My cousin just came home from Iraq. With all the death happening around us, at least there is something positive.
We definitely have to send our condolences out to all the family and friends who have lost loved ones, whether they’re celebrities or not.
Enough about death for now. Let’s get into some life.
Isn’t everyone a little happy that ESPN can’t do College Gameday for a few weeks? I would rather watch up-close shots of Charlie Weis’ nose dripping than watch them dress Lou Holtz up in some team’s gear and make him do a “pep talk” to the team. First off, why doesn’t Charlie Weis ever wipe his nose? Maybe he can sue the cameraman for showing that. And Lou, you’re heralded as a great coach, why do you allow ESPN to dress you up and make you yell at the camera? Have you no shame?
The only idea worse than that is making Tom Jackson and Mike Ditka stand on that small, fake football field and practice hiking the ball to each other. We don’t need to watch fat, old men simulate something we could just as easily watch with that white pen that writes all over the TV screen. You wanna work for ESPN? Check your dignity at the door.
You know who has the worst job in the world? Wu-Tang’s publicist. Every time something positive happens around the album, Ghostface comes out and completely negates it, his latest effort being to call the album “bullshit.” Ghost, if it’s such a bad album and you really hate being in the group so much, why not just take yourself out of the group? Sure, the chemistry would change, but the result would probably be a lot more positive for everybody involved.
And why hasn’t anybody like Inspectah Deck and Cappadonna come out and refuted Ghost’s claims that 8 Diagrams is bullshit? Is it really that bad? From the tracks that leaked, it’s surely not their best work, but it’s also not as bad as Ghost is saying it is.
Although Ghost may be honest, he’s also doing his best to single-handedly kill any and all excitement over an album fans have been waiting a long time to hear.
I know a lot of fans can’t stand 50 Cent today. That’s clear. But if they can’t laugh at what 50’s interviews, then they have to check themselves. If you can listen to 50’s interview on Shade45 this past weekend and not even chuckle, then you need to fix yourself. If 50 wasn’t doing rap, he’d be trading one-liners with Seinfeld and Bill Cosby. Well, maybe not the Cos.
Last week I fulfilled one of my lifelong goals of interviewing Billy Danze from M.O.P. I can now say I’ve interviewed almost everyone I’ve ever wanted to.
Does anyone else find it funny that Busta only talked on J Dilla’s The Shining but now he does a whole mixtape for free download over dude’s beats?
Lake really got at Prodigy, huh? Not only did dude claim to do some bad things to P’s mother, which I would say is very second-grade, except that it’s Lake rapping and it doesn’t sound like angering Lake would be a good idea. Lake also called P “Gary Coleman” and claimed he had bad breath and rotten teeth. Lake also might want to consider a career in comedy after this record.
Is Nas just trying to be controversial as he can right now?
After all this attention he’s stirring up for his new album, he really does have to come with that fire. Hip-Hop is Dead is a great album, but the hype clearly outweighed the music. Need proof? Southerners still have their feelings hurt over the title. I know, I know, hip-hop lives in the South, right? I’m pretty much in the South and I know that’s not true, but hey, who doesn’t enjoy a few extreme misconceptions every now and then?
Let’s hope Rick Ross was only joking in the HipHopGame interview when he said he would have to shoot someone at his next video shoot. Everyone in Miami should probably stay away from that “video shoot.”
Why is every Rick Ross single a gerund (a verb ending in –ing and are used as nouns)? “Hustlin’”, “Pushin’”, and now “Speedin’”? What’s next? “Eatin’” or “Sunbathin’”?
It’s great that Marley Marl has recovered from his heart attack. I heard from JJP that he was doing all right. What I didn’t hear from JJP is that Marley Marl dropped the “l” off his name, moved to South Carolina and really got on his rapping grind. Marly Mar, who I have covered before in this column, was recently named by Vibe Magazine as the best MySpace rapper in South Carolina. Who thinks up these awards is beyond me, and I guess they mean something to somebody out there (or at least the recipients), but is being called the best MySpace rapper by a magazine that lost its relevancy faster than Rick Ross shutting down a buffet really something to brag about?
Does having MySpace friends even count anymore? Anyone can add friends because there are enough losers out there who would love to have 30,000 people on their buddy list and not recognize a single one of them if they passed them on the street. If you use MySpace as a reason for your popularity, you are a loser.
I recently got a press release on the new Greatest Hits, excuse me, Best Of for 2Pac. Apparently it’s possible to request an interview for this project. Stay tuned because I’m just as interested as you are to see what happens on that press day.
Where has Uncle Murder been? I haven’t heard anything new from him in a few weeks. The nightmares actually stopped.
Maybe Maino will release something soon. Sleeping through the night is so overrated.
And like I wrote earlier, my cousin just came home from Iraq.