Lil’ Bow Wow will be stopping by the CBS Early Show on Wednesday to promote his new film ‘Like Mike’ and play a medley of songs including ‘Basketball’ and ‘Take Ya Home’ in The Early Show Plaza Concert series. Watch the performance sometime between 7-9am on the program tomorrow. If you miss it, they’ll likely have some of it archived on the CBS official website.
Several rap acts are hitting the talk show air waves this week, most notably Lil’ Bow Wow – who is promoting his new film ‘Like Mike’. On Tuesday, Bow Wow will be on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Later Tuesday, check out N.E.R.D. on Conan O’Brien then Nas on Last Call with Carson Daly. On Wednesday, look for Bow Wow again on the Late Show with David Letterman. On Thursday, Will Smith will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Finally on Friday, look for Lil’ Romeo on in the morning with Regis and Kelly, while Bow Wow visits Craig Kilborn and Nelly performs on the Tonight Show. Check your local listings.
Last Call with Carson Daly will see Big Tymers as musical guests on Friday (technically Saturday morning). Carson’s other guests will be Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. Check your local listings.
Ashanti was on MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday as her Murder Inc. partner in crime Ja Rule was guest host. In talking about how her life has changed since blowin’ up, Ashanti said,
“Oh, man it’s been adjustment gettin’ up at 5:00 A.M. Every day you know flyin’ all over the country and doin’ lots of shows but it’s well worth it, you know. Everything is just speedin’ now and I’m gettin’ used to it, a really good thing, definitely.” After their chat, Ashanti performed ‘Foolin’ and later did a portion of her and Ja’s hit ‘Always On Time.’
Ja Rule and Ashanti will host MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday, while Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs will host on Wednesday. On Thursday, Li’l Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri will do a live performance for hosts Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder).
Sir Elton John was on Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday when he explained his decision to perform with Eminem at the Grammy awards in 2001. Elton reasoned, “Because I loved the record and I looked for him — and everyone was giving him — for being, saying the lyrics are homophobic. I looked at him, I said, ‘You’re not a hateful guy at all.’ And I really loved the album. And I thought — it was a shocking album. I loved it. It’s like, I was talking to you earlier about watching a video last night by System of a Down, and I just hadn’t seen anything that, kind of, wow! For a long time. And when you see that thing, it stays with you and it’s very powerful. And Eminem I found very powerful. And I defended him and I got a lot of crap for it because I’m a gay man, blah, blah, blah. But you know what? And I met him and we rehearsed, and I knew he was a sweetheart. And — you know, he’s — for me it was a privilege to actually do something with someone like that.”
Last week Da Brat, Xzibit, Jermaine Dupri, the Rev. Run, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Nate Dogg, Young MC and DJ Quik taped an episode of NBC’s ‘Weakest Link’ scheduled to air April 28. Right On Magazine reports host Anne Robinson’s rep says rousting Xzibit brought the biggest smile to her face that that she had a great time with all the rappers.
Mystikal was on Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday to perform ‘Bouncin’ Back’ and ‘Shake Ya Ass’ after a brief chat. Mystikal explained why everybody, including himself, is working with The Neptunes, “It’s the full package, man. When you get in the studio with them, they got ideas for everything — the song, the hook, the video…” He also talked about his nicknames, including ‘Tarantula’, “Well, you know, it fit me — black, dangerous.”
Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri were on MTV’s Total Request Live on Friday to perform ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ and talk with Carson. JD spoke about working with the Backstreet Boys beginning next week, prompting Carson to say, “They need your help.” JD said, “I didn’t say that,” adding, “We goin’ give them hype, you know. They ready to come back, man. It’s time.” Meanwhile, Ludacris will be featured on the network’s pre-taped Cancun Spring Break weekend, as is OutKast, No Doubt, and other acts.
Following Tuesday’s release of ‘Watermelon, Chicken And Gritz’, the Nappy Roots will make an appearance on the David Letterman show on Thursday. The sextet will perform ‘Awnaw’. Check your local listings.