Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: 50 Cent Thinks He's Still #1, Drake Has Breast Week Ever, Mariah Carey Clowns Eminem
Friday, Jul 3, 2009 9:50AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about 50 Cent still believing he's the #1 rapper, Drake enjoying the best week ever, The Game apologizing for G-Uint beef, Mariah Carey playing Eminem, and Soulja Boy going on a racial tirade.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. What The __ Is 50 Cent?
Forget the fact that he saw a decline in sales on his last album, Curtis, and he's not the main attraction he once was, 50 cent still thinks he's the #1 rapper in the business. In a recent interview with, Fif wouldn't accept Lil Wayne's overall appeal and the million records that The Cater III sold in a week, as a sign that he's the #1 rapper out today.[Watch Here]
"What does that mean that you sold that? So you gonna forget that I sold 10 million albums twice -12 million first album, 10 million next one. So what does that one million mean?"
"A buzz is a song. So the next song that I release can turn me back into what you feel like is the hottest thing out here. So I mean if I'm showing you full capability of it than what makes you doubt that."
The reason we doubt it is because you ain't showing us jack lately. Yeah, I somewhat agree with you that your pass numbers were quite meaningful, but you know full well that hip-hop is a "what have you done for me lately" genre. Look man, just accept it that Weezy is the #1 dude in the game. Maybe when your next album drops you can reclaim the spot. I highly doubt that will happen, but would love for you to prove me wrong.
2. Breast Week Ever
What a week for Drake. It started out with a torn ACL and an awkward BET Awards performance. Then it got better with a new unprecedented record deal and the debut of a hotly debated video for his hit single "Best I Ever Had". Dreezy's much anticipated deal was rumored to be worth $4 million but Drake denied that in an interview with Complex magazine. He also cleared up any misunderstanding of how the deal breaks down.
"Nah. I definitely want to clear this up, I didn't sign to Universal. I'm actually signed to... a lot of people were telling me, 'Oh, you should do it independent.' I'm actually 100% independent. I signed to Cortez Bryant and G. Roberson, my managers, so I signed a joint venture between Aspire Music Group, which is them, and Young Money. So the only part that Universal plays is P&D [pressing and distribution]. I'm not a Universal artist. I'm signed to myself."
"I have 100% creative control, I own all my masters, everything. I'm blessed to be in that situation."
So now that we have that cleared up, let's talk about Drake's video for "Best I Ever Had". The Kanye West directed visual debuted this week and it was quickly re-dubbed the "Breast I Ever Had" video. The top-heavy vixens in the basketball themed video caused quite a stir for their excessive bouncing around. [Watch Here] Drake had to explain the real meaning behind the video.
"The concept of the video is, I'm a coach at a high school and the girls of my life are all on my high school basketball team. Throughout the video you see us prepping for this big championship game, and my team ends up losing. You see the looks on their faces at the end of the video, but the moral of the story, I guess, is win or lose, you can still be the best to somebody. When women see the video and see all the breast and ass, hopefully they don?t take offense. Hopefully they see the real meaning."
It wasn't all roses for Drake. During his BET Awards performance with Lil Wayne, things got uncomfortable when Wanye's pre-teen daughter and friends joined them on stage during the set for "Every Girl In The World". After outrage from BET viewers, apologies were in order.
"Yeah, it was just timed very poorly and it definitely wasn't planned like that, but with that being said, it is what is. I believe in Wayne and myself and it?s nothing we can't bounce back from. To anyone who was offended, my personal apologies, it wasn't intended to offend anybody."
Kudos to Drake for signing a deal that could change the music industry forever. Two thumbs up on the video. Sorry ladies, this one wasn't for you. Maybe he'll make amends with ya'll on one of his R&B cuts. I blame BET more than Drake and Wayne for the award show fiasco. Why would you allow them to perform that song on a night you're paying tribute to Michael Jackson? I know R. Kelly was sitting at home kicking himself for not attending the show.
