Dizzee Rascal Performs At London Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics were a spectacular affair, and throughout the night there were more than a few nods to the UK’s pop culture resume. Especially the music. There were plenty of acrobats and athletes around plus performers like Dizzee Rascal who helped paying tribute to 1960s British music. His Olympics theme song “Scream”  was a winner, and last night after delivering his hit “Bonkers,” the soundtrack ran the gamut from The Rolling Stones to David Bowie.

MTV News’ full-recap of the Opening Ceremony:

By James Montgomery

Costing a reported $42 million (less than half of the grand ceremony that kicked off the Beijing games in 2008), the Opening Ceremony of the London games featured more than 10,000 athletes — and nearly as many performers. But music played an important role throughout, scoring the entrances of each nation and, in one segment of the production, taking center stage as an army of dancers worked their way through a routine that focused squarely on the nation’s greatest export: classic songs like “My Generation,” “Satisfaction” and newer contributions like “Born Slippy,” “Valerie” and “Song Two.”

Aside from the music, the centerpiece of the Ceremony was an English pastoral transported directly into the center of Olympic Stadium. It featured actual grassy meadows, a water mill, livestock and even a cottage with a smoking chimney. Each nation — 204 in all — planted its flag on the gently sloping hill, and after Great Britain’s athletes did their victory lap, the Arctic Monkeys roared onto the stage to blast through their hit “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” as fireworks blasted overhead. Then, as cyclists dressed as doves (a nod to one of the oldest Olympic traditions) rode into view, the Monkeys turned in a reverent version of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” frontman Alex Turner looking very much like a young John Lennon in his Teddy Boy phase with his slicked back pompadour.

Then, after the Queen officially declared the games of the 30th Olympiad open, the Olympic torch was brought into the stadium by Britain’s most decorated athlete, Sir Steven Redgrave (who received it from soccer star David Beckham), completing the flame’s 12,800-mile voyage. As a new generation of British athletes lit the Olympic cauldron, the strains of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” boomed overhead. Then, the elaborate, hours-long ceremony was closed by (who else?) Sir Paul McCartney, who played the refrain of “The End,” then launched into one of the Beatles’ most famous tunes — “Hey Jude” — leading the packed stadium (and, one can assume, the billions watching around the world) in its iconic “na-na-na” chorus. And with that, the ceremony reached its appropriate conclusion, having honored the spirit of the Olympics and the great musical tradition of the host nation.

Let the games begin.


Usher Stepson, Kile Glover To Be Laid To Rest Today

Today singer Usher, his ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond and biological dad Ryan Glover, family and friends will wave goodbye to Kile Glover today in whats expected to be an emotional funeral service. The young teenager passed away last Saturday after his heart failed when he was removed from life support and many supporters are expected to pack the Wieuca Road Baptist Church where the service will be held.

Recently Tameka took to her Twiiter account to thank fans for their outpouring support.

“I appreciate the hundreds, perhaps thousands of prayers. I’m so grateful to you guys. Kile was the most fun, creative, sweet, respectful boy” Tameka tweeted. “Our goal to to increase water safety- thru implementing laws, policies education. Kiles passing will not be in vain, we will see to this.”

Glover was struck by a jet ski on Atlanta’s Lake Lanier on July 6 while riding an inner tube with a friend. He was immediately airlifted to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him brain-dead. Glover was removed from life support last weekend, after his family previously issued statements asking fans for their prayers.

“We know God’s in control, and are leaning on our faith in Him and His word at this most difficult time,” the family said in a statement following the accident. “We firmly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you all continue to pray and lift Kile up, as it’s the best way we can all support him now.”

The man driving the jet ski that struck Glover was identified as 38-year-old family friend Jeffrey S. Hubbard. Police have not decided to press any charges so far. A second victim, a 15-year-old girl, was also injured in the accident, but she’s said to be recovering after suffering from a broken arm and a cut on the head.

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Odd Future Speaks Out About Frank Ocean’s Love For Bagels

By Rob Markman

Frank Ocean once loved a man and Channel Orange is an awesome album. By now these are facts that music fans have come to accept, but hold tight because there may be another controversy brewing. On Wednesday Frank’s Odd Future homeys Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt revealed the OFWGKTA singer really, really, really loves… bagels.

You didn’t really expect Odd Future to address Ocean’s revelation that he once carried on a love affair with a man with any seriousness did you?

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” bellowed Tyler.

“I think it’s crazy that that n—a likes bagels like that; for the longest he was frontin’,” said Earl, who had just finished twirling around in the swivel chair he was seated in. “We’d go to the store like, ‘N—a do you want some bagels?’ and He’ll be like, ‘I don’t f— with bagels.’ “

In part, bagels is a euphemism for boys, even if the gag got twisted at times during the conversation. On July 4, a week before he dropped his major-label debut Channel Orange,Ocean published a passage on his Tumblr where he revealed that his first love was a man. “All l of a sudden a week before the album drop this n—a like, ‘Pass me the cinnamon raisin with the cream cheese,’ ” Earl joked nothing the amount of bagels that would be in the Los Angeles studio where OF often records. “It was n—a ’cause for the longest nobody would pass him no type of bagels. You know how many bagels there is at Paramount? In that f—in’ kitchen?”

