:: According to a Coney Island principal, patriotic songs aren’t appropriate for graduation — and pulled the plug on favorites such as “God Bless the USA” and “Proud to be an American.” Perfectly acceptable, however? Justin Bieber‘s “Baby.” [NY Post]
:: It’s been nearly 10 years since The Soul Sessions first came out, and Joss Stone is finally releasing the sequel, appropriately titled The Soul Sessions 2, on July 31. Listen to her cover of “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People.” [Billboard]
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Man, am I conflicted about this new Soulja Boy video, “Donk.” On first listen, it sounded like Ice-T’s worst fears writ large: A kid yelping about asses and humping the clap beat like Luke was sponsoring a Miami Bass Special Olympics. The moves in the video barely even seemed to correlate to the music while looking like they were given more consideration than the music itself. But with its almost wanton tempo shifts and monotonous typewriter drums, this is just the rap equivalent of Slipknot, something flashy and aggressive for the kids that many adults simply do not need in their life. Plus, what do you really want from the fifth single off an album that had one sole major success, especially if that success was “Crank Dat?” [Pop Eater]
ThewarbetweenSoulja BoyandIce-T is over. A-Rab no longer has to be on the lookout for SVU detectives planting evidence. Evil E can walk down the street without wondering if that teenager is going to throw a semen-stained bedsheet on his back, yelling “Yahhh, trick, yahhh!” But while both sides have promised no more YouTubes on the subject, there’s little sense of the rift between B.C. (Before Christopher Wallace) and A.D. (After Diddy) rappers being closed. Explains Soulja, “Basically comments were made (by Ice-T) and I had to defend myself,” Soulja Boy told AllHipHop. “The GZA had said something about me one time and 50 jumped it in. And this time it was Ice-T and Kanye jumped in it. It’s the new Hip-Hop sticking together and I love it.” Do you?
Grandpa Ice-T and young Soulja Boy may have quashed their beef, but a clip of Ice-T bitching about Soulja last October (“Soulja Boy? The fuck is that? It’s garbage! And if the dude doesn’t like it, I’ll punch him in his face.”) that recently popped up on YouTube just may reignite it. Not only does it add a violent threat to the mix, it also casts serious doubt on Ice-T’s claims that he was being goaded into dissing Soulja Boy on the mixtape that started it all. Even if Soulja ignores this cane shaking, Lil’ Mama (“‘My lip gloss be popping?’ Get the fuck out of here.”) and Mims (“We came all the way from Rakim to ‘This Is Why I’m Hot’…) may step up to the star of Surviving The Game with some sequel beef.
Dissing Lil’ Mama, Ice? Are you afraid of cooties? Did you completely forget the B-boy days?
So here’s a little conspiracy theory for you: What if Ice-T started that whole verbal slapfight with Soulja Boy last week because he wanted to put the word out there that he was ready to feud with anyone …. including Joan Rivers, who led the family opposing his clan on last night’s Celebrity Family Feud? Of course, Ice kept it real by working blue on the first question, but you do have to admit that “name something that’s slippery and hard to hold on to” is something of a Match Game-sized opening for that sort of thing. [RedLasso]
Ice-T may be slowly backing away from his fight with YouTube’s top rapper/shoe mogul/dance-craze originator, but that’s not stopping Soulja Boy, who apparently has a lot of time and bandwidth, from releasing yet another clip going off on his elder and any other “50-year-old” types out there. And this time, it’s a cartoon! Really, if you want to get to the only part of the video that sort of goes beyond “LOLd” jokes, just fast-forward to around 4:10 and watch as Soulja Boy uses some video-editing trickery to come up with a new dance, the–wait for it–”Crank That Ice-T.” I predict that 10,000 tributes to Ice-T’s breakdancing style will be online by sundown. [YouTube]
Ice-T would like to humbly apologize for telling young Soulja Boy to eat a dick. “Truthfully, a brother of my caliber shouldn’t be talking down on a youngster your age.” Wait for it…”But as far as your music goes? It’s garbage.”
Here’s a list of Ice-T’s issues with Soulja Boy.
• Unlike Young Jeezy, TI, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco and Ludacris (“cats that take time to go in the studio, and really write something”), Soulja Boy doesn’t give 110%. “This ain’t no old school new school, this ain’t no east coast west coast drama, you dig?
• That “Superman” bullshit is wack.
• Instead of taking the criticism and respecting his elders, Soulja Boy had the audacity to reply to Ice-T’s mixtape outburst by LOLing at his Wikipedia page and screaming “dude, you old!” “You was supposed to take that!” says Grandpa Ice, since dissing Ice means having Hip-Hop itself on your ass.
