Pulse Report: Pulse Report: Eminem's Relapse Leaks, T.I. Boots Alfamega From Grand Hustle, Trick Daddy Threatens To Whoop Rick Ross
Friday, May 8, 2009 12:00AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about Eminem's Relapse leaking two weeks early, T.I. kicking Alfamega out of Grand Hustle for being accused of snitching, Irv Gotti letting Ashanti go, Trick Daddy planning to discipline Rick Ross for misbehaving, and Drake
offering a written rule to new rappers.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Early Discharge
The wait is unofficially over. Eminem fans/stans can get there copy of his long awaited Relapse album as the project has leaked online two weeks before its May 19th release date. No word from the label as to whether the album will be pushed up a week to thwart the illegal downloads. However there maybe no need for action as Lil Wayne proved with the Carter 3, some artist are not affected by premature leaks.
The early indication is that the album is dope. It's classic Em. Some folks will be upset when they hear what he has to say though. On one track "Bagpipes From Baghdad" he went after rumored ex-girlfriend Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon.
"Nick Cannon, you prick, I wish you luck with the fuckin' whore."
Dang! Em is wildin' out. Nick better handle his business. Speaking of business, I'm predicting 600,000 first week sales for Em. I don't see him doing Weezy numbers. Why? Two words--recession baby!
2. Who You Telling?
The SmokingGun is back in the business of outing gangster rappers. The same website that provided documented proof of Rick Ross' days as a correction officer, has exposed T.I. affiliate Alfamega as a government informant. According to TSG, Cedric Zellars a.k.a Alfamega was arrested in 1995 for selling guns and as a part of a plea deal to cut 18 months off his sentence Mega testified against a "heroin trafficker" named Ali Baaqar. The obvious irony in this story can't be overlooked as Mega is an artist on T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. T.I. as we well know is preparing to serve a year and a day in federal prison for illegally purchasing guns. Since cutting that deal with the feds T.I. has been branded a snitch by some in the hip-hop community for doing promotional adds for Crimestoppers.
While Alfamega has been laying low, T.I. spoke to Hot 107.9 radio about Mega's future with Grand Hustle.
Even though all our artists and employees are asked by us to be honest and open about their past history, at no time did Alfa disclose to me or Grand Hustle what has now appeared in the media. He essentially deceived us by failing to fully disclose the truth about his past and there is no place in our organization for dishonest and misleading behavior. As I have always said, you must take responsibility for your own actions. We at Grand Hustle can not support or condone the blaming of others for our own mistakes. I hope and pray to god bless his financial plans, but I don't forsee me or my company playing a role in his personal or professional business. End.
Wow. That don't seem cool. Doesn't T.I. work with Crimestoppers? Mega was trying to stop a crime from being committed. Now if T.I. is booting him for lying to Grand Hustle fine, but if he's kicking dude off the team for snitching then that ain't cool.
3. You're Fired!
T.I. isn't the only boss talking pink slip. Irv Gotti chopped it up with MTV news and explained to them why he's going to drop Ashanti from Murder Inc. If you're wondering why anyone wants to talk to Irv these days, he's brutally honest which makes for great soundbites and the second season of "Gotti's Way" is coming soon. [Watch Here]
"The relationship has run its course. The chemistry of what's needed -- we're in two totally different places. You're talking to somebody that took her and shaped and molded her and put her out there for the world, and it blew up. We [hold the record] for the [fastest] selling debut by a female R&B artist -- 503 [thousand]. We did it! My views and philosophies and her views and philosophies are not meeting up... We don't really speak or talk or anything like that. It's sad in a way. But in another, it's like its all good. I don't think she can win. She needs some guidance with that. But she's not thinking like that. Really, I couldn't tell you what's she's thinking. So that relationship has run its course and honestly, I'm gonna just drop her."
Mrs. Fucque watching over my shoulder responds to Irv.
"Negro please! It's always the woman's fault. When is Ja Rule going to get dropped? Ja's running around with a S-Curl and he's talking about Ashanti needs guidance. Pleeease! She's f-ing Nelly, so I'd say she's a winner regardless."
Smh. See what I gotta put up with.
4. Child Abuse
Trick Daddy is not happy with the way Rick Ross has been going at him recently in the media and on wax. Ross as you know took shots at Trick on his diss record "Valley of Death", poking fun at Trick's battle with the disease lupus. During an interview with Angela Yee of Shade 45 radio, Trick expressed his displeasure with Trina calling Jay-Z her favorite rapper, his "problem with the word hip-hop," and his plans to handle the Ross situation the old fashion way. [Listen Here]
"I'm going back to the old ass whoopin' days. I'm whoopin all my kids asses.
On why Ross would question his street cred.
"All you gotta do is pull my social security number use his social security number print up everything you got on there. I owe more motherf*ckers than he owe. My credit worse than his. Anything you can pull up on my name is worse than his. I've been arrested and convicted of more crimes than he got pulled over and wrote a ticket for."
As for his other gripe.
"I have a problem with the word hip-hop. What does hip-hop mean? That I'm supposed to follow trends. I'm supposed to wear tight jeans. I'm supposed to wear the tight ass shirts. These n*ggas got they ass out with them tight skinny leg jeans. Them is women pants, boy."
Trick is definitely the last of a dying breed. Oops. My bad. Poor choice of words. Seriously, they don't make'em like Trick anymore. A rapper with integrity, who really lived the life he raps about. No make believe drug cartels, and stories of becoming an undercover correctional officer. Trina and Ross need to show more respect to the OG.
5. Write or Wrong?
Canadian rap sensation Drake has the biggest buzz in the game right now and he attributes his success to a skill most of today's rappers seldom use. The rapper/actor/singer prefers to write his rhymes. Whether it be on paper or in his blackberry, Drake told MTV News that it's the key to his success.
"It shouldn't be your tagline: 'I don't even write.' Well, if it's not quality product, who cares? We can tell," Drake said. "Maybe if you took the time to write, your sh- would be a little better. ... Sometimes I feel like people almost pride themselves on [not writing] and kind of look at me funny when I pull my phone out and start writing, like, 'You write? What?' But to each their own. You gotta do what works for you. It's a creative process. ... I'll pull my phone out in front of anybody and start writing. And say, 'Yo, I gotta go and check this Web site [for research],' because I know when I come with that verse, you're gonna be like, 'Oh, OK, that's why it took two hours and you needed the wireless Internet hooked up.' It's just about quality and taking pride in yourself and having an ear. A lot of artists don't even know when they sound wrong or off. They're like, 'Yeah, that sounds the same as that hit I have on the radio.' If you don't know when something is wrong, you're not gonna be one of the greats. Might be cool for a minute, but ... "
Give this dude a stand ovation. This makes me feel much better about the future of hip-hop. How many of you agree with him?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]