Pulse Report: Kanye West's G.O.O.D. A** Week, Nicki Minaj Wants More Cheese, Lloyd Banks Loses Our Appetite
Friday, Dec 3, 2010 1:00PM
In this week's Pulse Report, doggies, we rejoice in Kanye West's G.O.O.D. week, find out why Nicki Minaj wants more cheese, lots and lots of cheese, try to figure out Lloyd Banks' flop and oh SOHH much more!
1. G.O.O.D. A** Job
D*mn, didn't I tell y'all back in May that I was looking forward to albums like this Kanye West record, Rick Ross, T.I. and a few others? Well, looks like Tip is dropping next week, Ross already proved his sh*t was fire ("Aston Martin Music", "Live Fast Die Young," "Tears of Joy" "Maybach Music III" "Free Mason" and a sh*tload more!) and now Kanye West had to edge out the winter and year 2010 with straight classics. Don't believe this doggy, read about the hype yourselves!
The Source's 5-Mics
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy didn't receive a "5 Mics" rating from The Source...well I guess we'll never know. Finally 'Ye joins the elite club of Hip-Hop legends like Nas, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Ice Cube, De La Soul and OutKast who have created an album deemed a classic by The Source. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was one of the year's most anticipated albums and Mr. West delivered ten fold. We recognized the musical mastery. For the full review written by Andreas Hale, pick up the Year-End issue featuring cover boys Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa on newsstands everywhere, December 14th.
Pusha T on XXL Magazine's "XXL" Rating
"Kanye is well-deserving of an XXL rating, whether he got it or not," Pusha told SOHH. "Rapping? People aren't f*cking with him rapping. Musically? People aren't f*cking with him. This is like he's pushing the bar. He's doing all of this awesome sh*t and at the same time he's keeping [a straight] face about it. That within itself says 'I win.' He wins, with the XXL rating and all of that, he wins."
^ Hip-Hop wins, doggies. Granted, Bun B ALSO got a 5-mic rating for an album that really did not mean sh*t in my opinion and XXL Magazine sh*ts on REAL hip-hop with the XXL Freshmen annual list, but real recognizes real and I'm glad that for whatever reason, they saw what we all saw. A hip-hop classic. Oh yeah, and if y'all don't give a d*mn about reviews, then respect the all-mighty dollar:
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy topped the chart this week in the No. 1 spot. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Yeezy's follow-up to 2008's 808's & Heartbreak sold 497,100 records after seven days in stores.
^ Bottom line? Kanye West put out a classic. Enough said.
2. Barbie, B*tch
Doggies, what Nicki Minaj did with Pink Friday is plain and simple. She made my a** a believer. What I thought would do no more than 150K-200K at BEST turned out to be the highest-selling f*cking rap album by a woman...EVER!?!?! WTF?!?!! This sh*t just does not make sense to me and for once, I'm glad it doesn't. Taking all the a** jokes and throwing them out the window, the fake teeth lines, the "fake-a** dissing" sh*t that I will probably go back to in later weeks, I want to give Nicki Minaj a brief few spots to show all of y'all that if you ain't f*cking with the Barbie, then your a** is more out of the loop than a kid that didn't go see the Harry Potter movie last weekend. LMFAO!!!
"Pink Friday has the 2nd highest debut week in the HISTORY of FEMALE RAP w/375,190 units sold. Thank u sooo much 4 supporting this project!," Minaj tweeted Wednesday (December 1).
"Interesting. Lauryn sold 422,000 in the 1st wk w/Miseducation! That album wasn't categorized as HipHop/Rap under "genre"."
"So Pink Friday under the 'HipHop/Rap' genre has the highest selling first week from a female in HISTORY. #cheers."
"The previous holder of highest 1st week sales for a female RAP album was missy elliott's 'under construction' with 260K."
"I am in the company of 2 amazing groundbreaking women & for that, I am beyond grateful. S/O to Lauryn and Missy. #PinkFriday"
^ Just for a brief moment, doggies, let me point a couple things out. First, "Massive Attack" was A** (no pun intended) and I didn't think she could rebound after that. Seriously. With the hype going around her and for her to drop something that bad? I thought she didn't stand a chance. Second, Nicki was really just eating off that "Your Love" single. As y'all will see with Lloyd Banks and the problem with eating off "Beamer, Benz or Bentley," the same effect did NOT take place with Minaj. Instead of having a strong record and that's it, she managed to keep a hot a** buzz from interviews, magazine covers and oh yeah, that Drake marriage was a good PR stunt. LOL.
"I'm just so grateful and kind of still in shock," Minaj said about her debut selling over 375,000 copies in its first-week. T"hese numbers haven't been put up since 1998. It just makes me feel proud of my team, proud of my fans, everyone who has had something to do with my dreams. Finally, we are seeing this dream come to fruition. It feels incredible...Now I can promote the body of work. I feel like I gave birth to my baby, now I'm gonna teach it how to walk and how to talk and spoil the baby."
Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj's long-awaited Pink Friday finally hit retail shelves and debuted at No. 2. With a week under her pink belt, the emcee's debut album has pushed out 376,000 copies.
^ SMFH. Barbie power, doggies.
3. Deconstructing Hunger For More 2
Doggies, let's not sugarcoat the fact of the matter. Lloyd Banks flopped. You know it, I know it, he knows it and Game knows it. SMFH. Say whatever the h*ll y'all want about him being up on EMI/G-Unit and how 40K independently is really like selling 200K on a major. STOP IT. That's 100 percent bullsh*t and just a lame a** excuse. If y'all really believe that, then explain these 2010 first-week sales:
Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame's Flockaveli debuted on the chart at No. 6. After seven days in the stores, Waka's debut album has shelled out 37,200.
Grammy-winning rapper Nelly's 5.0 also debuted on the chart this week landing at No. 10. With a week under his belt, Nelly's follow-up to 2008's Brass Knuckles has pushed out 63,600 units.
Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon's Wu-Massacre debuted on the charts this week landing at No. 12. After one week, the threesome's first-ever collaboration project pushed 38,100 records.
^ Now let me point something out that y'all didn't realize doggies. F*ck the placement, I'll let Banks slide with debuting at No. 26 b/c that sh*t is horribly embarassing, I mean, FAT JOE type-a** bad, but let's look at what really f*cks me up with Banks' new CD. He's got Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, 5-0 Cent, Pusha T, Raekwon, Juelz Santana, Eminem, Ryan Leslie, Pusha T, Jeremih, Akon, Lloyd and some other cats. WTF?!?! You can't have that many good artists on your record and not sell at least 60K, just look at Nelly's punk a** 5.0. 63K! So, doggies, I have decided to do a brief break-down of this album, maybe y'all can point something out that I don't get.
Hunger For More 2
1. Take 'Em To War
^ This sh*t is hard. I don't care what none of y'all say. As far as an introduction, minus the cash being counted from Hunger For More, the beat rides this to the end. And d*mn, even Tony Yayo using that Mel Gibson reference went hard. No problems here, doggies.
^ Yeah, doggies, this was hard too. Banks and Styles P's voices actually mesh pretty d*mn well on here. I could have used some more bars courtesy of of The Ghost but again, for an album that had to live up to what the first LP had to offer, this record delivers.
^ I know y'all are gonna get tight at me about this, but 5-0 kills this record for me. BAD! Louis shoes to the pedal? WTF? Where's that hunger, doggy? I guess you're rolling down the windows of the whip with your diamond pinky ring finger? SMFH.
4. Home Sweet Home
^ THIS is what represents Banks' album right here. See, with that Rotten Apple, how can you gloss and drop a few of these types of lines? Banks and Pusha go right here. Pusha not only uplifts this record but actually makes Banks step his sh*t up. That Martin Luther line was deadly.
5. Beamer, Benz or Bentley
^ Without this getting a horrible a** remix, Banks and Santana's record brought them back to being respected.
6. So Forgetful
^ Yeah, doggies, this sh*t IS forgetful. I think this is where things got f*cked up. If this record was a bonus track, then maybe. But the fact that you get halfway through this and hear lines like "I deal with a lot of pretty girls, so forgive me if I don't remember you?" F*ck outta here Banks. This sh*t killed those early street flows I heard with Styles and Pusha T.
7. Father Time
^ The sappy 112-sounding beat on here kills it for me. I know, Banks says some hot sh*t but the sappy feel on here does not give it that replay value you would get from the earlier tracks. Skip this sh*t.
8. Start It Up
^ In my personal opinion, this track should have been moved up to No. 6 because it makes you rock with it. The beat is on point, you got Kanye on here, Swizz does his thing and Fab gives you street cred, not like Banks needed any though.
Sleeper, not even Akon can offer anything relevant to this track. See, I hear Banks on this and he doesn't sound hungry, he just sounds like he's trying to say some witty a** rhymes, nothing pure. And nah, "I'm gonna get this paper" does not show hunger. Popularity is pressure? SMFH.
10. On The Double
^ WTF? SKIP!
11. Any Girl
^ I didn't f*ck with this record when it dropped but even though it eventually grew on me, y'all can tell it didn't for Banks. Putting this at the end of your CD, Banks? Not good enough. This should have been shelved up as a BONUS record.
12. Don't Deserve You
^ This is the equivalent of "Karma," and they're both about a b*tch. Pun intended.
13. Sooner Or Later
^ This last record really explains to me why the album could not do strong numbers or at least get a strong rating. Too much inconsistency. Whether you want to admit it or not, you can't have Ryan Leslie and Kanye all happy on some sh*ts and then have these somber a** records scattered throughout. Rae does the business on here but one track can't save an entire album.
