Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: The Game & Dame Dash Dump On Jay-Z, 50 Cent Earnings Drop, Bill O'Reilly Bashes Michael Jackson
Friday, Jul 10, 2009 11:50AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about Dame Dash joining The Game in Jay-Z bashing, 50 Cent feeling the recession more than most rappers, Bill O'Reilly trying to steal Michael Jackson's thunder, Joe Budden facing off with another member of Wu-Tang, and Loon converting to Islam.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Look Who's Talking
Jay-Z is not a very popular guy in many hip-hop circles these days. The rap mogul is not making any new friends no matter the age. Jay is currently embroiled in a conflict with The Game, while his old friend Dame Dash is taking shots from the sidelines.
After feeling slighted by a freestyle Jay-Z performed in Las Vegas, The Game has unleashed a flurry of attacks on the Brooklyn rapper. Jay mentioned The Game, Jim Jones, and Dame rather innocently during the performance, "I ain't talkin' about gossip, I ain't talkin' 'bout Game/I ain't talkin' about Jimmy, I ain't talkin' about Dame," and The Game and Jim Jones were quick to respond. They both posted messages on Twitter, but that was just the beginning for The Game. He went into Internet thug mode, attacking Jay from any form of new media he could find. The most disrespectful shot coming at the expense of Jay's wife Beyonce, during his performance in Spain.
"This ain't about B/This ain't about Destiny...You got a bad b*tch, word, ain't no p*ssy like hers/Just ask the Mavericks, Cowboys and the Spurs/I mean, my b*tch don't slang p*ssy like that/My b*tch slang p*ssy on a n*gga from the back, back, back/Black Wall Street"
Meanwhile, Dame Dash still seems bitter over the break-up of their friendship and he's found another reason to point out Jay's disloyalty. In an interview with Smack DVD, Dame was asked to share his "insight" on the allegation that Jay-Z ordered BET to ban Chris Brown from their award show.
"Are you surprised? I mean, wasn't I his best friend? Did he do that to me? So you think he not going to do that to Chris Brown? He just being a little bit more flagrant. That's how he move. That's his game. Like he said, that's his hustle, don't knock it (laughs). I personally wouldn't have gotten involved in that. I don't believe in publicly punishing people from my culture anyway. That's like taking money out his mouth."
I hate what I'm about to say, but it has crossed my mind. Is Hov taking a page out of 50's war manual to boost up attention for Blueprint 3? I hate being so cynical, because it's not like him to do something like that. However he's been really relishing the bad guy role as of late. I'm going to hope this is not the case and believe that he's just tired of auto-tunes and fed-up with rappers taking shots at him. Whatever the case, tussling with The Game is pointless. Jay already spanked him years ago. Plus for most websites Game is like a getaway driver on the 405 Freeway, he'll stop at nothing and increase traffic. It's much more entertaining to see Dame and Jay go at it.
2. Losing It
50 Cent is not headed to the poor house anytime soon, but the Queens rapper may have to tighten his G-Unit belt strap during these tough economic times. 50 fell 3 spots on Forbes' 2009 "Hip-Hop Cash King" list. The annual list names the top moneymakers in hip-hop during the fiscal year beginning on June 2008. Not only did 50 Cent lose his top ranking as hip-hop's top earner to Jay-Z, but also his yearly earnings dipped from 100 million last year to 20 million this year. That 80 million lost caused 50 to have to share the 4th spot with hit-maker Akon, who earned a cool $20 million.
Despite large contributions from Diddy at #2 ($30 million) , Kanye West at #3 ($25 million) and Lil Wayne at #5 ($18 million) the overall numbers were down for this year's list. The $300 million total was reduction from the $500 million of last year. Give 50's lucrative Vitamin Water deal credit for making up much of last year's number.
Still, one must question whether an unfavorable trend is brewing here for Curtis. His record sales are down. His conflict with Rick Ross didn't help him or hurt Ross the way he planned. His popularity seems to be waning and fans haven't been very receptive of his new music. Is 50 Cent done as a big name rap attraction?
3. Wanna Be Starting Something
While most of the world said goodbye to Michael Jackon this week, Bill O?Reilly did what he could to rain on the party. The blowhard TV personality spent much of his week, bashing the media, government officials and fans for their admiration for the music icon. O'Reilly was "fed up" with the media coverage of Jackson's death and even had Rev. Al Sharpton on the set to defend Michael Jackson.
