May 31, 2008
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III: Album Review
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III (Cash Money, 2008)
You guys know I wouldn't interrupt my weekend for some shit like this. This review was written by Akuma. I got fucked the fuck up yesterday and didn't realize this shit leaked until just now. Word on the plantation is that mixtape DJs did it, because they were pissed at something Weezy said in some interview. Roffle.
May 30, 2008
Bol receives death threat from Roots weed carrier
You guys remember Dice Raw, right? He dropped one good verse, way the fuck back on The Roots' first major label album, Do You Want More?, and he hasn't done anything worthwhile since.
I'm not sure what he's been up to in the interim, but my guess is that he might be hooked on PCP, like Malik B, going around wearing fur coats in 90 degree weather, pulling out guns on people and what have you.
Well, just now, my boy Akuma hit me up to inform me that this crazy son of a bitch has been making death threats against me on record. On a mixtape called the Money Making Jam Boys (no, really) that he put out with Truck North, one of the guys who fucked up the new Roots album, he talks about sending a couple of thugs to my residence - presumably not to mow my lawn, though it could use it.
Here's the exact quote, near as I could make out:
Niggas wanna play till I show 'em who the boss is. Send a couple thugs down to Byron Crawford's residence. Leave no evidence, criminal intelligence. Life loss without no wevalence(?). Raw like black get, pure excellence, nigga!
That one line, I'm not sure what the fuck he's talking about. Dice Raw sometimes has a hard time enunciating, because he was born with a few physical deformities. The best parts of him obviously ran down his mother's leg.
Besides that, I'd say it's a testament to the extent to which no one gives a shit about Dice Raw that this shit has been available for free on the Internets since the beginning of the year, and I'm just now hearing about it. I consulted the Google just now, and I couldn't find anything on it.
Checkit: Dice Raw & Truck North - Battlefield (feat. Nikki Jean) [zShare]
Shaniqua don't live here no mo
Today over at XXL, I weighed in on the mysterious fire that burned down Fiddy Cent's house on Long Island - the one he's been trying to have his baby's mother kicked out of for a minute now.
She had taken him to court earlier this year to have her child support increased from an already ridonkulous sum he had been paying her, probably because she heard he'd made $400 million from Vitamin Water. Not only did she not get that, but he got the amount he was paying reduced to an amount that's not reasonable per se, but is way less than a lot of these dudes are paying.
Diddy, for example, is getting effed in the a by comparison.
From what I understand, as part of the agreement, it was determined that she was gonna have to start paying him rent, at what I'm assuming is roughly the market rate for a house like that (i.e. a shiteload of money each month, and a nice chunk of the money he was paying her in child support in the first place), or she was gonna have to find another place to live.
And I guess she figured she could get away with just not doing either. So a few weeks ago, they went to court again, where it was decided that her ass needed to be out of his house by May 1st. Obviously she wasn't, if she was in there just now, when the shit caught fire.
Checkit: Who burned down Fiddy Cent's house?
And after the jump is a video tribute I put together for 50 Cent's son. Hang in there, little buddy!
May 29, 2008
Obama just lost a vote
We might need to get our behavior together between now and November.
Cue the hipster rap backlash
Today, over at Unkut, you can vote for the biggest douchebag in hipster rap. Your choices include the Cool Kids, Kanye West, Kid Sister, M.I.A., Lil' Mama, Lupe Fiasco, Kidz in the Hall, N*E*R*D, and all of the above.
Out of that list, I'm not really sure who I'd roll with. If there had been an option for Santogold, I would've gone with Santogold. All of the above is a tempting option, but it seems like a bit of a cop-out.
Kanye West is easily the biggest douchebag on the list, but at least there's a market case to be made for his recording career. Some of these other people? Not so much. For example, I read just now that the Cool Kids' Bake Sale EP only sold 4,300 copies its first week out. If that's the extent of their popularity, why are we always hearing about the Cool Kids? I'm not convinced that I couldn't put out an album and sell more copies than that. Shit, I'm famous on the Internets. Where's my feature in Spin magazine?
Kid Sister would be another tempting option, just because - why lie - I'm a bit of a sexist. It's hard to make a case to me that there needs to be any female rappers in general, unless their lyrics are ghostwritten by the Notorious B.I.G. and they all have to do with sucking a guy's dick for some money. But that Kid Sister record actually kinda cranks, in a Nu Shooz "I Can't Wait" sort of way. ('90s babies, step your game up.)
So if I had to pick just one, based on the criteria of utter douchebaggery and sheer lack of talent, I'd probably roll with M.I.A.
Checkit: The Search For The Biggest Douchebag In Hipster Rap [Unkut]
And elsewhere, I see one of the guys from Oh Word has launched another one of their racially confused, boom bap dinosaur missives - this time against, you guessed it, hipster rap. In particular, it takes issue with Tom Breihan's review of the Cool Kids record for Pitchfork and his suggestion that the term hispster rap is meaningless.
Checkit: It takes a Nation of Haircuts to Hold Us Back [Oh Word]