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She’s been making the rounds, so it’s only likely that we would be hearing some new music from her. Well, that day is here ladies and gentleman. The single from the upcoming album Braveheart is called “I Got It.” In this new song Ashanti talks about how even though she doesn’t normally get down like that, she’ll be generous with this dude. The song, cowritten by Future, also features a verse from Rick Ross. The production for the song is nice but something, whether it’s Ashanti’s vocals or something else–there’s something missing.
Take a listen to the song below and tell us pass or play?
Taye Diggs looks older and more mature with facial hair. When he shaves it all off he looks like a little boy waiting for puberty to start.
Why do folks love getting around celebs and acting a complete fool? The latest chuckle-worthy video to hit the web features rapper Rick Ross and the MMG team at a fan meet and greet to promote their upcoming collaborative LP, Self Made Vol. 3. It’s unclear what went down before the camera began filming, but in the video, a scantily clad and squealing woman approaches the table where Rick is sitting and screams “You so s*xy!” before falling out.
An obviously amused Rick then says, “Yo she fainted. She alright?” as a group of people crowded around her. Ironically, no one offered to help her up. A few seconds later the woman pops back up.
“This ain’t fake! This is real!” she exclaimed before blowing a kiss and walking away.
I guess it’s safe to say that Rick Ross is her favorite rapper. While it’s clear that the woman’s reaction to Rick was dramatic and way over the top, some have speculated that the entire scene was staged by MMG. Even if it was staged, they could’ve at least given ole’ girl some lotion for those ashy knees first!
Watch the video on page two. Does it look like the scene was staged to you?
Celebrity or not, there are some things people just shouldn’t wear after a certain age – or until they reach a certain age. But there’s really no point in telling these 15 celebrities who don’t dress their ages. They’re just as famous for their talents as they are for their age-inappropriate wardrobes.
This 43-year-old mommy of two definitely doesn’t let age govern the clothes she rocks. From super low plunging necklines to super high thigh slits, Mariah Carey shows no signs of slowing down (or covering up) anytime soon.
The struggle in the church regarding whether or not Christians should listen to secular music has been a long-lived debate. While some feel that it’s okay to listen to genres other than gospel as long as good judgement and moderation are implemented, others believe that genres such as hip-hop should be avoided altogether. It appears that the Mt. Salem Baptist Church of North Carolina may be on of the ministries that are against it. According to Praise DC, the ministry’s youngest pastor to ever be installed, 26-year-old Rev. Rodney Wills, was fired after he attended a Rick Ross concert.
Ironically, the young pastor was let go shortly before the church was scheduled to celebrate his 4th pastoral anniversary. According to reports, the 14 deacons of the church met Saturday just before midnight to decide on their next course of action after they learned of Wills’ actions. After some deliberation, 26-year-old Wills was reportedly voted out 11 to 3. The way the story is being told, when Wills arrived at the church for Sunday morning service the next day, he was surprised to see that his parking sign had been removed and his name had been taken down off of the office door. He later learned that he’d been let go.
“We cannot have our leader supporting people of this world who are tearing down the kingdom of God,” said Deacon Miles Langley of the incident.
We also hear that this isn’t the first time Wills was spotted at a hip-hop concert. According to reports, he appeared before the church’s board after a few young people saw him at a Lil Wayne concert 9 months prior.
“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,” Langley continued.
We can’t say for sure is this is the only reason the 26-year-old pastor was let go, but we can say that the ministry’s decision has been widely criticized among social media users.
What do you think? Should Rev. Wills have been fired.
Although I have the utmost respect for J. Cole’s apology regarding a derogatory lyric he wrote about autism, I can’t help but feeling that the public in general are way too sensitive when it comes to words and actions of celebs. Actress Holly Robinson-Peete sat in tears on the Access Hollywood Live couch revealing her feelings were seriously hurt over the insensitive verse, especially because her 15 year-old autistic son brought it to her attention. Not too long after, both J. Cole and Drake agreed to remove the lyric from the song. She also commented that due to J. Cole’s large following, she didn’t want the word “retarded” to become synonymous with autism.
