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:
“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)
“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***