RIAA changes rules to accommodate Jay Z; ‘Holy Grail’ will ship platinum

Nelly Jay Z Diddy

It pays to have friends in high places with deep pockets: money changes everything.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has changed its rules to allow albums given away for free to be counted in Jay Z’s total sales. Electronics giant Samsung recently announced a $20 million sponsorship deal with the aging rapper. The deal immediately began paying dividends for the father-of-two when Samsung bought 1 million advance copies of his soon-to-be released album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which drops on July 4.

SAmsung will give away the albums for free to users who download a radio app to their Samsung smartphones. The 1 million in advanced sales put a quick $5 million in Jay Z’s back pocket. The RIAA originally said the adavance sales would not count toward Jigga’s total sales. Then he took to Twitter to pitch a fit and the RIAA gave in to his demands. In defending its decision to count Jay Z’s giveaways as sales, the RIAA released a long, wordy explanation which basically says that digital sales are a new frontier that allows for “new rules.”

Read an excerpt of the RIAA’s statement after the break.

From MsStarz.com:

When we first created the Digital Single Award in 2004, we elected not to impose any 30-day rule because there are very few digital returns. According to our auditing firm, digital returns on average account for less than two percent of sales included in reports provided by the labels for certification – most digital retailer Terms of Use/Service allow users to return products only under limited circumstances.

Also at the time in 2004, sales of digital albums were virtually non-existent and accounted for a small fraction of overall digital sales. Fast forward a decade and that’s obviously no longer the case.

We think it’s time for the RIAA – and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman – to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That’s why today we are officially updating this rule in our G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.

Read the full statement here.

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    98 Responses to “RIAA changes rules to accommodate Jay Z; ‘Holy Grail’ will ship platinum”

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      Thats what the Magna Carta is about;Making they Own rules,Now ya KNOW!

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      datsmdubya2u says:

      the illuminati strikes again

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      Ty says:

      Thats what the Magna Carta is about;Making they Own rules,Now ya KNOW!
      ____________
      :coffee:

      Dont want to hear Jay’s refurbished lyrics anyway..same shyt different track :coffee:

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      Oh no :cell: you must be MissTaken says:

      I just Googled Snarf and yep.
      Him and Miguel got the same pompadour
      by Who Dat on Jul 1, 2013 at 5:03 p
      _________
      Get out of my head!! Owas going to say Snarf but got an error MSG
      :ghost:
      by Oh no :cell: you must be MissTaken on Jul 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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      So Samsung gambled on Jay Z as an endorser of their products.
      I think they are the ones that pressured for the change. No way they want their name/product linked to someone that flopped and that they GUARANTEED would be a platinum selling artist.

      :lol:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      and ummh he only said If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen? Ha. #newrules #magnacartaholygrail Platinum!!! VII IV XIII
      I didnt see him rant,rave or Pitch a fit bout it… he already knew

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      Oh no :cell: you must be MissTaken says:

      This RIAA thing seems shady

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      As well as this is why Yeezus is rolling out an official radio edit of Black Skinheads and a music video in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      :wtf:
      I Just watched surveillance footage of a guy just take a baby out of this lady’s shopping cart,she’s just looking at him :huh:

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      Who Dat says:

      This is going to create a helleva lot of prollems RIAA or SoundScan or whoever you are…

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      Smonae says:

      They are BUYING 1 million copies and giving them to their users, I dont see the issue here :shrugs:

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      Ty says:

      Chile the bootleggers are trying to give away Ye’s cd :nono:

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      100% usa made! says:

      Started From the Bottom now We Here! How you go from a D boy, to changing the game for everyone. It must be good to be Jay Z!

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      Who Dat says:

      for the father-of-two
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Dont think I aint catch this Sandy

      :ghost:

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      libra80sbaby says:

      :tea:

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      100% usa made! says:

      Ty says:

      Chile the bootleggers are trying to give away Ye’s cd

      :yes: Ma’am! I’m not feeling Yeezus…..J Cole’s album is the truth though!

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      datsmdubya2u says:

      Who Dat says:

      for the father-of-two
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Dont think I aint catch this Sandy

      _____________________

      i wonder why a dope dealer turned rapper would be so concerned over keeping his OOW child a secret?

