In the past few days NY DJ and radio personality FUNKMASTER FLEX (HOT97) took to the airwaves twice to rant about a personal beef with Jay Z, airing out some past bitterness (Flex is mad because he feels Jay Z grilled him about his App a couple years ago and then turned around and used that info for his own App) and a few cases of being asked by club 40/40 manager NOT to play Dipset music when he DJ’s there (because of a long running feud between Dipset and Hov). Media hopped on the first rant for obvious reasons (#1 NY Radio DJ takes on #1 NY rapper = #’s). The rant was annoying however, because as much as we do really want to know what the beef is and love celebrities airing out their laundry in public, Flex didn’t really cover much ground and spent about 8 minutes pressing the “bomb” button, which is his trademark sound effect.
Jay’s response was to not say anything publicly about the rant and to instead have news leaked that he was in talks to buy HOT97! Okay, it’s a group of investors, including Jay, but that’s the same thing that happened with the Barclay’s deal.
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Flex then dropped a second rant, again with the bombs every three words, this time talking about a text Hov apparently sent him, using capital letters for “HOV” which Flex found disrespectful, Jay trying to “son” him.
FUNK FLEX RANT #2:
Apparently, comedian Hannibal Buress has had enough and has dropped his own rant against Funk Flex’s rant against Jay Z and hilarity ensued. The comedian is mocking the DJ’s over use of the bomb sound effect as much as anything he is actually talking about. I have been to Hannibal Buress’ shows, listened to him on satellite radio and he is one of the funniest new comedians out! As a DJ, Flex can really put a hurting on most music artists careers, but Hannibal doesn’t sing and Flex is not really in the world of comedy, so I think he’s safe. I wonder if Flex will go on a rant about Hannibal tomorrow?
Where did this Jay Z documentary come from? It seemed to just pop up out of nowhere. Or is it just me? Was my head in the sand? Well, anyway, anything that says “unauthorized” gets my attention. I wanna know, what is their take on this? I mean, I know it is still subjective, but at least it is not created by the person who is the subject matter. Unlike Beyonce’s self-directed documentary, we may see and hear some things that Jay wouldn’t necessarily approve of or appreciate. And that makes for good Internet! So off we go, let the trumpets blow, but hold on because the driver of the mission is NOT Jay Z.
From watching the trailer, I see that Dame and Jaz-O are interviewed. I’m sure their opinions and versions of the story differ from the official party line. But the documentary looks pretty much complimentary, aiming to show “how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top.”
What do you guys think? Leave a comment after you’ve watched it and give us your review.
Of course the Zimmerman/Trayvon reference and the Jay-Z inspired song title got my attention at first. But then I listened to it and Cooley Black’s song “Black Hoodie Rap” off his full project “The Black Bang Theory” (a play on words referencing one of my favorite tv shows) is a winner. The track is dope (produced by Oakes and Rokitboy), Cooley can really spit, being both lyrical with wordplay and invoking images with his storytelling. On top of that, he is really saying something, not afraid to be labelled “conscious” Cooley speaks truth to power, but also truth to one’s self.
Black Hoodie Rap was highly influenced by everything surrounding the Trayvon Martin situation. It highlights how we as a community imitate George Zimmerman every day in our own neighborhoods by killing each other. I wanted to demonstrate how we as a people have to change our communities, views, and inspire the change that we would like to see.
Even though he is making a point, the skills are there, making me want to hear his flow on other topics. Nicely done.
To hear more, head over to DatPiff for The Black Bang Theory mixtape.
When Grammy-winning hip-hop icon 9th Wonder was first told to come by the studio and play beats for Jay Z’s “The Black Album”, it changed his life forever. September 20th, 2003 will forever etched into his memory. Not only did Jay use 9th Wonder on his album, he even mentioned his name in the verse. Listen to 9th tell this amazing story, while breaking down how he chopped and looped the sample (R. Kelly’s “Woman’s Threat”) and created the beat.
Tonight Jay-Z will live stream the final show of his concert series christening the new home of the Brooklyn Nets. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch it live or just wanna see what surprises he throws into the grand finale,Â check it out on his lifestyle site Life+Times.Â at 9:30 est.
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