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Nicki Minaj has been getting much praise for toning down on the pop tunes and returning to her hip-hop roots.
50 Cent added his two cents about Minaj and how mainstream radio pushing her decline has given her a harder musical edge.
“It’s going to change. They going to put you back in the ‘ni*ga section’. Trust me, you can be hot as a motherf*cker and then eventually they’ll put you back and you’ll find yourself at Urban Radio fighting your way into Top 20 crossover radio,” 50 tweeted.
He added, “You see it over and over. You see Nicki [Minaj] come from Barbie to being like ‘you a hitta a*s n*gga, n*gga, n*gga.’”
Read more of 50’s commentary at EurWeb.com
We told you last week that on Friday morning, Power 105, also known as The Breakfast Club here in NYC, played an audio clip from a while ago of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. struggling quite a bit to allegedly read a drop for the station. While co-hosts Angela Yee and DJ Envy seemed reluctant to have the audio played, Charlamagne Tha God went right ahead on and played it. Soon after, Twitter spent the entire day cracking jokes at Mayweather’s expense.
This whole situation was made all the more messy considering that 50 Cent recently ditched the standard ALS ice bucket challenge format in order to challenge Mayweather to read an entire page of Harry Potter. While many got a kick out of the audio, there were also many who thought that releasing the audio was very low and joking about Mayweather’s struggle to read was wrong. Illiteracy is a big issue, and there are way too many adults out here struggling with this issue (and hiding it) to make light of it. With that criticism in mind, Charlamagne responded to those who criticized his choice to release the audio:
“Sometimey self righteous folk are the worst.”
“How you watch a man get be headed this week with no problem but the audio of Mayweather reading makes you uncomfortable?”
“Some of y’all will watch videos of men getting shot down by cops with no problem but then complain the audio of Floyd reading was too much.”
“Desensitized to everything you should be sensitive about and sensitive towards anything celebrity driven.”
“Your hypocrisy is showing.”
And as for Mayweather, in case you missed it, early Saturday the boxer responded to 50 Cent and all the people making light of whether or not he can read with a picture of just two checks from his recent fights and videos of his many cars and wealth:
“Read this $72,276,000.00. God bless.”
But what do you think of this whole situation, and more importantly, Mayweather’s response to all of it?
Early on in his career, 50 Cent released a song called “How To Rob” where he rapped about the best ways to go about sticking up numerous artists so it’s no surprise that he’s ruffled feathers and has beefed with a number of celebrities since then.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather
There was a time when 50 Cent and Floyd “Money” Mayweather were the best of friends. Hanging out and partying all of over the world together, the Queens rapper used to be a permanent fixture at many of Mayweather’s fights. But the bromance fell apart over money and the two have used social media to go back and forth at each other ever since. The drama came to a head when 50 Cent went on Instagram to poke fun of his former bff by insinuating that the boxing champ was illiterate and challenged him to a reading test.
Yesterday, we reported about the childish challenge 50 Cent issued to Floyd Mayweather. In case you missed it, 50 said that he would donate $750,000 to a charity of Mayweather’s choosing if he read a page from a Harry Potter book.
That probably would have been the last we heard of the story if Charlemagne Tha God of Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” didn’t release old audio of Mayweather attempting to read a drop for the radio station. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid the audio, you can listen to it here, on another site, simply because I don’t feel comfortable posting it.
Listening to the audio, I just found the whole thing sad, very sad.
When we contemplate illiteracy, we think it’s a problem of the past, that people, specifically Americans, in modern times can read and read well. But that’s not true.
According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 1 in 4 children, in this country, grows up not knowing how to read. Literacy skills are directly correlated to poverty and incarceration. 85 percent of teens who interact with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. 90 percent of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
While literacy issues are usually associated with the impoverished community, Floyd was able to make it, despite not reading so well. And he’s not alone. There was Fantasia, R. Kelly and probably a host of others who never spoke up. And why would they? A quick Twitter search will tell you, struggling with literacy can cause quite a bit of ridicule.
I know some of you have very little sympathy for celebrities so let me make it real for you.
I tutor children throughout the school year, at my church, and several of them are reading below their grade level. Just this week, the MadameNoire editorial team visited a summer camp where we spoke to a group of girls. There were so many girls we had to divide them up. I was supposed to be discussing what it means to be successful with my group.
