Tuesday, July 05, 2005

300 Bars

Game got a unique style, I'll give him that, but he often hides behind explanations as opposed to making them interesting. I've heard this track a couple of times, and like his other (written?) shit he just shouts out events like "You went out with Vivica / 3 months after Wanksta". Is that a diss? Gangsta rappers wanting to fuck Vivica? Shit, if Game can crave da Halle Berry Cherry then why the fuck G-U-Not...

I was kickin' it with a gang-banger homie the other day, and he was surprised when I said I fuck with both of 'em. Fuck it: it's not my beef, I like both their albums (both are flawed), and play music I wanna when I wanna. If they want to go at each other, fine - hopefully some good shit (Takeover/Ether/Hit'Em Up, etc.) comes out of it.

(That Olivia "a man" shit sticks in your head though... wonder what that "saw her large penis" was really about... ugh. Foul. I can't even enjoy trans-shorty as eye-candy no mo'...)

Knowing 50, I'd say he'll time a response with a release (eg. "Piggybank"), a valuable lesson learned with Fat Joe wasting ammo from his fo'-fo' well before his album dropped. In his XXL interview, "Crr-aack!" aired out his whole clique for being slackasses (kind of sad really, like he can't get his kids to mow the lawn or take their careers seriously), and claimed the streets were bugging him for a response so he had to hit back. He would've been better (and looked stronger) to promise to hit Fiddy back later, and milk it for a minit 'til he needed the publicity around his new joint.

It's also weird how Dre and Em stay out of this, again like frustrated parents unable to control their youngest son (rebel) from beefing with their more accomplished son (yuppie). Em told 50 when he first signed "You don't have to act crazy or beat anybody up to prove your street cred, you've got it, so just chill and don't mess anything up." (paraphrase) Outside of wax-beefs he's been pretty chilled, so Game rolling through NY and Fiddy not catching a case by sending shooters seems reasonable to me. What should he do? Get an Aftermath (Dre?) chain snatched and then get shot in L.A.? I think taking it to a street-level is just bad for biz, and beyond Big'n'Pac as Che-like icons for rap-violence, all you gotta do is check Shyne phonin' in raps from prison to sober up...

I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist on this shit, and can't say for sure what the hell they're all up to, it's just too messy now. Simply, with how far Game is taking it I'm starting to think it's just personality conflicts spiraling out of control between leaders of different cliques. Maybe it'll all end as Em'n'Dre finally say "Children! Enough!", and the PR people will work overtime in a few months to end the new East/West beef in a celebrated way.

Maybe...

Who knows?

Anyway, I'm a writer, so thanks for letting me vent. I just googled "300 Bars" and found this blog, Bol I think you're on the money when you say freestyling ain't as impressive anymore, cats are just spittin' harder instead of smarter...

fyi, I wrote "My 50 Cent's on The Game" when beef first dropped in March, it's at:

http://blackkrishna.blogspot.com/2005/03/my-50-cents-on-game.html

And that's it from me from the T-Dot...

Peace, (NOW!!!)
BK

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SOURCE - http://www.byroncrawford.com/2005/06/teh_ghey_300_ba.html#comment-6809417

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Bonus: Hip-hoppin' around...

BIG PUN’S FAMILY FINANCIALLY STRAPPED:

Late rapper’s Terror Squad chain being auctioned.

By: . EURWeb
Jul. 01, 2005

Liza Rios, the widow of rapper Big Pun, has placed his $100,000 blinged-out Terror Squad medallion on eBay in order to ease the family’s financial burden. “Since Pun's untimely passing in 2000, Pun's wife has struggled to raise their three children as well as make mortgage payments on their home and other expenses,” reads the auction posting. “Contrary to what some believe, the family is far from millionaires. Pun's wife and children do not receive royalty checks for Pun's first two albums, and only one small royalty check was paid for Pun's final album. The family's attempts to get the money due to his children have been unsuccessful to date. By bidding on this piece of hip hop history, you are helping the family of a rap legend. Part of the funds will also go towards legal efforts to retrieve any unpaid album sale money the children could receive.” The pendant is yellow gold dipped in white gold and roughly 598 grams, according to the posting. There are approximately 1728 baguette diamonds, and approximately 173 round diamonds in the medallion. As of press time, the bidding had reached $15,050. The auction ends July 4. The winner will travel to New York (flight expenses will be deducted from the total) where they will receive the T.S. medallion personally from Liza Rios.

SOURCE - http://www.blackwebportal.com/wire/DA.cfm?ArticleID=2279

CHAIN REACTION - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=108756&item=7526357976&rd=1

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Pitchforkmedia
Wed: 06-22-05

The Game:
"300 Bars & Runnin'"

genre: hip-hop

If a typical rap verse is 16 bars and a typical rap song contains three verses, this 14-minute hip-hop phonebook dis-a-thon features enough unadulterated Game-spitting to break down into about six separate songs. Upping the ante on his own impressive "200 Bars & Runnin" trek, Game gets a Susan Lucci-load of high drama off his chest while officially breaking his semi-silence on the whole 50 truce and airing out on everyone from Memph Bleek to Olivia ("For a man, she hot!"). If modern rap beefs are akin to pro-wresting, this track is Survivor Series with Game as the Ultimate Warrior, taking on all comers at once with little mercy. But "300 Bars" is not all hate; after all, dude has to get a little help for his follow-up LP. Between the sometimes-hard, sometimes-funny shots aimed at his one-time G-Unit (ahem, G-Unot) cohorts, he wisely aligns himself with others that helped make The Documentary far superior to The Massacre-- people like Kanye West, Dr. Dre and Just Blaze.

