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  • Charts Don’t Lie: January 11
    Charts Don’t Lie: January 11
    Jan 11, 2015 at 09:22am
    This week's chart contenders prove to be rather boring, because not much has happened in the past week when it comes to rap, hip-hop and r'n'b charters. We've got Nicki Minaj doing what she does at her #2 spot, which she refuses to leave, we've got J. Cole continuing to hold on to a spot in the top 10, impressively, after charting for four weeks. We've got Iggy Azalea randomly climbing up the charts (thanks to Billboard for counting album and single streams into their chart data), and we've got Loso making a smaller splash in his second week out.
  • Samples Of The Week: January 8
    Samples Of The Week: January 8
    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:38am
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".  This week, see who Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
  • Review: Rae Sremmurd's "SremmLife"
    Review: Rae Sremmurd's "SremmLife"
    Jan 7, 2015 at 04:29pm
    2014 may be remembered as one of the weakest years for rap in recent memory, but there were, however, some definite highlights, especially when it came to newcomers. Bobby Shmurda had one of last year’s biggest rap records, DeJ Loaf had one of last year’s most remixed rap records and Young Thug was one of last year’s most talked about rap artists (even if for all of the wrong reasons).
  • Peep Photos From Nicki Minaj's Rolling Stone Shoot With Terry Richardson
    Peep Photos From Nicki Minaj's Rolling Stone Shoot With Terry Richardson
    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:09pm
    The cover shot for Nicki Minaj's recent Rolling Stone issue was enticing enough, and now Terry Richardson has released a few more shots he took with Nicki during their Rolling Stone shoot, bringing the level of thirst up a notch.
  • 20 Lyrical References To Nicki Minaj
    20 Lyrical References To Nicki Minaj
    Jan 5, 2015 at 04:42pm
    Nicki Minaj's third album, The Pinkprint, dropped a few weeks back, so we thought we'd go ahead and compile the best rap references to the female beast. And damn were there a lot. Dropping Nicki Minaj's name in a song seems to be a thing. Of course, not all of the references were about Nicki specifically. A lot of them were about her butt or wanting to have a "menage" with Nicki Minaj (that one may be a tad overused). But there were a few clever, meaningful references that stood out, which we've highlighted for you here today.
  • Charts Don't Lie: January 4
    Charts Don't Lie: January 4
    Jan 4, 2015 at 11:13am
    This week we see a few fluctuations within Charts Don't Lie, however Nicki Minaj keeps the #2 spot on lock with The Pinkprint. It's not a bad resting place per say, although we're sure #1 would have felt that much better. Nicki's numbers have been better than we expected, however, they're no Taylor Swift. In her second week out, she brought her total sales to just over 300k-- J. Cole, on the other hand, has already gone gold, and nears the 600k mark in his third week out.
  • SZA Elaborates On Her Role In Writing Nicki Minaj & Beyonce's "Feelin' Myself"
    SZA Elaborates On Her Role In Writing Nicki Minaj & Beyonce's "Feelin' Myself"
    Jan 1, 2015 at 04:14pm
    Writing credits can tell you a lot about the people involved in the conception of a song, but they unfortunately can't tell you who contributed what. Scanning the liner notes of The Pinkprint revealed plenty of songwriting from Ester Dean, but the most surprising name came up on "Feelin' Myself", Solana Rowe, AKA TDE's resident R&B artist, SZA.
  • Remix Fix: Chi Duly's Remix Of "Grand Piano" By Nicki Minaj
    Remix Fix: Chi Duly's Remix Of "Grand Piano" By Nicki Minaj
    Dec 30, 2014 at 01:22pm
    Here is a remix to ring in the New Year with. Chi Duly is a NYC producer and DJ notable for remixing artists like The Weeknd and Justin Timeberlake. He's been bubbling on the internet since 2012 when he released a 30 minute mix of Weeknd records, Balloons of Haus.
  • Nicki Minaj Covers The January Issue Of Rolling Stone [Update: See High Res Cover & Excerpts]
    Nicki Minaj Covers The January Issue Of Rolling Stone [Update: See High Res Cover & Excerpts]
    Dec 30, 2014 at 01:07pm
    To start the New Year, Rolling Stone Magazine will feature Nicki Minaj on their cover with a feature article titled "Mad Genius, Manic Diva".
