Pulse Report: Jim Jones Blames Dipset's Demise On Cam'ron's Ego, Kanye Equates Hip-Hop To High School, 50 Cent Strikes A Pose, Damon Dash "Bugging Out?"

Friday, Nov 21, 2008 10:25AM

Written by Archie Fuque

Jim Jones, Kanye - Pulse Report


In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about Jim Jones taking credit for 15 years of hip-hop fashion, while mocking Jay-Z, Kanye West calling out hip-hop for being childish, Dame Dash losing more than his money, 50 Cent's new XXL cover and Ludacris burying the hatchet with Oprah.

[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]

1. Ego Trippin'. Like it or not, Jim Jones is the hottest show in town for the New York music scene. The Harlem rapper is definitely enjoying the spotlight as he strives to be a mainstream success by doing more acting and releasing his first major label album, Pray 4 Reign. While he's got everyone's attention he's doing tons of talking. Most recently he graced the cover of Complex magazine and was rather revealing about his falling out with Cam'ron.

"Once your ego becomes bigger than money, you can't get anywhere. It's a sad thing--we've built so much. Everywhere around the world, people know the Diplomats as a strong entity. And it's at a halt due to the fact we've been going back and forth through this minute bullsh*t.

Hmm? So it was big egos that messed up the Dipset. Funny you should say that, this video from the Complex magazine photoshoot, really says something about your ego. You take credit for creating many of the hip-hop fashion trends over the past fifteen years.[Watch here]

You do this as your boy Dame Dash co-signs it all. He even has a nice laugh when you call Jay-Z out for dressing like a "dweeb". You even take credit for the pink fad. So Cam'ron stole the pink thing from you? Am I left to believe you guys broke up over fighting over pink shirts? Wow!

2. School Daze. The wait is almost over. Kanye West's much anticipated album 808s & Heartbreak hits stores next week. Before the big day arrives, West sat done to chop it up with MTV News about the project and much more. During the interview, West proved to be a head of the class as criticized hip-hop for its high school mentality.

"Hip-Hop used to be all about being fearless, now it's all about being afraid. It used to be about standing out now it's all about fitting in. You know I wear my tight jeans and stuff and standout and people want to talk about me. So exactly where are you hip-hop? Cause when I had my baggy clothes and I was hip-hop people talked about me too in my school. Hip-Hop is like a big high school or something. That's why I respect people who just do what they want to do."

I couldn't agree with you more on that Kanye. So much so, I've come up with the Hip-Hop High School Yearbook List 2008.

Most likely to succeed...Kanye West.

Best Couple...T-Pain & Lil' Wayne.

Class clown...Yung Berg.

School Bully...Maino.

Most likely to be Supahead's next victim...Soulja Boy.

Most likely to delay their album until 2010...Dr. Dre.

Most likely to be in a low budget porn...Foxy Brown.

Most likely to be affected by the recession...Dame Dash

Most likely to annoy the hell out of everyone...50 Cent

3.Suspect Behavior. Its back! 50 Cent has re-released the suspect one eyebrow up gaze that he made on the cover of GQ magazine in 2005. This time the muscle bound MC strikes the unfaltering pose on the cover of XXL magazine.

50 Cent - GQ VS XXL

While details of the interview have not leaked yet, 50 did find the time to bash Kanye's upcoming album during a chat with MTV News. [Watch Here]

"I think people will actually enjoy it if you're in love or going through something," he said. "If you're going through something you can actually vibe to it. I think Kanye is going through an interesting point in his career. I don't think the public will forgive him for it. I think his [Kanye] album is a T-Pain record, but I'd rather buy it from T-Pain."

What a hater!

"I don't think the public will forgive him." Forgive him for what? We forgave you for Curtis, and T.O.S., so why wouldn't' we forgive Kanye?

4. Dollars & Sense. Dame Dash is taking a serious "L" these days. Not only is the once wealthy music mogul reportedly losing his fortune, but now the New York Post is reporting Dash is losing his mind.

"Damon Dash couldn't sit still during John Galliano's speech at the CFDA Fashion Fund and told his table at Sky light Studios he was 'bugging out,' prompting a guest to say, 'He was really a mess,'" the Post wrote.

Dash losing his marbles might explain why he's being rather open about the personal relationship between Kanye West and Jay-Z. In the December issue of Complex, Dash reveals that West "hates" Jay-Z for snubbing him during a Roc-A-Fella chain ceremony at a 2003 concert in Chicago.

"This n*gga [Kanye] was like, 'Wow. [Jay-Z] ain't going to give me the chain,'" I had to take off my chain and give it to him, and I was heated. I had the real canary diamonds. That sh*t cost $40,000! I told Kanye, 'Yo, you got to give that back when we get off this stage!'"

A source in Kanye's camp responded to the claim, telling New York's Daily News:

"This is sad. Damon does this every time he's promoting an artist. He just makes things up."

SMH. Dude is looking real pathetic right now. This is not what you call bowing out gracefully. He might want to think about pawning that chain right now. Sounds like he could use the $40,000. Like seriously, if Kanye hated Jay-Z so much, why did he choose to stay with Jay over you? For safety precautions I'd suggest taking the laces out of all of Dash's Pro Keds and filling up his Rocbox playlist with nothing but happy music.

5. Delivering Tha Peace. Ludacris might be the leader of Disturbing Tha Peace, but lately the ATL rapper has been bringing the peace. After reaching a concord with long-time foe T.I., Luda recently revealed duing a radio interview that he is longer feuding with entertainment mogul Oprah. [Watch Here]

"I have a lot of respect of course for Oprah. I don't see how anyone can't have respect for Oprah. What she's accomplished in her lifetime. I just think we came to a disagreement on something."

That's all fine and dandy, but I'll believe ya'll are really cool when Oprah allows you on her show to perform. Other than that the only way I see you getting back on Oprah is if she needs someone to lean on while she watches another Barack Obama speech.

That's all from me folks. Hit me up at [email protected] for a healthy back and forth. I Want to know y'all Hip-Hop High School Yearbook picks.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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