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Heavy quite possible had HIV just like Luther. Have you ever seen Heavy with a woman? EVER?! No kids, no marriage and was under Andre Harrell at Uptown. Nothing conclusive but HIV could explain the vulnerabilty to pneumonia. The problem is people like Clo-Fresh constantly try to make the absurd seem right at the expense of the obvious truth.
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Damn. Haven't been on here in a year. Same shit different day. I'm out.
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It's still real early but your theory is flawed. How many rappers shot someone or was shot by someone? The truth is there's a thousand rappers, literally and your scenario applies to 6 or 7. lol Besides rappers are usually the victim of their own delusion. If they'd stop trying to be gangsters instead of entertainers they'd be just fine. NWA inspired CB4. Need I say more?
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Rick Ross is the epitome of what gangsta rap has ALWAYS been about. Great theatrics and a pathological ability to believe the lies one tells that make it seem so "real." lol
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Balfour didn't do it. He's just a damn dummy and fall guy. My peeps out in the Chi said JHud went to the FBI about an extortion attempt and the killing was the result. She knows this. Sadly, her fame was instrumental in the killing of her family if there's any truth to that and I believe there is.
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Diddy is funny. Beef is played out but unfortunately the genre can't seem to get any attention without it. Last super star had to get shot 9x (really 3) to make people pay attention. The two before him had to get gunned down in public just so people could say they were the best that ever did it. What next? Maybe an assassination at the BET awards. Just as they thank their lord and savior.... POW! The fans will surely deify them at that instant and buy all of their records for years to come. lol
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On another front, look to see 50 embroiled in a legal scandal of some sort by years' end. I think Yayo is the weak link. 50 is going at too many people with money and connections. Especially Jimmy iovine. Jimmy will do away with 50 the way he did away with the Inc and Suge Knight. He's gonna give 50 a case. I wouldn't be surprised if the murder investigation in the death of Busta's bodyguard comes back to haunt Yayo and ANYBODY involved in a cover up.
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I'm in agreement with this on many levels. Lets raise the bar around here my man if we're gonna take time to comment and that goes for everyone. I just wonder why it is so necessary to use black faces to do the dastardly deed of misleading the masses. We never fail to be the face of a problem. lol. Do you think that promoting the wealth of these "celebrities" they're also being set up to take the fall for the damage that's done? Sort of like the black drug lord (no such thing) lol.
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Wow. Not too long ago the hip hop journalist (cheerleaders) reported the Ruff Ryders being worth more than 100m now Swizz is in debt. These same irresponsible scribes claimed Jay-Z owned the Nets, 50 got 400m from Vitamin Water, Deathrow was worth 300m at its peak and hip hop is BLACK "culture." If anyone points out the obvious they're called HATERS. The real question is why is it necessary to mislead the masses and promote BLACK MUSICAL figures as moguls, entrepreneurs, designers, etc when clearly they CONTROL so very little? Madonna, Celine Dion, Bono, Paul McCartney and many more are filthy rich from MUSIC, TOURING and INVESTMENTS. What's really the agenda when it comes to black folks? Are we being DUPED into worshiping FALSE GODS in a religion of MATERIALISM or is it that there's so little appreciation for what we artistically bring to the table that it becomes necessary to expand the role and definition of the artists? And if so WHY?! Any thoughts?
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Didn't read the article. Didn't have too. They're all the same. Beanie is a grown man. At his peak a decade ago he was limited. Why are resources being wasted on him now? Look at him. He should be coaching little league somewhere not making music for the people in little league. His lyrical content has limited appeal. Beans was a great PHILLY artist but that has run its course. On to the next one....
