Let’s make this clear. The use of crack cocaine never got sexy. It never became classy either. Crack is still very much wack folks. Unfortunately, too many celebrities never got this message.
A full decade has passed since the late Amy Winehouse‘s debut LP Frank was first released in the UK/Europe. When Winehouse first appeared she was considered an extremely young Nu Jazz vocalist devoid of the social grace and seasoning that most other UK artists had who were considered for a huge push overseas.
Former cooking show maven Paula Deen got cooked, no pun intended, by Twitter after admitting her fondness for the N-Word in a court deposition. Although the one-time Food Network star went on a “I’m Not A Racist” apology tour, it all rang hollow in the end. Deen isn’t the first celebrity to show racist tendencies, however.
Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby is as grandiose, glitzy, and glamorous as the commercials suggest, but where does Hip-Hop fit in? Jay-Z attempts to answer that question by making rap music the soundtrack to epic parties, infidelity, and major groupie love, set in the 1920s.