Pulse Report: Pulse Report: Drake Defends His Pen Game, Jay-Z Makes History, Kanye West Is the "Jack*ss" Of The Week
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 4:00PM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about Drake battling rumors of having a ghostwriter, Jay-Z running the charts while Kanye West deals with VMA backlash, Raekwon revealing a record deal with Diddy that almost happened, Rick Ross sparring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Joe Budden putting his foot in his mouth again.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. The Great DRAKE-bate
In a week when Hollywood legend and the source of hip-hop vernacular, Patrick Swayze died, Drake fought to prevent his rap career from being ghost. In fact he battled rumors that he used a ghostwriter to pen his hit "Best I Ever Had" Here's the best part of the conspiracy, that ghostwriter is Kia Shine. Yes,"Krispy" Kia Shine. After receiving a BMI award for writing 25% of "Best I Ever Had" Shine took to Twitter to claim his fame. Thus began Drake-gate.
"maan i am not a hater, if someone is blessed with something i commed them and encourage, not discourage," he wrote earlier this week. "for all the nob believers here is the pic taken from Sept.10th's Bm1 awards in NY where I won 3 awards for my publishing share of 'BEST I EVER HAD'...this message is for all the non-believers YES kia shine OWNS 25% OF THE DRAKE SONG 'THE BEST I EVER HAD' 3 BMI AWARDS FOR THE SONG GOING #1 ON 3 BILLBOARD CHARTS. GO BUY HIS EP TODAY! MY FAMILY APPRECIATES IT! ... its all there! can't make sh*t like this up (Kia Shine's Twitter)
Drake quickly fired back a response from his blog.
"There have been questions posed to me the last few days about the writing of 'Best I Ever Had' and I figured I'd take the time to clear the air directly," he wrote Thursday (September 17) night. "I have never met Kia Shine or worked with him. I wrote the entire composition in Toronto and I borrowed one line from a Lil Wayne song that he produced the BEAT for. The claims of 25% ownership are false and for a artist to brag about splits on a song is distasteful to begin with." (October's Very Own)
This is so laughable. Ok, someone wants us to believe that Kia Shine is writing Drake's rhymes. KIA "F*CKING" SHINE! Stop it! Seriously. I can't even do this. On to the next one! I'm swayze!
2. Big Brother, Little Brother
Oh what a different week Jay-Z had from Kanye West. While big brother (Jay-Z) kicked ass on the charts, little brother (Kanye West) behaved like a "jackass" at the MTV Video Music Awards. After selling over 475,000 copies of the Blueprint 3 Jay-Z captured his record-setting 11th #1 album. Meanwhile, Kanye had the unprecedented honor of being called a "jackass" by President Barack Obama for rudely interrupting Taylor Swift's speech at the VMAs. Even though he's apologized publicly and to Taylor, Kanye is still feeling the backlash. President Obama isn't the only person to express disappointment in his behavior. 50 Cent threatened to "black his eye."
To sum up the week Jay and Kanye had, Jay-Z scored a #1 album, and Kanye is public enemy #1.
"Have you ever walked in the shadow of a giant?"
3. What WU Have Been
Raekwon opened the "what could've been" box this week when he told MTV News that Diddy wanted to sign him and Ghostface Killah to Bad Boy Records back in the day.
"I heard that too," Rae said. "We did a show at the Palladium [years back], and Puff had security with him that was from Staten Island. When we got back to Staten Island, we bump into the kid, and he told us while he was up there performing, Puff said, 'I need them two. What I gotta do?' He was excited about working with us [and] signing us too. I don't know why it ain't happen, either. You never know. Maybe he may want to do that now. I'm independent, baby. So let's get it right. Let's cut them checks, Puff. We know what time it is!"
That would have been an interesting paring. I mean all the Diddy/Wu-Tang collaborations are dope, "The What," "All I Need (Remix)" and "Special Delivery (Remix)." Do ya'll think it would have worked? Can you imagine how that could have changed the history of hip-hop?
In other Wu-Tang news, before we get to Joe Budden risking another physical meeting with the Wu, checkout these unearthed Tupac interviews courtesy of VIBE magazine. Pac talks about the Wu getting robbed.
4. Joe Fool
Joe Budden hasn't learned his lesson. After being punched in the face by an associate of Raekwon, Joe Budden is back on the web giving his unsolicited opinion on the standing of his fellow rappers. Budden considers Eminem, Jay-Z, and Nas the only living legends in hip-hop that are "rapping today." On top of that he said the reason he hasn't responded to the swipe Jay-Z took at him on the song "Reminder" is because it wouldn't be "fair."
"Dissing him now is not fair, because he?s to accomplished and he's not in his prime..."
Now I don't have a problem with Joe expressing his opinion, but if you expressed a similar opinion in the past and it led you to be punched in the eye, I'd say keep your thoughts to yourself. With this latest opinion Joe might have offended tons of living legends that are rapping right now. I'll give you two, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. Now Joe is risking getting punched in the face again by a member of Wu-Tang for not mentioning them as living legends. Please believe it will be done, because the guy who did it the first time has threaten to do it again.
The Wu-Tang-affiliated tough guy told VladTV.cm he "flagged" Joe once, and he'd do it again. Be warned Budden!
5. Pound For Pound
What's dumber than Joe Budden putting his ass on the line with other uncalled for opinion? Rick Ross penning a diss rap for boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It all started when Mayweather Jr., a good friend of Ross nemesis 50 Cent took a shot at the former CO.
"I don't have to take no shots at Rick Ross," Floyd said. "I got my own name, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. That's original. With his rap career, I wish him nothing but the best...His stats and credentials don't rhyme. One minute he said he wasn't a CO or cop, next minute he is. He can learn how to get money from me. if he's a cop and rapping about selling drugs, I guess he was a dirty cop! You know me, I'm not ducking and dodging no one, it's not hard to find me. I'm in Miami all the time, Atlanta, everywhere." (All Hip Hop)
Then The Bawse responded with "Go (War Remix)"
"F*ck Floyd Mayweather n*gga," Ross says on the song's intro. "You spoke my name, huh? Yeah. I been handling business the last few weeks p*ssy, but now it's time to feast. Boss. I'm d*cking on a p*ssy/Banking on a mob/You know the rules in Vegas, n*gga, now you owe the mob/Forever getting robbed, Bloods took your jewels/Can't beat the IRS baby boy, just pay your dues/Still making my moves, gotta Saran Wrap it/Pick up all them n*ggas you left at Grand Rapids/Undercover f*ggots, it's Pretty Boy leaning/I got 20 grand --bow down like you should before your a** bow down for good/Can't run forever, Haitians will come and cut off your foot/It's dirty down South, we riding by your mama house..." ("Go (War Remix)"
Doesn't "Apollo Cream" know he's asking for an ass whooping by doing this? Is this the first time a rapper has ever been in beef with a boxer? I couldn't image anyone trying this on Mike Tyson back in the day. That would have been ludicrous! As this frivolous beef is.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]