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      QueenSJ says:

      It still isn’t the same to me. Any one of these corporations can buy bulk quantities of their endorser’s product. When this starts happening more and more, it’s going to devalue gold, platinum, and diamond statuses.

      True enough, the bottom line is that this is a business, but it’s still shady.

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      Who Dat says:

      Just watched surveillance footage of a guy just take a baby out of this lady’s shopping cart,she’s just looking at him
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      I SEEN that ish over the weekend! Then gonna plead with him later? WHET? Nukka who is you and why you terching my baby???? :nono:

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      Smonae says:

      Hell that album was gone go plat anyway, I could see if Jay bought a mil copies himself
      Can’t knock the hustle :coffee:

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      Ty says:

      100% usa made! says:

      Ty says:

      Chile the bootleggers are trying to give away Ye’s cd

      Ma’am! I’m not feeling Yeezus…..J Cole’s album is the truth though!
      ____________
      :rofl: Girl they are saying buy Cole get a Ye free :rofl: :rofl:

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      Gigi26 says:

      Chile the bootleggers are trying to give away Ye’s cd
      —————————-
      Haven’t listened to that trash nor am I interested :no:

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      Damn. Is Ye album really THAT bad?! :eek:

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      Smonae says:

      I dont know wtf Yeezy was thinking during that album process. That album sucks azz and i’m a fan of Ye or at least I used to be. He need to take his azz back to the Chi for some inspiration :mad:

      Mad I wasted time listening to that garbage

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      FuturedocDonte says:

      They should count… They were technically purchased :coffee:

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      Gigi26 says:

      :rofl: Ty :hahaha: that is horrible

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      Smonae says:

      I am feeling J. Cole tho :yes:

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      Who Dat says:

      When this starts happening more and more, it’s going to devalue gold, platinum, and diamond statuses
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      I cosign. That is why I said its gonna open up a whole can of worms.

      And if they doing it…ummm other entities gonna start too. Lets buy XX number of say XX country star’s CD’s and put them in McD’s bags cause they got a McD’s deal. Or put these rock star’s or Idol winner CD’s in all the Walmart bags cause they got a Wally deal. And count them as sales. This is about to be a whole mess. Dont belee me just wash.

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      100% usa made! says:

      MzDimplez1123 says:

      Damn. Is Ye album really THAT bad?!

      That would be a :yes: Kayne is way out there with this album. I tried to ride with him…but I see know why he said he isn’t trying to sell a million albums…cause he can’t with that meth music he is trying to sell

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      Ty says:

      Im with whomever said they felt like they needed to be baptized again after listening to it :nono:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      Smonae says:

      I dont know wtf Yeezy was thinking during that album process. That album sucks azz and i’m a fan of Ye or at least I used to be. He need to take his azz back to the Chi for some inspiration

      Mad I wasted time listening to that garbage
      ______________________________
      ^^^^ :cosign:

      :waves:
      Smonae
      Kdub
      Gigi
      Ty
      Dats
      Libra
      LuvN
      MissTake
      Libra
      Man

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      :spank: Whang for not speaking to me.

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      QueenSJ says:

      I cosign. That is why I said its gonna open up a whole can of worms.

      And if they doing it…ummm other entities gonna start too. Lets buy XX number of say XX country star’s CD’s and put them in McD’s bags cause they got a McD’s deal. Or put these rock star’s or Idol winner CD’s in all the Walmart bags cause they got a Wally deal. And count them as sales. This is about to be a whole mess. Dont belee me just wash.
      _____________________________________________________
      Yup! :coffee:

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      Ty says:

      Ms Whang :danban:

      :peace: all

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      I cosign. That is why I said its gonna open up a whole can of worms.

      And if they doing it…ummm other entities gonna start too. Lets buy XX number of say XX country star’s CD’s and put them in McD’s bags cause they got a McD’s deal. Or put these rock star’s or Idol winner CD’s in all the Walmart bags cause they got a Wally deal. And count them as sales. This is about to be a whole mess. Dont belee me just wash.
      _____________________________________________________
      Yup!

      ___________________

      Yup. Now corporations will just buy the chit themselves to make “Such-and-Such” a platinum artist or have the #1 record in the country.

      SMH.

