Pulse Report: Gunplay Waves White Flag In 50 Cent Beef, Grammy Awards Winners, Young Money's Only "Busta"
Friday, Dec 7, 2012 3:15PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we watch Gunplay finally give up on his beef with 50 Cent, take a stab at what rappers will win big at the Grammy Awards, applaud the one true "Busta" on Young Money and oh SOHH much more.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
1. I Smell Gunplay
Is Gunplay giving up on his beef with 50 Cent? If you remember, it was just a few weeks back that he got stomped out by G-Unit and then made a whole rack of threats. SMH. Well, turns out all that might have just been big talk b/c now he wants nothing to do with him. Little words from such a big guy:
"I've been on house arrest for about a month now, I just went to court today. They pushed the trial back to next year, the middle of next year, so I'm still gonna be on house arrest for the meantime, but I'ma try and see if I can get some travel permission by this week, so I should be trying to hit that turf by next week still. It's like a 75 percent chance right now [I'll go out and tour], this case really made me sit down and realize the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. I can't take it for granted. I'm just locked down and focused on my album." (Global Grind)
BOOM! Maybe I'm making too much of this but seems like Gunplay is shook. Remember all those wild antics he was always up to? I guess when you're accused of whipping a pistol on your accountant and it's caught on video tape, your toughness gets taken down a few notches. LOL. Tough break Gunplay.
2. Grammy Night
By the time Grammy Night actually gets here, this list will be long and gone but for what it's worth, let's go ahead and make some bold predictions. If you don't favorite/bookmark this post, then just remember you saw it here first! Bulldog Butterworth Sweet Grammy Picks:
1. Album of the Year: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange
Album of the Year » The Black Keys - El Camino » Fun. - Some Nights » Mumford & Sons - Babel » Frank Ocean - Channel Orange » Jack White - Blunderbuss
Frank Ocean. He's had a huge year and the politics show that he's deserving of a big moment. Come on, bi-sexual R&B artist that they'll call a "rapper" when it's all said and done? Grammy Awards won't miss this opportunity.
2. Best New Artist: Frank Ocean
Best New Artist » The Alabama Shakes » Fun. » Hunter Hayes » The Lumineers » Frank Ocean
^ Refer to my above logic. LOL.
3. Best Rap Performance: G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy"
Best Rap Performance » Drake feat. Lil' Wayne - "HYFR (Hell Ya F---ing Right)" » Jay-Z & Kanye West - "N---as In Paris" » Nas - "Daughters" » Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz - "Mercy" » Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 - "I Do"
Even though I think that the Grammy Awards will probably go with some political bogus-ness like picking Young Jeezy's "I Do" instead of G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy," the real winners should either be Drake/Lil Wayne or Jay-Z/Kanye West. Something tells me they won't co-sign the titles of those songs. LOL.
4. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "No Church In The Wild"
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration » Flo Rida feat. Sia - "Wild Ones" » Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream - "No Church in the Wild" » John Legend feat. Ludacris - "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" » Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse - "Cherry Wine" » Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - "Talk That Talk"
Logic tells me Rihanna will get the win for this, but it really belongs to Jay-Z and Kanye West. That song really helped put Frank Ocean on front street and got him that strong rap co-sign. He turned into a real, proven artist instead of an Odd Future affiliate.
5. Best Rap Song: "The Motto"
Best Rap Song » Nas - "Daughters" » Wale feat. Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb" » Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz - "Mercy" » Drake feat. Lil' Wayne - "The Motto" » Jay-Z & Kanye West - "N---as In Paris" » Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars - "Young, Wild & Free"
Probably the hardest category to choose from. There's too many classics on here, it just depends on whether the Grammy Awards are going to be political or if they will have an edgy tone and pick something like "N*ggas In Paris."
6. Best Rap Album: Drake's Take Care
Best Rap Album » Drake, Take Care » Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 » The Roots, Undun » Nas, Life Is Good » Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don't » 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story
Say what you want about Drizzy, but that Take Care album had so many hit singles on there. You can't stunt on how much material he spun from that LP.
