Pulse Report: M.I.A. Tells America F.U., Andre 3000 Creeps Back In, Jay-Z Still Runs This Town
Friday, Feb 10, 2012 12:15PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we try to get to the bottom of M.I.A. telling America "F*ck You", applaud Andre 3000 for surely-despite-slowly making his way back into the spotlight, bow to Jay-Z's undying greatness and oh SOHH much more!
1. I'm Going To M.I.A.
SMH. Can any doggies say publicity stunt? LOL. In case y'all didn't realize it, last Sunday's Super Bowl game was not only the most watched Super Bowl game in history, thus far, but it was the most watched television program of all time. SMH. Can y'all believe that? Take anything that's ever been televised since television was created. NADA! Nothing has been watched more and you can call me a bias New York Jets doggy all you want, but it wasn't the New York Giants/New England Patriots that made doggies tune in. It was Madonna, and, well, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. Funny though, just like how the Giants have three superstar wide receivers (Victor Cruz, Hakeen Nicks, Mario Manningham), the most unexpected spectacle came from the least expected performer. Sure, Madonna is easily the equivalent of Cruuuuuuuuuuz and you have Nicki and Nicks going hand in hand, but then you have M.I.A. and Manningham. Manningham made the biggest play of Super Bowl 46 and M.I.A. made the biggest gesture of Super Bowl 46's halftime show. LOL. Accidental? Intentional? Let's check this out:
Madonna earned praise early on for her half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday night, but it was her guest star M.I.A. who may have stolen the headlines from her by making an obscene gesture during the show. M.I.A, the stage name of the hip-hop performer Maya Arulpragasam, appeared with the rapper Nicki Minaj to sing "Give Me All Your Luvin'," a new Madonna song that was performed during a medley of the Material Girl's hits. At the end of her verse, M.I.A. stopped just short of singing a vulgar lyric and extended her middle finger to the camera. The television broadcast appeared to go blurry just after this, but not in time to obscure the gesture. (New York Times)
^ Now I don't know about y'all, but I had no idea after this performance, M.I.A., would be the talk of the town. I mean, you have Madonna and Nicki, yet M.I.A. is the talk of the town. Go figure, right? LOL. It didn't take long before NBC put their PR team to work and cranked out an apology.
"We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." (Associated Press)
I usually don't like to wag my finger at these things because I love when people rage against the machine, but M.I.A. was wrong right here. C'mon, M.I.A., this wasn't even YOUR performance. That fact makes me ticked off. Think about it. This was Madonna first-ever Super Bowl performance and she's turned into an after thought? Nah, that ain't right. But that's neither here or there, turns out M.I.A. might have to snatch up some of that "Swagger Like Us" paper b/c fines are a-coming.
M.I.A. will end up paying any fines imposed on NBC as a result of her finger wag during the Super Bowl halftime show ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ. Our sources say ... the NFL has indemnified NBC ... because the NFL is responsible for the halftime content. But the NFL was smart, given the history of performers who wanted to do something shocking to get attention during the biggest TV event of the year. So we're told ... M.I.A. signed a contract with the NFL for the halftime performance, and in that contract M.I.A. agreed to indemnify the NFL for any money it might be forced to pay if the FCC comes down on the Peacock Network. Remember, CBS was hit with a $550,000 FCC fine after Janet Jackson's famous wardrobe malfunction, but that fine was thrown out by a federal appeals court. Sources tell us ... aside from the fact that the NFL doesn't want to pay a huge fine, the organization wants to send a message to performers -- don't you dare screw with us. (TMZ)
^ Even after all of this, turns out there was a lot more to this story. Now, let me get this right...M.I.A. did this stunt to get at her fiance? Or, "lover"? LOL!!!
M.I.A. has reportedly split from her fiancé, fueling rumours that the obscene gesture she made at Sunday's Super Bowl (5th February) could have been aimed at her former lover. Madonna was said to be 'livid' with the Paper Planes rapper for flipping the bird in front of millions at the prestigious sporting event, with a source telling The Sun: "Madonna wasn't impressed. She prides herself on professionalism. (MTV UK)
^ BUT WAIT!!! There's more!!! LOL. Seems like doggy wasn't taking those split rumors too kindly.
