J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross Just Met With President Obama
President Obama just hosted a who's-who of rappers at the White House to discuss an initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," which aims to keep youth "on the right track". While the event was not publicized, word got out via the Associated Press, but more importantly, DJ Khaled's SnapChat (which might actually have a wider audience at this point), confirming attendees such as Rick Ross, J. Cole, Ludacris, Timbaland, Common, Busta Rhymes, Wale, Pusha T and Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj: "I Don't Even Want To Say I'm In A Relationship"
Nicki Minaj is not one for labels. In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Minaj stated that she doesn't want to call her relationship with Meek Mill a "relationship." “You know, I don’t know," she told Ellen. "We’re still figuring each other out. And in fact, I don’t even want to say that I’m in a relationship anymore, because I think when people hear that, they go to like the mean place.
How Much Do Rappers & Celebrities Make From A Club Appearance?
Celebrity appearances are a staple of nightclubs these days, elevating the price of entry for clubs and making money for the celebrities that appear. It wasn’t always that way though. Back in the day, record execs like Puff Daddy would have to pay off club owners or DJs to spin an artist’s new tracks. In today’s celebrity-driven culture, the script has been flipped.
Nicki Minaj & Former Wig Maker Settle $30 Million Lawsuit
Terrence Davidson has withdrawn his $30 million lawsuit against Nicki Minaj, for whom he used to be the primary wig maker, reports The Jasmine Brand. Nicki fans know that she has donned wigs of all colors, shapes, and sizes throughout her career, and she has gone on to sell models of some of those wigs that might have been inspired by the designs of her former wig maker.
Lil Wayne Sues Universal Music Group For Unpaid Royalties On Drake, Nicki Minaj & Tyga
Lil Wayne has been on the receiving end of several lawsuits over the past couple years, but this time around the tables are being turned. Reports are surfacing all over the web tonight that Lil Wayne is suing Universal Music Group for royalties he’s apparently owed for profits gained by Drake, Nicki Minaj, & Tyga.
Nicki Minaj Talks Marriage & Having A Baby With Meek Mill
As they're still the hottest couple in hip-hop, it's no surprise that Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been the targets of many sensational rumors, such as those suggesting that Nicki was having a tough time staying by her boyfriend's side during his three months of house arrest. She laughed off those rumors last month, and in a new interview with NYLON magazine, Nicki confirms that she and Meek are doing better than ever, implying that marriage -- and even a baby -- might be on the not-too-distant horizon.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 12)
As usual, there was a lot going on in the world of rap this week, and it was evident on Instagram. First off, Kim Kardashian started a whole dialogue on slut-shaming and empowerment by posting a censored nude selfie taken in her bathroom mirror. It caused a few women to speak out against Kim's choice, but more importantly it found many fellow celebrities supporting her, including Amber Rose, who suggested Kim speak out about slut-shaming at her SlutWalk event next year.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 5)
Lots of exciting stuff going down on Instagram this week. First off, we got an update on ALL of the upcoming TDE releases, and surprisingly, it was Kendrick's album that came through first (though it seems Q, Isaiah, Sza, and Soulo aren't far behind). We also got a brief update on Drake's Views From The 6 through a photo of Drizzy's creative partner, 40, stocking up with supplies to camp out in the studio (and to keep it Canadian, a Tim Horton's cup in hand).
Nicki Minaj Calls Out "Fake" Stories About Argument With Meek Mill
Yesterday, a story went around suggesting that Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been arguing over his house arrest, claiming that tension had arisen over Meek's suggestion that Nicki should be living with him in Philly while he's housebound.Minaj has denied those reports with a simple tweet, writing "S/o to these fake stories ~ who's ready for the show tomorrow?" to her fans Saturday night.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Future, Kid Ink Receive Gold & Platinum Certifications
The new streaming rules in regards to RIAA certifications have resulted in many albums being retroactively honored, and while we've already seen Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and more benefit from the change-up, the certifications are still rolling in.
Top Tracks: February 1 - February 7
Constant new music from the game's biggest stars has become the norm. And while it's almost too much to digest, we're not complaining. This week's Top Tracks is dominated by Future, Drake, and Rihanna, and it's likely those names aren't going anywhere -- Future, especially, who's already dropped two projects this year, adding to the four he put out in 2015. And don't let me forget about Meek. Drizzy stans aren't gonna let him live any time soon, though most everything he's dropped this year has cracked the Top 10. He's finally using all the controversy to his advantage.
Jeremih Reveals Next Album Title & Says He's Been Writing For Kanye West
Fans waited years for Jeremih's Late Nights: The Album, and most were likely pleased with its quality. The Chicago singer has just revealed the title to his next album: Later That Night, which hopefully won't experience the lengthy delays of its predecessor.
Meek Mill Will Avoid Jail Time After Parole Violation
Things are starting to look up for Meek Mill. After a rough end to 2015, getting torched by Drake in the first half of their beef and then getting burned by a judge for violating a 9 year old parole, his luck is turning.
Adele's Karaoke Version Of Kanye West's "Monster" Has Pushed It Back Up The Charts
If you spent any time on the internet this week, you probably caught an extremely viral video of Adele doing carpool karaoke -- a clip made most memorable by the singer's surprisingly solid take on Nicki Minaj''s beloved verse on Kanye West's 2010 hit, "Monster".
Nicki Minaj Bashes 'Teen Mom' Star Farrah Abraham On Twitter
Nicki Minaj was chilling watching some reality TV today, when she decided to call out one of the current stars of "Teen Mom OG," Farrah Abraham, on Twitter. Abraham first appeared on the MTV series "16 & Pregnant" in 2009.
Meek Mill's Community Service Will Prevent Him From Performing New Year's Eve
Meek Mill has had several probation hearings over the last few weeks, and is awaiting sentencing in February over an alleged violation. Until then, he's completing community service, and according to PageSix, it's interfering with his performances.
Nicki Minaj Seems To Be Making Wedding Plans
It hasn't been 100 percent confirmed that Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj are engaged, but Nicki certainly has marriage on her mind. She just asked her Twitter followers to choose between a beach wedding and a church wedding, and it would be strange if she was asking out of pure curiosity. RT for beach wedding. Fave for church wedding.
Nicki Minaj Performs In Angola Despite Protest From Human Rights Group
Nicki Minaj holiday performance in Angola Saturday night was greeted with great enthusiasm from those in attendance, but resistance by human rights activists.
Nicki Minaj: "The Greats Give Me Respect"
After two No. 1 albums (and one No. 2), Nicki Minaj is tired of people questioning her rapping abilities. "To undermine my skill & diversity as an MC is actually comical @ this point," Minaj wrote on Twitter in response to people who suggested that her success was not directly related to her musical talent.