 2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Eminem backtracks on Lady Gaga diss, calls her an 'incredible talent'


While Eminem's recent lyrical diss Lady Gaga got some little monster paws swatting, the star is now backtracking on his words.

"I think Lady Gaga, as [an] artist, she's undeniable," Em said during a sit-down at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music Festival.

In a track titled "Kiss," the rapper spits, "Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / She's still a male lady." Looked as if someone hadn't gotten the memo that, while not a dude, she was born this way.

"That was one of them things, sometimes I get a joke in my head and I kinda want to share it with the world," Eminem told Fuse.

"It's all in fun, it's hip-hop ... as far as an artist, she's dope. She's an incredible talent," he said.

We're glad for the kind words, considering the sadder to come out of the same festival this week: Two people have died, a 24-year-old man from hyperthermia, and a woman whose cause of death is unknown. 


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Flo Rida arrested in South Beach, charged with DUI


Flo Rida was arrested Thursday in Miami's South Beach and charged with driving under the influence after officers spotted his car being driven erratically about 3:45 a.m. and pulled him over in a $1.7-million Bugatti.

The rapper, real name Tramar Dillard, failed a field sobriety test, police said in their report. After his second attempt at trying to walk a straight line, the rapper said, "Officers, I can't do this. I don't feel I can walk a straight line. I had a few drinks. Let's try another test. I live on the other side of the bridge. I can make it home," according to the report.

A large crowd that had gathered around the arrest pleaded with officers to let the 31-year-old go, with one fan offering to give him a ride home. Police didn't go for it.

"He had a blood alcohol level of .185, which is well over the legal limit," a Miami Beach Police Department spokeswoman said. Photos obtained by TMZ show the rapper drinking at a birthday party at nightclub Dream prior to his arrest.

Flo Rida was charged with DUI and driving with a license that had been suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket. The "Low" and "Right Round" singer was released Thursday afternoon on $2,000 bail -- leaving jail with a T-shirt hiding his face from cameras, TMZ said.

A judge signed an order allowing him to fly Thursday night to Bangkok, Thailand, to perform several concerts, said his lawyer Christopher Lyons. The order requires Flo Rida to return June 16.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photos: Mug shots of rapper Flo Rida. Credits: Miami Dade Police Department / Associated Press

Kanye West keeping his mouth shut? It's much less fun

Kanye West Have you heard the latest about Kanye West? Well, no, you couldn't have, because the news about Kanye West is his silence.

It appears that the loudest mouth in hip-hop -- and that is saying something -- is trying something new: Not talking. At all. Not tweeting, not taking questions on red carpets, not even speaking during officially arranged interviews.

For a man who loves the sound of his own voice -- to the point where he interrupts other celebrities during their award show speeches -- this is uncharted territory.

The Great Silence of 2011 actually began last November, soon after West met with Matt Lauer for an interview on "Today." The interview, let’s just say, got contentious. The heat later spilled over into Twitter, with West piling up his signature exclamation points of outrage. ("Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!!! I don't trust anyone!")

Then after the noise -- nothing. Well, almost nothing. It took awhile for West to wind down his Twitter account, but wind it down he eventually did. He has been silent on that medium since March, and on red carpets too. During an appearance at the CDFA Awards on Monday, West talked to other celebrities on the carpet, but not the media. Unless it was to tell the media that he wasn’t telling.

"Sorry,” he told E! Online, shaking his head. “I don't do interviews."

And back in January, there was the silent interview. Yes, really. At a reception featuring artist George Condo, who did the album art for West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," West emerged to stand by the artist’s side. New York  magazine tried asking the rapper a few questions. An elegant kabuki dance of an interview ensued.

We here at the Ministry aren't sure how long West can keep this up without dissolving into a couture-clad puddle of despair. (West is nothing if not well-dressed.) After all, just this week the guy put out a new video almost custom-built for the morning talk-show circuit: chainsaws, decapitated models, the whole nine. And yet, all we've gotten is a disclaimer at the front of the video, saying that the piece should be judged as art, nothing more.

We're not betting people, but we'd wager our favorite Celine blouse that Mount Kanye erupts sooner rather than later. What fun is he otherwise?


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-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Kanye West at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images


T-Pain dumps Auto-Tune, explores new ways to sound like Cher


T-Pain has promised he will never use Auto-Tune again. Instead, the singer-rapper is developing a new sound he calls The T-Pain Effect.

Do not underestimate the magnitude of this promise, which, for people under 30, is probably the most exciting pledge they’ve fielded since Michael Lohan swore he would shut up. Lohan, of course, did not shut up, and it isn’t likely that T-Pain is really going to abandon his love of lucrative audiocrutches, either. In fact, if you look at the fine print of his announcement, it’s likely that, whatever the new patented T-Pain Effect sounds like, it won’t be T-Pain’s Actual Voice (TM).

Let’s take a look at the fine print of his announcement. The press release, issued Thursday, quotes T-Pain as saying, “I vow right here, right now, to never use Auto-Tune again.” Note the capital letters. Auto-Tune is a brand name, a reference to a product offered by the company Antares Audio Recordings. T-Pain signed a contract with Antares in 2009. It’s safe to say that contract is up.

But Antares isn’t the only company that can make your voice sound like the starship Enterprise under 40 feet of saltwater. Another company is iZotope, and it just so happens that T-Pain has a new deal with that company, to create his upcoming T-Pain Effect. No one knows what the effect will sound like. Maybe it’ll make T-Pain sound like Barbra Streisand, and Streisand sound like Ted Nugent. Maybe it can make my cat -- who is currently going through a phase involving yelling at me at 3 a.m. -- croon like Dean Martin after exactly two highballs. That would make me want to sign a contract with iZotope.

