Pulse Report: Rick Ross Scares The Rap Game, T.I. Hustles Hard To Get His Spot Back, Drake Reaches Untouchable Status
Friday, Oct 21, 2011 12:15PM
In this week's Pulse Report, doggies, we're gonna examine what exactly happened to Rick Ross one week ago, watch how T.I. practically single handedly got his spot back, pay respect to Drake for being THAT doggy and oh SOHH much more!
Doggies, before we kick this whole thing off, let me just say I hope y'all all took something away from my comments about Herman Cain last week. Whether y'all agreed with what I was pointing out or not is the least of my worries. Instead, I hope y'all doggies got a wake-up call b/c I know I sure did. Anyway, putting all of that stuff to the side, there's one doggy that even made more headlines than Cain last week. RICK ROSS. Now I dare any one of y'all to tell me when you first heard that Ross was unconscious after having an emergency landing that y'all didn't think, "WHAT IF BUTTERS WAS RIGHT? I DON'T WANT TO LOSE RICK ROSS! HE'S THE BOSS!!!!" LOL. I swear on all of y'all doggies, I turned on the radio and just listened to Ross after Ross after Ross. Think about it. Turn on any radio and I bet you he's on at least 6 out of 10 of the hottest songs out. And just imagine having lost Ross. Y'all are telling me the rap game would not be crushed? SMH. Well, for the doggies that were already on Sunday before they found out what happened on Friday, let's take a close look at what went down over these past 7 days.
Rick Ross is unconscious and paramedics are desperately trying to resuscitate him. Rick was on a flight going from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis today, when the rapper lost consciousness. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Emergency workers tell us the call came in at 12:55 PM ET ... the caller reported a seizure. Ross is currently on a gurney at the airport, and an eyewitness tells us EMT workers are administering CPR. Members of Rick's entourage are standing by, some of them extremely emotionally upset. (TMZ)
^ I'm gonna be honest doggies. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this story on SOHH was Michael Jackson. It was the same thing. Unconscious? Nah, ain't no real coming back from that. But he did eventually regain consciousness...BUT THEN...
Rapper Rick Ross reportedly suffered a second medical emergency on a plane Friday while traveling to Memphis to perform at a college basketball kickoff. The Miami-based artist's private jet to Tennessee was forced to land in Birmingham, Ala., when he suffered a seizure, NBC station WTVJ of Miami reported. It was the second time in six hours a plane carrying the performer diverted due to concerns over his health. (MSNBC)
^ Come on Ross. Really? You just recovered and are trying to go back out? I guess he didn't want to go with that "Third Time's A Charm" philosophy and decided to kill any chances of some live performing:
Rick Ross pulled out of a scheduled concert in Greensboro, NC on Saturday night, citing health concerns a day after reportedly suffering seizures on two different flights. A spokesperson for the Greensboro Coliseum Complex tells Fox affiliate WGHP that the rapper canceled less than an hour before the NC A&T homecoming concert was set to begin. The Greensboro concert went on as schedued, with DJ Khaled and Marsha Ambrosius on the bill. Ross' next scheduled performance is Friday, Oct. 21 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. Two days later, he's slotted to perform along with Busta Rhymes at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Billboard)
The biggest shock to me wasn't those cancellations but it was the love Ross got. I mean, doggies were really praying for him and for good reason. You take Ross out of the equation and rap looks a lot different. Really, try it. Check the hottest songs out and tell me if Ross isn't featured on it. But the thing that really drives me crazy is what Elise Neal said. Oh wait, y'all didn't know Ross was smashing that? LOL. Peep it doggies:
"I think they're [his record label] pushing him too hard," Elise tells RumorFix. "I know he's very career driven, but I don't think they take enough time to care about what they're doing to his body. They don't think about him or his health, pushing him to do all these videos, pushing tours and shows. He is not 20 years old anymore -- no one seems to care about him really or overall his health...If you have a medical emergency ... if you have the people who are closest around you saying 'You're alright' -- you're going to be more apt to say 'I'm alright.'" (RumorFix)
^ Wait, I'm confused though. Is she talking about Maybach Music Group? Warner Bros? Def Jam? HUH? LOL. If y'all are asking me, I think he puts the pressure on himself but that the labels, DEF JAM and WARNER BROS., are keeping his foot on the pedal. But who cares about who's to blame, right? Bottom line is Ross is alive and getting nursed by Nurse Jackie? No. Nurse Khaled? LOL!!!!!
