Pulse Report: Master P Gets Mo' Money Than Most Rappers, Havoc Crumbles Mobb Deep, Rick Ross Flosses As The Top Boss
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 12:15PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we tip our hats to Master P for having more money and wealth than your favorite rappers (minus Diddy and Jay-Z), bid farewell to the rap group formerly known as Mobb Deep, realize Rick Ross' classic album-making ability is unmatched and oh SOHH much more!
[Editor's Note: The views of this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
1. No Limit
Are y'all kidding me? The guy that made it cool to say "Ughhhhhh!!!" has more money than your favorite rappers? Out of all the rappers out there, including Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem, T.I, Ludacris and everyone else, he's caked up? I just have a hard time believing that. You know the saying is don't believe everything you read and after peeping this run-down courtesy of the peeps over at Celebrity Net Worth, I'm still scratching my Yankee ball cap trying to calculate the numbers they came up with. Forbes, can y'all weigh-in on this too? LOL.
#20 Rick Ross - Net Worth $25 Million #19 Tie between T-Pain and T.I - Net Worth $30 Million #18 Nelly - Net Worth $55 Million #17 Busta Rhymes - Net Worth $60 Million #16 Ludacris - Net Worth $65 Million #15 Beastie Boys - Net Worth $75 Million Each #14 Timbaland - Net Worth $75 Million #13 Pharrell Williams - Net Worth $77.5 Million #12 Tie between LL Cool J and Akon - Net Worth $80 Million #11 Kanye West - Net Worth $90 Million #10 Lil Wayne - Net Worth $95 Million #9 Ice Cube - Net Worth $100 Million #8 Snoop Dogg - Net Worth $110 Million #7 Birdman - Net Worth $115 Million #6 Eminem - Net Worth $120 Million #5 50 Cent - Net Worth $250 Million #4 Dr. Dre - Net Worth $260 Million #3 Master P - Net Worth $350 Million #2 Jay-Z - Net Worth $475 Million #1 Diddy - Net Worth $500 Million (Celebrity Net Worth)
^ Ohhhhhh. So wait a minute, WEALTH? So we're not talking about how much money they have in their bank accounts but how much life insurance they got on them? LOL. I don't want to discredit Celebrity Net Worth at all but these numbers don't add up. If Master P has a net worth of $350 Million (Yes, SMH.....) and Lil Wayne barely makes it in the Top 10 with $95 Million, then where is Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer and oh, well, let's say Melle Mel? SMH. Hold your breath for this one, because Celebrity Networth's explanation to the net worth didn't seem to do much justice either:
We started off with more than 50 artists in the hip hop industry, then narrowed the list down to the top 20 richest rappers alive today. The moguls on this list control over $3 billion. The vast majority of the people on this list are African-American which unfortunately is rare for a list on Celebrity Net Worth. One common theme among these richest rappers is that they all have leveraged their popularity to launch new business ventures. Many of these artists made far more money outside of hip hop than they ever did selling records. There are actually 22 artists on this list thanks to a handful of ties, we also included three bonus celebrities who are not rappers but have had a major influence on the genre. The secret to being one of the richest rappers seems to be in clothing lines, owning your own record label and investing in commercial products you sell to the mass public. (Celebrity Net Worth)
^ SMH. OKAY. Suuuuuure. The "secret" is having a clothing line, owning your own record label and investing in commercial products you sell to the mass public? Well, uh, what's Master P's clothing line looking like these days? Better yet, when's that No Limit Soldiers compilation hitting iTunes? Wait, wait....how about the Beats By P? LOL!!! I can't call it.
2. All Good Just A Week Ago
Please excuse the 1998 Jay-Z title reference, I know I'm showing y'all my age right there. LOL. I hate when groups go through this. Even back in 2004 when Littles left the group and there was all that talk about Havoc/Prodigy wanting to split, eveything stayed together and they kept things 100. Well, all that is a distant memory thanks to Havoc. If there's one thing I've learned about the music industry, it's that once you're lost a little steam and then LIED to the public, it's a wrap. You can look at Rick Ross and say he lied about being a corrections officer, but he kept making hot music, got co-signed by Diddy and actually showed he can spit some bars in that short-lived 5-0 Cent rap battle. Hav admitting to something so petty as the Twitter hacker fake story? SMH. Tough.
"The tweets is crazy," said Havoc. "So it was you?" asked Creekmur. "Yeah," said Havoc. "And I was speaking of a stand point of being mad, but still being truthful of how I felt - but it was just the wrong thing to do at that time." As for the state of Mobb Deep, Havoc says they are taking a break."Right now Mobb Deep is on hiatus, indefinitely...until things get hashed out," Havoc told AllHipHop.com. "Eventually, the real story will come out; there's two sides to every story. Only one has been spoken for." (All Hip Hop)
^ I know websites compete, but that was a nice exclusive by AHH. I mean, REAL NICE. Getting Havoc to admit to that? What's sad is Prodigy still tried to keep things brotherly by even thanking Hav for helping on that H.N.I.C. album:
"S/O to the ppl part of #HNIC3 @mobettabrown @Willie_Day26 @DarealEsther @realwizkhalifa @tip @VaughnAnthony1 @BoogzBoogetz @plaintruthent"
"S/O to the ppl part of #HNIC3 @Alchemist @schoir1 @beatbutcha @TheColombians @therealhavoc @YoungL_LGND @sidroamsbravo @ohnothedisrupt" (Prodigy's Twitter)
But before people could even take the time to notice that, Hav put out this deadly bomb, "Separated (Real From The Fake)."