The rappers took an extra step that most celebrities wouldn’t have taken when it comes to showing respect and appreciation for their fans, as diverse as they are. Anyone in the public eye has somewhat of a responsibility in regards to the impact they make on the public, but a part of me agrees with Rihanna when she expressed she didn’t sign up to be anyone’s role model. In many ways I feel like we have contributed to this generation that is so celebrity-centered that we end up giving the opinions of celebs more credit than they’re worth.
I’m not proud of it, but Hip-Hop is kind of like Family Guy and South Park. It’s an equal opportunity offender and no one from any gender, race or religion is safe. I don’t know if that’s necessarily “right” but if you’ve listened to enough rap you kind of know what you’re getting into whether it’s a Flo-rida or Kanye West record. When I actually sat down and listened to the words to Lil’ Wayne’s “Love Me,” it took me a minute to digest that the song is basically a three minute misogynistic “love” song that repeatedly refers to women as b’s, heauxs and tells them to open up their legs and shut their mouths. Still whenever I listened to the song while I rode the elevator ten floors up to my job I couldn’t help bobbing my head to the beat. I wasn’t offended because: A.) I wasn’t doing any of the activities discussed in the song and B.) Completely ratchet music is my guilty pleasure. Would I want any of the twelve-year olds I teach to be listening to it? Probably not. But at the end of the day I still believe you can only blame music and TV so much for people’s low self-esteem and insecurities. The girls that I see that think it’s cool for a man to refer to their lady parts as a Red Lobster entrée and think swag is man telling them, “I F who want, and F who I don’t,” have problems that go far beyond their taste in music.
As a writer, I feel the need to scrutinize whenever someone’s artistic expression is in some way threatened. From Paula Deen to Rick Ross, at the end of the day celebrities are people with opinions (no matter how offensive they may be) and when it comes to rap, a lot of things are said for that extra sting or shock factor; that’s what makes it so entertaining. It seems as of late, celebs are doing more apologizing than a Brian McKnight ballad. I’m not saying that these apologies are unnecessary, especially because the price of fame means a careless tweet or an insensitive joke caught on TMZ can directly translate into a negative bank balance. But I was raised during a time when stick and stones broke bones, but words didn’t hurt. Words are powerful, it’s why I choose to write but they’re only as powerful as you allow them to be. Frankly I’m tired of people catching feelings over Twitter or drafting a petition every time they feel a hip-hop lyric offends them personally. As a culture we have so many more bigger battles that are worth fighting for.
They say it’s not what you’re called but what you answer to. I think we should spend a lot of time exploring the context in which things are said before we go catching feelings every time someone says something that we take to heart. Maybe it’s just me but I suspect J. Cole doesn’t have any kind of ill-will towards the autistic community and just wanted a lyric that would throw some shade to those questioning his record sales. Rap is a battle and unfortunately, many innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire. I think we need to spend less time campaigning for a world where people come politically correct 100% of the time, and spend more time making sure our children are impacted just as much by the words of Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela as much as they are by Jay-Z and J-Cole.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
“I’m not slowing or softening,” yelled the can’t-be-tamed Eminem. “No apologies!”
Seen as crass to some and satirical to others, his murder-laden, homophobic slur-ridden, misogyny-filled lyrics provoked critics. But Eminem kept his promise and never apologized for it — and his fan base still remained loyal. Despite his kid-unfriendly music, many have considered the “Hip-Hop Cash King” to be one of the greatest rappers alive.
As years have passed, J.Cole, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross have emerge as hip-hop royalty. And they’ve also been on the receiving end of criticism for their lyrics. Unlike Slim Shady, however, all three have apologized. But how genuine are these apologies?
Rick Ross’ failure to show remorse for a ”U.O.E.N.O” verse about slipping a molly on an unsuspecting woman ripped his Reebok endorsement deal right out of his hands. “At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross,” Reebok told Billboard.
This sent Rick Ross flying to Twitter to apologize: “I don’t condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape.”
Lil Wayne plunged into hot water for using the name of Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a White woman, in the lyrics of one of his songs. He apologized (kind of), but Mountain Dew was not on board. They pulled a Reebok and dropped Wayne.
