In this week’s Pulse Report, doggies, we find out why Lupe Fiasco refuses to kick it with Pete Rock, ring the bell on Young Money versus G.O.O.D. Music, applaud 50 Cent for stealing the spotlight from G-Unit and oh SOHH much more!
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1. Pistol Pete
I always hate when things like this happen. There’s a fine line between loyalty and logic. My heart says I should stick things out with Pete Rock and ride the anger train he started up toward Lupe Fiasco’s team, and then my mind says, “DOGGY, YOU’RE BUGGING OUT!!!” It’s kind of like when your favorite athlete took a horrible game-winning shot and LOST when he had another doggy at the basket ready to win the game. Yeah, you know the championship could have been won by him making a different decision but then you know you can’t admit it to other doggies. You gotta just swallow that pill. Same is true right here. As much as I value Pete Rock as a true innovator, his rant over “T.R.O.Y” getting sampled was too OD for even me to turn a blind eye to. Let’s see how this whole feud popped off:
“Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” drops tomorrow on iTunes, but without Fiasco and his label butting heads like the old days, what would the end product sound like? Everything the rapper has done post-LASERS has been met with trepidation although the free release of his Friend of the People mixtape should have put all the stress to rest. If it didn’t, Fiasco fans can check out an excerpt of “Around My Way” and decide on what direction it hints the album will go. At first listen, early signs are very encouraging. The track summons Pete Rock & CL Smooth‘s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)” with an amped up take that hits harder on the drums and bass. This is definitely not the Modest Mouse samplings of LASERS‘ first single “The Show Goes On.” (OC Weekly)
^ So Lupe puts out this record. Kinda hot? Nah, FIRE based off the beat alone. Surely it wouldn’t take long before Rock got put up on it, right?
“Who ever Re-created that didn’t do a good job @ all. #nohate,” he tweeted May 21st.
“This business can be so lame, sometimes I make beats blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back and still these cats can’t be original to”
“So untalented and unoriginal. Makes me feel like I’m truly the best that ever did it. Yo hev and t-Roy I love and miss da shit outta y’all” (Pete Rock’s Twitter)
^ I saved y’all the hassle of seeing Rock put out about 50 more tweets that all said the same thing with more/less more anger. SMH. Shortly after this, y’all know Lupe had to address it:
“That was a little unexpected, seeing as we already reached out to him to get his blessing and all that. We went and did it,” Fiasco said in an interview. “Especially because of what it means to him and what it represents to him and how deep, how personal the record is for him. At the same time, too, with Heavy D passing and all that stuff, we tried to be as sensitive as possible with it and make sure that we represent it correctly. But there are so many remakes of ‘T.R.O.Y.’ out there. That’s what was surprising.” (“The Morning Riot”)
^ To make matters even BETTER, they even squashed it, or so we thought, a few hours later:
“I just got off da phone lupe, we worked out our differences and we bout to get it in. Gonna be epic and we gonna give Troy and hev the,” he tweeted May 23rd.
“Proper respect they deserve and make history with lupe.” (Pete Rock’s Twitter)
“Shout to the Friends&Family for bringing some internal closure to this…all g on this side Pete…Big Chuck whaddup… #MyGodFoRealListen,” he tweeted May 23rd. (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
Sadly, things didn’t end here. For better or worse, things got, well, um….WORSE. Let’s all keep in mind, Lupe is a weird doggy. I’ve aired him out plenty of times in here, but even I know that in a insanity match, he’d beat me in seconds. So why would Pete even give him reason to go into this spewl below?
“We wasn’t on the phone like, ‘Oh, I love you, Pete.’ At the end of the day, I was hot. My crew was hot, the people who put it together was hot, my record company was hot … [The truce tweet?] He wasn’t supposed to say that. He was supposed to say the same sh– he said on the phone, ‘Yo man it was my bad, that was wack, it was f—ed up for me to say that, it was disrespectful, I was 100 percent in the wrong, I apologize.’ That’s what he was supposed to say.” (“Sway in the Morning”)
“You let all these other dudes rap on it, but you sh– on me? It’s like damn, it’s me, kid,” Fiasco added, “I don’t know how to respect that. Part of me comes from the streets, straight from the streets and part of me don’t know how to respect that.” (“Sway in the Morning”)
^ I have to agree with Lupe. Y’all realize how many times that record has been not only sampled but freestyled over by doggies that had no business rapping on it? SMH. And out of all the doggies, he goes off on Lupe? LOL. That was a bit cold-blooded. And to top that off, Lupe said he didn’t even get the sample from Rock but from some 1960′s jazz record? LOL!!!!! I can’t call it doggies, Fiasco bodied Rock right there. If nothing else, please let’s not have doggies reach out to C.L. Smooth for his take on this so-called beef. LOL.
