Die Antwoord Sign to Interscope Records

12 03 2010

from BoingBoing.net:

The South African rap-rave internet star known as The Ninja grabs my face by the cheeks. He leans forward and stares into my eyes, like a large savannah predator about to inhale a hamster.

“And that’s what I did to Jimmy Iovine,” he says. “He didn’t seem to like it, but nobody told me it wasn’t cool to do that. And then I kissed him on each cheek, because we were making a deal like you do with the mafia. Die Antwordis in business with Interscope now.”

“I’m not skinny like this by choice,” he says, huddled over the table in a Ren and Stimpy hoodie adorned with John Kricfalusi doodles. “We had no money forever. Now, we’re flying business class to America, and look at me, I’m eating berries and granola in Hollywood.”

Ninja is in LA for the first time, joined by his creative partner Yolandi Visser (who’s sleeping in this morning, upstairs in the hotel), and their “consigliere” Jay.

“When we did the big meeting with Interscope, Jimmy Iovine was telling me all about how badly their business has been harmed by the internet,” Ninja says, sipping black coffee. ” I can understand that but I said, ‘Jimmy, I want to give you a piece of samurai advice: Become the enemy.”

The band’s forthcoming debut album $O$, streaming in entirety on their website for free, is the first of 5 albums they plan to release. A sort of documentary film is in the works, too. “It’s like an hour-long introduction to a music video, like Thriller, only you can eat popcorn while you watch it at the cinema,” he says.

After breakfast, they’re off to meet one of their creative heroes, the director and curator of high weirdness David Lynch.

“I used to smoke a lot of weed,” Ninja says. “Then I got my hands on a David Lynch Twin Peaks box set, and I watched the whole thing in one sitting, and it blew my mind. Special Agent Dale Cooper said something about pot being bad for you, and that convinced me that maybe I shouldn’t smoke pot anymore. All of this now might be a little harder to take if I were.”

“This the only thing I can do, I can’t do anything else,” Ninja continues. “It is what I love, and all I have ever wanted to do in my life. Now that all of this—” he gestures toward Hollywood boulevard, as a truck carrying leftover Academy Awards props cruises by”—now that this is happening to us, it’s overwhelming because you also realize that it could disappear right away. ”

“I don’t know what that’s going to mean. But for now, I just know that we have a film to make, and albums to record, and shows to play.”

“It’s not bad.”

The only thing i have to say is: PLEASE INTERSCOPE….PLEASE DON’T FUCK THIS UP!

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Chad Ochocinco Gets His Own Reality Show: “The Tournament”

11 03 2010

From The Hollywood Reporter:

VH1 is teaming with Chad Ochocinco for a dating reality show.

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver will appear in a show that applies a sports bracket-style system to a dating show. In “The Tournament,” Ochocinco will travel the U.S. meeting potential dates, then will narrow down the group to four women representing the Northern, Western, Southern and Central part of the country. The 16 chosen will then compete in a “tournament-style dating competition.”

“Chad Ochocinco’s bigger-than-life personality on and off the field and his notorious skills as a social networker, connecting daily with his fans, makes him a perfect fit for VH1,” said Jeff Olde, executive vp of programming, VH1. “This show will not only give viewers a look inside his professional life, but also reveal his softer more romantic side when playing a very different kind of game.”

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thanks to @tleisher for the link!

Breaking News: Woman Sees Big Cat; Uses Hands for Visual Representation…

11 03 2010

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School Bus Driver Gets DUI While Driving a Full Busload of Kids

10 03 2010

WTF! As if just getting a DUI wasn’t bad enough, she blew a .226, thats nearly 3 times the legal limit!! What a fucking cunt. Here’s some more from the report at DailyHerald.com:

About 50 children from Lion’s Park Elementary School in Mount Prospect were aboard the bus, Mount Prospect police said.

Betty Burden, 54, was arrested around 3:45 p.m. She was charged with aggravated DUI of alcohol, authorities said. She appeared in court Wednesday morning in Rolling Meadows and Judge Kay Hanlon gave her a $10,000 bond.

Burden, who first started working for District 57 in 1991, registered a .230 blood-alcohol concentration level at the scene after police stopped the bus, prosecutors said.

One of Burden’s co-workers smelled alcohol Tuesday afternoon on Burden’s breath and told the district’s director of transportation, prosecutors said. The director noticed Burden appeared sleepy around 2:30 p.m. and followed the bus, police added. He then called police who stopped bus No. 11 and smelled alcohol on Burden’s breath while noticing she had bloodshot, watery eyes, authorities said.

OK, seriously?! One of her co-workers smelled alcohol on her breat and the director of transportation didn’t stop her from picking up a bus load of kids??? Instead they just followed the bus to see if she could drive it ok? What the fucking fuck. FUCK!

Lil Wayne to Begin Serving 1 Year Jail Sentence Immediately

8 03 2010

From Huffington Post:

NEW YORK — Lil Wayne was sentenced Monday to a year in jail in New York City for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, then was taken away in handcuffs to begin his term immediately.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper, born Dwayne Carter, was sentenced in Manhattan after pleading guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted having the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus.

Facing jail with his career in full throttle, Lil Wayne has prepared with a burst of work and farewell shows and videos for fans. He said in a video clip sent last week to MTV News that he shot footage for seven music videos with various artists in one night over the weekend.

He told Rolling Stone for a story last month that he planned to keep working while behind bars.

“I’ll be still rapping in there, have a gang of raps ready when I come back home,” he said.

With good behavior, he could be released in about eight months.

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On-Air Newsroom Fight

5 03 2010

hahaha awesome. happy friday everyone.

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Valve Announces Portal 2!

5 03 2010

From SteamPowered.com:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike and Half-Life) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Portal 2 for shipment this coming holiday season.

Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Portal, which won 70 industry achievement awards.

I’m obviously pretty stoked for this sequel since the first one is definitely one of my favorite games of all time; I’m actually replaying through it right now. Can’t wait to play these new maps, it just sucks that we have to wait until november.

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