"I am not leaving his side. He is resting, he is chilling and he is actually super focused. He is at the crib and is going to rest and just chill until he gets his energy back. He is going to take everything one day by day," Khaled told Russell Simmons. "I told him he has to stay home for two weeks. I told him he has got to just chill and reIax. I told him he is a big enough star that he can just stay home. His life is more important...When he went in the hospital that was a reality check. I'm trying to tell him, but he's telling me, 'Khaled you ain't got to tell me no more, I understand clearly I got to take my life seriously.'" (Global Grind)
Now at this point, every doggy with a pulse was commenting on Ross. I think Wale, Pill and even Red Cafe got free media press b/c they were asking about his well-being. SMH. Anyway though, the best interview I saw came from XXLMag who talked to Waka Flocka Flame. Doggies, believe y'all me when y'all read what he has to say. FYI, I CO-SIGN 100%!!!
"My thoughts on that situation, you gotta watch your health," Waka said. "Watch what you take in your body; that's it. I hope he gets well. I hope sh*t like that never happens. That's a powerful person in hip-hop. We lose Ross, there is gonna be a gap. Ain't too many people who can go hard like him. You probably haven't heard a wack song from Ross in three or four years. Every verse he came out with, hard as f*ck!" (XXL Mag)
^ EXACTLY. And while we wait for Ross to get better over the next month or so, what better reaction to register than 5-0 Cent's, right? LOL.
"[I wasn't] really concerned," 50 told Angie. "But, I was just saying to him. When people want to ask me a question like that, it's obvious. If a person has a seizure twice, they're not really [taking care of themselves]. You can look and see he's not conscious of his health. I seen [Fat] Joe, like, Fat Joe done slimmed down. You gotta call him Joe. That's good because you look at that. We lost [Big] Pun like that. Overall, you can look at your competition, hip-hop has always been competitive. Battling is a part of the culture. I don't wish death on nobody...It's early age for you to be having two seizures." ("The Angie Martinez Show")
^ I probably missed some stuff but y'all got the main gist of what went down. I'll put it like this. Ross can't afford to get a third seizure. But wait, is it me or do y'all wonder how come we haven't heard a Ross interview yet? I mean, he's getting checked on so why not talk about it? Hmmm.....something seems fishy, doggies.
2. The King Is Gone, But I'm Back
Let's be clear doggies. The King of the South is no more. Sorry but that's just a solidified fact. To be quite honest, the "King" has really been gone since T.I. Vs. Tip. That's an honest fact. But Tip will always be known by that alias. All of that considered, this past week has showed us a T.I. I haven't seen since 2006. The hunger this doggy has is inexplicable. Tip said he wanted to make a grand (pun intended) return and he wasn't lying. Before y'all see why this doggy is showing signs of the old Tip we all remember, just peep what he had to say a few days ago:
A while back the Grand Hustle general mentioned that he might be on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "N*ggas in Paris (Remix)." When asked about the status of that record, T.I. said, "Well, I officially have recorded my verse. And I haven't spoken to 'Ye. I let 'Ye hear it . I think 'Ye let Jay hear it as well. I don't think a determination has been made on whether or not it is going to be official. But if it's not official, it will be unofficial. It will be heard one way or another. I will assure you that." But that's not all. T.I. wants to add his vocals to more songs. "I'm looking for some more records to jump on," he said. "That's what I'm doin' right now. I'm commandeering hit records right now. I'm hijacking hit records. If you got a hit I'm on it." (XXL Mag)
Y'all read it right. "I'm hijacking hit records." If that wasn't the closest thing to "STFU" Honors at the time I read it, I don't know what could have been. HOWEVER, doggy kept his word and dropped hard material in just this week alone. Y'all better be up on this:
^ LOL. Aight, so maybe that "I'm Flexin" came out a few weeks ago. LOL! But by the time this goes up, I have a hunch Tip will have dropped 1-2 more new remixes. Watch out doggies. He's serious about this. And oh yeah, since we are talking about there no longer being a king. I'll let T.I. explain it:
"The first of two album titles I'm debating is Kill the King because in all that I've gone through I've observed how people respond to my circumstances, and I always wonder 'Why y'all coming at me like this?' But I thought, 'How do you expect them to act?'" he explains. "Life is a game of chess and the object is to kill the king. If you anoint yourself king, you have made yourself a target. The second one is self-explanatory - Trouble." Keen on reclaiming his Southern hip-hop crown, T.I. has little patience for skeptics who believe his star has dimmed. (Rolling Stone)
3. Doggy of the Week: Drake
Doggies, if y'all ask me, Drake made a big mistake by pushing his album back to November 15th. This week alone may have been some of the biggest press he's had since that Nicki Minaj marriage hoax they pulled on us. LOL. Over the course of seven days, Drake made me wonder why he gets called emo. LOL. For starters, he basically challenged Pusha T to come at him if he's really trying to spit on wax (I'm with y'all though, Pusha T would murder doggy on the mic) and then a day or two later he's doing "Saturday Night Live." SMH. Say what y'all want, but "SNL" is the equivalent of being featured on three magazine covers in one month. Even though I think the show fell off since the 80's, you gota respect it. Then we see Drake go to battle, kinda, for Lil Wayne? Word! Though he turned down saying NO COMMENT, Drake kept it gully by spilling the beans on his jump-offs/Nicki Minaj and oh yeah, Lil Wayne called Take Care ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Yeah, too crazy to put in "STFU" Honors, doggies. If y'all had any doubt, erase it, b/c you're now looking at the "Doggy of the Week," Drake!
"I listened to it and I just couldn't pick it out. I couldn't pick out where I was supposed to be offended," Drake told radio personality Funkmaster Flex Thursday (October 13) night. "Everyone was just like, 'Oh you got dissed in this song by Pusha T.' First of all, I've never really had any interaction with Pusha T so for him to diss me would be purely issues that he's having within himself...We've met but we've been just always cordial with each other. I'm a fan of The Clipse. I say it in interviews. So I've never really had any issues with him. But it's a frustrating time for a lot of people right now, I get it. So if it was directed at me, just make it a little more direct next time. I'm up for whatever man. I didn't take offense to it though." (Hot 97)
^ SMH. Pusha T, you know you done messed up, right? LOL. Nah, I think the blogs went wild with this story for a hot minute and I'm glad Drake took the time to address it. I am giving Drake the points for going hard at this. LOL. Come on, "make it a little more direct next time." LOL! That's how you're feeling Drake? LOL!!! Like I said though, Drake doesn't really want it with Pusha T on a lyrical level. Y'all doggies have to agree with that.
In the first of his comedy bits, the Young Money rapper appeared in one of SNL cast member Andy Samberg's "digital shorts," playing himself in a series of bizarre celebrity interviews. There was "An Extremely Brief Interview With Drake," "An Extremely Close Interview With Drake" and "An Extremely Sarcastic Interview With Drake," in which Samberg used scare quotes when referring to his guest as a "musician." Appearing later on the show's 'Weekend Update' segment, Drake and cast member Jay Pharoah portrayed knucklehead teenagers dressed as werewolves. Fond of stealing candy from kids on Halloween, the two performed a rap song celebrating "bag jacking," their thuggish hobby. "Watch out, because like Republicans, I'm behind the bushes," Pharoah rapped, dropping one of the funnier lines. "I would trick or treat, but I'm too old now, so I snatch your bag so I don't look like a pedophile," Drake added later. (The Boom Box)
^ NOPE! I don't want to hear it doggies. Y'all know how long it took for Jay-Z to appear on "SNL?" Really, don't play yourselves. You can make the point that the show isn't what it used to be but that's like saying the NBA is softer than back in the day. Meaning if a doggy gets drafted, he's gotta have some talent. Don't stunt on doggy. And he proved to be kinda funny too.