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      MzDimpzzzzz my bad..I’m “playin like” I’m workin & trynna post tew. :happy:

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      Smonae says:

      MzWhang :hugs:

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      :2dance: @ Whang. I was just messin with you! :hug:

      Where you been though? :eek:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      :offtopic:

      Umm…I’m feelin sum kinda way about this…

      Country Club Snubs Breastfeeding Mom

      A Belgian mother and her diplomat husband were thrown out of a posh country club after she breastfed at the table, according to a story published Sunday in the New York Post.

      Tom Neijens, 36, the first secretary of the Belgium Mission to the UN and his wife, Roseline Remans, 34, had stopped by the Metropolis Country Club in White Plains earlier this month to eat lunch. Although they weren’t members, they were seated on the terrace, along with other diners.

      Remans reportedly began to inconspicuously breastfeed her daughter Luka at the table when a female supervisor approached and asked her to leave. “She said, ‘Please leave immediately, you are disturbing the members,’” Neijens told the New York Post.

      He intervened on his wife’s behalf, telling the supervisor that the feeding would not take long, but Remans was told to finish in the restroom.

      “You don’t ask a person to have lunch in the restroom — why would you ask a baby to have lunch there?” Neijens said.

      Shortly after the confrontation, the Greenburgh Police Department arrived. The couple told the Post Detective Scott Harding yelled, “Close the doors!” and other diners were asked to leave the terrace.

      “He was walking as if he was acting in a Western movie,” Neijens said. “He had one hand on his gun, one hand on his Taser.”

      The officer reportedly told the couple that they were trespassing and that other patrons at the club believed them to be terrorists because of the black backpack the couple had in their possession. “In Sri Lanka, babies are used by terrorists,” the cop allegedly said.

      When Neijens revealed his State Department-issued ID, the cop softened. “You have to understand, this club has had terrorism threats in the past,” he told the diplomat.

      The family was reportedly asked to leave through a back door. A few days later, Neijens emailed the club, demanding an apology from Metropolis general manager Tracy Fraus and assistant general manager Audra Vaccari.

      “I am deeply worried about your staff if they cannot distinguish between a European couple looking for a quiet place to breastfeed a baby and suicide terrorists carrying a backpack,” Neijens wrote, according to the Post. A representative from Metropolis Country Club did not respond to Yahoo! Shine’s voice messages. Lt. B.J. Ryan, a spokesman for the Greenburgh PD, told the Post that the incident was a “cultural misunderstanding.”

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      @MzDimpz…workin..but I still lurk. Thanks for askin! :hug:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      for the father-of-two
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Who Dat says:
      Dont think I aint catch this Sandy
      __________________

      I knew it wouldn’t get past you. :lol:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      mzwhang90210 says:

      “I am deeply worried about your staff if they cannot distinguish between a European couple looking for a quiet place to breastfeed a baby and suicide terrorists carrying a backpack,” Neijens wrote,
      ___________________

      They couldn’t find a “quiet place” to expose her breast other than at a table in full view of other diners? I’m so tired of people imposing their will on others. :no:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      Sandra Rose says: They couldn’t find “quiet place” to expose her breast other than at a table in full view of other diners? I’m so tired of people imposing their will on others.
      __________________________
      BAM!!!!
      :thankyou:

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      Ididntreallymeanit says:

      I hope this decision doesn’t back fire on them.

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      Ididntreallymeanit says:

      Why didn’t she just cover herself with a blanket or just pumped and gave it to the child in a bottle.

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      Sandra Rose says: I’m so tired of people imposing their will on others
      _________________________________________________

      I thought it was just me.

      I DO NOT wanna see you breast feed while I’m eating clam chowder.

      I DO NOT wanna listen to your child wail and whine on a 2 hour flight- just because “that’s how kids are..what do you want me to do?”

      I do NOT wanna stand in a check outline behind you..and hear your child shriek at the top of her lungs because you won’t buy her a pack of gummy bears…(1/2 of which are on the floor… because she ripped the package open and stuffed 3 in her mouth already.)

      #endrant

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      Tt says:

      I Just watched surveillance footage of a guy just take a baby out of this lady’s shopping cart,she’s just looking at him

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      It wasn’t the mom watching. He waited until the mom turned away (she’s facing the produce or meat or whatever it is) and snatched her. That is her other preteen daughter that was looking on in shock

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      I DO NOT wanna listen to your child wail and whine on a 2 hour flight- just because “that’s how kids are..what do you want me to do?”