I could just imagine their PR reps badgering them to issue a statement of apology: “Wayne, you best put those tattooed tears to use and show em’ that you’re sorry!” “Ross you have $5 million at stake!” But I think I’ll pass on a phony apology that was sloppily thrown together to dodge the possibility of losing a lucrative deal. I’d rather accept no apology over a faux-pology. Especially since Birdman, who works closely with Lil Wayne as CEO of Cash Money, recently stated that he considered boycotting Reebok and Mountain Dew. “This is music, man; all we doin’ is makin’ music,” Birdman said. “Next time, we’re gonna stand up [against Reebok and Mountain Dew] and we’re gonna shut that s*** down.”
I understand that as a rap artist, you can’t possibly satisfy every single listener. Should they apologize for every offended person? Insisting that rappers keep it PC will just have them walking on egg shells; freedom of expression would be smothered. “I view rap similar to how I view comedy,” J.Cole said. “It’s going to ruffle feathers at times.” Still, disgracing Black history, for example, is an absolute no-no. Glorifying materialism, dropping n-bombs and drug-use, although controversial, does not seem to jeopardize rappers’ bank accounts because these sensitive topics have no major campaigns behind them.
Autism is associated with outspoken celebrities like Holly Robinson Peete, Jenny McCarthy, Toni Braxton and Kate Winslet. UltraViolet, a women’s rights group that successfully helped convince 140 advertisers to pull out from Rush Limbaugh’s radio station for his comments about activist Sandra Fluke, pressured Reebok to sever ties with Rick Ross. Some individuals and groups can attack where it hurts the most: the pockets.
J.Cole is being applauded for delivering a heart-tugging apology after Peete, mother of an autistic son, made a teary plea on Access Hollywood over lyrics on Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle” that offensively referenced autism and retardation. In an in-depth letter, J.Cole said, “I’ll gladly own my mistake[…] there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism.”
What adds an element of sincerity to the letter is the fact that J. Cole didn’t make it after an endorsement deal was threatened. He stepped up and owned up to a faux pas that could have been left unacknowledged. By responding, he added a positive notch to his reputation. Sometimes doing the right thing and admitting a mistake is the right thing to do simply because it’s the right thing to do.
On the other hand, if a multi-million dollar endorsement deal is at stake, in most cases, an apology is tied to it. As a representative of a brand, hip-hop artists compromised their “artistic freedom” the minute they signed it away to Reebok and Mountain Dew.
I remember last summer I had to give Rick Ross a bit of a side eye. His feature on Usher’s song “Lemme See” seemed a bit inappropriate to me. In case you’re not familiar, the song is about a woman who’s been talking trash to Usher all evening, telling him what she’s going to do to him when she gets him home. Usher, wanting practice what she preaches, tells her to let him see what she can do.
Then Rick Ross comes in with his verse:
Got on all my ice, talkin’ cash Shyte
Been balling all my life, Lamborghini’s, fast whips
She down to ride and
Deserves a boss who down to provide
We run the streets but on G5′s, I’m talkin’ fly
Boots and blue jeans, Cartier, newer rings
You with a big boy, so we do the big things
Had the valet park it, Chanel hoodie on
Looking like Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman on warning
She on my morning poster,
Ciroc in my mimosa
I’m ballin’ like Lebron,
We shoppin’ in Milan
The 458 Ferrari, I park it on the lawn
I let her meet my tongue,
She blew up like a bomb
The sex is so explosive, her stuff is supersonic
She my new addiction, I swear I’m through with chronic
Rozay and Usher Raymond, girl we the hottest
Rocking the most ice, I said we the hottest
Uhhh… what does Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman have to do with your materialism and cunniligus skills?! Though I can understand Rick Ross, being from Florida, wanting to bring more awareness to the impending case at that time, there was something that seemed very distasteful about it. It didn’t fit, to me. Though I’m sure one could argue that black men of varying levels of wealth and status wear hoodies. And perhaps, in Rick Ross’ case, as it was with Trayvon, the hoodie didn’t mean he had any reason to rob anybody. Ross because he has his own money and Martin because he was just a kid trying to get home.
But apparently, after the trial and devastating verdict, Ross still has some more to say. In his new song “I Wonder Why,” Rick Ross describes life in his neighborhood. He talks about being loyal to his brother in jail, selling drugs and the new enemies he found once he started making money and becoming more famous.
