In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to take a look at Kendrick Lamar coming out of the shadows to kill the buzz behind “Control,” laugh our you-know-whats off at Drake pretty much destroying Common’s career again, applaud President Barack Obama and oh SOHH much more.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
1. This Bores Me
I’m bored. Yup, I said it. Just when I thought it was fun complaining about all of the no-name rappers stepping up to take shots at Kendrick Lamar for either name-dropping or not name-dropping them, calling himself the “King of New York” or doing something else on “Control,” K “Dot” (SMH) comes out and pretty much ends the fun. It was bound to happen at some point, but didn’t everyone want another week of lame rappers getting famous for dissing Kendrick? LOL. He kept it too 100 and really made a good point about the song on pretty much every platform you could think of. SMH. Roll the cameras:
^ I’m sorry, but there’s just no way I’m going to transcribe every last one of those interviews! LOL. If y’all are on the train, you’re going to have to wait to get some Internet service and watch/listen to those interviews. Now let me get my quick thoughts in and I swear we can move past this.
For one, I’m upset. Yeah, I said it. As much as I was expecting Kendrick to come out and address this track, his political response was kinda, you know, too clean and nice. When you look at how he spit that rachet and precise stuff on the “Control” track and then came out all nice about it in the interviews? Huh? That’s like watching a really good, tough basketball game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks that results in Melo hitting the game-winning shot in South Beach and then LeBron coming up to hug him. Nahhhhhh, where they do that at? You can’t build something up that big and then politely wipe your hands clean? You gotta pay for calling yourself the “King of NY” and maybe I’m too ignorant to “get it” but that was too easy.
Secondly, when are media outlets going to come up with something fresh? Even Chelsea Handler asked him about the track. SMH. Pause on the early tip but I would have preferred her to ask him about how many girls he’s slept with or how much he’s packing below the belt.
Third and lastly, where are the responses now to what he said? If anything, I’d expect Papoose to drop another record on Kendrick about him taking his words back and copping pleas. LOL. Maybe that’s the Bronx side of me speaking out but this was too easy, y’all.
2. Finally Over
I’m not going to lie, Common has never overly impressed me as an emcee. It’s like, I’ve always respected him like you would someone like Kool G. Rap or KRS-One, but aside from a couple tracks, if you’re lucky, do you know even of his albums, let alone songs? He never did it for me. There’s always a song or two I kinda remember him doing, like that one with Erykah Badu and then “The Corner” with Kanye West, but all in all, Common’s been pretty much hit-and-miss. He’ll have a hot record one year and then kinda go ghost or just not pop for a few years and then the cycle continues. Well, that cycle may finally be broke after the disservice Drake did to him in an interview. LOL. I was blown away by what Drake said, pay attention:
“There is a bunch of Common diehards who would never let you utter the words “Drake got” anything in front of them. I felt really hurt man. I felt like some injustice was done to me in a sense of we’re talking about Common, we’re talking a guy whose music I enjoy, a guy who I had never met, a guy who I never conversed with at that point. We’re talking about the guy outside the hearing impaired girl’s window with the sign cards with the love songs and he’s coming at me for being soft? That hurt me. I told him that. I’m like, “Man, you’re supposed to embrace what I’m doing. I’m balancing real rap with girl records with club records. I’m just trying to give people music to live with and for you, of all people, to attack me?”” (XXL Magazine)
“If Jeezy came at me and said I was soft, I would be like, “Yeah, I guess, probably.” It was just crazy for it to be him. Even when we linked up, it was like, “What are you doing? Why?” It was like, “I never met you? What happened?” I do know that when we finally connected in person it was like, “Yeah, let’s just dead it.” Which made me kind of feel like it was an album week thing, which it was, by the way. I don’t know if anyone remembers that–his album was coming out that week.” (XXL Magazine)
^ That doesn’t even warrant a response. That’s COLD-BLOODED. Let me just point out a few key things Drake said that were dead-on. For one, Common went at Drake for being soft and yet he DID do that song with the hand cards for the lovey dovey record. He’s actually done a LOT of tracks that really appeal to the females. Drake makes an excellent point here that just because Common realized he wanted to get back to that early 90’s boom bap (can any doggy say ‘mid-life crisis’ yet?), he shouldn’t forget that he did songs just the way Drake does songs.
I’ll skip my other points and go right to the dagger: the emphasis on saying the beef was about album promo? LOL!!! DEAD! The way Drake kept on egging on the fact that Common really had to do some type of beef to sell his record? LOL. Classic. That was just classic. I’m sorry, but Common lost a lot of respect from me at the hands of Drake right here. Funny stuff.
