On TV: Ludacris, Damon Dash, The Game

Rappers on television this week include Ludacris, who visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday; Snoop Dogg, who visits ‘106 & Park’ on Monday; Ice Cube, who visits ‘The Jon Stewart Show’ and ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’, ‘Total Request Live’, and ‘106 & Park’ on Wednesday; Damon Dash, who visits ‘Last Call’ on Wednesday; Mos Def, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday; and former G-Unit member The Game, who visits ‘106 & Park’ on Wednesday.

Brooklyn Honors Mos Def

Mos Def

The New York Times reports that on March 10, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a 20-foot-high depiction of the rapper and actor Mos Def was ceremoniously unfurled outside the Restoration Plaza shopping center. “People here know and love and respect Mos – he’s very pro-Bed-Stuy, and Bed-Stuy is very pro-Mos Def,” said Brian Tate, a marketing consultant who devised the idea of celebrating noted Bedford-Stuyvesant figures. Read more.

Twista’s Pre Grammy Party

Jadakiss, Mos Def, and Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson of The Roots were on hand for Twista’s Pre Grammy Party at the Key Club on Saturday (February 12) in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

Mos Def Struggles To Fuse Rock And Hip Hop

Mos Def

While his acting career has never been better, for the past several years, Mos Def has been fusing hip hop and rock with Black Jack Johnson, but so far the music biz hasn’t been willing to embrace that recent pop rarity – the black rock group. “MCA had no interest in it because … it’s not part of their vision,” he told The New York Daily News. “They don’t know how to turn it into a story, and they don’t have a lot of incentive to turn it into a story because people are very happy delegating rock ‘n’ roll to white youth and hip hop to the black world.”