Fuck You. It’s the title of Cee-Lo’s newest gem and it’s been virally splattered all over the damn internuts. A plethora of user hype and sharing has come to fruition to build this song into a single track marketing force. Even 50 Cent got up in the mix, remixing the track and having some things to say about Cee- Lo. The video is actually pretty dope, and like the track will find itself all over your favorite social networking site.
side note: It was funny as fuck to tag up this post, I have a feeling it’s going to attract some random pervoids from the red states going buck on their search engines…
So Fitty lost upwards of 60 lbs for his upcoming role in a film called “Things Fall Apart”. The film stars Curtis, a football player diagnosed with cancer.
What can I say? The man takes movie roles seriously, call him De Niro. One more image of the ghostly kingpin, after the jump.
‘I don’t think the music business is dying. I think we’re just experiencing technology and we have to pass new laws, eventually, to change how music is being distributed.’ – Fitty
What a little cock mongrel! Like really! Like I wish I had Seth and Amy by my side, and maybe even Tina, and we could say together “REALLY?” Why is it that every time “The Man” starts to get handled by “the people”, he finds a way to buy the soul of an influential party, one who will impact “the people’s” ability to combat “The Man”? Apparently, Curtis “sheisty” Jackson is going to be helping undermine the current atmosphere of music “piracy”, think of him as a bounty hunter or repo man, hired by the RIAA to get creative with solutions.
Check this little nugget 50 Cent purports to be a fundamental part of the problem:
‘It’s easier to download a song that’s three minutes long, probably about three or four seconds for you to download it, it’s easier to steal.’
That doesn’t even make sense, it’s actually easier for Joe Blow to download a song legally off the ITunes store than it is for that person to hit Google and actually find a pirated copy. Fact is, piracy is rampant amongst bloggers, musicians, and real sonic heads, but I assure you that your aunt and probably most of your cousin’s couldn’t download a pirated copy of their favorite album if I had a Glock 17 to their head, trust.
Here’s a crazy idea I’d absolutely love to pitch right at Fitty or RIAA; how about focusing on the fact that the industry is still trying to push archaic music delivery systems on us? Perhaps once you put some of your bankroll behind marketing your products in consumable forums, then you can focus on being on top of technology the next time it takes a leap as it did between CD’s and vinyl and as I’m sure it will for electronic distribution channels.
Either way, I got two things to say. First of all, 50 Cent is a walking problem, a virtual punching bag used by bloggers and mainstream society to either feel good about their wretchedness and/or internal superiority complexes. Secondly, and more importantly, here’s 50 Cent’s last album, for free, pirate the fuck out of it. The seas are calm in ZIF bay, Arrr!..
FREE Download Sucka: 50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct
Nothing short of a revolution in diss track history. Not only is Aziz going after rappers, he takes shots at their endorsements, their clothing lines and even their blogs. This is the first drop off of Aziz’s RAAAAAAAANDY mixtape, which is going to be produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio-fame.
Much to my shock, I stumbled across these promo videos that MySpace Music UK dropped on YouTube in an effort to generate some traffic I assume to Myspace Music, which I consider a potential threat to Apple and Itunes in the 21st century music networking race. Right now I wouldn’t put too much stock behind MySpace Records for the moment, their artist roster lacks inspiration and talent for the most part. Mind you, Christina Milan being a major exception to that talent-less stigma I’m placing on them, we all know how much God has bestowed upon that young beauty. But if MySpace Music becomes the front runner for promoting major artists and their respective brands, be sure that the talent will flood towards the networking giant.
Here are a few notable videos. MySpace UK blocked a bunch of their content for viewing in the U.S., so enjoy these, and David Guetta if you’re into that sort of thing.
In the warm memories of Dragnet , I say this story is best delivered with concise and accurate brevity. Just the facts m’am, just the facts.
Apparently Taco Bell has a marketing department with a creative way of looking at viral opportunities. They decided to “address” a letter “to” 50 Cent, kindly asking him if he would change his name to 79 cents or perhaps 89 cents. I’m really not sure why, perhaps they had a 50 cent taco coming out, or something disgusting like that. Either way, the problem with the letter is that it was delivered to media outlets across the country and not Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. So when the press released the story about Taco Bell’s letter to Fitty, plenty of fans cried a foul. SELLOUT! SELLOUT! 50 Cent is a G however, and he took it to the corporate gorditos with blue blooded power attorneys, sued for 4 million. Today, that suit got settled, Curtis was paid an undisclosed amount. Perhaps the boys in the TB marketing division should go find another Chihuahua, a little less abrasive than 50.
Young Buck was the first big-name rapper I ever got to interview. He was as nice as could be. He said he could tell that I was a “dope-ass writer” and even called me a “cool-ass n****a” and I’m not even black–what generous dude! When 50 Cent released that clip of him crying and begging to be let back into the G-Unit crew, I felt kind of bad for him, so it’s good to see Buck back.
Download “Homecoming” here
These chains are fresh, clean, not-too-flamboyant, and rep NYC hard. They are as understated as the man who wears them.
Just as there are plenty of “over-actors” in Hollywood, there are plenty of “over-rappers” in the industry. Kanye is a perfect example—great producer, mediocre-at-best MC, tries way too hard on the mic. This phenomenon also extends to rappers crossing over into acting (DMX).
