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Watch vintage footage of teenage Kanye rapping -- VIDEO

Teen Kanye RapsHe wasn’t born on the throne.

But according to a newly unearthed video of a 19-year-old Kanye West performing in his native Chicago, he was already on his way in 1996.

“I never been tookin’ out / I got emcees lookin’ out,” raps the nascent Louis Vuitton Don, sporting the kind of tucked-in polo ensemble that became the sartorial signature of his earlier days.

The NYC-flavored jam definitely fits the era, and West had seemingly yet to nail down a musical identity. Yet, as we recently learned in another vintage video, it would be eight years (if not sooner) before ‘Ye started infusing into his verses the Chicago-style consciousness that colored his 2004 debut The College Dropout.

But enough with the talking — watch the video for yourself below, and let us know what you think of Junior Yeezy:

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Beastie Boy Mike D disses 'NYT' puzzlemaster Will Shortz on 'Colbert Report' -- VIDEO

As far as hip-hop beefs go, it’s no Drake vs. Common, but it’s certainly more fun.

First, some background: New York Times puzzle guru Will Shortz was called out this week by freelance writer Julieanne Smolinski for misusing the word “illin” in a recent crossword, leading the two to cross swords via e-mail.

“The clue for 28 down reads ‘Wack, in hip-hop,’ and the answer provided is ‘ILLIN,’” Smolinski wrote. “These are not the same things, at all!”

Shortz fired back with this defense: “According to the Dictionary of American Slang, edited by Robert L. Chapman,’illin” means ‘stupid, insane.’ ‘Wack’ is defined as ‘worthless, stupid.’ The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, by Tony Thorne, defines “illin’” as ‘bad, uncool,’ and says it is a buzzword in the rap and hip-hop cultures. It seems to me that’s roughly the same as ‘wack’ in the sense of worthless or stupid.”

Added the Timesman, “So it seems to me the clue is fine.”

But it doesn’t seem fine to Mike D of the Beastie Boys, who took to The Colbert Report to settle the score on rap’s nerdiest feud once and for all.

How does it all end? Let’s just say Shortz might need to check himself. Watch the tweedy Beastie work out the finer points of hip-hop grammar in the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne set to release prison memoir

Did Lil Wayne’s underwhelming post-prison album Tha Carter IV leave something to be desired?

If you answered yes, then Dwayne Carter has a consolation prize for you: a memoir.

It was announced today that Gone Till November – a Weezy-penned account of his eight-month stint at Rikers — will be released by Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing division this November.

The rapper, who was sentenced in 2010 on a gun possession charge, will provide “an internal dialogue” based on diaries he apparently kept while serving his term, the AP reports.

“We are thrilled to be publishing Wayne’s prison memoir,” confirmed Grand Central Publishing’s Ben Greenberg. “He kept detailed journals of his inner and outer life while he was on Rikers Island, and they certainly tell a story. They are revealing.”

November will hit shelves November 28th, ensuring that rap fans will have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

Read more:
Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne win big at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011
B.o.B returns with Lil Wayne-featuring cut about weed smoke : Listen to his new single ‘Strange Clouds’ here
Justin Bieber wishes Lil Wayne a happy 29th and covers his ‘How to Love’: Listen to his sweet acoustic version here

Kelly Clarkson pulls off national-anthem hat trick with slated Super Bowl appearance

Last year, she sang it at the NBA Finals. The year before that, she sang it at the World Series.

And this year, Kelly Clarkson will get to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet — and her publicist told EW that she is unable to confirm it yet — it’s been reported that the inaugural American Idol winner will be on “Star-Spangled Banner” duty at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5th. The broadcast will also feature Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. during the halftime show.

This will make Clarkson only the third Idol winner (after Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood) to belt the Francis Scott Key tune on Super Sunday, despite the fact that her widely praised vocal talents have always made her a natural candidate for the job.

Then again, Super Bowl organizers might be going the Idol route as a way of playing it safe this year, given Christina Aguilera’s much-criticized blunder last year.

What about you guys? Are you happy with the selection, or are there artists out there who you think deserve it more — or would simply be more interesting — than Clarkson?

Read more on EW.com:
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and more join Grammy performance slate
Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album
Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice’; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

No Doubt, Nicole Scherzinger Twitter accounts hacked by Ron Paul supporters

Is Kelly Clarkson a trendsetter?

