Pulse Report: Heavy D's Death Shocks The World, Wale & Mac Miller's First-Week Sales Explode, Amber Rose Kisses Haters Away
Friday, Nov 11, 2011 12:15PM
In this week's Pulse Report, doggies, we mourn the unexpected loss of rap pioneer Heavy D, try to figure out how Wale and Mac Miller are selling more units than your favorite rapper(s), let Amber Rose glow above her haters and oh SOHH much more!
1. Nothin' But Love
Now any doggy that knows me knows that if there's one thing I hate to even discuss, it's death. Whether it be some doggy that's in the rap game or a boxing legend like Joe Frazier. I really hate having to look at all of the accomplishments and feel like their life was cut short. It's one thing when a doggy's death comes toward the end of their life but when's it's as premature as Heavy D? SMH. That hurts doggies. So instead of doing all the sappy summaries of what the reports said and how he was just at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, etc., I decided to let y'all YOUNG doggies see how big of an impact Heavy D had on us. Not just hip-hop, either, doggies. Heavy was THAT doggy. RIP Overweight Lover.
Diddy: "My Heart is Broken. Pls pray for my man Heavy D and his Family." and "Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry. He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did."
Alyssa Milano: "Heavy D gave me advice when I was pregnant. He said, 'Cherish every single moment. It goes by way too fast'. Rest in peace, Heavy D."
Usher: "This is too heavy, I can't believe it. HEAVY D was just here. Truly gone too soon. My heart and support goes out to his family. R.I.P HEAVY."
Russell Simmons: "I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Heavy D. A long time friend and a beautiful person."
LL Cool J: "May GOD embrace the soul of Heavy D and Bless his family. I respected you Heavy and I always will."
MC Hammer: "We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a Heart of Gold. He was a part of what's good about the world."
Samuel L. Jackson: "Ahhh man! Heavy D?! Dwight wz a dear friend. Fond memories of a truly cool brutha."
Will.I.Am.: "Heavy D inspired me to be me."
Nicki Minaj: "We'll never forget you babe!"
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock: "Once you're hip hop, you're hip hop. It's in my blood - it's not going anywhere."
Carson Daly: "So sad to hear about heavy d. His music was my upbringing. I'm so glad I got to tell him when I saw him at the voice live shows in june."
John Legend: "I'm so sad about Hev. He really was a wonderful person."
Khloe Kardashian: "Wow Heavy D passed away.... How? He was so young... My prayers and love go out to all of his loved ones... So sad.. May God bless."
Common: Heavy D was...no...is one of Hip-Hops finest. Your art and contribution will live 4ever brother! #RIPHheavyD."
Game: "Last tweet of the day: Rest In Paradise to a GOOD FRIEND & legendary hip hop icon Dwight Arrington "Heavy D" Myers. Damn life sometimes !!!"
Brandy: "@4everBrandy: I am shocked, overwhelmed, and all of the above at the death of @heavyd ! May you rest in peace!! I love you and I promise to live INSPIRED!"
And the tributes that followed? Amazing.
R.I.P. Heavy D: May 24th, 1967 to November 8th, 2011
2. Men Lie, Women Lie, Them First-Week Numbers Don't!!!
Do doggies realize how crazy these Wale and Mac Miller numbers are? LOL. The fact that the both of them, well, Wale so far for sure, have crushed the 100,000 sales mark? LOL. I thought Big Sean selling almost 100K was BIG for hip-hop but these numbers that Wale and Mac Miller are doing? SMH. That's CRAY! LOL. Before I get y'all skipping down to Mrs. Butterworth from an overload of "LOL's" let me show y'all what I'm talking about.
Maybach Music Group rapper Wale's Ambition debuted on the chart at No. 2. After seven days in stores, the LP has sold 164,100 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
"163k! I love my fans .. I'm so grateful.. Thank you Thank you... I'm speechless hip hop for life #mmg #boa," Wale tweeted November 8th. "We did it RT @WaleNation: We did it 163K!! Congrats @Wale!! #Ambition" (Wale's Twitter)
That's right, just like we said last week, Rostrum Records rapper Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park, distributed digitally by INgrooves and physically by Fontana, will debut at #1 smack dab in the middle of Q4, with estimates of between 175-185k, which might even be conservative. This is a triumph of social networking and good, new-fashioned viral marketing, as Malcolm McCormick, the son of a Christian architect father and Jewish mother photographer, transforms his combined 2.7 millionTwitter, Facebook and MySpace followers into an impressive debut. (HITS Daily Double)
^ Can any doggy say, "HIP-HOP'S BACK!"? LOL. Those numbers are sick in 2011, doggies. The fact that Wale can come off a CERTIFIED 2009 FLOP and push those types of numbers? Even better, the fact that Mac Miller is some 19 year-old doggy that's already pushing those kinds of numbers? SMH. That's CRAZY DOGGIES! You take any Fat Joe, Soulja Boy, Def Jam roster artist (minus Rick Ross and Kanye West), it's gonna be hard to get those types of numbers. Let that sit and ponder in y'all's minds. Big numbers. Hip-hop is looking good. Really, really good. The days of that dance, one-hit wonder stuff is GONE. Welcome in the new school!
