Written by Archie Fucque
In this week’s Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about, Jim Jones putting the squeeze on Kanye West, G-Unit's reign coming to an end, The Game crying, Yung Berg blacking out on dark-skinned women and Barack Obama co-signing Lil’ Wayne as the best rapper alive.
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1. Tight Situation. Don’t count Jim Jones as a fan of Kanye West’s ultramodern fashion steez. In fact the Dipset capo thinks the Chi-town rapper’s attire is too close for comfort. Allegedly, West became incensed when he learned that Jones would be closing out Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert, instead of the logical choice, himself. When word of West’s sour grapes reached Jones he took a dig at West’s childish tantrums and child-size fitting clothing.
“Kanye is the one in the industry who throws tantrums and people become used to it and we don’t take things he says too personal because he is like the 'Revenge of the Nerds' to me," he said. "He is the one who wears full button ups Danny Terial style! I don’t like tight jeans! I only like tight jeans on females and that comment is not just for Ye! It seems like jeans are getting tighter and sneakers are getting bigger!”
SMH. Rappers are so Liberace. This seems like a case of the pot calling the kettle black. True Kanye’s style is suspect, but Jimmy shouldn’t be the one to call him on it. We’ve definitely seen dude in his share of schmedium shirts and crotch huggers. Plus he ran with a dude that fancied a pink mink and drove a pink Range Rover. Come on now!
2. G-Eulogy. Following the flop heard around the world, 50 Cent and his G-Unit cohorts Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo have yet to make any public statements regarding the paltry 102,000 copies of T.O.S. (Terminate On Sight) they sold his week. Could ths be the beginning of the end? The death of the dynasty? Prior to the disappointment of T.O.S., 50 sat down with MTV to begin touting his next solo album, Before I Self-Destruct. Fif is already touting the LP as a blockbuster. Even going as far as to suggest that it could be the next album to sell a million in a week, as Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III just did.
"Fourth quarter," he said of the release date. "I got some music. But I'mma make music until I reach a closing date. I'mma stay creative and continue to try and progress.
"I want to focus on the positive, and I feel I'm one of the more vocal people in hip-hop," he added. "Even when it's not about music, people pay attention to me, because I have something to offer. I'll continue to create quality music at a pace they haven't seen."
Now, I’m in no way suggesting that the career of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is over, but what I’m about to say with full confidence is that G-Unit is dead. With Young Buck gone and 50 no longer being able to carry Banks and Yayo on his back, stick a fork in the Unit. Come on, Plies sold more records than G-Unit in a week. I feel like there is no better time than now to write the first few lines of the G-Unit eulogy.
Ladies and Gents,
Here lies a crew that made survival of the fittest an art form. A band of fighters. No odds were insurmountable. No battle unaccepted. No enemy off limits. It was even common for them to knock off their own. Malevolent, cold-hearted and battle tested, this crew bucked the trends and laughed at the game as they ascended to the top…
Feel free to finish that up for me, folks.
3. When Thugs Cry. On a week when he should have been rejoicing the demise of his archenemies G-Unit, The Game was seen crying over spilled milk. That’s right, yet another G-Unit affiliated rapper was brought to tears. Though it's not unusual for The Game to show emotion, the Compton emcee opened up the waterfalls during an interview with Music Choice TV. When discussing the fact that he was unable to get any rappers to rap alongside him on his Sean Bell tribute song “911 Is A Joke,” Game broke down.
Wow. This guy gets pretty emotional. Not that this is not a serious matter, I agree more rappers need to stand up in situations like this, but I don’t think Game gets it. It’s not Sean Bell, it’s you. No one really likes you dude. You’re a nut case.
Can y'all imagine the responses he got from certain rappers when he called to get them on the track.
Game: Hey I'm doing a Sean Bell song. Want in?
Jay-Z: Hey, I would but I got this thing...
Kanye: Aw man, I'm on the "Glow In The Dark" tour; hit me when I get back.
Busta: I'll catch you on the remix, son.
Dr Dre: [Operator] The number you have dialed is no longer in service.
Ice-T: Eat a d*ck, n*gga.
50 Cent: Call me back, I'm on the phone with Buck.
4. Color Me Bad. Yung Berg just committed a cardinal sin of rap: Don’t alienate the butt that feeds you. More plainly the butts you need in the seats at your show and the ones you need shaking on the dance floor to your music. The diminutive emcee recently did an interview with the ladies over at Lip Service on Shade 45 where he openly admits to discriminating against women of the darker skin.
“I’m kinda racist… I don’t really like dark butts too much… It’s rare that I do dark butts," he admitted. "Like really rare… It’s like, no darker than me. No darker than me. I love the pool test…. If you can be like ‘Yo, baby. I met you in the club. Let’s go back to my house. Jump in the pool exactly like you are.’ And you don’t come looking better wet than you were before you got in the pool then that’s not a good look.”
LOL. I can’t really say I’m riled up about this comment. Honestly, I’m oddly entertained by it. One, this is Yung Berg. He has to say things like this just to assure we pay attention to him. Two, if he were to say the opposite of this “I don’t really like light skin women” would we be upset?
5. Mass Appeal. While Rev. Jesse Jackson may want to castrate Barack Obama, Lil' Wayne probably just wants to shake his hand. During a recent town-hall in Georgia the presidential hopeful lectured a predominately African American audience on the reasons why we shouldn’t want our kids to aspire to be basketball players and rappers.
“You can’t find a job, unless you are a really, really good basketball player — which most of you brothas are not," he said. "I know you think you are, but you’re not. You are overrated in your own mind. You will not play in the NBA. You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil’ Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school.”
Wow! High praise from the future president of the United States of America for Lil’ Wayne. You’d think he’d say Jay-Z, but no he said the other Mr. Carter. He basically said there’s only one Weezy and you’re not it. This has to be way more gratifying for Wanye than anything Diddy has said in his numerous “man crush” videos.
Well that's it for now. Ya’ll know the drill, hit me up at email@example.com. Let’s talk G-Unit, Yung Berg and whatever else you want to get of your chest.