‘This kid, I think he’s a star,’ Diddy tells Sway on MTV News’ ‘RapFix Live.’ By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway Diddy and Machine Gun Kelly Photo: MTV News Diddy ‘s ear for talent is unquestionable. After playing an instrumental role in the careers of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige , the Bad Boy founder went on to discover the Notorious B.I.G. , Mase, 112 and Faith Evans. His newest signee may not fit the Bad Boy mold, but Diddy is excited nonetheless — so excited that he Skyped into “RapFix Live” while on vacation in Spain to chat it up with Sway about his newest artist, Machine Gun Kelly . “Yes, I signed MGK,” Diddy confirmed. “This kid, I think he’s a star. He’s one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen to come out in a minute.” Influenced by DMX , Cleveland, Ohio’s Machine Gun Kelly began battle-rapping around 2004 while he was still in high school. His passion grew from the corner ciphers to the studio, where he would lay tracks for his 2006 mixtape, Stamp of Approval. Back then, the MC (who got the Machine Gun part of his moniker because of his rapid-fire raps) was just getting his feet wet. In 2010, MGK would drop two tapes, 100 Words and Runnin’ and his breakthrough Lace Up. From there, the energetic spitter would develop his following thanks to his spirited live performance. The hip-hop mogul marveled at the existing fanbase Kelly had before even signing the deal. “He has just such a movement, just hundreds and thousands of loyal fans that came from the place he came from in different parts of the country,” Diddy gushed. “He wasn’t always the coolest kid in school, and just the process of growing up and the problems that they all encounter, they relate to him in such a way.” On the surface, MGK may not fit what many would perceive as the Bad Boy mold. He is a white, skinny, tatted-up kid from Cleveland who is influenced by punk music just as much as he is influenced by rap. For Combs, it’s a non-issue. “One of the things as an executive and someone that runs a record company is that I change so much as far as my respect for artists whether they succeed or fail. I think it’s important to empower the artist,” he said. “He will not be changing for Bad Boy; he will not have a typical Bad Boy swag. He’s not going to be popping champagne or driving around in Bentleys. He’s gonna be him and true to himself. He has a lot of creative control in his project.” Kelly, who recently graduated from sleeping on a futon to a mattress in his manager’s mother’s house, agrees. He assured his fans that he won’t be changing his lifestyle very much. “We’re kind of all about that ‘I don’t like to look better than my fans,’ so maybe one day I’ll change, but I pray to God I just stay the same,” he said. “We had a bidding war before he came in, but Puff is Puff,” MGK said. “Honestly, I really want to treasure this almost-famous stage as much as we can, while we still can. It’s crazy, because Ohio is one thing; we have this great hometown love. We’ll do 4,000 in one show, but then we just did Texas and it was probably 60 to 100 people, still doin’ holes in the wall, and it’s so cool.” He won’t be doing those venues much longer. MGK confirmed that he signed a two-album deal with Bad Boy and will be dropping his debut album, also called Lace Up, in the first quarter of 2012. “No push-backs with us, baby,” he bragged. “Not happening. The fans are not allowing that to go down.” Have you checked out Machine Gun Kelly’s music? Share your thoughts in the comments! Related Videos ‘RapFix Live’ With Game, Diddy And Machine Gun Kelly Related Artists Machine Gun Kelly Diddy
Announcement came after Friday show was cut short when Followill abruptly left the stage. By James Montgomery Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill (file) Photo: Theo Wargo/ Getty Images The Kings of Leon were forced to bring a Friday-night show in Dallas to an abrupt end after frontman Caleb Followill complained of voice problems and then told the crowd at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, “I’m gonna go backstage and I’m gonna vomit. I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.” Followill then left the stage and never returned, leading his bandmates to apologize to the crowd, saying, “Caleb’s just a little unfit to play the rest of the show. … It’s really not our fault, it’s Caleb.” Immediately following the incident, KOL bassist Jared Followill took to his Twitter account to further apologize and hinted at a growing strife within the band, writing, “There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed … I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” In YouTube footage of the Friday show, Caleb Followill is seen engaging the crowd in several lengthy diatribes, urging them to help him sing the words because his voice was “100 percent gone,” and adding, “I’m gonna drink some beer and I’m gonna drink some tequila and I’m gonna have a f—ing good time.” He also made repeated references to the heat, saying, “Just for the record, I’m not drunk, I’m just f—ing hot. … I’m about to fall down over here, because I’m so daggum hot.” In the aftermath of the Dallas show, the band announced they were postponing a Saturday concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston, claiming that Followill was suffering from “heat exhaustion and dehydration … [which caused] his vocal chords to seize.” The Houston show was rescheduled for September 22, and the band said they would return to Dallas on September 21 and that all tickets from the aborted show would be honored. “Kings of Leon apologize to their fans for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to seeing their fans again in September,” the statement concluded. There’s no word on whether the band’s Tuesday show in Tampa would go on as scheduled. A spokesperson for the band did not have any additional comment when contacted by MTV News. Related Artists Kings Of Leon
It’s small, but important and effective and it forces us to give major props to Miley Cyrus. The singer Tweeted the words “All LOVE is Equal,” last night, along with her new tattoo, which is an equal sign. Check it out below: Cyrus has made her views on gay marriage well known over the years. She spoke out against Carrie Prejean in 2009 and she brought up the topic in contrast with the Casey Anthony verdict a few weeks ago. In this example, someone disagreed with Miley over Twitter, which prompted the following response: “where does it say in the bible to judge others? Oh right. It doesn’t. GOD is the only judge honey. ‘GOD is love.’”