But whatever T-Pain plans to sound like, don’t expect, say, something intimate and natural, like Adele. Contemporary music is being overrun with the distant, angular tone that comes from robotic voice effects. It’s used in various degrees by Kanye West (who doesn’t need it), Kim Kardashian (who probably does), Imogen Heap (who doesn’t) and everyone in between. Right now, the whole world sounds like Cher circa 1998, and people love it.

“It’s pretty prevalent in most genres of music, to be honest,” says producer Kevin Kadish, who has worked with Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus and Willie Nelson, among others. “I don’t think it’s on its way out.”

In fact, here’s a tip for you: “Everybody uses it,” Kadish says. “Sometimes you might not know it.”


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Photo: T-Pain performs at the Gibson Amphitheater in 2009. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times

M-Bone of Cali Swag District killed in drive-by; 'Dougie' rapper Montae Talbert was 22

Hip-hop artist M-Bone, real name Montae Talbert, was killed Sunday night in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood. As of Monday afternoon, police had no motive for the killing, according to L.A. Now.

M-Bone killed; Cali Swag District member Montae Talbert was 22 M-Bone, 22, was shot twice in the head in the 400 block of North La Brea Avenue, said Lt. Steve Overly of the Inglewood Police Department.

The Cali Swag District member and a companion were in a stopped car in the vicinity of a liquor store when an another vehicle pulled up, L.A. Now reported. Someone inside the unknown car reached out the window, pointed a gun and fired multiple shots. M-Bone was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

M-Bone and the rest of Cali Swag District earned mainstream notoriety in 2010 with the hit single "Teach Me How to Dougie" -- a dance that became so mainstream that Justin Bieber eventually taught the dance to Regis Philbin, with First Lady Michelle Obama picking it up along the way.

"We've got the Bieber fever," M-Bone told Fox News recently, responding to a question about dream collaborations.

Cali Swag compadre C-Smoove said very early Monday on Twitter, "Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye. Rip mbone," adding hours later, "thanx to everybody who had sumthin positive to say to me and for Montae."


Long Beach hip-hop crooner Nate Dogg dies at 41

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: M-Bone, left, JayAre, C-Smoove and Yung made up Cali Swag District. M-Bone, real name Montae Talbert, was fatally shot Sunday night. Credit: Raquel Olivo

Rapper Flavor Flav arrested on outstanding traffic warrants

Flavor Flava, aka William Drayton Jr.'s mug shot for arrest Flavor Flav -- real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr. -- was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday after a routine traffic stop resulted in police officers finding four warrants out for his arrest. The rapper took to Twitter on Monday to tell his side of the story.

Drayton was pulled over by police at 10:57 p.m. Friday for a routine traffic violation east of the Las Vegas Strip. When an officer ran his name through the system, the warrants came up; he was arrested and taken to jail, where he was booked, got his mug shot taken and was eventually released, TMZ reported.

The 52-year-old Public Enemy alum's four separate misdemeanor traffic warrants include driving without proof of insurance, a parking violation and two cases of driving without a license.

It was unclear when the warrants were issued, the Las Vegas Sun reported. But in 2002, Drayton served nine weeks at Rikers Island jail in New York for various auto-related violations including driving with a suspended license, numerous parking tickets and being late for meetings with his probation officer.

The VH1 reality television star known for wearing quirky sunglasses and a clock around his neck aired his version of events online Monday, tweeting that he was on his way home from Benihana's when he was pulled over.

Flavor Flav arrested He also re-tweeted his newest mug shot, above.

"[H]e found out I had a traffic warrant wanted to make a name for himself took me in and now I'm home laying my bed what's the big deal?!" he added.  

Hey, when rapper-actor Ice-T tweeted about a "rookie cop" arresting him after a traffic stop he disagreed with in New York, charges eventually were dropped.

Drayton dropped out of school in 11th grade and did time in jail for robbery and burglary. He dealt with drug addiction in the 1990s and in 1991 spent 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Karen Ross, according to US Magazine.

In 1993, he was charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a neighbor.


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-- Nardine Saad
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Right photo: Rapper Flavor Flav a.k.a. William Jonathan Drayton Jr.'s booking photo. Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police / Getty Images

Left photo: Flavor Flav at his Comedy Central Roast in 2007. Credit: Jason Merritt / FilmMagic

Long Beach hip-hop crooner Nate Dogg dies at 41

Nate Dogg dies at 41 Long Beach singer Nate Dogg, whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday after years of health issues. He was 41.

Nate Dogg died of complications from multiple strokes that he suffered since 2008, attorney Mark Geragos told the Associated Press.

"We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met," Snoop Dogg tweeted Tuesday night, adding, "I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan."

His monotone-like voice has been featured on songs by Warren G, Tupac Shakur, Ludacris and Eminem. But the hip-hop crooner got his start with fellow Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg when producer Dr. Dre signed him to the Death Row label. He made his debut in 1992 on Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" album.

He comprised the "supergroup" named 213 with Snoop Dogg and Warren G, leaving his mark on the hip-hop genre.

"I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard," rapper 50 Cent tweeted about his 2003 hit song.

"There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together RT @SnoopDogg: RIP NATE DOGG," Ludacris also wrote on Twitter.

Nate Dogg dropped out of high school to join the Marines but was dishonorably discharged three years later. The West Coast rap staple also had a spate of legal issues. He was briefly involved in the drug trade and later accused of kidnapping, armed robbery, drug possession and stalking.

Many of the charges were dismissed.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Nate Dogg goes it alone in 2001. Credit: Elektra Records


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