I can honestly understand Saigon’s frustration at wanting to leave the game. Here’s a little rundown of some fake shit happening on this side of the internet this past week:
At this point maybe I should apologize for doing things the right way. Sometimes I forget this is a business.
A blogger takes a quote from HipHopGame, bases his entire blog around the quote, doesn’t cite his source and then instead of apologizing like a man, dude pulls the blog down – Nice move. I guess you’re never too young to get a vasectomy these days.
Look, I am fully aware of the competition between websites right now for exclusive music, exclusive interviews, et cetera, but by not having any journalistic integrity, you’re only playing yourselves. If you’re that threatened by another website that you’re scared to cite a quote you steal from them, that says a lot about you. Read through my interviews and you’ll see that when I ask a rapper about something they said in another interview, that site or magazine gets the credit. I’m not scared to be a man and cite my sources. Here, just for good measure, here’s a shout out to everyone else: AllHipHop and SOHH and everyone else. I even capitalized what was supposed to be capitalized. Look, I’m still here. And for future reference, anytime anyone wants to take a quote from HipHopGame, feel free to do that. Just remember, it’s “HipHopGame,” not “Hiphopgame.” Don’t think you’re being clever by typing it like that. Just go look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I am not creative” until you get laid. It could be awhile.
Why are bloggers so angry all the time? Even bloggers that write for mainstream hip-hop sites diss mainstream hip-hop sites. I can understand being angry sometimes. Shoot, I’m angry now. But being angry all the time? That’s a hard feat to pull off. And just so you mad writers out there know, even Immortal Technique laughs, even if he does threaten to never send another song to HipHopGame if I tell him another joke. Bloggers, if you can’t get laid, at least rent a good porno. Holler at Pen for suggestions.
Shout out to Mistah F.A.B. this week. I’m not even a huge fan of his music, but I do have respect for him. For the record, he’s the only dude that talked to Saigon about the line he said during the AllHipHop battle. You may not like his music, but you have to give him props for that.
Here’s another thing that got me mad this week. Jay says he collaborated with Saigon as a favor to Just Blaze and fans wanted to act like the song wasn’t real because of that. All Jay did was speak the unspoken rule that governs 95% of collaborations. Do you think Jaz-O wanted to get on every Jay-Z track when Jay was trying to come up? Do you think Jay wanted to get on every Memphis Bleek track out there? How many artists do you think work with each other purely for the sake of making good music? Don’t you think Guru was cursing out Primo under his breath a few times before recording some of their classics together? Your manager, producer, record label or pockets determine who you’re going to work with way more than how nice you can ride a beat ever will. If you want to work with some big-name artists, stop practicing in the studio and get out there and get your necklace and bracelet game up because that means a hell of a lot more than any rhyme you could spit. I guess a lot of people think jewelry is pretty. Maybe you should get a puppy while you’re bracelet shopping if you really want to be a good rapper.
Here’s another corny thing rappers are doing. They’re sending out press releases talking about how many turkeys they’re giving out for Thanksgiving. The rest of the year they sell crack to their community, but for one day they’re putting the packs in the closet to feed some people. Awesome!
Wanting recognition for a good deed unfortunately negates the goodness of your deed. Yeah, it’s good to give hungry people food, but when you’re making sure the camera flash went off as you give a single mother with five kids a turkey, that makes you a douchebag. Most normal people don’t need that kind of recognition. Have you ever given your change to a bum and jumped in front of other people on the street, yelling in their face, “Hey, did you see that? I just gave a bum my change so he could grab a brewski at Happy Hour! Aren’t I great? Can you please pat me on the back a couple of times?...Yeah, that feels good.” That wouldn’t be right, would it? So why would you publicize a good deed you’re trying to do to the media, especially when apparently every rapper decides to do something good on Thanksgiving? A lot of rappers and athletes do stuff like that without asking for any recognition, and a lot of regular people do things like that on an everyday basis and ask for nothing in return. Imagine that. They’re the ones who should be celebrated.
That being said, that’s probably about as positive as we’re going to get in this column. Take it or leave it. I really don’t care.