Category: Pulse Report

Kanye West Catches Up To Amber Rose, 2 Chainz Wants Big Booty Twerkers, Kat Stacks Is Back

In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to bid farewell to Kanye West ever reuniting with Amber Rose, laugh our you-know-what’s off at 2 Chainz getting thirsty for the biggest fatties in the rap game, clear our ears to hear the return of Kat Stacks and oh SOHH much more.

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

1. It’s Over

Look, I don’t want to hear it, we all know that Amber Rose and Wiz Khalfia have been together since a couple years ago and that they got married this year but you can’t convince me that some of y’all weren’t secretly hoping Kanye would have one more, weird, run at Amber Rose, no? They actually made a pretty nice couple. Although, Amber wasn’t really allowed to talk back then. LOL. We all know the facts, Amber Rose and Wiz got hitched, had a baby, vice-versa, and then Kanye West followed the same exact method. SMH. Let’s just bid farewell to this past couple. SMH.

2. Luve Dem Twerkers

WTF? Is 2 Chainz really as thirst as everyone is making him out to be? I know doggy has a thing for girls with big butts on his birthday but saying he wants to make an adult tape and feature Nicki Minaj AND Iggy Azalea? LOL!!! First off, I told y’all that Iggy was money a long time ago, so at least y’all can agree with me now. Give it up to Chainz, it’s bold enough to say you want to make a homemade video but then to name-drop some females we all know about? Hope wifey isn’t tight.

Rapper 2 Chainz is considering releasing a sex tape to make some extra cash. 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, is hoping the venture will make him a very rich man and make sure all his future mistakes are covered financially. He tells Playboy magazine, “I want to put out a sex tape in the next five to 10 years and reap all the benefits in case I spend my hard-earned rap money doing boneheaded activities.” And 2 Chainz already has an idea of who he’d like to join him in bed for his sex tape: “I hate to say this, but I think Iggy Azalea’s dope.” He also wouldn’t be opposed to romancing his ‘Beez In The Trap’ collaborator Nicki Minaj: “Yeah, I’d do that.” (Toronto Sun)

No question that’d be hot. Very, very, very hot. LOL. But if he could only pick between Nicki and Iggy, what’s Chainz going with?

3. Moment of the Week: 5-0 Cent’s Embarrassing Crying Footage

Aight, so maybe I’m stretching it by calling the footage “embarrassing” but the bottom line is that he didn’t get the part in American Gangster. Keep in mind, this is when 5-0 was still a pretty big deal. LOL. I mean, you can’t, or just…forget it, look at the footage yourself:

An intrepid tipster just leaked us this video of 50 Cent auditioning for a role in American Gangster, the 2007 Denzel Washington drama about drug kingpin Frank Lucas’ rise to power, and there is nothing about this that is not amazing in every way. 50, who prefers to go by Curtis Jackson for his more serious acting roles, had a narrow body of work when he taped this audition–mainly just his widely panned turn in Terence Winters’ Get Rich Or Die Tryin’–but that doesn’t seem to have stopped him from putting himself up for the role of one of Lucas’ brothers, a lieutenant in his drug army. (Defamer.)

^ SMH. No comment. Well, one comment. As much as I get on 5-0, it’s surprising that he keeps going at the movies as if it’s what is missing from his career. Not all artists can juggle multiple careers, even Andre 3000 left the rap game to work on acting. 5-0 tried to handle both careers and, in my opinion at least, it didn’t pan out.

4. Mrs. Butterworth: Scarlett Johansson

Okay, so here’s the truth, I know y’all are trying to figure out what’s what, but these Mrs. Butterworth items have got me in a bit of trouble. Keep in mind, these are NSFW at best, nothing extreme or something that’d you have to hide from your uncles or even younger brothers, but a few of the past Mrs. Butterworth picks have been deemed TOO dicey. Now I’m not saying we’re going to go all PG-13, but any possible see-throughs or anything borderline too hot, yup, it’ll be a link to it instead of showing up here. Now…..this lady named Scarlett Johansson?

5. Rapper Said The Darndest Thing

SMH. Now for some of y’all that don’t remember, we’ve gone down to just highlighting one ridiculous incident from the entire week that’s going to be highlighted. Now you might say, “Bulldog, that’s Moment of the Week,” but not quite. In this column, we’re solely focused on the dumbest, goofiest, WTF?-type comment(s) made in the past seven days. Now it brings me great pleasure to feature the one and only…..Kat Stacks! LOL. C’mon, rapping over Jay and Ross? LOL! No bueno.

Stacks jumps on Jay Z’s “You Know I Got It” instrumental from his latest album Magna Carter. Stacks is heard over the beat not talking about a damn thing. I wonder her let this girl in the studio and allowed her to make a mockery of Jay Z’s “You Know I Got It”? Chicks of her caliber will do anything for fame. You can check out Kat Stacks “You Know I Got It” Freestyle down below. Please, sound off in the comments and let me know what you think about Kat Stacks future rap career. (Breathe Cast)

***Weekend time! I know, y’all are still scratching your heads over how come my Jets are winning those close games, well deal with it. Now as far as this World Series? Couldn’t ask for better Game 1 and Game 2 games. It’s getting cold out here in New York and before you know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving. Until then, get that Halloween costume ready, catch up on “American Horror Story” and watch some good horror flicks these last days of October. I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! –BB***

Rihanna Sends Teyana Taylor Crying, GTA Online’s Gift & Curse, Nicki Minaj’s Booby Trap

In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to get some tissues for Teyana Taylor after she got straight up clowned by Rihanna, try to understand Grand Theft Auto Online‘s paid service, grab those same tissues for Nicki Minaj and oh SOHH much more!

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

1. Big Girls Don’t Cry

What’s going on in the world today when Rihanna clowns a New Yorker and thinks she can get away with it? It turns out Teyana Taylor crooning loudly and kinda weirdly by herself caught Rihanna’s attention and well, the rest is history. Before we proceed though, y’all gotta see what started these two getting all upset:

^ LOL! Big props to Rihanna, I know people can think she was being a bully but Teyana, you got way too emo in your video, singing in a dark room and looking dead into your camera? LOL!!! Even I can’t stick up for you on that one. Well, looks like it all went downhill from there:

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“Don’t play wit me @rihanna fuck all this industry sh*t, YOU & I know each other VERY well. Throwing subs 4 wat? u got my #, don’t show off.,” she tweeted Tuesday (September 24).

