SOHH Whatcha Think: Ashanti Finds Herself A Boy Toy, Kanye's New LP Artwork, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross' Music Banned?

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 11:55PM

Written by SOHH On The Spot

Thick Thursday. The air is thick to kick things off today, starting with Ashanti getting over Nelly and finding herself a young buck. Speaking of unexpected things, are we getting a first look at Kanye West's new LP artwork? Staying on the topic of dope rappers, are Lil Wayne and Rick Ross having their music banned? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

1. The Rebound

It looks like Ashanti and Nelly will never be an item, or at least not in the immediate future. Ashanti showed she can do fine all by herself and find a young man to take her hand, wait for it, on a date. Sandra Rose has the evidence:

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R&B singer Ashanti was probably thinking "Nelly who?" as she strolled out of a restaurant with her new beau. Ashanti, who clearly has an affinity for roughnecks, stopped by the trendy Ivy restaurant to have a bite to eat with her mystery man in Los Angeles on Wednesday (March 27). Her ex, rapper Nelly is currently dating bisexual groupie Tae Heckard, who is probably lining up her next gullible celebrity target as I type this. (Sandra Rose)

It's sad when you think Nelly and Ashanti were the original Jay-Z and Beyoncé back in the early 2000's. Their careers have gone from massive highs to pretty low lows, hopefully this relationship is not too serious and we can see Nelly/Ashanti as an item in the years to come. #SOHHWhatchaThink?

2. The Art Of Yeezy

Are we finally getting to see the genius of Kanye West? Probably not, but anything that's news/gossip-related for Yeezy is exciting enough for most of us to spend countless hours discussing. Word around the Internet town is new artwork for his mysterious next LP is out. All Hip Hop Rumors has more:

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When I get a chance, I am going to get this on the site - the visuals. But somebody cool sent me something from Kanye West that they purport is artwork from the rapper's upcoming album. I won't say how exactly right now, but it definitely is crazy. It looks like an illseed! Now, the validity of this is at lest partially true, because it comes from Kanye West.com. So, this means, the art may not be album art, but its definitely from Kanye West and definitely a secret. But, if you have the right people that you are cool with, they send it to you like they did with me. I will upload in a day or so, when I get a chance. Looks like Kanye is about to go off again. Bout time. (All Hip Hop Rumors)

You would hope there's a lot more to this. If anything, it feels very retro and extremely 2007 'ish. #SOHHWhatchaThink?

3. Can't Hold Us Back

If you're living in a certain part of the world, you may not be able to turn on your radio and hear Lil Wayne and Rick Ross ever again. Turns out Michigan wanted to flex its muscle as a certain radio station has taken a stand against the rappers. Necole Bitchie has the roundup:

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In a statement, WUVS-LP The Beat says it's time that hip hop starts taking some responsibility: "The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge. Earlier this year the song "Karate Chop" leaked online featuring rapper Lil Wayne. He raps, "Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till." A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was released called "You Don't Even Know It." Rick Ross raps, 'Put molly all in her champagne, she ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it.' Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far?" "Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many. The family and estate of Emmett Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne's disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so. In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song. While some feel it's only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message. Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we. Effective immediately Muskegon's WUVS-LP 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone's life."" (Necole Bitchie)

Wouldn't censorship be enough? There may not be a lot of things most people can either relate to or imagine or even agree with in their music, but to ban anything and everything froom Wayne and Rick? Seems pretty cold-blooded. #SOHHWhatchaThink?

That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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