On TV: Flavor Flav, Lil Wayne, Yung Joc

Rap acts on television this week include Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, who visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday; Lil Wayne, who gets a 1st Look on ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; Bubba Sparxx featuring Mr. Collipark, who perform on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday; Yung Joc, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Thursday; Ice-T, who visits ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Thursday; and Pharrell Williams, who performs with Kanye West on ‘Good Morning America’ on Friday.

The Game Visits ‘Last Call’

The Game dropped by ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ last night to promote his new film ‘Waist Deep’. They also discussed Carson’s new shoe line, playing in the Rucker basketball tournament last year, getting inspired to rap by Easy-E, having a white friend, his new album ‘The Doctor’s Advocate’ coming out this fall, and more. For a rough transcript, read on.

Q&A With Indie Hip-Hop Guru Ope

Contributed by AdamBernard:

Influenced by artists such as Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad and NWA’s Dr. Dre, Ope, also known as O-Asiatic, started doing production work in 1990. Six years later he started his own company, Ope Entertainment, to further his career. Since then he has worked with numerous artists, some of whom he’s gotten airplay for on New York’s Hot97. Ope’s own work includes the 2001 release GET SHORTy! which was bootlegged overseas and used in the independent film Kingston High. In 2003, after rapper Substantial asked Ope to manage him, Ope turned Ope Entertainment into an artist mangement company and merged it with Substantial’s company to form Unlimited Vinyl Ink (UVInk)/ Ope Entertainment. The company is home to Ope, Substantial, Insanate and Fresh Daily, among others. Oh yeah, and when he’s not busy with his own company he’s working up at 1515 Broadway at a little place called MTV. I met Ope a handful of years ago at a Boo Yaa Tribe album listening party, and today is your opportunity to get to know this rising star. For the full interview with Ope, visit adambernard.blogspot.com.

2006 MTV Movie Awards Pictures

Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, LL Cool J, T.I., and Ludacris were on hand for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards on Saturday (June 3) at Sony Pictures in Culver City, California. The awards air tonight on MTV at 9 PM ET/PT. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, Corbis, and WireImage.

Just My Thoughts

Alot of people have posted articles or whatnot that “diss the rap from the south”

Why is it that only EAST COAST RAPPERS get critically acclaimed records. Why is it that you have to be political to be a “TRUE RAPPER”? Just as in the beginning, rappers from anywhere besides NY arent respected.
When Dr.Dre along with NWA broke onto the sceen back in the day, that’s the first time that any one outside of the NY area got attention, and what happened. Bull*****. The music was deemed to violent, it was suppose to cause riots, yet, when Public Enemy did “Fight the Power” and “911 is a joke” both songs that had videos where riots could have occured, were deemed ” the best thing to happen to hip hop”.
Why when Tupac released “Brenda’s Gotta Baby” a song that depicts a young girl being molested and becoming pregnant and then being murdered, did noone stand and take notice. It wasn’t until jail time or “east coast vs. west coast” beef that Pac became a living legend. He became immortalized with his death.
Yet even though talented was found on the West, it had to be a fluke, there wasnt no way in hell “southern” boys could rap.
So, now they say that Southern boys only rap about partying, getting high and whatever. Yet the first major group to get noticed was “OutKast” who have made all types of music, and even reminded a younger generation who may have forgotten just who “Rosa Parks” was.
Yeah, the south likes to party, but wasnt it 50 Cent and Fat Joe that said we could find them in the club, or having us “lean back”. Is this the music that’s suppose to make us all bow down to the EAST and give all our love to them.
Now “Yes” the EAST does have JAY and NAS, but the midwest also has COMMON and KANYE, the South has Scarface and Eightball and MJG.
I’d like people to take the time and actually listen to a variety of artists from an area before jumping in and stating “Facts” that don’t add up.
I didnt hear men complaining that Nelly’s music was “a disgrace to hip hop” when he had women in the clubs taking off thier clothes to “HOT IN HERRE”.
HipHop may have “Been Born” in NY, but like Adam and Eve’s children, it’s grown up and given birth to it’s own children, and they are taking over the world.
In the immortal words of my muse Tupac, Only GOD can judge Me, and that’s how I feel about hip hop, not only will GOD judge, the fans will as well, and $$$$ talks, the south and the midwest make more money in one year than EAST AND WEST COAST rappers combined.

On TV: Nelly, Flavor Flav, Juvenile

Rap acts on television this week include Nelly, who visits ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Tuesday and ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, who visits ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Thursday; and Juvenile, who visits ‘TRL’ on Thursday.

2005 Radio Music Awards

Cowboy Troy, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Juelz Santana, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg, and Trina were on hand for the 2005 Radio Music Awards on December 19th at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage.

Hip-Hop’s Code Of Silence Hurts Police

Reuters profiled the taboo on “snitching” or informing, which is now part of hip-hop’s mystique and makes it increasingly hard for police to solve violent crimes in inner-city neighborhoods. But one rapper isn’t impressed with someone like Lil’ Kim, currently in jail for refusing to snitch and lying to a grand jury about a Manhattan shootout. “I support snitches,” said Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. “If a person is cancerous to society, then a snitch sometimes is the best solution, with an army behind him.” Read more.