Music producer Kanye West appears shirtless in the March 2012 Vogue feature on Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Givenchy. In the excerpt below, Tisci shares his experience on working with The Throne (from Rap Radar).

Tisci’s passion for music has taken him around the world. His strong connection to the worlds of rap and R&B led his friends Kanye West and Jay-Z to enlist his services as art director for their collaborative album, Watch The Throne.

“I was a little bit scared, ” admits Tisci, “Because I’m not an artist or graphic artist.” He finally agreed and was awed when a meeting sequed into a jam session that involved Rihanna, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams, all freely exchanging ideas “like a family giving opinions to each other,” remembers Tisci, “sharing – which is something that fashion is missing,” he adds plaintively.

His artwork for the single “H.A.M.” and the album (which reached number one on iTunes in 24 countries) draw Tisci’s childhood passion for mythology and religious iconography and his current engagement with psychedelic prints and graphics”

Rihanna, who is reportedly dating her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown again, was spotted arriving in London, England today. A source close to Rihanna’s camp told exclusively that Rihanna couldn’t resist running back to Chris’s arms because “he’s back hot.”

Brown, 22, is featured on the remix of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” interlude off her latest album, Talk That Talk. The much-anticipated single drops next week. Meanwhile, Brown’s current girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, is said to be ‘distraught’ over the fact that Brown has been two-timing her with his old flame. A Hollywood source who knows Karrueche all too well says she’s a bisexual who is into threesomes. But that’s for another post.

Whitney Houston’s pal Ray J, with sister Brandy by his side, boarded a flight to New Jersey today to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral. Ray J, who was reportedly dating Whitney Houston at the time of her death, looks despondent as he’s surrounded by family at LAX.
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Last week, a roar of laughter went up in locker rooms all around the NBA when sports groupie Stiletto Jill broke the news that Chicago Bulls star Carlos Boozer was spraying his hairline on.

But last night, during the Celtics vs Bulls game, there was scant little evidence of spray dye on Boozer’s head. Apparently, Boozer washed that dye out of his hair, in favor of a new, not-so-conspicuous technique to reclaim his hairline — hair tattooing.

You see ladies, men are vainglorious about their hair too — or lack of hair, as in Boozer’s case.

As JD Anderson explains on his blog:

If you’re losing your hair and don’t want to waste your time with silly toupee’s or expensive hair replacement surgery, you can visit one of the HIS (Hair Ink Scalp) Hair Clinics in the US or UK where you can get a procedure performed that will leave you with a permanent buzz cut. Developed by Ian Watson who suffered from alopecia for $3,000 you can have hundreds of hair sized dots placed on your head to make it appear like you have a head full of hair you just don’t like to grow.

R&B Diva Monica Brown was the special musical guest on Jay Leno last night. Monica performed her current single, “It All Belongs To Me,” featuring Brandy Norwood. The ladies dedicated their performance to Whitney Houston, who passed away on Feb. 11 — Brandy’s 32nd birthday. Brandy’s voice is no longer the powerful, emotive instrument that it once was. Her 3rd studio album, Full Moon (released in 2002), is one of my all-time favorite CDs. It was the last shining moment for Brandy in a recording studio. But Brandy has so many other accomplishments to fall back on. Such as the fact that she is a better actress than she is a singer.

Watch their stirring performance on Jay Leno last night.

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Last night around midnight, just as I was turning in for the evening, I received a text message from a very well-connected industry source. The text read simply: “It’s official. They’re back dating!”

“They who?” I replied — knowing full well who he meant.

“Rhi/Cb” he texted back. The ‘Rhi/Cb’ was Rihanna and Chris Brown. I was dumbfounded. I knew Brown was featured on the full length version of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” track off her current album. And I knew they had been seen partying at the same night spots in LA. But this industry source had assured me that the rumors of Rihanna and Chris Brown getting back together were untrue.

So why the sudden reversal of information?

My theory is this: Rihanna (or someone in her camp) read this Blind Item and started to buck at the realization that not only does she have to share Brown with his current long-suffering girlfriend, Karrueche Tran — but she’s also sharing him with Lil Wayne’s baby mama, Sarah ViVan too!

My industry source, who is connected with Rihanna’s record label, probably doesn’t want the information about Brown and Sarah to grow legs, since this would not be beneficial to the promotion and marketing of the “Birthday Cake” track.

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Kim Zolciak’s former ‘slave’ Sweetie Hughes wants you all to know that she is not a common criminal who swipes from her former employees.

According to celebrity blogger ATLien, ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reject was a “huge topic last season after NeNe Leakes pointed out that Kim treated her like her personal ‘slave’.”

ATLien recently met up with Sweetie and asked her point bank if she stole from Zolciak.

SWEETIE: I seen it [on] twitter… some person tweeted me point blank ‘did you steal from Kim?’ and it was my first time hearing about it.

That shit is crazy! Do you know how much money I handled for Kim. As her assistant I had bank account access and all that… something that other assistants never had the opportunity to get that far… so as far as loyalty it’s been very high.

I think someone just made it up and I realize that out of every assistant she’s ever had, I’m the one they always talk about… they always try to keep my name out there, which is cool, it ain’t hurting me.

When asked why she was fired, Sweetie responded:
“To be honest, I really don’t even know… I guess it was just spur of the moment.”

It sounds to me like her contract with Bravo expired and it was not renewed. But what do I know.

ATLien has more from the interview.