“y’all could bully everybody else & get away wit that sh*t but that sh*t ain’t gone work ova here. so y’all could miss me with that NAVY sh*t”

“i sing caught in the rapture on IG then she posts her boy singing the same song, the same part, with curly hair and a snap back??? #PETTY”

“petty is petty and shade is shade, b*tch knew what the f*ck she was doing.”

“WHY IS THE NAVY LETTIN MY “IRRELEVANT” A** GET THEM SO UPSET? YOU MAD OR NAH? MATTER FACT HOW DID YALL FIND MY “IRRELEVENT” TWITTERPAGE? LOL” (Teyana Taylor’s Twitter)

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“Screaming in an empty room! #dontfeedtheanimals”

“”@RihannaNavyRD: LOOOOOL ´´Rih´´ is trending Topic #Worldwide” #NAVY”

“I hate broke b*tches” (Rihanna’s Twitter)

There was a whole bunch more back-and-forth that went on but my whole thing is, why you so mad Teyana? Personally, I think it has something to do with her being on G.O.O.D. Music and things not popping. Teyana’s a great singer but the level of anger she experienced was kinda the equivalent of Kanye and Jimmy going head-to-head right now. LOL. She could have left it right there but of course Teyana had to tell the world what we already knew:

“I really don’t understand either,” Taylor said referring to what Rihanna’s issues are with her. “I’ve been in the studio, recording my album, minding my business, trying to stay focus and whatever. One day, yesterday, I was randomly on my Instagram page and I had heard she made a video and I’m not following her on Instagram so I didn’t see it. I went to Twitter, someone sent me the video and I just thought it was really harsh. … I know her very well and I made that very clear in my tweets. I made that very clear. … I think that her fans are loud and they condone her behavior and she does this to everybody. And it’s not always fun and games all the time … You clapped and I clapped back. That’s what that was. You didn’t think that it would go as far as it did, but she can’t do that to everybody. I do think she’s a cyber bully. I really do. I think she’s a cyber bully. And I think she has dope music–You know I’m not no hater. Dope music is dope music. She’s a pretty girl, but that don’t mean that you can just bully anybody. It don’t work like that.” (Hot 97)

^ *DEAD* There’s nothing worse than being the first to address a situation. It’s no different than when Papoose had to defend dissing Kendrick Lamar. You just end up looking like a sucker. Did Teyana really need to go onto Hot 97 and explain her side? Really? Y’all use your own judgement but I think she OD’d with that. Rihanna punked Teyana and there’s really nothing more to say. LOL.

2. Grand Theft Jack Your Money

By now you’ve already heard the news about Grand Theft Auto Online pretty much forcing you to break out your purse or wallet. SMH. It’s bad enough we all had to pay $60 plus tax for probably the best game of the season (until something drops on XBox One) but now learning we’re going to have to actually pay MORE money for something as simple as the game’s online multi-player mode? SMH. To say that sucks is an understatement. But there may be two ways to think about this when it’s all said and done. First, take a look at what I’m talking about in regard to the online premiums:

“Grand Theft Auto Online” will feature a complex virtual economy that allows gamers to spend real-world money to get their hands on in-game cash, Rockstar Games said this week, heralding a rocky start for the new game.

The addition of in-game purchases makes “GTA Online,” the first game in Rockstar’s wildly popular carjacking series to introduce e-commerce. And for all the hype about the new game, which launches Oct. 1, these microtransactions are the one feature giving even die-hard GTA fans pause. This kind of e-commerce is typically seen in free-to-play games such as the new “Plants Vs. Zombies” mobile game — freemium apps that are heavily criticized for focusing more on hitting players up for cash every few seconds rather than actually giving them something fun to play with. Gamers have already spent upwards of $60 on the new “GTA V,” which makes additional costs hard to stomach. The unpopularity of in-game purchases was underlined last week when fewllo game industry giant Activision Blizzard announced that it was removing its own e-commerce solution from “Diablo 3,” after a year’s worth of headaches and player complaints.

As if in response to gamer concerns, Rockstar said that microtransactions were designed to give players an added convenience if they did not have the time or energy to unlock everything at their own pace.

“The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash,” Rockstar said. “There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game. You don’t have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker. The economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other. Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.”

It’s not clear how much these currency packs will cost, but a report from the British gaming site Eurogamer said they will range from around $3 to $22 and be available in denominations of $100,000, $200,000, $500,000 and $1.25 million.

Rockstar warned of “typical growing pains for an online game, including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises!” Still, for fans of “GTA V,” there’s a lot to be excited about, includeing new vehicles, cooperative heist missions, and competitive sports of all shapes and sizes . The game will even come with a content creator which allows players to make their own in-game levels for racing or good old fashion death-match killing.

To start, “GTA Online” will support up to 16 players in a given game and only be accessible through “GTA V,” though Rockstar North president and longtime GTA producer Leslie Benzies has said that the company plans to eventually turn it into its own operation.

“GTA Online” launches through the “online” section of “Grand Theft Auto V” on Oct. 1. “Grand Theft Auto V” was first released to widespread critical acclaim on Sept. 17, setting a new game industry sales records when it earned more than $1 billion in just three days on the market. (NBC News)

D*mn, even NBC News makes spelling/grammar mistakes! LOL. Okay, so of course you can imagine I’m like all of y’all Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, “F*CK ROCKSTAR FOR THIS!!!” intiially, right? I mean, money doesn’t grow on trees and it’s hardly something we’re able to hold onto once we get it, so to tell us that you need even more money to the BILLION you have already got? SMH. Now that’s the bad part. Having to put money up and deal with cash coming out all the time. But what if there were a positive?