3. Moment of the Week: Tyga's "Bustas" Footage
We've seen some pretty wild stuff in this thing that they like to call the rap game but this Tyga on MTV's "Bustas" footage is in a class of its own. We all remember that Game "Change of Heart" clip and who can forget Pastor Troy on "Judge Alex" last year? SMH. Make room for Tyga b/c the amount of silliness he injected into this scrapped TV show is too funny. I know it was 2008, but c'mon Tyga! LOL!!!
I won't even get into his defense for the footage. It was something along the lines of him being a teenager and trying to get some shine on television. I think he even said the whole thing was scripted. SMH. They set him up hard! I mean, look at this:
He's up there looking like some sneaky three-year kid! LOL! Let's be honest, this footage almost makes Rick Ross' C.O. past look silly. Tyga's rapping about "Rack City" but looking like a spoiled little brat right here. To top it off? This never even made it to the air. That's wild. Let's just hope that his son doesn't ever get a hold of this footage or one of his rap enemies.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Che Mack
I don't know what it is about her, but I can't get enough of Che Mack. There's something about looking up and down her that makes me think, "If it wasn't for those craz tats, would she still be as sexy and attractive?" Sadly, probably not. Blame it on me watching a ton of New York Knicks basketball games since we finally got a full season this year and watching J.R. Smith and his tat-happy physique dominating hoops. I just got drawn to her body. LOL. Let me stop yapping, enjoy!
I know, I know, most of y'all need the visuals and there have been complications. Behold, there is plenty of Che Mack to wet your whistles over. PAUSE.
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things
Stop it! Rappers, entertainers, groupies, lend me your ears. The amount of silly-ness that's spewing out of your mouths is at an all-time high. It's starting with Game claiming that he's got a new record label and y'all won't believe how wack the title is. Game, you'd have been better with "Jacobs Records." LOL. Then it's my big dog Katt Williams just looking horrible. But past the looks, claiming you're quitting stand-up? LOL! That not pimpin', pimpin'! SMH. I mess with A$AP Rocky's music but saying you want to follow in Rihanna's shadow? That butt squeeze has your head all gassed up. And then I'm sorry, but Lil JoJo's mother coming out of the woodwork and claiming Chief Keef is the mastermind behind her son's tragic death? Take your war to the courtroom and attorneys, don't make absurd accusations you just can't prove yet. Then it's Superhead. Yeah. SMH...
"I just started a new record label, Rolex Records, and we're going to get off the ground and see if we can move," he says. The label is a joint venture between Game and fellow rapper, Stat Quo. "He was signed to Aftermath with me in the beginning. Now we're business partners, which is cool because he was a good friend of mine and he's just as equally music smart so we'll see how it goes," says Game.
"I'm just gonna go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up," Williams said in an interview. "I'm kinda done. This is, yeah, I've already discussed it with my kids. I wasn't really gonna do it on a Seattle street, I was gonna go to Los Angeles and do it in the offices of ICM or Live Nation."
Pretty Flacko will hit the road with Rihanna on her "Diamonds" tour in March, and hopes to one day have a career like his tourmate. "I pray with the grace of God that I can get to where she's at as far as her career. She's really big and she's really an idol in pop culture," he said.
"Chief Keef," Robin Russell said when asked who she believes is responsible for killing her son. "I don't believe him, himself pulled the trigger but I believe he paid somebody to do it. I would like justice to come from this and to show kids it's a better way to get an education and yes, I fear for my own life. [Police] have a couple leads, they're still working on it."
"Wayne and I have kept a relationship through my two husbands, his three kids, three additional baby mamas, three of his albums, three of my books, three of his arrests, one year in prison and three engagements on his part. We are indestructible and I find it fascinating. I'm in constant contact with this person every day, every other day. He is a part of my being. I'm not me without him. He makes me very happy, [but] I couldn't be with Wayne. I couldn't live Wayne's life."
***What a wild week, y'all. I don't know about y'all, but that Christmas shopping is hurting my wallet and my body. LOL. I respect any of y'all that make sure to get that holiday shopping done earrrrrrrly as in by November. LOL. You thought the streets were hard? Just go into a mall parking lot this weekend and tell me you don't get bodied by old folks in mini-vans trying to wait in line for hours. LOL. Until y'all know that pain, you don't know what I've been through! LOL. I'm hopping in the tub. See y'all Tuesday! --BB***
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]