Tha Rap Critic

Monday, February 28, 2005

Game and 50 Cent Beefing?

In recent interviews, on radio and in the media, 50 Cent and Game have appeared to be throwing subliminal/ direct jabs at one another. For example, in a recent interview with Wendy Williams, Game was asked why wasn't he wearing his G-Unit chain by Ms. Williams, and he replied by saying "because this Aftermath." Also, Game has recently stated that he will not get involved with 50 Cent's newly brewing beef with Jadakiss because Jada is a close personal friend of Game. To add further insult, 50 Cent nor any of the other high profile G-Unit members didn't even attend Game's album release party in New York.

50 Cent has also been taking little shots at Game, saying that he's not that excited about Game's project currently because all the songs that have been released off his new album have him on it. In the March '05 edition of XXL, 50 called Game an outsider, and admited to frequently being upset with Game because he's not always kept in the loop in regards to Game's dealings. There have also been reports of physical altercation between 50 Cent and Game.

Although I'm not the type of person to say I told you so, but I never thought that those two personalities would mesh for too long. There are some people that seem to think that Game and 50 Cent make great records together, but I think that the three radio songs that Game has featuring 50 are three of Game's weakest efforts. 50 Cent has enough heads about to come after him in the coming weeks with Jadakiss and Fat Joe slated for responses to 50's Piggy Bank without having to worry about his own crew member coming at him. Nas has already stated that he'll send a response if he thought he had a worthy opponent. Time will tell how this situation will unfold.

GGGGGG-Unit? For How Long?

Friday, February 18, 2005

XXL to Spotlight the West Coast

Game and Snoop will don the cover of the new XXL Magazine titled "West Coast Resurrection". Not only will XXL feature interviews by Game and Snoop, the magazine will also take a look at west coast pioneers like MC Eiht, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and will chronicle the 10 year anniversary of Eazy E's death. Some think that it is long overdue for the West Coast to get some shine, but the music game is media controlled, and they say who gets shine and who doesn't.

For years the South has had dope artist, but it wasn't until the media started covering southern artists when the South started to shine in the public eye. Even when the West Coast was on top, the East Coast had some top notch mc's, but the media was giving all the shine to the west. It's all a cycle; therefore, I hope West Coast artists like Ras Kass and Crooked I finally get some shine.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Ras Kass Dissing Game?

Although Shady/Aftermath has been heavily recruiting Ras Kass during his stint and release from prison, that doesn't stop Ras from going after Game, or at least that's what I think he's doing on a new mixtape cut called "Caution". Ras starts the song by thanking all West Coast artists for repping the West since he has been incarcerated, then unapologetically, Ras Kass goes on to say that "I will crush all you niggas." I have been hearing this song pop up on the net for a minute now, but didn't want to really comment on it until today when Ras Kass released a statement saying that he was not dissing Game, but "...if the shoe fits, find a matching skirt." Hmmm, sounds a little animated: furthermore, Ras does spit a few bars that could be interpreted as taking shots at Game like "Fools is acting like they what I always was / West Coast lyricist with East Coast love / you was made to run / get a thousand tattoos and won't raise your gun / so when you get merked I'ma raise your son"

Ras also goes on to say that he's the King of the West unless Pac comes back in the flesh this summer. Looks like Ras Kass will be raising a few eyebrows in the coming weeks as I predicted in an earlier post.

Rasassination Baaaaby!

Monday, February 07, 2005

Jay-Z Rapping for Relief

Jay-Z is one of many music stars that will be peforming at The Anaheim Pond on February 18, 2005 in order to raise money for tsunami victims of Southeast Asia and East Africa. Linkin Park and Jurassic 5 are also slated to join the roster of performers. Jay-Z, who is known for his philanthropic work, being one of the first to donate funds to the tragedy that happened at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO in April of 1999. Linkin Park's Music for Relief organization is staging the event. Thusfar, the organization has raised in excess of $1.5 million, and hope to raise $1 million more with sales of concert tickets.