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:
“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)
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“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)
“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)
“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)
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
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!
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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***