Earlier this week, editors from the New York Daily News reported the British star has been spending most of her time in her native London, while her billionaire businessman partner lives in the Big Apple. But Bronfman has now fired back at the speculation on his Twitter.com blog, blasting reports suggesting M.I.A. is a bad mother for her shocking Super Bowl stunt. In a series of posts on Thursday, he wrote, "its (sic) sad to see our media in such a state unfounded gossipy nonsense when there are real problems in the world. "media needs to rethink it's (sic) code of ethics. to consistently try to tear down a working mother is just beyond me... BTW (by the way) - all this stuff about Maya being a bad mom is completely out of bounds. She's a really great mom." And Bronfman can't understand all the controversy surrounding M.I.A. - because he thinks she's done well balancing work with motherhood. He added, "new song, great. new video, great. superbowl (sic) performance, great. MIA as a mom, great." Directing a message to M.I.A. herself, he posted, "Can't say it enough - Don't let them flip the script - you're a great mom and ikhyd loves you." The star has been heavily criticized for her rude hand gesture during her Super Bowl half-time performance, which prompted officials at America's NBC network to apologize to viewers. (Toronto Sun)
^ Two things doggies. First, this could all be settled by a SIMPLE statement from M.I.A. or even her publicist. Second? Please say it with me, doggies, PU-BLI-CI-TY-STUNT!!! No further questions, your honor.
2. We Are Not The Same, I Am A Martian
^ LOL. OK, so maybe I still listen to The Carter III on the low. LOL. Say what y'all want but I'm an Andre 3000 fan to the core. I know we've had doggy teasing us for the past few years with guest appearances here and there, but QUOTE ME, doggy is BACK! There's a significant difference between doing a simple guest feature where no doggy can see you and tell how old/new your verse is and then being involved with big endorsement campaigns. Gilette? Converse? WTF!? Andre 3000 is back doggies and if y'all even doubted it, peep the math:
As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be released on Feb. 23, along with a new Gorillaz footwear collection designed by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett for Converse. The Gorillaz partnership with Converse, which was initially announced last November, marks Murphy's return as a vocalist after LCD Soundsystem officially disbanded last April, as well as Andre 3000's latest feature after providing recent guest spots for Drake, Ke$ha and B.o.B. "DoYaThing" will be available as a free download on Converse's official website. (Billboard)
In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn talks about the latest installment of Converse's ongoing "Three Artists. One Song" project -- past participants include Kid Cudi, Santigold, the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, members of Vampire Weekend and Best Coast, and more -- which put him in a studio for three days with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and OutKast's Andre 3000. The result track, a head-tripping masterpiece called "DoYaThing," will be available for free download on the official Converse website on February 23. "I had spoken to James a couple times, but previously I knew only [his and Andre's] work," Albarn told EW. "I love that level of spontaneity. I look for it all the time. It doesn't always arrive on my doorstep, but it's something I aspire to." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Style is taking what you have, kind of what you're given, and playing with it," Dre said in a Gillette promotional video. "That's what style is, just kinda finding what's in you and putting it out into something you have that nobody else has. You kind of just have to love it and nurture it and say, 'This is me and I'm just gonna blast it out to the world!' Facial hair is a part of getting up in the morning. It took me a long time to actually grow hair on my face, so when I got it, I didn't want to get rid of it! I think it's something that frames your face up. ... At the moment, me and my barber kind of separated in a way 'cause my hair's growing. [laughs] So, I don't go by and get haircuts. I haven't gone by in about three years. Maybe. I do my own grooming at home so he reaches out every now and again. He's one less customer right now." (Gillette)
Now add all of this to that wack (sorry Stacks) vegetarian recipe he gave last month and I think we can make a legitimate argument for Andre's return. Call it wishful thinking, but my fingers are crossed doggies. I NEED Andre 3000! LOL.
3. Doggy of the Week: Jay-Z
There's doggies that impress you and then there's doggies that impress the world. Jay-Z just so happens to be one of those doggies. Even though we know he's made bad moves, business or personal, his swag is so elegant-fly that it's kinda cool. Didn't doggy rap, "Nets could go 0-82" something something something along the lines of he wouldn't care? LOL. I mean, Jay hardly catches "L's" and this week we saw why he keeps winning. Getting love from Pharrell, making a $100-plus lawsuit vanish into thin air, asked to save Rocawear, performing at the legendary Carnegie Hall and then dropping "N*ggas In Paris" music video? There's no stopping this doggy. Put them hands together and give it up to Jigga, doggies!
