SOHH Whatcha Think: Wayne Addresses Pusha Beef + Stalley Talks Rap And Social Media

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 10:23AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

It's gonna be a hot summer: With a ton of dope albums set for release and artists hitting the road for summer tours, you'd think the talk would be about disc releases and dope verses. But lately, it's been about Twitter rants and short-lived rap feuds.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Fresh of launching his skater-inspired clothing brand TRUCKFIT, Tunechi has been caught up in alotta bullsh*t lately: Summer Jam fiasco, OKC playoff gripes and of course, his beef with VA rapper Pusha T. Is the beef over? Well, Weezy decided to speak on that.

With a clothing line and a powerhouse group of artists under his umbrella, Lil Wayne claims he's trying to stay above the fray. The rapper says "there's no beef" between himself and Pusha T, despite back-and-forth diss songs released in recent weeks. Conflict between the two, simmering for years, boiled over when Pusha T of The Clipse -- signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music group -- released a track targeting Lil Wayne and his Young Money signee Drake.(Washington Post)

Weezy told the press that he really has no issue with Pusha, and his primary focus at the moment is his latest album

I just finished recording my "I Am Not a Human Being II" album. And we're starting to work on the Young Money album. ... It really wasn't no beef, you know. It was just me. I just reacted. Just a reaction, a simple reaction. I don't apologize for it because I'm human. But it was just my human reaction. I don't take it back. But there's no beef. Beef is a whole different thing. ... I'll move on.(Washington Post)

In other news ... Stalle mad. For those that follow the MMG rapper on Twitter, you may have seen his recent Twitter rant in which he expressed his frustration on being underrated. The Philly spitter recently sat down to vent about how music that's actually saying something gets overlooked in today's rap climate.

But even with a 20-acre view, Stalley has frustrations with the music world. A lesser-known rapper in a hugely known rap group, he recently ranted over Twitter about the tendency for online music observers and trend watchers to overlook what he described as "substantial music" in favor of knee-jerk, group-think trending topics. It scored him--of course--attention on the Internet.(WSJ)

He went on to discuss the impact of social media sites and how they can help or hurt an artist.

"Somebody can put out a video and it is just a regular song but with Twitter it becomes this big thing that, if Twitter weren't around, we wouldn't be talking about at all," he said. "Hypothetically speaking, Kanye puts out a song," he said. "And Kanye is popular on Twitter, he's in that social media world, and somebody who might not spend as much time in that world gets overlooked. Someone else doesn't get the same recognition, because he's not keeping his name in peoples' mouths. And it hurts. Part of the rap world is stuck being cheerleaders and fans. It is like high school, and people want to be part of the popular clique. I know Kanye is passionate about his work, and I am, too. I put blood, sweat and tears into my music. That is all I was trying to express."(WSJ)

Dude made some good points. You got rappers that don't fool with Twitter, but most do. SOHH Watcha Think: Has social media f*cked up the game, or made it easier for newer artists to get some shine?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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