Nicki Minaj

Jul
27
Nicki Minaj Gets Animated for Cartoon Network’s ‘Steven Universe’

Sugilite

Nicki Minaj unleashes her superpowers in an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network’s animated series “Steven Universe.”

The “Pills N Potions” rapper lends her voice to Sugilite, the mighty and powerful fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, two of the show’s magically powered “gems” who help protect the world.

TV Guide has a sneak peek from the episode, which was screened at Comic-Con in San Diego last week.

The episode also features Estelle, who voices the warrior Garnet.

This is not Nicki’s first animated feature. She previously voiced a woolly mammoth named Hailey in the 2012 movie Ice Age: Continental Drift and played an animated version of herself on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.”

The full episode, “Coach Steven,” premieres August 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.

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Jul
25
Nicki Minaj Fires Back at ‘Anaconda’ Cover Critics

Anaconda

Nicki Minaj has a message for those who criticize her “Anaconda” cover art. The rap diva took to Instagram to post a series of photos of models with their butts to the camera to illustrate the double standards in beauty. She wrote “acceptable” next to racy images of Kate Upton and Nina Agdal posing in swimsuits.

“Angelic. Acceptable. Lol,” she said of a Sports Illustrated cover with Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen.

To make her point, she then reposted her “Anaconda” cover art, which shows her squatting down in a G-string. She captioned the risqué photo “UNACCEPTABLE.”

Some of Nicki’s Barbz went on the attack, hurling insults at Teigen. “Nicki Minaj gets King magazine covers & @chrissyteigen can only get sports illustrated she a bum hoe,” tweeted one.

“I just landed and I have a nicki minaj fans going absolutely batshit on me. No idea why,” wrote Teigen.

Do you agree with Nicki? Check out the pics and weigh in below.

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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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