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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

Mecc

JUMPOFF TV DEBATE: Riri & Breezy Trainwreck =

You know, what actually got me about this debate was more the topic at the end. The question was asked is Rihana a hoe. It made me really start thinking. How do women REALLY earn these labels?

And I don’t even mean her alone. Rihana, Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose… how do these women just snag the hoe tag out of basically thin air? I mean, lets honesty look at the facts…

Amber: Kanye West, Wiz Kahlifah

Rihana: Chris Brown, Drake (maybe), The NFL cat.

Kim K: Ray J, Reggie Bush, Kris Humphires, Kanye West.

These are in fact the ONLY men mentioned with these women. We’re assuming they’ve had sex with em, but a look at the list and the history shows that 90% of these were actual relationships. And please miss me with the talk of Kim’s sex tape. She and her boyfriend filmed themselves gettin busy. PLENTY of couples do/have done that… It just so happens that yours didn’t leak. And newsflash, if it did, its would NOT make the news because nobody would give a shit because you ain’t famous. So again where’s the hoe role? When exactly does 4 men (tops) transform into “she’s fucked everybody.”

Dude…EVERY WOMAN I KNOW HAS HAD MORE THAN FOUR BOYFRIENDS.

If you’re over twenty years old fellas, chances are, the same applies to you… including your girlfriend now. You just don’t know how many or who because she ain’t famous and nobody cares enough to tell you and unless the number was outlandish or you were already unhappy it probably wouldn’t matter anyway.

Fellas’ is your ego so fragile, your self confidence so shaky, that you can’t handle the concept/reality that your/any woman has been with more than just you? ESPECIALLY knowing that her number probably doesn’t hold a candle to yours.

Ladies, with all the dirt you’ve done or freaky-deaky you’ve pulled off for that special (or not so special) guy, the stuff you pray never goes public that your BFF doesn’t even know about, are you really going to judge a woman who’s confirmed count is lower than or equal to yours?

So again I’ll ask, are these women really hoes? And if so… compared to who??

But hey… I’m just talkin. What do I know?

I Can Explain…! Coming soon

Mecc

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

Mecc

IS AZEALIA BANKS TOO ARROGANT FOR A NEW ARTIST?

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

Mecc

Wilbur Theater, Boston MA #Slaughterhouse

I should have written this awhile ago… And better late than never, just sounds like bullshit so I’ll just get started.

For those that didn’t get the memo (as in damn near all of yall) MrMecc was added to the Our House tour and named the official opening act for Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Joe Budden & Royce Da 5’9” a.k.a. Shady Records very own Slaughterhouse.

slaughterhouse logo Pictures, Images and Photos

(Dramatic pause for applause….)

That’s right true believers! After a lot of hustle and even more slick talking, the support YOU GUYS gave to my single #JBF and to #JumpOffTV put ya man on the radar of one of the most lyrical groups in existence. Now all I have to do is go out in front of a thousand plus people, used to high levels of lyricism, night after night and keep them happy and amped before four of the most gifted wordsmiths of the genre who were personally signed by Marshall Mathers hit the stage…

Full House Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

…Nah, no pressure though.

Now I’ve TONS of shows and the tour was 43 dates strong but there was something about The Wilbur Theater in Boston told me tonight was going to be special… It started off normal enough. After getting a fresh cut coutesy of the hometown hero @JThaS (#Salute) I hit the venue, told security who I was, got escorted over and grabbed my credentials from will call…

Credentials Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

…slid over to the stage to double-check my set time..

Picture that Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

and after pointing out and correcting a quick mistake (I had 20 min, not 15) everything was all gravy! The music was ready, the sound-system sounded good and the place was sold-out. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more…

And then, it happened. I was sitting by the side of the stage about to crack open my bag when I got approached by one of the production hands. I was already reaching for my all-access pass when the conversation took a very, very unexpected turn…

Excuse me, Mr Mecc?

"Yep, That’s me!"

"Hi! I’m Denise, I’m doing production for the show. How are you?"

"Oh nice to meet you! And I’m groovey thanks! What’s the deal? Is everything ok?"

"Oh sure! I just wanted to see if you’re ready to go to your dressing room."

"… I’m sorry, my… what?"

"We have your dressing room ready, let me show you to it…."

"Um, I’m not in Slaughterhouse…"

" Oh I know, theirs is downstairs. Just follow me.

Dude, the next thing I know, for the 1st time in my career, I was standing inside my own freaking dressing room!!!

Dressing Rm Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

Now there was no question I had some things I needed to do, swap gear, charge my phone, double check my songs.. but I’m not gonna lie. Before any of that I stood there for a few minutes and let the coolness of the moment sink in… and proceeded to CHEESE like my mama called me cute!!

I took full advantage, got nice and comfy and switched into my official custom show shirt, complete with my Twitter name, courtesy of my dude @Phetus88. I don’t normally take pics of myself, but I figured being that I was in MY DRESSING ROOM and all… I could do that. #Swag

Stage Gear Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

Yeah, I was FULLY on my Kanye mindset, the only thing that you could tell me was absolutey NOTHING. I know its seems like a small thing, but I couldnt help feeling like I was on the right track. My name on the door just felt like I was being… verified, if that makes any sense. After years of standing in other peopIes or sharing with other artist, I felt as if this space wasn’t given to me, I’d earned my way into that room and now, I was gonna go on stage and prove it. I went in front of that crowd with a determination to earn my place with them too.

So After I did THIS…

…it was on to THIS…

Crowd Control, Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

And THIS…

After the show... its the afterparty!

Which ended with THIS..

Nice shirts fellas! Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse.

I think it’s Mission Accomplished… what do YOU think?? LOL! Afterglow Wilbur Theater SlaughterHouse. I’d need it, the next stop was kinda rough, but hey…

I Can Explain..!

Mecc

When is a Feature Not a Cosign?




This whole vid brings me to another thought… when as an artist, do you turn down a feature? I don’t mean if you don’t have time, I mean if the guy is offering you a huge amount of cash, and he’s on fire as far as the mainstream is concerned but you think he absolutely SUCKS as an rapper and is a detriment to the culture.Then what?

Now on the one hand, the cash will be a good look, you can (and will) outshine the shit out of him on his own track an increase your audience. The cosign would put you further in the spotlight with the media and all would be right with the world…

But can you look at yourself in the mirror knowing that you basically sold out and cosigned an absolute TRASH-ASS rapper?

How much is a good nights sleep worth?


Eh… I’ll let you know.


I Can Explain..! on the way

Mecc

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