Pulse Report: Jay-Z Questions Jim Jones' Taste In Women, 50 Cent Clarifies Jay-Z Diss, Lil Wayne Goes Behind The Music
Friday, Sep 11, 2009 12:00AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Jay-Z calling out Jim Jones again, T-Pain cleaning up the mess he made, 50 Cent clearing up "Flight 187" diss, Lil Wayne's "VH1 Behind The Music," and Raekwon sending an olive branch to Slaughterhouse.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. All-Hova The Place
The early projections are in and it looks like Jay-Z will capture his 11th #1 album. According to Hits Daily Double, the Blueprint 3 is expected to top the charts with over 300,000 discs sold. That's great news for Jay, because the album overcame an early leak, and the all-out PR blitz he put on this week worked. You couldn't turn on the radio, television or computer without seeing Jay's face. Here are the highlights of a triumphant week for Hov.
A funny visit to the David Letterman Show.
A chat with Toure on Fuse.
He sat down with Angie Martinez and even admitted to being sick of seeing himself in the media.
"I'm sick of myself. Seriously, I gotta shut down after this. I never been on radio or TV this much in my life. I'm sick of myself."
He went for the interview trifecta during a sit down with journalist Harry Allen, sports guy Stephen A. Smith, and Angie Martinez on BET's "Food For Thought." That's where he questioned Jim Jones' taste in women.
I think as rappers mature they try to hold on to a younger audience so they start talking about things that aren't them anymore. So the two things don't match up. So a kid can see through that seventy blocks away. You're not doing that anymore. That's not your life. Why are you making "Na Na Nana Na Na"? What are you trying to date a 12 year old?
Wow. This is Jay's second consecutive week mentioning Jimmy and that song. I'm starting to think he really doesn't like that song or Jimmy. Ya think? Either way, with all his success this week he's definitely giving the proverbial "Na, Na, Nana, Na, Na" to Jones and all the folks (myself included) who've doubted whether this album would make a significant impact on the game. Congrats, big homie!
2. BIG ASS Mistake
In the midst of Jay-Z mania, Fabolous and T-Pain found themselves in frivolous beef over Jay-Z. It all jumped off when T-Pain had a "fuck Jay-Z" tantrum during an appearance in Las Vegas. Fabolous happened to be present when Pain lost his T-emper and promptly tweeted the angry outburst. Soon after a Twitter impostor created a phony T-Pain account and went after Fab on Pain behalf. Under the impression it ws the real T-Pain, Fab shot back with various insults toward the Auto-tune King.
After a phone call between the two, cooler heads would prevail. While Fab explained his side of the story to Hot 97's Angie Martinez, Pain told his version to radio personality Ed Lover. Pain also backtracked on his original Jay-Z diss, "I'm definitely cool with Jay. I bugged out that day."
Thing is this is not the first time T-Pain contradicted himself when it comes to Jay-Z. MTV.com unearthed some archives of the rapper-turnt-singer praising Hova.
"Jay-Z ain't out of touch. Jay-Z been doing his thing for years. If he's out of touch, then everybody's out of touch...Jay-Z ain't never been out of touch, that's the craziest thing in the world."
Now this is what Jay-Z meant when he said rap beef these days are wack. T-Pain could have saved himself the embarrassment and listened to Blueprint 3's "On To The Next" for Jay's forewarning, "f-ck that autotune cos we oohhhhn/and n-ggas don?t be mad cos it's all about progression.." Props to Fab for sticking up for Jay, but next time fall back on bussing shots on twitter. You from Brooklyn, what it look like? You know twitter beefing ain't right.
3. Just A Thought
And in the last bit of Jay-Z related news, 50 Cent has clarified his position on the presumed Jay-Z diss on the record "Flight 187." 50 told MTV News exclusively that he was just making a harmless observation.
"It was the glasses,' 50 explained about why he compared Hov to sitcom character Steve Urkel. 'They saw the glasses. I didn't Photoshop glasses on him. I think Jay is really conscious of his actual moves. He does those things to make a statement in different ways to create clarity that he doesn't have to be the way people want him to be. He can do what he wants. But [I wrote the song] out of the perspective of me mentioning things I thought were interesting."
Fif even went on to praise Jay's marketing genius.
"That boy is serious when it comes to his [album] layout. ... When it comes time for him to have companies market and promote him as a brand, he does a great job."
Give credit where credit is due. It was big of 50 to clarify this issue and not try to run with it like some people...The Game. Ehem!
4. Hypnotized Minds
Lil Wayne's "VH1 Behind The Music" episode premiered last night and it probably would have done some good for Jaz-O to watch. Jay-Z's former associate Jaz-O has questioned Lil Wayne's talent. Jaz, who's been at odds with Jay-Z for several years now, believes Weezy's greatness is an illusion caused by fans being "hypnotized into liking him."
"These dudes got writers. Lil Wayne has a gang of writers. You can look at, like, okay, everybody likes him and I would like him too if I listened to mainstream radio all the time. I would like him too because that's all they play, but that's the core [audience]. And the people that you talk to will say 'Oh he's not wack,' they don't even recognize that they've been hypnotized into liking him because when they weren't playing him a lot and he had the same backing, the same money behind him, they weren't liking him, they were saying he was garbage and honestly, I think he put out better material when they were saying he was wack. But it was because he wasn't being played all the time." - (Street Diciplez Radio)
Wow. This is like the hip-hop equivalent of the "birthers" movement. The conservative loons that believe President Barack Obama can't be commander in chief of the United States because he was born in Kenya. Jaz-O a.k.a Glenn Beck of Hip-Hop is trying to have you believe that Wayne can't be the "Best Rapper Alive" because he doesn't write his own rhymes. You're being hypnotized says the guy who likes old Weezy over new Weezy. Yeah right. Jaz's broke ass is trippin. I love Tha Block Is Hot, but the Carter trilogy is the best of Wayne hands down. You disagree? If Jaz watched the Behind The Music he'd see that Wayne likes his present self more than the past version as well.
5. Crazy, Sexy, Cool
It's been an extraordinary week for news. There's still so much more to cover I'll just break it down into three categories that best describe some of the happenings of the week, "Crazy, Sexy, Cool".
Congressmen Joe Wilson shouting "You lie!" at President Obama during the national speech on healthcare. As Diddy wrote on his Twitter, "There is an outbreak of b*tcha**ness in congress!!! #B*TCHA**NESS let's go people!!!!?"
Kid Cudi told MTV's Alexa Chung he wants to wear a kilt to the VMAs. Good luck with that.
The newest Cash Money solider Bow Wow got to spend some sexy time with Tyra Banks. The super model/talk show host planted a kiss, kiss on the diminutive rapper during a visit to her show.
Gucci Mane tells Smack Tube he feels like a sex symbol. Who am I to judge? Mrs. Fucque says "He's alright. He gets by on his charm." SMH.
Raekwon confessed to the SOHH news department a.k.a Cyrus Langhorne that he wouldn't mind collaboration with Joe Budden's Slaughterhouse crew.
"Would I do a collaboration with Wu-Tang and Slaughterhouse," Raekwon asked himself. "I would say yeah. I would say yeah only because I'm a fan of them dudes.
Speaking of fantasy collaborations, Soulja Boy is shooting for the stars on his next album. With Kanye West already on board for production SB told Rap Up, he wants Jay-Z, and Eminem to be on his next album. I like how the lil homie thinks. He respects his elders.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]