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Max is slow like most of his peers. His is the type of mistake dudes used to make in their late teens to early 20's but since 30 is the new 20 I suppose he's right on schedule. Hip Hop has commercialized and popularized ignorance and immaturity. The indoctrinated not only shun adulthood and responsible behavior but forgot the true meaning of the word. Everyone is stuck in perpetual adolescence. Take this site for instance. I'll bet good money that EVERYONE on here is over 25, in other words ADULTS, yet the incessant back and forth "beefing" e-thugging, threats etc., are indicative of the times. We got a 30yr old GAME talking gang banging song after song. If you're over 25 and still caught up in street gangs and not in prison you're a LAME, plain and simple. Snoop is even worse. Don't know about anybody else but my days on the front lines started in my teens and by the time I was past 23 I was moving on to buying property and starting businesses. And by front lines I'm not talking the music industry or some damn blog. lol. In hip hop you're forever young... and dumb. lol
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Still on the Westside homie but back and forth a whole lot. Alternate between NJ and Santa Monica. What's good with you? I peak in hear every couple of weeks. Hip hop is finished as I predicted. The rap stars have to morph into reggae/pop/rock in order to sell. Predictably, gangsta rap was a tough act to follow. There's no gimmick to top it. lol Oh well, it was a helluva run. There'll always be some variation of rap but it will be so removed from the boom bap that they might have to rename it.
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Big announcement?! LOL! For who?! These people are so full of themselves. I hope he didn't do this to dispel the gay rumors. The entertainment industry and sexual deviance go together like peanut butter and jelly. lol. Who really cares? People who like to be showered with attention and stop short at nothing to get it tend to be suspect. Just so happens that in the field of entertainment these qualities are practically a prerequisite for entry and success. At least for those in front of the camera.
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*crickets*
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Love the Geto Boys. Now, Nobody's making anyone look any kind of way. Southern artists are for the most part buffoons with the exception of a SELECT handful. Too much ignorance for anyone to deny. Not even gonna break it down. Yeah there's ignorance in NY too but damnit man Southern acts go above and beyond to out-coon everyone. Next, Scarface said nothing when pretenders to the rap throne from out West or down South sought to marginalize rap for their own personal benefit. Why didn't he claim unilateral rap unity THEN? We, in NY never referred to our music as East Coast or NY rap. It was all the cornballs who envied what was created in NY who wanted to stake some sort of claim who started that. These ungrateful Negroes, first IDOLIZED us, then EMULATED us and finally sought to REPLACE us. They hate us because they cannot be us. The South run rap? When? When every Southern artist must go to NY to pick up their check. Jews in NY run rap and if they decide to promote the most foot-shuffling, shucking and jiving black sambo as an example of black culture then send in the clowns and the South has them in ABUNDANCE unfortunately. All of a sudden people getting conscious after the game is done. If Hip Hop Honors was more than a gimmick they'd still be honoring NY cats because the list deserving acts is LONG but the reason they won't is the rest of the country have no respect for the artform unless they see their local hero so this is what you get for the sake of RATING. A crammed line up of LOCAL/REGIONAL artists who are for the most part, legends in their own minds. Sums up the DIRTY South pretty well actually.
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Okay Antoine. You've fallen off. Why did you have 50yr old Wesley wearing a doo-rag in BK's Finest? He was miscast. Why was your boy Bone from LA even in the movie? His role didn't add anything to the film. Actually, it was a distraction. You don't play with your rep and other people's money to "hook up" a friend my man. Matter of fact, is he a friend? Or an extortionist cause something don't smell right. Next, that Pablo Escobar movie is not even relevant. We already have Scarface and I know you want to bring out the political aspect but that won't fly in this era. Colombia is a staunch US ally. You're a day late and a few dollars short. If you want to do something that has all the elements you're trying to force out of the Escobar film why not do something on the Shower Posse? Stop being shook about dealing with your own folks. The former US boss (Vivian Blake) just died on Sunday and made world news. The son (Chris "Dudus" Coke) of the original Don ( Lester Coke aka Jim Brown)is now wanted by the US and is holding the entire country hostage because they are suffering for not handing him over. Get your head right man and stop back tracking.
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50 somehow managed to flop in a movie with DeNiro and Pacino. That is practically impossible. The movie was butchered in edit because his acting was HORRIBLE and they tried to keep him out. Now he's shooting DVD movies in Michigan? Is that progress? What is Yayo talking about?
