Written By Archie Fucque
In this week’s Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about 50 Cent patching up his relationship with Jadakiss while going on the war path with his latest freestyle, T-Pain committing blasphemy on a Kirk Franklin track, Yung Berg associates promising retribution for the chain heist, Fat Joe calling Daddy Yankee a "sellout" for endorsing John McCain, and KRS-One bridging the gap with Soulja Boy.
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1. War & Peace
In a week when The Game ended his beef with Joe Budden during a show in New York City, 50 Cent sought to one-up him by further cooling his conflict with fellow NYC rapper Jadakiss. Early this year, 50 made clear that he didn’t have an issue with Jada, but now in a video shot by Fif’s website thisis50.com, Jada confirmed that he has spoken to 50 and hints at the possibility of a future collaboration between the two. [Watch Here]
”Yeah I hollered at son, you know,” said Jadakiss. “We hollered like grown men. We kicked it. Hopefully there’ll be a good outcome from this.”
To the question of collaborations, Kiss answered:
"Yeah you going to see a lot of things."
There was even a massive picture of Jada promoting the video on the site. However, don’t think for one second that the G-Unit general is growing soft on the competition. In recent mixtape freestyle “Here I Am” he pokes fun at the current investigation of the suspicious fire at his Long Island mansion, while daring his enemies to step out of line, as he is ready for conflict. [Listen Here]
Rarely do you get the opportunity to commend rappers for behaving like grown men in cases like this. So I guess I should be proud of these two right now. Hmmm. Still, something doesn’t feel 100 about this. I feel like they both had their fingers crossed. We’ll see what happens.
2. Feeling The Gospel
It’s no secret T-Pain has broken a commandment or two in his lifetime. However, his most recent act of debauchery has drawn some criticism from gospel artist Kirk Franklin. As reported on MTV, the rappa ternt sanga lifted Franklin’s 1993 track “Silver & Gold” and put his own alcohol splashed spin to it. T-Pain sang:
“You’ll be hanging, swanging, drinking two types of Patrón. I done mixed up silver and gold/ I done mixed up silver and gold/ I’mma tryin’ to get drunk before this party/ Somebody’s gonna have to carry me home/ I done drank the silver and gold.”
Franklin’s version went like this:
“Silver and gold/ Silver and gold/ I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold/ No fame or fortune/ Nor riches untold/ I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold.”
Here’s Pain’s explanation:
“The record, it got leaked, then me and Kirk Franklin had to talk. He was doing most of the talking. He was saying it wasn’t no disrespect. He was saying he knows how songs get leaked. He had it happen to him before. He said he wasn’t a saint and it wasn’t like he never did nothing wrong. It’s not like [Kirk] said I did something wrong. He said if I was gonna go with it, just change the melody. ‘You can still say silver and gold.’ He’s got a lot of people saying stuff to him: ‘How could you let T-Pain destroy a gospel song like that? How could let him talk about alcohol?’ I wasn’t even doing it for a mixtape or nothing. I was literally drinking and made a song. I was bored in the studio. There was nothing else to do. I made it into an alcoholic anthem, which wasn’t good.”
No harm no foul. Given Kirk Franklin’s porn addiction and T-Pain’s love of strippers, this doesn’t seem like nothing a meeting at a nearby Gentlemen's club can’t fix. Heck, maybe Pain can shoot a video and mail the uncut version to Franklin c/o Reverend Seymour Butts.
3. Chain Reaction
Chain snatchings are big news in hip-hop. (Bad news for the victim of course.) But no one knew this Yung Berg Transformer piece drama would turn into such a circus of f*ckery. After Detroit rapper Trick Trick, a.k.a I Look Like I Just Killed 4 People 5 Minutes Ago, admitted that his thug cartel was in possession of Berg’s jewelry (here’s proof), a Chi-town rapper claiming to be Berg’s twin brother promised payback. [Watch Here]
Apparently this guy who looks more akin to Akon than Berg, JayStonez, maintains that he’s Berg’s evil twin, but there is no proof of that on his myspace. Clearly Berg is in no position to clarify any of this. Once the swelling in jaw subsides we’ll get to the bottom of this. Until then, I’m seriously going to have to think about a reform policy in our prison system. How does someone like this get out of jail? Who green lights that? Dude was firing and pointing a loaded gun on camera. There is a place for people like this. It’s about 400 miles away from the United States. It's called Guantanamo Bay. Dude is a homegrown terrorist. Jeez, all this for an Autobot chain?
4. Barrio Beef
It’s always nice to see rappers clash over politics. It’s way cooler than fighting over a chain. The latest hip-hop political battle features Fat Joe and Daddy Yankee. The Don Cartagena told MTV he’s not happy with his fellow boricua for endorsing Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Joe thinks Yankee is high on McCain’s gasolina or not being sincere.
”Just like that! I gotta go in. I’m talking to little cousins that like [Yankee] and all that, and they’re starting to believe that John McCain is [the best candidate]. I can’t have that.
“I opened the newspaper and got sick to my stomach. I felt like I wanted to vomit when I seen that. The reason why I called him a sellout is because I feel he did that for a [publicity] look, rather than the issues that are affecting his people that look up to him. How could you want John McCain in office when George Bush and the Republicans already have half a million people losing their homes in foreclosure? We’re fighting an unjust war. It’s the Latinos and black kids up in the frontlines, fighting that war. … We over here trying to take the troops out of Iraq and bring peace. This guy immediately wants war. If not with Iraq or Afghanistan, he’ll start a new one with Iran. I feel real disgusted that Daddy Yankee would do that. Either he did that for a look, or he’s just not educated on politics.”
Joe even extended a challenge to debate Yankee. I’d watch this on Telemundo, just to see Joe slap El Stupido for being such a pendejo!
5. Class Act
The teacher (KRS-One) met the student (Soulja Boy) this week and no one was instructed to eat genitals. Unlike most hip-hop elders, mainly Ice T, KRS-One embraced teenybopper Soulja Boy during a segment of Bet’s Rap City, and explained to him why he gets so much hate. [Watch Part 1 Here] [Part 2]
“What most of us are expecting is a continuation of the legacy, that the work we did in the 70s, 80s, and 90s was not in vain. That’s really where the hurt is coming from. That the younger generation wouldn't forget about us and the struggles. We had to fight for this, even to have a Rap City. We expect those that come after us to keep that torch lit.”
See Ice T! That’s how you’re supposed to address an issue. You. Must. Learn!
That’s all from me folks. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org for a healthy back and forth. What’s behind 50 Cent's truce with Jadakiss? Does 50 have an ulterior motive? Or is he in desperate need of an ally right now?