I have never gotten to actually MEET Justin Bieber until my dream finally came true on June 22, 2011. I had seen him in concert & I had even had the chance of seeing him in Times Square perform, but I never got a picture with him. My friend and I rushed to Dave Letterman where we knew Justin would be soon to do a part for that night’s show. We got there at 11 in the morning and literally NO ONE was there, just us . At around 2 pm, tons of girls showed up and waited across the street behind barricades for Justin. On our side, there were only about 10 girls in the front and maybe 10 other people behind us. As soon as we saw Kenny in the front of a black SUV we knew that Justin was coming! My friend and I were literally shaking. Justin got out of the car and went automatically across the street to the other girls, he then made his way down taking pictures and giving hugs. We were yelling for him to come over to where we were standing, so he came over and started with the girls farther down from us. We were still trying to say stuff to him and I looked at Kenny and he smiled at me. I think he thought we were crazy, but he knew Justin would stop for us. Finally he came to my friend and I. We were the LAST girls, and he stopped in front of me and said, “Are you ready? You guys been waiting long?” and we were so shocked we kinda spit out our words, “Omg yeah we’ve been waiting for so long!”. He took my camera, put his HAND on my back, and his head touched mine! I was shaking. He took two pictures on my camera, since he didn’t know if the picture came out. Then he took my friends camera and took a picture. It flashed so he was holding the camera and goes, “How do I see if I took the picture”. We both said, “You press the play button” and he was like “I don’t know where that is”. I was like “It’s right there” and I helped him. So he sees the picture, and it’s all zoomed on my face! He asked, “Why is it so zoomed in!” My friend fixed it and he took another few more pictures and left . He literally spent like 2 whole minutes with us and it was incredible. I couldn’t believe it had finally happened. never say never, because I waited so long for that picture. -@magggieeeh Original post: I have never gotten to actually MEET Justin Bieber until my…
Director Joe Cornish tells MTV News that ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Gremlins’ provided unlikely inspiration for alien-invasion flick. By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz “Attack The Block” Photo: Studio Canal Although there are some big Hollywood names among this weekend’s new releases “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” there is an equally intriguing, if slightly lesser-known film hitting select theaters called “Attack the Block.” What sets “Block” apart from all of the others is that it was shot on a small budget and features a cast of mostly unknown actors. MTV News recently caught up with first-time feature director Joe Cornish to find out how he accomplished so much with so little, and why he thinks his alien-invasion action movie is the best of the summer. “You’re right to observe that this movie cost probably the amount that one of Bruce Willis’ shoes cost,” Cornish joked when asked about the challenges of working on a limited film budget. “Like I say, that was something that excited me; I wanted to do ambitious stuff in an inventive way.” Cornish explained that he and his crew took a unique approach to their aliens, drawing inspiration from a couple of unexpected cult favorites like “Starship Troopers” and “Gremlins.” “We have an alien design we’re proud of. It’s unusual. It’s very different. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before,” he promised. “I like when movies withhold the monster, but I also like — ‘Starship Troopers’ is one of my favorite films, and there comes a point in that movie or in ‘Gremlins,’ where they just show the monster and it becomes about quantity,” he said. “We designed our monster in such a way that we could do that. So we don’t hide it for the whole movie, we expose it and you see them in numbers and in force.” Newcomer actor John Boyega said the film is a thrill ride full of unexpected surprises … and warm hugs? “We were put at ease by [co-star] Nick Frost’s constant hugs and his words of advice and Joe Cornish’s enthusiasm on set,” Boyega said. “It was great to work on that project, it was a great experience,” he added. “It just felt like a fun ride.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Attack the Block.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com .
