A soundtrack for celebrities behaving badly at the White House

Caption: Voice cast actor SnoopDogg poses during the world premiere photocall of his animated movie "Turbo" in Barcelona June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) Snoop Dogg at the world premiere of his animated movie “Turbo” in Barcelona in June. (Reuters/Gustau Nacarino)

At first we didn’t believe it either. A rapper, the White House and weed? The whole thing sounded too obvious to be true.

But ever since Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (known to millions as West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg) said that he had smoked a joint in a White House bathroom, the number of celebs rumored to have behaved badly in close proximity to the president has swelled.

We figured it takes a lot of chutzpah to skirt the law with the Secret Service nearby. So for this week’s mix, local club owner and DJ Charles “Dirty Hands” Koch provides a pre-game soundtrack for anyone with the guts (or complete lack of good sense) to break a few rules at 1600 Penn.

1. “Theme from Shaft” — Isaac Hayes

“If this song doesn’t make you pop your collar in front of the mirror and feel extra smooth, then nothing will.”

2. “Mannish Boy” — Muddy Waters

“Muddy oozes so much soul in this song that if it doesn’t prepare you for the task at hand you’re not ready.”

3. “Walk This Land” — E-Z Rollers

“In the soundtrack to my life this is the song I would be playing while preparing for something mischievous.”

4. “The Boss” — James Brown

“What can I say? You have to pay the cost to be the boss.”

5. “Walk on the Wild Side” — Lou Reed

“This song is just raw. You feel like Lou did it in one take.”

6. “In the Air Tonight” — Phil Collins

“The song that put air drumming on the map.”

7. “Machine Gun” — Jimmy Hendrix

“You won’t understand a word of this song, and it feels like it’s promoting aggression, but, ironically, it’s protesting the Vietnam War. Either way, it’ll get you in the zone.”

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.



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