Pimp C had the internet going nuts the other day when he bodied Atlanta in the August issue of Ozone. ATL's 107.9 reached out to the Pimp to find out why he's so mad. The interview is long and Pimp C is screaming on top of his lungs, so I'll sum it up for you:
-His statements are right but you may have heard it wrong -Atlanta is not part of the south -Atlanta is the gay capital of the US -Pimp C is a man -Pimp C is speaking on behalf of Pimp C, not UGK -Crunk rappers should mail lifetime royalty checks to Three Six Mafia
And all this is coming from the guy who just worked with OutKast on "Int'l Players Anthem," labeled Young Jeezy "one of the realest n***as," and dubbed T.I. "King of the South."
I have to agree with the Pimp on one thing though: I flew to ATL for the last BET Hip-Hop Awards and had to adjust my watch to eastern daylight time.
In the 9-minute 2-part clip, Koopa plays three different characters: Hal Sharpless (hip-hop cop), Bob O'Wildy (news anchor), and Cashus Burns (reporter). Slick Rick will be in on the fun, playing Detective Jeffrey Jackson. They dropped plenty of clues with all those names, but I'm not too sure about Cashus Burns.
One thing, "When did BET start playing music videos again?"
Remove whatever's in your system right now and replace it with Monster Maker. Then kick back and enjoy the best 40 minutes of your life. Obvious hyperboles aside, I haven't felt this good about a rap record since Louis Logic unleashed Misery Loves Comedy.
C-Rayz Walz and Sharkey manage to cram some of the fiercest cutting edge hip-hop music of the year into 12 songs. Best of all, the album's brief run time leaves little room for redundancy. So, even if you end up not liking Monster Maker at all (trust me, some of you won't), you would've only wasted 40 minutes, as opposed to, say, the 1.2 hours I squandered on that new Turf Talk album.
::History in the making: D-Nice documents Jonnathan Mannion's photo session with Chamillionaire for the cover of The Source. [D-Nice]
-I've been meaning to spotlight Blitz for a very long time now. Thankfully, Ian has relieved me of that duty. This kid is the illest MC you've never heard of. [Different Kitchen]
-Quote of the Day: "He was a good little mama's boy, and now he sings about guns and busting caps...Now [that] Supreme's away, I guess he needs a gun." - Cop who arrested Ja Rule yesterday. [NY Daily News]
-Cee-Lo expands his hustle, acquires rare Jimi Hendrix catalog. [NME]
-Afeni Shakur takes on Suge Knight. What took her so long? [Prohiphop]
While Al Sharpton was busy burying the N-word, six teenagers in Louisiana were facing various murder charges over a school fight.
Six African-American kids at Jena High School, Louisiana were arrested last year after an altercation between white students and black students. A white student suffered a concussion and multiple bruises from the fight. According tovarioussources, the six black kids were consequently charged with second-degree attempted murder. Kinda harsh for a school fight, in my non-lawyerly opinion. Here's the ridiculous part though: one of them has already been convicted and will probably face up to 22 years in prison.
The whole saga stemmed from a tree in the schoolyard where only white students sat. Next thing you know, three nooses are hanging from that tree on some prank sh*t. A couple days after the nooses were hung, I gather, the entire black student community held an impromptu protest, crowding underneath the tree during lunch hour. The DA dismissed the nooses as "youthful stunt."
It's "prank" when white students are involved, but it's "crime" when black kids are involved?
I don't care what race you are, this issue deserves attention from the hip-hop community. Too bad, Russell is busy with yoga lessons. And Al has his perm and Beyonce to worry about.
Imagine if Malcolm and Martin had blogs back then...
I don't know how this interview managed to slip past me but it's definitely worth a read. He talks about the concept behind Ultimate Victory, his ringtone hustle, vibing with Lloyd for 3 hours (pause), and beefs in hip-hop.
Complex: Who do you think’s pushing the “beef” envelope in rap nowadays?
Chamillionaire: Well, I mean the corporations really just do it because they make money off it. They’re gonna make money off it, they’re gonna keep on doing whatever’s making them money, but it’s not them, it’s the actual artists that are sitting there arguing over nonsense and don't even realize it. People are like, ‘Oh, well we got to do this to sell records.’ Or people kind of make up little beef and arguments because they think it brings more hype. But if you look at it nowadays, they're not really even selling records like that. That doesn’t really help you sell records. It might get you a little more exposure, but it still doesn’t sell the records. The music just got to be that. You can’t really fool the audience. I don't really see too many beefs that are something real serious. If you get to the real source of the problem, it’s really just little childhood stuff. Like I said, people always want to think that it’s the end of the world until somebody dies and then they go back and look at the source at why they was beefing and be like, ‘Man you know what, this was a dumb argument.’ But they realize later after somebody done lost their life.
It's Friday and I'm in a good mood, so I'm going to play Concert Calendar today and point you to some shows worth checking out for the weekend and beyond:
Soulbrotha at The Grab, Houston on 7/21 If you know anything about The Rap Up's own Soulbrotha, then you know you're guaranteed a swell time at this event. Show kicks off at 9 pm. (See above flyer for details)
Smif N Wessun and Dead Prez at Red Hook, Brooklyn on 7/24: The is also part of City Parks Summer Showcase. Red Hook is located on 155 Bay Street, BK, NY. Show starts at 7 pm.
Scarface and Black Moon at the Canal Room on 7/26 (FREE show & drinks) The Canal Room is situated at 285 West Broadway @ Canal Street. The event is hosted by MTV's own Sway, BET's DJ Kelly G. DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon will be spinning all night long. Sean Price and Uncle Ralph McDaniels will be in attendance. Head over to Duck Down to RSVP
Big Things Poppin' on 7/21, hosted by Shaquille O'neal at Hush, Houston Hush is located at 15625 Katy Freeway. $10 cover before 10: 30 pm.
2007 Rock the Bells Tour This year's RTB is a 13-city tour featuring the avant garde of hip-hop: Rakim, Wu-Tang, UGK, EPMD, etc. Consult the Rock the Bells listings for dates and venues.
-Apparently, Curtis doesn't want to share the spotlight with Kanye. He wants Hov to pushback Ye's album. I think one of these guys will just have to swallow their pride and back the f*ck down. Better yet, they need to go ahead and slug it out and let consumers decide. Isn't it sad enough that they're dropping on 9/11 (of all dates)? [About]
It's been 9 months since Press Play hit the shelves, yet Diddy can't stop, won't stop caking off that album. "Through the Pain" is the fourth single and fifth video from PP. Now, you know damn well that Aasim can only hope for a $50 video budget when his album drops. (Sorry, were you saying something about Black Rob?)
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