Death of The Dynasty: Beans and Jay-z

"Crew love, Rocafella till we die/Long as you and I keep it movin' like a driveby"-Jay-z

"The richest man ain't the one with his first dollar, dog, it's the one that still got his first friend"-Beanie Sigel

"If my life's a movie, Sig's gon' be the sequel"-Jay-z

Word spread around fast Friday morning that Beanie Sigel addressed his issues with Jay-z on wax. He allegedly took shots @ Hov at Powerhouse in Philly, so seeing this isn't a total shocker. But still, it's like no one expected it to come to this. In the wee hours of Friday morning, DJ Kay Slay premiered Beanie Sigel's "Average Cat", a song in which he addressed his issues with Jay-z. I personally didnt take it as a "diss record", but the most revealing and interesting parts come near the song's end. Take a listen:

Beans also called into Charlemagne's show to address the issue. This was interesting to say the least. From revelations that Jay only paid the Young Gunz a little over 1K for a show (with them splitting it) to talking about Dame's reportedly crooked business practices to saying that Jay never visited him in prison, the interview was a little disturbing for me as a HUGE Roc fan.

Then you have Jay's response from a press conference:

Jay-Z answers Beanie Sigel from la rue du hiphop on Vimeo.

Ok, it's entertainment. On the outside looking it we can only take the shit for face value. But there's 2 sides to every story and then there's the truth.

  • I do feel bad for Beans. GREAT talent. However, his personal demons have affected his artistry. No one told him to get a fed case or let off shots. He just has a history of being a live wire and has talked about it on wax with songs like "I Can't Go On This Way" and "Dear Self". "The B.Coming" was his BEST work but the promo game was messed up because of the Fed trial. (Public Enemy #1 was a helluva mixtape). You can't hold a man's hand. Much less in the music industry. It's like "Goodfellas" when Paulie had to dead Henry because of certain things that he was involved in. It's a business first and the impression of Beans that I get is that he's a loyal dude. Not saying Jay is a snake because we dont know all the facts, but in the business, people will definitely protect their own interests. It was interesting to note that Beans said Jay never visited him in jail. I can understand both sides. Beans thinking that that's his man and he cant even visit him in prison; however, Jay wasnt responsible for the decisions that got Beans in prison in the first place......
  • Jay giving Young Gunz $1250 a show with them splitting it and Dame reportedly embezzling funds behind Beans back? O_o. As an artist, Jay is legitimate...but personally, signing to a label owned by another artist is something I would NEVER do. Your project will never be a priority and the majority of the marketing dollars will go to the bigger artist (who in turn usually has a track record of justifying the budget anyway). Artist development is dead as is, and labels aint got time to hand feed someone and watch them grow into a star. That's the thing with a lotta artists as well. They're from adverse situations and look for a way out so labels offer them contracts with clauses (Ibelieve nothing is hidden. If you're a hustler, you'll look at terminology, etc) and they dont understand them. If that's true, Dame is wrong for that.
  • Jay did give Beans a label, clothing line, etc and he never went platinum on any individual album (2 gold albums with around 2.1 million sold for his career. I did an artist roster @ Def Jam and that's what it said anyway). It's been said that Beans had two Bentleys, but he admitted that he didn't have an accountant or a management team on his side. Those things definitely hurt his positioning as an artist. A good management team can get an artist cross-branding initiatives (Ex: Hip Hop Since 1978 with Wayne and Jeezy; Violator) and it's just plain common sense to have an accountant.
  • As a fan, it sucks to see the lack of promotion for good albums. "The B.Coming" and "Free At Last" were very solid releases. But it's a business. If you have an artist that's multiplatinum, a label aint gonna funnel money to promote an artist with a gold discography (much less, decreased sales in this climate). Much less in the time period where the bigger artist has a history of good sales. Hov in the 4th quarter is a legitimate investment for the label and that's exactly what they did. Just sayin' that from a business standpoint, it was logical.
  • State Property did bring an edge to the Roc that previously wasnt there. Cue Hot 97 Takeover Freestyles I and II. Beans WAS the frontline soldier whenever the Roc had an issue with an outside camp. The "street cred" was there and from the outside looking in, it was a good move for the Roc. I think Chris was the biggest loser in this whole shit as he had the bars and most potential. Beans and Freeway are "niche" artists...not to disrespect them or put em in a box...but Chris...Chris had "it" man....i hate to see good artists in limbo....or get begged to get dropped which brings me to another topic.....
  • Side Note: I've seen that some label contracts have clauses that say if an artist sells over 200K records, they're legally obligated to make another album. Obviously, this depends on the amount of albums they owe a label as a result of the signing. To my understanding (and I may be wrong), how labels work (or used to anyway) was that an artist has to sell X amount of CDs to pay back his total budget (now there's 360 deals that take a piece of everything), but the artist wouldnt get paid royalties until that amount of units are sold + more. So lets say I sell 200K units but my budget is set up to get me gold sales (500K). I now owe the label ANOTHER album, AND I'm in the red and have to make up those albums and if worst comes to worst, I gotta argue with a label about my follow up singles and possibly come outta my own pocket to promote the shit via tour/other's real interesting stuff....
  • Just for the hell of it....I wanna see Beans address this more on wax....He's served Hov bar for bar on a majority of the tracks they were on (another blog entry for another time....*plays "It's On") and this song sounds like it was just a "warning shot"
I grew up listening to Rocafella. Classic records and flicks. Sad to see that all this had to go down like this.....

