On TV: 50 Cent, Ice-T, Bow Wow

Rap acts on television this week include a performance by 50 Cent and Eminem on ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; Ice-T, who visits ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Tuesday; Nick Cannon, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday; Bow Wow, who performs with Chris Brown on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; and Ludacris, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Thursday. In addition, Monday night’s Billboard Music Awards will feature a performance by Ludacris and appearances by Flavor Flav of Public Enemy and Three 6 Mafia.

Ice-T In-Home Photo Shoot

Ice-T posed for photographs during an interview about his new album, ‘Gangsta Rap’, in his home in North Bergen, New Jersey. Check out pictures from Corbis.

Ice-T Album Cover Creates Controversy

The New York Post reports Ice-T and his stripper-wife, Coco, have caused a problem by posing nude in a steamy clinch on the cover of rapper’s new album ‘Gangsta Rap’ – and now stores across the country are demanding it be censored before they stock it. The full story at nypost.com has since been removed.

Ice-T Talks With Seattle’s KISS 106.1 FM

Ice-T was on with Jackie of the Jackie & Bender show on KISS 106.1 FM in Seattle on Tuesday (October 17). He talked about his 7-year run on ‘Law & Order: SVU’, hosting the ‘Hip Hop Honors’ event on VH1, his thoughts on today’s hip hop, his ‘Gangsta Rap’ album, doing ‘Rap School’ on VH1, and more. Audio at kiss1061.com has since been removed.

On TV: Jay-Z, Diddy, Ice-T

Rap acts on television this week include Jay-Z, who gets a first look on Monday; Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who hosts ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday and performs on ‘Today’ on Friday; Ice-T, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday; Young Dro, who gets a first look on ‘TRL’ on Wednesday; Kevin Federline, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Thursday; Xzibit, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday; and Lloyd Banks, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.

2006 MTV Video Music Awards Pictures & Video

50 Cent, Andre 3000 of Outkast, Black Eyed Peas, Chamillionaire, Common, Daddy Yankee, Ice-T, Kanye West, Lil Jon, Lil’ Wayne, LL Cool J, Ludacris, Method Man, Mike Shinoda of Fort Minor, Missy Elliott, Nas, Paul Wall, Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D., Pitbull, Queen Latifah, Reverend Run, Rick Ross, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Slim Thug, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Timbaland, Three 6 Mafia, Wyclef Jean, and Yung Joc were on hand for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday (August 31) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, RexFeatures, GettyImages (arrivals1 / arrivals2 / backstage / audience / show / pressroom / Boost Mobile afterparty / Wyclef afterparty / Beyonce afterparty / Blender afterparty / Warner afterparty / AOL’s Lil Kim afterparty / Virgin Mobile afterparty), WireImage. Video footage is available from CBSNews.

Q&A With Hot Karl

Contributed by AdamBernard:

The first time I heard Hot Karl’s The Great Escape I was hooked. The album’s opening song, “Let’s Talk,” which features Karl and 3rd Bass great MC Serch having an argument in rhyme over the art of Hip-Hop vs. potential commercial success, was on repeat before I could even get to the rest of the CD. Born and raised in Calabasas, CA, Karl now lives in LA and in addition to his music he co-owns an art gallery and has a book about the toys of the 80’s coming out in 2007 on Abrams called “Products of the 80’s.” He’s recorded with DJ Clue, Fabolous, The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, 9th Wonder, Redman, Sugar Ray, Mya, DJ Lethal, MC Serch and She Wants Revenge and performed live on bills with Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, ToTo and Ray Parker Jr. (not a joke), Sugar Ray, Jurassic 5, Living Legends, Phife Dawg and Gerardo (again, not a joke). Karl, whose real name is Jensen-Gerard Karp, became Hot Karl as a youth when Ice-T heard about him destroying (also referred to as “sh**ting on”) MCs at a show. This would mark the start of a wild journey for Hot Karl. “I was the all-time LA Radio Roll Call champion turned Interscope golden boy turned Interscope whipping boy turned Indy rapper.” Recently Karl sat down with me to talk about that journey, his thoughts on Hip-Hop in the suburbs, and how pro-wrestler Viscera once made his day. For the full interview, visit adambernard.blogspot.com.