Pulse Report: Nas' Ghostwriters Write-Off Dream Hampton, Charles Hamilton's J. Cole Beef Talk, 2 Chainz's Debut Gets Bill O'Reilly Treatment
Friday, Aug 17, 2012 12:55PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we see how Nas' ghostwriters got dream hampton fed up with hip-hop, watch Charles Hamilton try to explain his relationship with J. Cole, see how 2 Chainz's new LP got ethered by a notable news publication and oh SOHH much more!
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
1. The dream
It's got to be hard to be a woman in 2012. The way dream hampton has gotten slammed and harrassed over the past few days? Ratchet. We say things all the time. You are fat. You are beautiful. You are weird. Nas had stic.man and Jay Electronica ghostwrite a majority of his 2008 Untitled solo album. Ummm.......right. As much as I love dream hampton (bought Decoded when it dropped), I can't feel too sorry for her. She did make the remark and in these days, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING gets taken out of context.
"I think Jay writes what he believes. Nas' "N*gger" album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica @JustAire" (dream hampton's Twitter)
Of course dream hampton didn't start this chatter, it was another writer but the fact remains, she just poured a bunch of gasoline on a fire that didn't need to get more fierce. Needless to say, she got instantly played shortly afterward by both stic.man and Jay Electronica (who rarely goes onto Twitter these days).
"Dream Hampton. I certainly don't mean to call u a hater. I am just being brought up to speed about your tweet. I heard the "rumors" from other tweets and a few emails from fans. I still haven't read your tweet. So my statement was just being clear on how I felt about the collab. That was a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most influential emcees to my own personal flow and craft. I can't speak on what Jay and Nas collab was cause I wasn't there and that's there business. Both of those cats are awesome lyricists in my opinion. But for me I was just a white belt that answered the call for a session with a master of the craft. And I assisted where it was requested with ideas, beats and some writing. Not because Nas "needed" me lol...Again I was just honored to get the call. Nas new album Life is Good is lyrically magnificent and his skills have always spoken for them self. So that's just my view I respect that folks may field different ways about it. Just clarifying my position. And I referred to it as a "rumor" because obviously no one of the people talking about it were present in the session. So people can sometimes think they know but weren't present so they speak on what they think as opposed to being there. [sic]" (Facebook)
"Nas is one of the Greatest Ever. never has and never will need a ghostwriter. that man's pen and legacy is without question.," Jay Elect tweeted late August 14th. (Jay Electronica's Twitter)
^ SMH. They say it's a man's world and dream hampton had to feel the main grunt of that theory. Not only did the Twitter folks get at her, but she got straight up denials which makes her look a bit....umm...uncredible? Whether right or wrong, dream's smart enough to not get into all of that tweeting. And the end result of this?
"I began my writing career calling out Dr Dre for his misogyny. My friendship with Jay Z began when I reviewed Reasonable Doubt and called Jay out for his hyper-capitalism . I was not 'calling out' Nas by telling the truth about Stic writing whole bars (ne songs) on Untitled. I was telling a truth to someone who thought his most radical ideas were his own. They were not. I'm unsurprised that these men have circled around their lie. I'm unmoved by the misogynist threats I'm receiving in open forums (last night Just Blaze tweeted I should be "bled out"). But I am done. I may not be done talking about this (unsubscribe to my feed, I will block as I see fit), but I am done with hip hop and men who collude to silence women. And done with women who are happy they're not me. Don't worry. You could never be." (Dream Hampton's Tumblr)
^ Good-bye? Goodnight? Good riddance?
2. When The Music Stops
I don't really have any more patience for Charles Hamilton any more. There's this thing with artists, or RAPPERS, where they can be elusive or disappear for a while, put out records every now and again, and it's the fact we don't see them in the spotlight that we're supposed to be amazed. Maybe that works for Andre 3000, but not Charles Hamilton. Jail. Woman problems. Insanity? Who knows, but this explanation on his relationship to J. Cole? LOL!!!!! The fact he referred to J. Cole as Jermaine? *DEAD*
^ I couldn't transcribe that on purpose. You HAVE to listen to this doggy talk. If you're on a phone or device that doesn't play the video, bookmark this or send the link to your e-mail. Chuck's gone bonkers right here! LOL!!!!
3. Moment of the Week: Los Angeles Times 2 Chainz Album Review
Now I know there are a lot of things y'all can be mad at me about. I've probably called your favorite rapper "bogus" (Nas) before, or maybe even poked fun at their name (5-0 Cent) or maybe even go as far as to describe someone as the modern-day version of Notorius B.I.G. when you look at the style and swag (Rick Ross), but I hope y'all can at least respect my words. You don't have to agree with me, heck, even I disagree or change my mind on certain topics from week-to-week. But the extent that this Los Angeles Times music critic went on my doggy 2 Chainz? SMH...
One star out of four
The first things to know about the Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz are that he's not a very good lyricist, his flow is a little clumsy and his phrasing is monotonous. A purveyor of a hip-hop subgenre known as trap music, which is typified by sparse but hard beats, synth clusters and frantic high-hat rhythms, 2 Chainz has a distinctive style that values bounce over brains, is created for clubs and not hipsters, and conveys its message simply and unapologetically.
