In this edition of Friday Feuds a rhythm and blues crooner takes shots at New Toronto, and Mr. Slime Season runs into trouble with the plug. Plus, a pretty boy rapper has his boyish good looks threatened in an elevator, a tunnel-visioned rapper’s baby mama drama just keeps multiplying, and more…
Jacquees vs. Tory Lanez
Georgia-born singer Jacquees has been making a name for himself with various collaborations and some solidly-received singles. However, after a recent round of Twitter proselytizing Toronto’s very own Tory Lanez found humor in the former’s dreams of stardom…
Jacquees did not get the joke…
Young Thug vs. Plies
Young Thug and Plies’ bad blood started after the latter reposted a video of Thug’s daughter that went viral for all the wrong reasons. If you’re not familiar with the phrase, “I”m m*f*ckin’ tied”, I won’t go into detail for the sake of the child involved…
Following that online scuffle that resulted, Plies visited Complex‘s office where he told an interviewer “I don’t play with a certain tier of artists, like you trying to get poppin and shit. I don’t fuck with lower tier artists, I just don’t.”
Thug took to Twitter to respond…
A$AP Rocky vs. Three Random Dudes
After touching down in Auckland, New Zealand, A$AP Rocky returned to his digs at the Pullman hotel around 3 AM. According to TMZ it was there the rapper found himself involved in an altercation stemming from his unwillingness to share an elevator.
A$AP reportedly entered the lift with a few women and when three men tried to follow he told them there was no more room. The men seemingly didn’t take the message well as they proceeded to rain down punches on the Harlem-born emcee.
They also allegedly yelled “fuck A$AP” as they mounted the assault. Although witnesses and security confirmed the altercation, Pretty Flacko seemed to leave the fight pretty untouched…
His fans also tweeted their support…
Fetty Wap vs. Potential Baby Mama
The last year of rapper Fetty Wap’s life reads like a less erotic version of a Zane novella. First there was the fame and fortune, then there was presumably a whole lot of sex because the list of maybe baby mamas just. keeps. growing.
The latest in the lineup is former Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood star Masika Kalysha. Despite Wap issuing an apology to the Kalysha via Twitter after publicly disputing the child’s paternity, all does not seem to be well with the two…
Kalysha filed court papers this week demanding a paternity test and asking for $17,000 a month in child support. The expenses break down as follows: $4,500 for rent, $820 for a housekeeper and $2,000 for clothes.
That’s one expensive baby.
Cam’ron vs. Karen Civil
While rapper Cam’ron may not be as active as he once was in the heyday of dipset, he still maintains an active social media presence. The latest target of his outspokenness just happened to be a fellow media personality, Karen Civil. Civil was a guest on Taxstone’s podcast Tax Season where she made some claims that Cam’ron took offense to…
During the episode Civil stated that Jay Z kicked Dipset out of Def Jam’s offices at one point. Not only does Cam’ron maintain this is patently untrue, he goes on to accuse Civil of stealing $60,000 from his cousin…
Civil has since responded with claims that she is merely being cyber bullied.
Kanye West vs. Bob Ezrin
Another week, another Kanye rant. This time the rapper’s ire was directed at veteran music critic Bob Ezrin, who, to be fair, may have opened himself up the response when he penned the below scathing open letter regarding West…
“Kanye in the NYT? WTF???
I feel like opening with “What kind of crazy, fucked up world is it where this guy is considered to be culturally important!!???” But that’s your line.
Sure, he made some great music for himself and others. But in spite of what the aspirationally-cool media keeps saying about him, unlike other creators in his genre like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now. He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick. In my opinion, his productions are his best work – and I admit I’m jealous of several of them – but I don’t think he’s on quite the same level as Timbaland and Rick Rubin among several others. His songwriting – meaning the stuff with melodies – is sophomoric at best. I was embarrassed for Sir Paul – one of the greatest Artists of our era – by their collaboration, though it was pointed out to me that this got him his highest chart position in decades. So I guess he didn’t mind. But I kind of did!
Instead Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding. What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art??? Maybe it is. Maybe as Caramanica says, life as “an unending data stream” is a new art form. But should it be, honestly? Hell, Forbes named this guy one of the 100 most influential people IN THE WORLD in 2005 and 2015!! Seriously??? Influencing WHAT exactly?
In the review of the endless new album, Caramanica wonders if “being slightly finished is the new finished.” And that just makes my blood boil. The great musicians, writers, poets, rappers, performers, dancers, players, conductors, directors and producers work all their lives for that one moment of complete perfection – that one brilliant performance, that one perfect song, that one enduring and life-altering work. 10,000 hours is peanuts in comparison to the real amount of time spent by true artists in their lifelong pursuit of excellence. But no one else that I have seen is this happy to have the audience watching all along the way. They are working to the culmination of something; to the exquisite feeling of completion that comes from working and reworking until that moment when their creation, or their performance, is as good as it could possibly be. This guy is just feeding the media machine and I’m not even certain to what end. Maybe he JUST needs the attention, like that flasher, and isn’t happy unless he’s the center of it.
What galls me the most though is the thought that he and others – especially the media – might actually BELIEVE that he’s an artist. With a capital “A.” That what he’s doing is of any real consequence besides for the sheer train wreck gawker value of it.
I don’t even know why I’m so angry about this. Except maybe I lament for a world where being truly, world-shakingly excellent at anything – at least in the field of popular music if not elsewhere – is no longer absolutely necessary. You can be a star today just by creating a public life that people pay attention to. That’s it. All you have to do is be interesting or likable or shocking enough and you can have your 15 minutes of fame…even if that means that no one will remember you or what you’ve done in just a few years. Line ‘em up. How many “popular artists” have come and gone in just the last decades. In my mind (which is a pretty busy as often too judgmental place, I will admit) real artists make stuff that changes the world and LASTS.
I haven’t heard it yet. Is that what The Life of Pablo is? If so, then I take it all back.
I just needed to rant to someone.
West took to his platform of choice, Twitter, to respond…
You can read more of his tweets and chime in with your thoughts via the article we published detailing the incident earlier this week…