And really, that’s why Soulja Boy is pretty smart to keep mocking him. While the Ice-T of Rhyme Pays took pride in his knowledge and would have found “Crank That” embarrassing, he would be bummed to hear his older self is bitching about these young kids with their stupid dance moves and lack of respect for their elders. From his own experience with old-ass fucks, he know there’s no point in trying to upbraid a youngster for his foolish nihilism, especially in hip-hop. We may roll our eyes when Soulja Boy confuses “Cop Killer” with “Fuck The Police” and says that “Wal-Mart wasn’t even made” when Ice-T was born, but gleeful irreverence has always been one of rap’s greatest weapons (i.e. “there’s three of us but we’re not the Beatles”). Ice should just sit back, enjoy his cake, and wait for the four elements of hip-hop culture to exact the same karmic justice on Soulja Boy that they did to Wacky D and Sunshine.
Oh, this Internet age! The Soulja Boy/Ice-T beef may already be over before a single battle track could be laid down, judging by Ice-T’s interview with AllHipHop.com. “Soulja Boy, you killed hip-hop” has now become “Soulja Boy, you could try harder,” as Ice-T acknowledges the long list of corny-ass dances in hip-hop’s career, including Ski Love’s “Pee Wee Herman,” the video for which just happens to include Ice-T. “That s**t was corny too…so I have a corny strike on my resume. But now it seems like the game is being overtaken by less skillful Hip-Hop. And you notice Joe Ski didn’t have a real long career in Hip-Hop.” But while he may accept Soulja as an underage Joe Ski, it’s going to take a lot more than Kanye West references a bonus track on It Was Written… to make Ice-T think he’s the new Nas.
From Kanye’s blog (which is updated with impressive frequency — eight posts on Sunday alone!):
Soulja boy is fresh ass hell and is actually the true meaning of what hip hop is sposed to be. He came from the hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song. He had all of America rapping this summer. If that ain’t Hip Hop then what is? A bunch of wannabe keep it real rappers that ain’t even relevant, recycling samples trying to act like it’s 96 again and all they do is hate on new shit? N***as always talk about the golden age but for a 13 year old kid, this is the golden age!!! That song was so dope cause everything he said had a hidden meaning… that’s Nas level shit… he just put it over some steel drums which is also some Nas shit if you had the 2nd album cassette with the bonus track “Silent Murder” on it. In closing… new n***as get ya money$$$$$$$$$$ Keep this shit fresh and original…. ain’t no fuckin’ rules to this shit and that’s what real hip hop is to me.
I respected his comment. At least the discussion has begun. But the discussion won’t go on if people feel I’m hating. It’s more about Hip-Hop. When you go in the studio, you’re supposed to really try and do something. It’s not someone’s fault they got a hit record, but when you try to compare that to Nas, you’re gonna get a dramatic response from a real Hip-Hop n***a.
What, like an incredulous YouTube? The shaking of a cane? Maybe a subliminal dis on SVU?
In case you don’t have the stomach to watch Soulja Boy’s expletive-laden, nearly eight-minutes-long despite edits response to Ice-T saying he ruined hip-hop forevermore, let me sum up its two major arguments. No. 1: “YAHHH OLD YAHHH.” (That’s a paraphrase.) No. 2: “How are you gonna make a song called ‘Fuck Da Police,’ then 35 years later, your ass is playing the police on TV?” (That’s a direct quote. Personally, I think a youuuuuuuu would have sufficed.) P.S.: This should go without saying on any YouTube clip, but seriously, if you want to retain your faith in the future of this planet, don’t read the comments. [YouTube; ht PTW / Earlier]
Just in case you thought “farm boys from Iowa” contributing to Salon were the only people livid about the effect of Soulja Boy on hip-hop*, SVU veteran and creator of my favorite rap album of all time Ice-T wants you to know that he has no respect for the snap superstar. “We came all the way from Rakim, we came all the way from Das EFX, we came all the way from motherfuckers flowing like Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube, and you come with that Superman shit? That shit is garbage.”
Almost as if he knew the attack was coming, Soulja Boy released a new “freestyle” earlier this week, allegedly delivered as payback for half a million visits to his YouTube page. Watch as he brilliantly rhymes “on” with “on” and “on” with “on.”
Is there a reason he keeps looking off to the side between each line? Or why he stares to the left when zooming through the speed-rapping part of this “freestyle?” At the beginning of the clip we can see a video game on a giant TV screen to his right, and the same image appears to be on the computer he starts the music on. So did he have some giant digital cue cards set up for the “freestyle?” Or is he just simply checking on the game? Either way, I doubt this will help him regain Ice-T’s respect.