Here’s a quick round-up of noteworthy happenings in the rap world throughout the last week. A potentially damaging diss track, a release from behind bars, a doggedly entertaining video and Pacific Northwest rap make the list this time.
Eminem Disses Hova?
Eminem Track Disses Jay-Z, Lil Wayne. Or does it? Eminem rocketed to superstardom, in part, because of his willingness to and ability to dis artists. But, not ones he respects. Well, according to the Detroit rapper’s song “G.O.A.T.,” he is one of the best of all time and takes exception with not being placed on the same level as Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. Of course Slim Shady appeared with Lil Wayne on “No Love” and “Drop The World,” and produced and appeared on Jigga’s “Renegade,” but the “G.O.A.T.” lyrics feature Em saying, at least, that he’s in the same category as Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, but he levels more substantial disses as Paul Wall and Bubba Sparxxx before seemingly randomly lashing out at Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Madonna. The percussion-heavy beat seems unfinished and the song sounds as if it is still in demo form, but it’s illuminating hearing Eminem calling it how he sees it on several prominent rappers. Let the games begin.
Prodigy Released from Jail
Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and Havoc got famous in part because of their tough gun talk. Prodigy, for one, had to pay for his life imitating his art. On March 7, the Queens rapper was reportedly released from New Jersey’s Mid-State Correctional Facility after serving more than three years behind bars on a gun possession charge stemming from an October 2006 incident in which police found a gun in his SUV during a traffic stop. Next month, he is slated to release his autobiography, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. If the book is anywhere near as potent as his menacing rhymes, it’ll be a must-read.
Atmosphere Lets The Dog Out
MC Slug and producer Ant have sustained a successful career by detailing the dog days of relationships. The video for the Minneapolis duo’s new song, the roots-reggae inspired “Just For Show,” takes the theme to new heights. The clip, in advance of the group’s The Family Sign album which is due in stores April 12, features a golden retriever roaming city streets and getting rejected at every turn. Atmosphere will likely enjoy a better reception on its 21-date “The Family Tour” tour, which launches April 20 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio and concludes May 17 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.
Cool Nutz, Rap’s “Greatest” Secret
The Pacific Northwest hasn’t had many famous rappers, but it’s not from lack of talent. Portland rap pioneer Cool Nutz has been churning out quality material for more than a decade. His new album, Cool Nutz =’s Dope, arrives May 10 and the black and white video for his reflective single “The Greatest” features him rocking packed crowds, as well as cameos from E-40 and Krizz Kaliko. In the interim, Cool Nutz will be appearing in Austin, Texas at that interactive and music festival that will be taking place. He’ll be on a panel at 3 pm at the George Washington Carver Museum March 18 and performing with Illmaculate at 11 pm at Nuvola March 19.
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