December 20, 2007

Hip Hop Soda Shop: Warren Sapp starts online videogame, hip-hop, healthy fast-food restaurant chain: Via buzzfeed: Hip Hop Soda Shop official site and the concept explained by Warren on ESPN and CNBC. File under: Football? Culture? Business and Law?

posted by worldcup2002 to culture at 03:20 PM - 11 comments

Wow... I was expecting a punchline. Good luck Warren!

posted by myshtigo at 03:56 PM on December 20, 2007

Can't watch the YT here at work but neither the linked article nor the official site mention Sapp's involvement that I could see. Unless he's just a paid spokesperson...

posted by billsaysthis at 07:33 PM on December 20, 2007

You're right, bill. Try searching for "hip hop soda shop warren sapp" on Google News and get no results. If you search only on "hip hop soda shop", you do get results, but NONE of them show Warren Sapp in the headlines or excerpts. Weird. Maybe he was an early spokesperson, but then the relationship ended. The first store opened today, with rap stars in attendance, but no Warren. Witness this event announcement for the store opening posted on company's site. No mention of Warren at all. Very strange considering he was all over the TV selling it as his store. Also, note: The store is actually owned and operated by H3 Inc., a penny-stock co. that claims to be the "first publicly traded Hip-Hop company". They're CEO is former NAACP CEO, Benjamin Chavis Muhammad, who also used to be a UCC pastor, before joining the Nation of Islam.

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:40 PM on December 20, 2007

I hope warren the best of luck with this venture. It is something that can definately be good for our communities. BLACK STAR POWER! ___________________________________________________ All-Time NFL Great Warren Sapp Signs HipHopSodaShop Development Deal with H3Enterprises, Inc. Geographic Code: 1USA Date: Jun 21, 2006 Words: 443 Publication: Business Wire NEW YORK -- H3Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: HTRE) today announced the signing of an Area Development Agreement with Super Bowl Champion Warren Sapp of the Oakland Raiders to open HipHopSodaShops throughout Central Florida and Jacksonville. H3Enterprises ( is the creator of the HipHopSodaShops, which combine the urban swell of hip-hop music, Pro-Ball, healthy fast food, CyberSports, merchandising, and pre-loadable cash cards into the hottest phenomena to hit America since the cultural evolutions of Planet Hollywood(R), Hard Rock Cafe(R), and Starbucks(R). "The HipHopSodaShops can be one of the most positive things to ever happen to our communities," stated Sapp. "I can't think of a better way of giving back than putting my money to work on my own turf for my own people while helping H3's powerful new enterprises flourish all over the world." Mr. Sapp is the latest member in an impressive list of cultural heroes that include Ben Gordon, Juelz Santana, Joakim Noah, and Juvenile. They signed on to create the best in food and entertainment for the HipHop Generation as well as a wealth of new jobs and educational opportunities. NBA star Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls and HarlemHipHop sensation Juelz Santana recently became the principal partners in the flagship HipHopSodaShop store in Harlem. The grand opening will be this summer in New York City. Founder and president of H3Enterprises, Brian "H3" Peters stated, "Warren Sapp brings a tremendous amount of energy and financial strength to TeamH3. His level of commitment to bringing joy and hope to all of our people is truly gratifying, and all of us associated with HTRE really look forward to working side-by-side with such a charismatic and influential personality. Warren Sapp is a champion in every sense of the word." "It is my job and good fortune to make Brian's dream a reality throughout my home state, and to further promote the HipHopSodaShops to all of my friends and fellow athletes," Sapp concluded. HTRE has tapped into 5 different multi-billion dollar markets and has already created a phenomenon that can only expand dramatically from its cultural epicenter. Safe Harbor: Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking'' statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results and other factors discussed in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. COPYRIGHT 2006 Business Wire Copyright 2006, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

posted by momplapa at 10:02 AM on December 21, 2007

combine the urban swell of hip-hop music, Pro-Ball, healthy fast food, CyberSports, merchandising, and pre-loadable cash cards No.

posted by yerfatma at 10:52 AM on December 21, 2007

Do I hear a second to yerfatma's no?

posted by irunfromclones at 12:04 PM on December 21, 2007

I was gonna say "no" too, but then I saw my man Juvenile up there in that list, so you know, it's got to be a going concern. He's like the Warren Buffett of sweatsock rap. Cash money.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:15 PM on December 21, 2007

How about... no.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:28 PM on December 21, 2007

All these negative comments are so pointless because at the end of the day those guys are millionaire and at one point the best at what they do. While all the nay sayer are get to go home to their 2000 honda accord and wait for their TV dinners.

posted by momplapa at 01:38 PM on December 21, 2007

Who said anything about a 2000 Honda Accord? I'm perfectly happy with my 1989 chevy truck, thank you... and as long as I can still cook I will never eat a TV dinner.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:57 PM on December 21, 2007

Millionaires (a) often lose money on at least some of their ventures, as I can attest from the results of the startup I was part of in 2005-6 which was co-founded by two millionaires (both previously successful tech entrepreneurs) and got investments from half a dozen millionaire angel investors and (b) have no greater likelihood of a successful return than you or me when the investment in question is wildly different from the business from which thos millions were made.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:34 PM on December 23, 2007

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