A god damn arms race

These dumbass rappers must think Gucci Mane’s Cold War series of mixtapes was successful because people actually want to listen to four mixtapes in a row, not because white people enjoy making fun of Gucci Mane.

This weekend, I hear Soulja Boy released his own set of three mixtapes, timed to coincide with Halloween, and I saw just now where the Game, not to be outdone, is dropping a set of four mixtapes, sometime in the next week. He’d better hurry, before another one of these bum-ass rappers – Freeway or somebody – beats him to the punch.

I’m halfway tempted to DL and have a look at the Soulja Boy tapes (no fishsticks), even though it appears I might be the only one. Towards the end of last week, Elliott “Here Comes a Regular” Wilson, took to the sidebar of RapPravda (where he makes such bold pronouncements), to announce that no one would be checking for the Soulja Boy Halloween mixtapes, because Soulja Boy can’t rap as well as RapPravda benefactor Eminem. Whether this was on order from RapPravda’s secret white owner, I’m not sure.

If it wasn’t for the hassle of trying to find and download three mixtapes (I could see if it was some pr0n), I might listen to those Soulja Boy tapes, just to see how Soulja Boy went about filling out three hours-plus worth of empty mixtape. His songs mostly just consist of him taking an ignorant phrase, usually having to do with how much money he’s got, and repeating it ad nauseum. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he put all three of them together in the time since those Gucci Mane tapes hit the Internets, a couple of weeks ago.

On the other hand, Soulja Boy might have been tempted to actually try to rap, so people will take him more seriously as an MC. Otherwise, why even bother releasing a series of three mixtapes? I could see releasing one mixtape, if he’s got something that costs money that he’s trying to promote, but he could have just as easily made a video of himself taking a piss on some money and giving it to a homeless person. (If he uses this idea, it’s only right that I should receive some sort of fee.)

This reminds me of a few years ago, when Bow Wow was trying to get people to accept him as a grown-ass man. Remember, he did that episode of Entourage where he was banging a broad, and you could kinda see his nuts? No homo. I remember he put out a buncha mixtapes, too, but everyone just kinda pretended he didn’t. They probably only served to confuse his real fanbase. I hope he didn’t say anything too vulgar. Similarly, I checked the Internets this morning (i.e. 12 in the afternoon), and I don’t see where anyone had much to say about Soulja Boy’s Halloween tapes.

Maybe there just wasn’t enough Soulja Boy to get people interested. Gucci Mane already released three mixtapes on the same day. Anyone who’s seen This Is Spinal Tap should realize you can’t top the next man by playing at the exact same volume. You’ve gotta go all the way up to 11. That’s why these ’80s babies stay losing. They lack cultural literacy. The Game, who turns 30 this month? Not so much. He took to Twitter this morning to announce that he’s planning on releasing four mixtapes in the same day, at some point in the next week or so.

As is the case with Soulja Boy, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Game really is attempting to crank out enough material to fill four mixtapes, in the span of maybe a few weeks. I’m sure he already had some material stockpiled, because he’s got an album coming out, supposedly before the end of the year, and so he was probably already busy gathering songs that weren’t good enough to be on the album, half-assed freestyles over other people’s music and what have you. Still, four mixtapes is a tall order. I doubt he had four hours worth of such bullshit.

The Game must have a wild hair up his ass, like when he made those 15 minute songs going at Fiddy. Back then, he’d been let go from G-Unit, and Dre wouldn’t work on the Doctor’s Advocate, which ended up being nails anyway. This time, the Game is probably concerned that no one seems to give a shit about the songs that leaked from the Red Album. No Weezer. I saw a couple of them were posted here the other day, and I meant to have a listen, but then I saw Beanie Sigel had a song where he was going at Hov, and I was like, fuck that shit!

Then the weekend – an especially drunken Halloween weekend – arrived, and I forgot all about it. To this day, I haven’t gotten around to listening to any of this new Game stuff. Depending on what today’s Ass Parade is like, maybe I will this afternoon, or maybe I won’t. It just goes to show, sometimes you’re better off putting out one song going at someone’s neck, rather than a number of songs that don’t appear to be about anything in particular. If I sit around and listen to rap music for a living, and I couldn’t find the time to listen to two new Game songs, how in the fuck am I gonna find time to listen four hours worth?

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    i just wonder when and how volume became the standard for excellence in rap.

    i guess something had to replace quality.

    • AZ40

      Thank You…the only good thing about Gucci’s mixtapes is those 3 supposedly only 10 songs on each, so it’s really only a little over long ass album, but soulja boy went full out wit’ a bunch of songs on his shit, he was even supposedly dissin’ those niggas who were those “spandex dungarees”-Lil Fame. From the ioata that I listened to it was mad niggerish just shit talkin’…this niggas talkin’ tough and ain’t never been in a school yard fist fight

    • these posts are racist

      True…co-sign. As such, sorry for flooding your email with my freestyles.

