Pulse Report: PULSE REPORT: Kanye West Rages Against The Machine, Jay-Z's Blueprint For Disaster, Nick Cannon Throws The Bible At Eminem
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 12:00PM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Kanye West ranting at the media again, Jay-Z confirming Jay Leno performance, Nick Cannon responding to Eminem with biblical barbs, Fat Joe quarrelling with Big Pun's wife, and Shyne coming home soon.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Mad Rapper
Oh boy, Kanye West just gave the writers over at South Park more material for anther episode of "Gay Fish." During a Casio G-Shock event the hot-tempered rapper went into one of his infamous anti-media outburst. No cameras were supposed to be at the event, but the folks over at Rule 4080 smuggled some footage out. [Watch Here]
Kanye pretty much tries his hand at a freestyle rap/sing thing and it got ugly quick. His sometimes incoherent rambling received some boos and murmurs from the crowd.
"The fame that the TV taught us here's your chance/the stage that you bought us this what you wanted right/dance, nigga, dance/dance, nigga, dance/dance, nigga, dance/and everybody will say you amazing/Everybody said OJ was so amazing/Everybody said Michael was so amazing/well which one do you ask/cause Tyson, Phelps, Jackson none of them ever got a pass on the amazing public perception/or the f*cking media that causes so much deception... It's so amazing what I see in the media is amazing believe me/who doesn't think its illegal TMZ/and I have to pay $100,000 to the photographer who said I hurt his arm/but I was just breaking your f*cking camera I wasn't trying to do you no harm/dude I'm not trying to stop you from getting paid at all/ But I feel the pictures you trying to take make the icons fall/Cause there was a point back when my father was a photographer in Atlanta you had to have to know how to work a dark room to take pictures/you used to have your flash exposed at the right setting now with automatic cameras anybody can get in/and stay out front of the Mercer and what's worser when you be walking that way they say hey Kanye like they're a fan then cha, cha, cha, cha, money, money, money that's their plan/and if I snap then I am less of a man/here is something you can't understand?"
What in the Lauryn hell meltdowns was that? This kind of hurts my next point, but I'm going to make it anyway. Call me crazy.
2. Primetime Problem
Forget The Game. The D.O.H (Death Of Hov) is quite possibly standing right next to Jay-Z. After Kanye West scene stealing verse on Jay-Z's "Run The City" the two rappers are set to hit the Jay Leno Show to perform the cut with Rihanna. The trio will be the first musical guest on the new primetime show.
"Jay first broke the news of the impressive lineup to Access' Shaun Robinson following Wednesday's NBC Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California. 'I always come on strong!' he said when Shaun asked about the trio performing on his first show."(Access Hollywood)
Hov, don't do it! Every time you perform this song with Kanye West you're offering ammunition to the critics that pray and pray for your downfall. I don't understand why you didn't take a page from your lil' homie LeBron James/Nike and confiscate this proof of Kanye lyrically slamming on you. If you continue to take Ls at the hands of Ye you'll be run out of this city, my friend. If you must, just do the Leno thing, then hurry another single out there. Fast.
3. Righteous Kill
Nick Cannon has turned the entertaining conflict between Eminem and his wife Mariah Carey into a holy war. The actor/TV show host sent of a furious round of biblical tweets in response to Eminem's scathing diss track "Warning."
"Quote of the day: 'Never argue with fools because from a distance people can't tell who is who,' " he tweeted Friday to kick things off. What followed was a series of inspirational quotes apparently intended to defuse the situation and ultimately put "The Warning" in the past. "Be patient in the moment of anger and escape a hundred days of sorrow!" (often erroneously cited as a Chinese proverb) he followed up. Four minutes later, he tweeted Booker T. Washington's quote, "I will permit no man to narrow or degrade my soul by making me hate him." Cannon also suggested that a reprisal from either he or Carey was unlikely. "Never take your own revenge," he wrote, quoting the Bible, "but rather give place unto the wrath. For it is written that vengeance is mine, I will repay ... PREACH!" (from Romans 12:19). Also in there was another Bible quote, "I will bless those that bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse," from Genesis 12:3. (MTV)
Ha! I see what your doing here Mr. Carey. You're going for the spiritually based peaceful protest of your enemy's hostility. The minute Em responses to this he'll look like a white devil. Nice move. I guess this is the closest you could get to that divine intervention you needed to write a rap song coming close to what Em served up on "Warning." Between this and hiring more security, you should be safe.
