Some time in the last year, E!’s Chelsea Handler quietly became the best hip-hop interviewer on basic cable — or at least the funniest. Take Fabolous’ visit last night to her show, Chelsea Lately. Handler opened by attempting to call Fab out on the unorthodox spelling of his stage name. Then she misread the tracklist of his No. 1 album, Loso’s Way, asking him about the song featuring Kobe Bryant (no such collab exists). Those exchanges might have been annoying coming from anyone else, but Handler makes them work by turning her own cluelessness about all things rap into the punchline.
She can pose real questions, too, though. After chatting about the joys of Twitter and the perils of unprotected sex, Handler asked Fab about the February incident in which cops alleged they found a staggering 500 pounds of marijuana on his tour bus. I give her props for bringing that issue up so directly, much like she did with T.I. and his gun charges earlier this year. Fabolous, quick on his feet, asserted his innocence before getting in a quick LOL. “It’s completely ridiculous,” he deadpanned. “Like, anybody who knows me knows I would put the 500 pounds of weed on an airplane. I would never put it on a bus.”
Indeed. Watch their interview segment below in case you missed it (clip via Nah Right). Then let us know: Anyone else catch Fabolous on Chelsea Lately last night? Are there any other rappers you’d like to see swing by Chelsea’s studio?
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