News: Eminem Helps Penelope Cruz Kick Rhymes, "I'm Not Embarrassed To Say It"

Friday, May 20, 2011 8:51AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz has revealed her off-screen pleasures include kicking back and dropping some rhymes by Grammy-winning rapper Eminem.

Although she is only familiar with Em's "Without Me" record, Cruz said Slim Shady is her hip-hop influence.

Penelope Cruz has told how she likes to rap to Eminem on karaoke. The Pirates of the Caribbean star, 37, recently became a mom and said she likes to sing when at home with son Leo. She revealed: "I'm one of those people who do it by themselves. I'm not embarrassed to say it. I like to rap but only know one song. The Eminem one, 'Two trailer park girls go round the outside, round the outside.'" (The Sun)

This week, Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow showed her rapping skills by rhyming to N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta."

"[Straight Outta Compton?] It's a classic N.W.A. album," Paltrow told BBC host Graham Norton before being asked to rap. "You want me to [rap?] There's one word I can't say. OK -- 'Yo, here's a little something about a 'uh' like me, never should have been let out the penitentiary/Ice Cube, I like to say that I'm a crazy motherf*cker from around the way/Since I was a youth, I smoked weed out/Now I'm the motherf*cker that you read about.' [laughs]" ("The Graham Norton Show")

Last fall, country singer Taylor Swift revealed her admiration to G-Unit's 50 Cent.

"They say [my new album hasn't sold as many first-week copies] since 50 Cent," Swift told Chelsea Handler with a smile. "Yeah, in 2005, he had a big record. I'm a big fan of 50 Cent. I think you're a big fan? I love 50 Cent. That's my thing. When we were on tour, we have all three girls. The back-up singers, the fiddle player and me, all in one room and we all warm up to 50 Cent music. And it's kinda surprising [if you knew] how many lyrics I know. Yeah." ("Chelsea Lately")

Eminem's latest album, Recovery, has sold nearly 4 million copies since its summer 2010 release.

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's Recovery moved down three slots to No. 47 with 10,300. With 47 weeks in the books, Slim Shady's latest offering has sold 3,853,000 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out Eminem's "Without Me" music video below:

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