3. Doggy of the Week: Amber Rose
SMH. Amber Rose might have something going on for her, doggies. I mean, that hair ain't coming back any time soon but as far as how serious her hustle has been as of late? It's no question that over the past 7 days she's either been the hottest doggy out there or just scheduled a media and press run all week long (or both). LOL. But you can't really say that b/c we kick it off with Kanye West putting her on blast (or apologizing?) in Philly and the airing of her new "Master of the Mix" BET show. Well, I guess it's not technically hers but she had a doggy named Bulldog Butters checking in at midnight on Saturday to watch it. LOL. A few more things that made her the hottest thing out was her making us think she is serious about music, telling doggies she's already got some films coming out and finally ironing out what's up with her and that "Black & Yellow" doggy. LOL. Make 'em clap doggies for the one and only Amber Rose, clearly, "Doggy of the Week" material.
"A lot of [it] is just negativity and I don't like to bring that energy into my life. But I did look at it and he said that, he said um, "When I said that I didn't like your dress, I was an a**hole. When I said that I didn't like your hair, I was an a**hole." And he was an a**hole. He was. I feel like he gets that now, and he's remorseful about being an a**hole to me," Rose said. "But he called me an incredible person, and I take that as an apology. And if it was an apology, I forgive him for being an a**hole. I don't hold any grudges. I don't hate him. I want him to find a girl and for him to treat her better than he treated me. The next girl, she doesn't deserve that. I found pure happiness with Wiz [Khalifa]. Why wouldn't I want that for Kanye? I want everyone to have that, to feel the way I feel about Wiz."
^ I don't know about y'all doggies, but Kanye West is starting to act like a biggity b*tch. Sorry but I had to say it. LOL. All of this time I really thought Amber was the shallow one and the one that needed to get the steppin' and look, you got Kanye West crying left and right. Apologizing now? SMH. Nah, doggy, what a clown.
"The thing of it is, obviously I'm not a deejay, I don't know how to scratch and mix records. But the one thing that I do know is how to party. I know when a deejay is playing a hit, the party is jumping and everybody's on the dance floor with everyone having fun. I know when the deejay is playing a song that doesn't mix well, that doesn't go together and that makes people leave the dance floor. They're like, "Ah man, why the h*ll did he play this? I'm gonna go and get a drink. You know, I'm just not even happy anymore." People go to parties to make them happy. They want to go to parties, meet girls and guys and really have a good time. So I'm solely basing my opinion on the party aspect of the music and how they rocked the crowd."
^ I can dig it. I ain't gonna lie, doggies. When I heard that Amber Rose would be on "Master of the Mix," I laughed it off. Like come on doggies, this chick is a model. LOL. How can she be judging some deejay show? LOL. But I respect her explanation. The fact that she does host a grip of shows/club events, I can co-sign her defense. LOL. And oh yeah, AMBER ROSE is on the show. If doggies don't like her, they can't take away at how good she looks. That's for sure.
"Oh yeah man, I'm in the studio every single night," Rose told SOHH. "Like, I do not sleep. [laughs] I'm really, really, grinding. I'm really in the studio. The music that I make is fun, it's dance music, it's club, just super fun music that gets you in a great mood and makes you happy. So I'm all about music and this is my time to really, really come out and hopefully make people happy when they listen to it."
^ LOL!!!! I gotta hear it. Y'all know I'm not taking this serious at all. AT ALL!!!! LOL!!!!!! Until I hear what the record sounds like, Amber Rose is "STFU" Honors respectable in terms of music. LOL.
"Yeah, totally. We're totally going to get married. But no, we're not engaged," Rose promised in an interview. "He's overseas right now on his European tour and I'm out here working in the studio. We definitely don't want to get married and be away from each other. We want to establish each other to the point, where we can get married and take a couple of months off to really just enjoy our time together and have some babies."
^ LOL!!!!! Stop hating doggies, I can respect that. Whether this is a publicity stunt or not is one thing, but the fact that they are not hyping up their relationship with fake engagements and marriage rumors is a good thing. And y'all can clown Amber all you want but this chick has her head on straight. Smarts and beauty.
"It's been a really amazing year. I have two movies coming out, one is Just Add Water, which is a sci-fi thriller, where I play a supervisor to all the Androids on a spaceship. Then in Gang of Roses 2, I play a bounty hunter who is also a butch lesbian, which was super cool, because even though I dress androgynous sometimes, I'm really feminine. So I had to hang out with Wiz and the guys, and study their mannerisms. I even had a speech coach to help make my voice deep."