But as fellow rap chart lottery winners DMX, Mike Jones and Lil B can attest, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to make a mark, and 2 Chainz (born Tauheed Epps) is no better or worse than any of them. Each line on "Yuck," the opening track on his Def Jam Records debut, is delivered in the same steady pace, one syllable per quarter note, rolling relentlessly along with little variation. Contrasted with Lil Wayne's easy, seemingly effortless guest verse, 2 Chainz sounds like a rank amateur whose topics of choice -- strippers, money, drugs -- have been examined to death in hip-hop by others with a much more varied vocabulary. "Crack" is about crack, how he started in the biz as a seller, and now he's a rapper.
Sound familiar? It should, because the story has been told better nearly everywhere else, and even guest appearances by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj don't provide much boost. Other cameos include Drake, The-Dream and John Legend, and they're all so much better at their art that rather than their host stepping up to their level, 2 Chainz drags them down.
"Mr. Telephone Man, there's something wrong with my line/ When I call my baby's number I get a click every time," 2 Chainz raps on "I Love Dem Strippers," nicking a line from New Edition's 1984 hit. Maybe it was something he said. (Los Angeles Times)
^ Really? Did Bill O'Relly ghostwrite this?
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Elke the Stallion
There's always the myths we've heard about since being kids. You know, the myths our parents and grandparents tell us in hopes of stirring up some type of life lesson that we'll pass down to our own? Well, there was a myth about a woman that had a rump so eye-catching that if you stared at it for more than five seconds, you would fall victim to its demands. That, my loyal doggies, happens to be Elke the Stallion. As you can see, her figure needs no introduction as this week's Mrs. Butterworth top pick.
And if the photos didn't break your heart, these visuals will!
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things
Here we go once again, your favorite embarrassing comments made by today's brightest stars, or so you would think. Spike Lee, you've been a loyal Knicks fan for the longest but even I have to wag my finger at your hatred toward LeBron James. Rooting for the Lakers over the Heat? You gotta chill with that. Don't forget, Pat Riley not only coached the Knicks but the championship-winning Heat too. Next up? Mann. I know you're a kid, but giving Serena Williams props for crip walking at the Olympics? Even I have to admit upon further review, that's silly. And then there's Wiz Khalifa co-signing Snoop Lion. No, no one is getting used to that! LOL! The final two funny doggies are none other than 2 Chainz thinking he's the most re-remixed rapper of all time and then Memphis Bleek getting his Blue Ivy Carter brownie points early. LOL.
"That's a blockbuster. It tilted the power again," Spike told MTV News after hearing the news Friday morning. The way Lee figures it, if his beloved Knicks aren't in contention for the NBA title next season, he wouldn't mind seeing L.A. win their 12th championship since moving to Los Angeles more than 50 years ago. For Spike, anything would be better than seeing New York rivals LeBron James and his Miami Heat win another championship. "I rather the Lakers win it than the Heat," he said. "I do not want the Heat to win back-to-back. Hell no, hell-to-the-nah."
"I saw Serena Williams crip walking and I think she was gangster for doing that, honestly," Mann told SOHH about the fellow West Coast entertainer. "I think that was pretty fly. Yeah, [it was more playful], exactly. I felt like she was just representing. And it kind of makes it, like, I know the Olympics is kind of serious but it can be fun, I feel like. You know? They can have fun if they win. As long as it's not in an ill manner. I don't feel like that was ill-mannered or ill. You know? Or ill intention. She was just having fun, she won."
"I do know that [he changed his name]. Well, I think like everybody is just gonna come to grips with it man," Wiz said in an interview with Chelsea Handler. "Snoop just takes everybody on a journey with him and he's just got the gift of inspiring so many minds to just want to dig into whatever he's into at that time you know what I mean? So it might be new for people, but they'll get used to it. He's The Lion."
"I just think we should make more original compositions, so we can keep music moving forward," he said. "When 10 people do the same song, I don't know how you can say who's the best. After so many people do it, who really cares which one was the best song when it came from someone else's original idea."
"It's weird, it's funny," Memph said of watching Jay interact with daughter Blue Ivy when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." "Seeing my man do his first burp, in my eyes, it's a new thing and I love it. Fatherhood, it's nothing like it. ... Their brain is a sponge, and anything you teach 'em, they gonna learn and carry for the rest of their life." "She runs the [Roc Nation] office already," he said, laughing. "She could tear down the whole building; who gonna say what? Blue got drivers, security -- she poppin'."
***WEEKEND DOGGIES! Time to watch those Boston Red Sox get creamed (pause) by my New York Yankees beginning tonight and then y'all know it's going down when my New York Jets take DOWN the New York Giants. We need some wide receivers, but as long as we get that "W" tomorrow, they can wait. LOL. Y'all doggies be good, and make sure to go peep that Expendables 2 movie too! I'll catch 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]