It’s easy to just go off on Rockstar and while they probably are the “bad guys” when it’s all said and done, the truth of the matter is this dollar price point can separate the men from the boys, women from the girls. If there’s one part of online gaming I can’t stand is when I get linked or paired with some 8-year-old kid that’s trash-talking and doing on-side kicks ever kick-off and going for it on 4th and 34 on Madden 25. Or how about getting NBA 2K13 paused every time that same kid dunks and scores a lay-up even if you’re punishing him by 30 points in the 4th quarter? All those problems could magically be going away with GTA Online.

Think about it. By throwing in a few dollars, the gaming experience should, theoretically be much better. I’m talking about paying a couple bucks and either having unlocked features or new levels/maps that the average user won’t have. Of course there’s going to be some people and kids on GTA Online that are going to use their parents’ credit card information to make those same purchases, but the amount of those wack players should be greatly reduced.

It’s like when you go to Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart. Most times they are right next to one another and when you go into Wal-Mart first, your head starts spinning. The lines are backed up for days, product’s flying off the shelves before it can even be stocked and you feel like you’re in hell. Now, think about that and think about walking into Sam’s Club. You might have a few lines but they are bearable. The products are stocked everywhere and you might be lucky to try some of their demonstration food they have on deck every Saturday.

Now what’s the difference? Both essentially carry the same products and have great deals, why is Sam’s Club almost euphoric in comparison? It’s all about paying that annual $40 membership fee at Sam’s Club. That’s it. And sure, just like you’ve seen those same Wal-Mart customers come into Sam’s Club, the vast majority do not. Thus, if Rockstar can really make the premium experience worth it and way more better than going it at as it used to, this might actually work.

3. Moment of the Week: Nicki Minaj’s Nip Slip

I’m going to keep this week’s biggest “Moment” very simple.

If you’ve seen it once, that’s about all you need. But Nicki Minaj proceeds to bare her breasts for the world to see.
Most stars are embarrassed when a photographer catches a pic of their nipple during a wardrobe malfunction, but not Nicki, no, no, no.

The rapper has actually taken the steps to stage her very own nip slip–and post it on Instagram.

The photo was taken while the former American Idol judge was walking across the parking lot of The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday with nothing to cover her boobies but an unbuttoned jacket, which appeared to be sized for a 10-year-old.

Knowing Nicki, it’s safe to say this was definitely NOT a wardrobe malfunction. Because wardrobe malfunctions are accidental…right?

You do you, Nicki. (RumorFix)

Yeah, that just happened! Nicki Minaj, you’re killing us doggies out here!

4. Mrs. Butterworth: Mya

I don’t know what it is but I’ve always had a crush on Mya. LOL. Yeah, grown doggies can still have crushes from their childhood! LOL! The funny thing is I didn’t even realize Mya had a fatty until those 5-0 Cent rumors started popping up and she graced that cover of KING. The thing that got me all shook up about her back in the day is how cute she is in the face and not to say there’s women that aren’t but she has a face that you could take back home to mom and bring through for Sunday church. There’s just some women who can’t pull off the “D*MN, she’s righteous!” look and then be able to also have the, “Ah, honey, it was nice to meet you” thing going on. Mya controls both and doesn’t even need to change her make-up to pull it off. Gotta pay homage to ol’ girl.

^ That’s just not right.

5. A Rapper Said The Darndest Thing

I’ve really been putting a lot of thought into this section. I think the majority of doggies who peep this like to put all of their attention on one particular rapper that went overboard and so I decided, why not make it more special and dedicate this to ONE doggy that stood out the most? Think about it, there’s been plenty of times where I’ve dedicated the entire section to something so dumb it had to go to one rapper alone. This week? It’s gotta go to Drake. Doggy, I know you’re tight about someone jacking your YOLO thing and trying to make some bucks off of it but you gotta relax. Saying you’re going to put your hands on someone? LOL. We don’t believe you, you need more people! LOL. Still don’t get this tough-guy thing from Drake.

“Yo, to the guy that sells the YOLO Polos, I bought five YOLO Polos and you never sent them to my house. If I ever see you, I’m gonna have to put them hands on you. I’m wearing a Cartier ring, it is gonna hurt when you see me. Straight up. … Yeah, I’m a bitter customer. What is the guy’s PayPal account? Do we have his PayPal information? Because I would have been wearing it right now. That’s a classic.”

***Weekend time! I don’t know about y’all, but with my Yankees out of it and my 2-1 New York Jets gearing up for a big game, y’all know I’m staying in and putting in some serious time into GTA V. Still think the GTA Online feature is going to be worth it at a few dollars cost. Make sure to pick up that new Nothing Was The Same album too. Not as good as Take Care but still a strong project. I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! -BB***

Kendrick Lamar Comes Out & Loses Control, Drake Makes Common A Nobody Again, President Obama Takes Full Charge

In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to take a look at Kendrick Lamar coming out of the shadows to kill the buzz behind “Control,” laugh our you-know-whats off at Drake pretty much destroying Common’s career again, applaud President Barack Obama and oh SOHH much more.

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

1. This Bores Me

I’m bored. Yup, I said it. Just when I thought it was fun complaining about all of the no-name rappers stepping up to take shots at Kendrick Lamar for either name-dropping or not name-dropping them, calling himself the “King of New York” or doing something else on “Control,” K “Dot” (SMH) comes out and pretty much ends the fun. It was bound to happen at some point, but didn’t everyone want another week of lame rappers getting famous for dissing Kendrick? LOL. He kept it too 100 and really made a good point about the song on pretty much every platform you could think of. SMH. Roll the cameras:

^ I’m sorry, but there’s just no way I’m going to transcribe every last one of those interviews! LOL. If y’all are on the train, you’re going to have to wait to get some Internet service and watch/listen to those interviews. Now let me get my quick thoughts in and I swear we can move past this.

