Actress Crowns Rapper 'King' One of the stars from the new movie This Christmas, Regina King, opens her music file and shares what's playing in her ear. For King, rapper Common and singer Jill Scott dominate her iPod.

Actress Crowns Rapper 'King'

Actress Crowns Rapper 'King'

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One of the stars from the new movie This Christmas, Regina King, opens her music file and shares what's playing in her ear. For King, rapper Common and singer Jill Scott dominate her iPod.

MICHEL MARTIN, host:

From books to music.

Every now and again, we explore new music through the ears of some of our guests. It's a segment we call "In Your Ear." Recently, we played host to Regina King, the actress who's starring in the new holiday movie "This Christmas." Here is what's playing in her ear.

Ms. REGINA KING (Actress): Hello. I'm Regina King, and what I'm listening to right now is Jill Scott "Words and Sounds Vol. 3" and Common.

(Soundbite of song "Testify")

COMMON (Rapper): (Rapping) realized what happened. All that speaking her mind…

Ms. KING: I would think those are the two CDs that are getting the most rotation right now.

(Soundbite of song "Testify")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Before you lock my love away, before you lock my love away, please let me testify. You accuse me of, you accuse me of

(Soundbite of song "Crown Royal")

Ms. JILL SCOTT (Singer): (Singing) As for…

Ms. KING: For Jill Scott, I could listen to from the beginning to end. I really like "Crown Royal."

(Soundbite of song "Crown Royal")

Ms. SCOTT: (Singing) My love is deeper, higher, cheaper, higher, higher feeling she know(ph)…

Ms. KING: I like "Epiphany."

(Soundbite of song "Epiphany")

Ms. SCOTT: (Singing) Hey, yeah, yeah.

Unidentified Woman #1: (Singing) I just want to desire her.

Ms. SCOTT: (Singing) The beat blows(ph), (unintelligible), the beat blows

Ms. KING: And I like song number two.

(Soundbite of song "The Real Thing")

Ms. SCOTT: (Singing) Ahh he he he he hey…

Ms. KING: I don't know the name of it, but follow this melodic flow. I can make it shine. I can make it grow.

(Soundbite of song "The Real Thing")

Ms. SCOTT: (Singing) Whoo, ooh, ooh. Follow this melodic flow, I can make it shine I can make it grow, and the real thing in stereo, I got a little high, I got a little low, violet…

Ms. KING: Oh, she's just such a great poet, and her voice is just so powerful.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. SCOTT: (Singing) I'm gonna worn down the toy thing(ph) satisfaction, I'm a (unintelligible)…

Ms. KING: You know, I remember reading a story on her what she said that she didn't even know that she could sing. She was just a poet. And someone said, had you ever tried singing these songs and she was like, no. And she did and are we happy that she did.

(Soundbite of music)

MARTIN: That was actress Regina King, telling us what's in her ear. And if you want to hear what she had to say about her new film "This Christmas," please check out TELL ME MORE's archives at npr.org/tellmemore.

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