Pulse Report: Pulse Report: Cam'ron Promotes Higher Learning, Porn Star Sticks It To Rick Ross, Bow Wow Wants To Taste Tahiry
Friday, Apr 17, 2009 12:00AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about Cam'ron looking for employees with college degrees, Eminem showing love for Lil Wayne and T.I., porn star Brian Pumper aiming a diss record at Rick Ross, Jadakiss getting the last laugh, and Bow Wow craving for a taste of Joe Budden's girl Tahiry.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Higher Learning
In Cam'ron's world crime really does pay, but he'd rather see others take a more conventional route to get where he is. While he scoffs at getting a college education for himself on his upcoming album Crime Pays, the Harlem rapper told MTV news that he would prefer to hire those with college degrees. And that higher learning isn't to be associated with puffing you know what.
"To work for me and DukeDaGod -- you gotta have a college degree if you want to work for us. Neither one of us has a college degree. Well, he does, but I don't have a high school diploma. So what's the irony of that? And if you work for us, we're not hiring you unless you have a degree. And you have to take a drug test. But we don't have a degree and we smoke weed -- it's irony."
Did he implement this employee policy before or after he formed Dipset? Cause I know there aren't many scholars in that crew and not one of them would even come close to passing a drug test. They got a better chance of passing an SAT than a drug test.
If you were wondering what Eminem was doing three years ago when hip-hop was on the brink of self destruction, he was simply watching our demise. In the upcoming issue of XXL magazine, Em discussed the death of best friend Proof, his drug addiction, and the state of hip-hop. He singled out Lil Wayne and T.I. as guys he respected for their contribution to the game.
"I stayed up on the music, and obviously I watch TV and saw what was going on. And without naming any names, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill. And it seemed like kinda fast. You know, in them three years, it was like everybody just cares about the hook and the beat; nobody really cares about substance. But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear sh-- and you're like, 'Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that!'
Nice of Em to stay on top of things then make his return when things are getting better. Where was he when we were being bludgeoned to death with snap music and dance theme songs?
3. XXX Response
The 50 Cent vs Rick Ross beef is officially an orgy of verbal f*ckery. Everyone is getting in on the action, but no one seems to be coming correct. After Officer Ricky enlisted 50's arch enemies, Fat Joe, The Game, and Ja Rule for a remix to Mafia Music, porn star and Lloyd Banks look-a-like Brian Pumper delivered a diss record, "Cut It Out Ricky". If you recall Pumper is the guy that was allegedly in a gay sex video, which every thought Lloyd Banks was the star of. Rick Ross has been alluding to that tape in his insults of Banks. For some reason Pumper felt the need to clear his name, and go at Ross. [Watch Here]
Hmmm, dude sounds better when he's doing a duet with a female partner. Not sure if this helps or hurts his case.
4. How U Like Me Now?
Let's be honest, New York rappers don't sell records. Jim Jones proved that with the feeble output of his latest album Prey IV Reign. So when Jadakiss a Big Apple rapper, with less "it" factor than Jones, dropped his solo album The Last Kiss, many predicted (including myself) that he would see less than stellar sales. Well, Jada more than exceeded expectation, by selling 134,000 plus copies. Almost a 100,000 more than Jones sold. Speaking to XXL.com Jada laughed at the skeptics who "underestimated" him. He also credited his strong core audience for the successful week.
"I will say that's a great number for the climate and the way the music industry is right now and that's without a big hit at radio...I got longevity, that's why I got legs...It's always good when you can say I told you so. It's always good when you get the last laugh."
Ok buddy, let's not get too crazy. You had a good week, hats off to ya. GOOD not great, so I don't see why everyone is making a big fuss. Has the bar been set so low that we're treating a100,000 like a 1,000,000? Or is that Jada oversold his predicted sales mark by over 100,000 copies? It might be a combination of both.
5. Puppy Chow
The best thing Joe Budden has done since his 2003 hit record "Pump It Up" is sharing his voluptuous significant other, Tahiry, with the world. The bootylicious beauty is pumping up the testosterone levels of dudes everywhere as one of the cover girls on KING magazine's final issue. If you haven't seen the issue yet (you need to get yourself checked out) peep here. Apparently, Jermaine Dupri and his Ocean 7 homies like what they see as he dedicated two segments of his Living The Life web series to talk about Tahiry's assets. Professing no disrespect to Joe, Jermaine discussed with Trey Songz and others how he'd like to explore Tahiry's booty. [Watch Here]
"I want to put my hand in it."
While JD wanted to handle the situation that way, Bow Wow was eager to volunteer for a taste test. [Watch Here]
"No disrespect to Joe. I'll eat it, my n*gga"
LOL. This might be the first time I'm laughing with Bow Weezy than at him. Props to them for saying what we're all probably thinking.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]