For one, I’m upset. Yeah, I said it. As much as I was expecting Kendrick to come out and address this track, his political response was kinda, you know, too clean and nice. When you look at how he spit that rachet and precise stuff on the “Control” track and then came out all nice about it in the interviews? Huh? That’s like watching a really good, tough basketball game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks that results in Melo hitting the game-winning shot in South Beach and then LeBron coming up to hug him. Nahhhhhh, where they do that at? You can’t build something up that big and then politely wipe your hands clean? You gotta pay for calling yourself the “King of NY” and maybe I’m too ignorant to “get it” but that was too easy.

Secondly, when are media outlets going to come up with something fresh? Even Chelsea Handler asked him about the track. SMH. Pause on the early tip but I would have preferred her to ask him about how many girls he’s slept with or how much he’s packing below the belt.

Third and lastly, where are the responses now to what he said? If anything, I’d expect Papoose to drop another record on Kendrick about him taking his words back and copping pleas. LOL. Maybe that’s the Bronx side of me speaking out but this was too easy, y’all.

2. Finally Over

I’m not going to lie, Common has never overly impressed me as an emcee. It’s like, I’ve always respected him like you would someone like Kool G. Rap or KRS-One, but aside from a couple tracks, if you’re lucky, do you know even of his albums, let alone songs? He never did it for me. There’s always a song or two I kinda remember him doing, like that one with Erykah Badu and then “The Corner” with Kanye West, but all in all, Common’s been pretty much hit-and-miss. He’ll have a hot record one year and then kinda go ghost or just not pop for a few years and then the cycle continues. Well, that cycle may finally be broke after the disservice Drake did to him in an interview. LOL. I was blown away by what Drake said, pay attention:

“There is a bunch of Common diehards who would never let you utter the words “Drake got” anything in front of them. I felt really hurt man. I felt like some injustice was done to me in a sense of we’re talking about Common, we’re talking a guy whose music I enjoy, a guy who I had never met, a guy who I never conversed with at that point. We’re talking about the guy outside the hearing impaired girl’s window with the sign cards with the love songs and he’s coming at me for being soft? That hurt me. I told him that. I’m like, “Man, you’re supposed to embrace what I’m doing. I’m balancing real rap with girl records with club records. I’m just trying to give people music to live with and for you, of all people, to attack me?”" (XXL Magazine)

“If Jeezy came at me and said I was soft, I would be like, “Yeah, I guess, probably.” It was just crazy for it to be him. Even when we linked up, it was like, “What are you doing? Why?” It was like, “I never met you? What happened?” I do know that when we finally connected in person it was like, “Yeah, let’s just dead it.” Which made me kind of feel like it was an album week thing, which it was, by the way. I don’t know if anyone remembers that–his album was coming out that week.” (XXL Magazine)

^ That doesn’t even warrant a response. That’s COLD-BLOODED. Let me just point out a few key things Drake said that were dead-on. For one, Common went at Drake for being soft and yet he DID do that song with the hand cards for the lovey dovey record. He’s actually done a LOT of tracks that really appeal to the females. Drake makes an excellent point here that just because Common realized he wanted to get back to that early 90′s boom bap (can any doggy say ‘mid-life crisis’ yet?), he shouldn’t forget that he did songs just the way Drake does songs.

I’ll skip my other points and go right to the dagger: the emphasis on saying the beef was about album promo? LOL!!! DEAD! The way Drake kept on egging on the fact that Common really had to do some type of beef to sell his record? LOL. Classic. That was just classic. I’m sorry, but Common lost a lot of respect from me at the hands of Drake right here. Funny stuff.

3. Moment of the Week: President Barack Obama Commemorates March On Washington 50th Anniversary

Whether you want to rock with that Democrat or Republic party is up to you, but at the end of the day you can’t deny how much has changed over the last 50 years in America. Sure, you can say there’s still racism, plenty of it to be fair, and unemployment is a big problem but when you look at the grand scheme of things? We have a black president that not only won an election but won TWICE. We have not only mixed couples but there’s gay marriage being legalized throughout the United States and publicly displayed on television shows. There’s a lot of good in the world. This week, President Obama and a grip of others helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington. Pause the music and pay attention:

August 28, 2013 11:35 AM EDT — During his speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama says that while no one can match Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s brilliance, the spirt from 50 years ago lives on. (The Washington Post)

This was very special. Was it as meaningful as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech? Not at all, but that doesn’t take away the significance. Sometimes we have to take a minute to reflect on how good we all have it. Racial segregation over, men and women of all colors working together and the ability to believe you can really be whatever it is you want? That’s no longer a dream but a reality. Thank-you Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Mrs. Butterworth: Jordin Sparks

Let me be completely honest with y’all, I always thought Jordin Sparks was cute but the baby fat, or just plain fat, she used to have back in the day never made me really take her serious. I know it sounds really crappy to say something like that but the truth of the matter is no one has the time or patience to wait for a potential wifey to shake the weight and look great. Coincidentally these past few years we’ve seen people like Jennifer Hudson completely transform herself and now looking at Jordin Sparks? SMH. Just peep the pics already.

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

^ Speechless. When did Jordin grow a seriously nice azz?

5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things

SMH. There’s been some really corny things said in hip-hop these past seven days but this last week might really have some true gems in them! LOL. Let’s start off with A$AP Rocky backing out of these Rihanna rumors. Look, A$AP, the ‘net’s not bugging, if you’re smashing let it be known! LOL. Then it’s Drake’s explanation of his new Blue Ivy Carter cover. LOL. Why does Drake have to make everything he says so introspective when it’s just a baby and him looking at one another on an album cover? LOL. No Malice, I rocks with you but saying you’d not take an offer to join G.O.O.D Music? Even Ma$e said he had to get with the devil (5-0 Cent) to get his message across to the world. Riff Raff’s explanation for wanting to face-off against Drake? LOL! Classic material. I actually think he’s dope but does anyone see him selling more than 5,000 copies in the first week? Lastly, Snoop Dogg made some great points when talking about Kendrick Lamar but saying he’s got gangstas with him? Who, Schoolboy Q? SMH. Yup, y’all already know what time it is.

