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J. Cole gets a sharp retort, Erick Sermon collaborates with Jimmy Hendrix and 50 Cent’s weight loss hits the small screen -- read on for the Rap-Up list.
J. Cole Gets An Unsolicited Response From Gia Jai
In the 1980s, several rappers jumpstarted their careers by making response records to artists that didn’t dis them. With “The Showstopper,” Salt ‘N Pepa attacked Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew’s “The Show” and with “Roxanne’s Revenge,” Roxanne Shante took shots at UTFO’s “Roxanne, Roxanne.”
Now, Atlanta-based rapper Gia Jai has employed this tried-and-true blueprint. With “Can’t Get Enough Remix,” she reworks J. Cole’s “Can’t Get Enough” into a sharp retort to the Jay-Z protégé. In her version, Gia Jai says she’s not going to be a side chick and explains that her girl already warned her about his wandering eye. Gia Jai’s edition displays her spunk and wordplay, attributes that could help shape her forthcoming album into a potent release.
Erick Sermon Gets “Fresh” With Jimmy Hendrix
A decade ago, Erick Sermon used vocals from the late Marvin Gaye to help him score a hit with the infectious single “Music.” Now, the legendary EMPD rapper-producer has incorporated a portion of Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along The Watchtower” for his new single, “A Way Out” . Over a pounding drum track, Sermon again raps about the redemptive power of music, the wide highs and lows of the music industry and proclaims his appreciation for late mentor Jam Master Jay.
The track appears on Sermon’s “Breath Of Fresh Air” mixtape, which also features Rick Ross, 50 Cent, and Too $hort, among others. After laying low for a while, Sermon’s new single and mixtape show that the slow-flow master hasn’t lost a step.
50 Cent Film Hits Home Video, Shows Dramatic Weight Loss
When video clips of a seemingly malnourished and suicidal 50 Cent surfaced recently, there was plenty of speculation throughout the ‘Net that the Queens rapper was finished. Most likely, the clip was shot during the filming of 50’s “All Things Fall Apart” movie. Now available at Wal-Mart and iTunes, the film features 50 (who also co-wrote the screenplay) as a collegiate football star whose NFL career is over before it starts due to a series illness.
The man born Curtis Jackson dropped dozens of pounds to play the role, which places him onscreen with Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas,” “Blow”), Mario Van Peebles (“Ali,” “New Jack City”) and Lynn Whitfield (“Without A Trace”). With his music career sagging, 50’s cinematic pursuits are keeping him in good company.