Pulse Report: Soulja Boy Accuses Nas Of Muder, 50 Cent Offers Recession Sale, Lil' Wayne Takes A Tumble
Friday, Jan 2, 2009 12:00AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Soulja Boy blaming Nas for killing hip-hop, Lil' Wayne falling from grace, 50 Cent feeling the effects of the struggling economy, Diddy pitching a new storyline for James Bond, and Skillz dropping his annual year end rap.
[Editor's Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Oh Boy
Showing a clear lack of respect for his elders, Soulja Boy rang in 2009 with hip-hop's first official controversial issue. Seemingly unhappy with not meeting his goal of going platinum in a week with his sophomore album isouljaboytellem, the teeny-bopper rapper accused hip-hop icon Nas of killing the genre. [Watch here]
"Real talk, the n*gga that killed hip-hop for real is Nas," he said. "That n*gga killed hip-hop. He came out publicly and said 'hip-hop is dead' and everybody started saying 'hip-hop is dead, hip-hop is dead'..."
Soon after his blasphemous comments Soulja was allegedly paid a visit by some goons who raided his home. Allegedly Soulja Boy texted a friend named Drama Kash, after the evasion. And Mr. Kash felt the need to share the info with the rest of the world. [Watch here]
Of course there was a response video from the alleged goons. [Watch Here]
SMH. New year, same goonery. Just sad. I'm usually a staunch defender of Souja Boy, let's just say I have a soft spot for teenagers successfully pursuing their dreams in a legal seemingly harmless way. However, I can't go to bat for the lil' lad on this one. Granted, Nas is not the same dude from 15 years ago, he's hardly the reason the game sucks right now. I just wish Soulja would have shown a little more respect for the legend, after all blaming one person for killing the genre is a wack premise, there is just too much other factors that play into it. I figured young DeAndre would have leaned this from his spat with Ice-T.
2. Man Down!
It's not the type of fall from grace, most Lil' Wayne haters were hoping for, but the "best rapper alive" took a tumble on stage that became the web treat of the week. Reminiscent to Beyonce's 2007 stage dive, Weezy fell on his wallet while performing to Ron Browz's "Pop Champagne" at a concert in Chicago.
Like any true professional Weezy hopped right back up and did his thing, but this slip-up makes you wonder if Weezy is back on the sauce. He did say he was off it, but you never know.
3. Power Outage
Apparently no one is safe from the stressed economy, not even 50 Cent's deep pockets. Just this week, the multi millionaire rap giant saw his MTV reality show "The Money and the Power" canceled and he had to lower the asking price on his Connecticut mansion.
According to the NY Post, the bigwigs at MTV pulled the plug on "The Apprentice" style show due to the low ratings. Evidently, Donald Trump was on point when he said the show wouldn't be a success.
With his reality show down the tube, it was reported by The Hartford Courant that the music mogul cut the asking price for his 17-arce mansion from $18.5 million to $14.5 million.
Geez, if the recession is affecting Fif imagine what it's doing to the Papooses and J-Hoods of the rap world. I know losing a reality show isn't going to damage Fif's stack that much, but it's clear that he's going to have to start being fiscally responsible like the rest of us. I guess we should be on the look out for that Lloyd Banks album on G-Unit/Koch Records real soon.
It's no secret Sean Combs wants to be in the next 007 flick. The producers of the show have talked about switching things up and bringing in a black actor to play James Bond. Diddy, along with Jamie Foxx, and Terrance Howard have been some of the names mentioned. Well, Diddy is pitching the producers of the show his vision for the black Bond. According to the NY Post the rap mogul told Britain's Observer that he has a new take to the Bond story that will bring a "darker" twist.
"I think that James Bond from London should be sent on a mission to come to New York and he should meet me, black Bond. He should get kidnapped, and I should have to save his ass."
No offense to Daniel Craig as Bond, Diddy actually likes him.
"I don't want to take his job. But he should just know that he has a counterpart in the United States."
I kinda like that idea. The only thing it needs is a real actor to pull it off.
5. It's A Wrap!
Closing out the old year is not official until Virginia wordsmith Skillz drops his much-anticipated year-end rap. For 2008 the punchline king touched on everything from Young Buck crying on the phone, to Nas' N*gga album controversy to Jay-Z and Beyonce tying the knot. He even gave a shout out to the incarcerated Remy Ma. [Listen Here]
Skillz definitely knows how to make a crappy year sound great.
That's all from me folks. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org for a healthy back and forth. Is Soulja Boy out of line? What can 50 Cent do to save money? Would you watch Diddy's black Bond movie?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]