1. A$AP Rocky

“Nah, we weren’t filming no video, we were just chillin,’ ” Lord Flacko told MTV News of the August 15 photos, despite the presence of cameras, lighting equipment and plenty of extras on what appears to be a video set. Rocky denied rumors of any romance, saying, “People crazy. You know people say a lot.” A$AP has been dating supermodel Chanel Iman — the couple even rode the subway home from Sunday’s VMAs in Brooklyn — yet even that hasn’t stopped the speculation.

2. Drake

“When you go to the store and see it, you’ll see the full painting,” Drake explained in an interview. “When it’s positioned on the shelf, whatever store you go to, if they do it as I’ve asked [laughs], you’ll see the fact that it’s a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it’s so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I’ve been trying to tell this story, I’ve got there, but maybe not got there all the way. And what that album art is to me is, like, this is my most clean, concise thoughts from now, and my best recollection of then. That’s really what that cover’s about.”

3. No Malice

“No, no, no, that’s not an option for me,” No Malice told SOHH when asked if he would ever consider joining the G.O.O.D Music team. “That’s not something I would consider due to the fact that what I’m doing is different. What I’m doing, and respect to everybody, I have to do it. I have to be able to control the shots for what I do. I don’t even know if there is even any other facility that would know what to do with his kind of music. That’s just how I feel, that’s my take on it. This is something that is very near and dear to me and I really need to be in control of it.”

4. Riff Raff

“It’s not a competition. It’s my way of doing community service cause I’m trying to save on the environment and the gas money,” he tells XXL during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. “Instead of going back and buying my album a couple weeks later, you might as well go drive and make one trip. Pick up everything. Buy both albums. I’m just being nice to the environment.” Just like every diehard fan, Drake’s last new friend will certainly be picking up Nothing Was The Same in a few weeks. “Of course. I can’t wait for it to come out.”

5. Snoop Dogg

“I wouldn’t say New York is soft, I stand behind what Maino said. I was listening to him on the radio station, it was crazy to hear somebody from New York speak from the perspective that he spoke from and he’s a real n*gga, so, you can’t just not take his words into account. I was listening to him speak from his perspective and he basically hit it on the nail. There’s a lot of following going on with sound and influences but what people don’t understand is New York influenced everybody. When hip-hop was born and bred, it was born here and it spread across the whole globe and its influence was definitely going to take on new faces and new bodies and new sounds — but the thing is, it all originated here so there’s no such thing as a true original.”

***Weekend time! Forget all that, LABOR DAY WEEKEND! I don’t want to hear it, there’s no reason any one of y’all doggies should have to work Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. You better call out sick one of those days and enjoy really the last feel-good weekend of the summer. It’s about to get real again, with the summer love fading away and that rise and grind mentality coming back into play. Get your hands on that new Madden 25, go out, do whatever you need to do to enjoy this weekend and live it up! I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! –BB***

DMX’s Cops Woes Get GTA Treatment, Drake Makes Blue Ivy Even More Famous, Kreayshawn Pops Up Outta Nowhere

In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to see how DMX ended up getting GTA’d, look at how much Drake got owned by the Internet, stand back in amazement of Kreayshawn coming back to life and oh SOHH much more.

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

1. GTA: Ruff Ryders Edition

I don’t know why, but I keep on trying to figure out whether I feel sorry for DMX or really feel like he’s well past his prime and needs to hang it up. No offense, but it’s like the homeless people on the subways. As much as you can’t stand the begging and pleas for money, you can’t hate them or even knock their hustle as much as you want to. Well, I have found a happy median for all parties involved. Laughter. Yup, laughter is the key to happiness and if we can somehow playfully laugh at DMX’s woes, then maybe, in some weird, sick sort of way, everyone wins?

Former platinum-selling rapper DMX was arrested, for the third time this year, last night after a traffic stop in Greer, South Carolina yielded three bags of weed.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, 42, was in the passenger seat of an F350 driven by his friend Anitra Rhodes, 39. According to the Associated Press, the F350 made an illegal U-turn that got the attention of police which then led to the traffic stop. South Carolina police said they noticed a warrant out for DMX stemming from a prior case of driving with no license and let X know that he needed to go to jail.

One of the police officers reported seeing “ a bag of green plant material I knew to be marijuana” in the passenger side armrest, where DMX happened to be sitting. X said the weed wasn’t his and then told police that he “had breathing trouble.”

“At this point, Mr. Simmons became very aggressive with his words and was making multiple idle threats,” the police report said. “The smell of alcohol coming from his person became very strong.” X was placed under arrest for the warrant and also given a citation for simple possession of marijuana. Simmons was booked into the Greer jail, but released on bail hours later, according to a police spokesman.

Anitra Rhodes, DMX’s assistant, was charged with improper lane change and simple possession of marijuana after three bags of weed were found under the driver’s seat.

On July 26, Greenville police pulled DMX over because he was spotted driving a 1978 Plymouth station wagon erratically on the road. X was given a field sobriety test and failed. He was charged with DUI, driving without a license and driving without a seat belt.

Where are the Ruff Ryders when you need them? (Us Tomo News)

^ I understand this is Taiwanese but I can’t help but think they’re really kinda racist with this. SMH. And to be 100 with y’all, the real reason I went with this is because it really makes me hyped up over the new Grand Theft Auto V dropping in a few weeks. LOL. Since when did X grow his hair out? SMH. C’mon, doggies.

2. The Drizzy Blues

Can Drake finally stop it with these emo-style covers? It wasn’t bad enough with Take Care, now we have some “Man in the Mirror” type of cover here with the cover art to Nothing Was the Same, really? LOL. Thank God for doggies having a sense of humor and not falling into that overly emo stuff Drake stays preaching on the low-low. NBA 2K? Blue Ivy Carter? LOL!!!!!!!!

^ DEAD!!! LOL!!! On a serious note, there’s no telling what the music is going to sound like this time around but can Drake just do a normal album cover? Even Thank Me Later was more down to Earth than these past couple of album covers. SMH.

