>>>RAP INSIDER: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GAME
(Rap Insider, 2006)
Game’s girlfriend has a change of heart.
Hosted by pseudojournalist Hugh Johnson, Rap Insider digs up The Game’s infamous appearance on the reality dating show Change of Heart. Going by the name “J.T.” (for his given name, Jayceon Taylor), the young pregangsta smirks as his girlfriend Sadida claims, “He always try to act extra macho, and he’s not. He’s really sensitive.” Adding heartbreak to embarrassment, Sadida opts to part ways at the end of the segment. Ouch. Love stinks.
>>>THE COME UP, VOL 5
(Dirty Money, 2005)
Green Lantern speaks too freely.
During an on-camera interview, Jadakiss gets a call from his mixtape collaborator, DJ Green Lantern, bringing news of victory at Justo’s 2005 Mixtape Awards. Neglecting to mention that the conversation is being recorded on speakerphone, Jada asks Green to comment on his recently recorded 50 Cent diss, “Checkmate.” “That was a left jab,” says Green, who, as the official DJ for Eminem’s Shady Records, is a labelmate of 50’s. “Waiting on a knockout!” Deemed disloyal, Green would later be removed from his position and replaced by the Alchemist.
>>>SMACK, PLATINUM EDITION
(Ground-Zero Entertainment, 2003)
The DipSet throw some bows—and blows.
In the middle of the Diplomats’ performance at Power 99’s 2002 Powerhouse concert at Philadelphia’s First Union Center, audience members start throwing items onto the stage. When the music is cut, Cam’ron shouts at the crowd, “Stop throwing things on the stage!” and Diplomat affiliates cross security barricades to confront the culprits. Tensions rise, and Freekey Zeekey hops off the platform to lend his assistance. Cam issues a “Fall back” order, but to no avail. Fists, and then chairs, are soon flying—with ’Zeke right up in the mix.
>>>THE INFAMOUS MOBB DEEP: INFAMOUS ALLEGIANCE, PART 2
(Best of the Block Entertainment, 2004)
Prodigy teaches shorty to use a shottie.
To celebrate his son Shaka’s seventh birthday, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy takes the family to the shooting range. After careful instruction on safety procedures and proper firing techniques, the young dun takes the pump-action shotgun and dump-dump-dumps at the paper silhouette target. “That was good, yo,” says supportive dad P, inspecting the damage. “See where you hit him?”
>>>STOP SNITCHIN, STOP LYIN
(Jump Off Films, 2005)
The Game gets gaffled in North Cakalacka.
“Do it! Shoot me, officer!” Game screams at two uniformed cops who have responded to a disturbance at a North Carolina shopping center. The police tell spectators to “Back off!” as they spray the area with mace and slam their famous detainee to the floor. “Look at me,” says the Compton rapper, while being escorted out of the mall into the back of a patrol car. “In North Carolina, going to jail. Do I give a fuck? No!”
>>>BIG PUN: STILL NOT A PLAYER
(Ground-Zero Entertainment, 2002)
Big Pun pistol-whips his wife.
Released two years after the beloved Boriquan MC died of a heart attack, a grainy in-home surveillance tape shows Big Pun at his disgusting worst. Among a group of friends and family (including a niece who looks to be about five years old), the 700-pound rapper becomes irate when his wife, Liza, has trouble finding a pistol he’d hidden under a cushion of the couch. (His brother-in-law had moved it, apparently.) When he finally gets his hands on the gun, he smashes it in Liza’s face, opening a gory wound. “It was like so much pain,” she says in an interview conducted after Pun’s death. “I felt like I got shot in my eye. I thought my eyeball came out. And I just grabbed it, and I just screamed.”
>>>JUSTO PRESENTS: THE MIXTAPE DOCUMENTARY
(Justo’s Mixtape Awards, 2005)
Kay Slay really does slap a DJ.
“Who are you?! Who are you?!” Backstage at the 2002 Justo Mixtape Awards, DJ Kay Slay questions DJ Pudgee P’s mixtape background—repeatedly and right in his face. Video Music Box host Ralph McDaniels tries to separate them, but Kay Slay reaches out and smacks P across the cheek. A scuffle ensues, ending the festivities. But not before Kay Slay earned himself a memorable nickname.
(QD3 Entertainment, 2003)
Nate Dogg goes for par—and leaves a scar.
In a vintage 1995 clip shot on set at a posh Los Angeles golf course during the filming of Montel Jordan’s star-studded “Somethin’ 4 Da Honeyz” video, a fight breaks out between Tha Dogg Pound and a group of Eazy-E’s cronies. Rapping crooner Nate Dogg grabs a golf club and clocks Gangsta Dresta in the head. As cameras roll and bystanders scatter screaming, Dresta and co. chase Nate around the green until undercover cops draw their guns and order everyone to drop their irons. An onlooking Method Man gets in the line of the day, turning to the camera and yelling, “I love this game!”
(QD3 Entertainment, 2005)
Scrappy gets tossed off his own stage.
Performing at a school gymnasium in Orlando, Fla., Lil Scrappy does an impromptu stage dive into the supercharged crowd. Though it seems like a harmless stunt, authorities abruptly end the show. As Scrappy clambers back onstage and tries to calm the upset fans, his crew gets into it with security and police. “That ain’t right,” says Scrappy to one particularly hands-on bouncer. Said bouncer then tosses Scrappy back off the stage. Damn!
>>>DRUGS ON MUSIC: COCAINE CITY 4
(Cocaine City, 2006)
Junior M.A.F.I.A. vs. Dip Set—in slow motion.
Sitting beside a TV screen in a recording studio, Lil’ Cease conducts a play-by-play of a 1998 fight between his Junior M.A.F.I.A. crew and the Diplomats during a basketball game at Harlem’s Rucker Park—footage seen previously on TNT’s 2000 documentary On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park. Rewinding the tape over and over, Cease slows and pauses to point out key moments—Jim Jones getting jumped, Cam’ron rushing to come to his aid, Cam failing to effectively help and fleeing the scene.
Read the rest of this feature and see the final 10 DVD moments in XXL’s
November 2006 issue (#86)