"Not so much the N.E.R.D., because I'm in producer mode. But I'm definitely in the studio producing sh*t, though. ... Uh, that was awesome. But again, that was another covert operation," Pharrell said in an interview. "That was, uh... That was, um... Everything was by design. That's all I'll say."
^ I know, doggies, it was corny to include this in why Jay should receive "Doggy of the Week" honors, but it's still kind of hot. I mean, for Pharrell to open up, if you can even call it that, on this record? That's a hot look, I don't care what y'all say! LOLOLOL.
A $137,000 private jet lawsuit against Jay-Z has been brought in for an unexpected landing -- TMZ has learned, the case has been dismissed. TMZ broke the story ... Jigga was sued in 2010 for flaking on a six-figure bill after racking up 55 hours of flying time on a private jet -- and only paying for 37. But good news for Hova, the private jet company has dismissed the case. It's unclear exactly why -- but you can bet a private settlement was reached. Calls to both Jay-Z's camp and the private jet company were not returned.
^ Pow! That's big balling. It's more so the fact that Jay allegedly ditched paying big paper for this case and before y'all know it, the whole thing vanishes into the air. I mean, this whole case dismissal was quieter than that Kobe Bryant and Colorado girl settlement. LOL!!!
Jay-Z, 42, is lending his A-list status and will star in the brand's first-ever television campaign. Filmed in November, the spot will begin to air on outlets including MTV, BET and TNT, most prominently during NBA basketball games. "Titled 'From Marcy to Madison Square,' the black-and-white spots track Jay-Z's rise from selling CDs out of the trunk of a car in the Marcy Projects of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to headlining concerts at Madison Square Garden. The spot uses footage from Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' concert at MSG in November," WWD writes.
This is sad. Even though it looks ill that Jay would get involved like this but to think Rocawear has lost its touch? SMH. Could business really be "that" bad? Granted, Jay isn't really there running the show (but did he ever, really?) but to think that Rocawear is in dire need for support?
As Jay-Z transitioned from hit song to hit song at a Carnegie Hall concert Monday night, so did the lighting, changing from red to white to blue. The veteran rapper then performed his latest hit, "Glory," about his 1-month-old daughter with Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter. "I didn't think I was going to make it through that one," he said, sounding emotional. "That was tough." It was one of the many jams Jay-Z performed at New York's famed venue, his latest achievement in music domination. The rapper is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001 with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston.
I don't know how many of y'all doggies know about Carnegie Hall but this has to be one of the most famous spots/venues in New York City. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enough said. But the fact that Jay held it down at such a historic place and got Nas and Alicia Keys to come out? That's wild classic, doggies.
Watching double the amount of talent put on a mind-blowing show in the new music video for their hit "N----s in Paris," released on Vevo.com Thursday. The four-minute clip, directed by West himself, is taken from a run of live shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center, giving fans who couldn't score tickets to the sold-out tour the chance to experience what it was like -- if they had been on psychedelic drugs at the time. Appropriately, the video opens with a warning that its special effects could lead to epileptic seizures. And rightfully so, as the two rap icons -- not to mention dancing models, lasers, Paris' Cathedral of Notre Dame and a puma stalking across the stage -- merge and are pulled apart in a kaleidoscope of quick cuts. Blink and you'll miss a one-second cameo from producer Hit Boy.
THAT'S CRAY! Let's keep something in mind. This album came out last summer and they're still pumping out fresh singles and working the project like it's the fourth quarter. Give it up to these two doggies!
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Nona Monroe
I know I have asked this question before, doggies, but I must pose it again. Is there really any need for me to comment right here? LOL. As much as I would love to think my lead-in to the most juicy, attractive, delightful women on the Internet each Friday goes either way under or way over any doggy's head. SMH. OK, now that that's out of my system, let's get to Nona Malone. It amazes me that every week we come across something special like Miss Malone that has the grace and pizazz that only the good Lord (or Je-sus as we call him) could have blessed her with. I mean, doggies, if there was a female God of War, Nona would be in the top rankings. Without further ado, feast your eyes on the lovely......
....and as we always tend to do around this time?
