Pulse Report: A$AP Rocky & Kanye West Lift Their Skirts Up, Ma$e's Got Female Problems, Big Boss Vs. Rick Ross
Friday, Dec 14, 2012 2:30PM
In this week's Pulse Report, we take a quick look at the controversy that Kanye West and A$AP Rocky's clothing got them, witness Ma$e's pitiful excuse for starting beefs, laugh out loud over Rick Ross' explanation for how he got his rap moniker and oh SOHH much more!
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
What's going on with this world? Can't a young doggy get money anymore? LOL. Personally, I have no problem with rappers trying to take their image to the next level. We've seen this for years. Cam'ron rocked the pink, Kanye West wore the sports jackets and jeans, 5-0 Cent showed off the spaghetti strap tank tops and so on. There's always going to be hip-hop artists taking chances and in most cases, they'll either succeed or fake like they did. Well, in a matter of 48-72 hours, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky made headlines for wearing what appeared to be dresses. You can try calling it a kilt and you can try calling it an oversized shirt, but at first glance, yup, skirrrrrrrrrt.
The look Wednesday night, however, elicited chatter and Tweets from fashion police all over including this less than flattering response from New York rapper, Cam'ron. According to FOX news, Kanye's Skirt now has a Twitter account and by Thursday morning had garnered 1,000 followers. This is too much. Crazy - although I must say his performance was pretty phenomenal. He performed a nice selection of his hits from "Jesus Walks" to "Gold Digger" The performance was filled with the artist's best work. (Philly)
Rocky himself even rapped "Yeah, clothes get weirder, money get longer, pretty n*gga pin your hair up" on his track "Wassup," apparently giving some insight on possible future fashion choices. And now the homophobic Hip Hop community is once again beside itself as A$AP Rocky, in a recent appearance of BET's "106 & Park," decided to rock what can either be considered a long sleeveless dress or an over-sized tank top that retails for about $400 bucks. (Opposing Views)
Now it could have stopped there, but knowing how we get in hip-hop, Yeezy/A$AP fell victim to those disses. First up? Kanye West.
Killa didn't tred lightly last night during Kanye West's 12.12.12 concert performance. The Diplomat took a moment to call out Kanye West and his fashion via Twitter. "Pyrex and a skirt? Sh*t ain't adding up And if u co-sign this I'm blocking u!! Straight up. Ima have to save us." This isn't the first time Kanye West broke out the leather kilt or as most call it, a skirt. The G.O.O.D. Music general performed numerous times with this very look (minus the hoodie) during the very successful Watch The Throne tour. Is Ye' too far left field with his fashion look or is Cam'ron hating a little bit. (The Source)
"I was just on '106 & Park' the other day with an oversized shirt on and everybody talkin' about I wore a dress," Rocky said, clearing up the rumor when he appeared on "RapFix Live" as a part of MTV's Big and Best of 2012. "That's foul and mine was long-sleeve. ... If fashion is your life and that's what you like and that's what you're about, express yourself, wear what you want and nothing matters, nobody else opinions matte. Be the person that starts the trend. You're gonna have times where people, they gonna try to joke on you, they're gonna try to play you and all that, that just comes with life. You gotta keep it striving' and always know that if they're talkin' you doin' somethin' right." (MTV)
LOL. You lose. Sorry, but there's no getting out of this. No matter how many pairs of earrings Cam rocks in his ears and no matter how many butts Rocky squeezes, nothing is going to let them off the hook for these dress code violations. LOL. When keeping if fashionable goes wrong...
