50 Cent takes pole
position while serving beef; Jennifer Lopez is reborn while the
world remembers The Notorious B.I.G.
March 11, 2005
50 Cent's Position of
Love him or hate him, 50 Cent isn't going
anywhere. The release of 50's second album, The Massacre,
has sold approximately 1.2 million copies to date. That is seven
days of sales. To put it in perspective, Soundscan's second slot
is filled by Jennifer Lopez's latest album, Rebirth,
which has moved roughly 262,000 copies. You don't need to be a
mathematician to comprehend the difference in sales. If this
trend continues, 50 may manage to outsell his debut Get Rich
or Die Tryin', which has sold some 11 million copies to
date. The bottom line: That is a lot of cheddar for Fiddy to
Escaping 50 is an impossibility these days.
Just two weeks ago 50 pulled a fantastic promotional stunt by
publicly excommunicating The Game from G-Unit. It seems that
Compton-bred rapper The Game signed on to collaborate with
Queensbridge super-MC Nas. This did not sit well with 50, who
carries a beef with Nas. 50 was also pissed off due to the lack
of credit for tracks he supposedly wrote and produced for The
Game's debut The Documentary. The beef came to a head
when 50 dismissed The Game during an appearance on New York's
Hot 97. Shortly afterward, shots were fired on 50's entourage
outside the radio station.
Wait, the drama is just getting started.
The Massacre offers "Piggy Bank" a track that tosses
lyrical sand in the eyes of New York MCs Fat Joe, Jadakiss, and
Nas. 50's attempt to stir up a response track from the mighty
Nas fell flat. Terror Squad's Fat Joe has, however, rolled up
his sleeves and released a response track "F*** 50," which, as
the title implies, has very few kind words for 50. The first
line Fat Joe spits is, "50 you gonna end up dead," and then he
proceeds to attack 50's general paranoia and jealousy of The
Game's success. Jadakiss has responded as well with "Checkmate,"
and honestly this track makes Fat Joe's response seem pretty
tame. Jada drops the line, "Never the king of New York, you live
in Connecticut," and attacks 50 for singing more than rapping
and suggests that 50 stick to selling clothes and sneakers.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is going to be a very hot summer.
Things Done Changed
Wednesday, March 9, marked a very sad day in
hip-hop. It has been eight years since Christopher "The
Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was murdered. Biggie's presence has
faded little in rap, as many MCs continue to pay homage to Bed-Stuy's
Big Poppa. It is amazing that Biggie only released two
full-length albums and yet his style continues to influence new
generations of emerging MCs. We recommend blasting a copy of
Ready to Die while checking out the articles we've
collected that remember the late Notorious B.I.G.
This Is Me...Now
Jennifer Lopez has done an about-face in the
media. Just a few years ago, Jenny from the block seemed a
permanent fixture on tabloid front pages and entertainment
television shows aimed at pop-culture junkies. First there was
the relationship with music mogul and ultimate bad boy, Sean
"Puffy" Combs, which suffered an explosive ending shortly after
a shooting that eventually sent the New York emcee Shyne to
prison. Then came Lopez's inescapable relations with actor Ben
Affleck, which eventually ended leaving the Hollywood bad boy to
pursue a new flavor of the month while J. Lo retreated.
Eventually Jennifer Lopez set her eyes on Latin crossover
superstar Marc Anthony, which brings us up to date.
Jennifer's retreat from the public eye
coincided with her marriage to Marc Anthony. As the title of her
new album suggests, J. Lo has rebirthed her persona and shed the
wild-style antics for that of a polished star. J.Lo's maturation
is apparent from the get-go on Rebirth, in spite of the
in da club packaging of "Get Right." The album flirts with a
variety of styles overflowing with screeching jazz horns, Middle
Eastern instrumentation, and playful funk. The album is littered
with a couple of jump-up party jams, but in general is dominated
by a quiet storm vibe suggesting that Jennifer Lopez is indeed
shying away from the tabloid drama-loving J.Lo persona and
settling into a character that is calm and refined.