2. War Games
Am I the only doggy that saw this coming months ahead of everyone else? It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that this was in the works for a LONG time. Don’t let the past collaborations fool you, I could tell both sides hated each other since 2010. I guess y’all forgot about Kanye West and Jay-Z getting dissed by Drake for forming The Throne? Nah, memory still foggy? What about Lil Wayne publicly dissing Jay-Z and Kanye West a few months back in that Grammy weekend freestyle? SMH. Nah? You want something a little more direct, how about:
“To me YMCMB is mid and Rocafella/GoodMusic is kush you sell more pounds of mid but which one would you rather smoke #imjustsayin,” he tweeted Friday (February 24). (Cyhi The Prynce’s Twitter)
^ LOL! Uh-huh…… Those recollections starting to come back now? I can’t fake, Global Grind did a great job in covering this new Pusha T V.S. Drake/Lil Wayne thing. Turns out Pusha T put out a certified banger that any doggy with a keen sense of subliminals knowledge saw was a diss going at Young Money. Peep “Exodus 23:1″ down below:
“Beef is best served like steak, well done get a gun to your face, bitch n*gga/Beef will have you praying to God, move your kids have you hiding your mom/Beef is when you hide behind them other n*ggas, but they ain’t killas/They ain’t pulling them triggas, f*ck n*gga.”
And the doggies over at GG took it a step further trying to make connections to the disses:
Pusha T and Drake have a history of exchanging words via wax, and Pusha T may be responding to Drake’s slight jab on Meek Mill’s “Amen” track.
On “Amen” Drake raps:
“G.O.O.D ain’t good enough, and your hood ain’t hood enough.”
Pusha throws jabs at Drake spitting:
“Contract all f*cked up, I guess that means you’re all f*cked up/You signed to one n*gga, that signed to another n*gga, that signed to three n*ggas, now that’s bad luck.”
Pusha also comes at the Young Money general Lil Wayne, rapping:
“Jeremy Scott’s all camouflage, you can’t hide it from yourself career sabotage/I was really in that Travelodge, you just lying through your catalogues/Where the blood and the battle scars, we the ones the judge juggling them gavel’s on.” (Global Grind)
SMH. That’s tough but the only thing that keeps this from being a 10 out of 10 is the fact Pusha copped out by not name-dropping. COME ON DOGGY! Even Drake said doggies like Pusha need to start calling out his name if they’ve got a problem. LOL. But Lil Wayne showed that he’s up on the diss. Kinda weak in my opinion though. LOL.
“Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em,” he tweeted May 23rd. (Lil Wayne’s Twitter)
^ Truth be told, Young Money has a stronger team than G.O.O.D. Music, but only time will tell. Let’s be honest, aside from Pusha, can any doggy really drop those diss bombs? Ye? Ehhh. Kid Cudi? LOL!!! MAYBBBBE Big Sean, but looking at the damage Lil Wayne’s done, consider what Drake dropped on Common and the demolition of Lil Kim at the hands of Nicki Minaj….can y’all see it?
3. Doggy of the Week: 5-0 Cent
Even the Mets win a game once a year. LOL. Yes, doggies, despite my personal feelings toward 5-0 Cent, he stole the show this past seven days and got a spot in here. Sometimes bad publicity is good publicity at the end of the day, huh? Over the past seven days, doggy got sympathy over a “hospital scare”, made us wonder if there’s beef between him and Lloyd Banks, showed he’s down with Wiz Khalifa, stood up to Interscope Records and oh yeah, made use wonder if there’s beef between him and Lloyd Banks, AGAIN. LOL. Give it up to him, the one and only, 5-0 Cent.
“I’m in a dead serious moment like, ‘D*mn, I don’t believe this is happenin’ right now,’ ” Fif said recalling the moments before Slim Shady phoned him. “He goes, ‘Yo Fif, you were shot nine times man if you die over a burger, this sh– ain’t gonna go right. People ain’t gonna be feelin’ this.’” (RapFix)
^ LOL! I can’t lie, that’s pretty funny. Who knows if 5-0 is being honest b/c I still think this is a publicity stunt but if Eminem did get at him with the furious tone? LOL! That’s got to be a funny moment.
Fif also talked Lloyd Banks. There’s been rumors of Banks having tension with the rest of G-Unit, but 50 says he’s allowing Banks to “develop” on his own. After putting so much energy into Banks’ career, he now wants to focus on his own music. “There’s a point when artists need to develop themselves and their things on their own. He’s reached that point,” 50 explained. “You work for me but I’m working for you? That’s the concept that’s been going on their entire career… I gotta focus on me too.” (Baller Status)
^ Is it me or is Lloyd Banks getting thrown under the bus? Let’s be honest, doggies, it’s been a minute since Lloyd Banks has really flourished on his own. I’d say right after 2004, things went downhill. Y’all remember that Lloyd Banks and Olivia record from summer 2005? SMH. 5-0 makes a good point, a bit of blood got drawn but truth is in the pudding.
