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Tonight at 11p/10c on MTV2 is the premiere of "Hip Hop Squares," a revamped version of the classic "Hollywood Squares" game show. The show takes celebrities from the world of hip-hop (plus Vinny from "Jersey Shore") and places them in nine squares representing a Tic-Tac-Toe board. Two contestants then decide whether or not a celeb is lying about their trivia answers. If they're correct, they win their corresponding "X" or "O." If they're wrong, their opponent takes the space.
MTV Clutch got an opportunity to visit the set of "Hip Hop Squares" and take inventory of the craziness going on. We're happy to report it's a good time over there (brownies were in the green room, along with an open bar...at 11am). On top of that, the show is solidly funny. Here's our recap of what we learned from our big day out at "Hip Hop Squares."
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When DJ Khaled says he's the best, he means it. The DJ/Label Executive/Uncontested King of Collaborations can corral any number of rappers into a room and make one big-ass track. It's an art very few have, but many try to emulate. His collaboration roster reads like the red carpet guest list at the opening night of the 40/40 Club. From "We Takin' Over" with guests like Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and T.I. to "Go Hard" with Kanye West and T-Pain, then "All I Do Is Win" with Snoop Dogg and Ludacris back around to "Take It To the Head" with Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. We know there were a million other guests on these songs. Call this a rough list. DJ Khaled knows what he's doing. While he was on set for MTV's "Hip Hop Squares," Khaled let us in on a few secrets to the success of his collaborations. DJs listen up.
"Hip Hop Squares" premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 11p/10c on MTV2.
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The songbird of Drake's "OVOXO," The Weeknd, is like a mythical creature in hip-hop. He released a few mixtapes, cancelled a bunch of public appearances, refuses to be interviewed--and as we're about to show you--hate to show his face. It was a big mystery what this man even looked like until just a few months ago. There were always just shadows and pictures of models to represent him (check his mixtape covers). Now that he's revealed himself at this year's Coachella, along with one New York City date, we have an idea of what he looks like. Still, the way The Weeknd covers his face whenever a camera is around, you'd think he's dodging a parole officer or an ex-wife wanting alimony. Or maybe he's playing an extended game of hide 'n seek? Whatever the reason, this man does not like revealing his face. Whether covering his mug with a cup, burying his head in a pillow or hiding behind a bunch of balloons, we've collected 10 photos below that prove The Weeknd hates his face.
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Iggy Azalea isn't the only Aussie out there making waves in hip-hop. Rapper/Singer extraordinaire Drapht hails from the West Coast (of Australia that is) and will be making his big U.S. debut with the release of his album Life Of Riley on May 8. Drapht already has his homeland in his pocket (Life of Riley is Certified Gold) and he's heading out here to do the same.
Drapht is known to drop some great pop culture references in his lyrics--like in his latest music video "Sing It (The Life Of Riley)"--so it's appropriate that he used TV as a reference when we asked for his Clutch Commandments. From "The Sopranos" to "Breaking Bad" and "The Wire," Drapht broke down the 10 commandments he's gleaned from watching great TV series.
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It might be hard for most men to admit this, but Amber Rose has more girl-getting game than most men do. The fiancé of Wiz Khalifa and newly established rapper herself has been making some noise in the game for quite a while now. Sexy from her shaved head to her expensive shoe-covered toes, Amber Rose knows what women want. During the taping of MTV2's new game show "Hip Hop Squares," Mz. Khalifa checked in with MTV Clutch to drop some gems. She made it really easy for you, fellas, by offering up some tips on how to pick up women in a club. Her biggest lesson of all? Do not take women home the night you meet them (sorry, but it's true). So grab yourself a pen and pad and peep Amber Rose's commandments. If you use any of her tips, make sure you thank her.
Check out the premier episode of "Hip Hop Squares" May 22 at 11p on MTV2.