"I really just did my verse over the beat," Drake said of "It's Good," a track from Lil Wayne's "The Carter IV." "I'm a soldier for Wayne, he put me here, so I did what I had to do and what he does with the song after that is completely up to him... I think Wayne, who is never afraid to step up to the plate, did what he did back and that's what hip-hop is about. I have the utmost respect for Jay, he's a brother to me." (Billboard)
^ LOL! "I'm A SOLDIER for Wayne." SMH. It was hard to not put this in "STFU" Honors, doggies, but I'm giving Drake the benefit of the doubt. Something a doggy or two have pointed out to me though. Y'all realize Drake has kinda been taking shots at Kanye West and Jay-Z for a minute? I mean, it's a slight Game move b/c you can make the argument that he's a fan but at the same time, has some grumblings in his stomach. Remember, even Game said "Jay-Z's a legend. I don't take shots at legends. That's just something I don't do," back in 2005. Funny how things changed, huh? LOL.
"I don't know if we were really pretending. I'd marry Nicki. I think Nicki would be one of the only people that would understand me at the end of all of this and be able to love me," Drake reveals about his Young Money group member. "I guess I thought it was more [with me and RiRi]. That was the first girl with any fame that paid me any mind. You spend days reading about this person in magazines. All of a sudden you have this number-one song and you're at some birthday party and there she is. And you're just some naive kid from Toronto staying in some sh--ty-ass hotel who got invited to this party on a whim. That's just how it happened." (Elle Magazine)
The rapper took the opportunity to debut new single "Make Me Proud", which features a guest verse from Young Money label mate Nicki Minaj. But pressed by DJ Funkmaster Flex, Drake said he's not dating tennis pro Serena Williams--or former flame Rihanna, stating he's now just "super-good friends" with the singer. "I think she's got her own thing going on," he told DJ Funkmaster Flex. "I haven't caught up with her in a while." As for Williams, with whom he was spotted at the U.S. Open in August, he said playing tennis is "really good exercise," but denied her recent so-called "booty-popping tape" was filmed at his home. "The wood is actually a walnut in my condo," he laughed. (Billboard)
^ One word. One syllable. One meaning. SWAG!!! FYI, when you're caught in romance/sex rumors with Nicki Minaj/Serena Williams/Rihanna, doggies, you're winning. I don't care WHO you are. WINNING.
"I actually haven't got a chance to listen to all of it, but I heard a few songs," Wayne told MTV News while on the set for Birdman's "Y.U. Mad" video in Miami. Weezy has never been shy with his "Best Rapper Alive" boasts, but when it comes to Drake and his new album, he plays second fiddle. "I can tell, you know, I don't know nothing else out there that can touch it, including my stuff. That kid is on another planet," he said. (MTV)
^ Wait, if Drake's Take Care is gonna be the best album of the year, then Watch the Throne, Bad Meets Evil, Charity Starts Here, The Wonder Years, King of Hearts, Cole World: The Sideline Story, Weekend At Burnies, Self Made....AND Carter IV are.....second? LOL!!!! Ooooookaaaaaaay.
^ Y'all doggies alllready know!
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Irene The Dream
I see I said, jealously I said...LOL. Nah, don't worry doggies, I'm not gonna spit that whole "It Was All A Dream" line. I was even thinking about transcribing that "Dreams" record by Game but I'll skip all that witty stuff and get right to the point. When it comes to being considered a video vixen and something that doggies would spend their hard earned cash for a premium membership to join your wack website fan club, it usually boils down to having a good name. Think about it. Superhead. Kat Stacks. SMH. Buffy the Body. And that leads us to this week's sultry delight in the form of Irene the Dream. Right? I mean, think about it, not only does the name rhyme but it represents something we all do. Dream. LOL. Aight, so maybe I'm not good at this narration thing, so I'll just let Irene's assets speak for themselves. LOL!