5. "STFU" Honors
Doggies keep talking, doggies gonna keep blogging. LOL. My fault doggies, I always wanted to start off a post with some quotable, rap-song-sounding lead-in and that's what came off the top of my dome piece. LOL. It's that time of the week where we take a close, well, up-close-and-personal look at what your favorite RAPPERS have had to say in the past seven days. Leading the way is none other than 2 Chainz. Granted, he might be telling the truth but I just find it hard to believe Lil Wayne was courting him to join Young Money. And FYI: WHY WOULD YOU TURN IT DOWN!?!?! LOL. Then it's Diddy. Come on Puff, who are you kidding with these signings? Looks hot but the way you're hyping it up? Seems more like some 90210-type stuff. Speaking of Bad
Boys Doggies, what about French Montana's analysis of Kanye West's brilliance for not having phones? Truth be told, I know a grip of doggies who got their services cut off, what about them Frenchie? LOL. And then we gotta take it to Twitter. Birdman!? SMH. And finally? Lil Kim's publicist addressing that booty getting taxed? LOL. In case y'all didn't realize it yet, it's time for "SHUT THE F*CK UP" Honors!
"I was one of the first people invited to Young Money, before the album. Wayne asked me," Chainz said when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." "From the outside looking in, I hate to see people look like they clique hopping," Chainz said. "But when you just look at an artist that went from here to this subsidiary, to this subsidiary -- for me I felt like I'm smart enough to sign 2 Chainz slash Def Jam like I did." Instead of signing to another artist, with Def Jam the "Spend It" MC was able to become his own boss and partner his new label T.R.U. with the deep-rooted record company. As soon as he signed, Chainz sent Wayne a text thanking him for being a true friend. "Lil Wayne is one of the realist dudes in the game as far as opening up doors for people to eat and trickling down to their families," he said. "He's one of the most unselfish, talented people that I've been around."
"It's time for a whole new generation; it's time for a whole new movement. So we got [Machine Gun Kelly], French Montana, Red Café; we got Cassie," Diddy said in an interview. "We also have a new artist named Los that we signed. It's official. We're trying to put that young, youthful energy out in the air and do it the only way that Bad Boy can do it. ... When you've been doing it for as long as we've been doing it, we the last ones standing from when we were doing it. And that's not taking shots at nobody, that's just a fact."
"I always thought it was brilliant for Kanye not to have a phone. It's like, with me, I deal with people different. It's not like I don't use [e-mail]. Everybody uses e-mail. I go on there to check for beats but I don't really be hitting people on it to talk," Montana said in an interview. "I like to talk to people, especially when my whole career is in your hands. Sometimes, I just want to hit you like in the middle of the night like "Look I just came up with this." I'm more that kind of person, hand to hand with it. I mean feel like at times I don't want no phone, either. If you are at a certain level like Kanye is at, most of the people who are calling your phone, are people who are going to ask you for something, negative energy."
"Nobody would touch my 5million not even 1million Bet.scared money don't make nomoney. . Now I'm gone spend some$$$$$.YMCMB," he tweeted February 6th.
"It is a known fact that for some time TMZ has been running stories on celebrities or well known persons of interest and providing the general public and media with publicly accessible information on random celebrities and their private matters with the internal revenue service, this [sic] does not come as a surprise, as it is Tax Season and is a sell-able media opportunity,it is for no other reason that Kimberly Jones (a/k/a: LIL' KIM) is now the target of such random media scrutiny. As it pertains to the story that was ran on TMZ(February 4,2012)regarding Lil' Kim, we would like to inform fans,media, and the general public, that LIL' KIM has hired professional attorneys to handle this matter(embellished by all standards via the media), and that she,along with her team of legal experts are working cooperatively and diligently with the I.R.S and federal authorities to amicably resolve the situation."
***Doggies, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl. SMH. Can y'all believe it? I thought it wouldn't be as bad as doggies said it would be, but I was buried with blue doggies clogging up the subways this week. LOL. Anyway though, I don't know about y'all, but I'm heading out to catch that Safe House matinee. Denzel Washington has a blockbuster hit on his hands right here. Other than that, enjoy the weekend doggies and quote me, NEITHER Nicki Minaj or J. Cole are winning a Grammy this weekend! LOL! Catch y'all on Tuesday! --BB***
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