      I do NOT wanna stand in a check outline behind you..and hear your child shriek at the top of her lungs because you won’t buy her a pack of gummy bears…(1/2 of which are on the floor… because she ripped the package open and stuffed 3 in her mouth already.)

      SO. WHAT. :karate: <–in all black!

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      Tt says:

      I Just watched surveillance footage of a guy just take a baby out of this lady’s shopping cart,she’s just looking at him

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^It wasn’t the mom watching. He waited until the mom turned away (she’s facing the produce or meat or whatever it is) and snatched her. That is her other preteen daughter that was looking on in shock
      ~
      :oops:
      OHhhhhhhh,of course the news didnt say who,what how… they did say dude has mental issues,Me as a mother I woulda got mentally unstable instantly :tea:
      :duel:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      I understand the teen looking on in shock and not saying anything.

    57. 57

      Got ya DTS :woot: why I Just seen a video with Foxy Brown trying to perform a comeback song and straight bust her azz……. folks need to grow up, after a certain age rap should be against the law :rules:

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      MsOnederful says:

      ripped From the lala Post

      Sandra Rose says:

      Bombshell Esq says:
      When are we getting the about LaLa you promised soooo long ago Aunty
      _________________
      I’m tired of repeating myself. I already told y’all the girl is emotionally fragile. Do y’all want her to slit her wrists? :coffee:

      So do us 1 better..you have the ability to make some posts private for your registered users…that would be a nice treat for us who are the cream of the crop…you should consider it hun :coffee: ;) Muahhhhzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz cuz Babayy I’ve been waiting for that write up for almost 3 years now LMAO… treat us..or give us the diaries for Christmas…she wont see it.

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      Who Dat says:

      I understand the teen looking on in shock and not saying anything.

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      I do too. Folks deal with shock diff. BUT my kids are 10 years apart. You let a man walk up and snatch then 2 yo out the cart and my then 12 yo standing there. :nono: She woulda fought that man prolly HARDER THAN I WOULD HAVE. :duel: She not playing about her sister. She done told the folks at the camp she work at and 8 yo attends—do NAT say not ish to my sister…come find me. I WILL HANDLE IT. Dont eem address her directly. Please and thanks. :rofl:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      @ Ditty cheddup!! :box: :hug:

      @LuvN
      Don’t folks know that there are cameras ERRYWHERE nowdays? :smack:

      NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities have arrested a man wanted in a New Jersey home invasion that left a mother beaten, an attack that was captured on a nanny cam.
      The attack last Friday in Millburn was captured on a hidden camera in the woman’s home. A man can be seen bursting into the home, punching and kicking the woman and throwing her down stairs while her 3-year-old daughter cowered on a couch. Police withheld the names of the woman and child.

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      Who Dat says:

      folks need to grow up, after a certain age rap should be against the law
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      That would make this post about a 50 yo Jay-Z a moot point tho

      :kona:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      @Whang :hi:
      I seen that story,I COULD not bring myself to watch :(

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      @ Whang….I saw that video, it was HORRIBLE!

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      folks need to grow up, after a certain age rap should be against the law :rules:

      How ya gonna say that up in the old man rapper post?! :rofl:

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      Who Dat says:

      I seen it too. It was hard to watch :sad:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      @JenEEE :kiss:

      @ Sandra…y’d I watch New Jack City this weekend..and see Nino Brown do this :nino: and bust out laffin? (REALLY LOUD)

      My hubby was like..what’s so funny???…all I could utter between laffs was “San..Sandr..Sandra Roseeeeeeee”

      :hahaha:

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      :karate: I saw that & I wanna drown that joker! Right in front of her little girl.

