Pulse Report: Pulse Report: Eminem Doubles Up For Relapse, T.I. Denies "Secret Snitching," Jim Jones Calls Out Cam'ron Phone Stories
Friday, Mar 6, 2009 9:10AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Eminem setting a Relapse date, T.I. still denying snitching is a part of his deal, Jim Jones giving Cam'ron's phone conversation story the dial tone, Ghostface sending a message out to Rihanna, and Trick Trick declaring Detroit a "No Fly Zone" for rappers.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Two Times Dope?
It's official! Eminem has picked a release date (May 19th) to make his return to the rap game. In fact he's so excited about dropping his sixth studio album Relapse, he's going to do it all over again in the fall. Back from his long hiatus, Slim Shady is planning to release two editions of Relapse in 2009. In a statement from his label Interscope Records, Em talked about having more than enough material to share with his Stans.
"A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year. I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff."
I don't know if Em will be the sales monster he once was. I'm not even sure his music will still be as interesting, but it's still refreshing to know he's coming back. Two albums on the comeback might be a bit much, but we'll see. Nice to see that he doesn't need to drum up fake beef to sell some records. Wish his employee would follow his lead before he self-destructs. What are the chances Em hits the mark on both albums?
2. Stand Up Guy?
With three weeks left before he goes to prison for a year and a day, T.I. must still defend himself in the court of public opinion. As the cover subject of VIBE magazine's latest issue, the Atlanta based rapper discussed why his relatively light sentence and work with the Crime-Stoppers campaign doesn't make him a snitch. Radio personality and blogger Miss Info scored the exclusive excerpt.
"Ain't no such thing as a secret snitch. If there was, there'd be no need for the witness protection program. Pull up my agreement. It's public record. Ain't no way you could hide it, especially being a public figure. And as much as people saying that it is happening, don't you think somebody would have did the research to say, Okay, look, we got proof, here it is? People just know that it could have been a lot worse and they wanted it to be a lot worse, but lies will never overrule the truth."
I don't know about ya'll but dude having to repeatedly explain himself is getting old. Who cares what he did or is doing to make a bad situation bearable? I'm sure under those circumstances we'd all take that deal. Whatever it may be. All these folks calling him a snitch need to fall back. What would you have done?
3. Lines CrossedJust when we thought progress was being made in the Dipset hostilities, Jim Jones picked up the phone and killed it all. After Cam'ron told MTV news the heart-warming details of how he spoke to his former capo for the first time in years, Jones called into Angela Yee & Leah Rose's "Lip Service" radio show to deny it ever happen.
According to Cam, he called Freeky Zekey's cell and Jim picked up and they had a great conversation. [Watch Here]
Sweet. However Jimmy said it never happen. [Listen Here]
"I don't know what that's about. Everyone been telling me that, but I'm the only one that don't know about it. I don't know what he's talking about."
Ouch. Damn, couldn't Jimmy just play along with Killa's story. Did he really have to make dude look like he's losing what's left of his lost mind. He straight embarrassed the guy. Show your boy some diplomatic immunity for old times sake. Geez.
4. Different Strokes
The battle lines have been drawn in the epic saga of Chris Brown and Rihanna. Everyone has an opinion one way or another. Just this week we saw Usher reprimand Brown, then retract his statement the next day. Suge Knight, a confessed woman beater himself, through his support behind Brown.
"Chris Brown is the lil homie. I got more love for Chris Brown than anybody...I'ma ride with him 1000% on whatever it is."
Now with news breaking of 2 felony charges being brought against the newest R&B bad boy some of his supports are hoping he catches a break. The Game told Idaho radio station Wild 101.1 that critics should lay off Brown.
"I think it's a sad situation. I think the point that everybody's missing is that they both kids, man. What we thinking was some major domestic violence was probably just a little cat and puppy fight between people that used to be teenagers just like yesterday, man. Rihanna can't be no older than 20 and Chris Brown I know is about 20 years old...People making it out to be more than it is like the media always does anyway, man. I say give the kid a break, man. I'm pretty sure they're gonna end up back together anyway."
Cat and puppy fight? I guess that poor cat didn't stand a chance against that baby Rottweiler. What the hell? Didn't he see the picture of Rihanna's face swoll' the hell up like the dude in Mask. SMH.
Meanwhile Wu-Tang vet Ghostface sent a message to Rihanna via his single "Message From Ghost". [Listen Here]
"This is for all my women out there that be getting beat up. You know what I mean, struggling, welfare, sometimes the jobs ain't right, they going through mad trauma, especially with they man when they don't really need that sh*t, Rihanna, they know what they going through...I can see it in your face, you've been hurt mad times..."
5. Welcome To Detroit City
Rappers beware! If you were planning on performing in Detroit any time soon, you might want to call ahead and make sure its okay to be there. The D's resident Deebo a.k.a Trick Trick just laid down a new law that declares Motown a "No Fly Zone" for rappers. Essentially, any rapper making an appearance in Detroit has to have his permission, or said rapper will be forcibly separated from his jewelry and wallet.
"Detroit has become a no fly zone. So uh, a majority of the artist not allowed here without f*cking permission or spending money. Ya'll record labels better start signing some of these goddamn artist from Detroit or ya'll artist can't come in this motherfucking taking no goddamn money...Motherfucker I'm serious as hell. Ya'll don't send ya'll people here, I'm sending them home ass naked with no jewelry no close and I'm keeping they wallets.
Wow. Just so happens Mr. Trick Trick's declaration will be put to the test when T.I., Young Jeezy, Plies, and Rick Ross, come to the D for a show tomorrow night. I wouldn't want to be in the building for that one. Of those four I see Plies as being the easiest mark. Let's face it; T.I. has a federal escort every night. Jeezy seems like he could relate well to Mr. Trick Trick. Fortunately for Officer Rawse, in Michigan it is currently a felony (4 years in prison) to cause bodily injury to a police officer. That leaves the pint-sized Plies as the only viable option for Trick. If I were the little guy, I'd be feeling a hint of laryngitis coming on right now.
That's all from me folks. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org for a healthy back and forth. What impact will Em have on the game this time around? Who's going to be the first rapper to get got in Detroit?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]