Nicki Minaj

Jul
24
Single Cover: Nicki Minaj – ‘Anaconda’

Anaconda

Bam. Nicki Minaj puts her assets on display on the sexy cover art for “Anaconda,” the second single off her upcoming album The Pink Print. The voluptuous vixen poses in nothing but a pink G-string, halter top, and blue Jordans with her big booty to the camera.

The song, produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, hits iTunes and radio on Monday, July 28. The music video was shot in Los Angeles with director Colin Tilley (“The Boys,” “Freedom”).

Nicki is also featured on “Bang Bang,” a collaboration with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, which arrives the following day.

On September 19, she will perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

What do you think of Nicki’s provocative artwork?

Jul
23
Rap-Up TV: Common Talks State of Hip-Hop, Praises Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj

With his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling in stores, Common sat down with Rap-Up TV for part two of our exclusive interview. A 20-year veteran himself, the Chi-town MC weighed in on the current state of hip-hop.

“I love hip-hop. I love where hip-hop is. There’s future in hip-hop,” he said. “You always have dark, light, quality, non-quality, but there’s some quality hip-hop out there.”

He singled out the TDE camp in particular. “I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul or Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.”

So can we expect a collaboration between him and the Compton MC? “Man, I would love to do a record with Kendrick,” said Common. “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone [...] from the new era of rap artists.”

He also praised Nicki Minaj’s Chicago-inspired record “Chi-Raq.” “I love that joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.”

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Jul
23
New Music: Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – ‘Bang Bang’ [Snippet]

Bang Bang

The countdown is on to Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj’s collaboration “Bang Bang.” Ahead of its July 29 premiere, Nicki has taken to Instagram to preview a snippet of her highly-anticipated verse.

“It’s me, Jessie, and Ari / If they test me, they sorry,” raps the head Barb.

The powerhouse anthem, produced by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Ilya, serves as the first single from Jessie J’s third album, and will also be included on the deluxe edition of Ariana’s sophomore album, My Everything, available August 25.

According to HITS Daily Double, the trio will perform the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on August 24.

Preview Queen Nicki’s verse below.

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Jul
23
Nicki Minaj, Usher, Iggy Azalea, & Ariana Grande to Perform at iHeartRadio Music Festival

Nicki Minaj and Usher

The biggest names in music are coming to Las Vegas this September. Nicki Minaj, Usher, Iggy Azalea, and Ariana Grande are among the performers for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

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Jul
21
Remy Ma Talks Prison, Nicki Minaj, & Return to Rap with Angie Martinez

Remy Ma

It’s been six years since Remy Ma went away. The Bronx rapper, who’s “nine days and a wake up” from being released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, called into Angie Martinez on Power 105.1 on Monday. Despite her time behind bars, she’s still the same Rem.

“I can’t say that I was one of those people that went to prison and I had this dramatic life change and I had this newfound outtake on life,” she said. “In a lot of ways, I’m the same.”

While locked up, she received her associates degree in sociology, married Papoose, and had plenty of time to reflect. “I grew up a lot and I look at things a lot differently,” said the 34-year-old protégée of Big Pun.

One of her “epiphanies” was reconciling with her fellow Terror Squad member Fat Joe. She called him up and they shared laughs while reflecting on the past. “It was a really, really dope conversation,” she said.

She can’t wait to return to the mic. “I am so alive,” said Remy. “This is gonna be unfair.”

She’s been fielding offers from various labels (“More than I can count on one hand”) and is working on a reality show.

While they’ve had their differences in the past, she once again shared her support for Nicki Minaj. “She’s done wonderful things for females,” said Remy.

She didn’t hang up without delivering a warning to her competition: “Stand back. It’s not gonna be fair. My pen game is crazy.”

Check out highlights from the 14-minute interview below.

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Jul
21
New Music: August Alsina f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘No Love (Remix)’

No Love

After blessing Usher, Trey Songz, and Cam’ron with her royal rhymes, hip-hop’s reigning queen Nicki Minaj sparks up a remix to August Alsina’s new Testimony single “No Love.” The New Orleans crooner is not looking for a relationship, but Nicki convinces him that they should be more than friends.

“You can’t front like this ain’t way realer / I know you hard, I know that you a killa / I know you started off a dope dealer, but let your guards down / Your ni**as know that you feel her,” she raps.

At the beginning of the record, she tells August that the song is her fave. “I swear this is my favorite song,” she says.

Listen to Nicki plead her case.

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Jul
20
New Music: August Alsina f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘No Love (Remix)’ [Snippet]

August Alsina and Nicki Minaj

As she inches closer to the release of The Pink Print, Nicki Minaj has been keeping busy with a series of guest appearances for everyone from Trey Songz to Cam’ron. The latest is a remix to August Alsina’s “No Love,” a cut off his debut Testimony. The New Orleans crooner took to Instagram to preview Nicki’s highly-anticipated verse.

“You can’t front like this ain’t way realer / I know you hard, I know that you a killer,” she raps.

Next up, the Young Money diva plans to shoot videos for Usher’s single “She Came to Give It to You” as well as Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” featuring Ariana Grande.

The full “No Love (Remix)” drops Monday. Listen to a snippet below.

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