TV Appearances

BET’s ‘106 & Park’ Airs Final Episode

AJ, Free, Keyshia Cole, and Stephen Hill

After 14 years on the air, BET’s “106 & Park” aired its final episode on Friday. During the live two-hour “final act,” the original hosts AJ and Free returned to reminisce on highlights from the show’s historic run.

Keyshia Cole and Wale, who launched their careers on the “106″ stage, stopped by to hang with the livest audience one last time, while Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, and Common taped farewell messages.

A passionate Wale spoke from the heart. “They tryna get rid of this. They tryna get rid of our voice. They tryna get rid of our style. They tryna get rid of our culture, they tryna dilute it,” he said. “Don’t ever get it twisted by no blog or no Internet people. This is our culture. Our parents had ‘Soul Train’ and ‘American Bandstand,’ we had ’106 & Park.’”

Nicki Minaj was the final guest on Thursday and sat down with Terrence and Rocsi to discuss the show’s legacy and her new album The Pinkprint.

“Can’t believe this show is coming to an end,” said Nicki. “It’s given me the best moments with my fans that I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

In 2015, BET plans to take the show digital via and its social media platforms. There are still plans to produce “106 & Park” specials throughout the year, including the annual New Year’s Eve show, “106 & Party,” along with live event experiences at the BET Awards and BET Experience.

Say goodbye to “106″ by watching some of the nostalgic moments below.

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Nicki Minaj Dishes on Beyoncé, Ariana Grande’s ‘Inner Freak’ on ‘The Real’

Nicki Minaj

In between visits to “The View” and “106 & Park,” Nicki Minaj sat down to dish with Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley on “The Real.” The Pinkprint rapper spoke about collaborating with Beyoncé on “Feeling Myself” and Ariana Grande on “Get On Your Knees.”

“Ari did her thing on ‘Beg for It,’” said Nicki. “It’s very, very sexy, hunny. Her inner freak been coming out lately.”

Tamar shared her love for the Dr. Luke and Cirkut-produced song, saying, “I’m a little ratchet rat right here and I love ['Get on Your Knees'].”

The ladies also praised her “SNL” spoofs of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. Nicki was confident about her Queen Bey impression, but wasn’t so sure about Kim. “I didn’t know if I could really nail Kim,” she said.

She also spoke about writing “Anaconda” for the curvy women. “I felt like back in the day, thicker women were celebrated in hip-hop and I kinda felt like there was a shift happening and I didn’t like the shift,” she said. “I felt like somebody needed to say something.”

Plus, she revealed that a song called “Dem Boyz” didn’t make the cut, but features her infamous alter ego, Roman. She plans to leak the track in the future.

Earlier in the week, Nicki reflected on her rise to superstardom during an in-depth conversation with Elliott Wilson for his CRWN series.

Kick back and watch Nicki’s appearances below.

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Gwen Stefani and Pharrell ‘Spark the Fire’ at PEOPLE Magazine Awards

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell

Light it up. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams burned up the spotlight during the first-ever PEOPLE Magazine Awards on Thursday. After capping off their season on “The Voice” the day before, the coaches performed their latest collaboration “Spark the Fire.” As stars including Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, and Jennifer Aniston looked on, they reenacted the animated emoji-filled music video.

Pharrell also presented his fashionable friend with the award for Style Icon of the Year, calling her “one of the most resilient women I’ve ever met in my entire life.”

Gwen has been in the studio with Benny Blanco, Calvin Harris, and Charli XCX working on her first solo album since 2006′s The Sweet Escape, due early next year.

Watch them heat up the stage below.

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Nicki Minaj Freestyles with Shaq on ‘Inside the NBA’

Nicki Minaj

Following visits to “The Tonight Show,” “The View,” and “106 & Park,” Nicki Minaj capped off her Pinkprint promo schedule with a surprise appearance on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday night. The rap MVP visited the studio and kicked a freestyle alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson.

During his verse, Shaq asked Nicki if she would marry him, to which she hilariously responded, “No.”

Nicki had the hosts clapping and bowing to her when she was done spitting her bars. “I give zero Fs, they ain’t got no chill / And I’m riding the bassline like ‘Quille O’Neal,” she rapped.

“I won. TNT was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she said.

Watch Nicki bring bars to the NBA.

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Rick Ross Talks 85-Pound Weight Loss on ‘GMA’

Rick Ross

The Bawse woke up bright and early for a visit to “Good Morning America” on Thursday. The hip-hop heavyweight sat down with “GMA” correspondent Sara Haines and shared how his CrossFit RossFit training program helped him shed a whopping 85 lbs.

He decided to make a change to his lifestyle after he suffered two seizures two years ago. “I woke up from that and I was like, ‘Wow, I really need to re-evaluate what I’m doing,’” said Rozay, whose second album this year, Hood Billionaire, debuted at No. 6.

As part of his new diet, he traded alcohol and soda for pears (“Shout out to the pear”) and has been getting more sleep.

Some of the ladies miss the overweight Rozay, but he knows the change is for the better. “I feel I’m fat boy forever. I’m going to always be a fat boy. But it most definitely was just something I had to do,” he said.

One thing that hasn’t changed is his music. “My music comes from the heart, that comes from my mindset,” he said. “After I sit down and absorb this great interview, it’s something that’s gonna come to me that I can put into a record.”

Watch a much slimmer Rozay open up about his dramatic weight loss.

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Nicki Minaj Visits ‘The Tonight Show’

Nicki Minaj

Following a visit to “Today” in the morning and an interview with Elliott Wilson’s CRWN series in the afternoon, Nicki Minaj closed out her day on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Onika sat down to discuss her previous jobs as an office manager and waitress at Red Lobster, her double-platinum single “Anaconda,” and Beyoncé. She admitted that she was embarrassed when Bey used a high school photo to wish her happy birthday.

“I do hate this picture. Eww!” she said.

After changing into a fur, she hit the stage to perform “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey.

According to HITS Daily Double, The Pinkprint is expected to sell 155-165k copies in its first week.

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Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song on ‘Colbert Report’

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar stopped by Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” on Tuesday as part of the show’s finale week. TDE’s golden child, who scored two Grammy nominations for “i,” debuted an untitled new song and went down in history as the final musical guest.

Wearing his hair in dreads like his “SNL” appearance last month, he performed the powerful track with help from Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, and Terrace Martin.

“What the black man say? / Tell ‘em we don’t die, we don’t die, we multiply,” declares Kendrick over the saxophone.

K-Dot has been in the studio finishing his sophomore album, which is expected to arrive early next year.

He also sat down to discuss his Compton roots, Dr. Dre, fame, and why he prefers to be called a writer instead of a rapper.

“I pride myself on that. It’s more storytelling than actually rhyming words together,” he explained.

Watch King Kendrick world premiere his new song (begins at 4:05).

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