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Gotta say I believe him. I've written for magazines and the editors are more concerned with painting pictures than reporting the facts. The descriptive writing shown here is so typical of what "mainstream" editors think is important to the urban audience. Colorful writing is good but it should never supersede the importance of SUBSTANCE and that is the case because all too often writers with names like LEVINE are given assignments to write about people, music, places and culture they don't really understand on a profound level so they try to take it places where their masters degree in English matters. This is a common practice and NOTHING can be done about it because people OUTSIDE the culture control the culture which means it is not a culture at all. All the urban pop culture publications are owned by people with surnames like Levine so that explains explains why a writer who has to rely on fluff gets 3 to 4 bucks a word to write fluff.
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Damn. Haven't been here in a while and this place is shot! Yo Big Up,How many of my predictions about Hip Hop have come true? LOL! Respect due to those who deserve it but you take NY out of rap and it's nothing. We are the essence of hip hop like it or not. We kept it classy to balance all the ignorant bullshit from elsewhere. You just knew it was a wrap when we started emulating all the nigger nonsense. Now hip hop has become the cyber version of Jerry Springer. There's about 4 artists who are relevant in Hip Hop and about another 3 who are musically relevant in R&B. Just a bunch of shucking and jiving Sambos famous for antics and creating a spectacle. None with any real talent. Look at what these fools did. Now there's Amy Winehouse, Robin Thicke, Pink and Lady GaGa doing what we once did in abundance. Make quality music. Instead we just pretend to be hood and our women are known for shaking their asses. Good Riddance. Destroy and Rebuild. Somebody call in the Sandman. He's long overdue!!!
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AZ may've made Alpo but Alpo is the interest. Alpo took his show on the road. He was more charasmatic and entertaining than AZ. AZ may've been a better person but that does not SELL. He got his money from movies, a book deal, countless DVD's, lawsuits aginst the rapper AZ and so on. Enough is Enough! I beg to differ on his motives but I could be wrong. Maybe you know him personally and have further insight but to the rest of us he's looking like he doesn't know when to leave the stage. My guess is you're from Harlem and this story had a great impact on YOUR community when you were growing up but guess what? Stories like this are very common. I remember Po in DC with the Acura NSX, and wheelie-ing down Benning Rd in NE. Ran into him at the car wash on Good Hope Rd in SE and watched my homies lose a two on two basketball game against him and Melvin (crossover) in the middle of the night with only headlights for light. I say all of that to say maybe my level of exposure makes me wonder what the big deal is NOT hate. AZ did what he did for Rondu because he was under pressure. I guess I don't have patience for soft niggas and AZ was super soft. Criticism based in fact rather than emotion can never be hate. Hate is an emotion homie. Maybe I'm just not impressed. BTW, I'm from NY and I've been in EVERY cityon the Eastern seaboard doing my thing so when I tell you AZ's story ain't all that it's not without basis. I saw a lot of cats along the way whose stories make AZ's look like a joke and not just in the money department.
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That's wexactly what he's doing but his life is not the stuff of movies. He got a book deal because of Paid in Full. The story is 20yrs old and no one cares anymore. The movie was Hot though. He couldn't possibly top that and this is coming from someone he despises Dame.
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The only relevance AZ has is his connection to Alpo. Other than that guys like him were and are a dime a dozen. Furthermore, AZ is a rat who testified against the men who robbed him and shot him and unless he wants that story told he should take Paid in Full and run with it. I understand he's shooting for another deal but his story is very average. Dame is from Harlem so he paid tribute to the guys he got his swag from or more appropriately, the guys whose dicks he rode but truthfully speaking when Rich's brother got kidnapped all they were asking for is somewhere between 100k and 300k depending on who's telling the story. Rich Porter didn't have it and Alpo murdered his childhood friend for a measely 5 kilos that someone gave Rich to raise the ransom and cool down the heat. That ought to put things into perspective on top of the fact it was Rich's own uncle who snatched his nephew and killed him. How smalltime and thirsty can you be? AZ's life is a tumultuous one but it's one that played itself out over and over and over EVERYWHERE so he needs to get over himself and just fade to black.
