Jay-Z Inspires OWS Scrooge Sculpture, Russell Simmons Plans OWS Concert
Jay-Z is the muse behind a Scrooge sculpture created by an OWS supporter and Russell Simmons says an OWS concert is in the works…
The rapper was verbally attacked by OWS protesters a couple of weeks back when reports surfaced on the net that his Rocawear Occupy All Streets T-shirts would not monetarily benefit the movement. Now, an Occupy Wall Street artist has used Jay-Z as the muse for his latest creation: A stack of faces that includes Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, Scrooge McDuck from Disney’s Christmas Carol, Richie Rich and Jay-Z at the base, sporting a slew of chains around his neck and a money sign medallion.
“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against,” Daniel Edwards, the artist, said about the piece which he’s dubbed the Scrooge Totem Pole. “Maybe Jay-Z is striving to be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.”
Russell Simmons, an OWS supporter himself, has since defended Hov, saying he has the right to sell things “you’re happy about.”
“What’s wrong with selling goodness?” he asked during a Billboard.biz interview. “There’s nothing wrong with it… You should sell things you’re happy about… Jay-Z didn’t make a T-shirt [that said] “F— the Bums on the Street.” He wrote a T-shirt “Occupy All Streets” – I’m happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement.
“No one’s against business,” he continued. “We’re against business having too much control over our government.”
Simmons also added that he is already working towards an Occupy Wall Street concert, saying, “We are definitely discussing it. We’re definitely working for permits. We’re definitely looking to make a huge impact. We’re actively working for permits. We’ll have one in our hands soon.”—Gina Montana
Jim Jones Says There’s No Beef With Juelz Santana After Their Ladies Brawled
“I spoke to my brother about it, we cool,” Jones told TMZ…
Despite their ladies scrapping on national television during an episode of VH1′s reality show Love & Hip-Hop that aired last week, Jim Jones and Dipset brother Juelz Santana don’t have any beef.
“I wish that it wouldn’t have happened … but things happen,” Jones told TMZ recently while handing out turkeys in Harlem. “I spoke to my brother about it, we cool… shout to my lady Chrissy. It’s all good.”
Chrissy and Kimbella, the latter Juelz’ girlfriend, went to blows on the first episode of the second season of the show after Kimbella, who is new to the cast, admitted to Emily, another cast member who happens to be Fabolous’ baby moms, that she had an affair with her man just three years prior, right around the time Emily was pregnant with Fab’s son. Chrissy, who is Emily’s friend and appears to have a short temper, took it upon herself to make Kimbella pay for disrespecting her friend, sucker punching Kimbella as she sat on an ottoman and trying to stomp her with her foot while she laid on the ground.
Watch the smack down below:
Kimbella recently told MTV Rapfix that she stands by her decision to tell Emily about her relationship with Fabolous, although she didn’t anticipate Chrissy would react so violently.
“I didn’t come at [Emily B] maliciously,” she explained. “I had good intentions and I wasn’t there to hurt anyone or take anything from anyone. I could’ve taken her aside to tell her that privately, but I felt like in the moment, Emily was so proud that she was leaving [Fab], and I was just in that moment with her.
“Everyone just shifted out of the room and I felt like it was just me and her, so I felt the need to tell her,” she continued. “I stand my ground with that, I felt like I needed to tell her then and there, and I did that and I hold my own with that.”—Gina Montana
Over the weekend, Drake took to his Twitter to subliminally respond to Ludacris’s subliminal shots in his direction…
When Ludacris dropped his new mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time, last week, two tracks immediately got the Internet buzzing. “History Lesson (Interlude)” and “Bada Boom” seemed to be taking shots at Drake and Big Sean for their use of what’s been called “hashtag” rap, the “pause, stop” rap flow or the “supa dupa” flow. Well, over the weekend, Drake broke his silence. Sort of.
On Saturday (November 19), Drizzy took to Twitter in response to Big Sean’s Twitter handle with a fittingly subliminal response to Luda’s subliminal diss (the Atlanta rapper didn’t name any names in his songs).
“@BigSean You awlready know. I wish they’d just let young niggas live…respect always,” the Young Money rhymer tweeted.