"We all gathered here today to say goodbye to the lies, b*tch," Hav raps, "Hammer in a n*gga's face, got him talking high pitch/Falsetto like you belong in a pair of stilettos, you drinking a woman's drink, I'm on that Hennessy level/You sounding real sentimental/It's off in your hooks -- 20/20 vision, I had to take another look/Would have thought he was fiction like the motherf*cking book..." ("Separated (Real From The Fake)")
"You used to spit bars, but now you just chirp," Hav raps, "Like a love bird/And most of your album is for the love birds/Son, you wilding -- what happened to your principals/Your style ain't about sh*t/If this is what you call beef, I'm about to take a cow sh*t..." ("Separated (Real From The Fake)")
R.I.P. to Mobb Deep. There's really nothing more you can say at this point. SMH...
3. Moment of the Week: Rick Ross' Congratulatory Vlog
Didn't I tell all of y'all back in 2010 that Rick Ross was THAT "Boss." You can joke all you want, and sure, I've taken a few little playful shots at him in the past, but my proclamation of Ricky being one of the top rappers in the game? Well, let's just say...TOLD YOU SO. But I'm not here to gloat. The numbers never lie but we're not going to focus on those first-week sales projections. LOL. Rather, there was a key moment this week that every anti-Rick Ross doggy could not ignore. THE CO-SIGNS. It's pretty bad when your promo team gets a bunch of your boys to roast you. For some reason, Ross gets away with it here:
Let's not ask the question of where Teedra Moses or Bang Em Smurf were in this clip. LOL. All jokes aside though, what a boss movie. The critics love his album and what better way to flaunt than to have a congratulatory video of your boys giving up props? I may be a native Bronx Bomber but I'm happy to see Rick Ross' chokehold on the rap game. The album is fire. Stop hating and start congratulating!
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Miss Frenchy
Blame it on Hot 97 playing French Montana's music like he's the next 5-0 Cent. I've been blasting French Montana on the regular over the past six months. So much to the point that I've placed French into my daily life. I'm listening to French Montana, eatting at Pret A Manger and even scoping out the french lady scene out here in New York. Hence, this week's Mrs. Butterworth. There could be no sweeter French treat than the delicate Miss Frenchy. With my luck, she probably isn't even French but eh, in light of this addiction, let's just rock with it.
As always, there has to be some visual to back up this week's top choice and fortunately for y'all, there's plenty!
C'est parfait! Bisous, bisous, bisous! LOL.
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things
LOL!!! Too much funny stuff went down over these past seven days. Some stuff wasn't even from rappers! First, let's start with Snoop Dogg changing his name up. WTF!? Snoop Lion!? Then you have a porn chick actually suing Bow Wow over taking her moves? STOP IT. If that wasn't bad, Young Buck talking big from house arrest and bragging about buying his own stuff back from the IRS? SMH. Stop it, Buck. It was hard to even watch that clip. Now here's a first, it wasn't a quote but the fact that a celebrity promoter is paying Drake/Chris Brown look-a-likes to knuckle up!? Huh!? Lastly, Lupe Fiasco and his never-ending jabs at President Obama. Strap in, y'all, it's going to be bumpy!
The former gangster rapper is releasing a reggae album called "Reincarnated" in the fall. He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley's spirit and is now "Bob Marley reincarnated." Bob Marley's son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing. "I feel like I've always been Rastafarian," Snoop said of the spiritual Jamaican movement. While there, he said, he visited a temple, was renamed Snoop Lion and was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning "light of the world. "Snoop didn't explain why he was switching from "Dogg" to "Lion," but it's likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.
Tran says her dancing dominates the music video, taking up one minute and 20 seconds of the two-minute, 10-second video. She also claims the video features a Katsuni body double "engaged in intimate activities with Bow Wow." "At no time did plaintiff permit footage of her dance performance in the Electronic Conspiracy music video to be used for any other purpose or in conjunction with any other musician other than Electronic Conspiracy," the lawsuit states. Tran has won several awards in the adult film industry and has appeared on the cover of Penthouse. Genesis magazine named her one of the "Ten Most Popular Porn Stars in America." She wants Bow Wow and music label Universal Music Group to pay more than $75,000 plus punitive damages for publicity rights violations, unfair business practices, false association and unjust enrichment.
"These types of things, they're sentimental to me. Anything that holds sentimental value, it had to come back," Buck said in a video, showing off his auctioned 615 chain. "I ain't never been no material-driven type dude -- the material things ain't never made me. It's nothing that anybody, not just the government, can take from me other than my life that I can't get back. ... I just want people to understand I'm straight. ... I'm just letting everybody know out there, Young Buck, 100, I'm right here, trying to keep everything together, trying to spend as much time as possible with my children."
Although Chris Brown told RumorFix "Yeah, I would, I would" when asked if he would box Drake, there will be no fight between the pretty boy bad boys. But RumorFix has learned exclusively that promoter Damon Feldman will not disappoint fans, so he's signed some look-a-likes to step in. The boxing promoter, who had offered the hip hop stars $5 million each to get in the ring, found celebrity doubles who are also avid fans. They will duke it out September 22 in Los Angeles. And, Feldman is always thinking about his next match. He's offered hip hop stars 40 Glocc and Game $100,000 each to battle in a cage -- no holds barred fight.
"I'm not talking about an accident," Lupe said in an interview. "I'm talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants too, but the collateral damage. You're responsible for that, too."
***What a wild week, y'all. I'm still having trouble really believing Mobb Deep is a wrap. Truth be told, we ALL knew that Havoc was behind the Twitter disses but to see their relationship turn this sour? What's the real beef, Hav? Anyway, it took a minute, but we finally got some hot, hot, hoooot summer tunes in God Forgives, I Don't and that Life Is Good. Bogus jokes aside, glad to see Nas won back some hip-hop heads. It's August and it's hot! Be like me and mess with Total Recall this weekend! LOL. I'll catch y'all on Tuesday! --BB***
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]