Before I even sat down this adorable dark complected girl with beads at the ends of her braids bounded up to me and said, “Can we say our name, age and favorite color?” And when I agreed–because it was an excellent idea– she said, “You’re nice.” And when I thanked her, “And you’re pretty too.” A very sweet and charismatic girl. I was speaking to eight and nine year olds so first, I asked them if they knew what “successful” meant. And the same girl who had been so welcoming and bubbly, just two minutes ago, told me very matter of factly:
“I don’t know what that means because I’m not very smart.”
My heart sank. She didn’t even look sad when she said it, like it was just a fact she had accepted about herself, at just eight years old. Of course, I tried to discourage that train of thought.
“Of course you’re smart.”
“No, I’m not.”
“Yes, you are.”
“No, I can’t even read.”
When I listened to the audio of Floyd Mayweather, I couldn’t laugh. I just thought about that little girl and all of the other boys and girls like her who’ve already given up on themselves because they can’t read well.
I don’t like Donald Trump. At one point in time he was a respected business man. But increasingly he became a bit of a pop cultural icon. There were the jokes about the toupée, he was popping up in movies and then he got the reality show, “The Apprentice.” If he had stopped there, I would have never given him a second thought. But then he started blatantly disrespecting the President of the United States and intentionally inflaming people with whom he disagreed. In other words, Donald Trump became a troll. It’s now his full time job.
I know you’re thinking, I thought this story was about 50 Cent, what does Donald Trump have to do with all this? My point is: 50 Cent is the Donald Trump of the Hip Hop community. Like Donald, at one point in time, when you said 50’s name, the utterance was met with respect. He’s still a talented rapper, no one will take that from him, but over the years, 50’s ventured away from rap. And that wouldn’t have been so problematic if it didn’t give us a chance to see so much of 50’s childish, misogynistic and downright vile behavior. (See: him cursing Ciara, his ex, out on Twitter, sending hateful text messages to his son, missing that same son’s graduation and more–if you need a few examples.)
And 50’s latest victim is boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Now, let me tell you I’m not a fan of Floyd Mayweather either. He too has behaved rather poorly in the past few years. But that still doesn’t mean I can ride for or even chuckle at 50 Cent’s recent literacy challenge directed at Mayweather.
Earlier today 50 posted this video.
And beneath it he wrote:
Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or fucking up. lmao
Yes, it is quite ironic that 50 is challenging Mayweather to a literacy test and used the wrong “except.” But even more upsetting is the fact that 50, a grown man with children and several jobs, even has time for this dumbness. I don’t know why these rappers keep messing with Floyd like they don’t know he could literally kill them with his bare hands.
And to think, these two used to be friends.
Let’s talk about sex.
The men are always doing it: speaking on the performance of their past sexual partners, trading kinky tricks of the trade, putting compromising photos out there, dissing their exes–and it’s all done in public. I’ve never been one to kiss and tell, but it appears that it’s not a big deal for a lot of men, specifically, the men of hip-hop. With repeat offender Bow Wow casually dishing on the skills of all the famous women he has been with and Fredro Starr of ‘90s group Onyx ready to box with Charlamagne Tha God over comments the rapper made in the past about Brandy’s fellatio skills – men in music have always been more vocal about their past sexcapades.
But women aren’t necessarily innocent either. Karinne Steffans anyone? And yes, there is Love and Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, Hollywood Exes and Atlanta Exes. These shows are built solely on women trying to create lives outside of their ex-husbands and boyfriends while spilling tea about them here and there, but those women are hit with labels like “bitter,” “ratchet” or “industry h*e” when they open their mouths. Men, however, are championed for the same tired bars spit on wax and dirt revealed in interviews, and it’s time to give it up.
But the frat house mentality doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, no matter how many times you tell folks that it’s inappropriate:
When discussing who gives the best fellatio between Ciara and Angela Simmons while on “Wild N Out,” Bow Wow (who would rather be referred to as Shad Moss) had this to say: “Well, at one time they both was my women correct? So if you put one and one together I mean, of course we must have been doing the do if they was my women, correct? Well, then I might as well go ‘head and keep it even, they both is mighty, mighty, mighty swell.”