"Yes the man was an all star entertainer but that's it. Jackson's interaction with children were unacceptable for any adult. His incredible selfishness spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing "We Are The World" should make any clear thinking American nauseous. Why are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton making this a racial deal? Jackson bleached his own skin and then chose white men to provide existence to his children. To hear Sharpton speak today, you'd think Jackson was Martin Luther King, Jr. Why is he being held up in the African American Community as a pillar of Black America when he bleached his skin?"
Oh Bill-O. SMH The fact that you believe there is something wrong with a black man raising white children says more about your issues with race than Michael's. Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Madonna have all adopted children of different ethnicities. Does that make them less white? Your argument sounds a little Hitler-ish to me, buddy.
Sadly, the dumbest Michael Jackson comment of the week did not come out of Bill O'Reilly's racist mouth. That distinguished honor goes to Lil Mama, who compared MJ's death to Jesus dying in an interview with Rap-Up.com. [Watch Here]
"I was talking to my brother and I mentioned that this was like the passing of Jesus Christ and I wasn't joking. I was serious because Jesus Christ touched so many people, and healed people and Michael Jackson did the same thing."
SMH. There are so many funny yet brutally inappropriate things I want to say about that statement, but I'll just ask that we burn that tape before Bill O'Reilly gets his hands on it and blames hip-hop for killing Jesus Christ.
4. On Further Inspection
Joe Budden's ongoing beef with the Wu Tang Clan now has him entangled with a lesser-known member of the group, Inspectah Dek. While it's been a minute since Joe Budden and Method Man let bygones be bygones over their issue, Inspectah Deck jumped into the fray by releasing a diss record towards Budden. On the record "House N*gga" Dek raps, "I'm built like Optimus Prime you couldn't see me with binoculars/ I'm way ahead of you obviously/ I'm better too, Deck show 'em how to properly rhyme/ He on mine like he didn't see the property sign, This nigga life's a publicity stunt."
Joe initially reacted harshly on a video blog.
"When I first heard the Inspectah Deck shit I thought it was weak but I said, 'Aight I'm going to tear him up for fun... While Inspectah Deck may be considered a legend for the one great verse he had in his 30 year career, it's 2009...We'll see how it all plays out," explained Budden. "We gotta see how it goes down when I get into the studio. He should be dissing RZA for not paying him."
Then he had second thoughts.
"I guess he felt the verse was necessary, whatever. He's kinda out the loop. I don't even really know. It's none of my business or place to say. I don't really know how hard the Wu n*ggas even fuck with him. For the sh*t to be resolved and for him to come out with this? It just puts me in awkward situation. The logical Joe Budden says to ignore it, it's not worth the time. And it's really not. He ain't got it anymore."
LOL@ "He should be dissing RZA for not paying him." Here's something funnier though, in 10 years Joe Budden will be just like Inspectah Deck, one great song in his 30-year career. Both of you guys need to go to your corners, and make your little rap songs that no one will really care about. Beat it!
5. Bad Boy Gone Good
It's starting to look like Diddy is the only person living up to his record label's motto, "Bad Boy for life." Loon has joined Mase as another former Bad Boy artist who has found his calling in religion. Unlike Mase, Loon has converted to Islam. Appearing on Al Jazeera TV while in Saudi Arabia, the Harlem rapper has adopted the Muslim name Amir Junaid Muhadith and is working on cleaning up his lyrical content.
"I'm just happy to be accepting Islam and finding the peace of mind that I was always searching for in the music business and it was very difficult to find this place in my life now but thanks to Islam I've been able to complete my search and I'm very much at peace. Bad Boy days are over, now I'm what you would call a good boy. [laughs]...With me, I very much love the music but it's the lifestyle that's really the bad influence. The music, sometimes, can be geared towards people to do positive things but the actual part that detours people from practicing their faith is really the lifestyle."
Jeez. There is something really weird that artist turn to religion (Mase, Loon) or drugs (G-Dep) after dealing with Diddy. I may have to read the book from ex Bad Boy artist Mark Curry, "Dancing with the Devil." What's next? Red Cafe converts to Judaism and becomes a Jigguh Jew. Oy vey!
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]