3. Moment of the Week: Kreayshawn’s Knocked Up Photos

I’m not going to lie, I really hated that “Gucci Gucci” track for all it was worth. LOL. I think I secretly wanted to like it but feared how corny rap would have become if Kreay would have been able to push those types of records out and actually win. SMH. But she seemed to keep failing left and right. It was the whole N-Word situation. Then it was her taking a jab at Rick Ross in a Ustream or freestyle. Then it was her album flopping. Just a bunch of kinda sad and bad stuff happened. Well, with her music on pause and a baby on the way, she’s looking a lot more like someone who has woke up. I can’t fake, she might have a little MILF ‘ism potential there! LOL. Good moment of the week. Huge props to Frank 151 for the dope pics!

Hate her or love her, Kreay’s not quite Yung Berg but she’s up there with rappers that kinda had some hot momentum but just couldn’t escape the #FAIL moments. Do doggies still do “#FAIL” anyway? LOL. Glad to see she’s getting her ‘ish straight and even stopped smoking weed/cigarettes.

4. Mrs. Butterworth: Joe Budden’s Wifey

Look, let’s just skip to the chase. I have no idea what her name is but Joe Budden has a new wifey and she’s THiCK. No offense, Joe, but how the hell do you keep on getting these extra thick shorties with the small waists? I mean, they all seem pretty legit too, not the type to try and snuff you or Instagram you when you’re asleep too. The evidence is still scarce but look and see for yourself. FYI: Look at the little kid and the guy in the back staring at the fatty! It’s legit!

SMH!!!

5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things

There’s too many doggies in this world, I promise you. LOL! Too much was coming out of rappers’ mouths this week and y’all know I’m here to point it all out. First off, we gotta bring Cassidy back to reality by claiming he’s the king of the whole country. SMH. C’mon, Cass. I mess with you but you gotta bring bars back down to reality. Then it’s Foxy Brown claiming it’s going to take a “lot” of money for her to leave Def Jam. Phone home to Def Jam, do y’all even know she’s still on the label? SMH. Trinidad James is losing his relevance pretty fast and now hearing he wants to knuckle up instead of diss another rapper on wax? SMH. Huh? How many teeth are you missing again? Maybe that’s reason enough to keep it on wax. Big Daddy Kane, you’re a vet but you really didn’t have any say in the “King of New York” debate and especially trying to referee anything. Finaly, 5-0 Cent calling a judge a rap-hating racist? Really, 5-0? Really? SMH.

1. Cassidy

“I’m not that old, but got old money /That’s why the n*ggas wanna be me and the h*es love me /They got gallons of that sh*t that cure colds from me /And they get that sh*t that they sniff up there nose from me /It’s a f*cking rizzy, cause I get f*cking busy /So f*ck a city, I’m the king of the whole country /I talk that sh*t cause I could back it up /Rap it up, if you can’t rap before I smack you up /Yup, your b*tch come told me to snatch her up /But I just got head cause her a** wasn’t fat enough /I put years and add ‘em up, Plus I’m married to hip-hop, you ain’t gon’ f*ck my marriage up”

2. Foxy Brown

“There have been offers, of course. I’ve only been signed to one label my entire career, which is Def Jam.” The rapper in fact signed a distribution deal with E1 Music in 2007 for her Black Rose Entertainment label, but failed to put out an LP during its duration. “My bar is set so high that any label that I go to now has to be an incredible situation for me — financially and spiritually,” Brown said. “I’m on this whole maturation journey; I’m a different person.” The 34-year-old’s fourth studio album, tentatively titled Bandz Up, is in the early stages of recording, though she did debut a title track back in July at a live show for NYC Pride at El Morocco. “I just picked the mic back up,” she revealed. ” ‘Bandz Up’ was the first record that I did.”

3. Trinidad James

“It’s all love, I mean, I make music to answer a lot of those types of questions,” James said in an interview when asked about Budden’s lines. “I don’t consider it a diss. I’m from the streets so a n*gga talking is like a n*gga talking. A n*gga punching, you don’t like me, then you fight me. That’s why I make the songs to let you know, if you don’t like me, then you can fight me. I’m never going to diss you back, we gonna throw these hands back and forth. That’s all this is about.”

4. Big Daddy Kane

Kane, whose been a part of the rap game long enough to see rappers like Kool Moe Dee and Busy B battle each other, was concerned that the verse would only lead to a “Twitter battle.” “I was basically trying to say to the MCs out there that really believe that they’re real MCs, and they’re in it for the sport, if you’re upset with what dude said then respond. That’s what an MC does,” Kane said. Kane also reminisced about sharing raps with Kool G Rap at two in the morning, and being pitted against fellow legendary MC, Rakim. Although a mutual friendship with Eric B., Rakim’s longtime DJ and producer, stopped Kane from ever spitting at Rakim, a rap line written by the latter almost changed that.

5. 5-0 Cent

50 Cent says he got SCREWED in court recently because the judge was a rap-hating RACIST … and now he wants the allegedly bias ruling overturned … this according to court docs. Earlier this year 50 and company called Sleek Audio were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit. 50 claimed Sleek owed him over $261,000. Sleek said otherwise. The case went to arbitration — a binding process in which an arbitrator picks the winner. Bad news for 50, the arbitrator sided with Sleek (the final $$$ judgement was kept under wraps). But 50 refuses to gently into that good night … and is taking the battle to federal court — claiming the arbitration judge discriminated against him because he’s black, associates with controversial African-American figures AND because he’s a high profile rap artist.

***LOL!!! I’m still rolling over those disses to Drake’s cover art! LOL! Mad funny. Aight doggies, if you’re not ready for school then you’re tight over your summer Fridays getting ready to go away for good. LOL. Enjoy the weekend and watch my main doggy Geno Smith turn into a superstar when Gang Green takes on those New York Giants on Saturday! I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! -BB***

Rocafella & Bad Boy Reunions Dominate, Too Many Rappers Shed Tears, Rick Ross & God Don’t Forgive

In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to applaud some of the biggest reunions that went down this week, shake our heads at the surplus of apologies requested and made, realize both God and Rick Ross don’t forgive and oh SOHH much more!