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The reason people always mention age with rap is very obvious to me. RAP started as music made by kids for kids and was about FUN. Historically, rappers would debut between 16 to 19 and if fortunate put out 1 album per year for 5 yrs meaning they'd be done by 24. There was and is generally speaking a 5yr life span on the COMMERCIAL relevance of any rapper. Jay-Z is an anamoly but 50 isn't. Cats from out West like Ice-T, NWA and MC Hammer pushed the age barrier and they had to because if you listen to G-Rap, Nas, Kane, Run-DMC, KRS, Rakim, etc., at 19 in their primes it's obvious their counterparts outside of the Tri-state down south or out west were not THEN or NOW on their level. So, basically old heads who were exposed to rap later in life joined the fray and due to age changed the content matter dramatically. This served to expand the listening base but it came with a cost. KRS once did an album called Sex & Violence. He theorized that even ignorant, uneducated people understood sex and violence, hence the popularity of GANGSTA RAP and MISOGYNY. Prior to the infusion of West Coast IGNORANCE, rap was primarily BRAGGADOCIO, HUMOROUS and FUN FILLED. Basically, the stuff KIDS enjoy. Once black "entrepreneuers" like Master P, Easy E, Luke Skywalker, Baby & Slim and others from out West and down South GLEEFULLY volunteered to be the FACE of the EXPLOITATION and COMMERCIALISM of IGNORANCE for PENNIES on the dollar - White execs like Bryan Turner, Jimmy Iovine, Edgar Bronfman, Jerry Heller, Doug Morris, etc., were free to package ignorance as black CULTURE and many of you chomped at the bit hook line and sinker. Now today we have OLD FOOLS, artists and FANS stuck in perpetual adolescence with their clown clothes and glorified immaturity perpetuating EVERY negative stereotype of black people. Naturally, New York talen followed suit because if they didn't they'd be left behind. If it were only KIDS acting this primitive and silly we could dismiss it as kids being kids but when you have ADULTS carying on like that it is what it is. Perception has unfortunately become reality and the ignorance was spread like a cancer through the music. In LA Crips outnumber Bloods 10 to 1 but everywhere else it's blood all day thanks to the popularity of Tupac and the dominance of Deathrow. That's just one small example but there are others. Hip Hop = People who had to wait for ADULTHOOD to be the COOL KIDS they never were. Hip Hop = Psychological Narcotic Hip Hop = Mental Slavery
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This is more about the waning attraction of Ice Cube. I guess playing the mischievious negro is no longer en vogue. Perhaps Cube should don a dress, wig and floppy titties like Tyler Perry. (jk) Cube-Vision had a niche audience with these low brow slaptick comedies and it's not working anymore. Cube better return to his roots.
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I think I said it before I've talked to 50 on the phone and in person one on one at length. I think Curtis Jackson the man is alright but 50 Cent the character is a jack ass. I know people say he's a rat but I don't believe that or maybe I don't wanna believe that. I hope to do business with him one day soon. That's what we talk about. I think he's wary of dealing with me for a # of reasons I won't get into but he keeps the lines open just in case. Having said that, I feel he was the most destructive force in hip hop since Pac. Pac totally eclipsed creativity and diversity in hip hop with his non stop drama and only his death gave people like Ja Rule, Diddy, Jay-Z and even Nas the opportunity to eat. He had the game in a choke hold and it was his way or no way at all. 50 did the same thing but he's much smarter than Pac. At least that's my opinion having been around both. 50 killed hip hop before someone could kill him. He did it with a brutal strangle hold that made hip hop uninteresting and one dimensional. He force fed the fans the same gangsta bullshit over and over. No one under 23 cares about coke sales and bodies in music. They've turned to Kid Cudi and Drake. There was a recent feature in GQ with Drake, Kid Cudi and Wale called "Gansta Killers." Clearly it's all a backlash of 50's reign. People laugh at 50's #'s but I got news for them, it's just a sign of things to come. Rappers will be glad to go gold or get day time radio spins again just like the 80's. Watch what I tell you.
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