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  1. Funny how time flies, so goes the saying. Since the late 80s, iconic rap quartet A Tribe Called Quest has captivated Hip Hop listeners who still rabidly debate the merits of the veteran rap group’s second album. Released in September of 1991, The Low End Theory ushered in a more aggressive sound for the crew – going away from the sample loop heavy offerings of their debut People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Whereas the preceding album managed to highlight front man Q-Tip as the face of Tribe, Low End was fellow microphone rocker Phife Dawg’s coming out party. With their 1-2 punch solidified in the annals of rap, VH1 caught up with the longtime and formerly feuding rap pals as they reminisced over the creation of what’s considered to be their landmark classic. Joining Tribe in the discussion of their seminal second release are critic and writer Nelson George, journalist Boss Lady, and our own Hip Hop encyclopedia Sway Calloway – who all weigh in with their thoughts on the significance of The Low End Theory. Of course the brothers Tribe offered plenty of insight throughout the two-part VH1 anniversary piece, revealing that aside from the rumored grumblings inspired by their Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest documentary from director Michael Rapaport that the pains of all are slowly being buried. “It was a dope time,” said Q-Tip of the early 90s. “N.W.A. was crushing it, and I just remember being influenced by that, how it sounded sonically.” Q-Tip’s brother-in-arms Phife chimed in with, “We just spoke on how we felt at the moment and it was the truth. We were one of those groups that didn’t have a problem admitting that we cried in front of our mothers.” Head on over to the VH1 Blog site to see all of the interviews and read the rest of the backstory on their classic album by following this link: http://blog.vh1.com/2011-09-29/the-low-end-theory-turns-20/ Is The Low End Theory a classic in your book? Tweet to us at @MTVRapFix or leave us a comment below. [url=http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/09/30/a-tribe-called-quest%e2%80%99s-second-lp-the-low-end-theory-turns-20/]View the full article[/url]
  2. Not so fast, says Ray J about the supposed collaboration between him and recently vanquished pro boxer Victor Ortiz. The younger brother of R&B singer and actress Brandy said that a recently leaked track featuring his vocals and the raps of Ortiz never actually happened. The reality TV star and singer also closed the book on the alleged dustup he had with rapper Fabolous at a Floyd Mayweather victory after party in Vegas. As a guest yesterday afternoon (September 29) on Shade 45’s The All Out Show, Ray J spoke on the news bits and is doing his best to move past the Fab situation. “You gotta grow from that," Ray J said. "That was me letting my frustrations take over. Whatever situations happen behind closed doors [we] should have left it at that.” Although gossip site TMZ leaked a song that was supposedly an official offering from Ray J and boxer Victor Ortiz, Ray J said the song was never something he signed off on. “"I don't know how the media even comes up with these crazy stories. We ain't never been in the studio together not one time,” said For The Love Of Ray J star. Ray J is reported to be busy with a new television show and book, although he has yet to go public with the details surrounding his new media projects. What do you think of the latest news on Ray J? Do you think Fabolous is ready to bury the hatchet as well? Tweet to us at @MTVRapFix or leave us a comment below. [url=http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/09/30/ray-j-denies-victor-ortiz-collaboration-buries-fabolous-issue/]View the full article[/url]
  3. AP - After just a few moments in Michael Jackson's bedroom, the paramedic dispatched to save the singer's life knew things weren't adding up. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20111001/ap_en_mu/us_michael_jackson_doctor]View the full article[/url]
  4. Filed under: [url="http://www.tmz.com/person/casey-anthony/"]Casey Anthony[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/celebrity-justice/"]Celebrity Justice[/url] [url="http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_qsb4uxss"][img]http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/09/30/0930-casey-anthony-launch-bn.jpg[/img][/url] A grainy video -- shot inside a Florida jail in 2008 -- shows[b] Casey Anthony[/b]'s reaction when she was told her daughter's remains were found. In the video, Anthony is in the waiting room of the jail's medical facility, when she looks up at a TV screen and sees a news report on the discovery of Caylee's remains. Casey appears to double over with her hands in her lap and then appears to breathe heavily. The footage had been under lock and key since 2009 for fear it might influence the jury. [url="http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/casey-anthony-caylee-jailhouse-video-body-remains-jail-discovered/"]Permalink[/url] [url=http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/casey-anthony-caylee-jailhouse-video-body-remains-jail-discovered/]View the full article[/url]
