It’s no secret that I adore Nicki Minaj. I think she’s super talented, and those who disagree are simply blinded by a baseless, unreasonable hatred for her. It’s one thing to not be a fan of her music; it’s another to outright deny Nicki’s talent.
In any case, the NY Times recently ran a piece written by Jon Caramanica that discussed Nicki’s place in hip-hop and pop culture, positing that she is the most influential female hip-hop artist of all time. It’s an assessment with which I’d agree.
Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, drops tomorrow. You better goddamn believe I’m copping it right away. The tracklisting to PF:RR is below.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Music, Random, Random Cool, Ratchet, WTF
Tagged 2 Chainz, Beenie Man, Bobby V, Cam'ron, chris brown, Drake, Jon Caramanica, lil wayne, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Onika Maraj, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded, Rick Ross, YMCMB, Young Jeezy
Featuring an impressive roster of guest artists, including Stevie Wonder, Andre 3000, Rihanna, Rick Ross, The Weeknd, and labelmates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and boasting production from Just Blaze, Boi-1da, and long-time collaborator Noah “40” Shebib for production, Take Care is Drake’s attempt at giving listeners the classic album they’d expected with his debut.
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Tagged Andre 3000, Boi-1da, cash money, Drake, hip-hop, Just Blaze, lil wayne, Nicki Minaj, Noah "40" Shebib, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Take Care, The Weeknd, Young Money
I’ll be very, very honest: I’m not the biggest Wale fan. I mean, I dug a couple songs off his Mixtape About Nothing (which I can recognize is classic despite not really liking the whole project), and I certainly recognize the man’s talent. I just don’t feel him like that. Add to the fact that he linked with Rick Ross’s MMG camp and Wale continues to get the side-eye from me.
Having said that, a recent interview Wale did with The FADER has only made my respect for the man grow. Check out what he said about working with Lady Gaga, who, if you didn’t know, was featured on Wale’s first single “Chillin’.” It’s some real shit:
Niggas ain’t your friend. Lady Gaga ain’t my friend. We at the “Chillin'” video shoot talking like we friends, then we at the awards and she walked right past. She got seven, eight, nine number one records and the record we made never worked. “Why should I still care about Wale? His record sold 28,000.” But in the studio we was homies. That was my first lesson. Not that I thought I’d be taking fucking shots of Ciroc with Lady Gaga on a Friday night watching SVU, but put it this way: friendships fluctuate with how hot you are or how cold you are in the industry.
Mainly because I need to post something, I decided to check out the latest happenings with hip-hop’s reigning maestro of beef, 50 Cent. In a shocker of shockers, it looks like Rick Ross aka Officer Ricky isn’t the only one looking to beef with Curtis Jackson (and no, I’m not talking about Foxy Brown).
Pruane, a YouTube phenom, has just about had it with Curtis’ shenanigans, and he’s not going to stay quiet about it. Clearly disgusted with 50’s actions, Pruane recently recorded a video expressing his displeasure with the multiplatinum recording star/actor/author/forthcoming sex toy designer. Check it out after the jump.
My boy Keith, of KNOS fame, recently asked me who ScriptGirl was. I explained the concept behind SG’s weekly video treasures, and that lead to a discussion about women who make intelligence sexy.
I’m late with it. I know this, and I am ashamed. SG’s most recent video after the jump.
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Tagged 50 cent, Baby Mama, Cardinals, Gran Torino, KNOS, Paul Blart Mall Cop, Rick Ross, screenplay, Screenplays, Script Girl, scriptgirl, Slumdog Millionaire, Steelers, Superbowl, Underworld