Congratulations to Joell Ortiz and Papoose for signing. It's kind of hard to
say New York is dead when Papoose signs for $1.5 million to Jive and Joell signs
to Aftermath. New York may seem dead to the million other rappers out there,
but the ones who earned their way to the top are getting there. I obviously
can't speak for every New York rapper's grind, but I can guess that no one has
the mix of grind/talent that Joell and Papoose have.
There's not too
much to say about Flavor of Love this week, although one thing definitely stands
out from the last episode. Remember the toast where all the girls toasted "to
not being whores"? At what point did your life take an incredible turn
for the worse to where making a toast to not "being a whore" is not
only acceptable but something to be celebrated? I don't remember ever being
at a bar and hearing someone go, "here's to not being pedophiles!"
I can't recall ever hearing, "to not being serial killers!" If you
have to toast to not being something like a whore, pedophile or serial killer,
then I really don't want to know what you couldn't toast to. And if you go on
a reality show looking for love, chances are you can't honestly make a toast
to not being a whore.
a new rapper out called Money Over Sex. Are all the rap names taken and now
rappers have to resort to naming themselves after songs? And why does it have
to be Money Over Sex? Why can't it be Money AND Sex? Why do you have to choose?
Are you really grinding that hard that you can't find any free time? Unless
you pop five Viagras, you should have time to lay the pipe and still sell some
records or whatever it is rappers are selling these days.
Banks is pushed
back again. That's ok with me because the main thing I want to hear is a 50
Cent spoken word album. That's the album that needs to come out. I don't even
want to hear 50 rap. I just want to hear him talking about how girls can carry
his bags and be in his entourage and how he's not going to Puffy's party. That
shit is far more entertaining than hearing him actually rap. 50 Cent may not
be the best rapper ever, but he is definitely the best shit-talker the game
has ever seen. You know 50 was probably that kid in class who would just poke
you during silent reading and then when you said stop, he probably looked you
in the eye and did it again, then you snap and punch him in the face and go
to the principal's office while 50's smiling at you as you walk out of the classroom.
So now 50 and Puffy
are beefing. I think this could be an all-time low or an all-time high, depending
on how you look at it. It's wack because do you really want to hear Diddy respond
to 50's disses? I know I don't. And do you really want to hear 50 dissing, of
all people, Puff Daddy? Puffy's rich, but dissing him's not really going to
change things. He'll still probably have MTV on lock for at least a few more
years. It's not like anyone who's already in Puffy's corner is going to switch
sides because of 50 Cent unless 50 Cent starts throwing better parties on the
same night. There's nothing like two rich motherfuckers with nothing better
to do than make songs about each other.
And how do you
know hip-hop is wack? When people write songs about other people they don't
like. I know, I know, the diss song is a part of history and there are a few
classics out there that can never be touched. But for the most part, making
a song about somebody you don't like is really not that cool. If I wrote a song
about everybody I didn't like I'd have twice as many mixtapes as Papoose. Besides,
most of them come off the same way too: "I'm real, you're fake, my gun
pops, your gun jams, I have sex, you're celibate, I'm hot, you're cold, I'm
tough, you're pussy, I say potato, you say potatoe " I'm also drawing
the line here between battling and making songs about people. Battling is entirely
different because that involves wit and skill. Writing songs about people you
don't like is just kind of lame. You don't hear Nike dropping Reebok diss tracks
or the Giants dissing the Redskins on wax. Instead of trading diss tracks back
and forth, rappers just need to set up battles and let the people decide who's
better. Go live with your wackness. Anyone can go in the studio with a banging
beat and all the time/help in the world to diss somebody, but how many emcees
can/want to do that shit to the other rapper's face? Probably not many and
I think we all know what a disaster it would be if 50 and Puffy had to square
off for a live battle.
Is Remy Martin's
quote on Foxy Brown the gulliest thing ever published on HipHopGame? In case
you missed it: "I heard she can hear again. I'm waiting to make sure it's
official so when I say shit she'll hear it." Ouch.
Snoop Dogg was
recently on the David Letterman Show. Letterman was giving Snoop a pretty basic
interview - asking him where he was from, what his childhood was like and all
that. So Snoop says (paraphrase), When I was a teenager you could either play
sports or run with the gangs and sell drugs. I chose the gang/drug thing. After
he said that, the audience started laughing and clapping. Nothing says funny
like someone throwing their life away, right, guys? Right? I don't know who
David Letterman invited to his audience that night, but they were straight up
losers. If they find Snoop selling drugs funny, imagine how hilarious they're
going to find the Biggie shooting when Letterman tells them about that. They'll
be laughing for three straight days. Letterman even had to pause to say, Guys,
the man just said he chose to sell drugs and join a gang. That's not funny.
If you have to be told that somebody doing something bad to themselves and other
people is not funny, then there's probably not much hope for you. Don't invite
that crowd to a funeral.
There was a report
that Kanye is done with interviews for awhile because he's mad at how the press
twists his words. Last time I checked, Kanye hasn't said anything since those
infamous Katrina comments, which probably fucked up a lot of desperately needed
donations. Beefing with the press is not a good idea because at the end of the
day, the press decides what airs or runs in a magazine.
Method Man is another
dude who doesn't seem to care for the media too tough. I don't blame these guys
for not liking the media. I wouldn't like the media if I had to deal with them.
And I'm not necessarily sticking up for the hip-hop media either because there
is more bad than good out there. There are a lot of dumb comments made out there
and a lot of stuff seems too personal at times. For example, Scratch Magazine
wonders if Ice Cube's family films have made him soft. That's the same beef
Meth had with doing comedy. I've never acted and I've never rapped so I don't
have much to go on here, but I'm going to take a gamble that laughing a little
or driving a minivan across the country in a flick does not make you pussy.
I'm also willing to bet that Ice Cube and Method Man are not pussies in real
life. The real problem is the acting rappers trying to be Super Crackman and
Super Pimp. They never should have been relevant in the first place. If Ice
Cube's music does not have the same violent intensity it once had, I'm guessing
it's more because of maturity than Are We There Yet?
I wonder why Rick
Ross never called Immortal Technique to get on the "Hustling" remix.
Did anybody else
see the Andre and Big Boi interview on MTV? Was it just me or did Big Boi look
like he wanted to get the hell out of that interview as fast as possible. Of
course I don't know, but that just looked and sounded like a tense interview.
Still don't have
the new Madden. I'm holding off on it for at least a few more weeks because
I'm pretty sure once I get it there's not going to be too many interviews or
columns. There probably won't be a lot of exercising or teeth brushing as well.
We should have
the winners of the Rick Ross beard contest announced soon. Sorry Poison Pen,
your fifty entries don't count since you do have a journal on the site. Apparently
that's the reason Pen really shaved the beard off.
I'm going to have
to push Rick Ross's songs back a week. My pen ran out of ink.