Does anyone else find it funny that after Nas' half-assed tirade at the end of "These Are Our Heroes", which was directed towards Tiger Woods, Taye Diggs and Cuba Gooding, Jr. for being married to white women, he gets the "King of White Girls" in Polow Da Don to produce his lead single "Hero"? The first (and only, so far) time that I heard it I thought it was a beat Kanye worked on for a few minutes and gave up.
In other hiphopcracy and just overall wack news Peedi Crakk's debut album is titled "Camel Face Hunting Season". Always good to come out the gate strong. Camel Face Hunting Season? That's the title of your album? That may just be the worst title an album has ever had. In history. Period.
Let's flash back to an interview I did with Peedi in mid-January of '08:
"Your new mixtape, Pimp Ya Pen, shows you taking a lot of shots at Jay-Z.
Actually that's not even how I'm really feeling right now. That's not how I'm feeling right this minute because that's not a big concern for me. At the time when I made the music, which was in the summertime, after I learned that the album wasn't going to drop and they weren't going to give me a release date, that's when I started airing out my frustrations. It's not even strictly to Jay-Z, but since he was in control of my situation, it leans more to him. I don't want people to think that that's how I'm feeling right now. I'm not upset with Jay right now. I don't give a fuck what Jay do right now. That music's been loaded and I'm just releasing it now because we're moving on. I was just going to leak that out. That's why I gave it to y'all.
Why aren't you mad at Jay-Z now?
Because at the time when I was upset about it, it was when he had me under the impression that he had my back. So I felt kind of betrayed. I felt as though he was saying, "Fuck me." But now it's to the point where I'm over it now. I'm over it now and I gotta move on. So I'm not upset no more. At the end of the day, I'm still Peedi Crakk. It don't take nothing away from me.
It was just an opportunity for me at the time to move my career further because everybody's waiting for the P. Crakk album and it would definitely be one of my biggest moves to have an album available in stores internationally. That would definitely take my career to the next level and Hov had the ability to do that for me and he was ignoring me and that had me heated.
Now he left Def Jam and whatever the case may be, I have to keep it moving. I realize that my career doesn't revolve around Rocafella and Def Jam and Jay-Z. Peedi Crakk is Peedi Crakk. When you think of Peedi Crakk, you don't say, "Oh yeah, the kid from Rocafella." No, you say, "It's just Peedi Crakk now." I got my own identity. It don't bother me. If I really needed Rocafella or Def Jam to be successful, I would be upset because I would feel like I lost out. But I'm still hot as shit. I'm still hot. And the fans, I don't know why, but the fans, they still love me."
What is it, Peedi? Are you mad enough to shoot Jay in the face, like the album title suggests, or are you really not mad at all and bypassing the whole "make a good album" thing and heading straight for the controversy? A Peedi Crakk album is something I would want to hear. An entire album of Peedi Crakk dissing the dude that made him famous before bailing on him? No thanks. And even if you're mad Jay bailed on you, look around. Jay bailed on almost everyone even when he was at Def Jam. You're not the only artist Jay put on hold to go to some new tropical island and hold hands with his then-girlfriend. Jay dropped more balls while he was at Def Jam than a testicle collector falling down a flight of stairs. The only difference is you don't see everyone else who got slighted by Jay coming out with albums called "Camel Face Hunting Season". Imagine Method Man dropping a “No Sandals Zone” album. No one would ever buy another album from Clifford again. What if Black Thought made a "Gay-Z" mixtape? You know why you'd be mad at them for stooping to a kindergarten level? Because you expect more out of them.
Peedi, don't tell me I made a mistake by expecting more out of you. Trust me, I don't want to hear about you coming out with albums called "Camel Face Hunting Season". I hold you to a higher standard. Come on, man.
I know once you get to a certain age you're too old to have role models but I'm going to make an exception here. Mitchell Rose, you are my hero. The former boxer and current personal injury lawyer is suing Jay-Z for allegedly stealing his "whispering" technique. Do you know how many doors this guy could open up if this lawsuit goes through? He'll be the Curt Flood of suing people. I've kind of been holding onto this one for a while, but with Mr. Rose's inspiration to fighting the good fight I have found the strength within myself to move forward.
