Let me start off on a serious note by saying that today was a really tough day for me. Some very crazy family shit jumped off and I just wanted to get that out there.
My grandfather is very ill, and while I haven't been particularly close with him in recent years, it's still hard.
He was a British Intelligence agent in North Africa and the Middle East during the Second World War. He was shot four times, took shrapnel and lost most of his sight in one eye as a result. He also raised eight kids and helped found the Islamic Studies Department at the U of T. By most accounts, he was also a crazy, cranky bastard until old aged mellowed him.
Although the terminology would probably confuse the shit out of him, I think we can say that in an old English dude sort of way, in his day, Grandad was gangsta.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
You know what's coming, and I'm sure my three regular readers have been waiting in intense anticipation.
Cam'ron's press conference was today.
Okay, I will restate that although I am really more of a Jigga fan, I also have gotten hugely into the Dipset over the last year. "More Than Music" was one of my Top Five of '05 and "What the Game's Been Missing" and "Harlem: Diary of a Summer" were both pretty dope, too.
Oh, and before you ask, statistics wizard Jim Jones was not quoted in any of the articles on the press conference. I will be dropping statisticallys in his honour.
All that said, everything out of Cam'ron's mouth is getting progressively dumber by the minute.
Off the top, this whole statistical thing about Cam being fined a hundred Gs every time he disses Def Jam, has anyone from DJ confirmed this? Has anyone even asked? Is that even legal? If Cam's been released from Def Jam, how can they even fine him? They can sue him, but that ain't the same thing. Cam's either lying or been given some bogus advice.
The all the talk about Nas and Beyonce is cheap shotting and everyone knows it. Go ahead and say that shit in a diss track, that's all good, but don't go repeating it in a press conference. That's statistically a bitch move. Actually, so is having a press conference to talk about your diss track, but more on that later.
On to the alleged Chuck Balti-Un-Jigga love triangle. Again, is there anything to back this up? Other than Jay's desire to be Biggie, which could lead a man to bang a Biggie-ex? But in terms of hard evidence, other sources or fuck all else? No? Didn't think so.
Statistically, does anyone else think Cam'ron is just making shit up? Will the next revelation be that Jay-Z is a cross dresser, or that he once made out with a horse? I really keep expecting Cam to say something like "My boy's cousin's baby mother's little brother's best friend was an intern at Roc-A-Fella and Dame Dash told him that ..."
No more statistics for a bit. I promise.
Also, did anyone think his response to the 50 Cent question was odd?
Now, Dipset vs. G-Unit is a beef I'd like to see. Sadly, I think it won't happen for a number of reasons.http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif
1. Unlike Jigga, 50 and company can respond without having to worry about sending 100 old white guys and Viviendi Universal (Def Jam's parent company) into cardiac arrest.
2. Although I think 50 is sort of a middling rapper who's popular because he's mad diesel and got shot a bunch, his crew includes some insane MCs. Young Buck is stupid good, I think Yayo is underrated. His album sucked, but he's still solid, but more importantly, the new additions to the G-Unit roster are Mobb Deep and MoP. We're talking about veteran rappers who would pretty much blast anyone who tried to step up, both lyrically and quite possibly literally.
Cam'ron is all quirky flow and no content, Juelz is good but not great, JR Writer is a sick rapper but is too low down on the Dipset chain of command to really be useful in prolonged lyrical battle.
3. I'm totally convinced G-Unit is hip-hop's rat pack. People who piss them off have bad things happen to them. Ask Irv Gotti, everybody at The Source and The Game. Fat Joe turned out OK, but only because nobody has more street cred than Joey Crack. Just ask Mr. Crack.
In other news from the conference, Cam won't turn informer.
This is beyond stupid. I know we're all supposed to stop snitching, and I know 30 days will boost record sales without cutting in to touring time, unlike Cassidy's 11 to 23.5 months, but come on. You were shot, dipshit. Make up a fake description and get on with your life.
Here, I'll even make one up for you. The shooter was a short, stocky white male with a shaved head, a beard and glasses. There, now you can go about your day without going to jail or having really informed on anyone, and I can live in infamy as the guy who shot Cam'ron.
Thankfully, Jigga is not letting all this pass without comment.
I think Jay-Z is playing this all rather well. He's right in pointing out that timing the track to release at the same time as the "XXL" cover, right as pre-promotion is kicking up for "Killa Season" is more than a little convienient. He's also right to point out that holding a press conference behind a diss track may be taking "corporate thuggin" to whole new, previously unimagined levels. He's also smart to play it off like Cam isn't even worth getting out of bed for.
That said, I really have this gut feeling like he'll make a track in response. In a perfect world, he would do it with Nas having a verse on it.SOHH has some commentary on Beefzilla from across the Hip-Hop Universe.
In other hip-hop news, Jacki-O is filing for bankruptcy.
This is a real bummer. When I first heard Jacki-O, I sort of wrote her off as a bad mixture of Lil' Kim and Trina, but she really grew on me. She's more like a Southern Foxy, yeah she's slutty, but she can still rhyme. She's not a novelty act. Listen to her verse on Ghostface's "Tooken Back." That's what made a believer out of me. Let's all hope Jacki get's her shit together soon.