Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: NORE Reveals Gay Rapper Confession, 50 Cent Backs Off Sales Showdown W/ Jay-Z, Tony Yayo Rejects The Game's Apology
Friday, Jul 17, 2009 11:40AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about 50 Cent rethinking plans to have a sales battle with Jay-Z, Tony Yayo not accepting The Game's apology, Nore identifying a gay rapper, Cam'ron and Mase making peace, and Remy Ma blaming the media for her negative appearance.
1. Clear The H.O.V Lane
At one point, 50 Cent was toying with the idea of releasing his much anticipated album, Before I Self Destruct, on September 11th. Setting up a huge sales showdown with Jay-Z's Blueprint 3. However, he thought better of it and told MTV News he'll drop his project two & half weeks later on September 29th. Of course 50 is still very confident in his work.
"My album, it's perfect, I feel," he described. "I'm ready. I'm ready to put this album out. I really don't need adjustments. I need a few songs to be finished, mixed. Dre, he drags his feet. He's slow, but it's because he's so creative. He's gonna make sure it's perfect. I'm never mad at it.
Smart move Fif. Not calling you a coward, because a coward lives to fight another day and that's always a good thing. It's just that, the last sales showdown you were in was a horrible fail. I'd hate to see you experience that again, plus ruin the moment of your album's release. Let us have this one without all the SoundScan hoopla around it.
2. Too Late For Sorry
Tony Yayo has never been mistaken as the brains of the operation over at G-Unit. However the Queens rapper wizened up enough to give MTV News a rational explanation as to why he won't accept The Game's apology for breaking up the crew. Let's put it this way, Yayo may not be the brains, but he definitely knows who's the boss.
"Now he's thinking about his mistakes. He said in that interview he might feel a different way the next day. Game is bipolar. One day he's this way, the next day he's the next. When you got a group like G-Unit ... we sold millions of records, we got a lot of egos. From Buck and Game, I think they just gotta learn how to control them egos. In their eyes, to me, they got jealous of 50. They'll say, 'Yayo is up under 50's ass.' Or 'He's 50's yes-man.' It's not that. I don't have any hate in my heart towards anybody. I don't have hate in my heart towards Game or Buck. But when we built a brand, G-Unit was selling millions of records like he said, yeah, we was the Beatles."
This is about the most intelligent and logical thing I've ever heard Tony Yayo say. He fumbled a little at the end with the Beatles thing, but hey it's Yayo. He's absolutely right, though. The Game shot himself in the foot and his emotions are always flip-flopping. Just peep his latest antics with Beyonce.
Meanwhile Young Buck is still speaking out about his departure from the group. On his latest song he raps about the lack of communication he's had with the crew.
Until today, still ain't heard a word from Dre/Or a word from Em/Still f*ck with them/Me and 50 ain't spoke/And Banks ain't called/I ain't seen or ran into Yayo at all?
This n*cca! Do you really want to get on the phone with theses guys again?! Stop whining!
3. Harlem Homies Again
While the G-Unit guys can't find it in their hearts to forgive and forget, Cam'ron and Mase are far more forgiving. After a decade as foes, the two old friends reunited with the surprise collaboration, "Get It," that shocked many in hip-hop. Mase was quick to address the reunion on his Twitter page.
"@djself AY SELF PLAY THAT JOINT ONCE MORE THEY'RE BLOWING UP MY PHONE RIGHT NOW LOL! CAM' MAN WHAT DID I TELL YOU. NYC WE BACK ONCE MORE! MAN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK. I APPRECIATE THE LOVE AND SUPPORT! CAM' LET'S "GET IT" !
With that some fans were thinking bigger picture, like a possible album from the two. Media personality Miss Info alluded to that in an interview with MTV News, but later recanted on her Twitter page, after speaking to Cam.
"Cam told me he did some songs w/ Mase but he's not doing any harlemworld-diplomat reunion project. Ever."
SMH @Mase. Good that you are reuniting with the old gang, but I'm not buying it. That ship has sailed. I feel like the only people really caught up in this is the old heads sipping on that nostalgia. Hold up, let me take a sip of this keep it real. Mmmm. Refreshing. Now where was I? Oh yeah. Mase, go head with that bullsh*t.
4. Hip-hop Outing?
You can thank Nore for reopening the case of hip-hop's gay rapper. The never-ending investigation into the homosexuality of a big name rapper has been going on for years. There are tons of suspects in the case, but no one has been able to finger the elusive homo thug. (PAUSE). Now Nore in an interview with Vlad TV, reveals he knows the identity of said rapper. Nore is cool with gay rappers so he won't out the guy.
"I have recorded, not with people who are openly gay, but people who are closet gays. I've got songs, you know, Google it. I'm positive I have worked with a gay rapper. There is [a successful gay rapper out now] and he won't get me to say the name. Once he's a success story to the point where he can't be stopped, then yeah, he's gonna come out the closet... It's not a big secret, everybody is gonna be like, 'Oh yeah, I knew that.'"
Let the witch hunt begin. Me personally, I'm going to stay at home with my pitchfork and torchlight (pause?). I'm sitting this one out. One rule of thumb on this matter: if two or more dudes are in a room debating the sexuality of another man, without a woman present, then somebody in that room is gay.
5. Notes From The Pen
Every now and then we like to keep you abreast of what's going on with hip-hop's incarcerated rappers. This week Remy Ma dropped in at Global Grind to author her feelings on the "media."
"I used to be one of those people that watched the news and bought the newspaper everyday and believed that everything that I was seeing and reading was true; up until the point where I ended up in their reports in a negative light," she wrote. "Now I only read the papers for the horoscopes and the comics and I only watch the news for the lottery numbers."
Meanwhile, Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy checked in from his cell to inform us of his upcoming book. This coming on the heels of Jay-Z signing a new book deal and Q-Tip is planning to release his tell-all "Industry Rules."
"THE BLOGS THAT I'VE BEEN WRITING LATELY ARE VERY PROFOUND AND REALLY HIT THE SOUL. I HAD TO CONTROL MYSELF FROM REVEALING MY HAND TOO MUCH TOO EARLY. I HAVE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY COMING OUT THE SAME TIME THAT I GET OUT AND I DECIDED TO SAVE MY BEST KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION FOR MY BOOK. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY PUT OUT AUTOBIOS BUT ONLY A HANDFULL ACTUALLY WRITE THEM PERSONALLY AND ACTUALLY HAVE INFORMATION TO SHARE THAT IS WORTH ANYTHING AND THAT WILL LAST AND BE RELEVANT FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO COME."
SMH. So Remy stopped reading the paper because she doesn't believe it's an accurate source of information, but she reads the horoscopes. Go figure. Here's my solution, Remy. Stop reading the newspaper, horoscopes and all, and just read Prodigy's blog. There is some REAL information in there.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]