    • DA TRUTH

      Blame Lil Wayne, he made everyone beleive he was the best because he dropped a shit load of mixtapes about nothing. Hell, whenever you have Baby saying that him and Wayne are better than Jay-Z on the sole principle that they might have more money. Then I ask why can’t I be the best rapper alive if a drop a mixtape a day for a month straight????

      • westcoastaggie

        SOME of those mixtapes are good, believe it or not.

        • Mika

          Co-Sign….though im not particularly a Weezy F an

  • latino heat

    Mex you said it before i could. PLEASE STOP WITH THESE BULLSHIT MIXTAPES! WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR THIS SHIT ANYMORE! drop your album and keep it moving. if it wasn’t good enough for your album why would we wanna listen to it? just cause it’s free? there was a time i would actually go to the store and purchase mixtapes. now i don’t download these fuckin things for free anymore because 9 times out of 10 they suck and aren’t worth my time much less my money.

    i posted a comment here the other day that Gucci has 33 mixtapes. there is no way even the most die hard Gucci fan has listened to and more importantly enjoyed 33 Gucci tapes.

    say what you want about Dr.Dre but maybe he has the right idea. dropping one classic album every 7-10 years is better than dropping endless throwaway material that nobody gives 2 shits about. only release material when you actually have something worth listening to.

    • squadwildin

      Latinoheat youre dam right…i like gucci but even I cant sit through 33 mixtapes of his bullshit. One day i just got tired of it and deleted all his shit off my itunes. I eventually put the quality songs back on but, enough is enough. Learn when to quit

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    When are these cats gonna realize we don’t want a 100 songs of sh*t?

    We would settle for 10 good quality songs. Hell even a quality single.

    CRT’s(Cutting Room Throwaways). If ya don’t believe that’s what mixtapes are now this is proof.

    Co-sign Enlightened 1000%. There’s too much music…4 mixtapes will hurt the brand…don’t wonder later on why the album won’t sell.

    • Young History in the Making

      *samuel l. jackson tone* real muthafuckin talk..

  • Jhon da Analyst

    @ Ron Mex….When Lil Wayne’s faggot ass did a thousand mixtapes in a year and was on everybody’s shit!!

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    I think if every rap cat picked the least beneficial weed carrier out of their entourage, & replaced him with an actual, genuine friend, many of these shit-for-brains ideas they come up with would never fly.

    I would halfway understand if it were an artist with an ability to craft stories, be funny, etc. You know, something other than lethargic hood rhetoric & retard dance anthems.

    Game has an excuse; he’s mentally unstable & obviously stopped taking his meds years ago. Gucci’s “hot” so it’s “supply & demand” mode right now, but Souljah Boy? @ the least, he should be making quality albums & giving folks a reason to want to listen.

    Regardless, 2 mixtapes in a month is overkill, much less 4 in one day. Rap is out of control…

    • Chilly Willy

      “Game has an excuse; he’s mentally unstable & obviously stopped taking his meds years ago.”
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Aaaaand Dr Grands weighs in with the DMX approach to therapy…

      ____________________________________________

      “…I wouldn’t be surprised if the Game really is attempting to crank out enough material to fill four mixtapes, in the span of maybe a few weeks. I’m sure he already had some material stockpiled.”
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Bol, even you already know half of the lyrics off those stockpiled materials.

      In no particular order, it has to be : ’64 Impala, Blood, Dr Dre, WestCoast, Reasonable doubt, Ready to Die, Doggystyle, Illmatic, Snoop, Wendy Williams, Big Daddy Kane, Mya, 50, Eazy E, Eazy E, Eazy E, Pac, Eazy E……goddammit, y’all fill in the blanks !

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

        …Kanye’s mom, Jay-Z’s nose, & Beyonce’s ass.

        • Mika

          Biggest Game fan evarrrrr and i do wanna say shit back to y’all being the game stan that I am …but i do admit he does have a lot of those words lol but still he’s dope and you need to fuck off lol … now thats a real stan !

  • Deadly MIME

    Man why, why, why!!! I would rather make George W Bush as a rapper. I thought Soulja Boy sucked. I thought Lil Wayne sucked but damn it. Gucci mane made the impossible possible

    • westcoastaggie

      NO, OJ DA Jewmane made the impossible, possible.

  • Domjel

    Rhyming over other nigga’s beats is wack and played out. And DJ’s yelling over songs is annoying. Whoo Kid, are you listening?

