Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kiss & Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff DVD

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Video Vixen’s Victims Get Even on Damning DVD

A few years ago, Karrine Steffans undoubtedly ruined many a marriage and relationship by publishing Confessions of a Video Vixen, a tell-all memoir chronicling her affairs with plenty of celebrities, most from the world of hip-hop. Naming names and commenting on everything from her paramours’ performance in bed to penis size to generosity, she made so many enemies it’s amazing she’s still alive, given gangsta rappers’ penchant for settling their differences violently.
For this greedy groupie’s sexual conquests had their macho images to protect, being artists such as Ja Rule, Puff Daddy, DMX, Xzibit, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Ice-T. And when not bedding down hip-hop icons she found time to spread her love with Shaq, Usher, comedian Bill Maher, Bobby “It’s My Prerogative!” Brown, rock star Fred Durst and Darius McCrary, that guy who played Eddie on Urkel.
Kiss & Tail, directed by Thomas Gibson, is a damning documentary which blows the cover off the practice of dancers trading sex for more face and booty shaking time in rap videos. But since most of these so-called “video hos” don’t kiss-and-tell, the expose’ reserves all of its wrath for Karrine, aka Superhead, which is the nickname she gave herself after starring in a porn video where she performed fellatio.
Having reviewed the Video Vixen book and having interviewed her on several occasions, I found this opportunity to hear her former Sugar Daddies’ side of the story very revealing and nothing short of fascinating, given all the rage and emotional pain her recklessness has wrought. Darius who now has a restraining order against Karrine after trying to serve as a father figure to her son, regretfully concludes, “you can’t make a housewife out of a whore.”
Meanwhile Ja Rule refers to her as “a sick individual” and R&B crooner Norwood Young describes her as “the epitome of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Even Superhead has nothing good to say about herself, admitting “I don’t have any friends” because “You always sleep your way to the bottom. No one sleeps their way to the top.”
Kiss & Tail is narrated by animated radio/TV talk show diva Wendy Williams who appropriately adds an exclamation point at the end with a matter-of-fact “What a slut!” I just pray Karrine saved enough to pay for all the years of therapy her son’s gonna need after being teased mercilessly about his mother over the course of his childhood.

Excellent (4 stars)
Running time: 93 minutes
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Extras: Outtakes plus numerous featurettes, including: “Groupies” Then and Now,” “I’m Norwood Young,” “Principles of Pimping with Don ‘Magic’ Juan,” “Honey’s Breakdown,” “Get ’em Ma: How Ma Barker Really Feels about Superhead,” “The Tale of Nasty Fat Nasty” and “Sex, Cameras and Hip-Hop.”

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