Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: 50 Goes On The War Path, Young Jeezy Fills In For T.I., Drake Close To Signing Deal
Friday, Jun 19, 2009 12:00PM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about 50 Cent going back to basics, Young Jezzy stirring things up in Atlanta, Drake closing in on new deal, Nas paying homage to fathers, and Remy Ma blogging from prison.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Full Circle
You gotta give it to 50 Cent, he's the best salesmen in hip-hop. How many rappers can make the release of a mixtape feel like an actual album release? That's the vibe 50 gave off as he debuted his free mixtape War Angel this past Tuesday. The hype behind the release took 50 from riding around with MTV news to talking to DJ Funkmaster Flex about everything from Drake to shady negotiations with Diddy over Mase. [Watch Here]
Speaking on Drake, 50 is impressed by hip-hop's new golden boy.
Drake is coming up. I heard Jay got him on a single? That was fast. That was ill. For him to put him on a single, that's ill. I don't know if he's rhyming or singing. The fact that he's on it, that was a fast come-up. Jay won't even rap on his own artists' records."
That was a not so subtle shot at Jay-Z for not participation in the recent joint project they had with rapper Freeway.
Jay-Z wasn't the only New York big shot that 50 put on blast for shady business deals. According to 50, Diddy was asking for $2 million to let Mase out of his contract with Bad Boy. 50 eluded that Diddy was playing dirty because he had a personal vendetta against Mase.
Back to the album, 50 told MTV news he's at the forefront of creating a new cycle in hip-hop as he did before.
"It's a cycle, creatively. It was a lot of soft music, a lot of lighthearted music, then DMX came out. Then it was like, 'That's what I'm talking about.' 'Get at Me Dog,' it was that material that had that energy around it, then it got all lighthearted and soft all over again. Then there was 50 Cent, and that went on for five years. It's different points. When I give them hard, they feel like something's getting ready to happen, like somebody is going to get hurt."
This dude's mouth must be on its monthly cycle, because he sure was sounding a little b*tchy when talking about Jay-Z and Diddy. Criticizing them for relationships they had with their artist, while this is the same guy who recorded a conversation to humiliate his own artist. With that said, War Angel is cool, but I'm still skeptical he'll be able to create that old magic on Before I Self Destruct.
With T.I. off the streets of Atlanta for a year and a day, somebody had to fill the void of controversy. Young Jeezy has stepped up to become the source of much drama in Atlanta. The Snowman re-ignited a feud with nemesis Gucci Mane and was rumored to be a victim of a stabbing after a brawl at a local Atlanta club.
First Jeezy unleashed a verbal jab at Gucci Mane and protege OJ Da Juiceman on a new record "24, 23." He happened to debut the record at Atlanta's Velvet Room while Gucci was allegedly in attendance. In an interview with radio personality Miss Info, Gucci took the high road, dismissing the record and beef as nothing. Upset, Jeezy called Info to explain his reason for going at Gucci. He also made it a point to let MTV news that he wasn't the aggressor in the beef.
"He started taking shots on his little mixtapes. I was really kinda done with it, because on 'Stay Strapped,' I killed him with one verse. To make a long story short, I'm tired of the bullshit, because I know him. He ain't like that. To be honest, I don't have a problem with Gucci because I wear it. I have a problem with Radric."
As if his issues with Radric weren't enough, members of Jeezy's CTE crew were allegedly involved in a fight with members of DJ Drama's crew at an event at ATL's Luckie Lounge. It was reported that Jeezy was stabbed in the melee. Jeezy quickly dispelled the rumor.
Wow. Must be the fact that it was Tupac's birthday this week. Rappers must feel the need to spaz out in beef mode during this time. By the way, all of this could turn really ugly this weekend at Atlanta's Birthday Bash concert where Jeezy and Gucci are scheduled to perform. Watch out.
3. Sign Of The Times
The summer tour circuit just got interesting. The "America's Most Wanted" tour was just announced and it's going to feature four of the hottest acts in hip-hop. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, and Drake. This line-up covers all bases in the genre. You got Weezy for the wordplay, Jeezy for the bird play, Soulja for the child's play and Drake's versatility.
The "Best I Ever Had" rapper called into New York's Hot 97 radio station to discuss the tour, his new album, and new video. [Listen Here]
How fortunate is Drake? The video for "Best I Ever Had" is directed by Kanye West, Pharrell is producing tracks for his album, and he's recorded several songs with Jay-Z for Blueprint 3. There hasn't been a buzz for a rapper like this since 50 Cent signed with Shady/Aftermath. Speaking of signing, word has it Drake is days away from signing his solo deal. Universal Records and Warner Bros still seem to be the leading candidates.
I say put loyalty to Weezy aside and sign with Lyor Cohen and Warner. Universal is cool, but Lyor's track record speaks for itself. Plus you want to control your own destiny. If ever things got funky between you and Weezy, you don't want to be that dude crying on the other end of the phone.
4. Big Payback?
Kelis has composed a very expensive monthly bill for her soon to be ex-husband Nas to pay now and after their divorce. Problem is, only thing Nas is paying at the moment is homage to the father's out there. This being Father's Day weekend, Nas paid his respect to dads with a blog post on Global Grind.
Right now I'm shouting out to real dads. Some are great role models with real academic achievements. Some are not ... We deserve the love!!! We put up with everything, standing true to what's real and letting life take its course protecting our household, our woman, our children, our family ... Biggest Shout To My Son On The Way!!"
I know I said I'd stay out of this drama, but the bosses said I should say something about it. All I'm going to say is, Happy Father's Day and One Love.
What the bosses fail to realize is that Mrs. Fucque is supporting "Team Kelis" heavy. If I even seem like I'm happy that Nas is playing hardball with a women who is obviously spending way beyond her means that could cause serious issue in mi casa. Sorry Boss, but I can't have this drama break up my happy home.
Last week Harlem rapper Max B was found guilty of murder conspiracy charges and is facing up to 20 year in prison. Max may want to stop having dreams about T.I. and pay close attention to the words from Bronx rapper Remy Ma who is currently serving an 8-year prison bid for shooting her friend. Remy blogged about her prison experience, expressing grief over her situation, how she copes with her incarceration, and professes her innocence.
"Everyone in prison isn't innocent but everyone in prison isn't guilty. So whether you end up here on purpose or by accident, the pain you're feeling is still the same. And I can quote a lot "gangsters" by saying that I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy"
Hard to believe that Remy has been away for over a year now. Even harder to believe that when she went in Lil' Wayne and T.I. were ruling the charts with "Lollipop" and "Whatever You Like," respectively. Today, The Black-eyed Peas have the two top records on the charts. Now, that's something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. One more thing; cut the crap with the "Free Max B" tee shirts. Dude isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Stop acting like a rapper who was convicted of a crime is some kind of political prisoner. Cut it out!
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]