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2004 will go down as one of the coolest outdoor concert experiences of the last ten years. R&B star Jill Scott was one of the featured performers and tore down the stage with Erykah Badu during a rendition of “You Got Me.” Now if you watch footage from the movie (released in 2006) Jill was very pleasant and easy going back stage, even with her pimple named “Herbert”. But in a recent interview with TheHuffingtonPost she admitted that being back stage wasn’t all fun for her. MR : You’re in a certain Dave Chappelle’s Block Party flick. That must have been fun. JS : That was not fun for me. It was a great experience, however it wasn’t fun. The only reason I say that is I typically work a certain kind of way. There were so many people and so much energy that it was hard for me to find a space to just be for a moment, straight from a crowd of people to the stage, which is not normally what I do. I remember being thoroughly exhausted when that was over, but very proud of the outcome. I still watch it now and then and I think, “Wow, what a great experience.” READ FULL INTERVIEW AT HUFFINGTONPOST.COM RELATED POSTS: You Voted: Jill Scott Represents Black Music in 2011! Jill Scott Debuts At Number 1 On Billboard 200 Jill Scott’s “Womanifesto” [RHYME OF THE WEEK]
Fox 5 Atlanta has discovered that there was a fifth accuser in the Bishop Eddie Long sexual misconduct case. Centino Kemp never filed a lawsuit and his name was never made public during the case, but apparently Kemp was involved in the recent settlement negotiations with Long and the other accusers. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Kemp is currently recording songs written from the perspective of an angry lover and has Eddie Long’s name tattooed on his wrist with the words: “Never a Mistake, Always a Lesson.” Sources told Fox 5 Atlanta that Kemp is 22 years old and was raised in the Bahamas and met Eddie Long years ago during a visit to New Birth while he was a teenage student in a Florida college. Watch Fox 5 Atlanta’s report below and let us know what you think! Bishop Eddie Long Had Fifth Accuser in Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit: MyFoxATLANTA.com RELATED: Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar Ministries Called Uncooperative In Congressional Church Investigations RELATED: Bishop Paul Morton Says Eddie Long No Longer Takes His Calls [VIDEO] RELATED: Atlanta Pastor Says Eddie Long’s “Got Problems,” Invites Ex-New Birth Members To His Church [VIDEO] RELATED: Report Says Bishop Eddie Long Settled For $24.8 Million, Gave Private Apology RELATED: Creflo Dollar Tells Former New Birth Members To Go Back, Compares Scandal To Car Wreck [VIDEO] RELATED: Sherri Shepherd Goes In On Eddie Long [VIDEO] RELATED: Settlement Reached In Eddie Long Sexual Misconduct Case [VIDEO] RELATED: Bishop Eddie Long: “I’m Gonna Fight” [VIDEO & PHOTOS] RELATED: Lawyer Of Bishop Eddie Long’s Accusers Speaks [AUDIO] RELATED: Bishop Eddie Long Accuser Speaks [VIDEO] RELATED: Bishop Eddie Long – “No Hands” [SPOOF]
Eddie Cibrian#39;s ex-wife Brandi Glanville at the beach in L.A. yesterday. Eddie famously cheated on Brandi with LeAnn Rimes in 2009, before the two finally divorced last year. In other words, Eddie cheated on his wife with an uglier chick, which resulted in him losing half of his assets. His second — arguably better — option to sleeping with LeAnn was to just bash himself in the head with a rock, but he couldn#39;t find one in time.
What’s daring about The Myth of the American Sleepover , a modest, untroubled elegy for the passages of middle-American youth, is as straightforward as it is uncommon. Working within a well-worn format — the hometown coming-of-age drama — the effect of feature-debut writer and director David Robert Mitchell’s intensely personal attention to tone and the flow of emotional currents is one of negative exposure, a setting of the genre into a stark and original relief. Conspicuous among his choices was to set and shoot the film in his native suburban Michigan and give it a largely local, unknown cast, several with twanging accents intact. The girls are built as girls that age tend to be — with variety, but tending toward awkwardness — and the boys are as small and reedy as we rarely remember them to be. In other words, it looks more like your teenage world than such films generally allow, and it’s not pretty. It’s beautiful.