In this week's Pulse Report the streets are buzzing about The Game wanting to kill himself again - but first he wants to sign the dude that knocked out Suge Knight, 50 Cent not repping hard enough for Sean Bell, Nas morphing into a roach, Lil' Wayne ditching drugs to preserve his sexy and Eminem's little brother trying his hand at rap.
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1. Straight Locin'. The West Coast hasn't been hip-hop's ground zero for news in a minute. However all that changed this week, when Game continued to play up the notion that he's one shot away from being over, and Suge Knight getting hit by the shot heard around the world.
We all know The Game's much talked about issue with suicide. Last month the Compton rapper confessed to XXL magazine that he often thinks of bringing his life to an end. Well, from the looks of the latest cover of the Source magazine, where Game points a gun under his chin, life's still a b*tch that Game wouldn't mine divorcing.
However, while he's still here Game sat down with NY radio personality Funkmaster Flex to chime in on the other Westside story that has everyone talking - Suge Knight's infamous concrete nap. With TMZ cameras on duty, the 6'3, 300 pound Knight got knocked out by one punch from Glen The Barber a.k.a he "Knockout Kid".
And now TMZ is reporting that several Las Vegas promoters -- including Jeff Beacher of Beacher's Madhouse -- have invited Suge Knight and the "Knockout Kid" to face up in a bare-knuckled cage match. [Peep the Knockout Kid's first interview]
But before the Knockout Kid signs up for a rematch with Knight, Game wants to ink him to a contract with his Black Wall Street record label. [Listen here]
As of press time we're not clear on any musical talents the Knockout Kid may have, other than playing sweet chin music. We do know that if he indeed signs up for a rematch with Knight, J Holiday's "Bed" is on a short list of his ring entrance theme songs.
"I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed..."
A quick word on Game: Blood in or Blood out, homie. This Kurt Cobain shtick is getting old.
2. A Nation Of One. Fresh off a tour in Africa, where he had a memorable experience with a chain snatcher, 50 Cent was back stateside serving up his usual straight talk. Appearing on BET's "106 & Park" with what's left of G-Unit; Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, Curtis talked about everything from the Sean Bell verdict to unity in the south.
On Sean Bell, 50 admits he did make a dedication to the slain Queens man - who hails from the same neighborhood as 50 - on the upcoming G-Unit album, Terminate On Site. Unfortunately he has not spoken to Bell's wife Nicole Paultre-Bell nor donated any money to the family's cause.
On the south, Fif was less than complimentary when asked how the south stays so unified and the East coast doesn't.
"New York City is the mecca," 50 said. "It's the essence of where it comes from. The competitive nature of the art form it makes us compete more. There kinda in a survival circle 'like if we all hold on we might could stay close enough to the bay'. If you add them all up they'd be like one me. All of them."
Wow. Okay, first things first. I've never been one to insist that celebrities involve themselves with every mainstream social cause that arises. We should demand more from our politicians, not rappers. However, I must say I would have expected 50 to do more here, being that dude was from the very neighborhood he has tattooed on his back. Where's the love for the hood? Why is Game of all people making a tribute song about a dude from your hood. I'm certain no group of people on the planet are more proud of 50 Cent's career achievements, knowing that he survived the ills of that neighborhood to become a music icon. The least 50 could do is make a better effort to show his folks that he has there back in a time of need. Now, enough of this Rev. Archie Sharpton sh*t.
Let's talk about the massive insult Curtis served up to the south. To say that for every T.I., Ludacris, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and Lil' Wayne of the south only adds up to one 50 Cent is crazy. Where are all the southern enthusiasts? How do you feel about this?
3. N*gga What? As he prepares to drop his controversial album N*gger, Nas made stop at MTV, where he made it clear that there is more to this album than an N-word title. If you're offended by the album title, Nas will become more of a pest to you when you hear the perspective he takes on one of the tracks. The Queensbridge rapper has elected to rhyme from the point of view of a roach. Yes a roach. Here's the reason behind it.
"We weren't looked at as beauty out there," Nas said. "We were looked at as the worst pest and because of that treatment some of us started to believe we were pests."
Clearly a good amount of hydro went into the making of this record. No disrespect God Son, but speak for yourself on that one. I ain't no roach. In fact in the grand scheme of things I like to look at myself as a pigeon. Meaning, I like to stay above the fray and sh*t on ma'f*ckers when I can. It's only right.
4. Say No To Drugs. Lil' Wayne is riding a career high right now. The "Best Rapper Alive" is sporting a number one record, and his much anticipated Carter III album is set to debut in June. So its no surprised that when the ever entertaining Weezy sat down with Blender magazine he said some things that would imply he's on something a little more potent than a natural high. Weezy claims he is no longer a fan of cocaine, nor does he do the super cocktail of drugs most people assume he does.
"I don't do too many (drugs)," he said. "I just smoke weed and drink. But I'll never f**k with no more coke. It's not about the bad high, it's just about the acne. Cocaine makes your face break out. I'm a pretty boy."
Haha. This is probably the reason 50 thinks southern rappers aren't his equal.
5. Kane Ain't Able. Apparently talent doesn't run very far in Eminem's family. Em's half brother Nate Kane, wants to follow in Slim Shady's footsteps, but lil homie doesn't quite have what it takes. [Listen her]
Hmmm. Sorry Nate, but the reason your only Em's half brother is showing. You didn't get the talent to rap on your half. You gave it a nice go any way, champ. Just go on and slide on up out here. Lose yourself for our sake. Your shot at fame is pretty slim.
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