SOHH Whatcha Think: Nicki Minaj Drops Sexy New Pics + DMX Says Def Jam Was Last Great Label?!
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 11:22AM
Gotta love the dog, DMX. One of the most genuine, angry and talented rappers ever to touch the mic, Earl Simmons spoke with The Breakfast Club recently and shared his thoughts on his life, his future and of course, rap music.
One thing that stuck out to me was the fact that he likened the late 90's era of rap, specifically the Def Jam roster, to a musical dynasty. Now I'm both inclined to agree and disagree: Every generation thinks their era of music was the best. I get that. But what people forget about that late 90's era is the sheer talent required to even touch the mic.
That was the last real label of Hip Hop. You know? That was the last [time] it was the same as when Run DMC LL Cool J ... when Hip Hop was Hip Hop. That was the last of the Mohicans, man. (Power 105)
I'm not one of those super-nostalgic "rap needs to go back to how it was" type dudes. Music changes and you sound like an old man when you get to stuck in your ways. But X had a point: Lyrical ferocity was key. It was essential. F*ck swag. Could you imagine hopping on a collabo track with Jadakiss, Black Rob, Big Pun and saying, "F*ck lyrics, I'mma 'bout to cook dance on these n*ggas"?
SOHH Watcha Think -- Was X correct in saying Def Jam's late 90s run was the end of the last great label to have true spitters?
Classic video of a few legendary spitters doing their thing.
Sh*t is getting real once again for ex-Cash Money rapper B.G., who will find out how much time he'll receive after being convicted on weapon and witness tampering charges.
The federal sentencing of a local hip-hop star convicted on weapon and witness tampering charges has been set for late April. Christopher Dorsey, 31, of St. Rose, who raps under the moniker B.G., or Baby Gangsta, and was a member of the rap supergroup the Hot Boys, is facing roughly eight to 10 years in prison, according to sentencing recommendations made by probation officers. But prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office have signaled that they intend to object to the sentencing suggestion, and could push for a stiffer prison stint.(Nola.com)
According to officials, the Baby Gangsta was caught with more metal than Magneto.
Dorsey pleaded guilty in December and will appear again on April 25 before U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan. Prosecutors, in a court filing requesting a sentencing delay, noted that they have received information about Dorsey from fellow federal prosecutors in Illinois, but the filing does not detail what the information is. Dorsey was arrested with two other men in November 2009 for allegedly possessing three weapons, along with loaded magazines and two extended clips, while driving in eastern New Orleans. New Orleans police said two of the three guns had been reported stolen and the car itself had been stolen from an Alamo rental car parking lot.(Nola.com)
Before we rock out, peep these new pics of Nicki Minaj, they'll be in the latest issue of Vibe Magazine.
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]