In the bridge of the song Ross says this:
Now I’m being followed by some creepy-a** cracker
Now I’m being followed by some creepy-a** cracker
Stand your ground, stand your ground
Stand your ground, you gotta stand your ground
And then at the very end of the song, we hear Rachel Jeantel’s voice in her testimony while she was being questioned by Zimmerman’s defense attorney Don West.
(Okay, they’re having trouble hearing you, so take your time)
And then he said [bleep]
(And he’s still following you?)
Rick Ross is comparing his plight to Trayvon Martin’s in that now that he’s getting money he’s being followed as Trayvon was followed by Zimmerman. I’m kind of conflicted about this. While both are black men being followed, Trayvon hadn’t done anything wrong. But in this song Rick Ross is admittedly selling drugs. Arguably Rick Ross fans, who didn’t follow the George Zimmerman case closely might be inspired to do some research after hearing these lyrics. But on the other hand, should we be likening Trayvon to a drug dealer or any other type of criminal when the only items he was carrying were a pack of Skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea? Personally, I wouldn’t have done it. But who knows being from Florida Trayvon might have been flattered to be featured in not one but two of Rick Ross’ songs. Sadly, we’ll never know.
Take a listen to the song on the next page. And in the comments section tell us if you find Ross’ lyrics inappropriate.
“We’re Brother And Sister”: Nicki Minaj Finally Addresses DJ Khaled Proposal, Says It Was Publicity Stunt
As I initially thought, DJ Khaled is out here proposing to folks for attention ya’ll, or at least, that’s what Nicki Minaj claims.
Despite Khaled’s appearance on DJ Felli Fel’s radio show on Power 106 over the weekend, where he stood by his proposal and again claimed that he liked and kind of loved Nicki Minaj (he was never really sure), she called in to Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex to say that she doesn’t take it seriously because that man has been pulling a prank on folks since day one. Why? Not only to promote his album Suffering From Success coming out in September, but to also get some hype around his song with Minaj, Rick Ross and Future called “I Wanna Be With You.” Now we all see why she took so long to respond to his proposal, she was waiting for the song to drop. Womp:
“I was shocked just like the rest of the world and I was cracking up laughing with the rest of the world ’cause Khaled is a master at what he does,” she told Flex last night. She says that he pushed the proposal to kind of match the feel of the song that she’s featured on. “It was just another way for him to kinda give the world a glimpse on the feeling of this record.”
But she maintains that from the very beginning, those close to her knew it was a joke, and no, she has zero interest in Khaled romantically, and he feels the same way…according to her at least.
“Nobody in my real life took it seriously. Everybody just hit me like, ‘LOL. Yo, Khaled is crazy.
Khaled is my brother and Khaled was not serious with that damn proposal, ya’ll. Please let it go. He was kidding. He’s not attracted to me, he doesn’t like me. We’re brother and sister.”
Khaled took to Twitter after the song premiered on Funkmaster Flex’s show to say, “Salute @NICKIMINAJ!!! … Bringing the excitement back to the game!” That doesn’t confirm that he does or doesn’t like her, but I think it’s safe to say we won’t have to care about what he’s doing anymore since their publicity stunt is over. And all of that for a song with a repetitive dull chorus by Future (“I wanna be wit yoooou!”) and altogether a truly forgettable track. They could have kept that…
Check it out for yourself…
It seems like it slipped Rick Ross’s mind to pay for three Rolexes he bought last year. The trio of watches cost almost $90,000 and now Johnny’s Custom Jewelry in, Houston, Texas, wants to be paid. TMZ reports that the store has filed the suit against Ross and his company Maybach Music, claiming the rapper agreed to purchase three diamond Rolexes last August for a total of $89,847.50.
The Rolexes include one 18K gold watch with 30 carats of diamonds ($55,000), one 18K gold watch with seven carats of diamonds ($14,000), and one two-tone watch with five carats of diamonds ($14,000), say the court papers. The sales tax alone was more than $6,000. Johnny’s says it delivered the goods as ordered, and now Ross has to pay not only for the bling bling, bling, but for interest.
While the Miami rapper is still worth millions, he recently lost between $3.5 million and $5 million when his Reebok endorsement deal went bust, reported TMZ (via Def Sounds). Ross was dropped from Reebok earlier this year over lyrics in one of his songs that talked about slipping something in a woman’s drink.
Ross’s camp did not return TMZ’s calls for comment.