October 2009

Jay-Z answers Beanie Sigel from la rue du hiphop.com on Vimeo.

So, yeah, I know, this happened yesterday and it hit the web last night. In fact, the good guy Splash sent it over but I didn’t see it ’til this morning. Why? Because I’m in full Halloween crisis mode. Who knew how hard it was to find a little lycra-spandex in this damn city?

Anyways….Jay-Z addresses Beanie Sigel’s “What They Talkin’ Bout” gripe: “Beanie had a record deal, a record label, a clothing line, and never went platinum. I dont know, in the history of rap, anyone who’s done so much with so little. So I dont know what more you can do for a person at that point…if that’s not pushing a person, s–t!”

But my favorite part was from the interviewer: “Let’s stay in the complaining zone…”

But as for the actual Beanie vs Jay-Z debate: it seems that these men are talking at each other but looking in different directions. Hov’s response is not quite about the things Beans mentions in the interview. Meanwhile Beans is griping at Hov without itemizing his own liability.


Beanie releases “What They Talkin’ Bout” Jay-Z diss record

Beanie calls into Charlamagne’s show to air out his grievances

Memphis Bleek reacts

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Necole Bitchie posted this TV commercial promoting next week’s Rihanna interview on Good Morning America. I’ve never really seen a video interview with Rihanna so I don’t really know how real she keeps it on camera…especially with a subject matter this sensitive (and I’m obviously not talking about the musical merits of working with Neyo or Jeezy/Dream). Will it be Chris Brown-Larry King frustrating? Or Whitney-Oprah weird?

Stretch Gots a Story to Tell from Gasface on Vimeo.

I love that my friends from Gasface TV (Lyons, France) just happened to bump into DJ Stretch Armstrong while walking down Broadway and 116th st….right by Stretch and Bobbito’s old stomping ground (lol, and mine).
Stretch tells them about all the rappers who came through those WKCR Eighty-Nine-Tech-Nine….good times.

nice. Directed by Hype Williams. Am I the only one that gets reminded of the old Saturday Night Live opening montage when this video starts?
(thank you to Illionaire of UHTN)

(spotted on Nahright) Related: Details of Shyne’s deportation and return to Belize

(UPDATE: video of Shyne’s first press conference in Belize…after the jump)


Picture 3

Thanks to DdotOmen for pointing out Bleek’s twitter reaction to Beanie Sigel’s Jay-Z-diss “What You Talkin’ Bout” record….

Previously: Beanie calls Charlamagne tha God and Beanie releases “What You Talkin’ Bout”


Mikey: Last night, in Chi-Town, Lupe Fiasco treated fans to a concert experience which gave them a retrospective view of all the facets of his life including art, fame, faith, politics, and his hometown of Chicago. Through a movie called “Live Vignettes” which played during the show, fans were given a look into the mind of Lupe Fiasco. Luckily, FSD was on hand to get capture some of the footage for us.  Lupe described the show via his Myspace blog by saying, “Its going to be a visual trip into the mind, the meaning & the man behind the music. We’ll be taking it back…WAY back….just to remind you where we came from…only to take you into the future and what is to come.”

(props to FSD)

(Vignettes 2 – 7 after the jump)


LOL! Just in time for Halloween, Ghost’s Ghost Story on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. How many in Jimmy’s audience “got” GFK’s charm?…

And speaking of “ghost” stories….JR Writer sent me this defiant back-from-the-edge, post-shooting song last night while I was in full-on drama mode. But here it is…

New Music: JR Writer “I’m Alive, B—h” (Dirty, CDQ) *How awesome is that title?*
[audio:Im Alive — JR Writer(2).mp3]

And after the jump….New Wale feat. Bun B “Mirrors”, Mike Posner x Clinton Sparks mixtape and more….

These 2 guys are still sounding good. Cormega held a release party at S.O.B.s last night to celebrate his new Born and Raised album. I’ll add more clips as they emerge. (Thanks to Ice)


(photo taken by Ryan Dombal at Jay-Z’s 2007 show at the Apollo theatre, Harlem)

When I finally went to sleep around 5am, after posting that Beanie Sigel tirade against his former mentor, I knew I’d wake up to a still burning 4-alarm fire. And sure enough, Dre/Nahright (who apparently never sleeps, lol) sent me the latest on this ugliness at around 8am…

Beanie Sigel called into his hometown Philly radio station to talk to Charlamagne tha God about Jay-Z, Dame Dash, Roc-a-fella, and “What You Talkin’ Bout” (aka “Average Cat”).

[audio:Beanie calls Charlamagne.mp3]

(Download 38minute interview here)

UPDATE: I know that a 38-minute interview is daunting, so Mikey took the time to make a brief outline of this interview…
5:47 – Not even getting a phone call when Roc was dissolving
8:00 – Dame Dash also crossed Beans on a business tip
10:50 – When Jay came to Beanie’s bail hearing on ’02, the judge asked Jay to co-sign/vouch for Bean so that he could get out. Jay said no. Beans was returned to custody.
14:50 – Did Jay-Z really call the police to kick you out of his concert?
17:55 – More on Dame crossing Beans…he says that basically Dame Dash embezzled money from the Roc camp, Jay-Z and Beanie himself.
24:45 – Beanie was locked up with 50 cent’s uncle, who was in for 15 years+. He says he saw 50 come to visit his uncle every month. 50 Cent offering him a deal and trying to get off ROC. *sigh*
28:00 – Beanie refuses to elaborate on the line in the diss song insinuating that he could say things that would make Beyonce look at her husband differently.
30:00 – Beanie says he doesn’t think Jay-Z owes him anything but a conversation. “He don’t owe me a dollar…he hustled, he made his money, he milked the game, he did was he was supposed to do…I tip my hat to him…”

ALSO: StreetHustla from Onsmash sent over the dirty version of Beanie’s song “What You Talkin’ Bout”
[audio:Beanie Sigel- What You Talkin Bout dirty.mp3]

(Download link for song)

ALSO: The Wall Street Journal Blog looked to cover the Mack vs. Hov controversy this morning….and failed. The reporter doesnt seem to listen to the song itself, quoting the rant at the end as an interview with Kay Slay. And then this: “But could it be a World Series-related feud?” There’s actually a writer there who called me a while back and was knowledgeable about hip hop. But I’ve talked to another writer who worked on their fancy glossy lifestyle magazine (which probably doesnt exist anymore) and she was clueless.

Previously: The Drama King Exclusive: Beanie Sigel disses Jay-Z on song

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