On the song “Bada Boom,” Luda raps, “I’m the truth in this booth and you niggas all hoes… Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing their flows, but I can’t steal what you never made up biiitch/ Y’all some duplicate rap cloning niggas/I manufacture you hoes put on your makeup biiitch.” Later, he continues, “May not like the way I used it, but you know you ain’t invent it, boy/Do your research before you make a claim so bogus that’s disrespecting pioneers in the game.”
Late last week, Big Sean responded during a radio interview with Seattle’s KUBE 93. The G.O.O.D. Music star gave a few more words on the subject than Drake did, saying, “I aint got no problems with Luda, I never did. I think he’s referring to an interview I did over a year ago. But in the interview I say he’s a legend. I respect people who are ahead of me. I respect OGs and the Gs in general. The only thing I said was they asked me about the ‘Supa Dupa’ flow. I feel like Drake make it more popular on that song ‘Forever.’ A lot of people thought Drake made that up but he was like, ‘I could trace that back to Big Sean.’ I’m pretty sure it was done before that, but I’m just saying where it come from now.”
Ludacris has yet to confirm that he was indeed sending shots in Drake and Big Sean’s directions.
Drake’s Take Care is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 tomorrow. —Adam Fleischer
T.I. Preps New Album, Trouble Man
After recently being released from prison, T.I. is now getting ready to drop his eighth solo album, Trouble Man…
Since his recent release from prison, T.I. has been hard at work in the studio, releasing remixes to some of the game’s hottest songs, including “Niggas In Paris,” “She Will,” “I’ma Boss,” “Headlines” and “Spend It.” Tip also dropped his Big K.R.I.T. produced and featured cut “I’m Flexin” as his first street single since coming home, as well as “Here Ye Here Ye” featuring Pharrell. Now, the Atlanta rhymeslinger has shifted his focus to his upcoming album, Trouble Man.
During a recent interview, T.I. confirmed to Billboard that he’s hard at work prepping his new album.
“A lot of times I’m taking myself out of my element, ” he said. “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now cause I’m not doing a whole lot of partying. I do a little bit but not a lot…nothing like when I was in that life.”
According to Billboard, the King of the South has recorded upwards of 45 songs for the project, including a track titled “Pyro,” which Tip is particularly “proud of,” he says. “‘Pyro’ is a straight party record. It’s nostalgic of those crazy nights, early mornings [but] just turned up.” “Pyro” will come after the release of T.I.’s two singles, “I’m Flexin’,” featuring Big K.R.I.T. and “Hear Ye’ Hear Ye’,” feat. Pharrell Williams.
There is currently no release date for Trouble Man, which will be T.I. eighth solo album and first since 2010. —Adam Fleischer
Young Jeezy on Occupy Wall Street: “I Would Riot”
Young Jeezy talks to XXLMag.com about his thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement…
- Yesterday (November 17) protestors celebrated the two-month anniversary of their Occupy Wall Street movement by marching on downtown New York City. Several thousand people participated in the event, which resulted in over 200 arrests and of course, clashes with the police.
On the eve of the release of his latest album, TM:103 ‘Hustlerz Ambition,’ XXL sat down with Young Jeezy to find out his opinion on OWS and its supporters’ fight against inequality.
“I would riot,” Jeezy said, cosigning the 99% (as the protestors refer to themselves), “because we gotta get the money out of Washington. This is real. When you got middle class people taking a stance—because we always took a stance by the way, we always stood in the middle of our projects, our ghetto, and took our stance and our stance was hustling, robbing, what have you, to suvive. So now they don’t have those same options, so they gotta go march.” [Watch above]
The Trap Star likened OWS to the Black rights movement.
“We as a people marched millions of times before, whether it was the Million Black Man March or whether we marched with Martin Luther King, we marched or whether it was Malcom X, we marched. And now is their time to march. They gotta go stand up for what they believe in. Stand tall like a tree. If it takes getting jailed and pepper sprayed, if that what it takes to feed your kids then fuck it, let’s do it. You gotta understand there’s no way around not being able to feed your family. So if it’s gonna take some protests—motherfuckers have protested about less, unions and busses and shit—so now is the time. I think everybody should take their ass down there. That’s what I say.”
Young Jeezy’s new album is set to hit stores on December 20. Stay tuned to XXLMag.com next week for more from the Snowman. —XXL Staff