What a boring summer this has been for Hip Hop. Everybody's getting signed,
no albums are dropping. If it wasn't for Koch, there would be nothing coming
out. Props to every rapper out there with a budget, way to not make a summer
hit. Last year was Fat Joe's summer. This year was no one's summer. If it could
go to anyone I guess it would go to a Houston or ATL rapper. No Wu and
that Jay-Z song
The more I hear that summer song by Jay, the angrier I get. Remember how "The
Black Album" was his goodbye. Then he puts out "Fade to Black."
Now it's a song saying good-bye to summer. What's going to happen when Jay runs
out of ways on how to say good-bye? Another album? "This time I really
mean it. I'm not looking back. I promise."
And how about Puff Daddy making a big deal about calling himself "Diddy."
I bet Black Rob and Aasim were excited.
Puffy: Guys, please step in my office
Black Rob to Aasim: I think Puffy's finally going to put us out! (slap five)
Puffy: Sit down, I have important news for you.
Black Rob: Um, am I-
Everyone in room nods
Puffy: From now on, I will be known as
Everyone still nodding
Puffy: Diddy! I dropped the P. It's not "P. Diddy." Just "Diddy!"
Aasim: That's great boss, what did you want to see us about?
Puffy: Don't call me boss, call me Diddy!
How can you not love Hip Hop. Dudes with millions spend more time deciding what
their "stage name" will be. And then you got the industry why
has the fucking Blackberry has become people's way of showing that they're business
men? How wack is that? That shit might not even have service. But if you hit
a couple buttons in a picture or DVD, we're supposed to believe you're finalizing
a deal with Jay-Z for half of Def Jam?
VMA's were pretty weak this year. Puffy spent the whole night expecting people
to laugh at unfunny jokes and they were supposed to be in awe as he'd take a
watch off and give it to someone "random" in the crowd. Are we supposed
to be impressed. Oprah gave out a fucking fleet of cars, and you give out a
Jacob? Everyone in Hip Hop needs to stop ballin until they can give out a fleet
of cars and not even feel it.
If white people are ever wondering why we're so hated, watch an episode of Laguna
Beach. That should answer all questions.
I think 50 is proving to be a business-man on Jay's caliber. He's been in the
game a couple years and he's already building the next Def Jam, snatching up
everyone who should've had mad albums out by now. It's funny about Mase going
to G-Unit I don't think anyone who really serves God would ever write that
verse on "300 Bars." But 50's gonna have the next Def Jam the way
You know Jay-Z is loving Young Jeezy, and not just because if you say Jeezy
really slow it sounds like Jay-Z. Even though Jay didn't sign Jeezy, he's the
only one doin numbers for Def Jam right now also, at the VMA's, everytime
they showed Jay, he just looked so happy not to be playing himself as a host.
Puffy was standing on stage and Jay was looking like "glad its not me up
And I don't know what to think of Scott Storch after the VMA's. He's apparently
producing Paris Hilton's music, but he was co-signing Paris like she was the
next Dre. He called her an "incredible artist" and when they asked
how Paris Hilton ranks up with the rest of the artists Storch has worked with
(Dr. Dre, Roots ) he's like "she's up there with the best of them."
No amount of hotel vouchers could make me say that shit. Maybe he was joking.
I don't know. I just know that money is money, but co-signing your life away
for Paris Hilton who would be making a square-dance instructional video if that
was what's cool is not something I would do.
I couldn't be more happier for Tru Life finally getting that deal he's been
deserving for awhile, but Def Jam better not sleep on him and hold up that project.
And Maino, Gravy, Jae Millz, Grafh, and even Saigon, they all got deals, but
are we really seeing any of them anywhere? When are labels actually going to
put money behind NY rappers? Hitting mixtapes is great, but lets get some release
Kanye's album got leaked. I don't have it yet, and I'm definitely not rushing
to get it. Rumor has it that he was at a club and got mad when they didn't play
one of his songs in a 45-minute span, so he apparently walked out and said he'd
never be back. The good thing is, I think people are finally getting tired of
all this little kid tantrum shit. Besides, what song does Kanye have that would
sound dope in a club? "Golddigger?" Shit, a lot of the chicks in the
club are golddiggers "Through the Wire?" "Two Words?" Kanye
doesn't even have any songs that would sound good in a club. But the great thing
is that with "Late Registration" dropping right as kids are going
back to college, all those college nerds in their flip flops and extra-small
pink polos will be riding around in mommy's SUV telling everyone what Hip Hop
is blasting "Diamonds." Then you ask those same nerds about a group
like Mobb Deep and all they know is they got a song out with 50 Cent. Fucking
It's funny too, if you look at Kanye and his behavior versus someone like 9th
Wonder, it makes you realize what a dickhead Kanye is and how cool someone like
9th is. I admit I'm not Little Brother's biggest fan, but I still like a lot
of the music they make. I went to one of their shows in Baltimore a couple of
years ago when everyone was just getting familiar with "The Listening."
I got drops from them and all that after the show, and they were all mad cool,
from their manager to Pooh and Phonte. Then I call them up to do that interview,
and they haven't changed. Those dudes gave me a great interview, and its clear
the fame hasn't gotten to their head like it has to certain people.
After talking to Benzino for a long time on the interview, I was really surprised
about what a stand-up guy he was. Yeah, The Source is not perfect, but as far
as Benzino in the interview, he was up front about everything. I asked him a
bunch of tough questions, and he didn't dodge anything. The whole way it ran
on HipHopGame is exactly how it went down, nothing edited, like every interview
on here. I still don't love Benzino's music, but after speaking to him shortly,
he definitely has my respect. And dudes were telling me to only do the interview
if 'Zino would give HHG a write-up in The Source, but we didn't do it like that.
If they want to cover us, they will. I definitely don't want to get into that
game of trading an article on here for an article there. HipHopGame never had
to sell out, and we're gonna keep that integrity.
I also smashed my fucking Playstation in a drunken rage, so no more Madden for
awhile. Expect to see columns coming in on a more regular basis now.
Some funny shit is that the dancers 50 hired for the "Outta Control"
video still haven't gotten paid. Each one was promised $100, and they're still
waiting for it. And word is no one likes Yayo's album I haven't gotten
around to downloading that yet either, but it's crazy how everyone's turning
on 50 now. He's going to have to drop something hard to win back New York
Props to Juvenile for being the first Hip Hop artist to really come forth and
speak out about the disaster going down in the Southern States. HipHopGame definitely
sends out prayers to everyone going through that tragedy.