2. Mo' Girls, Mo' Problems
Who is Ma$e trying to gas up? Are we really supposed to believe that all of his rap beefs have come courtesy of some female? That's a lot of beefs when you think about it. Jay-Z. Diddy. Cam'ron. Jim Jones. Juelz Santana. Sauce Money. Should I continue? There seems to be a lot of ra doggies that got or have had problems with Ma$e that had nothing to do with a woman. But we're going to let Ma$e try to explain this Chinese Riddle:
"A girl named Arion," Ma$e revealed when asked what started the feud. "All my beefs are over either some girl that went wrong." Diehards may remember Arion from a skit off of Ma$e's 1997 debut Harlem World, where the two-timing rapper confuses the names of his girlfriends in a dizzying phone exchange. Well it seems Arion was more than just a character on the multiplatinum rap LP. According to Ma$e, she was a member of Hov's crew whom he had a fling with. The problem was, Arion's boyfriend was also a member of the Roc-A-Fella crew at the time, so Ma$e's transgressions didn't sit well with Hov, or his then partner Dame Dash. "I guess Jay inherited it because me and him never really had a problem," Ma$e explained. "He said something, I said something back and that was about it." (MTV)
LOL! Just think about that for a minute. How long before "Arion" comes out of the woodwork to address this allegation? I'm going to pass on this especially b/c the only famous chick we know Ma$e messed with is Brandy. Actually, I'll take everything I just said because there's no way Ma$e would have worked out like this for anything other than some women, LOL:
3. Moment of the Week: "Big Boss"
I've told y'all that Rick Ross is probably the closest thing to the Notorious B.I.G.'s swag in the 2000's than anyone. His body frame, addiction to luxury whips, fancy chains and those glasses? I hate on a lot of doggies that claim to "be" B.I.G. but when you got someone that has the same aura like Ricky Ross, well, that's a whole different discussion. But one big issue that I've got with the "Boss" is how he came up with his rap moniker. I can respect trying to win a legal case, but when you make up the most fake story I've ever heard of? LOL. You got the name "Rick Ross" by accident? LOL!!!! Without a doubt, this was the biggest moment of the week.
When questioned about how he decided to use "Rick Ross" as a professional name, the rapper unspooled a tale beginning when he was a football player at Miami Carol City Senior High School in the mid-1990s. Ross testified that he and his fellow offensive linemen called each other "Big East," since they all wanted to attend the University of Miami, then a member of the Big East Conference. "That was my first nickname," he said during the January 12 deposition. Ross then explained, "When I became All American, by the time I was in sophomore, I was the Big Boss. The Biggest Boss. That was a nickname." At some point following his 1994 graduation, Ross testified, "a friend" mistook his nickname to be "Rick Ross," not "Big Boss." The deposition does not further identify this purported friend or the level of his hearing deficiencies. "And when he said, when he brought it up to me, it became my moniker. From Big East to the Big Boss, the Biggest Boss for my senior year, I was All American. When I finished high school and pursued music, it came into Rick Ross. So this is '96." (The Smoking Gun)
Just for the record, I am going to also include this into "Rappers Say The Darndest Things" b/c this is even too big for me to just acknowledge right here. Ross, I can let a lot of stuff slide, especially the C.O. past, but when you try to work this story up just to save a few bucks? SMH. Truth be told, you don't even go by the name "Rick Ross" anymore, so you should have just stuck with Ricky Rozay as your new alias. You swallowed a big brick on this one, doggy.
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Carmen Nichole
I know some of y'all got a bit shook when I traded in thickness in all the right areas for a Mrs. Butterworth that was pretty much head to toes, literally, drapped in tattoos but can you blame me? My New York Knicks are number one in the Eastern Conference and J.R. Smith is playing lights out. Nothing wrong with paying homage in the form of a tasty lil' Che Mack. But on to the next one, and that one happens to be Carmen Nichole. It's not quite Christmas yet but she's a warm splash of chocolate goodness that is dying to melt in your mouth. I'll leave the witty wordplay in my mouth and let yours ears start gazing and glazing:
And as you have always come to expect, here are a few visuals to keep you even more happy:
Who doesn't love a woman that loves to eat and isn't scurred of a little baby fat here and there? Ladies and fellas alike, take notes.