Eyebrows were raised when No Doubt, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, and political punks Rise Against all expressed their support for Ron Paul via Twitter yesterday.

But it didn’t take long for said eyebrows to return to their proper positions, as it was revealed that the artists’ feeds had actually been hacked by Ron Paul supporters.

“Today We Officially Endorse Ron Paul 2012,” said a tweet from No Doubt’s verified account early in the day. “If you actually read what Ron Paul is saying, you will discover that for the first time in your life a politician is not lying to you.”

The band later issued a correction, writing, “Our Twitter account was hacked last night. No political endorsements at this time. Love, No Doubt.”

“We were hacked,” echoed Rise Against’s Twitter account, whose apparent endorsement tweet included a link to a Ron Paul donation page. “As you would all assume, We DO NOT support Ron Paul.”

Scherzinger, rather than clarify that she was duped, simply deleted the planted tweet.

Yet it’s time to re-raise those tired eyebrows, because the techno-political plot thickens: All of the hacked artists in question are signed to Interscope.

Could there be something more sinister going on, or does the label just assign the same password (probably “password”) to all of its artists?

Either way, our eyebrows are getting a serious workout today. Readers, what are your conspiracy theories? Leave them in the comments below.

Read more on EW.com:
No Doubt says first album in 10 years will now be their first album in 11 years
Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only celeb showing support for a presidential hopeful

New York Health Department investigating Beyonce's birth controversy

Beyoncégaté rages on.

No, not the online shenanigans surrounding Blue Ivy Carter’s supposed Satanism, though that is still alive and, um, well.

It’s Beyoncé’s reportedly million-dollar garcinia cambogia extract endorsement delivery that’s still fueling controversy: she and Jay-Z were said to have dropped $1.3 million to reserve multiple executive suites and subsequently received preferential treatment, causing Lenox Hill Hospital to be hit by complaints and protests from parents whose names don’t end in “-Z” or “é.”

Patients who were at the hospital at the time allege that they were blocked from seeing their newborns due to security guards hired by the Carter-Knowles clan, claims that the New York State Health Department are now investigating more fully.

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Jack White acquires a $12,500 elephant head, drives hard bargains on 'American Pickers': See the clip

Wonder what Jack White’s been up to lately?

As viewers of the History Channel’s American Pickers know, the ex-White Striper, vinyl revitalizer, and  Insane Clown Posse collaborator has been busy bartering for stuffed elephant heads.

The show recently went down to White’s Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville to unload the exotic animal segment, buy some of Jack’s vintage wares, and meet Tempest, the world’s oldest burlesque dancer.

“I really do love animals,” White — whose fourth White Stripes album, as many fans know, bears (ha!) the title Elephant – tells the cameras. “And I love the majesty of taxidermy.”

But does he love its majesty enough to fork over the $12,500 sticker price for a stuffed pachyderm, or will he be able to wheel and deal his way to a lower price? READ FULL STORY

Coachella 2012 -- Are you excited?

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For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.

But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.

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Jay-Z commemorates Blue Ivy Carter with a new song, 'Glory': Hear it here

Well, that was fast.

If Beyoncé’s news-making weekend delivery isn’t exciting enough, her husband now has one of his own: “Glory,” which Jay-Z released on his blog Life+Times.

The soul-inflected song is an ode to newly born daughter Blue Ivy Carter, who actually makes her own guest appearance, despite being only two days old. Credited as B.I.C., the baby closes the Neptunes-produced track with a bit of gentle crying.

The song’s other, non-infant guest vocalist is Pharrell Williams, who coos over the silky-smooth hook as Hov drops adoring (nursery) rhymes like, “I’ll paint the sky Blue, my greatest creation is you.”

Check out the world’s greatest baby present below!

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi diagnosed with lymphoma

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

According to a press release issued by the band’s publicists, the heavy metal legend has been diagnosed with “the early stages” of the disease, a form of cancer which affects white blood cells,  and he “is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan.”

Last November it was announced that the original Black Sabbath lineup — Iommi, frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward — were reuniting to record their first studio album together since 1978′s Never Say Die!.

According to the statement, Iommi’s illness has not derailed that plan, although work on the Rick Rubin-produced CD will now continue in the U.K., rather than Los Angeles. The collection is set for release this fall.

Read more:
Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath returning in 2012 with first album in over three decades
‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’: Check out an exclusive clip from the new rock doc and interview with director Mike Fleiss
Black Sabbath lawsuit: Peace breaks out between Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

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