  • scoobysnax

    Whoooooooooooooo!
    Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiid!

  • geico lizard

    “but he could have just as easily made a video of himself taking a piss on some money and giving it to a homeless person.”

    ^
    Bol you know thats how Jennifer Lopez spends her saturday nights, you didnt invent Damp Bum Money.

    Commission!!!

  • gift

    bol states : ” I could see releasing one mixtape, if he’s got something that costs money that he’s trying to promote, but he could have just as easily made a video of himself taking a piss on some money and giving it to a homeless person. (If he uses this idea, it’s only right that I should receive some sort of fee.)

    LMFAO!!!!I feel this cat 4real. Why the hell would you feel the need to release that much at one time? It’s called building anticipation, and that doesn’t happen putting out 4 full length projects of yourself at the same fuckin time. Keep it up BOL. You a fool for this one. LMFAO!!!!!

  • The Fedz

    Stop blaming Wayne. The orriginator of this shit was 2Pac, or have you all forgotten Makaveli 13779954. This was the start of a lot shit i.e. reusing same lyrics new beat, adding used verses with other used verses calling it new, and random moments of just pure shit talking with a beat behind.

    Now hail the greatest.

    • DV8

      Cant throw that on Pac. 2Pac never released those records. Those records where released by somebody who had access to those records after Pac’s passing so Pac’s fans can hear this music, and so that person can make a quick buck.

  • eddiesixes

    as entertaining as this post was, i’m not gonna front, i mostly hyped on you reminding me of ass parade existence. thanks.

  • Brooklyn

    and i ask, who the fuck is actually gonna sit down and listen to 4 soulja boy mixtapes? preadolescent girls don’t have attention spans that long. and 4 in one day? that’s just a sign that a nigga has way too much time on his hands. but then again, soulja boy isn’t a lyricist anyway, so it’ll probably be 4 mixtapes worth of him imitating special ed from “crank yankers.” it doesn’t take much time to make a song when you’re blurting out random sounds and repeating the same verse over and over again.

  • Shawty J

    I’ll never understand why rappers continuously put out mixtapes in the first place. Sometimes they’re put out for promotional purposes but sometimes niggas just put em out because they weren’t good enough for an album.

    Seriously what does it say when you record 50 tracks to find 16 to put on your album, and you end up having 34 left over tracks that weren’t good enough for the album. It means you’re unfocused and you’re just burning off the tracks so the label won’t put em out later.

    • westcoastaggie

      Other musicians in other genres have hundreds of songs in “a vault” so why can’t other hip-hop artists and/or rappers do the same?

      BTW: Just because the songs don’t make an album do not make the songs “bad”.

      • Mika

        True …true ….. but we’re getting some nice tracks for free hohohohohoh so that does it for me

  • srhs

    You guys are stupid. Wayne never dropped a lot of mixtapes. People just gather his newer leaked song and put them together, yall are ignorant as fuck. He became popular therefore people stole his songs that were never meant to be heard he created so much music that any one could create a “new” mixtape. Yall need to stop being so ignorant.

  • http://m-pine.com Mark Pine

    Westside!!

  • http://myspace heltah sin say

    yeah but the game is a fucken beast at rap, and those other fucken monkeys are just crap rap, who the fuck wants to hear any rapper from the south now a daze! i mean come on who wants to fucken hear anybody from the south? I sure as hell dont!

    • Sincere

      @ heltah

      Game is mediocre at best no rewind factor and he can’t write a hook to save his life. He does have a great production ear though. Personally i’d rather listen to Luda,T.I., Weezy, Face, Bun, Mike Bigga even Pill(all from the south) before Game unless Curtis is writing his songs.

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    MAN GO TO YOU TUBE AND SEE “THE GAME, MAKING OF THE RED ALBUM” AND COME TALK TO ME! IVE NEVER SEEN ANY THING LIKE THAT IN MY LIFE, JUST GAME IN THE STUDIO AND MAKING BANGERS! THOSE DUDES FROM THE SOUTH ARE PRETTY PASTAL COLOR NICE GUYS WHO WOULD GET THERE ASSES FUCKEN KICKED UP AND DOWN CRENSHAW BLVD!!!!
    I MEAN T.I- STRAIGHT WIMP, LUDA GOOD BUT JUST A FIVE FOOT 4 DUDE WITH A BIG M0UTH, JEZZY COULDNT CHUK UM WITH NO ONE, YOUNG JOCK,YOUNG JEEEZY,YOUNG DRO, YOUNG MONEY, WHATS WITH THE FUCKEN YOUNG NAME ANYWAY? I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE SOUTH EXCEPT FOR OUTKAST,GETO BOYS, AND UGK…