“No disrespecting the ladies word from my team/That’s the reason Dame smacked Harvey Weinstein/On the set of Paid in Full y’all gave him hell about it/Some foul shit happened once Capo tell ’em ’bout it…” Cam rapped.
When TMZ asked Dash if he indeed “smacked Harvey Weinstein,” he didn’t directly deny putting the proverbial paws on Weinstein. Dash seemed to dance around the answer like someone who was acutely aware of New York’s laws about physical assault and battery.
“I could say that somebody definitely got smacked on the set of Paid in Full,” Dash said. “I’ve never really liked the way Harvey treated my culture. I didn’t like the way he talked to people. I ain’t like the way he was treating my film. I’ve owned clubs with him, and a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on.”
Dame offered more, and if you can get past the casual shade he throws at Just Blaze and Wood Harris, the statement that “a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on” is particularly disturbing.
Paid in Full was released in 2002, so there were at least a good 15 years of “everybody knew what was going on” before Weinstein had to face any consequences for decades of alleged sexual assaults.
If you can read between the lines, Dash’s refusal to outright say he didn’t slap Weinstein combined with him claiming he got sued over the smacking (without mentioning the involved parties) leaves more questions than answers.
Tuesday night was historic because The Diplomats reunited again at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York for Spotify’s RapCaviar Live showcase. The Dips weren’t alone as they shared the stage with ASAP Mob and Highbridge the Label, featuring artists A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Don Q. Building off the momentum of their Heatmakerz-produced track “Once Upon a Time” that dropped earlier this month, it seems like a Dipset takeover is back in full effect.
Backstage at the show, Juelz Santana revealed some news about a major collaboration. Captured by hip-hop personality ItsBizkit, Santana is on FaceTime with Drake talking about a future song with Lil Wayne. The conversation turns into talking possible joints from Drake for the guys to hop on. The Dips and Drizzy? Needless to say, this should sound pretty dope.
Last week, IRL troll Martin Shkreli was found guilty on three counts of fraud and conspiracy, resulting in a possible 20-year sentence in prison. I initially hoped this conviction would mean that he'd stop fucking with the hip-hop scene… and I might've jinxed things, as he's totally now just turning on stuff like the $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time In Shaolin during interviews.
Apparently, there's a YouTube account called “Best of Martin Shkreli” that archives Shkreli's livestreams. One of them features almost an hour of Shkreli being interviewed, and at about 48 minutes in, Shkreli just presses play on Once Upon and lets it rock for the last 10 minutes of the interview. Shkreli brought up his purchasing of the album, calling it a “donation.”
“I donated $2 million to Wu-Tang,” he said. “I got a mixtape in return, it was a wonderful investment. I view it as a donation. People might see that as splurging. I don’t think there are many people in the world who have patronized hip-hop to the extent I have.” Not sure if this is more of Shkreli's trollery, but you have to wonder how far some hip-hop fans would go if they had the funds Shkreli had from his hedge-fund fuckery.
That isn't the only rap album Shkreli is holding onto, though. D.C. reporter Alex Pfeiffer shared some info on Twitter recently about how Lil Wayne's Carter V landed in Shkreli's possession. “I'll always remember how Shkreli told me he got the Carter 5,” Pfeiffer tweeted. “Wayne sold his Bugatti and left the CD in there..new owner sold it to shkreli.” Back in December 2016, Shkreli told DJ Akademiks that he believed the “sale” of Carter V was legal. “Criminal law? Forget it,” Shkreli said. “But [in terms of] civil law, I don’t believe that Lil Wayne could sue me. I don’t believe Birdman can sue me. I don’t think Universal could sue me. It’s a legal sale.”
This May, almost six months later, Wayne's legal team threatened to sue Shkreli if he played any more tracks from Carter V—but I'm sleep.