4. No Pun Intended
Since Big Pun's unfortunate passing in February 2001, his wife Liza Rios and rapper Fat Joe have been in a dispute over the share of his wealth. Liza has made claims that Fat Joe and record executives have shorted her on thousands of dollars from Pun's entertainment earnings. Fat Joe has vehemently denied the claims. This week in a video clip from Ms. Drama TV, Liza continued to tell her story, while revealing that she now resides in a New York City homeless shelter with Pun's three children. [Watch Here]
Fat Joe immediately put out a statement via the Life Files defending himself from the latest accusations. He also called into New York's Hot 97 radio where the two sides went at it.
"How can you expect to live off of Big Pun's name, being his wife, and you're putting out DVDs with him pistol-whipping you, and you're calling him a animal and a beast at the same time as you're saying I'm Pun's wife, take care of me, you're disrespecting his legacy. I don't believe that no man should [put their hands] on no woman in the universe, and I never seen him do that, personally. But in the end, she is his wife, so I never wanted to go back and forth with her. But it's been 10 years the truth is, I did the right thing."
[Rosenberg asks about the kids living in a shelter] "Whenever I've tried to reach out to the family, believe I'd love to have his kids in my house, but they're been brainwashed to believed that Joe robbed them. I have royalty statements, I have never made a dollar off Pun since he passed away. She has to find a job, somehow, someway, she has to find a job."
Not to be insensitive, but Joe has a point on the job thing. However I can't agree with him on the domestic violence point. Just because Liza is living off of Pun's legacy doesn't mean she can't speak out about the violence he perpetrated on her. Like it or not Pun's legacy is filled with the good and the bad. And what we saw on that DVD was bad, real bad. I say Joey Crack cut one last check to get them out the shelter and someone at Pun's former label hire Liza. Everyone comes out happy in the end.
5. Crime & PunishmentThere's good news to report from the incarcerated rapper front. Brooklyn rapper Shyne is 90% closer to being a free man.
A Manhattan judge signed an order that will see former Bad Boy recording artist Shyne receive two-and-a-half years of post-release supervision stemming from his 2001 conviction and sentencing in the infamous Club New York case. An attorney for Shyne -- born Jamal Barrow but now going by Moses Levi after converting to Judaism while in prison -- said that the order marked one of the last remaining hurdles in the way of his client's release from prison in October. "He's about 90 percent of the way home now," Michelin said. (MTV)
Shyne's lawyer, Oscar Michelen, also told MTV that the rapper will be free on October 6th.
In other news from the hip-hop crime blotter, one big name rapper was accused of shooting at a stan, while a no-name Miami rapper got robbed by fans. A female fan that said Method Man shot her with an air gun is suing the Wu-Tang rapper. Meanwhile Rick Ross associate Brisco was robbed at gunpoint in a Miami barbershop. Crooks allegedly took off with his jewelry, cash and his Range Rover.
Happy to see Shyne Poe getting his freedom papers. Let's see if crime pays, and he can regain his pre-jail fame. I doubt it. SMH @ Method Man capping a fan. She's probably one of the people that voted for him over Joe Budden on VIBE's Best Rapper list. Now, didn't this Brisco guy threaten violence on our boy Yung Berg a while back? Is this the revenge of Berg? Will we see Brisco's jewelry appearing on tour in a hood near you as Berg's Autobot chain once did?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]