Words: Yung Hopp, Edited: JihaD
Seriously– some of these rappers need teaching, and no, not just Jeezy. Honestly, quite a few rappers are in need of remedial career education. Not to worry, however, as Professor Hopp and Adjunct Professor JihaD are now offering classes to help these artists rebuild their careers and hopefully get back to making dope music again. So grab your notebooks, pens, and your copies of the Wu-Tang Manual, and take a seat– Class is in session, bitches.
*Writes Warm-up Exercise on the board*
“Where the hell is Beanie Sigel at?” is a question I cannot help but ask myself as I sit here listening to Tales Of A Hustler [Pt. 2], particularly in light of the fact that the release of Sigel’s next album, The Closure, seems anything but imminent.
It wasn’t long ago when he showed interest in signing with either Cash Money or G-Unit. That being said, I understand taking time to analyze your options before making your move–that’s cool. What’s not cool is taking this long, as I would assume it wouldn’t
shouldn’t take this much time to choose a label home, particularly when you don’t have as many options. I’ll confess I’m not down with Sigel aligning himself with good old 50, but as P wisely said a couple days ago on USTREAM, “It’s another signing, another means to get money.” I’m down with that stream of thought. Fuck it, at least Fifty would pave the way for The Closure to be released without much fuckery in between. I suppose Cash Money could probably do that too– unfortunately, irs almost a certainty his first single would include a Drake feature, and … well, fuck a Drake feature, period. And I know what you’re thinking– “Hopp, it’s Beanie Sigel— The Truth, The Reason; why the fuck would Baby and Slim make him record a song with Wheelchair Jimmy?”
My reply? I think they’d do it in spite of the type of artist Beanie Sigel is. It’s 2011, and quite simply, labels just don’t give a fuck anymore.
even though in that case, I’m really blaming Bun B They gotta get this money, word to Lupe, B.o.B, and Wiz Khalifa.
Cassidy, you’re up next, and I have an honest, sincere question for you: Who the hell do you have producing your projects?
Confused? Don’t be, because that’s a trick question homie; I already peeped your tracklist, and honestly, the production credits leave quite a bit to be desired. I mean, I see Bink!– he’s a somewhat brand name producer present on your last album, C.A.S.H, and is a producer I respect, but unless you’re going with Saigon’s gameplan– letting one producer handle the production pretty much on his own– you definitely need more recognizable names on your album. If nothing else, your particular brand of rapping requires a better platform that hopefully inspires more of the dope rapping you were once known for. Matter of fact, while we are discussing your questionable production choices, it should be noted that you definitely need to stay FAR away from the boards himself. Trust me when I say this, Cassidy–everything ain’t for everybody. All that being said, I think you still got it when it comes to this rap shit. Still though–Barry making beats? Nah, you ain’t even on it like that, Bruh Bruh.
Cassidy, you just seem lost artistically, which I hate to see. I don’t even think Krossover Entertainment is fucking up; Its a basketball player-owned label that can’t point Cassidy in the right direction [or in any type of direction even]. The only thing Carmelo’s money is doing is providing a bridge between Cassidy and a CD store. Although I think Cassidy would benefit from re-aligning with Swizz, I’m not suggesting that either. The 2011 version of Swizz Beatz may have numerous connects, but will those connects work with Cassidy? Hell, will 2011 Swizz even WORK with Cassidy? Doesn’t matter, because with names like M-Phazes and Statik Selektah wasting amazing beats working with inferior rappers, an underground release [much like the rapper you made your name off of] might not be a bad idea for Cassidy, provided he focuses on the quality of the product.
Students, your homework tonight is simple– release more music! You have both gone awfully quiet after your attempted beef with Jay-Z (Sigel) and your album Tsunami’d Japan (Cassidy). In the Internet-era, this is career suicide, unless your name is Kanye, Marshall, or Shawn Carter.
Hell, I’m not saying you need to release a “single” monthly à la Game— the newly-adopted Curtis scheme of dropping regular records works just fine with me. Either that, or embrace the mixtape game in full, much like the kid Willie is doing. Trust, all I’m saying is that if Chingy is still releasing studio records [and you can look it up – that fucker is,] I should be allowed to have more of this in my music player :