Pulse Report: 2 Chainz's The King Of Boobies & Butts, Jay-Z's Brooklyn Nets Get Exposed Again, Beanie Sigel Bullies The Spotlight
Friday, Aug 31, 2012 12:15PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we give proper respect to 2 Chainz for his knack for featuring boobs and butts in his videos, watch how Jay-Z's Brooklyn Nets got exposed...again, shake our heads at Beanie Sigel's latest predicament and oh SOHH much more!
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
1. Tit 4 Tat
I always knew there must have been some logical explanation for why 2 Chainz used to go by the name "Tity Boi" back in the day. The amount of boobs and butts he's packing into music videos these days is enough to make your elderly neighbor ditch the Viagra pills for an entire month! LOL. Seriously though, has anyone taken the time to see this craze that Chainz has put into his videos as of late? I haven't gotten this excited over music videos since Drake's "Best I Ever Had" clip dropped. So rather than focus on a serious topic this week (R.I.P. Chris Lighty), I'm going to brighten up every one of y'all's weekends right now. Here is an ode to the doggy that's gotten the most out of the "Bookmark" feature on our computers. LOL!
"Beez In The Trap"
"Zip & A Double Cup"
"I Luv Dem Strippers"
^ Doggies, there hasn't been this much consistency since the Uncle Luke days! LOL!
2. Hello Brooklyn, Again
I won't even lie to y'all, I really got hoaxed thinking that Jay-Z was really balling hard with the Brooklyn Nets. Now of course I knew he didn't own the ENTIRE team or even 75 percent of the team, but I figured maybe a solid 15-20 percent, right? SMH. New York Times broke the math down and had him look like a clown. Point blank. 1/15 of 1 percent? LOL!!!! Well, fast-forward a couple weeks and the reporter behind the exposé is spilling the beans on all that behind the scenes stuff. Props to The Hip Hop Update for having the entire Launch Mag Q&A with David Halbfinger, there are plenty of gems in here!
Jay-Z has been featured in The Times very often throughout his career including your story and a large feature that focused on his day-to-day operations when he was President of Def Jam. It's somewhat shocking to know that you were turned down. I mean this is The New York Times. The Nets General Manager Billy King was profiled in the paper a few weeks ago. What was your pitch?
It was very straightforward and exactly how the story turned out to be. [He reads an excerpt from the initial email sent to Jay-Z's representatives that speaks on his goal of writing a "high-profile piece delving into Jay-Z's important but not widely understood role with the Nets."] I also reminded them that I wrote the "American Gangster" piece.
That's interesting. Maybe they were concerned you would reveal how much of the team he didn't really own. Many people were under the impression that it was 10 percent or maybe even 5 percent.
It's very simple. He invested $1 million and that was out of a $300 million purchase price. That's one-third of one percent, period. End of story.
Then that percentage went even lower?
When Mikhail D. Prokhorov (the billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets) bought 80 percent of the team what that does is squeezes down the 100 percent of all the other people into 20 percent. Everybody who had a piece up to that point had their stake divided by five. That's it. Clearly what Jay's stake is worth now, you could calculate it if you knew what the team was valued at based on Prokhorov's purchase and then you could guess how much it's gone up or down since then. But it's just simple math.
But doesn't that now explain why Jay-Z wouldn't want to speak with you. You were going to talk to him about owning one-fifteenth of one percent. For a guy who uses his ownership with the Nets for bragging rights in his music that may be damaging. It changes people's perception of King Hova?
First of all, I didn't pitch them about wanting to know how much he owned. It was clearly one of the questions I had but it was not like I was leading with my chin. I wasn't like, "Hey, I'd really like to ask Jay-Z exactly what his partnership stake is and while you are at it can you tell me his address and phone number?" I would argue with you on the notion of whether it undercuts his right to brag. In a way, you could brag that you had a larger piece of the Nets or you could brag that you've turned so much less of a piece of the Nets into so much more in perception. The judo involved in image-making and promotion and perception is reality that he has achieved with such a little percentage is something more to brag about than just putting on a larger junk of change or having a larger percentage.
Clearly he is using it to his advantage with plans for a 40/40 Club at the Barclays Center, a Rocawear store outside and a bar at the area that will serve the Armand de Brignac champagne that he promotes in his music and videos. You don't believe that he is getting a special deal to do all of this?
According to CEO Brett Yormark there were no sweetheart deals. It's not like he showed me the contracts to verify that. Let's be clear. I'm still skeptical that he did get a preferred deal, not a sweetheart deal. It is interesting that you don't see others in there. I didn't even get into this in the paper but it's not like he's known for outbidding all the competition. Do you recall the Meadowlands arena where the Nets used to play? It used to be the Continental Arena. And then it became the Izod arena. Do you know who Izod was chosen over? Rocawear. There was another bidder too. I don't think Izod paid more money. I think the deal was at the same price as Rocawear but I think Izod was chosen over Rocawear anyway. There must have been other reasons that made it a more attractive deal for the Meadowlands. He's a guy who is known for getting a good deal. It was enough for me to say that he's got four different business lines going here. He has the advertising agency, the club, the clothing and the champagne and who knows if there is more. Don't forget the concerts he is going to do. (Launch Magazine via The Hip Hop Update)
^ There's way too much more stuff to copy/paste in here, so peep that link!
