Quick Hits: Kris Kross, Randy Jackson / American Idol, Lil Wayne, Slayer, Courtney Love
May 10, 2013
The funeral for late Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly took place in Atlanta on Thursday and was attended by mentor JermaineDupri, rapper Da Brat, and partner in rhyme Chris Smith, who gave a tearful, moving eulogy. Smith recalled the last time the duo were on stage together in February at the So So Def anniversary concert. Just seconds before they were to perform, he said that Kelly ran over to his side of the stage and said, "Stay focused. I'm like, 'What are you doing man? The curtain's about to come up!'" According to MTV News, Smith then described Kelly calmly walking back to his side of the stage. "That's the Chris I always knew. He was a true friend. He wanted to see if I was alright," he continued. "I just want to say I love you man. I would say Kris Kross forever, but without Chris, it ain't never gonna be the same. But I hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten."
Randy Jackson, the sole original judge left on American Idol, will leave the show after this season. "To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season," Jackson said in a statement. "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures." The news comes just as rumors are starting to swirl that American Idol will clean house at the judges' table after this season, and producer Nigel Lythgoe also might be leaving. Meanwhile, there are two finalists left on season 12, KreeHarrison and Candice Glover, who will compete on next week's season finale.
Last April, during an appearance MTV's Hip Hop POV, Lil Wayne had told fans that he would release an album of pseudo love songs called DEVOL, which he'd written during his time in jail. Now, Weezy says that project in still in the hopper. On Wednesday's episode of RapFix Live, the rapper said "I do still plan on dropping that. I'm very excited about that album. Y'all already know that I be excited about the stuff that y'all really don't be caring too much about... You know, like love songs according to me. I know y'all are probably like 'I do not wanna hear no love songs according to [Wayne], but I'm talented and Birdman lets me do whatever I wanna do, so I'm putting that album out... Y'all gonna love it too, and it's not what y'all expecting."
Slayer has posted an update on its website telling fans that there will be a public memorial for late guitarist Jeff Hanneman sometime later this month. The message says that "along with Jeff's family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon." The site also confirms that Hanneman's death was caused by alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, and not by the flesh-eating disease that he contracted from a spider bite. "While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life," reads the post. "Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving Ė he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."
Courtney Love has announced a short solo tour on the east coast from June 20 to 29, beginning in Philadelphia and ending in Huntington, NY. It's unclear who will play in her backing band, but Brooklyn band Starred will open some of the shows.