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Nicki Minaj has been buzzing all over television and the Internet all week after her third studio album “The Pinkprint” was released this Monday. She has been featured on several talk shows such as The Real and also hosted SNL with skits impersonating other celebrities like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. Out of all these shows and interviews, one of them stood out. Legendary radio personality Angie Martinez got Nicki Minaj to open up and talk about her relationship and break-up with her long-time boyfriend.

Video: "Only" (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne)

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YMCMB has always topped the charts with hits from Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne since the group first came together and haven’t slowed down a bit. They never seem to disappoint, and this time around is no different. With Chris Brown singing the hook, their single “Only” seems like it will be yet another hit for the Young Money crew.

Facts About Lil KimIf you thought Fancy couldn’t get any worse, you were wrong. The smash hit of the summer, Fancy by Iggy Azalea and Charlie XCX isn’t the best song to hit the radio in a long time, yet it still garners radio play like you wouldn’t believe. Iggy sounds more like a caricature of a real female MC rather than a real female MC. Like she’s forcing out her words to make it sound like she’s from New York or some other place from the eastern seaboard. To make matters worse, irrelevant rapper Lil’ Kim released a remix on SoundCloud.

Nicki Minaj shows up and shows out this week and it’s only Tuesday.

Yesterday Nicki released the highly anticipated single “Anaconda” which was only the icing on the cake. This past weekend Beyonce released her the remix to her song “Flawless” that includes Minaj as well.

One word…BRAVO! The rapper is back. Since the success of “Superbass” the star’s career blasted off into a pop direction and although many appreciate the alternate styles she attempted, she is serious this time around.

Nicki Show’s off her “Ass”ets on her Anaconda single artwork.

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ViaThehotlist.com

Nicki Minaj’s latest single “Anaconda” has already been the most talked about song of the summer, even though the song has yet to be released.   The rapper recently revealed the cover to her unreleased song and the reaction must have struck a nerve.

Nicki Minaj is often a figure of controversy and has never defended her artistic statements.  At least not until the unveiling of this certain single.  The rapper took it upon herself, after the backlash about her photo, to brief the world of the “double standard” of her “assets” versus theirs.

The artist covertly displays the double standard of black bodies vs other raced women on Twitter this past Friday by posting pictures of supermodels and labeling their similar raunchy photos as “acceptable” and self labeling her own photo as “unacceptable”.

Here’s the one that’s most reasonable to compare.

Via Necolebitchie.com

Via Necolebitchie.com

Versus:

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Via Necolebitchie.com

Other “acceptable” pictures posted by the artist can be found here.

The artist poses a great debatable issue. Although African American, Black, Afro anything women have always dealt with the issue of being over sexualized.  As her cover displays, you can do and wear the same thing as other raced women but your image will be viewed as negative.

This is not justified to the women who participate in such photos but solely based on cultural history stereotypes.   We can get into a whole history lesson and debate on the whole “double standard” on the over sexualization of black women but that’s a whole other article on it’s own.

Nicki makes an excellent point in bringing social inequalities to light. It also makes you question why would a woman of her stature make this risqué photo her cover art?  It seems like a cry for attention.

She’s proven herself successful not only as a female rap artist, but as a well accepted pop artist.  She’s at a point in her career where this type of attention is not needed.  Do we blame twerking for changing the image of female artists and how it has become the norm to “show what you got” in order to remain relevant?

Nicki Minaj is no stranger to creating chaos.  Earlier this year she dropped the cover art to her single “Looking A** Ni**a” that included a picture of Malcolm X’s iconic photo seen below.

Courtesy of Spin.com

Courtesy of Spin.com

It appears to be a new trend that she’s setting by generating the most controversial covers to possibly remain relevant.  It’s almost an act of desperation at this point.  Let’s be honest.  She’s not leaking these covers by accident.

Minaj has since pushed the Anaconda single back from July 28, 2014 to August 4, 2014 and released a supposed new cover.

She posted, “My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu“, along with the picture seen below.

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Courtesy of Enstarz.com

It’s hard to assume what the controversial artist will do next.  Schemes and scandals can only prevail for so long.  What’s going to happen when all the controversy no longer satisfies the masses and people will only focus on her music?  Does Nicki feel her music isn’t enough to entertain her followers?   Maybe she fears her gimmicks will lose peoples interest like Lady Gaga.

What do think of Nicki’s latest artwork controversy?  Leave comments below.

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10 Greatest Hip-Hop Beefs
In no particular order…


Shady Aftermath vs Murder Inc

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This feud started when Ja Rule saw 50 Cent hanging out with a guy who had once robbed him, so Ja took to a track to diss 50. The beef spread from there, involving entire labels. One of the more infamous aspects of this feud was when Ja Rule said Eminem’s daughter’s name on one of his tracks. It quickly spiraled from there.


Lil’ Kim vs Nicki Minaj

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Lil’ Kim was great back in the day, but years went by and then Nicki Minaj came onto the scene. The entire beef was about how Lil’ Kim felt that Nicki was copying her style, and Nicki denied it. According to Nicki, she saw Kim at a Lil’ Wayne show and tried to squash the beef. That, to her face, Kim claimed that they were good. Yet on her track “Roman’s Revenge”, Nicki makes a comment about has-beens that most assumed was about Kim. Kim then called Nicki a gimmick and a wannabe. Classic.


