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The Lupe Fiasco vs Pete Rock Beef Debate

No question, this is one of the most frustrating debates I’ve ever been apart of. Never have so many people “missed the point” when it came to isolating the problem.

Now I always expect the fans of any artist in the wrong to jump to their defense. But normally, (and thankfully) the artist in the hot seat are so out of pocket, the wrong in question is out in the open and the stans have to work to ignore the obvious.

In this situation though, there was so much crap surrounding the ultimate issue, even people who weren’t Lupe supporters couldn’t see the problem with Lupe’s actions. So lets just wrap this up.

1) THIS ISN’T ABOUT SAMPLING - Hip-Hop has always taken from other forms of music and flipped them. No big deal unless you get sued. And yes, rappers get sued when the sample is too big or the clearance isn’t granted. Ask Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. But when you take from another Hip-Hop song with the intention of making money (IE: your 1st single off your new album that’s on iTunes), it should be with the blessing/involvement of the original producer. Which is why Pete’s been involved anytime someone has used Reminisce. According to Pete, after granting his blessing with the condition that he got approval over the final version, he didn’t hear the song until after it was released. Foul = Lupe  

2) THIS DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH A SAMPLE. - People couldn’t seem to get around this one, saying that Pete doesn’t have any right to get angry over a sample he doesn’t own. Even LUPE ducked behind it. But the fact is Pete flipped a sample, a small piece of Todd Scott’s original track. Lupe however tripped up, after ranting about not being able to clear said sample that “can’t even be cleared” has TOLD us that he and Chilly, his producer, recreated Pete Rock’s beat. That means the plan was never to sample Todd Scotts original song, it was to do Pete Rocks song with the Todd Scott sample in it. I don’t know what school you come from, but in the one I’m from, that’s called biting. Foul = Lupe

3) THIS DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HOMAGE - One of the other pleas being copped by Lupe is that he wanted to pay homage to the original and “breath new life into a classic.” Smh… people, for the last time, paying homage means that you give respect to the original. But Lupe’s version has no references to Pete Rock & CL Smooth. No shouts to Pete or CL,  no mention of the group, no quotes from the original, not even the same topic… Think about it like this, if a 16 year old kid, never heard Reminisce by Pete Rock and CL Smooth, and then he stumbled across Freedom Ain’t Free by Lupe Fiasco, would that 16 year old KNOW where Lupe got it from? Nope. Foul = Lupe

Aight that’s enough

I Can Explain coming soon


JumpoffTV: Did Nas handle his parenting problems wrong?

I can already see the women wanting to dismantle me over this one. Well you’re too late, @JasFly already go started during the episode… smh And although I (kinda) understood where she was coming from, I couldn’t have disagreed more. Now true 17 is not a grown woman and T&A all over the place do NOT an adult make, but I am not about to sit here and tell the world that a 17yr old isn’t old enough to make certain choices and live with the consequences.

I think she should consider herself lucky, plenty of people are put in situations where they have to grow up preeety quick. And, in my SUPER humble opinion, by jumping into the spotlight an talking so greasy… she put herself in one.

But hey, what do I know…

I Can Explain… coming soon



Here’s the thing… some people just don’t pay attention, even when you are in fact talking about them or something they’re interested in.Case in point, this Azealia Banks video. I took one look at the comments section and just shook my head.

Now of course there are always gonna be stans who show up and ride hard on behalf of the artist they feel we slandered. They’re basically super-dedicated and delusional  fans who can’t or wont understand how anyone can see ANYTHING negative in what their artist does.

Then there’s the “don’t hate” crew. These cats may not even be fans, but can’t stand it when anyone talks negative about somebody in the spotlight. To answer that, they negative about the folks they’re mad at. Clever huh? lol

But then.. there are those cats that just don’t seem to listen to what’s being said right in front of them. It NEVER ceases to amaze me how folks will just hear shit that hasnt been said! They comment on things we didn’t say while ignoring what was actually said, give us all credit for stances we don’t all have…

All I’m saying is PLEASE LISTEN. And after seeing her react like this on twitter ” “just watched some vid where this group of people enthusiastically bashed me for ten minutes. Lol they’re opinions changed like 4 diff times” and then ERASE it because she realized she was proving us right, this goes for you too Ms. Banks.

Can Rick Ross Resurrect Ma$e & Omarion?

I’m not mad at the concept of signing Omarion and Mase… it’s actually a step up from the cats he’s gone after lately. No real disrespect to the other cats on MMG, but these are two former franchise artists who went hard in their respective times.  If you think Mase didnt damn near sink Bad Boy after he retired you’re buggin. And B2K was never really seriously replaced after O bounced. So while it may seem like a stretch to some, I can kinda see the vision on this one.

I guess my only question is, when is Ross, or ANYBODY for that matter, actually going to break a brand new artist? Pulling somebody out of thin air seems to be an overall lost art in the rap business. Even if it looks like that, a few looks in and you find out they’re related to somebody or used to have a deal and lost it… Where the hell did the A&R’s vanish too? Why are the people who make the decisions basing them strictly on numbers? Do you realize that the best artists music’s ever offered have come out of the blue? I get wanting to make a sound investment and I wont knock it. But man… SOMEBODY has to try and legitimately DISCOVER new talent instead of rehashing the old.

Or maybe labels will just keep doing this till we all die… and we’ll let em. What do I know?

Rock On Ross… Rock on.

I Can Explain..! Coming soon


Does Barack Obama Still Need Hip-Hop?

Fam, I still have a lot of questions from his original election that go waaay deeper than Barack’s iTunes picks. But we’ll do that some other time, to focus on this, I think that answer is no.

Now don’t get i twisted, I think it’s… cute that he’s giving Jeezy a shout. Jeezy DID give him a cool campaign song for free-ninety-nine just to have Obama about face and replace his invite to poetry night with one call to Common. #ColdGame But does that mean he needs Hip-Hop? I say nay.

Here’s why, if Barack NEVER shouts out the house that Herc built again in this campaign… are you really gonna green-light the other guy?

Yeah.. me neither

See y’all at the polls


So Brian McKnight’s a recreational gynecologist huh?

Aight, so my post game has been on some bullshit lately and (once again) I’m kinda behind. So there’s no need to beat you in the head with a story that’s been as exposed as the cooch he’s capitalized on in song form, so I’m gonna keep this short and sweet.

I’m NOT mad at Mr. McKnight

Even if you DON’T believe it was a joke (which it was) consider this:

First of all, he’s a grown ass man who apparently is an ass-man. If he wants to wave the good old freak-flag for the forty-year old freak-fans, I say put the mast on blast.

Second, I can’t find a way to throw sodium on a guy that re-introduced himself to the world of world-star, picked his twitter game up AND laughed all the way through iTunes… IN ONE DAY.

And lastly, look at this as just another blurring of the lines. Singers wanna be rappers (Trey, Chris) and rappers keep trying to sing (Kanye, Weezy) mostly to HORRID results. So instead of a sixteen bar embarrassment, Brian wore a rapper attitude to the booth and won.


I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin…


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