Archive for April, 2009
When asked about the first-week sales of Deeper Than Rap, Ross’ biggest detractor in the music biz, 50 Cent, wondered if the numbers were somehow flubbed by the record company.
“I didn’t get an opportunity to hear his record, but a lot of freak [SoundScan] numbers come out of the Def Jam system,” 50 said with a grin.
…But even Fif didn’t agree with some of his fans that the Ross record was a flop.
“I think it can be a disappointment to the system, based on how much of an effort and money they spent marketing,” 50 explained. “But you can’t call a #1 [album] a ‘flop’ under any circumstances. It’s still #1.”
No DJ versions..
DJ Drama feat. Ludacris, Willie Da Kid & Busta Rhymes – People Will Be Heard | Mediafire (Gangsta Grillz Vol. 2: May 19th)
“As far as calling out Eminem, you’re not in the top 10 lyricists nowhere. So just sit down, man. We seen what Em can do. Em’s in a whole ‘nother lane. How do you go from praising somebody in one interview to calling him a ‘monkey’ in the next?”
“As far as calling out Eminem, c’mon man. That’s just gonna make me spank on you even harder,” Banks said Thursday (April 30), before revealing that he has another diss record coming for Ross, who he slammed with his recent “Officer Down” track.
“I got ‘Officer Down, Part II’ coming. He’ll have to deal with that,” Banks added.
To backtrack, on Thursday Rick Ross released a video from St. Maarten, where he is vacationing after his Deeper Than Rap LP debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart this week. He then turned his attention to the G-Unit/ Shady camp, who recently put out a video by Banks and DJ Whoo Kid promoting their new 4-30-09: Happy Birthday, Vol. 4 mixtape. In it, Whoo Kid admonished Ross for calling the Unit “monkeys.”
“You know now they saying ‘monkey’ could be [a] black-on-black racial [situation],” Ross says to his friend Gunplay in the video.
“Cut it out, that’s racial. You can’t call other black people monkeys,” Whoo Kid said.
A quick outtake from a behind the scenes video for Don, Mikey and Chuck’s upcoming Gone Fishin mixtape. Full video drops tomorrow.
Props to Mario
I’m pleased to present the first episode of NahMean, a new “man on the street” opinion series presented by Nah Right and John Public. Tired of listening to millionaire rappers and clueless execs flap their gums about the state of the game? Yeah, us too.
NahRight and John Public have teamed up to produce an original video series that gives the average hip-hop fan, artist and/or consumer the platform to talk back about their culture. We’re turning the camera away from the household names and onto the people on the corner who have their own valid opinions and thoughts on hip-hop music, the industry and what’s going on in the street.
Topics include Asher Roth*, KiD CuDi, Ludacris and T.I.
*I’m glad he released that statement today, or we would’ve had to trash this episode. Ha.