  5. AP - Lilting wind tones filled the pillared hall of a historic former church in Old Havana on Friday as a quintet of musicians from Florida performed in the latest of a string of U.S.-Cuban cultural exchanges that have increased in recent years. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20111001/ap_en_mu/cb_cuba_florida_orchestra]View the full article[/url]
  6. It looks like Katy Perry‘s pink hair is here to stay! The “E.T.” singer released the album artwork for “The One That Got Away,” her sixth (!) single off her hit Teenage Dream album on Twitter! KP tweeted: “The One That Got Away… It’s happening!!!” We like it! If you haven’t already, take a listen...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/katy-perry-reveals-artwork-for-her-new-single-the-one-that-got-away-photo/]View the full article[/url]
  7. It’s a Teen Mom bikini showdown! Both Farrah Abraham and Maci Bookout, who are both featured on the hit MTV reality show, were seen showing off their bikini bods in Florida this week and we have to admit — they both look good! While Farrah went with a printed green top and purple bottoms, Maci...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/teen-mom-bikini-showdown-farrah-abraham-vs-maci-bookout-poll/]View the full article[/url]
  8. The BET Hip Hop Awards got things jumping off the right way last night, with a birthday celebration for Young Jeezy! Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, and Neyo were in attendance for Young Jeezy’s birthday bash, celebrating with Ciroc Coconut specialty cocktails (Jeezy’s favorite) at Frank Ski’s in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re sure it was a good time! Wishing Jeezy a happy...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/inside-young-jeezys-birthday-bash-photo/]View the full article[/url]
  9. Our Box Office Battle this week is all about numbers! On one end, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick team up for 50/50, while on the other end, Anna Faris and Chris Evans lead a star-studded cast in What’s Your Number? Haven’t decided which one to watch this weekend? Here’s what they’re all about:...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-28/box-office-battle-5050-vs-whats-your-number-poll/]View the full article[/url]
  10. Looks like Claire Dunphy may have to keep a closer eye on Phil! Modern Family funnyman Ty Burrell joined Saturday Night Live writer Mike O’Brien in the latest webisode installment of 7 Minutes In Heaven–and of course the usual awkward hijinks ensued. During the “closet theater” segments, Ty and Mike played brothers reacting to the...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/ty-burrell-performs-and-puckers-up-in-7-minutes-in-heaven-video/]View the full article[/url]
  11. Proud papa Bruce Jenner says his stepson Rob Kardashian is defying expectations on Dancing with the Stars. “Rob’s never danced a step in his entire life,” he tells USA Today. “To go out there on live television and go totally against your personality and let yourself go? That’s not easy. I’m really proud of him....Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/bruce-jenner-robs-never-danced-a-step-in-his-entire-life/]View the full article[/url]
  12. Congratulations are in order for the guys of Nickelodeon’s hit boy band Big Time Rush — their debut album was just certified gold! James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson were on hand in Mexico (where they will be spending their weekends performing) to accept their plaques for selling 500,000 copies of Big...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/big-time-rushs-debut-album-goes-gold/]View the full article[/url]
  13. Move over, Robert Pattinson! Looks like Taylor Lautner can belt a tune, too! While the Twilight actor was in London promoting his latest flick Abduction, he was put on the spot during El Hormiguero and asked to sing a tune! He was a great sport about it and decided to follow the host’s lead who...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/taylor-lautner-sings-on-national-tv-video/]View the full article[/url]
  14. Beyonce showed off her tiny baby bump while in New York City on Friday afternoon. The “Run the World” singer was all smiles as she left her hotel and looked casual (but chic!) with her hair pulled back in a ponytail while rocking some hot shades. Wearing a black and white patterned dress, she showed...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/beyonce-goes-baby-bumpin-around-nyc-photos/]View the full article[/url]