3. Mending Fences
The passing of Michael Jackson has impacted us all, but it's apparently made The Game a changed man. Since Jackson's death last Thursday, The Game has recorded a tribute song. "Better On The Otherside," and shot a video for it. [Watch Here]. He's also told a story of how the music icon tried to orchestra a truce in Game's beef with 50 Cent. The volatile rapper also attempted to make peace with 50, promising not clash with his longtime rival anymore.
"Jimmy always says, 'Man, I told you guys not to break up the Beatles. He says he told John Lennon the same thing a long time ago. But I was young, man. I was dumb. I did a lot of dumb things. I felt me and 50 clashed. I'm not gonna dis 50. I'm not gonna go back on the plane. He had his side, I had my side... I can honestly say from Banks to Buck to Dre to Yayo to whoever, if it would have kept going, endless paper. Millions of albums sold because we were great together."
The Game and Drake weren't the only rappers feeling apologetic this week. Jim Jones ended his long standing beef with fellow Harlem rapper Mase. Calling into DJ Self's Power 105 radio show Jones made peace with Mase over the phone.
"What's good Beth, what's poppin'," Jones asked in a phone interview towards Mase. "How you feeling? Hey man, that's what's up, I just wanted to tell you I tip my hat to you. I apologize for everything I did when I was younger. You can get my number from Self and sh*t like that. Pardon my French. Pardon, pardon me it's monumental that's why I'ma get off it. You already know Betha, it's nothing but love. Self's got my number, I'm jumping off the line. I'll holla, Jones."
In the case of Game/50: Why does it always have to take someone dying for brothers to see how minuscule their beefs are? It's nice that The Game and Capo are man enough to admit their wrongs, but these conflict were old news a long time ago. Now that we're at this point of forgiveness, let's get a reunion poppin' during the much anticipated Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent tour. Can't deny they had hits together.
Speak of Eminem, his rift with Mariah Carey continued this week, as Carey seemingly mocked him in her new video. The R&B diva dressed up like a man that resembled Em, for a scene in the video for her single "Obsessed". The video fuels speculation that song was a response to the rapper offensive verse on "Bagpipes Over Baghdad." However, Carey's husband Nick Cannon said otherwise to MTV.com
"I don't think that she would take her time. My wife doesn't beef. She's Mariah Carey. She's not beefin', she's a vegetarian.People keep saying ['Obsessed'] was directed at certain people. To be completely honest, she did the record 'cause she's a huge fan of this movie 'Mean Girls,' and there's a line in the movie where one of the girls is like, 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' She says that at the beginning of the song, and that's where the concept came from. But you know, art imitates life. I always say I thought the record was about me, 'cause I'm obsessed with my wife. But if somebody's out there and you feel like you might have been obsessed, then the record's about you."
*O-Dog voice* You know what n*gga you acting like a real b*tch right now. This fool disrespected your wife, and you ain't gon' do sh*t? You up here acting like she ain't going at him. Man, forget that! Don't let that sh*t ride. Handle your business like a man, goddamnit!
5. Hanging It Up?
Soulja Boy had a serious Twitter melt down this week. Someone upset the teeny-booper rapper and he took to Twitter to make some really juvenile racist remarks. He even threatened to quit rap.
"Water down my music and my appearance and make me look like and make me look like something I'm not. THESE CRACKERS DON'T KNOW WHO THE F*CK I REALLY AM!!!?
"Then I get signed. This is where my dream slowly died..these crackaz[sic] wanna critcize[sic] a n*gga. Take REAL SHIT and turn it to trash."
"Like why? Like really. My music dream was THE SH*T 2 years ago before I was signed. It was everything I could ever imagine."
"Yeah I said. Fuck all of yall. I'm taking my money and leaving. Gonna go blow kush and live my 2nd drea,. This rap sh*t is lame now."
At ease Soulja. You trippin lil' homie. Don't you realize them cracker ass crackers is the reason you sell as many records as you do. Who you think gobbles up you're ringtones at a record pace? You better straighten up young fella, and stop biting the hand that feeds you. Plus you better not be standing on ledge talking that quitting rap mess, I know a few people that will push you off that ledge.
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]