3. Moment of the Week: President Barack Obama Commemorates March On Washington 50th Anniversary
Whether you want to rock with that Democrat or Republic party is up to you, but at the end of the day you can’t deny how much has changed over the last 50 years in America. Sure, you can say there’s still racism, plenty of it to be fair, and unemployment is a big problem but when you look at the grand scheme of things? We have a black president that not only won an election but won TWICE. We have not only mixed couples but there’s gay marriage being legalized throughout the United States and publicly displayed on television shows. There’s a lot of good in the world. This week, President Obama and a grip of others helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington. Pause the music and pay attention:
August 28, 2013 11:35 AM EDT — During his speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama says that while no one can match Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s brilliance, the spirt from 50 years ago lives on. (The Washington Post)
This was very special. Was it as meaningful as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech? Not at all, but that doesn’t take away the significance. Sometimes we have to take a minute to reflect on how good we all have it. Racial segregation over, men and women of all colors working together and the ability to believe you can really be whatever it is you want? That’s no longer a dream but a reality. Thank-you Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Jordin Sparks
Let me be completely honest with y’all, I always thought Jordin Sparks was cute but the baby fat, or just plain fat, she used to have back in the day never made me really take her serious. I know it sounds really crappy to say something like that but the truth of the matter is no one has the time or patience to wait for a potential wifey to shake the weight and look great. Coincidentally these past few years we’ve seen people like Jennifer Hudson completely transform herself and now looking at Jordin Sparks? SMH. Just peep the pics already.
^ Speechless. When did Jordin grow a seriously nice azz?
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things
SMH. There’s been some really corny things said in hip-hop these past seven days but this last week might really have some true gems in them! LOL. Let’s start off with A$AP Rocky backing out of these Rihanna rumors. Look, A$AP, the ‘net’s not bugging, if you’re smashing let it be known! LOL. Then it’s Drake’s explanation of his new Blue Ivy Carter cover. LOL. Why does Drake have to make everything he says so introspective when it’s just a baby and him looking at one another on an album cover? LOL. No Malice, I rocks with you but saying you’d not take an offer to join G.O.O.D Music? Even Ma$e said he had to get with the devil (5-0 Cent) to get his message across to the world. Riff Raff’s explanation for wanting to face-off against Drake? LOL! Classic material. I actually think he’s dope but does anyone see him selling more than 5,000 copies in the first week? Lastly, Snoop Dogg made some great points when talking about Kendrick Lamar but saying he’s got gangstas with him? Who, Schoolboy Q? SMH. Yup, y’all already know what time it is.
“Nah, we weren’t filming no video, we were just chillin,’ ” Lord Flacko told MTV News of the August 15 photos, despite the presence of cameras, lighting equipment and plenty of extras on what appears to be a video set. Rocky denied rumors of any romance, saying, “People crazy. You know people say a lot.” A$AP has been dating supermodel Chanel Iman — the couple even rode the subway home from Sunday’s VMAs in Brooklyn — yet even that hasn’t stopped the speculation.
“When you go to the store and see it, you’ll see the full painting,” Drake explained in an interview. “When it’s positioned on the shelf, whatever store you go to, if they do it as I’ve asked [laughs], you’ll see the fact that it’s a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it’s so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I’ve been trying to tell this story, I’ve got there, but maybe not got there all the way. And what that album art is to me is, like, this is my most clean, concise thoughts from now, and my best recollection of then. That’s really what that cover’s about.”
“No, no, no, that’s not an option for me,” No Malice told SOHH when asked if he would ever consider joining the G.O.O.D Music team. “That’s not something I would consider due to the fact that what I’m doing is different. What I’m doing, and respect to everybody, I have to do it. I have to be able to control the shots for what I do. I don’t even know if there is even any other facility that would know what to do with his kind of music. That’s just how I feel, that’s my take on it. This is something that is very near and dear to me and I really need to be in control of it.”
“It’s not a competition. It’s my way of doing community service cause I’m trying to save on the environment and the gas money,” he tells XXL during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. “Instead of going back and buying my album a couple weeks later, you might as well go drive and make one trip. Pick up everything. Buy both albums. I’m just being nice to the environment.” Just like every diehard fan, Drake’s last new friend will certainly be picking up Nothing Was The Same in a few weeks. “Of course. I can’t wait for it to come out.”
“I wouldn’t say New York is soft, I stand behind what Maino said. I was listening to him on the radio station, it was crazy to hear somebody from New York speak from the perspective that he spoke from and he’s a real n*gga, so, you can’t just not take his words into account. I was listening to him speak from his perspective and he basically hit it on the nail. There’s a lot of following going on with sound and influences but what people don’t understand is New York influenced everybody. When hip-hop was born and bred, it was born here and it spread across the whole globe and its influence was definitely going to take on new faces and new bodies and new sounds — but the thing is, it all originated here so there’s no such thing as a true original.”
***Weekend time! Forget all that, LABOR DAY WEEKEND! I don’t want to hear it, there’s no reason any one of y’all doggies should have to work Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. You better call out sick one of those days and enjoy really the last feel-good weekend of the summer. It’s about to get real again, with the summer love fading away and that rise and grind mentality coming back into play. Get your hands on that new Madden 25, go out, do whatever you need to do to enjoy this weekend and live it up! I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! –BB***