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Now that his seemingly neverending squabbling with 50 Cent has resulted in his new album Deeper Than Rap being No. 1 on this week’s album charts (if not much of an in-store draw), Rick Ross has decided to move on to a new target: Known Curtis Jackson associate Eminem, who–what do you know!–has a new album of his own coming out next month. In the above video, which is filmed while Ross is on some sort of expensive vacation, Ross brags about his album sales and kvells over his own personal DJ being overpaid and waves a pair of Kanye West-designed shoes around before taking time to call Em a “hunghkey” (ugh) during Yet Another Tirade About How G-Unit Sucks. I’m sure the pretty much inevitable second-week sales drop-off will result in some Eminem-led counterattack coming from the other side of the table, but for now, let’s look at some figures that a commenter on Nah Right claims are a comparison of budgets for Jadakiss’ The Last Kiss, which came out two weeks ago, and the Ross album: More »
In 2005, I got an e-mail from an anonymous Universal PR drone telling me that I could download a track from former Tha’ Rayne member Yummy Bingham for free on iTunes. (This was a surprise; in 2005 major labels didn’t give away free anything, and even though the track was locked up with DRM, a download was a marked improvement from e-cards and streams.) The song, “Come Get It,” turned out to be one of my favorites of the year, but I don’t think anybody else ever liked it as much as I did. Heck, I’m pretty sure that’s the case because this song went nowhere, chart-wise. Giving it away for free must have been a sign of desperation or not knowing what to do with it—which is too bad, because it’s held up pretty well.