  15. Filed under: [url="http://www.tmz.com/person/james-marsden/"]James Marsden[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/dirty-divorces/"]Celebrity Divorce[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/celebrity-justice/"]Celebrity Justice[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/seo-exclusive-only/"]SEO Exclusive ONLY[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/exclusive/"]Exclusive[/url] [img]http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/09/30/0930-james-marsden-lisa-linde-ex.jpg[/img] "[b]X-Men[/b]" star [b]James Marsden[/b]'s wife has filed for divorce, TMZ has learned. [b]Lisa Linde[/b] cited irreconcilable differences. The couple married in 2000 and have two children -- a son and a daughter. Lisa filed for divorce on September 23rd. So this is interesting ... TMZ got video of James at 4:30 AM that morning, outside the Papaya King hot dog shop in New York, singing with a bunch of friends. BTW, Lisa's dad, Dennis Linde wrote Elvis Presley's 1972 hit, "Burning Love." [url="http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/x-men-cyclops-james-marsden-mary-elizabeth-marsden-divorce-custody/"]Permalink[/url] [url=http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/x-men-cyclops-james-marsden-mary-elizabeth-marsden-divorce-custody/]View the full article[/url]
  16. Filed under: [url="http://www.tmz.com/person/jeff-conaway/"]Jeff Conaway[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/celebrity-rehab/"]Celebrity Rehab[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/r-i-p/"]R.I.P.[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/exclusive/"]Exclusive[/url] [img]http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/09/30/0930-jeff-conaway-ex.jpg[/img] Jeff Conaway died from multiple causes, from Aortic valve problems to pneumonia ... this according to the L.A. County Coroner. And, the Coroner says, his death at 60 was an accident. Among the causes -- Septic Emboli ... an infected arterial blockage -- Aortic Valve Endocarditis ... heart valve infection -- Coronary Artery Disease -- Pneumonia -- Encephalopathy ... brain disorder resulting from drug overdoses [url="http://photos.tmz.com/galleries/jeff_conaway_photo_gallery_pictures#tab=most_recent"][img]http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/09/30/0930-jeff-conaway-footer.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/jeff-conaway-cause-of-death-released-coroner-addiction-struggle-celebrity-rehab-addict-grease-dead-substance-abuse-comatose/"]Permalink[/url] [url=http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/jeff-conaway-cause-of-death-released-coroner-addiction-struggle-celebrity-rehab-addict-grease-dead-substance-abuse-comatose/]View the full article[/url]
  17. Reuters - Afghans are used to having their days broken by a burst of gunfire or the boom of an explosion. But the barrage of drumming, bass beats and amped-up guitar solos that will hit the city next week may stop many in their tracks. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110930/music_nm/us_afghanistan_rockfestival]View the full article[/url]
  18. The New Class closes out its final day with a two-for-one deal: [url="http://www.mtv.com/movies/person/302170/personmain.jhtml"]Sarah Gadon[/url], voted Most Likely to Wear a Corset … A Lot, and [url="http://www.mtv.com/movies/person/387680/personmain.jhtml"]Shailene Woodley[/url], dubbed Most Likely to Surprise Everyone, are the last remaining members of our group of Hollywood's brightest up-and-comers, but they are certainly not the least. [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/30/sarah-gadon-and-shailene-woodley-round-out-our-new-class/"][img]http://mtv.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:696909?height=288&width=512[/img][/url] From Robert Pattinson smooching to living it up with George Clooney, see what Gadon and Woodely have been up to in their careers past the jump! [b]Sarah Gadon[/b] Having been in the industry for more than a decade, Sarah's career is really starting to heat up this year. She's currently in theaters with this week's thriller "Dream House" opposite Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, for one. She's also taken on the titanic Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." Oh, and did we mention that she'll be teaming up with Cronenberg again, this time with a "Twilight" twist? That's right, she's Robert Pattinson's leading lady in "Cosmopolis." Keep your fangs at bay until 2012 for that one, though! [b]Shailene Woodley[/b] You've mostly seen her on the small screen at this point—weekly, in fact, if you're a regular viewer of ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," which she stars in as reluctant teen mom Amy Juergens. But her big break is just around the corner: Shailene has a starring role opposite George Clooney in Alex Proyas' "The Descendents," the Toronto International Film Festival darling about a man (Clooney) trying desperately to reconnect with his daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. Woodley's performance is already soaked in Oscar buzz, so keep an eye out on this project. [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/30/sarah-gadon-and-shailene-woodley-round-out-our-new-class/"][img]http://mtv.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:696912?height=288&width=512[/img][/url] [b]Vote for your New Class student body president in the poll below![/b] [url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/30/sarah-gadon-and-shailene-woodley-round-out-our-new-class/]View the full article[/url]