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

1. Summer Reunions

Is it a coincidence we’ve had two of the biggest “family” reunions take place not only in the summertime when those things happen but in the same week? If y’all don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, then you’ve obviously been like the rest of the nation and trying to soak up these last few weeks before heading back into serious school/work mode. Between Jay “-” Z and Dame Dash and Diddy and Ma$e hooking up, you couldn’t have asked for a more special last seven days. Pay homage to both of these situations:

The Roc was back in the building last night. After nearly a decade apart, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founders Jay Z and Damon Dash reunited at the birthday of their mutual friend and associate Chaka Pilgrim in New York City. The old pals were all smiles as they posed for photos together.

“I don’t think there was anyone in that room last night that didn’t shed a tear or at least get emotional,” said Oluwaseye Olusa, who snapped photos of their reunion.

After launching the careers of artists including Kanye West, Cam’ron, and Beanie Sigel, the music moguls parted ways in 2004. (Rap-Up)

J. Cole and Miguel (the latter co-headlining a fall tour with Drake) swooned female fans with radio hits “Power Trip” and “Adorn” before the rapper-singer went into an acoustic cover of “I Get Lonely Too.” The moment lead into an appearance from TLC, who did a medley of “Fanmail,” “Waterfalls” (with Lil’ Mama), and “Scrubs.” After taking fans back to his early hits such as “Successful,” “Best I Ever Had,” “Forever,” and “Over,” it was time for a rare reunion as Diddy and Ma$e joined together on stage for the first time in years. The duo showed their chemistry of the 90s as they ran through No. 1 hits “Victory,” “Feel So Good,” “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems,” and “All About the Benjamins.” (Miss Info TV)

I know a lot of you doggies give me a hard time for cracking on rap beefs and dissing your so-called favorite rappers, but this was definitely a positive scoop for the week. Now if we can only get 5-0 Cent and Game to follow suit, things might be looking better.

2. Stop Whining

There’s way too many rappers either asking or demanding apologies this week, doggies. I can’t even remember a week where so many artists were so sensitive and needed a hug. Take a look and judge for yourself:

Mya & 5-0 Cent

“Oh, no, no, no. We can’t do that,” Mya said after learning a reporter from This Is 50 wanted to interview her. “He dissed me and I don’t support that. He needs to say that to the public ’cause people don’t lie on their d*cks, okay?” (This Is 50)

Ransom & Nicki Minaj

“What I meant was, she used to call me to get on her songs. Never once did I not pick up the phone for this woman. Did the verses. It was all love. Now this,” Ransom said in an interview. “She’s a woman. I ain’t got no beef. For me to hate a woman, that’ll make me less of a man. I seen the video,” Ransom said. “I couldn’t watch it though. She was real disrespectful but I’m not even gon’ stoop that low…I didn’t mean that. I didn’t mean it like that. [It was taken] out of context. I think she knows that. I think she should apologize but I ain’t even lookin’ for no apology. It is what it is. … I never wrote no songs for her. We got a lot of songs together though. .She overreacted. I didn’t write anything for her. I meant that we did verses together. I did verses for her, for her records. I’ve always helped her. I’ve helped a lot of people, actually.” (TMZ)

2 Chainz & Drake

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“Dear Toronto, u guys r beautiful people here,but the over exaggerated harassment,kept me for 2hrs,& I missed OVO. Apologies to @Drake & fans,” Chainz tweeted August 6. (2 Chainz’s Twitter)

Big Sean & Ex-Wifey

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“Ashley,” dedicated to his ex-girlfriend, begins with a chilling verse from Miguel, who belts, “And I wouldn’t trade it for the world, world, world/ And I’m just so f*cking lucky you’re my girl, girl, girl/ And I wouldn’t trade it for anything, no, no, not anything/ And you, can’t nobody do it like you.” Big Sean apologizes for his wrongs and reminisces of the good times: “My bad for those long, long nights,” he echoes at the end of “Ashley.” (Billboard)

Naya Rivera & Big Sean

In between promoting his upcoming album Hall of Fame, Big Sean lends a hand to his girlfriend Naya Rivera. The “Glee” star launches her music career with her first single “Sorry.” The funky record features a digitized hook, while the full version boasts a verse from the Detroit player himself. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m so happy to share my music with you all,” tweeted Naya. (Rap-Up)

^ SMH. Can we please move on someone who AIN’T apologizing? LOL.

3. Moment of the Week: Rick Ross Gets A Pastor Fired

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LOL! I can’t even type this out without laughing. Now look, I want to make something very clear, okay? I have nothing against any religion or want to make it seem like I do, but firing a young pastor for going to a Rick Ross concert is D-U-M-B! I don’t know why I don’t get it. I can see where the issue would be if this pastor is getting turnt up and really engaging himself in that life, but what’s so bad about a pastor going out and enjoying some music? Is Rick Ross holy? Hardly. Is every church-going person? Not really. This clearly stood out this week:

Pastor Rodney Wills was just nearing four years at Mt. Salem Baptist Church in North Carolina. He is the youngest pastor to be installed at 26 years old and is now the shortest term pastor in Mt. Salem’s 109 year history. On Saturday, Mt. Salem voted him out for attending a local Rick Ross concert. With a vote of 11 to 3, the 14 deacons met at 11 o’clock Saturday night to discuss and come to a conclusion that they did not need his services anymore. William Leonard Roberts II, known by his stage name Rick Ross (often stylized as RICK RO$$), is an American rapper who is no stranger to the drama associated with “thug life.” Rick Ross recently made nationwide news when he was dropped from Reebok and other endorsements for lyrics advocating rape towards women. (Guardian LV)

Rev. Wills arrived to the church the next day for Sunday morning worship service and notice his parking sign taken down and his name removed from the office door. The deacons even asked another minister from the community to officiate the service that morning. “We cannot have our leader supporting people of this world who are tearing down the kingdom of God.” said Deacon Miles Langley. According to Deacon Langley, this is not the first time Rev. Wills has attended a concert while pastoring Mt. Salem. 9 months ago the diaconate board met with Rev. Wills when word was given to them that many youth and young adults spotted the pastor at a Lil’ Wayne concert. “We know that many saints will have mixed opinions from our actions, but this is not how we do things here at Mt. Salem. We cannot have a pastor praising the world one minute then praising the Lord the next. Period” said Deacon Langley. (Guardian LV)

Really, doggies? If you ask me, which I know y’all wouldn’t, I think this is some type of conspiracy. Either the pastor was living two lives or they needed a reason to get rid of him. A 26-year-old pastor that’s been at a church for nearly four years gets cut loose just like that? Sounds and smells fishy.

