News: Cormega Clarifies "Spoiled Rich Kids" Remark, "I Never Dissed Drake"
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 12:25PM
New York rapper Cormega has clarified remarks he made on Lil Wayne protege Drake about his rap buzz and said he never meant to call the Young Money artist out.
Writing via a publicly released statement, Mega discussed his stance on the media's attention to his opinion.
"This is getting way more attention than it deserves," Mega wrote via a statement. "I NEVER DISSED HIM...They asked me what do I think of Drake rapping on some street thug sh*t and I said I never heard Drake rapping like that. Then they recited words from the verse and I said I what I said which is basically the good kids or the rich or kids from good backgrounds should reflect that in their rhymes. Why would I say rich kids shouldn't rap, that's completely stupid and untrue? Rich people and white suburban kids buy 70 percent of rap so why would I want to offend them OR DISS THEM WHEN THEY SUPPORT ME! All I meant was I can't respect when people try to be street and they have no street history and the streets are dangerous as opposed to the places they grew up. Will Smith never acted hard but we still enjoy his music. Grand Puba never rhymed hard or glorified the streets and he's on my album. Anyone who read or reads any of my recent interviews will notice the one with the Drake mention is a complete contradiction to all my recent interviews and moves. I haven't made a controversial record in years and anybody who did a interview with me recently will tell you I'm against controversy." (Dime Wars)
Originally speaking via a phone interview, the Queens, New York-bred emcee initially said he appreciated Drake but could not take him serious.
"I can't f*ck with Drake, I like Drake, I like Drake as a young man trying to make money but I can't take him serious," Mega explained in an interview. "Number one, he's rich. He's rich man. I don't like when these spoiled rich kids they just get into rap because it's something they can do but they pops got money and they put 'em in the game and then they start rapping about something, a life they could never live. Go do something else. I mean, sh*t, if I could switch with you, I would be the rich dude, the rich goody good my whole life. N*ggas like us rap about sh*t because we lived it. These n*ggas use rap as a hobby." ("Street Disciplez Radio")
Rap newcomer J. Cole, who is also featured on Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 album along with Drizzy, recently explained the difference between their current hip-hop spotlight.
"It's how things happened man," Cole said. "It was his destiny, it was supposed to happen like that for him. I can't get mad at that or fans shouldn't get mad at that, this was destined for him. Like , for whatever reason it was, this was supposed to happen this way for him, everything happens for a reason... My buzz isn't that big because it's not supposed to be that big. I'm not supposed to come in the game like that, it's not my path... And 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 [Cent's] stars are lined like back in '03. It's just the perfect set-up." (Los Angeles Leakers)
50 Cent previously explained his theory about how Drake's single "Best I Ever Had," gained momentum at radio.
"I don't think you can accomplish that right now," Fif said in an interview. "Not without finance. I hear his record on the radio. He got a good buzz, I hear him. Sh*t, it wasn't possible for my music to be on the radio when I was coming. You know mine's was completely organic Like when you hear a song on the radio, it means it's being worked. Ain't nothing there 'just because.' Enough for it to be playing every hour on the hour. That song is being worked like he's on the label. I'm sure [Universal Motown President] Syliva Rhone or Universal, they're spending money to get the record played so the public is feeling like it's just happening. He might not be signed yet, but they might work it to get him to sign. Is it worth signing until you develop that?" (XXLMag)
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