Nas vs Jay-Z

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Nas vs. Jay Z is one of the more famous of all hip-hop feuds. This beef started shortly after the East Coast/West Coast problems when Jay Z said in a line “Ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov, No!” The beef escalated from there and lasted over 5 years before resolving in 2006. Since then, Jay Z and Nas have featured on each other’s tracks, and Jay Z even joined Nas during his stage at Coachella this year.


Kanye West vs Ray J

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Everyone knows about Ray J and Kim Kardashian’s former relationship. Yet when Kim and Kanye got together, Ray J wanted to make sure that no one forgot it. Ray released a song called “Hit It First” which featured a pixelated image of Kim in a bikini on the artwork. Kanye fired back while on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’, calling Ray J “lame”. Even recently, it was reported that Ray J was going to give Kimye, as a wedding present, all of the proceeds from his sex tape with Kim.


Frank Ocean vs Chris Brown

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Last year, shortly before The Grammys, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into a fight outside of a Los Angeles studio – allegedly over a parking space. Some say that Chris started the beef by throwing homophobic slurs at Frank, while others say that Chris tried to shake Frank’s hand and Frank started the fight because Chris was at his studio, in his parking space. Later that night Frank took to Twitter to claim that he was jumped by Chris, but we might never know how this fight was truly started.


Eazy E vs Dr Dre

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Both Eazy-E and Dre were members of NWA before they disbanded. It was a nasty breakup, and the two traded diss tracks. Eazy claimed that Dre never really lived through the “harsh realities” of the hood. Eazy then rapped about Dre dressing in drag while a member of World Class Wrecking Cru’. He even put out an image of Dre in mascara and high heels.


2Pac vs Biggie

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This was the beef that involved an entire country, pitting coasts against each other. It started when Tupac was shot down while in New York, ultimately blaming Biggie and Diddy for the attack. While this is undoubtedly the most notorious hip-hop beef, the one that affected the most amount of people, ended in worst ways. Both Tupac and Biggie were shot and killed within 6 months of each other.


LL Cool J vs Canibus

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LL and Canibus had a lyrical feud, starting over lines that Canibus put on the track “4, 3, 2, 1″. Canibus rapped “L, is that a mic on your arm? Let me borrow that.” When LL asked Canibus to change the lyrics, Canibus agreed as long as Cool J also changed his own lyrics. The two continued to trade insults, but Canibus sold less and less records and never achieved commercial success – some say in part because of his feud with Cool J.


50 Cent vs The Game

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The Game was brought onto Aftermath Records, and then shortly after joined 50 Cent’s group, G-Unit. Tensions came to a head when 50 Cent’s second album was pushed back for the release of The Game’s debut album, followed by 50 refusing to sit next to The Game during his music video for “Hate It or Love It”. 50 Cent then announced that The Game was being removed from G-Unit on air, at the same station that The Game had done an interview for earlier in the day. When The Game tried to re-enter the building, a member of his entourage was shot in the leg by a security guard. The feud has continued, despite reconciliation attempts, and even as recently as march of this year Game had dissed 50.


and my personal favorite…. Chief Keef vs Katy Perry

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In May of last year, Katy Perry took to Twitter to say that Chief Keef’s song “I Hate Bein’ Sober” gave her “serious doubt for the world”. Chief Keef saw the tweet, and responded by saying he would “slap the s–t out of her” along with some other vulgar things. Katy quickly recanted by saying she was a fan of his, didn’t know it was his song, and that she mostly meant she was disappointed in “our generation’s desire to be constantly intoxicated.” This was one of the most ridiculous beefs I’d ever witnessed, but hysterical just the same.


Which beef do you think was the greatest? Who do you think won each beef? Let us know in the comments.

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Britney Spears wasn’t the first choice to appear on Miley Cyrus album Bangerz. The song in which she appears is entitled SMS(BANGERZ). As soon as it comes on you can hear that it channels Salt-n-Pepa’s Push It but it sucks way more. The first choices to provide vocals on the track were Gwen Stefani and Nicki Minaj.

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Azealia Banks is a new face in the world of Hip-Hop. The genre has seen an influx of female artists as of late. Azealia is out to prove she has something unique to offer that would cement her a spot a top the charts.  We will have to watch an see how her story unfolds, but for now here are some fun facts you may or may not know about her.


 

 1. She grew up in Harlem, NY.

Azealia’s childhood wasn’t the typical “hard knock” life story that stems from this region. In fact she readily admits that she had everything she ever wanted growing up.

 


2. She began acting at an early age.

At age 10 she starred in an off-Broadway show.

 


3. She has been all around the world

Most of her adolescence was spent in the U.S., but she has since relocated to places like Montreal and London to work with in demand producers.

 


4. Raised by a single mom

She was only two years old when her father passed away from pancreatic cancer.

