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Dance Star winners, 50 Cent's dislikes for gay men, Janet Jackson on the boob tube

by Doug Rule
Published on March 18, 2004, 12:00am | Comments

DANCE MUSIC'S MOST POPULAR...Washington's own Deep Dish was voted most popular DJ last week at the biggest annual confab of danceheads this side of the Atlantic. The DJ/production duo of Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi won twice at the Dance Star USA awards in Miami -- as best DJ (besting, among others, Victor Calderone, Danny Tenaglia and the only woman nominated, Sandra Collins) and for best compilation, for the accomplished two-disc Toronto 025. Voting was open to anyone who had an interest and an Internet connection, which might explain why Paris Hilton won as best celebrity DJ -- or rather, why there was such a category in the first place. Still, most nominees in every category deserved the recognition. And even better, nearly every win was respectable, from Paul Van Dyk as best international DJ to Murk as best producer to Sander Kleinenberg for his best remix of Justin Timberlake's “Rock Your Body.” The Crystal Method swept up the most awards -- three, for best album, best single and best act -- at what the New York Times called a “surreal, gaudy” ceremony hosted by Carmen Electra


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FRISCO HOUSE IN D.C.... Deep Dish took its name, in part, from the deep house style of dance music it practices. Even within that sub-subdivision of dance music, there's apparently a further distinction between West Coast and East. Deep house everywhere is stripped of most of the bombast and hard beats of regular house, America's mainstream brand of dance music that originated in Chicago. But East Coast deep house is colder, more mechanical, less-vocal-dependent. The West Coast sound is warmer and more organic, or so it would seem based on the sounds of Jay-J, a leading deep house practitioner based in San Francisco. His recently released Loveslapped Volume 3 is a transcendental compilation, a complex but smooth cocktail: three parts disco, one part jazz, one-part funk, shaken and stirred with casual rhythms and driving bass and capped off by vocals soaked in R&B/soul. It carries you away to a warm-weather resort, be it on the Pacific or Atlantic, where you soak up sun and chlorinated water at a Sunday afternoon pool party at a trendy yet laidback hotel -- called the Raleigh, likelier than not. Here's to Jay-J bringing the same sensibility -- and some of the best tracks, including the More Vox Mix of Kaskade's “It's You, It's Me” and his own “Give A Little” and “Summertime,” both featuring Latrice Barnett -- when he spins this Saturday, March 20, at Club Five at 1218 18th Street NW…

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50 CENT KICKS IT TO GAYS… Have you read your copy of Playboy's April issue yet? Since we assume you could think of a million better things to do, we'll dish the dirt for you: 50 Cent is flinging dirt at us. “I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are.” He's uncomfortable about our thoughts? That bullet in his head's affected more than his slurred rapping. ”I'm not prejudiced, I just don't go with gay people and kick it. We don't have that much in common.” Yes dear, you're stating the obvious. “I'd rather hang out with a straight dude.” Okay, Fiddy, now you're starting to protest too much. So we guess there's no truth to the rumor that you shot a recent video at Twist, a gay bar in Miami? The sometimes laugh-out-loud funny but always gay-sensible British gossip Web site, Popbitch.com, recently said as much, but we have been unable to substantiate the rumor -- either through any other credible sources or from the club itself. “But women who like women, that's cool. I could get into that.” And he has, at least through the girl-on-girl porn he's currently producing. Plus, he's the product of a mother whom he told Playboy is bisexual.

Fiddy goes on to tell Playboy, in a clear way of trying to deflect criticism: "It's okay to write that I'm prejudiced. This is as honest as I could possibly be with you. When people become celebrities they change the way they speak. But my conversation with you is exactly the way I would have a conversation on the street. We refer to gay people as faggots, as homos. It could be disrespectful, but that's the facts.” Could be disrespectful, Fiddy? Do you really think we don't know what's said on the streets, Fiddy? Why don't you try to change what's said on the streets, Fiddy? Oh Fiddy, your role model Eminem has taught you too well…

DAMMIT JANET UPDATE… You didn't jreally think a week would go by without another incident did you? Last week ABC announced that a long-planned “Good Morning America” live concert with Janet Jackson would be tape-delayed five seconds -- just in case. Before she sings almost live on the March 31 show, Jackson will sit for a non-delayed live interview with Charles Gibson, who better keep his hands to himself. It'll be Janet's first broadcast appearance since l'affair de boob. A little over a week later, Jackson will appear on NBC's Saturday Night Live, which will not be tape delayed. Let's hope she takes advantage of that fact to parody herself and especially her critics. Here's to at least one, umm, pointed counterattack…


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