Pulse Report: Pulse Report: Jay-Z Has Friends & Foes, Kanye West Comes Out Of Hiding, Lil Boosie Cops A Plea
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 12:00AM
In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Jay-Z appearing on Oprah, Kanye West coming out of hiding, DMX & Ja Rule squashing their past issues, Drake & Kid Cudi marking a new generation, and Lil Boosie going to prison for 2 years.
[Editor Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Can't Knock The Hustle
How does Jay-Z do it? He's got the #1 album on the charts, he scolded Lil' Mama again, brushed off 50 Cent's bullying, appeared on Oprah, and he wasn't even in the country this week. The rap icon was in Europe performing and promoting his new album Blueprint 3. (That's probably why he didn't get Stephon Marbury's request for an apology. Lame!) Even though he was in Europe, Jay still had to answer questions about stage crashers Kanye West and Lil Mama.
While speaking with BBC 1 radio personality Trevor Nelson, Hov acknowledged Kanye West was out of line for interrupting Taylor Swift, but debunked the theory that West wouldn't have the balls to pull a similar stunt on a rapper such as 50 Cent.
"I think he would have done that if that was 50 Cent, no one's scared of 50 Cent," Jay explained. "I want everybody to be clear, no one's scared of 50 Cent. So I just think that's what he believed. I think it was rude, I thought it was in appropriate. And I told him this much, but I don't think he was wrong."
Back home, word was spreading that Jay lost his cool big time after he was Lil Mama'd during his VMA performance. So Jay called into New York's Hot 97 radio to explain his anger to host Angie Martinez.
"I don't think that was the right thing to do. I actually thought it was the equivalent of what Kanye did to Taylor Swift...And I'm cool with her being excited and all that but you have to understand, people put in work to make that performance happen, that took weeks...I was a little angry to be honest, but what I'ma do, fight Lil Mama? [laughs]"
As for his appearance on Oprah, there really wasn't much to see. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself. Nothing we haven't heard before.
Oh that apology Steph, here it is. "Sorry I'm a champion, sorry I'm a champion You lost one."
2. Guess Who's Back?
After the having one of the worst weeks ever, Kanye West was laying low. Kind of hard to show your face around town after the president calls you a 'jackass." Still Kanye West hit the town this week with his lady Amber Rose in search of some good food in Los Angeles. He also hit his blog in search of "The Rock Stars." Breaking his silence since the VMA debacle West posed the following question to readers of his blog.
"WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE ROCK STARS?," he wrote "THE FAME KILLED THEM!" (Kanye West's Blog)
He could be pitching his new "FAME" tour with Lady Gaga in this message, but I think I have answer to the question. Rock stars are dead! Fame didn't kill them, hip-hop did. Rappers are the new rock stars of the world. Rock stars used to go to award shows drunk and create a ruckus. Rappers do that now. Rappers are even putting out rock albums. (See: The oft-delayed album from Lil Wayne.) Rappers are the new rock stars!
3. Hip-Hop Hooray
VH1's "Hip-Hop Honors" taped this week in Brooklyn and it was peaceful gathering that brought together a few rappers that had been previously beefing. With Eminem, Rick Ross, DMX and Ja Rule all the building to honor Def Jam Records as this year's honoree, there was a chance for things to get super ugly. However the taping of the show, which airs October 13th, went down without a problem. In fact DMX and Ja Rule squashed their problem right there. Hugged it out like two bros should after probably forgetting what they were mad at each other for in the first place. A gleeful Ja posted details of the truce on Twitter.
"Hip hop honors was a historic night despite the little mishap wit my sound," Rule wrote via Twitter Thursday. "and NO nobody walked out on my set me & x made up good night!!!" (Ja Rule's Twitter)
Great! Nobody acted an ass and Ja & X are friends again. Can't wait to see the show. Everyone coming out to rep for the greatest hop-hop label ever, Def Jam, was dope. What's up with LL Cool J being m.i.a.? Think he's still salty about the way things ended at Def Jam? If he is, get over it man!
4. Crime & Punishment
Police in Nashville, TN are investigating a robbery that happened last June that allegedly involved Miami rapper Rick Ross. According to the local CBS News affiliate, after Ross performed a show in town, there was an after party at the Hilton Hotel where four women seduced then boosted $60,000 worth of jewelry and merchandise from The Bawse. [Watch the jack move here.]
I wonder if those ladies of the night worked for 50 Cent's alter ego Pinky?
If caught the ladies could be destined for the same fate as Louisiana rapper Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch. The rapper who is nicknamed "Bad Azz" pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges. According to WAFB News, "Boosie was sentenced to two years of prison time, however, he could serve as little as one year depending on his behavior while he's locked up."
Wow. Another bites the dust. Let's hope "Bad Azz" can be on his best behavior and get back to making music. And do us one favor Boosie, don't send us any exclusive prison cell freestyle. Don't Max B us.
5. A New Day
If you didn't believe it before, believe it now. Hip-hop has moved into a new generation. The numbers don't lie. Kid Cudi's new album, Man On The Moon: The End Of Days, sold 104,300 copies in its first week. Drake's mixtape turned EP, So Far Gone, sold 73,600 units. That's 70,000 plus copies of an album that was free for over six months. Not many "big name" rappers approached those sale numbers with albums they put out this year. (See: Jim Jones, Cam'ron). Heck some rappers might even recognize the changing of the guard and figure a name change is the best way to fit into this new class. (See: Fat Joe, Killer Mike). While an OG like Ice-T may still be ranting about tight jeans and such, the younger cats like J. Cole get it. Jay-Z's new protege told the website Los Angeles Leakers why Drake is the next big thing.
"...If you look at his style -- it's perfect for the mainstream because it's clever enough to still be considered lyrical and the flow is smooth enough to appeal to the masses. It's the perfect style for the main stream and can still be considered hip-hop... His stars are lined like 50's stars are lined like back in '03.
It's a new dawn, its a new day. And in the illustrious words of the great Pimp C, "You n*ggaz flabby, lookin' like Larry Holmes, BACK YO' BITCH ASS UP!" Time to let the new guys eat.
On that note, it?s time for me to pass the torch. This is my last hurrah on the Pulse Report and I want to thank you all for the love and hate?especially the hate. It?s been real.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]