 


5. She dropped out of high school.

Already enthralled in the arts, it was only natural for the budding actress/performer to attend a high school that would cater to her talents. LaGuardia High School for Music & Arts has taught notable actresses and singers throughout the years, including: Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Anniston and Robert De Niro. Unfortunately, she never graduated because she dropped out to pursue her career.

 


6. She has used technology to further her career.

There was a time frame where Azealia didn’t belong to a record label. In order to keep the momentum going surrounding her music she released music on YouTube to keep people informed and listening.

 


 7. She is now known by her real name.

Early in her career she went by the alias, Miss Bank$.

 


8. She is the baby

Azealia has two older sisters.

 


9. Her influences include, Beyonce and Aaliyah.

Even after her passing Aaliyah continues to inspire young R&B/Hip-hop vocalists. Beyonce has come a long way since Destiny’s Child. Later this month she will be headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show. It is no surprise that younger artists hope to follow in her footsteps.

 


10. Music isn’t her only passion.

Her most notable side project as of late is the line of lipsticks she did for MAC makeup.

 


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2009 BET Hip Hop Awards, ATL
Back when Nicki Minaj was crew hopping between Brick Squad and Young Money, she frequented Atlanta regularly trying to get on. She was a sweetheart so everyone supported her, and oddly, no one questioned why she was claiming both labels, with loyalty to Gucci Mane & Lil Wayne. She was extra friendly to everybody. Anyone who looked important became her new best friend – she’d bend over backward, or forward, for a photo, interview, handshake, anything.

Gucci & Nicki – 2009 SEA’s, MS
You know what they say about trusting a girl with a smile and a big butt[pad]? Nicki would soon prove that theory correct. After her mixtape blew up and Wayne struck gold with Drake, the brunette bombshell bounced on Gucci and their manager. It was the beginning of New Nicki. Nicki the Barbie Bitch.

With a following of hot-pink lipstick wearing lacefronted soldiers, she was no longer the humble, dimple-faced cutie everyone loved. She was a scary cult leader. She developed a bizarre voice infliction, which hasn’t been cured to this day, and her rapping went from sounding fresh to resembling an exorcism of multiple demons. She also seems to think Halloween is 365 days a year. Someone tell her it’s not.

No longer thirsty for camera time, she hired a huge wall of security to shove fans and media away. Her smiles and hugs turned to whines and temper tantrums. And rumors of ridiculous backstage concert demands surfaced (a recent rider list can be seen here).

I doubt anyone was surprised by her outbreak of rage against Mariah Carey on American Idol. The diva is on a crusade to becoming Queen Hollywood. We miss the original Nicki, the one who could rap her ass off. No pun.

2009 Nicki, right after Beam Me Up Scotty came out. When she first realized the tape was gigantic.

2010 – DJ Khaled’s “Win” Remix Video Shoot, Miami FL

Hot 107.9?s ET & Nicki – 2009 ATL

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It should be clear that I’ve never been what you would consider a “fan” of Nicki Minaj.  

There have been a few songs that I enjoy listening to and then there are those songs that I don’t necessarily enjoy, yet know every word.  I’ve always felt that Nicki Minaj was a talented singer, but masked her talent with repetitive rap patterns, a mix of lyrical genius and absurdities, and confusing alter personas.  Which is why after listening to Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up, I was pleasantly surprised with the sound that Minaj presents in this 8-track EP, but it’s not long before this revamped sound quickly digresses back to the Nicki Minaj that I don’t particularly enjoy.

Up in Flames, the first track on Nicki Minaj’s new EP, opens with a grime-esque choral interlude that sets a completely different tone from Minaj’s previous records.  While Minaj raps, as profane as always, the chorus continues their melody quietly in the background, nicely contrasting the harsh rap of Minaj’s lyrics.

Freedom follows in a similar pattern retaining a more relaxed vibe and melody than Minaj’s previous club ready tunes.  This track also offers an excellent showcasing of Minaj’s singing ability.

The next 5 tracks to follow are all collaborations with some big names in the Hip Hop industry, including Little Wayne, Ciara, and Parker.  Hell Yeah and High School remain consistent with the previous songs, but in I’m Legit the old Nicki Minaj surfaces.  Alternating between a fast-paced, buzzing rap and a disjointed, robotic one, it is Ciara that brings the enjoyable and smooth hook of this track, rather than Minaj herself.

Slipping even further back to the old Minaj, I Endorse These Strippers is filled a repetitive droning, but the clever wordplay Nicki Minaj is supposedly known for is completely absent from this track.  There is a brief moment where Minaj decides just to repeat the word “boobs” over and over.  I Endorse These Strippers could definitely afford to be missing from this album.  In contrast, The Boys offers a successful mix of hard rap and soft anthem.  While she’s back to a rhyming words with the exact same word streak, this track is much more successful than those that precede.

Va Va Voom, the final track on Minaj’s EP, is obviously intended to become the next Superbass.  It is the perfect song to end this album. It manages to successfully showcase Minaj’s full range of genre exploration by tying in the smooth lyrical style of the first half of the EP with the old Nicki that reappears in the final half.