Pulse Report: O'Reilly Attacks Jeezy and Jay, Bow Wow Exposes Ghostwriters & Akon Forgets His Age
Friday, Jan 23, 2009 11:30AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Jay-Z & Young Jeezy feeling the heat from Bill O'Reilly, Bow Wow barking back at the critics, Akon getting so old he can't remember his age, Mase revisiting his G-Unit days, and former Dipset manager Big Joe planning to expose the industry in a tell-all-book.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Sly Fox
While a majority of the country was celebrating the positive vibes of President Barack Obama's inauguration Fox News' resident racist Bill O'Reilly was doing his best to rain on the parade. Aided by conservative (not so funny) comedian Dennis Miller, O'Reilly accused Jay-Z and Young Jeezy of being racist for their performance of "My President" at a DC club during the inauguration festivities.
Apparently O'Reilly found the rappers use of the n-word racist and their anti-George Bush tone offensive. [Watch Here]
Young Jeezy defended the song's message in an interview with MTV news:
"Music is how you feel. But if I can say one word, I'll say 'necessary.' I felt it was necessary. I never ever paid attention to any election. Not really [into] politics or anything like that. It never benefited us. This time around, it's not a black-or-white thing -- you got somebody in there for us that's well-spoken and gonna handle their business. I just wanted to do my part and let them know we need change, we need help, it's rough out there...It's not even the song [that's important], it's the message..."
Jay-Z for his part told the NY Daily News he doesn't think the gangster element in hip-hop is going to change no matter who the president is.
"Gangsta rap comes from young guys who only know what they've seen in their neighborhood. As long as there's poverty, there'll be gangsta rap. People are angry and upset. You fix the neighborhoods, you'll end gangsta rap."
I guess what we're trying to say Mr. O'Reilly is get used to it. We gon' keep saying what the hell we want, when we want, because our president is black, bitch. Naw, in all seriousness this was just another pathetic attempt by Faux News to associate President Obama's name with negativity. Better luck next time guys.
2. What's The Difference?
We all know rappers can be real sensitive about accusations of ghostwriting. Surely in the name of "keeping it real" no one wants to be exposed as a Milli Vanilli lyricist. Well. Bow Wow in an attempt to clear his name of any such accusations unnecessarily threw Dr. Dre and Eminem under the bus. [Watch here]
"Everybody is always on my back for writing, but they don't say nothing about when Eminem writes for Dre...Nobody said anything when Jay-Z wrote "Still Dre" for Dr Dre..."
Ummm dude, three quick points here. One, everyone already knows Dre has had ghostwriters since N.W.A. Two, he's arguably the greatest hip-hop producer ever, who gives a sh*t who writes his raps. Three, don't listen to these haters. No one really cares who writes your raps. You're never going to make anyone's top lyricist list, anyway. So why bother?
At least he didn't make a fool of himself on ESPN's 1st & 10. [Watch Here]
3. Age Ain't Nothin'
First Akon couldn't recall his criminal background. He wasn't sure how much time he spent in the joint or the crimes he committed. Now the hitmaker can't remember his age. Akon told the Associated Press that he lies about his age so much he doesn't remember his real one. While some places say that the entertainer is 31 years old, he's told some publications he's 25. Asked if he'd like to know he said:
"All it's going to do is depress me. I don't want to know I'm getting older. Then I'll start to think about getting check-ups and insurance. I don't want that...In Africa... age is not important. They don't care. "I feel like I'm 21 right now, and I'll be 21 for the next 10 years."
Well my man, this ain't Africa. And age matters here and in other places around the world because knowing someone's age can save you a whole lot of trouble. Like let's just say you're about to get freak nasty on stage with a 14-year-old girl, knowing her age and your own age would be a good thing.
4. Follow Me
Last week during a jailhouse interview from an Arizona lockup rapper DMX called the Grand Canyon State "the devil's home." He even vowed never to return upon his release. Well it seems another spiritually inclined rapper, Mase, sees it otherwise. In town to scope out property for a new Phoenix-based church, the former Bad Boy rapper sat down with the Phoenix New Times to discuss his spiritual calling and his brief stint with G-Unit, among other things.
In 2005 the Harlem rapper lifted his self-imposed ban on profanity to release an explicit mixtape track where he sounds more gangster rapper than Christian minister. He explains the bizarre episode as an attempt to lead by example.
"In order for people to understand, you have to take them from where you were, to where you are. So in taking people from where I was, it would require you to do music that exemplified where you were, then if I would have stayed in it, I was going to musically bring them to where I am. But then I started seeing that what I'm thinking and what they're thinking is totally two different things."
As for taking up his true calling, Mase thinks more rappers should do the same.
"I think people look at me like I've taken the step that people are most fearful of taking. It's not just the giving it up; it's the sticking with it. Like most people have seen a lot of entertainers entertain the thought, but we haven't seen many stick with it."
No offense, but Pastor Mase, Rev Run and soon-to-be deacon DMX are enough right now. No need to push other rappers into this religion thing. Let's keep church and state property separate for now.
5. Big Problem
Big Joe is back! The last time we saw the former manager of the Dipset, he was clearing his name in the drama between Juelz Santana and some UK goons. Now the big guy is back and "bitter with the industry" So bitter he's gearing up to write a tell-all-book about the Dip and many others in the industry. The tentative book title is, "Interview Of A Diplomat" [Watch here]
"...I know the truth about every n*gga in the music business...I know your stories about your house in the Hamptons. I know your stories in the studio when you thought nobody was there but me and I walked in on you. I'm talking about a lot of you rap artist. You R&B singers. I know your dark secrets. Ya'll know I know. I'm not going to blow some of you up, but some of you I'm going to blow up..."
Oh no. Another tell-all-book from a bitter employee is coming. Time to get those alibis and public statements ready. As always I'll look at this book with heavy skepticism being that it's coming from someone with monetary aspirations. Not to mention the fact that his name is Big Joe. There's something shady about passing off information that came from a guy named Big Joe.
Ok, it's a wrap. Hit me up at email@example.com for a healthy back and forth. I want to know if rappers should clean up their act now that Obama is in the White House? Plus, is it wrong for a former employee to write a tell-all-book?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]