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"Empire State of Mind" (Video)

Shoutouts to Onsmash

"Wu Massacre" Trailer Pt. I

Raekwon. Method Man. Ghostface Killah. 3x dope. An album on the way ( Yeah right @ the date...we'll see if that sticks). 2009 has been a great year for hip hop.

"On December 22, Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface will be releasing one helluva an album. To promote this highly anticipated release, we proudly present “The Wu-Massacre” Part I of III Trailers inspired by the classic David Fincher flick “Seven”. Enjoy!"

"Empire State Of Mind" Performance @ Game 2

Shoutouts to RapRadar...

A Look at "Before I Self Destruct"

Re: 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" leaking to the internets...I know my man DM over there @ G-Unit is PISSED. I feel bad for the guy. But in this day and age, leaks are inevitable.

Enter "Before I Self Destruct". Rumor is that it's the last studio album that 50 owes Interscope. If so, he makes a helluva point. After the "War Angel" LP that came out a while back, I sorta had a feeling Fif would be on the grizzly.

For what it's worth, I liked his first two albums (The Massacre was mad underappreciated), butI was so-so on "Curtis" . I recognize the man's talents and his impact on the game. Dude is entertaining as hell (Pimpin' Curly series) , has a classic under his belt ("Get Rich Or Die Tryin") and has some serious bangers. But I gotta call it like it is. This album has been pushed back more than Steve Harvey's real hairline. The whole "beef" with Ross was hilarious...but the consensus was that Ross had 50 backtracking. Whatever the case, 50 definitely sends a message on this joint.Production ranges from Dr. Dre to Premier to Timbaland to Ty Fyffe. By now, I trust 50's ear for beats.

"The Invasion" sets the tone for the album perfectly. It's ominous. Grimy. The thing I like about Fif is that he's blatant, even if it is overbearing sometimes. He demostrates this on "So Disrespectful" and sends shots to his baby mother, The Game and Young Buck in the process. As usual, his ear for beats is ridiculous with bangers like the anthemic "Ok, You're Right" (I LOVE this joint) and "Gangster's Delight". Emimem tears his verse on "Psycho" a new asshole. Now...."Strong Enough"..I don't know what zone the man was in making that song, but it's THAT ridiculous.. That song is for anyone who misses "GRODT" 50. "Crime Wave" itself will make you want to wear all black and put on an ice grill.

Only really wack songs: The "gun as metaphor for a girlfriend" concept gets a turn on "Hold You Down". It's a tired concept IMO. "Do You Think About Me" serves as a good commercial single but it sounds like a "Curtis" leftover. This album doesnt have a DEFINITE club banger like "In Da Club"...but if you take the direction Curtis went in, it is what it is. "Ok, You're Right" might have potential though....

"Baby By Me" has been getting play in clubs. I can also see "Get It Hot" as another club single. Neither are "In The Club" or "Disco Inferno".

The album is a return to "GRODT" 50. Point blank. Between this album and Rae's joint, I've had a good dosage of grimy rap for the past few weeks. I give it a 4/5 Launch Event

"Where's FRSH PULP??"

Good people, we aint go nowhere. On November 5th, you wonderful people will be witnesses to the relaunch of our beloved site. The official launch party will be next Thursday at White Rabbit (145 E. Houston Street) in LES as part of the infamous Ill Banger Thursdaze celebrations. Big shoutouts to Scrills and Che-G. So come out and celebrate with us! Be prepared to meet a lotta cool people (seriously, bring a good networking game and business cards if that's your MO), kick it with the FRSH PULP family, and have a grand ole time. The event is free all night with food and drink specials so all you gotta do is get fly and show up. 

Who: Launch Party

When: November 5th, 2009

Where: White Rabbit (145 E. Houston St) 


Disclaimer: I will not be getting anyone who isn't 21 in. I'm just letting you all know that from now. 

Katt Williams "Pimpadelic" Contest

Big fan of Katt Williams. Got word of a contest so answer the following questions correctly to win the "Pimpadelic" DVD release. Answer the following three questions correctly and you got it. 

1. What "Friday" sequel did Katt Williams star in?
2. What record label is Katt Williams signed to?
3. What NBC show did Katt Williams co-star in?

Leave the answers in my comments box and I'll contact the winner via email. Just so you know, this is legit and I aint gonna use your email addresses for any tomfoolery. 


WOW @ This Dunk

I missed the Nuggets/Jazz game last night but apparently Melo had a point to prove. Not just based off this dunk alone, but is it safe to say Melo is the best "pure scorer" in the NBA?