  19. Filed under: [url="http://www.tmz.com/person/trevor-donovan/"]Trevor Donovan[/url], [url="http://www.tmz.com/category/tmz-tv/"]TMZ TV[/url] [img]http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/09/30/093011-trevor-donovan.jpg[/img] "90210" hunk [b]Trevor Donovan[/b] playing Ken is a no-brainer -- look at the dude -- but finding the right actress body to play Barbie is another story. The casting office is now open! Check out [b]TMZ on TV[/b] -- [url="http://www.tmz.com/tmz-tv/"][b]click here[/b][/url] to see your local listings! [url="http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/trevor-donovan-ken-barbie-movie-casting-julianne-hough-ryan-seacrest-video-tmz-on-tv/"]Permalink[/url] [url=http://www.tmz.com/2011/09/30/trevor-donovan-ken-barbie-movie-casting-julianne-hough-ryan-seacrest-video-tmz-on-tv/]View the full article[/url]
  20. “[url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/tag/bunraku"]Bunraku[/url],” director Guy Moshe’s latest picture, is, as leading man [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/tag/gackt"]Gackt[/url] so eloquently (and confusingly) described to MTV News in [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/29/gackt-bunraku/"]an exclusive interview[/url], “a Cowboy meets Samurai meets Mafia action flick. It’s an action-packed movie unlike any other, mixing various genres in the style of Japanese puppetry.” Confusing, yes, but pretty much spot on: no matter how you slice it, “Bunraku” is nothing if not unique. [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/30/bunraku-five-reasons-to-see-josh-hartnetts-latest-action-ride/"][img]http://mtv.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:685667?height=288&width=512[/img][/url] In a future where bullets have been outlawed and hand-to-hand combat has become the primary method of conflict resolution, the ruthless Nicola the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman) rules the world east of the Atlantic with the aid of nine deadly assassins. But Nicola has a target on his back as well: a Drifter (Josh Hartnett) wanders into town with a thirst for whiskey and a hunger for blood, while the samurai Yoshi (Gackt) also comes calling with his sights set on the Woodcutter. Initially adversaries, Yoshi and the Drifter have to put aside their differences if they’re to stand a chance at achieving their quests for vengeance. Check out five reasons why you should see “Bunraku” past the jump. [b]Game On[/b] In a lot of ways, “Bunraku” almost feels more like a video game than a movie -- it’s practically criminal that you can only watch and not play. That’s not a knock, mind you: the world of “Bunraku,” populated by flashy characters, bright colors and endless battles that play out like RPG-inspired random encounters, is incredibly rich and detailed; it’s a world that is positively fueled by imagination in its inception, and one that game and action lovers won’t be able to resist immersing themselves in. [b]Side-Scroll[/b] There’s no better example of just how video game-esque “Bunraku” is than a sequence at the midpoint of the film where Josh Hartnett’s character, the Drifter, has to break into a prison. The entire scene is one endless battle, with Drifter punching and kicking his way through opponent after opponent, all from an angle that seems ripped straight out of a side-scrolling fighting game; think “Final Fight” meets “Donkey Kong.” It’s just one of the many inventive fight scenes that “Bunraku” executes so well. [b]Hartnett and Gackt[/b] But it’s not all about fighting, even if the Drifter insists it is. “Bunraku” would be nothing without its two leads, played with total confidence by Hartnett and Gackt. But it’s not just their individual cool customers that seal the deal: it’s the interplay between the two of them. Reluctant allies are always the most entertaining to watch, and both actors do a great job at keeping both their rivalry and their begrudgingly mutual admiration front and center throughout the film. [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/30/bunraku-five-reasons-to-see-josh-hartnetts-latest-action-ride/"][img]http://mtv.