Pulse Report: The Hunt For Lloyd Banks Begins, Pusha T Vs. Lil Wayne Round 2, 50 Cent Reloads & Unloads
Friday, Jun 1, 2012 12:45PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we take a quick journey to find out where G-Unit's Lloyd Banks has wandered off to over the past nine months, see the latest on Pusha T versus Lil Wayne, applaud 50 Cent for staying on his A-game given tough circumstances and oh SOHH much more!
[Editor's Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. Where's Banks?
Who would have thought that in 2012, G-Unit's Lloyd Banks would end up on the back of those milk cartons? Has it really been that long since The Hunger For More 2 underperformed despite all of those big names on it? SMH. Hey, don't get mad at me, doggies, I've been a Lloyd Banks supporter since those Money in the Bank days, but the fact is he's lost some buzz in a world filled with doggies like Drake and Wiz Khalifa. That's just the facts. And when you have 5-0 Cent telling you how distanced he's been from the camp?:
"He goes through these things where there's no communication and he goes off and does what he wants, it's set at that point because I've spent marketing dollars so he can go wherever he wants to go and actually go do shows, make money and do other things," 50 told radio host Big Boy. "At that point, it's fine for him to move around and go do it by himself. I want them to be individuals and operate on their own away from me, I'm fine with it. ... We can get on the phone together, but I haven't spoken to him. I haven't spoken to Banks in nine months. But this is not the first time this has happened. He's a baby. He's the youngest in the actual G-Unit, he got really rich at 19. Both him and Tony [Yayo] have made over nine million dollars. With [Young] Buck, it was almost eight million dollars." (Power 106)
In light of this tragic update from 5-0 (doggy called him a "baby" and then had to rephrase it, OUCH!!!), your loyal Bulldog Butters has compiled a list of spots you could probably find Banks. I mean, with nine months camped away from 5-0, there are only so many places he could be, right? LOL.
1. Re-making Bebe's Kids
^ Who could forget a classic like this? No question Banks has to be dropping down vocals for Pee Wee's character, right? All grown up too, we see you Banks!
2. Promoting A Drug-Free, Crime-Free Lifestyle
^ Let's keep it real, doggies. Crack is wack and crime is slime. When you've got doggies like Kanye West and Big Sean in the rap game, especially doggies like Drake, what good is there to rap about selling drugs and doing criminal activity? He's gotta be promoting some crime-free ads these days, right?
3. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
^ LOL. OK, I'm gassing y'all up with this one. LOL.
4. Getting Snuffed
^ Who said Drake and Nicki Minaj are the only doggies that can get that Ice Age paper? What ever happened to local PBS paper? No shame in appealing to the kids. Banks is planting his image in their heads at an early age, those royalty checks add up!
5. Filling The Shoes Of Chef
^ There will never be another "Chef" from "South Park," but in the meantime, they've gotta have another doggy for when they do flash backs or even dream sequences. Who else but Banks can fill those shoes?
2. Lil Wayne Versus Pusha T: Round 2
After a full week, it turns out Lil Wayne's slightly got the upperhand. One thing about rap beefs or battles is that if you really want to get those points, you've gotta NAME DROP, and it's just something I don't know if Pusha can pull off. His wit is unbelievable, but when it comes down to laying a doggy flat on his back (PAUSE) and saying, "WHAT NOW!?" Ehhhhhhh. You've got to give it to Wayne. And after that initial support Pusha got, the momentum shifted into Young Money's favor. Let's take a peek at what's gone down thus far:
The beef is on. This evening YMCMB flagship artist Lil Wayne did the expected and dropped a scathing dis record titled "Goulish" aimed at Clipse lyrical monster Pusha-T. "F--k Pusha-T and everybody that love him. His head up his a** so I'ma have to head butt him" Wayne raps on the intro to the record. N*ggas can't see me. Not even a glimpse. Too many banana clips, I feel like a chimps." (RapFix)
^ SHOTS FIRED at Pusha T. Hate to admit it, but even if you weren't impressed with Wayne's bars, he went right at Pusha. That's a certified fact.
"Well I LOVE Pusha! That's my blood and I ain't never kiss em," he tweeted Saturday (May 26). (No Malice's Twitter)
^ LOL!!! That's one shot you can never wipe from a doggy's head. Props to Pusha for having his brother go in right there.
Drake's YMCMB big homie Lil' Wayne put out the diss track "Goulish" a couple days ago aimed at Pusha T in response to his "Exodus 23:1" record, and now, Drizzy has some words of his own for Pusha. During his Club Paradise Tour set this weekend in Washington D.C., Drake said, "If you was doing 16s when I was 16 and your sh*t still flopped and you switched teams, don't talk to me my n*gga." This immediately set off a ton of Tweets saying that Drake had called out Pusha on stage. And with this, the drama continues. (Complex)
^ OUCH!!! Drake's even gotten into the fun! WHOA!!! That's big.
Last week, Clipse rapper Pusha T released "Exodus 23:1," a dis track that sure seemed to be aimed at Drake. The song didn't name names, but Lil Wayne noticed and promptly released the return shot "Ghoulish." And now Pusha's got a video for "Exodus 23:1," so this thing is definitely ongoing. The new video doesn't really do anything to further the anti-Cash Money narrative. Instead, it returns Pusha to the old Clipse milieu of Virginia crackhouses and mobs of goons with weathered faces. Samuel Rogers directs. (Stereo Gum)
^ Less than a week since the record dropped, Pusha already has the music video? SMH...that's rough.
^ Let's skip out on the producer saying Pusha NEVER mentioned Drake/Lil Wayne during their recording session. If y'all ask me, again, Lil Wayne's got the momentum. The video's hot, but until we hear a Weezy/Drizzy reference, no bueno.