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things
This week, I gotta bid temporary farewell to the respect I had for some of my personal favorite hip-hop artists. It was a week to forget, with Rick Ross trying to claim he indireclty inherited the nickname "Rick Ross." LOL! Then it's Freddie Gibbs trying to make me think I should be shook of Miguel and Bobby V. SMH. Stop it, Freddy. Then it's 37-year-old 5-0 Cent saying he wants more kids. SMH. Can he even get a girlfriend, let alone wife and let alone a baby's mother? LOL. No disrespect Krayzie Bone, but all you had to say was you learned your lesson. Giving a full explanation for why you won't get busted on DUI? TMI, doggy. Then it's Game. Still talking about Jay-Z and the conspirary against you? LOL. Zzzzzzzz...somedoggy please wake me up.
When questioned about how he decided to use "Rick Ross" as a professional name, the rapper unspooled a tale beginning when he was a football player at Miami Carol City Senior High School in the mid-1990s. Ross testified that he and his fellow offensive linemen called each other "Big East," since they all wanted to attend the University of Miami, then a member of the Big East Conference. "That was my first nickname," he said during the January 12 deposition. Ross then explained, "When I became All American, by the time I was in sophomore, I was the Big Boss. The Biggest Boss. That was a nickname." At some point following his 1994 graduation, Ross testified, "a friend" mistook his nickname to be "Rick Ross," not "Big Boss." The deposition does not further identify this purported friend or the level of his hearing deficiencies. "And when he said, when he brought it up to me, it became my moniker. From Big East to the Big Boss, the Biggest Boss for my senior year, I was All American. When I finished high school and pursued music, it came into Rick Ross. So this is '96."
"I don't doubt that. R. Kelly IS from Chicago. He IS about that issue. Where he comes from, they're about that life--he ain't from no suburbs," Freddie said in an interview. "You know, man, to keep it real, I was just talking to my boy BJ about this sh*t--a lot of motherf*ckers thinking that just because a n*gga sings don't mean he can't whip your a**. You don't think these n*ggas didn't f*ck some n*ggas up back in the day? These R&B n*ggas will whoop your a**. Just cuz you rappin' don't mean you can't get your a** beat. A man is a man is a motherf*cking man; square up, If you match up a n*gga, you fight him. The n*gga you can't match up with, you shoot that motherf*cker. That's how I see it, that's how I survive."
"I guess I'm not normal," Fif said in an interview. "I do look forward to having more kids. I'd like to have a little more normalcy. You can't ask for it. It's a Catch 22. If you aim for the normalcy of a walk in the mall, and look at things, and buy the things that you can buy. I can buy anything in the mall, I just can't go to the mall."
Krayzie tells TMZ ... He's going to use the classroom time to learn from his mistakes -- and is determined to NEVER get busted for DUI ever again. He says, "This was the first time I was ever in a situation like this and I guarantee it will be the last." Krayzie adds, "From this point forward I will always have a designated driver or car service. If I can't get those ... I will not be drinking at any party I attend, unless I have a responsible way to get home."
"Yeah, you probably won't ever see that. I pretty much f*cked that up in the beginning of my career," Game said referring to dissing Jay-Z. "But I'm probably one of the only cats that ever, like, went at, you know, Jay-Z's neck and still had a career after which is risky. I remember fighting, having a real argument -- with the mother of my children because she was a Jay-Z fan. She was like, 'You don't know what you're doing, he's gonna come back and we're not going to be able to survive.' ... I did it anyway, Jay never responded, number one he's smart and I think he knows that I'm reckless and there's nothing I can't say but he's got to be filtered because he's more of a businessman and a little bit older and he's doing all these business deals. So he can't really go as reckless as I can but once I go, I'm going."
***WEEKEND TIME! Hang in there, y'all, I know if you're like me, you can't wait for the holidays to be over with so you can go to the mall on a Saturday and not have to fight for a parking spot, ending up 45 minutes late for the flick you pre-ordered tickets for. LOL. But we better have some snow on the ground soon, a lack of snowball fights is not making up for the backed up traffic and packed subway cars. Enjoy the weekend and rest up during these crazy times. Oh yeah, how about those NEW YORK KNICKS! LOL!!! I'll peep y'all on Tuesday! --BB***
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]