Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: Lil Wayne Hearts Kobe Bryant, Irv Gotti Argues Jay-Z Better Than Eminem, Nas Vs. Kelis @ Twitter
Saturday, Jun 6, 2009 12:00AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about Irv Gotti choosing Jay-Z over Eminem in "greatest rapper" debate, Kelis battles Nas over Twitter, Cassidy stirring up rumor he stole Amber Rose from Kanye West, Cam'ron still being a fan of Jay-Z and Nas, and Lil Wayne repping for Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Great Debate
Jay-Z and Eminem made a rare appearance together in Los Angeles this week, to promote the new "DJ Hero" video game. The performance took off when Em joined Jay on stage to perform "Renegade," the track Em produced for the Blueprint. Not only was it an extraordinary moment, it also re-sparked the "greatest rapper" debate. If you recall, 50 Cent crowned Em the greatest last week, now Irv Gotti counter punches with an argument for Jay. All the while Kanye West made and argument for himself (who else would he pick?) telling Sway of MTV news that he is the "Michael Jordan" of rap.
"I got a thing with Eminem," Irv said. "This has nothing to do with the beef. I don't really feel like I have beef with Eminem. This has no hatred or nothing. This is just my opinion on it. Vibe did a thing, and they had him as the #1 rapper. Sh*t like that kinda pisses me off. You know why? Because let's take Eminem's records. Watch my analogy. Eminem is a great artist, no doubt. He puts words together, he's witty, a smart lyricist, a great lyricist. But how can we say the guy is the best rapper alive? Look at Hov. He makes real records. Every one of Eminem's first singles is some clown shit. He's clowning. Is that the #1? That's not my #1 rapper, man."
I've got no gripe with Irv on this, but I do wish we all would move on from this debate. I realized after last week that I'm no longer interested in having this age old debate that still rages around the same cast of characters, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, etc, etc. I'm ready to argue over hip-hop's LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant. Let's debate over Lil Wayne vs T.I. Drake vs Kanye West. No more of these old dudes.
2. Hate Me Now
We've seen some crazy things go down on Twitter in hip-hop, but we may be in store for the first ever divorce battle to be publicized on Twitter. Things are starting to get ugly in the unfortunate split between Nas and his soon-to-be ex-wife Kelis and its all unraveling on Twitter. Kelis launched a scathing series of tweets on infidelity after Nas hijacked R&B crooner Maxwell's Twitter account to flaunt there good times together in Turks & Caicos hotel room with several females.
This is NAS hijacking MAXWELL'S twitter..This Is real time listening to MAXWELL's new album. it's crazy. we sippin louis13 & cuban cigs!!
Kelis responded with:
"This lovely day I would like to touch on cheaters. Super brief! Why be cowardly why not go after what you really want?"
"No seriously I have no patients [sic] for any of it but the problem is women usually blame the women. I am here to say the husband is way more at fault,"
She also tweeted about homo thugs, which had many believing she was outing Nas.
What's with these hip-hop break-ups becoming so public and nasty? You got Nas & Kelis turning into the War Of The Roses. Chris Brown & Rihanna fighting dirty with nude pictures. Then there's the crazy Swizz Beatz/Mashonda/Alicia Keys love triangle. Now you have the rumored break-up of Kanye West and Amber Rose because of Cassidy (more on this next). You have to give credit to the Carters (Jay-Z & Beyonce) for keeping their relationship issues out of the public eye and off Twitter.
3. Boyfriend #2
One man's PR nightmare is a next man's PR dream come true. Despite an instant denial from Amber Rose, the rumor that Kanye West broke-up with her because she cheated on him with Philly MC Cassidy won't go away. While Kanye has been silent on the issue, Cassidy is getting his money worth before the publicity charity case closes. Cass recorded what could be deemed a diss record, over Beyonce's "Ego" remix, to Kanye where he incites the rumor with provocative lyrics about stealing someone's girl.
"I f*cked ya girl on D-low, cause I'm that n*gga and I got a bigger ego. For free yo, I let her climb on the tree yo. now she with me yo, so adios amigo. No you ain't big as me yo. So when I hit , she said my d*ck too big, fat, wide, and thick. What I was born with is enormous, when I try to fit, she holler like you got a big ego, AGH SH*T!? And that's why she on my d*ck, cause I got a huge ego, I'm a hero. I save the day, it's L-O-V-E yo, she never felt that way 'till she started fucking with me yo. I took her from you like D-bo, 'cause your ass always had her going to bed mad like Ne-Yo?"
If this is true (it doesn't really matter to me either way) this has to be one of the biggest coupes in the history of Average guy vs Extraordinary guy. This would be a monumental triumph for the have-nots over the haves. It's like Will Smith losing his woman to Bodie from The Wire. And what's with this Amber Rose chick anyway, does she have a thing for rappers that have survived near death car accidents?
4. Still Down
Cam'ron may not like Jay-Z and Nas personally, but he won't let that disrupt his listening pleasure. Cam told the good folks over at MTV that he still listens to the classic albums, Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, from two rappers he's had very public spats with. It's all part of a broad variety of muic Cam enjoys.
"To be honest, I've been listening to a variety of stuff. The last album I bought was Plies' album. I like Plies a lot. Basically, being in Florida, you feel him even more when you're in that atmosphere. [Lil] Wayne is my man. I got stuff like Jay-Z's first album, Reasonable Doubt, [Nas'] infamous Illmatic, stuff that makes me think. [A lot of] new albums are like, 'Eh, whatever.' But I got a lot of '97, '98 stuff in my car, '96. Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. ... I always listen to DeBarge. DeBarge is always in the loop. John Legend. Beyonce's new CD is in there. I do a lot of mixtape R&B stuff. I even got the Force M.D.s."
You gotta respect his honesty. You can't front on the greatness and its clear Cam appreciates what Jay-Z and Nas put out in their prime. The thing about him liking Plies is no surprise. Actually Cam and Plies together could be the beginning of a new Dipset. Throw Gucci Mane's ignorant ass in the mix and we might be on to something.
I think we've discovered the reason Lil Wayne's Rebirth album has been delayed so often, the diehard sports buff has been too busy watching his beloved Lakers and Kobe Bryant chase another NBA title. Weezy hearts Kobe so much he recorded a song for the superstar player.[Listen Here]
I think Kobe is going to like this one much better than the song Shaquille O'Neil made for him. Ok, Jay-Z made a song for LeBron James, now Weezy makes a joint for Kobe. What's next? Does Soulja Boy make a song for Dwight ?Superman? Howard?
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]