“While I was sitting in the hospital, I saw Wiz Khalifa send a tweet out saying he got something, and he felt like it would be cool if I was actually on a record with him,” 50 said. “So I responded to him and I told him, ‘Let’s work.’ I’m feeling good, I was feeling better by the time that tweet went through, so I said, ‘Send it,’ and I’ll speak to him a little later on. … Stay tuned to hear what happens next because it’s gonna go down.” (MTV)
^ 5-0 and Wiz Khalifa on the same track? Can any doggy say bandwagon? LOL. But nah, the fact that Wiz reached out to 5-0 is a good look. Even though I can’t co-sign what he does on his own, the doggy can still kill a guest feature.
“There’s a lot more business involved [in putting out an album] than the general public is aware of. And that part causes the actual delay with [Interscope]. I’m releasing my album July 3rd, whether is has commercial promotions or not,” 50 said in an interview. “My birthday is July 6 and I planned for it. And I’m doing everything that I planned to do regardless if its huge airplay or not. I could care less, I’m putting the record out.” (All Hip Hop)
^ I’m going to hold doggy to his word on this. But take some things into consideration. For starters, his album doesn’t even have a name yet. Second, is there even an official single? Third, do you really think Interscope is sweating over this threat? LOL. Sounds good, but just like that Havoc Twitter hacking, do doggies care enough?
“You want to offer them the opportunity to take your base and make it theirs, that their attributes will make them shine at different points because everyone is built differently. We’re all made of something different. Even though we all function the same, as humans, we’ve got different qualities and talents. I’d like for them all to establish themselves in their own right and the way to do it is to give them space. You can shit or get off the toilet. As far as I’m concerned, you can figure out how to move or you can sit there until nobody cares you’re there. It’s not going to make me any bigger or less than I am now. And that’s not towards Banks–that’s towards any artist at this point.” (Complex)
^ Let’s be quite honest, doggies. The fact that it’s 2012 and 5-0 is talking about giving his artists space? HUH!? To make matters worse, Banks has been spitting since 2002, so the idea he’s still relying on help from 5-0? SMH. I feel you 5-0, that’s just some hard facts.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Alicia Monae
Let’s try something different doggies. And now, introduce the one and only …….. ALICIA MONAE! LOL. Now how’s that for short and sweet?
^ OKAY, now don’t get too upset with me doggies but I could only come across one video of Alicia Monae. Just thank me for putting y’all up on her early. She’s a star in the making.
5. Doggies Say The Darndest Things
You know what’s funny, doggies? At some point in time, and I’m sure I’m guilty of this too, every last one of your favorite rappers has contradicted themselves. Whether it was something they said on local college radio before they blew up or a tweet they did and had to delete seconds later. They’ve all done it. I’ve come to realize that this particular section is an awesome time capsule. Just when you think your favorite rapper has been mistake-free, you take a scroll in here and see the sad truth. Let’s get right into it:
“This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man. What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. So I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations contractually.”
“Michelle Obama is the most beautiful woman on the planet,” Nas said in an interview. “She cares about people. All first ladies have their jobs to do, but you can feel her sincerity.”
“Floyd’s gotta go in, he’s gotta go to jail,” Fif said in an interview. “So when he comes out of jail, I want him to fight in New York. … He hasn’t fought in the East Coast, so I want to bring him to fight in, I don’t know, maybe I’ll get Jay involved and we’ll bring him to Brooklyn, to the new Nets stadium and if not that, then Yankees Stadium.”
“It happened just because he wanted to leak something. I wanted to wait and come out with the dopest song we were going to make,” he explained in an interview. “On 4/19 I realized what the next day was, I thought we should leak “Chief” then. This isn’t a gimmick for me, I does this marijuana sh*t for real. Bring Wiz Khalifa and Curren$ y and I’ll smoke both of them under the table.”
“Where you find this n*gga, if you get this in the middle please rewind this my n*gga,” he raps, “You gonna play with me, okay, you want me violent/You just started getting head, these chicks is tossing salad/Oh you the president, who playing with them dollars.”
***Doggies, I can’t fake, I’m shook over those New York Rangers in this Game 6 tonight. LOL. We came too far to get our walking papers in a Game 6 on the road. SMH. Things have been too magical for it not to work out. Gotta love New York sports. LOL. Not sure about y’all, but the weather is looking nasty out here in the Big Apple, so make sure y’all enjoy yourselves this holiday weekend and I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday with that Pulse Report. Might try something different with the Cap Diss photo, so stay tuned! –BB***
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