      AND why hasn’t anyone that knows him turned him in yet? A bunch of sickos! :mad: :cuss:

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      Who Dat says:

      How ya gonna say that up in the old man rapper post?!
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Speakin of…did yall see Busta when the camera panned to his fat o’beast azz last night? :eek:

      DAT nukka used to be cut and sessy. What in the entire hail HAPPENED Trevor? Like what? :wtf:

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      67 does not mean I wanna drown him in front of the little girl. I meant that he did it right in front of the little girl… Dumb azz :twisted:

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      If you had Chickenpox-The Shingles virus is already inside you. Sound sexy huh?, "inside you" Well its not! This is serious. Click my link for details says:

      Hi DTTS :hi: I have a headache and feel blaaah. I was up in the club grinding n what not on Saturday. I may have caught sumthun :think:

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      Kdub, I didn’t see him, and thank goodness! :lol:

      He used could Get IT! :dance: #reallywannapartywithmeputyahandswheremyeyescansee

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      @Dimpz & LuvN.. I was :wail: when I saw that video. I mean he was BEATING that woman.

      I prolly shouldn’t say this but..she should’ve had :shotsfired1: protection.

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      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      folks need to grow up, after a certain age rap should be against the law
      How ya gonna say that up in the old man rapper post?!
      ________________________

      When I saw something bout Jay I automatically didn't really pay this post writeup no tention :ashamed: sorry Sandra

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      *bops you on the head*
      YEW have 2 :nono: <–hand still Strikes Against you! :twisted:

      Check :cell:

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      Who Dat says:

      18 yo: Who is THAT? :blink:
      Me: Busta Rhymes
      18 yo: NU-UHHHH…no it AINT :no:
      Me: (camera catches him again) I been a fan since I was 15 yo. LONS. THAT? Is Busta!

      That nukka weighs 300lbs. I AM CONVINCED. Is he on Prednisone?

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      :karate: Hell, how quick he moved, she needed a German Shepherd up in there! Hmmp.

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      Is he on Prednisone?

      :ghost: :nite: Irene….

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      Brennnnnnnn *skips across a field of daisys like in those Summers Eve commercials* :happy:

      @Ditty #72…didn’t I read Busta has that nasty man’s disease..aka Herpes? :thinking:

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      @Dubb My friend use to style him back in the day, I remember them arguing on the phone, she said he was letting them steroids go to his head. That was when He first started getting swole :tea: but hey she was mad at him so that may be true may not.

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      Jenny, *whispers* I ain’t read it either, didn’t want no spirits no jump in me :rofl: #faserious :lol:

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      :karate: A whole bunch of folks have it.

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      If you had Chickenpox-The Shingles virus is already inside you. Sound sexy huh?, "inside you" Well its not! This is serious. Click my link for details says:

      Hey WingWhang :rofl: did you liwkey just call me a douche :rofl:

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      Who Dat says:

      didn’t I read Busta has that nasty man’s disease..aka Herpes?
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Okay then. Yes I have heard that. He got sued by a lady couple years back too didnt he? For passing it. Okay. He fat cause he on Prednisone for flareups. Thanks for the refresh :ghost:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      :dead:
      Whewwwww….I love my Rose-ettes.

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      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      Jenny, *whispers* I ain’t read it either, didn’t want no spirits no jump in me #faserious
      _____________________

      :nun: yeen know Ion fugg with the jigga man or to many that affiliate themselves with him :lol:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      What did Gabrielle Union say to the man in bed? Is she saying “please God, if he’s my man give me a sign?” I hope that’s not what she said. :no:

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      Who Dat says:

      What did Gabrielle Union say to the man in bed? Is she saying “please God, if he’s my man give me a sign?” I hope that’s not what she said.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Correct. That is what she said.

      And then he walked up on her and her friend in the company of another woman the next day. In the preview. Guess that was Mary Jane’s sign that aint her mayne huh?

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      Sandra Rose says:

      What did Gabrielle Union say to the man in bed? Is she saying “please God, if he’s my man give me a sign?” I hope that’s not what she said.
      __________________________

      That is exactly what she said :yes: she must have pulled that from the movie Jumping the Broom ….. chile :no:

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      Who Dat says:

      Alright yall. I’m out. I done technically “worked late”…whatevs.

      :peace:

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      @ Whang…And that poor woman said she didn’t scream or fight back because she hoped he would just let her go and take what he wanted if she behaved. He turned around and threw her down the stairs after he beat her. :(

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      Night yall. I’m going home too. :bye:

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      likeCaesar says:

      Lemme get this straight? So Jay Z should stop rapping and making money because he’s aging? Meanwhile The Rolling Stones, U2, et cetera continue to tour well into their 60’s. Double standard much?

      #bucketofcrabs

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      goat76 says:

      Smart. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.

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