You know the game is getting worse when artists release news that they’re not beefing with other rappers. When did it become necessary to let people know that you didn’t have problems with somebody? I can’t recall a time in my life when I deemed it necessary to let everyone know that I wasn’t friends with someone but I definitely wasn’t beefing with them. “Excuse me, class, I just wanted to let you all know that while I prefer to spend recess on the jungle gym and Gilbert likes the swings, I don’t hold that against him and I have no personal problems with him. I have no beef, okay, Gilbert? Now let’s get back to learning about two-digit addition.”
Reading some emails from rappers, I seriously question whether they can accurately perform two-digit addition.
Quick memo to rappers – get the right manager because the wrong manager can and will mess up relationships for you. I’ve seen it happen in the past plenty of times and I see it happening now. Rappers, there’s never a good reason as to why a manager should be burning bridges for you.
Props to the idiots who protested Lil’ Boosie not coming to perform. The fans in Omaha also demanded to know why AIDS, the bubonic plague and leprosy was avoiding them.
Gotta love Fat Joe being mad at Papoose going on 50’s website to do an interview. I’m not Fat Joe’s manager, but if I could give dude any unsolicited advice, it would be to cover your bases with The Elephant in the Room before worrying about who’s doing an interview with who. I’m hoping the report is fake, but every hip-hop headline could seem like a fake if you really looked at it.
I’m a little surprised that Fat Joe took the time to shout out D.I.T.C. on “That White”, the DJ Premier-produced track off his new album that’s supposed to wipe out the fact that no one from the legendary crew has been involved in a Fat Joe solo album since Buckwild did “Take A Look At My Life” off 2002’s Loyalty. Some fans were excited that Fat Joe linked with DJ Premier for the new album, but he’s gotta do more to prove that this isn’t just a token track to draw in the hardcore hip-hop fans who don’t want to be on a dance floor talking about how the crackhouse has parties like a frathouse.
The situation with Fat Joe and D.I.T.C. is pretty similar to what Nas did this past summer. At a show for Rock the Bells, Nas said to the crowd, “I wish Cormega could be here.” When I asked Cormega about it, he said that Nas doesn’t have to wish. He just has to do it. It’s the same with Fat Joe. He doesn’t have to want to work with Showbiz. I’m pretty sure Show would give Joe some fire if he asked. Shouting them out is cool, but like the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words.
And how ‘bout Papoose and 50 Cent becoming BFFs overnight? With the way that Kay Slay and Pap are supporting 50 Cent’s wannabe MySpace page, I would be very surprised if something wasn’t in the works between G-Unit and Papoose.
One thing that’s got me bugging is how many rappers are weighing in on the presidential nominees like their opinion matters. Some artists are so out of touch with the current hip-hop scene, which is probably a good thing, but it’s not like the ones who they want to influence are listening to them. And the fans who grew up on said artists offering their unsolicited endorsement like the crazy man in the park feeding pigeons off his tongue are old enough to make up their own mind. And if they’re not old enough to make up their own mind on who they want to vote for unless they heed the advice of some rappers, then they probably shouldn’t be voting. The ones who are most likely to be influenced by rappers probably aren’t old enough to vote yet, so these endorsements by rappers are all being done in vein.
I’m all for rappers telling the youth to vote. That’s important considering we live in a democracy. Participate in the election. Just don’t be irresponsible and tell people who you endorse unless you’ve done the research yourself and are fully aware of all the issues at stake.
I got the new Del album The 11th Hour in the mail. I don’t think it’s my favorite music from the Funky one, but it’s a fresh breath of northern Cali air and I definitely recommend that one when it drops next week.
Other notable albums worth checking out include Pete Rock’s NY’s Finest (did you even have to be told?), Ankh Amen Ra’s Face the Day, Come What May, Nicolay and Kay’s Timeline and Akrobatik’s Absolute Value. Of course there’s good shit out there. It’s just that the ones complaining about the music never take the five extra minutes they need to to look beneath the surface.
For those of you scoring at home, the Just Blaze interview ended up being 15,329 words. Before the Just Blaze interview dropped, the GZA interview was considered to be the longest interview ever run at HipHopGame, which clocks in at 8,995 words. The Jaz-O interview was really the longest interview run on HipHopGame until the Just Blaze interview, as that was 10,216 words.