After making headlines last winter for hosting a Diddy party which resulted in a model’s hair catching on fire, comedian Kevin Hart recently spoke to SOHH about the connection between comics and hip-hop.
With comics like Dave Chappelle and Mike Epps have received appreciation from the hip-hop realm, Hart said the majority of his rap connects are rooted in respect.
“I can’t speak on [other] comedians in particular because I don’t know the relationships that they have,” Hart told SOHH when asked about the symmetry between comedians and hip-hop. “I know I have relationships with a lot of entertainers, a lot of the rap artists; the reason being some of them are my friends. I’ve known them for a long time. A lot of these guys have seen my career grow in small steps. So it’s always been love. It’s never been a love-hate relationship. [Rappers have always said to me], ‘Man, I’m happy for you.’ So with those guys, I have their support. I fly to see my friends and they see me. It’s definitely a good feeling.” (SOHH)
Hart also said he considers select rap stars like Diddy, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg as his close friends.
“A lot of them are my friends, so the only people I hold close are my kids,” Hart jokingly added when asked which hip-hop artists he shares the closest bond with. “I have some really, really close friends of mine within the industry like Nelly, Trey [Songz], Dame Dash. Those are just to name a few. Kanye West is a good friend. Puff is a good friend. Snoop is a good friend.” (SOHH)
Last year, Hart broke his silence on hosting Diddy’s “hot” Last Train to Paris album release party.
“That might have been the funniest thing I’ve ever, like, personally witnessed,” Hart said in an interview with Angela Yee. “And I’ma tell y’all what y’all laughing at. See, y’all laughing at the wrong stuff. You laughing at the hair going on fire– that’s not the funniest part of the video. You watch the video again, okay? Lemme give you what’s going on. It’s me [Fabolous] and Trey [Songz], we all upstairs, you know, I’m doing the interview, right? You know we silly. Everybody’s drinking; it’s a good time, right? This is what I hear– let me tell you how funny Trey is. Trey is in sexy mode all the time. This is how Trey said the girl hair was on fire, ‘Yo, her hair is on fire.’ Listen. Full flame! She got full flames in the back of her head. Trey didn’t have a panic. [Laughs]” (Power 105.1)
A few weeks ago, Hart dished out some advice to T.I. following nearly a year-long jail bid.
“I think he’ll be fine, he’s an artist,” Hart told SOHH about T.I. making a music comeback after serving nearly a year behind bars. “Every mistake that you make, you learn from them and I feel like he has and they only make him stronger. So him being gone as long as he’s been gone, there’s been so many people that have come out and started doing well and popping and it’s going to put a new fire in him — it’s going to help him get back to where he was. It only takes one [music] hit so I think we’re going to be hearing a lot from T.I.” (SOHH)
Check out Kevin Hart’s skit on T.I.’s F*ck A Mixtape below: