Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

Nicki Minaj Spread And Interview With Paper Magazine

It’s a chilly Los Angeles evening and the rapper Nicki Minaj, having just finished her photo shoot, has traded in her impossibly-high heels for lavender fuzzy slippers as she settles into the studio’s couch in a Bushwick-y stretch of L.A. just south of downtown. She cracks a Coke and a smile, her warm pink lips curling back to reveal her Cheshire Cat grin beneath her white wig, vaguely-Asian eyes and gorgeously chiseled nose. It’s this mix of round-the-way girl and exotic future-vamp that’s made her pop so powerful against the saggy backdrop of hip-hop. “I just know that I’ve always been visual,” she says.
     
The 25-year-old, born Onika Maraj in Trinidad and raised in Queens, is leaving an impressive lip-blot on the tissue of hip-hop, one ear-popping featured performance at a time.
 
Minaj rose up through the hip-hop ranks by appearing on over 30 tracks, alongside heavyweights like Ludacris, Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Usher. But her 2009 mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, is Minaj 101. On “Still I Rise,” she waxes Eminem-like on a more Elton John-like subject: “And I only stop for pedestrians, or real real bad lesbians.” It’s lines like these that have made her hip-hop’s gayest MC — a Jay-Z for the drag queens, as it were. “I see videos on YouTube where they impersonate me, and they do an amazing freaking job of dressing up as me,” she says. In past interviews she’s mentioned her own bi-curious leanings and has predicted hip-hop will one day embrace its first openly gay artist. But as far as being a gay-positive presence in hip-hop, Minaj insists, “I didn’t set out to do that. I just like to put a spotlight on the people who support me, and it just so happens, you know, that the gay community has supported me — more than I ever could have imagined.”

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The Hottest 5 Rappers Of The Summer 2010

As we are wrapping up the summer, I decided to come up with a list honoring the “Hottest 5 Rappers Of The Summer 2010.” A few of my friends and I packed our Louis Vuitton luggage and spent the weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey debating which artists should make the list. We set in the pool area of the Harrah Hotel and came up with five rappers that we thought were the hottest and made the biggest impact this summer. All five of the rappers that we chose, had chart-topping hits, released albums or has an album in the works, songs were played heavy in clubs, on radio and had videos that were and still are played on B.E.T and MTV. Each artist buzz was non-stop and they were the most talked about artist in urban music this summer.

1. Rick Ross

Hands down, the Boss was the hottest rapper this summer. On July 20th, he released his fourth studio LP Teflon Don, which debuted at # 2 on the Billboard 200 charts and sold over 176, 300 copies in the first week. Ross first three singles off of the album “Super High”, “BMF” (Blowing Money Fast), and “Live Fast Die Young” all debut on the Billboard Hop 100 chart. To date, Teflon Don has sold over 353,000 copies in the United States.  one word to describe Ross is dope. His lyrics are unbelievable, his flow is sick, his beats are crazy, he’s just “bigger than Hip-Hop in the South.”

2. Drake

His success came over night and it couldn’t happen any quicker. This past June, Drake released his debut album Thank Me Later, which sold over 447,000 copies in the first week. Two months later, his album has reached platinum status. You know you are one of the hottest rappers of the summer 2010, when over 25,000 fans gathered at New York’s South Street Seaport for a free concert, which was cancelled because of a riot. Drake’s album debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. “Over”, “Find Your Love” and “Miss Me” all debut in the top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. So far this year Drake has the 2nd highest record sells in 2010 for a Hip-Hop artist. Drake also won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the 2010 BET Awards.

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Alicia Keys, Her Husband Swizz Beatz & Her Baby Bump Spotted In Tribeca [With Pictures]

R&B/Pop Singer Alicia Keys and her husband Producer/Rapper Swizz Beatz were spotted walking to the store in the Tribeca section of New York yesterday Wednesday (September 1st). The newlywed couple was also seen eating at  Via Dei Mille. Only Alicia keys can look that great in 96 degrees weather while pregnant.

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Nicki Minaj Speaks On Her Debut Album Pink Friday

Nevermind Friday the 13th, are you guys prepared for Nicki Minaj debut album Pink Friday? After years old being featured on other artists songs, being the only female rapper that’s relevant and releasing a successful mixtape, Nicki is stepping out on her own, and showing the world that’s she’s more than a Young Money Barbie.

On November 23rd, Nicki will be dropping her debut album Pink Friday. Nicki recently spoke withV103’s in Atlanta DJ Greg Street about how important it is for her album to succeed, and hopes that it will encourage more ladies to pick up the mic.

They won’t look to sign other female rappers because they’ll say, ‘Her buzz was so crazy and if she couldn’t do it, then no one can do it.’ And I don’t want that to happen, so I’m doing this as well for all the girls. I hope that with the success of the album—because I know it will be successful, I believe it will be successful—I hope that this opens doors for all of the girls everywhere.”-Nicki Minaj

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Chris Brown Announces New Single

Trey Songz might want to move over and give Chris Brown his spot back. If you thought that the homie Chris Brown was going to stay down forever, you were wrong. C Breezy want his spot back and he’s on a winning streak after having the #1 single “Deuces” on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, having a #1 movie Takers, and his memorable Michael Jackson tribute performance at the BET Awards.

C Breezy announced on his Twitter page “Geeked UP!!! NEW SINGLE called ‘Calypso’ coming real soon produced by POLOW DA DON. This is a song that women have been missing from ME!!”

I’m glad to see C Breezy making a comeback and I have been riding with him from day one, regardless of the mistakes he made and all the negative press, I still supported him. (C Breezy, let’s get this interview done. Tell your management team to e-mail me at foreverscottmgmt@gmail.com)

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Breaking News: T.I. And His Wife Tiny Arrested In L.A.

The King of the South just can’t stay out of jail, and his wife is riding with him. Tiny is  a down ass chick.

According to TMZ, T.I. and his wife Tiny were arrested last night for alleged possession of a controlled substance. 

TMZ is reporting that they were arrested  last night and booked for the alleged possession of a controlled substance. Law enforcement sources tell us L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over the multi-platinum selling rapper and his wife in a Maybach on Sunset Boulevard around 10:30PM. Deputies say they smelled marijuana, and after searching the vehicle they arrested T.I. and Tameka. T.I.  is on probation after doing seven months in prison on federal weapons charges. According to TMZ, T.I. and Tameka are in custody right now. Bail amount is $10,000.

(UPDATE) T.I and Tiny were released around 4:00am this morning.

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