3. Doggy of the Week: 5-0 Cent
Call it Deja 5-0 b/c there was no other doggy that deserved to be in this spot than 5-0 Cent. Put my personal feelings toward him out the door, the things that he went through over the past seven days are enough to make the average rapper crumble. Lloyd Banks nowhere to be found? Young Buck laughing at you? LOL. That's rough, especially when you're asked in an interview to talk about your rap nemesis (y'all can say the beef's over, but until I hear them on wax together, I don't believe it), specifically your favorite record of theirs? LOL! And then you get hit over the head with rumors saying you got bodied by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (again), again? SMH. This doggy needs a hug, but until then, give a round of applause to Mr. Cent.
"He goes through these things where there's no communication and he goes off and does what he wants, it's set at that point because I've spent marketing dollars so he can go wherever he wants to go and actually go do shows, make money and do other things," 50 told radio host Big Boy. "At that point, it's fine for him to move around and go do it by himself. I want them to be individuals and operate on their own away from me, I'm fine with it. ... We can get on the phone together, but I haven't spoken to him. I haven't spoken to Banks in nine months. But this is not the first time this has happened. He's a baby. He's the youngest in the actual G-Unit, he got really rich at 19. Both him and Tony [Yayo] have made over nine million dollars. With [Young] Buck, it was almost eight million dollars."
^ Where oh where is Lloyd Banks in all of this? Are y'all telling me that he's really nowhere to be found? I can't believe it...AT ALL. But the fact 5-0 said they've yet to speak in 9 months? I mean, I don't even go a month without calling my sister and I can't stand her. LOL. It takes a lot for 5-0 to admit something that big, unless, of course, he's lying...which wouldn't be at all surprising, truth be told.
In a video that was posted on YouTube on Tuesday (May 29), Buck is seen bopping his head and smoking to 50's "Murder One" off his recently-released, DJ Drama-backed mixtape, The Lost Tape. "Where Banks at? Which one is Banks on? Nowhere?" Buck asks in the beginning of the clip, perhaps sarcastically after 50 recently shared that he hasn't spoke to Banks in nine months. From there, though, Buck seems to enjoy the sound of 'Fif's "Murder One" track, even complimenting 50's artist, Kidd Kidd. After listening to 50, Buck begins to groove, listening to a track of his own.
^ In case y'all have forgotten, Young Buck is not only dead broke, but he's going to JAIL, yet, for some reason, doggy's getting the last laugh in right here. I don't quite know how to explain it, but it seems kind of like Buck "NOT" being a part of G-Unit is a good look, considering the way things have gone as of late. LOL.
"357," that's it. "Horse and Carriage" didn't even mean that to me. That was like - Whenever an artist makes a joint that you listen to and go 'ooh' like that joint had me. The beat, the whole thing. It struck a chord in me, that's how-- Even for Busta, his portfolio of music, for me is "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See." Even fat boy. Fat Joe, his was "Lean Back."
^ I can't even imagine getting an opportunity to interview Pusha T and asking him what's his favorite Lil Wayne song of all-time. LOL! That's bold! Even though he choked up over Fat Joe calling him "fat boy," especially since he's pretty slim these days, I have to give it up to 5-0 for staying gully and giving props to Cam'ron and Fat Joe. That's impressive.
Floyd Mayweather is making fun of a rumor that he and rapper 50 Cent got into a fist fight over money. According to reports, the men came to blows over the weekend when Mayweather refused to pay Fiddy $10,000 after losing a on a boxing match. The Jamaican Queens rapper allegedly took exception to the boxing champ's reluctance to pay him, which led to a scuffle. And while there's no confirmation this fight actually happened, Floyd clearly has caught wind of the rumor, and took to Twitter to poke fun at it: "Round 2: Me and @50Cent getting it on over some stacks," he wrote.
^ LOL!!! 5-0 wins simply based off the fact he has an association with Floyd Mayweather. Even if he may never sell a platinum (or gold for what it's worth) album ever again, he stays with a winning doggy. I can't lie, it's amazing Mayweather has lost by this point. Every time you think there's a chance but he beats it out. Big props to 5-0 for that. But he still needs to get the idea that Floyd's fighting in NYC out of his head. LOL.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Sultry Simone
I don't know about y'all doggies, but there's nothing sexier than a thick chick with thick hips and thick lips heading into the summer weather. LOL. With that being said, I have to give y'all the one and only Sultry Simone. With an industry name like "Sultry," could she really look like anything other than a certified dime? I'm gonna keep the yapping short and sweet, just enjoy the beautiful sight below!
^ And as if that wasn't enough to keep y'all's beaks wet, just take a gander at her in real time. LOL. Shake, the body, body, shake the body....
^ Be honest, doggies. Does Sultry Simone completely body any thick dime piece you've seen in here in recent memory? LOL.
5. Doggies Say The Darndest Things
Sorry, doggies, but I got the upper hand from SOHH that the doggy I wanted to focus the entire section on is a bit too touchy to put in here. So just enjoy the fact that your favorite rapper(s) got off easy this past week but this time next Friday? Oh, we're gonna be grilling a fresh batch! LOL.
***What a crazy week, doggies. It seems like beef's are all about set. Why's every doggy mad though? LOL. I still can't believe how solid the Spurs have played in these NBA Play-Offs and let's just be honest right now....the winner of Thunder/Spurs is winning the NBA championship. BOTTOM LINE. I don't care if the Celtics turn around to win four straight, no doggy can match up with the West. Miami? LOL! Kick back and enjoy the weekend, doggies. I'll catch up with y'all on Tuesday! --BB***
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]