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Times Staff WriterThe air around OutKast's "Idlewild" is humid and thick as gravy, and I'm not talking about the summer haze enveloping the fictional Southern town where the film takes place. The movie starring hip-hop's top duo and the sort-of soundtrack sharing its...
Tags: Cole Porter, Ving Rhames, Movies, Minority Groups, Macy Gray
Zap2It.comParis Hilton occupies a high spot on the Billboard album charts this week, but her debut album doesn't look like it will be setting any sales records. The currently celibate (so she says) hotel heiress and "Simple Life" star's debut album, "Paris," joins...
MetromixAs the more flamboyant member of hip-hop duo OutKast, André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000), certainly isn't known for keeping a low profile. But now a new segment of the population will discover his idiosyncratic personality with "Class of 3000" (Fridays, 8...
MetromixALBUM: "Atlantis - Hymns for Disco" (Virgin) Just a few months ago, Nas declared "hip-hop is dead," setting off rounds of hand-wringing, denial and even muted agreement in the music community. But pay no mind to the musings of a jaded rap legend—...
Tags: Jimi Hendrix, Space Programs, Nas, Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley
Zap2It.comVibrant entertainer Andre Benjamin, one half musical group OutKast, will become even more animated in the Cartoon Network original series "The Class of 3000." In the series, which he co-executive produces with Tom Lynch, Benjamin stars as the voice of...
Metromix StaffRapper Christopher "C-Note" Hawkins (Antwan "Big Boi" Patton of OutKast) claims possession of an estate on the fringes of the stuffy Carolina golf course where his dad used to caddy and allegedly racked up the all-time best round. This doesn't sit well...
Zap2It.comThe generic gangstas-and-grit marketing campaign to the contrary, Chris Robinson's "ATL" is not a movie about boys and the hood. It's about boys, and girls, and the roller rink. "ATL" -- which is hometown slang for Atlanta, Georgia -- is at its heart a...
Tags: Spike Lee, DVDs, Mykelti Williamson, Evan Ross, Movies
Special to The TimesWatching Al Green sing live should be on any list of "Things to Do Before You Die." So it was understandable that at the rehearsals the day before Tuesday night’s BET Awards, pre-show buzz revolved not around much-anticipated performances from...
Zap2It.comThe Cartoon Network has greenlit its first-ever movie project mixing live action and animation. And while that immediately shuts off the project from the Chinese market, folks there seem excited about it nonetheless. The movie, called "Re-Animated," is...
MetromixOutKast's feature film debut Idlewild performs best when you'd most expect it: during the musical numbers. But the movie falls short of the duo's consistently impressive album and music video efforts under the weight of a muddled full-length narrative....
Tags: Paula Patton, Christina Aguilera, Big Boi, Movies
Times Staff WriterWhen Kanye West released "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," the first single from his highly anticipated new album, hip-hop radio programmers and fans reacted coolly. West was stunned. The song was a stinging look at the abusive working conditions in the...
Times Staff WriterWhy don't we just flip a coin and get this whole Grammy thing over with? Heads Kanye West wins for album of the year. Tails he loses. The record industry's most prestigious awards competition seems at times just as arbitrary as that, often bypassing...
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