Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: Bow Wow Follows The Cash, Jay-Z Runs Into Trouble Out Of Town, Raekwon "Can't Stand" Gays
Friday, Aug 21, 2009 1:00PM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about 50 Cent passing up hometown performance for safety reasons, Drake warning fans to beware of "evil" people, Jay-Z experiencing some international problems, Bow Wow jumping on The Cash Money train, and Raekwon going in on homosexuality in hip-hop.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Safety First
Who said 50 Cent can't go home? The superstar rapper is always welcomed back to the Southside of Queens; he just can't perform there. As 50 prepares to host a massive "Family Day" event in his native borough, the New York City mayor put the kibosh on his plans to perform at the affair. Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Fif not to perform for safety reason.
"Our understanding after talking with 50 Cent is he has no plans to perform whatsoever. He might go, but he's not going to perform," Mayor Bloomberg said in an interview. (New York Post)
While there have been rumors of planned gunplay, 50 still intends to appear under heavy security. In a week when 50 also released a trailer for the Jam Master Jay documentary he produced, these concerns are fair. Plus given that foes like former Murda Inc rapper Cadillac Tah still hate on 50. Of course fellow Southsider Tony Yayo will be proud to participate in the major give back to the community. But don't expect to see Harlemnite Cam?ron at the event. The one-time foe of 50 Cent squashed rumors that he'd be at the event to perform by telling MTV News, "I'm not going to no show in Queens." Cam offered some alternate sites for a meeting, however.
"Come up to Harlem Week. We could sit down and have the roundtable meeting if you really wanna be serious...We'll meet halfway -- Triborough Bridge or something. But I ain't going to no show in Queens. I'll be at Harlem Week."
Ummm. Actually Cam, meeting on the Triborough Bridge would be kind of hard. Might I suggest Brooklyn as a neutral meeting site? It's far enough away from Queens and Harlem for all parties to feel safe. Plus you can avoid those pesky toll fees on the bridge. Seriously though, the fact that 50 Cent can't feel safe at home while doing something for the community is crazy. Anyone looking to settle a personal vendetta at an event like this needs to be locked under the jail. Can't we all just get along? And who the hell resurrected Mitsubishi Tah? F*ck outta here!
2. Da Evils
Drake has scheduled a date to have his long overdue knee surgery and let's hope for a speedy recovery. It appears that the injured rapper has way too much time on his hands. Dreezy may be spending his free time reading blogs and catching up on all the negative things being said about him. Via his blog he fired off a thoughtful message to fans encouraging them to beware of the evil that men do and to explain why he re-released his epic mixtape So Far Gone. I'll spare you the music stuff; you can thank him later for that. Here's the warning.
"...I am just urging a generation to understand that in order to have anyone of any significance in our lives that we can look up to there will be things that we must look past. There are people that buy sell and trade evil on a daily basis...when u believe in their brand is when they win..."
Hmmm? Can we count this as Drake's first "Kanye West" moment. Wonder if this has anything to do with the gay rumors that have been circulating on the net about Dreezy this week. Don't let it get you down homie, you haven't made it in this biz until there's a gay rumor about you. Speaking of gays in hip-hop...
3. No Homo
Fresh off of ordering a hit (punch to the face) on Joe Budden, Raekwon is sending out a warning to the gay community, "get the fuck away from me." The Wu Tang Clan rapper appeared on Shade 45's Morning After Show with Angela Yee to discuss the topic of homosexuality in hip-hop and his feelings were definitely out in the open. Felicia "Snoop" Pearson of "The Wire" was also involved in the chat. While Snoop revealed that she knew a few rap stars who were closet gays (she wouldn't out any) Rae revealed his vile contempt for "homos". [Watch Here]
I ain't gon front. I can't stand f*cking homos. That shit is just disgusting. They can't never holla at me. Get the fuck away from me. Immediately."
He also gave a seemingly creditable reason as to why he couldn't be gay.
