Black Eyed Peas, J-Kwon, and William Hung performed at Z100’s Zootopia 2004, which featured special guest hosts Switchfoot and the Backstreet Boys on Friday (May 21) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage and GettyImages.
Rap acts on television this week include Lil’ Jon, who performs with Usher on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Monday; Dylan from the now defunct Da Band, who explains what happened with the Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs backed groun on ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; J-Kwon, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday; Fat Joe, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Tuesday; Everlast, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Wednesday and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn’ on Thursday; and Outkast, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Thursday.
J-Kwon and Cassidy visited MTV’s ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday (April 26) at MTV Studios in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Rap acts on television this week include Cypress Hill, who perform on ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’ on Monday; Cassidy, who appears on ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; J-Kwon, who appears on ‘TRL’ on Monday and ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday; Eminem and D12, who appear on ‘TRL’ and ‘106 and Park’ on Tuesday; Lil’ Flip, who appears on ‘TRL’ on Wednesday; Kayne West, Dilated Peoples, Lloyd Banks, who all appear on ‘106 and Park’ on Wednesday; the Roots, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Friday; and Xzibit, who appears on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.
Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed J-Kwon’s new album ‘Hood Hop’. Farber writes, “At 17, J-Kwon raps almost exclusively about sex, getting high and the sheer joy of acting obnoxious. It’s that last element that helps make him special. While so many young rappers use raw language, and rude behavior, as a boast, threat or complaint, J-Kwon uses it as a self-aware sendup.” The review at nydailynews.com has since been removed.
Josh Wardrop of Metro West Daly News weighed in on several videos he saw on MTV while dealing with a “wicked bad cold”. His thoughts on J-Kwon’s ‘Tipsy’: “NyQuil is AWESOME. This video sees J-Kwon hosting a throwdown house party at his crib. Remember the ‘House Party’ movies starring Kid N’ Play? Man, whatever happened to those guys… they were FUNNY! Anyway, we get to watch as J-Kwon dances with the honeys, J-Kwon knocks boots with the sexy middle-aged neighbor woman, J-Kwon raps over some phat beats… I like the name J-Kwon. I’m changing my name to J-Kwon.”
MTV News has a feature on J-Kwon about his self-proclaimed Teen President title and the youthful mistakes that have led him to family estrangement, homelessness, hustling, and cutting school. “I feel good about [being a role model],” Kwon says. “What goes along with being a Teen President is, you gotta hold your teens down. I gotta keep it real with the teens. I’m here for them. I be feeling like, ‘Yo, what are my kids gonna grow up and be?’ So if their daddy shows a positive way for them and every teen in America, we can’t go wrong. [I’m a parent too], so I’m thinking from two points of view: I’m thinking from the parents’ point of view and I’m thinking from our point of view. My album, OK, it’s a little explicit, but that’s entertainment. I wouldn’t tell teens nothin’ that ain’t right.” Read more.