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:696927?height=288&width=512[/img][/url] [b]Killer Number Two[/b] No disrespect towards the film’s two heroes, but they’re not the ones who steal the show. That honor goes to Kevin McKidd, who kicks all kinds of ass as the deranged Killer Number Two, lieutenant to Nicola. A man who more than lives up to his name (though not in the juvenile sense, mind you), McKidd’s performance is flashy and flamboyant and dangerous at every turn. And his final scene in the film? It’s a gut-wrencher, no doubt about it. [b]The Final Fight[/b] Considering the heavy amount of combat featured in “Bunraku,” the final showdown of the film is certainly... unexpected. It’s not the kind of encounter you’d necessarily predict based on the movie’s momentum, but it works excellently, and provides us with the greatest kill move “Bunraku” has to offer. [img]http://moviesblog.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/bunraku_2.jpg[/img] [i]Director Guy Moshe, Josh Hartnett, Kevin McKidd and Ron Perlman at Jeremy Kenyon Locker Corbell's BUNRAKU Art Experience[/i] "Bunraku" is currently playing in select theaters. [url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/30/bunraku-five-reasons-to-see-josh-hartnetts-latest-action-ride/]View the full article[/url]
  21. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has become a force of nature outside his notable and long running rap career. The savvy businessman continues to find ways to turn his Hip Hop fortunes into entrepreneurial gold. Branching outside the chase for profit gains, Jay-Z began the Shawn Cater Foundation alongside his mother Gloria in 2002. With the aim of providing assistance to potential college students facing economic hardships, the SC Foundation and Jay-Z sponsored an event last night (September 29) in hopes to raise funds for college scholarships. The Making The Ordinary Extraordinary event was held at the Hudson River Park pier where Jay-Z played host to a bevy of thrill seekers all while drumming up dollars for a worthy cause. The noble and big-hearted gesture from Jay was cemented by comments from the Watch The Throne rapper as he detailed his overall aim for putting the event together. "Just providing opportunity and seeing what people do with that opportunity. If you want to go further and you want to further your education, just giving someone that extra little push [so] that maybe you'll turn out to be someone special," Jay shared with MTV News. The Brooklyn rap vet added, “It's a real grassroots thing that she's been doing on her own, and I'm just really trying to help her expand it so we can help more people. It started out as a Brooklyn thing, and then it started as a New York thing, and now hopefully we can take it to a worldwide thing” The foundation has awarded a reported 750 scholarships over the years, with over 500 college hopefuls taking part of the foundation’s college tours helmed by Jay-Z’s mother. Good stuff, Jay-Z. What do you think of Jay-Z and the work his foundation is doing? Tweet to us at @MTVRapFix or leave us a comment below. [url=http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/09/30/jay-z-throws-carnival-bash-for-college-hopefuls/]View the full article[/url]
  22. Beyonce showed off her tiny baby bump while in New York City on Friday afternoon. The “You & I” singer was all smiles as she left her hotel and looked casual (but chic!) with her hair pulled back in a ponytail while rocking some hot shades. Wearing a black and white patterned dress, she showed...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/beyonce-goes-baby-bumpin-around-nyc-photos/]View the full article[/url]
  23. It looks like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have officially survived Bolognagate 2011. Hours after reports surfaced that Theroux’s motorcycle had been vandalized by bologna in an apparent prank, girlfriend Jennifer Aniston was spotted leaving her home in New York City. Dressed in a black cardigan, sunglasses and gray scarf, Jen was all smiles and...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/jennifer-aniston-wraps-up-for-fall-in-new-york-city-photos/]View the full article[/url]
  24. It appears Gisele Bundchen may have crossed the line with her new lingerie commercial for Hope. Although we’re used to seeing the supermodel in little more than a bikini or her underwear, the advertisement has government officials in her native Brazil in an uproar. They have reportedly demanded that the spot be removed immediately. At...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/does-gisele-bundchens-new-underwear-ad-go-too-far-video/]View the full article[/url]
  25. Justin Bieber teased fans earlier today, when he gave fans the first look at his highly anticipated Christmas album. Entitled Under The Mistletoe, the album will feature tunes from Usher, Boyz II Men and The Band Perry. The 17-year-old singer tweeted that the album will drop Nov. 1, adding: “This is not your normal Christmas...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-30/justin-biebers-christmas-album-under-the-mistletoe-revealed-photos/]View the full article[/url]
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