^ SMH. That should be illegal doggies. I bet not even Freddy Kruger would lay a finger on Irene in her dreams. LOL. Pretty clever, huh, doggies? LOL. Well, as always, enjoy some moving visuals to accompany those shots. I know y'all love them.
^ Not sure about y'all doggies, but I have a strange craving for cake right about now. LOL!!!!
5. "STFU" Honors
LOL. Sorry doggies, I'm still cracking myself up from last week's "SHUT THE F*CK UP" piece. Y'all doggies gotta admit, I came hard on that. PAUSE. But with business getting back to usual, it's time to look at five doggies that should have been on all of y'all's radars this past week. First off, Dr. Dre saying that in addition to working with Kendrick Lamar/Slim The Mobster, Detox, Beats By Dre and everything else, he is going to be deejaying too? LOL!!!! If that wasn't enough, then think about DMX saying he's drugfree. SMH. Really, doggy? REALLY? Moving forward, it's Drake thinking he's gone from a doggy straight outta Canada to a KING? WTF? Nah, doggy, never that. And then we gotta just put some light onto this Lloyd/Irv Gotti hissing/fighting and, brace yourself doggies...Terrence J BANNING Webbie? LOL!!!! Wait, isn't this doggy just a TV host?!?!?! LOL!!!!!! In case y'all weren't paying attention, make no doubt about it, you've now entered "SHUT THE F*CK UP" HONORS!
It's no secret that Dre has been fine-tuning is long-awaited Detoxalbum, but what fans may not know is that the former N.W.A producer has at least thought about returning to the DJ booth. "I've actually been talking about it a little bit; dusting my hands off and getting back in the DJ scene," he said. "We'll see what's up with that in the future."
DMX tells TMZ, he has finally kicked the drug addictions that kept him behind bars for years -- and he has his children to thank. X tells us, coke was his greatest demon after his latest prison release in July -- "Everyone was taking advantage of me with my finances, trying to put me in the direction to fail. I have 10 kids. I have to drive them in the right direction, so I let the cocaine go." The rapper -- real name Earl Simmons -- says God also helped him through ... telling us, "I am on a spiritual road to do right in my life. I am leaving out all negativity and going to stay on the right road to positive."
"That's who's sitting on that album cover, that kid that's just somehow gone from his mom's basement in Toronto to becoming a king," he explained of the image. "That's what that album cover is about and there is a lot of deep thought involved in that 'cause you can go crazy doing this." Does that mean Drake has already had his fill of the fame and the fortune? "No, I'm immersed in that lifestyle, but I'm not gonna let it consume me though," he said. "That's what the album is pretty much about, just staying sane, but maybe, maybe not really though. You have to listen to it."
"I just want to say I have no problems with nobody, right?," Lloyd said in an interview. "I know all his people, real close -- We all pretty cool. So that's definitely one man's opinion about the situation and I'm just thankful that his opinions don't dictate my future, that his attitude doesn't really affect my life, or his problems don't affect my life."
"We would not like to thank Lil Webbie who is now banned from coming on the show. We will not be seeing him on '106 & Park' anymore," Terrence said following the show's Freestyle Friday segment.
***Doggies, I'm not even gonna lie to y'all. I'm SHOOK over my Jets. Yeah, we killed those Dolphins a.k.a. Poor Man's Tuna, LOL, but that was expected. We gotta put those Seahawks down and use the Bye Week to get ready for them Bills. SMH. But let's not talk sports right now. Doggies, it's weekend time so unless y'all are like me and boycotting the World Series until next year, have some fun, hop on them video games, order up some pizzas and have fun. Ain't no new music dropping in stores, so have some fun and drink a Pepsi for me. My dentist says I gotta fall back. LOL. Catch y'all on Tuesday! --BB***
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]