By this time most
rappers should be waking up and walking off their hangovers from Memorial Day
Weekend. Why is it that almost all rappers rent a van and pass out fliers and
CD's in South Beach this weekend? Almost everybody who has a name heads to South
Beach for the weekend, but how much work can you really get done down there
when everyone else is down there trying to run up in the same clubs and radio
stations? That's just like the 2006 rapper though to run to South Beach. You
would think most rappers are getting tired of being so predictable.
At this point,
even the most hardcore Jay-Z fans have to feel like they're being jerked around.
Last year it was "Dear Summer, I know you're gonna miss me," and now
it's linen shorts and honey buns. Jay's been getting slammed for his verse,
but what can you really say over that beat? That "Can't Knock the Hustle"
vibe is a lot different from "The real Noreaga, he owes me a hundred favors."
I'm guessing that's not the same Noreaga who runs laps around the English Channel.
The big question is why did Jay have to mention his linen shorts twice and why
is Jeezy talking about his drawers? And if you saw this line standing by itself,
who would you think wrote it: "And linen shorts so my balls don't get hot.
Haha," who would you think wrote it? Mr. President, Nore (the real rap
N-o-r-e), or the Ying Yang Twins? All in all, it really doesn't matter because
the song of the summer is out and Rick Ross is probably going platinum now.
And now that Rick
Ross is going platinum, all the other young artists on Def Jam should be extremely
worried. Rap is a lot like sports in that only a certain number of players can
be starters, only a few more can ride the bench, and the rest are either buying
tickets, watching the game at home, practicing in the park, or crying about
how the coach screwed them over. But looking at the Def Jam roster, how many
new artists can do anything especially with Nas, Redman, Freeway, and Joe Budden
still on the bench? I think Nas will be the next big project at Def Jam, and
then Jay, or Shawn Carter, will drop his album a few months later. As for everyone
else, it's probably not looking too good.
I think we're going
to see a whole new Eminem right now. I think the death of Proof is going to
have Em coming back stronger than ever. I've heard he's already got a couple
monster tracks recorded, but we'll see if there's any truth behind that.
There have been
rumors going around that Beanie set up his own shooting. Of course those are
just rumors, but if you look at Beans, those rumors just don't add up. When
has Beanie ever done anything for publicity and when has he cried out for attention?
50 needs attention, shit every rapper needs attention, but Beans seems happier
out of the spotlight. Plus Beanie's street cred has never been questioned like
most rapper's supposed "cred," so for him to set up his own shooting
makes no sense.
Former Source editor
Dasun Allah just got a six-month prison term for hitting two strangers in the
head with a backpack full of gravel. That's just disturbing. It's disturbing
that he was walking around carrying a backpack full of gravel and that he just
hit two strangers in the head. I'm no psychologist, but I do know that's not
a good thing to do and hopefully Dasun can work on his problems.
new album is going to be titled Hip-Hop is Dead. A bad title, no. An overstatement,
yes. Hip-hop is far from being dead. There are a lot of MC's and DJ's still
really putting it down, you just wouldn't know it from only paying attention
to mainstream media. As long as Premier and Marley Marl are still banging out
beats, living legends like KRS continue to drop albums, Wu-Tang and most Wu
affiliates stay working, future hall-of-famers like Ras Kass, Joe Budden, and
Beanie Sigel stay at it, and the younger generation of artists like Joell Ortiz,
Immortal Technique, Little Brother, and Murs continue grinding, then hip-hop
will be fine. The good shit is just a little harder to find.
Rap music is at
an all-time high, but I think we've finally crossed that line where we can say
"this is hip-hop" and "this is rap, but not hip-hop." There
are some songs that are just way to crappy to be classified as hip-hop, no matter
how many women dance to the beat. Would someone doing somersaults on a piece
of cardboard consider themselves a b-boy? Would someone who spray-paints their
phone number on a train be a graffiti artist? Would someone who never took their
turntables out of the box be a DJ? The obvious answer is no, so if they're not
hip-hop, neither is the motherfucker who just talks over a beat rhyming "money"