Nicki Minaj

Feb
24
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Praises Nicki Minaj’s ‘Lookin Ass’

While she may have offended some men with her vicious lyrics, Nicki Minaj’s “Lookin Ass Ni**a” has struck a chord with her female fans including Jhené Aiko. The L.A. songstress has shared her support for Nicki’s male-bashing anthem.

“I love it. I love the song,” she told Rap-Up TV. “It’s definitely a song to put on with my friends when we’re hating all the men in our lives, which is often. I love when she raps. … You don’t really see what she’s shooting at [in the video], but it’s powerful. I like it.”

Jhené would love to collaborate with Nicki, but in the meantime, she is working on her full-length debut Souled Out. Her 2013 EP Sail Out debuted in the top 10, which caught her and her label Def Jam by surprise.

“I think everyone was surprised. I literally put that out because I didn’t want to have nothing out in 2013,” she explained. “No one was really on board like that, we were just like whatever ’cause me and my camp we do stuff on our own time anyway. And we showed them, ‘See, they like it.’”

The album, due this summer, will include “Promises,” a collaboration with her daughter Namiko Love.

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Feb
23
New Music: Romeo Santos f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Animales’

Formula Vol. 2

Nicki Minaj spices things up on Romeo Santos’ “Animales,” a cut off the former Aventura frontman’s sophomore album Formula, Vol. 2. The rap diva delivers a caliente verse in Spanish and English.

“Baby you like it rough, give it to me toda la noche / Por favor, baby, rip me right out of my Dolces,” raps Nicki, who teased the song on Instagram in January.

Due Tuesday, Formula, Vol. 2 also features appearances from Drake, Santana, Kevin Hart, Marc Anthony, and Tego Calderón.

Listen to the head Barb on her bilingual flow.

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Feb
21
Video: YG f/ Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, & Nicki Minaj – ‘My Ni**a (Remix)’

YG and Nicki Minaj

From New York to Compton, YG rounds up some hip-hop heavyweights for the all-star remix video to his platinum hit “My N**a” aka “My Hitta.”

Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj all make appearances in the black-and-white clip, which was directed by Motion Family in L.A.

The Compton MC puts on for his hometown and Nicki reps for the bossy bitches as she raps alongside the boys.

YG’s debut My Krazy Life drops March 18 featuring Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.

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Feb
14
Nicki Minaj Talks Drake, Valentine’s Day, & ‘The Pink Print’

Nicki Minaj

In the wake of her cover art controversy, Nicki Minaj called in to Hot 97′s Angie Martinez to address the Malcolm X artwork for “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a.” She also revealed that she and Drake are in a “great space” as is the entire Young Money, whose compilation Rise of an Empire drops March 11.

“I think the whole team collectively just feels so together right now. We all kinda just wanna win,” said Nicki.

She also confirmed reports that Drake and Lil Wayne are working on Tha Carter V. “We just workin’, no bad blood, no bad vibes at all,” she said.

Nicki herself has been in the studio recording her third album The Pink Print, but she does not have a release date and won’t be setting one. “You’ll never know when it’s coming until it just comes,” she revealed.

And fellas, be on the look out for a sexy Valentine’s Day surprise from the head Barb.

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Feb
14
New Music: Trey Songz – ‘Look at Ya’ll’ (Nicki Minaj Response)

Trey Songz

Instead of penning a love song this Valentine’s Day, Trey Songz is putting bitches on blast. The R&B heartthrob has recorded a scathing response to Nicki Minaj male-bashing single “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a,” on which he takes aim at the groupies and gold diggers.

“Look at ya’ll worn out, whored out, slored out, pu**y walls tore out, all ya’ll bitches,” raps a relentless Trey on the three-minute freestyle.

But the dignified women shouldn’t feel offended. “No disrespect at all to my women that are ladies that carry themselves unlike these bitches,” he explains.

Listen to Trigga go H.A.M. on his “Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

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Feb
13
Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Controversial Malcolm X Cover Art

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has come under fire over the artwork for her latest song “Lookin Ass Ni**a.” The Young Money rapper was criticized for using an image of Malcolm X on the cover. The original photo, which was published in Ebony magazine in 1964, shows the civil rights leader holding an M1 carbine and looking out the window.

Twitter and Instagram were flooded with comments, deeming the cover disrespectful and offensive. “I’ve never in my life seen a black artist openly disrespect Malcolm x like nicki minaj just did. And don’t tell me I’m being sensitive,” commented @_chukwuweike.

Following the backlash, Nicki issued an apology on Instagram. She claims the artwork was never official and that she did not intend to undermine Malcolm X’s legacy.

“I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!!” explained Nicki. “It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued.”

“Lookin Ass Ni**a” is set to appear on Nicki’s upcoming album The Pink Print and the Young Money compilation, Rise of an Empire.

Read her full apology and see the controversial artwork below.

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Feb
12
Video: Nicki Minaj – ‘Lookin Ass Ni**a’

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is back and taking no prisoners. The rap queen reveals her big surprise, dropping the Nabil-directed video for her new Detail-produced song “Lookin Ass Ni**a.”

On the raw and uncensored record, she takes aim—literally and figuratively—at the fake and phony men with her vicious and violent rhymes.

“Bunch of non-mogul ass ni**as / Frontin’ like they got a plan / Boost Mobile ass ni**a,” she spits.

In the black-and-white clip, shot in the desert, Nicki flaunts her killer body and taunts her man before whipping out a couple AK47s and shooting ‘em up.

The song is set to appear on her upcoming third album The Pink Print and the Young Money compilation Rise of an Empire, due March 11.

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