Lloyd Banks is at home in the rap game, and never over-raps. His flow is smooth, effortless, laid-back-as-shit, confident flow. He has always been/always will be my favorite in G-Unit (breathe, haters, breathe.) I have harbored a sneaking suspicion that Banks is the hardest dude in G-Unit because he was always so calm…the kind of control that only comes with a man who’s done some serious dirt. Like his chains here, his flow is not overly flashy, but classic, restrained and iconic. (How can I call these chains restrained?..…shit, I don’t know, just peep the other chains I have written about on ZIF). On the continuum of rap chains, Banks’ chains here are almost down-to-earth.
I believe the old adage to be true that it’s “Not what you say but how you say it.” Banks isn’t known for his wordplay and over-the-top flows, but his delivery is on point. His flow is just like his chains: simple, to-the-point, and smooth. These are almost chains one could wear to a sophisticated dinner party, chains that would go as well with a fine wine and some classical music as they would with sizzurp and blow.
And let’s not confuse “restrained and understated” with “bland”— Banks has been shot a couple times (G-Unit entrance requirement?), and his second album was leaked in true gangsta fashion : he left it behind after a fucking ménage-a-trois! His comment on the album leak,
“I was just lost in my ways, fucked two women at one time. It’s the little things you don’t pay attention to.”
Yes, Lloyd, it’s the little things…mind the details.
50 Cent ft. Eminem – Psycho
You know what’s really psycho? The entire upcoming 50 Cent album has been leaked on the information super highway! I understand perfectly well how it is hard for mid-level artists to prevent album leaks, especially ones with no pull when it comes to matters such as marketing and distribution. And, I’m also empathetic to musicians who are harangued by extraneous people during recording sessions, god knows what kind of scum leave the lab with pirated leaks. But what I simply fail to comprehend is how 50 Cent, a man with his own label and full creative influence over his music and projects, can allow, yes, allow, his entire album to leak a month before its drop date. Get your shit together Fif, seriously, shot 9 times bla bla bla, cover your album’s ass, shoot haters later.
Tech N9NE ft. Krizz Kalico and Brotha Lynch Hung – Strange Music Box (Leak: K.O.D. LP)
For the majority of hip hop fans being a fan of G-Unit is the toddler equivalent of asking for a Tamagotchi for Christmas. It would seem to most that any hope for a 50 Cent led 2009 revival for G-Unit has withered away, more of a whimper than a bang. Even Fitty’s nemesis The Game has been able to secure recent media relevance, albeit through a half ass beef with Jay-Z, nevertheless, when’s the last time you heard about what Fitty was doing? Well, if I were 50, I’d go far far away, somewhere where time and logic are decades behind, hence, G-unit is popular, I’d go to Peru.
Yes, this weekend G-Unit paid Peru and its fine powder, I mean, fans a visit and hey, decided to throw a little concert while they were down there. The show was packed, at least the images 50 threw up on ThisIs50 would seem to paint that picture. I was curious how much tickets cost for the Lima show, so I popped onto Craigslist-Peru. There were literally no tickets for any events sold in their tickets section, but I did find out that they call condoms “Latex balloons” and they cost 2 Peruvian dollars, ouch! Thank goodness that G-Unit are the BBBJ kings, plus Gods are immune to STD’s south of the equator.
This is an anticipatory tour, 50 Cent’s new album Before I Self-Destruct drops in late September.* Next two stops on the G-Unit fantasy tour? Poland and Belgium! Awesome. Sounds like the coalition we had in Iraq.
*track listing after the jump
What’s 50 Cent been up to? Sheet, just trying to get by like the rest of us; tread water in this economic flood. Of course strife is a relative state of agony, and in the case of 50 Cent it’s more discomfort than anguish. Nevertheless, 50 Cent has been forced to put his Conneticut mansion up for sale. Fiddy’s crib is fit for an emperor, snuggled away in the abundantly green Farmington, Conneticut woods. Famously owned and developed by Mike Tyson, Fiddy bought the outrageous casa off Tyson for a cool 4.1 million in 2003. Though extravagant and private, the mansion has been logistically haunted. It has been reported to have cost Fiddy 6 MILLION dollars in home repairs in just under 6 years, a hefty 5.5 million more than was estimated at the time of purchase. This monetary disparity has resulted in a civil settlement between Fiddy’s legal team with BVH Integrated Services, a Bloomfield, Conn.-based engineering firm. After wrapping up the legal nonsense, Fiddy put his pad up on the market. Two years ago Fiddy tried to sell the mansion for 11.5 million pounds, a month ago it was 9 million pounds, today it’s listed at a measly 6.5 million pounds (a Fat Joe). Fiddy claims he’s putting it up because he hates the commute to the Big Apple and doesn’t want to spend more energy on renovations. Sure Fiddy! And the reason I bring a lunch to work rather than buy one is because I hate takeout. It’s ok to admit that you’ve been affected by the recession, frankly it’s outright patriotic, recessions are as American as apple pie.
If you ever wondered what it’d be like to act like a damn child outside a grown mans house when he’s in another country…