Morphing beats back Game's uncanny, mimicking flow: Expertly segueing from "The Takeover" to "Shook Ones" to "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" to "Dead Presidents" to "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" to the slept-on "Blueprint 2" instrumental just to name a few, Game aces nearly all portions of the endurance test by matching his delivery to each original's with aplomb--even doing hilariously on-point impersonations of 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks. Around bar 280, the running man forgoes modesty as he pronounces, "The new Hov, the new Big, the new Pac, I need three spots," which doesn't sound nearly as ludicrous as it should by the end of this feat. [Ryan Dombal]

SOURCE - http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/tracks/05-06-22.shtml

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Hip-Hop Endorsements On The Rise, Eminem's Clothing Line Slumps

Tuesday - July 5, 2005
by Carl Chery

As Jay-Z, Nelly and others continue to profit off the power of celebrity endorsements, Eminem's clothing line is failing to make the grade.

Following the wave of celebrity endorsements, The Game, Nelly and 50 Cent recently launched new ventures. Chuck Taylor recently joined forces with 310 Motoring and Skechers to introduce a shoe line; while Nelly just launched his Pimp Juice Light energy drink. Meanwhile, Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo teamed up with couture sneaker company SneakerLuxe to form Jacob & Co. Footwear. On another note, 50 is presently promoting Reebok's GXT II Cross-trainer and is set to release his G-Unit watch line in the near future. The watches will come in several styles, including an MP3-playing model pricing $3,500.

"There are a lot of people who believe that celebrity is enough of an added value to any product to make it successful," stated Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, a New York-based brand and customer loyalty consulting company. "But it's usually not."

While certain celebrity-endorsed brands have achieved great success, others have struggled a bit. According to Ed Foy, CEO of eFashion Solutions, brands such as Jay-Z and Damon Dash's Rocawear, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Sean John, Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons' Phat Farm and Baby Phat and Nelly's Apple Bottoms have all enjoyed much success. On the other hand, Foy contends that Eminem's Shady Limited brand "is struggling big time."

50 might have racked up good numbers with Reebok, yet experts are uncertain about the potential of his upcoming ventures; including the watch.

"He [50] can go broad, but his foundation needs to be strong and sturdy," offered Jonah Disend, president of New York-based brand strategy consulting firm, Redscout. "He must not lose sense of his artistry."

Disend added that consumers aren't likely to fork up big dollars for 50's $3,500 watch.

"At that point, buy an entry-level (luxury) product like Rolex. The status is in Rolex, not 50 Cent."

SOURCE - http://www.sohh.com/thewire/read.php?contentID=7282

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Judge Orders R. Kelly Outta The Closet In Other Sex Video Suit

Friday - July 1, 2005
by Jesse Gissen

R. Kelly has recently been ordered to give a deposition in a civil case by a woman who claims the R& B star secretly videotaped them having sex.

This woman has filed invasion of privacy claims against Kelly and says the footage from the alleged tape is on the Internet. The judge's order will make Kells available to be questioned in court about his knowledge of the video.

R's lawyer has argued that the statute of limitations has ran out for the woman's accusations. He also said that the singer will probably use his 5th Amendment right to avoid incriminating himself in his criminal child pornography case.

Kelly's deposition will take place later this summer after his criminal trial.

SOURCE - http://www.sohh.com/thewire/read.php?contentID=7279

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McDonald's In Talks With Hip-Hop Designers For Uniforms

By Nolan Strong
Date: 7/5/2005 11:53 am

McDonald’s has already tapped into Hip-Hop music to help sell their food and promote their brand and now the fast food giant is in talks with Sean John, Rocawear and Fubu to give employee’s uniforms a makeover.

McDonald’s has hired music mogul Steve Stoute, who runs Translation Consulting and Brand Imaging to oversee the project.

The fast food giant’s aim is to make the employee uniform more desirable and to turn the clothing into walking advertisements for the McDonald’s brands.

“McDonald’s has evolved and become a lifestyle brand,” Stoute told AdAge.com. “Since it now is relevant to our lifestyle, let’s go one step further and make its employees relevant to our lifestyle as well.”

Other designers being considered for the uniform revamp include American Apparel, American Eagle Outfitters, Tommy Hilfiger and others.

In recent months, McDonald’s offered royalties to rappers who include the “Big Mac” sandwich in a hit record.

In that campaign, the artist who name checks the song in the song will be paid a royalty based on the amount of times the record is played on the radio.

Representatives said the initiatives are part of a broader marketing campaign to use Hip-Hop to sell their products.

The company also hired various rapper’s to perform at certain offline events and more recently, used the Kanye West produced single “Move Around” by Chicago rapper Bump J in a commercial.

SOURCE - http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=4573