See, back when I was really young, I used to play basketball in my driveway. I would play before school and after school until it was time to brush my teeth and go to bed. And I'm 24 years-old. LeBron James is 23. That means I was playing basketball for a full year before he possibly bit my idea of playing basketball instead of watching TV. That could be me right now playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That could be me making a fool of myself at the ESPY's but everyone's laughing at me because they secretly hope I'll hire them. That could be me whispering secrets to Jay-Z every day. But it's not. How much is LeBron James worth? Whatever he's worth, I'd like to sue him for 10-20% because he unethically stole my roster spot in the NBA.
I also have a quick memo to Mr. Rose - bullshit is bullshit whether you're screaming it like Billy Danze or whispering it like a small child. You could have been whispering all over your songs, but something tells me those songs weren’t going to be getting play anywhere besides your own headphones and whoever was unlucky enough to drive in your car with you.
Sidenote – riding in a car with someone who plays their own music is probably one of the worst experiences that can happen to you while traveling. One time this rapper who wanted to be up-and-coming was giving me a ride when I was walking back to my apartment. He’d given me CDs in the past but now I was stuck because it was a hot-ass day and I really didn’t feel like walking. So I accept the ride only to be bombarded with his “music.” The dude also took the long way to my apartment so I could hear more of his songs. It was my lucky day. The most awkward part came when he was playing a song about how much he hated his mother for running off. He was just saying some really personal stuff that should have either been discussed only in very intensive therapy or repressed until he married and killed someone that reminded him of his mother.
Anyway, looking at how Jay-Z deals with music, I don’t even think he listens to his own stuff. How else could you explain Kingdom Come ever seeing the light of day? How else can you explain Rick Ross being where he is? How else can you explain Jay-Z passing over Stimuli for the other artists he signed? If Jay-Z listened to music, we would know.
And if this case ever reaches court, I think I just gave Jay-Z’s legal defense team an impenetrable defense.
Oh, and Mitchell, if you could get me a list of any accidents I could sue for or any medication I may have been prescribed that’s been found to be more damaging than a Missy Elliot sex tape, please contact me at your earliest convenience. I was initially going to go with Marks and Harrison only because I find their commercials to be really convincing and really well-produced. Hope to hear from you! Let’s make money! Yay!
Speaking of impenetrable, and no, I’m not talking about women with vaginal trolls, how about JR Writer turning himself into an (cue Bill Walton voice) impenetrable wall of human stupidity, taking one giant leap backwards for mankind, giving one of the worst interviews in the history of civilization (end Bill Walton voice). Kramer hit me IM telling me how unfunny that interview was. Rosie told me she could find no humor in the interview. Rob Schneider thought JR was lacking in the hilarity department.
The funny thing about the interview is that JR was completely normal, well, as normal as JR can be, before the interview started. Once the tape started rolling, JR decided that “my album is coming out” would be the appropriate answer for any and every question. Good strategy, I guess, except for the fact that that interview probably will be the last interview you have on HipHopGame without having to go through a screening process more rigorous than Babygrande’s A&Rs when deciding to sign rappers. Oh, wait…
I think Bad Boy, which is under Atlantic, is currently competing with Atlantic to see who could drop more over-promoted horrible rap albums in 2008. I guess the saying "No bitchassness" doesn't apply to the music over there.
I would also be very curious to know how Shyne feels about that saying.
The July cover is quite possibly the best, and by "best" I mean worst, cover in XXL history. Here's what each member of this fearsome foursome was thinking when the cameraman told them to say cheese.
Trina (she's the one with the shit-eatin' grin on her face): I can't believe I was invited. Am I getting punked? Ehh, who cares. And wait...I don't have to show you my ass and turn my head to the side and look surprised that you're taking a picture of my behind? Umm, okay. I did wipe today, if you were wondering.
Flo Rida: I don't want to stand completely behind Rick Ross, even though I am in his shadow, because then no one will be able to see my shiny jewelry. I got it polished just for today! And I also wiped today!
DJ Khaled: I had no idea that whole "We the Best" thing would take me this far. Note to self, do not eat anything from Taco Bell before a photo shoot. Crunchy gorditas, not the best. I will have to wipe today.
Rick Ross: I love lamp. What’s wiping?