"My mouth's too small to suck a dick..."
LOL@ "My mouth's too small to suck a dick..." Ok ok. All jokes aside Rae is wildin. He's free to feel how he feels about gays, but you don't say that out in the open like that. Not only is it bigotry, but you're taking the chance of hurting your career financially. What's left of it at least. You know that old rule, "Men don't buy CDs, women do." Well in the fine print of that rule it says, "Gay men make up a sizable percentage of CD purchases by women." Name an album women love, more than likely gay men love it too. So Rae, if you notice a dip in sales for your next album, the gays probably took your advice and stayed "the f*ck away" from your music as well.
4. Foreign Affairs
Jay-Z may run things on this side of town, but he's no boss on the other side. While the Brooklyn rapper and his bodyguard fought the Croatian paparazzi, the folks over at MTV Germany jumped the gun on the premiere of the "Run This Town" video. If they thought the American pap was bad, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and their bodyguard Julian learned that the Croatian paps aren't afraid to throw the first punch in a scrap. They hit Julian with a tripod as he tried to fend them off from snapping the power couple. Jay and crew made it out of there safely, but not before flipping the paps the bird. [Watch Here.]
Meanwhile the German arm of MTV ruined the premiere of the "Run This Town" video. The militant-themed video featuring Rihanna and Kanye West was scheduled to debut on Thursday evening, but the Germans prematurely let it out in the A.M. Mein bad!
So much for being internationally known. Now he has to come home to Jim Jones talking ish about his video. It was funny to see Jay flip the bird. Though it wasn't quite as dramatic as Tupac's one-finger salute at the media from his wheelchair during his rape trial, Jay did prove he still knows how to get unruly. Marcy Projects still lives underneath his sweet smelling, stylishly clothed exterior. Cough up a lung Marcy son!
5. Hello & Goodbye
The reunion of one-time BFFs Bow Wow and Omarion didn't last very long. Bow Wow's surprise announcement over the weekend that he was joining Cash Money Records came on the heels of the news his former recording partner Omarion had signed with Lil Wayne's Young Money Records. A happy reunion, indeed. That is until someone got sloppy and leaked a new song from Omarion featuring Wayne, which led to the singer being booted from the label. After Young Money president Mack Maine sent an official statement on the subject to SOHH.com, O responded via Twitter.
"What up tweep's good day.There's alot of people thinking i got dropped from Y.m that has never nor will ever b the kase I asked to b...realeased,I didnt get dropped.I wish wayne and all of Y.m good luck for there future. There r no hard feelings,business is business..."
Whatever homie! Holding on to his job wasn't a problem for Bow Wow. It was explaining why he had the job in the first place, that had him in a predicament. As soon as he joined Cash Money Records, the vertically challenged rapper had to fend off critics who said he was jumping on board for a free ride. Bow Weezy took his blog on GlobalGrind.com to make it clear that he's not there to "ride others success."
"To anyone who's confused or says I don't belong in Cash Money. Let me remind you that I've been down with Baby, Slim, Wayne and the whole Cash Money family from the beginning. 10 years ago when we really were 'Lil' me and Wayne did a song for the Hardball movie soundtrack. Baby was influential in my third album. Last year, Wayne and I spent 2 months together in New Orleans filming Hurricane Season. So please don't be misinformed and think I'm just jumpin' on 'what's hot' or trying to ride others success. This has been my extended family for more than a decade..." (Global Grind)
To hell with the haters Bow Weezy. If you want to sign to Cash Money and have Wayne and Drake write all your rhymes, go for it. Anyone criticizing you for wanting to play with a winner is a hater. Why would you opt to play for the New York Knicks when you could be playing with the Los Angeles Lakers? You've surrounded yourself with people who can significantly enhance your skill level. Forget the haters and let them do what they do best for you. Oh , and please take special note to the highlighted parts of my statement. Good luck!
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]