^ LOL!!!!!! Amber Rose playing a lesbian, bounty hunter? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doggies, y'all don't need any more reasons for why she's Doggy of the Week. LOL. Loving that grind.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Mia Michelle
Yeah doggies, I had to do it. A week after rolling with a dime Mrs. Butterworth by the name of Mia Bunny, we had to double up with Mia Michelle. I figure since a doggy like me has always had to choose between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees or the New York Giants and the New York Jets, why not make y'all get stuck with choosing between these two delicious dimes with the same first name. LOL. Tough choices in life doggies, at least this one will be fun. Head-to-head, Mia Bunny to the left, Mia Michelle to the right. Ya dig?
^ SMH. That's like those Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant comparisons, doggy. LOL. We all KNOW who the truth is but it's still a good argument. LOL. Just in case y'all needed more reasons to debate, check out Mia Michelle going to work. LOL.
^ SMH. That's wild doggies.
5. "STFU" Honors
Welcome back doggies to quite possibly the most underrated section of Pulse Report. It's here that we can give shine to any doggy over the past week from any moment for one sole reason. THEY NEED TO "SHUT THE F*CK UP!" LOL. Hence, "SHUT THE F*CK UP" Honors. And it's really here that you'll see Wale letting record sales get to his head and feeling like he can body a sweet pretty thang like Rosa Acosta. (We've seen her feet and LOVE THEM, WALE.). It's here that we can shake our heads at Olivia actually admitting she tongued down Maino. LOL!!! MAINO!?!?!?! WHOA!!!! WTF? Some things should be lied about or denied. SMH. It's in this section that a doggy that I love, PAUSE, like DJ Whoo Kid can get put on blast for making us think Dr. Dre is really focused on rapping. LOL. Here, and only here, can Juvenile tell SOHH that a mechanic can get groupies. LOL!!!!! And of course, it's only here that Consequence looks like a clown for admitting he's good with Kanye West but not the rest of G.O.O.D. Music? LOL!!! SHUT UP! Welcome back doggies.
"You not paid to talk, Rosa, you're just paid to sit there," Wale laughingly told radio hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. "Have you ever been asked to speak, Rosa? Has anyone ever called you up and been like, 'Talk.' I seen rappers [and] basketball players pick you up. Don't do that Rosa. If I wasn't cool with these dudes, I'd, don't do it. Don't do it with those feet of yours Rosa, we know what them feet look like."
"Those are old memories like I said, girl, I don't even have those pictures, how about that?," Olivia said in an interview. "All I'm saying is my boyfriend is [professional basketball player] Tarence Kinsey, that's all I'm saying. [We've been dating] for about two or three months now...[How did Tarence react?] It's a seven hour time difference [where he's at overseas] so I said you know what, let me be the first person to hit him up when it came out. It was like 3 AM my time and I told him to make sure he called me when he got up before practice and he did and then I explained it to him and he knew it was old anyway because he was like 'you don't have that tat on your hand so I know its old.'"
While in London Town to kick off his Live Base club tour with the Grime Godfather Wiley, SoulCulture TV caught up with DJ Whoo Kid at the Dope Chef showroom and he revealed that he would be premiering a brand new Dr Dre track today (November 5th) called "Back Against The Wall" which will be taken from a forthcoming mixtape by the latest Aftermath signing Slim The Mobster. Describing the record as "It feels like he's on some hardcore sh*t, NWA type feel, like he's back, he's kicking it, he's calling out haters, f*ck y'all, no more Mr. Nice Guy type sh*t," it will premiere on The Whoolywood Shuffle co-hosted by MTV's Sway on Sirius XM.
"I ain't one of them artists where chicks see me and wanna throw the panties at me type rappers, man [laughs]. Women tend to think I have alot of groupies, and of course, there are women who are drawn to this lifestyle, but you can be a mechanic and have groupies. But at this level that I'm at, you still have to put in work in order to get a groupie or get a female. It's not an automatic, 'When I see you, we f*ckin'' situation. That's rare."
"I just think it's more healthy at this point to stay away from certain questions," Cons told radio host EI8HT in an interview. "Because I do have a blackout switch. It just goes. So when you start saying today's secret words, like certain people's names, that's why I just have to stop you. ... [Me and Pusha T squashed our beef?] I ain't ever do nothing with nobody. The only person I squashed anything with was Kanye West."
***Doggies, sorry this week's Pulse Report was so depressing. Still having a tough time realizing that Heavy D bowed out the game like that. But if y'all want some more exciting news, my Jets go against Tom Brady's Patriots this Sunday night. LOL. If those wack Giants could pull out a win on their turf, then there's no way we lose to them IN NY. LOL. Doggies, FYI: HAROLD & KUMAR WAS FUNNY!!!! LOL! I think I might even go see it again this weekend with some of my BK doggies. Aight, y'all be safe and be on the lookout for Tuesday. That Big Sean/Nicki Minaj Cap Diss is a classic! Peace doggies! --BB***
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