4. Mrs. Butterworth: Rihanna

Don’t laugh, but I love, hate, love Rihanna. I don’t know what it is. When she first came out, I wasn’t too impressed with that PG-13 look. But then I loved that whole Good Girl, Gone Bad attitude she brought. It wasn’t too “slutty” for lack of a better word, but it was just enough to let me think I could have a shot with her on some drunk fraternity night party type of thing. Then when she went too over-the-top with the partying, it was a huge turn-off. It was like she kept throwing herself for either superstar sports doggies or trying to get a certain ex-boyfriend to take her back in. SMH. Well, I’m back to loving RiRi again courtesy of her trip out to the Barbados and all these sexy photos she decided to take while out there. SMH. Insane!

^ CO-SIGN! HOT!

5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things

SMH. Why do they keep doing it? LOL! There were some many classic moments that went down over the last week but y’all know how it is, there can only be one, well, two, three, four and five best moments. LOL. As much as I respect Fat Joe, his defense of using the N-Word came up shorter than the Travyon Martin case. You’re blacker than most black people? I get what you’re saying, fellow BX doggie, but you came across sounding mad ignorant right there. Then this one is tricky because I actually really respect Bun B but kinda giving Riley Cooper a pass for not only using the N-Word but saying it in an offensive, attack-style manner? Nahhh, doggy, he’s gonna be hoping his mama can protect him from the whooping he deserves. Then there’s Andre 3000′s camp shutting down the new album rumors. Doggy, don’t be like Dr. Dre and Detox because now no one is checking for that. Let peeps live a little, shutting down a rumor as silly as a new album might be dropping NEXT YEAR? SMH. C’mon doggy! Drake is buzzing and has been for a while, so to hear him say that Kanye West gassing him up was the most important moment in his life? LOL! Wow. How about getting that Young Money contract and moving out of your mom’s basement? SMH. Lastly, Bow Wow, you are the most beautiful, talented and sweetest woman out there? Huh? LOL. Those Tyra Banks lips got you all caught up in the moment. SMH. Doggies, y’all know what time it is!

1. Fat Joe

“By the way, I’m blacker than most black people,” Joe proclaimed in an interview. “For the record. From the Bronx, I grew up 90 percent black people, half my family is black, I love black people, I am pro-Latino, I love Latino. I don’t see the difference. If you a black person or you a Latino, and they got sugar next door, we’re going to your house — I’ve always viewed us as one. Big Pun’s number one hit was ‘Boricua, Morena,’ together. You understand what I’m saying? ‘Why Fat Joe say the N-word?’ ‘Cause I am that n*gga. It’s just the bottom line. I hate it when J. Lo said it one time, I know she’s a superstar and she’s like, ‘Ahhh.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, you’re from the Bronx, you supposed to say, that’s what we say.’ Terms of endearment. We call our cousins that, we call our brothers that. We were just talking about a white guy that says ‘N’ all day and we never looked at him different. Why? ‘Cause the first time I met him he was with 20 black dudes and every wife he ever had was black. He ain’t prejudice. He’s just saying it as a term of endearment. It’s not our fault it turned hip-hop.”

2. Bun B

“He obviously knows he messed up,” Bun said in an interview. “He’s man enough to go out there and say ‘I messed up,’ and I think he’s more concerned about what his mama will do — and he’s got a long football season in order to deal with the ramifications. … A lot of people forgive him, his teammates forgive him and they know him better than I guess we do. … We got bigger things to worry about than that. It’s a bigger issue behind the whole word.”

3. Andre 3000

3000, unlike is his ‘Kast mate Big Boi, has not released a solo album. Since Outkast’s 2006 soundrack album for “Idlewild,” Andre has only rapped sporadically as a featured guest on songs like Beyonce’s “Party” and Drake’s “The Real Her.” But not so fast, 3K fans. True as Stephen G. Hill’s ATLien encounter may be, nothing’s set in stone. Billboard reached out to Andre’s publicist, who says nothing is for certain on the album front. “Regarding reports of a specific plan to release an album in early 2014,” the rep says, “There is no official confirmation on that report.” That statement doesn’t completely nix the potential of an Andre 3000 album in 2014. It just means it’s not locked in.

4. Drake

“In rap, sometimes we don’t communicate enough,” Drake explained. “Me and Kanye, we hadn’t even talked before we got on stage together. We didn’t rehearse or anything like that. That was my first time seeing him, on stage. Hiw words, that was a moment I clicked out. I don’t know if this is real or not. I’m not sure if I’m still sleeping from the morning, like, I’m dreaming about how this is working out, probably the most important moment in my life today. At the end of the day, I do look up to ‘Ye, he’s a major influence if not the biggest influence in my career.”

5. Bow Wow

“It left me lost for words,” Bow Wow said when asked about the kiss. “I ain’t gonna front. She’s a beautiful woman. She’s a beautiful woman, she’s sweet, talented, she’s just like me. She’s a hustler by all means. I can always match my energy with a woman like that, someone that’s business savvy, willing to get it by any means, that’s the same thing that I live by, that’s the same thing. That’s the same code Rich Gang, YMCMB follow, it’s to hustle by all means and get it how you get it and that’s one thing I love about Tyra. Like her returning the favor by coming on my show, that was big. We’re talking about the biggest African American supermodel of all time.”

***Weekend time! I don’t know about y’all, but I am having high hopes for my New York Jets and we’ll get a little taste of what Geno Smith has to offer when they take on the Detroit Lions tonight. It’s a wrap for the Yankees and with August feeling cold, y’all know fall is right around the corner. Get these last few weeks of August in while you can, it’s going to be a long fall and winter! LOL. I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! -BB***