It's been four years since the release of Joe Budden's debut. Still no Growth.
I never, and I repeat, never take from XXL, or any other big hip-hop website such as Allhiphop-- though sometimes news I get from other sites might originate from them and I don't realize it-- but for Joe's recent blog on XXL I must make an exception:
"...some things ladies and gentlemen, some things, just need to be spoken about. Young n*ggas nowadays seem to be able to say whatever it is they feel like saying, and if they say it enough, some idiots will actually dignify it and deem it as the truth. Just for the record, NONE OF YOU ARE THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE!!!!
For that matter, none of you are even top 10 alive. Where do people come up with these things? I have to think that the people who believe these ridiculous statements don't have CD players or Ipods, and they're just stuck listening to the radio. Are we hearing the same things? Nobody under 30 should be able to make that claim, not me, not Lil Wayne, not Fab, not Cass, not Papoose, not Sai, not T.I.P., not Jeezy, NONE OF US!
'Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it'?
It's oh so much more meaningful today."
While what Joe is saying is true, I must ask why people are taking this list so seriously. Because it's a list coming from the staff at MTV? Please.
Had it been more CREDIBLE debators who were around back then and are still heavy in the hip-hop community at this moment and who have real knowledge of the hip-hop/rap game-- not just the "rap" game-- then maybe I'd take their "list" a little more serious. But for now, I'm going to continue to ignore it, just like I ignore everyone else's opinions and views. To me, only mine matters. So hop off.
Hov told MTV that Kanye and 50 dropping on the same day is a good idea:
I think it's great, I think it's a fantastic day for hip-hop," Hov said. "I remember having those dates [facing against] Outkast a couple of times. I actually had one with G-Unit [with Beg for Mercy ]. It's great. It's a fantastic thing for hip-hop, especially retail. I know they're loving it. You're driving people to the store. We love it, we think it's a fantastic thing."
Well, that's cool. But 50's "I Get Money" isn't even in in the Billboard top 40. And Kanye's "Can't Tell Me Nothing," and "Stronger" aren't building up as much anticipation as "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Golddigger."
I hope 50 flops. And you know what they say when your own hometown turns their back on you. If this dude trips and stumbles all the way down the Soundscan chart then I'll be happy forever.
Not that anybody cares, but Chaz, the CEO of Black Hand and Foxy's manager, sent out an email saying that there are "many deals on the table," and that they are in the middle of a "mini bidding war and have not made a decision" of which offer they will accept. But by the way he praised the indie route for its flexibility in ownership and the wider range of profit, I'm guessing Foxy is going anything but major. So expect to see her on KOCH or TVT. Not that anyone cares.
For the earlier hip-hop heads, the kid Kurious Jorge will be re-releasing his 1994â€"yes 1994â€"album, A Constipated Monkey, on September 18th. He already had the underground in a frenzy back in the days with his hit singles "Walk Like a Duck" and "Uptown Sh*t." Now, Jorge is back after over a decade with the same disc which will serve as a preceding effort for his upcoming sophomore LP.
With his underground rhythms, "flavorful party anthems," and old school style, this is a way to reach out to the hip-hop heads that are thirsty for some real hip-hop sh*t.
All I have to say to dude is 'good luck.'