3. Moment of the Week: Beanie Sigel's Arrest
I know there's this theory that "everything happens for a reason," but unless Beanie Sigel was destined for a spot in "Moment of the Week," I can't see why in the world he would have been out with another dude in a whip that's got a GUN and DRUGS (granted, it was marijuana, but still) two weeks before he goes into jail for two years. I swear, I can't make this stuff up. It's one of those "YOU KNOW YOU DONE F'-K'D UP, RIGHT" moments, clearly. Keep in mind, I was Team Jay-Z when that whole dissing thing went down back in 2009 and it's really for this reason right here: Beanie Sigel lacks common sense. Something is clogging up his judgement. There's really no other explanation for this:
Police say Sigel, 38, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was a passenger in a Ford Fusion that was initally pulled over for driving erratically on I-95 southbound near Exit 8 in Tinicum Township. Upon further inspection, Pennsylvania state troopers found several prescription bottles and a small amount of marijuana on the driver. Sigel was arrested after troopers confiscated more than $4,600, a bottle of codeine syrup with a scratched off label and prescription pills wrapped in plastic bags, according to authorities. Troopers also found a fireman in the center console of the Ford. Both are convicted felons and neither is allowed to possess a gun. (NBC Philadelphia)
Out of all seriousness, can Beans even get his boy to take the gun charge? That's crazy. The thing that really gets me the most is how they were supposedly "driving erratically" at around 4 a.m. in the morning. Like, for real? We're talking about TWO WEEKS before you're supposed to go to jail, Sigel. I don't know whether to be mad or laugh this off? Or maybe even shed a few tears? That's really messed up. I don't know how the whole penal system works, thankfully, but I'd have to think they're going to be tagging some months/years to that tax conviction bid.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Mayoli Sena
Do you all remember my infatuation with Rosa Acosta? It used to be pretty sick. Pretty much any magazine cover she had, I copped. Any video she showed off her body to, I favorited on YouTube. Any moves she in her videos, I would ask my wifey to...well, you get the point. I got a little choked up when I found out her days as a model are pretty much over...that was until I came across this week's Mrs. Butterworth. This week's pick is like a mixture of Sanaa Lathan and Rosa Acosta. I'll let Mayoli Sena's beauty do the talking:
And for all of y'all that are looking for something with a little motion?
Marry me, Mayoli! LOL.
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things
There's quite simply no better way to start this off then with LMFAO! And I'm not talking about those two rappers, either. LOL. This week had it all. You got Kim Kardashian talking about the state of hip-hop, Jerry Jones busting raps in a Papa John's commercial, Pusha T crying about the NBA, Kendrick Lamar playing himself months away from Election Day and Serena Williams going dumb. LOL.
"When rap music first came out, people were like, 'We don't understand this, what is this, it's just a fad.' But rap music is definitely here to stay, and I think reality shows have proven they are as well. But when something is newer, people don't really understand it." As more television genres go the way of the analog tube, why shouldn't there be room to explore the potential of a new family dynamic? "You can see that soap operas aren't on the air as much anymore. I think reality shows are taking over that genre, but I think the draw to our show is that we are relatable. I get it all the time, people saying, 'I don't have any sisters, but you make me feel like I'm part of the family,' or, 'I have four sisters and it reminds me of you guys!' I think it's just a new world with social media. The interaction I have with my fans and the access is so much fun to me. I love that connection."
Say what you want about Jerry Jones -- he's a great team owner, he meddles too much in the Dallas Cowboys coaches' business, he spent way too much on that palace of a stadium, he built one heck of an amazing stadium ... whatever you want. Just don't say he's a good rapper. Please. I beg of you. Even if you're joking. We don't want to encourage more commercials like the Papa John's spot above. The advertisement is a follow-up to what was apparently a successful Papa John's bit featuring Jones, or at least his likeness, break dancing. But this hip-hop commercial is Jones all the way. After all, if they were going to fake it, you'd think they'd get someone with at least a little rhythm.
"[What sports am I into?] As far as sports go I'd say tennis first, boxing second. The whole basketball thing, I'm like really, really depressed about basketball in general. This new style of basketball: the teams and the trading and players getting together to be on one team, trying to create the superteam. I'm just not into that. The musical chairs, it's like, you can't actually love a team because either the players or the owner are always thinking so far ahead in trying to be better for the next year or the years to come. Like you couldn't tell my dad in the years of Magic and Worthy that [the Lakers weren't] the best team. You couldn't say anything about his team. Now I feel like these days, we have LeBron have a 60-plus-win season with Cleveland, then he goes to a team that's already made their mark. I just feel like you can love the players, but you can't honestly love the team, the franchise, like you once could because of all the musical chairs."
"My vote counts? I don't do no voting. I will keep it straight up real with you. I don't believe in none of the sh*t that's going on in the world," Lamar said in an interview. "You talk with me, you talk with me for hours because everything has a contradiction, everything is higher ranking and way beyond us, way beyond people. So basically, do what you do, do good with your people and live your life because what's going on isn't really in our hands. ... When I say the president can't even control the world, then you definitely know there's something else out there pushing the buttons. They could do whatever they want to do, we all puppets. Just play your cards right."
This weekend, a reporter at the U.S. Open asked Serena Williams about the controversial "crip walk" dance she performed after winning the Olympics this summer. Serena didn't appreciate the question and chose to play dumb, then criticized the reporter for asking such a negative question: Q: "You of all people know the crip walk is not just a dance. I was wondering if you have any regrets doing it in front of everybody?" Serena: "First of all, it was just a dance. I didn't know that's what it was called. Secondly, why are you asking me that? Like, that's so ... I mean, if anything you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up, not bring up such things. I'm done with that question."
***LABOR DAY WEEKEND! The movies are theaters aren't anything to jump up out of bed for, but make sure you all have a great three-day weekend. To all the youngsters out there getting your Back 2 School on, have fun and keep your head in the books. This fall is looking crazy but technically we've got a few more weeks before summer is officially over. Enjoy these last few weeks and don't worry so much about the future, enjoy the weather and some good grub this weekend. Peep y'all on Tuesday! --BB***
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]