Tyler is clearly over the topic and what Ocean’s revelation means to the world of music. “It’s funny because no one cares,” he said. “I actually don’t give a f—, do you give a f—?”

For Earl, Frank Ocean’s sexual or pastry preference doesn’t matter, as long as the music is right. “That album was tight whether or not he likes bagels,” he said.

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Lupe Fiasco Shares ”Lamborghini Angels’ From Food & Liquor 2

By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Lupe Fiasco has a unique writing process. Before the Chicago MC hits the booth, he hits the books so he can educate himself before he pens his rhymes. It’s a technique that helped him through the recording process on his upcoming Food Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1. On Lu’s reading list were Howard Zinn’s “The Bomb” and Stephen Pimpare’s “A People’s History of Poverty in America.” The latter inspired Lupe’s next single, “Lamborghini Angels.”

The track won’t be out until about the third week of August, after the Muslim fasting period that Lupe is currently taking part in. Still, that didn’t stop the Chicago spitter from delivering an a cappella preview of the song when he visited “RapFix Live” on Wednesday. The track’s title may suggest something flashy, but the verse of “Lamborghini Angels” that Lupe previewed talked about the specific inequalities that women faced in the 1800s. “Literally that’s the anecdote that went down in the book, 100 years ago. I was like, let me make a rap out of that,” Lu said of the bars that he spit. “It’s really like, Oh, you’re a woman in the 1800s and you want to go to school? You’re crazy and we’re sending you to a mental asylum to get a lobotomy.”

It was a memorable day for the MC, who later in the show broke down in tears after he, “RapFix” host Sway Calloway and Queens, New York, rapper Nature watched a 2006 clip from MTV’s “My Block” series in which a young Lupe took Sway on a tour through his west side Chicago ‘hood.

The trip down memory lane proved to be too much for Fiasco, who started to cry after seeing old footage of friends who are now either locked up or in a grave. It was a very touching moment. “Chicago’s the murder capital. The dudes in that video are in prison, a couple of fed cases, and then there’s ghosts. You see people that, that ain’t there,” he said, sobbing, hiding his tears behind his round-rimmed shades. “To see that so real, it hurts, bro. I ain’t gonna front. It hurts; it hurts a lot to speak to ghosts.”

Check Lupe Fiasco’s verse to “Lamborghini Angels” below:

“With her eyes to the ceiling and a needle to her brain/ She looks back into the crowd, wipes the blood and then explains/ How she slipped from this existence to the realm of the deranged/ Her becoming must be halted to reverse what she became/ From the looseness of her tongue, to the pollution of her aims/ To do nothing is barbaric, the solution is humane/ You must destroy the mind and hopefully retrain/ You torture out the wildness, then replace it with the tame/ Blank slate when she recovers, she won’t even know her name/ Perfect wife and perfect lover, no resistance, no complaints/ My God bless the scientific cure for the insane/ Knew that she shouldn’t go to school, but she thought that that should change.”

What do you think of Lupe Fiasco’s “Lamborghini Angels” verse? Let us know in the comments!

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Katherine Jackson Confirms Losing Custody Of Michael Jackson’s Children

It’s been a whirlwind of a week for the Jackson family, to say the least. Last weekend Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson initially seemed to be missing, and once recovered a fight and kidnapping allegations followed. The latest news found Katherine temporarily losing custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket. Now the Jackson matriach has issued a statement clearing up rumors that she went missing, but she did confirm that the children were temporarily taken out of her custody and that the court’s ruling was “based on a bunch of lies.”

Katherine Jackson spoke to ABC News from the Miraval Arizona Report Spa in Tucson, AZ, where she was said to be de-stressing, with Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie Jackson at her side.

I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will,” she was quoted as saying, in the full transcript. It’s very stupid for people to think that. But anyway, I am devastated that while I’ve been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that, also.

So I spoke to my grandson, TJ, last night, that I left there to be in charge of my children — and I never leave home without leaving them with instructions of who to stay there with them, the nanny and all of them — and someone had let go the cook, the nanny, and also the housekeepers. I don’t know who did that but they don’t have that power and they shouldn’t have done it.

And now, the people are saying they are there with nothing to eat. I am sure they have something to eat but it’s probably not healthy because the cook is not there.

But since I have also been away, my guardianship, which I just said, my children, have been taken away from me, my guardianship has been taken away from me. And, but, I spoke to my grandson TJ and also I spoke to Prince and Paris last night and told him I would be home today and they’re waiting for me to come.

And I told him it wasn’t necessary for him to go down and sign for guardianship. … I don’t know who instructed him to do that — but that’s what, but he wanted me to come home before that happened, but the ruling in court today was about the guardianship and I think it was based on a bunch of lies, but I have a good idea who’s doing that and who’s behind that…”

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