Long story short, doggies, this album should have generated at least 80K-90K, and the fact that it could only do 40K makes me wonder why. I mean, look at what Nicki Minaj and Kanye West sold and you're telling me that Banks can't sell 1/3 of their records? D*mn. Y'all got the tracks in front of you. Decide for yourselves, doggies.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Andrea Marie
Doggies, I'm going to be dead a** honest with y'all. When I got put on to this week's Mrs. Butterworth, Andrea Marie, I ordered take-out from Olive Garden, went to Rita's for dessert and hooked up my dusty a** Nintendo to play "Super Mario Bros. 2." LMFAO. Why the h*ll am I just NOW finding out about this Italian delight? We're living in times where it's not about East or West, it's about toes and ankles, a** and t*ts, lips and eyes, what are y'all craving? Well, if you have a hunger for all of the above then look no further than
World Star Hip Hop this week's Mrs. Butterworth as Andrea makes you want to right-click her a** and "save image as" your wall paper. LMFAO.
^ D*mn!!! Still craving a bit more? You know doggies, I might have to make the new Mrs. Butterworth standard that they have to have videos THIS juicy. Got d*mn:
^ I DARE y'all to say something about this week's Mrs. Butterworth. Nah, f*ck that, I DOUBLE DARE y'all! LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. "STFU" Honors
LMFAO!!! Even though we sort of had a short week with Turkey Day, y'all gotta admit, hip-hop always finds a way to keep running its mouth over some senseless sh*t. Whether it be Lil Kim trying to clown Nicki Minaj, Young Buck acting like he wouldn't jump at a chance to kiss 5-0 Cent's a**....again, Nicki Minaj saying Drake is doing something that was not done by A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli and other conscious a** rappers back in the day, Bubba Sparxxx saying anything at this point LMFAO and Jay Electronica thinking too hard. Doggies, welcome to "SHUT THE F*CK UP" HONORS!
"That was cute for her. B*tches like her do sh*t like that. Talk on h*e, it's easy talk when them album sales aint back yet...Since you talking 'bout the history books, let's talk about the f*cking history books d*mn it. B*tch I got a Grammy, b*tch. I got number ones sweety. The Source gave my last album [2005's The Naked Truth] 5 motherf*cking mics h*e. What the f*ck they give you? ... You got a lot to learn mama. Respect the Queen, stay in the princess section. Stay in yo lane mama."
"It is what it is man," Buck told radio host Tim Westwood. "I will wait and hear a response from 50 [Cent] at this point and see where he goes at. I'm at a point in my career, honestly man, I don't even look at my situation dealing with them as a beef. It's not a beef. It's a situation, man. [Me going back?] To be continued -- I know the picture you was left with before you done seen Buck again. It was one big family. It was a movement and it was a beautiful movement and I think the fans enjoyed that and I think they want that still. I wouldn't definitely just turn down the situation at this point but it would have to be done in a genuine way as far as the whole movement of what it should be. It would just have to be done in a genuine way -- I done [reconciled] with Game because in reality I don't feel like the situation of when there was a situation dealing with the G-Unit and Game it was a situation where I would consider beef...When you consider beef, that's a whole different world. A lot of these are just considered misunderstandings but they're able to make it to the beef categories and carried out like that.
"At one point you had to sell a few kilos to be considered a credible rapper," she says. "But now it's like Drake and I are embracing the fact that we went to school, we love acting, we love theater, and that's ok -- and it's especially good for the black community to know that's ok, that's embraced."
"I don't know [what's going on in hip-hop] but I know I'm going to be original," Bubba told SOHH when asked about his take on the state of hip-hop. "Any music people hear from me, from this point forward in my career is going to be original. It's going to be music that only I can make and if I get frustrated with what's going on when I listen to hip-hop, it's with carbon copies. I like Soulja Boy because what he did was original. I'm a big Ying Yang Twins fan but I get [mad] when I hear so many carbon copies of what the last person was doing because of it being successful. That's when I get a little frustrated [with hip-hop] because I'm like, 'We're all individuals here.' Every person that's been born into this world was born as an individual with things that separate them from others. For me, that's what music or just art, period, is about. It's about making that translate, whatever is unique about you, it's about making it translate."
"People are afraid to go into an environment they are completely unfamiliar with," he explains. "For me, my life is a journey. Nothing against Drake, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, but they're in a certain kind of machine that doesn't afford them the freedom to do that." He adds: "The greats have always been the people who gave you of themselves, as opposed to just giving you a product."
***Doggies, big albums, big turn outs. Kanye West put out a classic, Nicki Minaj got caked up and Lloyd Banks just saw the end of his career. Putting things in better perspective, hip-hop won, more or less, even with Banks suffering a loss. It wasn't even about the sales at the end of the day, it was about hip-hop saving face. Kanye being the bad a** rapper that came back and took his spot? Sure, he didn't do those 800K-900K numbers we remember back in '05 and '07, but he topped every doggy. Nicki Minaj proved that her a** is gonna be here in rap longer than we ever could have expected. Lloyd Banks showed that he could still have a pulse even if it wasn't on the major level tip. -BB***
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]