  • Top 10 Songs To Turn Up To For New Year's Eve
    Top 10 Songs To Turn Up To For New Year's Eve
    Dec 30, 2014 at 09:44am
    New year's is here, and thus begins the annual ritual. A few trips to the liquor store to grab the bottle. Texting and calling friends to find out where the turn-up is at. Going crazy enough to celebrate the end of one year, while trying to not screw yourself already for the next 365 days. Rinse and repeat a year later.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 28
    Charts Don’t Lie: December 28
    Dec 28, 2014 at 09:03am
    Nicki Minaj dominates the charts this week, although, there is one artist she isn't able to dominate: you guessed it, Taylor Swift. No matter, Nicki outdid sales projections with her first week on shelves, after moving a sold 244,00 units; basically 100k more than we expected. Magic? Or did Cash Money snatch up 100k copies? We'll let you be the judge. We're also seeing D'Angelo make a return to the Billboard 200 after a good ten years, with his surprise new album Black Messiah.
  • Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint" Debuts At #2 On Billboard
    Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint" Debuts At #2 On Billboard
    Dec 24, 2014 at 01:35pm
    The numbers are in, and Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint comes in at #2 on Billboard with a total of 244,000 units.
  • Nicki Minaj & Ex-Boyfriend Safaree Go Back And Forth On Twitter [Update: SB Tells TMZ "Its Nothing But Love"]
    Nicki Minaj & Ex-Boyfriend Safaree Go Back And Forth On Twitter [Update: SB Tells TMZ "Its Nothing But Love"]
    Dec 23, 2014 at 02:29am
    Nicki Minaj managed to be the rare celebrity who kept her private life extremely private over the last few years, but following her recent breakup with longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels, and the release of her confessional album, The Pinkprint, Minaj's personal life has come to the forefront.
  • Review: Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint"
    Review: Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint"
    Dec 19, 2014 at 03:19pm
    After a few listens to Nicki Minaj's latest album, The Pinkprint, it is pretty clear that, to a certain extent, she does pay attention to critics. Her last album, 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was universally panned in reviews for being disjointed, gimmicky and lackluster, among other things. There aren’t many traces of the over-the-top theatrics that were sprinkled all throughout her sophomore set on her latest offering.
  • Nicki Minaj Models In New Roberto Cavalli Campaign
    Nicki Minaj Models In New Roberto Cavalli Campaign
    Dec 18, 2014 at 01:12pm
    Fresh off the release of her new album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj keeps her name and the momentum alive with a new campaign for Roberto Cavalli. The fashion designer tapped Nicki Minaj as the new face of his brand, and she shows off the clothes effortlessly in the new images released today. Nicki Minaj continues to give us a toned down look while promoting her new album, and this campaign perfectly fits with her more subtle appearance. In the photos taken by Francesco Carrozzini, Nicki rocks a short black bob backed by warm lighting.
  • Hit-Boy Says SZA Wrote A Part For Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé's "Feeling Myself"
    Hit-Boy Says SZA Wrote A Part For Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé's "Feeling Myself"
    Dec 16, 2014 at 05:17pm
    "Feeling Myself," a Hit-Boy-produced gem from Nicki Minaj's new album, features two of the most powerful women in the game flexing even harder than they did on the "Flawless" remix earlier this year. Apparently, another one of hip-hop's most talented females had a hand in the song's creation. Hit-Boy has just revealed that SZA wrote a part for the track.
  • Sales Projections For Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint"
    Sales Projections For Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint"
    Dec 16, 2014 at 02:46pm
    Nicki Minaj's third album, The Pinkprint, dropped this week and even though it's only been out for a little over a day, sales projection numbers are rather optimistic. Hits Daily Double reported today that The Pinkprint is set to sell 155,000 to 165,000 albums in its first week, with an additional 15,000 album streams. Considering that 2014 was a rather slow year in sales for hip-hop, these are pretty good numbers and Nicki Minaj has had one of the best first weeks of the year. But then again, this isn't surprising.
  • Listen To Nicki Minaj's New Album "The Pinkprint"
    Listen To Nicki Minaj's New Album "The Pinkprint"
    Dec 15, 2014 at 09:10am
    Nicki Minaj dropped off her new album The Pinkprint, which has quickly reached #1 in 14 countries, according to Nicki's Instagram. The album features her labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne, as well as Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Skylar Grey and more.
  • Nicki Minaj Addresses YMCMB Rumors, Jay Z Influence
    Nicki Minaj Addresses YMCMB Rumors, Jay Z Influence
    Dec 14, 2014 at 09:08pm
    Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint press run continues with a brand new interview with DJ Whoo Kid. In addition to addressing rumors of a rift within YMCMB sparked by Wayne's vocal proclamation that Birdman and CM are holding him hostage, Nicki also detailed her process in the creation of her new album, and much more.
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
    140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
    Dec 12, 2014 at 05:43pm
    Interesting juxtaposition we have in the first two weeks of December. This week saw the release of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album projected to be highest selling hip-hop project of the year while having more than its fair share of aw shucks moments. We're turning up next week, though. The Pinkprint is coming out, and those thinkpieces will be on their way soon.
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