Man, one week ago I was thinking of how so little was going on in the hip hop world. One crappy awards show later, and we got beef thrown left and right. My immediate reaction to the BET fight was that it wasn't even worth our time, and I feel some of you would agree that it's so asinine that it's not worth talking about. I only reconsidered this notion because, let's face it, it's news. Sure, It's not the greatest news, but it's news nonetheless. So we'll have coverage on that, as well as a few other stories worth noting. In other news, there is some sort of hip hop showcase over at Cal State Long Beach soon that I'll be hitting up for more hopefuls. I have a few ideas for the column in the near future, but to be honest, October will be a bit on the light side. I have a featured column over in the Movie section that is taking a ton of work, and the Wrestling 5&1 is no joke. This isn't to say that the quality will drop; the Low End is still my pride n joy – but, I will try and give time to each column without attempting to kill myself or lower my grades.
I also want to point some attention to the comment section! It's new, it's flashy, and it's easier to use! Seriously, a one time registration, and you won't have to log in again! It makes it for a much more interactive column, and I can't wait for TheR, SS87 and Box, as well as others to bring their insight and uniqueness to the column! One love!
Video of the Week
Tyga ft. 2 Chainz – Do my Dance
I can't help but think there's some sort of subliminal "have sex with me" message here….
- The Game was recently kicked out of Lil Wayne's birthday party . Although I know it didn't go down like this, I imagine a clown hitting Game in a jumper , causing angry parents to come remove his ass…
- Kendrick Lamar claimed that Lady Gaga didn't fit the concept of his upcoming album….and she just made Cake, too….
- Lil Wayne called the collaboration between Drake and Aaliyah, "an awesome collaboration." Remember now, Lil Wayne is the same guy that thinks Tyga and Nicki are at the to of their game.
LAMAR RELEASES TRACKLIST
Let's start this shit with some positive. I'll get to the fight in the next segment, but I'm going to start with Kendrick Lamar finally releasing the official tracklist for his upcoming album. It's coming soon!!! Anyways, let's take a look at it:
1. Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter's Daughter
2. Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
3. Backseat Freestyle
4. The Art of Peer Pressure
5. Money Trees feat. Jay Rock
6. Poetic Justice feat. Drake
7. good kid
8. m.A.A.d city feat. MC Eiht
9. Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version]
10. Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
11. Real feat. Anna Wise
12. Compton feat. Dr. Dre
13. The Recipe feat. Dr. Dre
14. Black Boy Fly
15. Now or Never feat. Mary J. Blige
16. Collect Calls
17. Swimming Pools (Drank)
As we can see, there are just enough tracks with Kendrick only to give those who have never heard an idea of who the man is, with only a few features. One notable omission is that of Lady Gaga, who was rumored to be on the album but was removed due to Kendrick claiming she didn't fit the concept of the album. This is great news, but not just because Gaga is Gone(gone) – it also shows that Kendrick has some semblance of control over this album, which means it's going to be every bit as good as we want it to be. Kendrick can most definitely stand on his own, but getting help from the likes of Dre and Mary J is nothing to sneeze at. I'm looking forward to the album, and will hopefully have enough time for a full review the day it drops!
Your Turn: How does the tracklist make you feel about the success of the album?
BET ENDS WITH A BRAWL
Let me preface this by saying I have no interest, whatsoever, in this sign of idiocy, so can only report what I've read in passing, and heard about. The most thorough report that I saw was one by DJ Drama who is shown in the video as actually being there. Rumors flew out that Young Jeezy and Rick Ross got into words, then a pushing match, and it ended in a bit of gun brandishing. According to Drama, there were no gunfights and there really wasn't even a fight. "Jeezy was walking one way, Ross was going the other way. They stopped briefly, exchanged a few words, and there was some pushing and shoving. That was pretty much it...I just heard a couple, 'What's ups,' I didn't hear what else was said. The video that you see is all after the fact. Jeezy wasn't even inside at that moment, he was already outside. The confrontation in the video is Ross' manager, Gucci Pucci, trying to get to Ross and the cops trying to stop him because they don't know who he is. There's no footage of the fight. That's all afterwards...it wasn't a fight. No shots were fired. It was a small disagreement, but it was a small disagreement between two very important and big individuals within hip-hop. It's been the talk of the town."
He's right, it HAS been the talk of the town, and what for? Look, if there was truly NO issue, then there's nothing to talk about. And if there was an issue, why should we be glorifying it? It's 2012, and neither one of these guys is Pac or Biggie. I'm not condoning gun play, but assuming that there was any attempt of shooting, then it's not too harsh to say that neither one of these guys are blips on the radar of hip hop. Sorry Drama, these guys are not that important.
Your Turn: Does this news set hip-hop back, or is it too insignificant.
DIVAS DIVISION COULD USE THESE TWO
It's common knowledge that Mariah Carey has some mental issues. Her outrageous demands are widely noted. It's also common knowledge that Nicki Minaj more often than not doesn't make a lick of sense and can be really immature. Whoever thought it'd be a good idea to put these two in a room for a prolonged amount of time must have either been thinking "I need more crack" or "ratings, ratings, ratings!" Probably both.
Anyways, the story goes that there was a disagreement during the judging in North Carolina, and someone was able to nab some video.
In watching this video alone, Mariah is pretty inaudible and Nicki is the one looking like a hood rat from the streets, yelling at her baby's daddy. Like I said, I don't know what Mariah is saying in the video, but Nicki really comes out of this one looking dumb. Of course, in true Mariah fashion, the issue escalated when Barbara Walters went on The View and informed viewers that she received a call from Mariah who stated that Nicki said, "If I had a gun, I would shoot the bitch." (I think the line was, if I had dick, I would pull it out and piss on em, but I digress). Finally, where else do feuds escalate but Twitter!? Nicki heard of the gun issue and tweeted no less than ten times to get her point across which was essentially that Mariah is a diva and Barbara only allowed the story to come out that she wanted to shoot Mariah because she was a black rapper. Aside from the idiotic statement of calling herself a rapper, I don't feel the least bit sorry for Nicki, Mariah, or American Idol. Nicki looked just as everyone thought she was; a Stupid Hoe. Mariah continued to be a diva and a half. And American Idol is stupid for even bringing either of them on. Mariah seemed to have lost her talent long ago, and Nicki….well, she's Nicki.
Your Turn: Who is the stupid hoe here? Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey?
Egyptian Lover – And My Beat Goes Boom
I was born in 1986, on the West coast. My upbringing wasn't all that gravy, y'all. Surrounded by gang members and the like, but there was one thing that will forever be a staple of my childhood, and that's this guy. Back then, I had no idea who he was, only that he had a few songs I knew I shouldn't be listening to. Songs like, "I Need a Freak," and "Egyptian Lover" were not something a small child should have been bobbin his head to, but not only was it a song of the times and area I was brought up in, it was also the preface to hip hop as we know it on the West Coast. It was before the gangsta glam, and the influx of NWA. Egyptian Lover started out as a DJ in Los Angeles, and would grow significantly, but not off of album sales. Oh no, it was the 12" singles that brought him the most notoriety, and although I didn't post one of the most known songs, I'm sure everyone has heard this guy at one time or another.
No Douche of the Week this week, mainly due to practically each news story here holding some semblance of douchiness. That, and Joseph is heading to Mexico as we speak. Keep coming back for the best Hip Hop Column round town, ya feel me!? See ya in seven.