Nick cannon chided Mr. Moss on that show, saying he would have “pleaded the fifth,” but then again, he isn’t necessarily the poster child for keeping personal business private. If it wasn’t for Mariah Carey telling him to pipe down about their business and who he used to roll around with in the sack, he probably would’ve been just like the thirsty fans in the crowd during that show dying to know more.
Look, there is no reason why we should know who you’ve shared a bed or traded spit with and whether or not they lived up to your expectations. It doesn’t help 50 Cent’s career if we know that his sexual experience with talk show host Chelsea Handler was similar to wrestling with a gator. Is it funny? Maybe. But in the grand scheme of things, does it help him sell records? Absolutely not. It’s all just putting someone else on blast, a person who trusted you not to run to the streets telling their business.
We didn’t need to know that Erykah Badu’s “box” had Common whipped (especially since that rumor was going around for years…), or that Eminem had sexual relations with Mariah (something she denies). These inappropriate comments by men way over 18 are immature and they seem like a way to gain publicity rather than harmless jokes at exes who have long forgotten about them.
What makes matters worse is that many of these stars are fathers (or father figures) to little girls who cannot be shielded by their daddy’s raunchy commentary. These same men probably wouldn’t want their own child’s personal business and sexual encounters put out there for laughs and attention.
Kissing and telling is so junior high school. Can we all just…grow up?
While we celebrate America’s Independence on the Fourth, we also wish these celebs born in July a very Happy Birthday.
Some women have been known to lie about their age but Wendy Williams has been forthcoming with every aspect about her personal life and age is no exception. Celebrating her 50th birthday on July 18, Williams will be checking off something on her bucket list that she’s never done but always wanted to do. The talk show host will step outside of her comfort zone and perform a 70-minute stand-up routine. Making her comedic debut at The Venetian in Las Vegas, “The Perfect Shade Of Stand Up” will feature an all-female cast that includes Joy Behar and Lisa Lampanelli.
One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.
Apparently 50 Cent’s new STARZ series, “Power,” was a major hit. After just one episode, the cable network has announced that the series will be renewed for a second season, Deadline reports.
The fast-moving drama debuted last weekend “with 462,000 Live+same day at 9 PM, 1.27 million for the three Saturday night airings and 2.022 million for the nine weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday.” In case you’ve been out of the loop for a bit, the 50 Cent-produced series is “set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade” and follows the story of Ghost St. Patrick, a drug dealer and businessman with dreams of going legit. Stars include “Being Mary Jane” actor Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren.
“Tasha St. Patrick, she’s crazy,” Naturi recently described her character to Shadow and Act. “She really is Ghost’s sidekick, the other half of Bonnie and Clyde. She came up from the streets, grew up in Queens, and had a rough life. She had desires to be a singer but those desires got cut short because she was pregnant at 19 with Ghost’s child. He’s trying to choose between going legit and staying in the drug game, and she’s pretty much the woman who’s like look, we’ve built this empire together, I’ll ride with you to the end. She’ll throw the gun away, she’ll tell you how to dump the body. She’s an edgy character and not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep the family together.”
Production for season two begins in September. I had the opportunity to check out “Power” over the weekend and thought it was pretty good.
Did you see the premiere on Saturday? What did you think?
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So 50 Cent had the worst first pitch ever in the history of baseball. And says Beyonce was about to go upside his head because she thought he had a problem with her man. Let’s see… what else? Oh! Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has announced that he will accept bitcoin as payment for his newest album, Animal Ambition. While critics have been giving mixed reviews to 50’s first album since leaving Interscope Records and Eminem’s Shady/Aftermath, bitcoin advocates are elated.
“We are excited to see high-profile independent artists use bitcoin and 50 Cent’s trail as an innovator is outstanding,” the executive chairman of bitcoin payment service provider Bitpay, Tony Gallippi, said in a statement.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that does not need a bank and can be used as payment for some transactions. (We’ve written about it here and here.) And now 50 fans can use it to buy his fifth album from shop.50cent.com. Bitpay is handling transactions and Jackson’s G-Unit Records will convert bitcoin payments into cash, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The new media director for G-Unit Records, Corentin Villemeur, says he believes Jackson is the first major artist to openly accept bitcoin. According to Villemeur, future releases through G-Unit Records should also be purchasable with bitcoin.