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Many of us tuned into the 2015 VMAs in the hopes of seeing the way Nicki Minaj would respond to all the madness surrounding her controversial tweets about the inequity that Black women deal with in the entertainment business. Some tuned in to see if Minaj would blow up Miley Cyrus’ spot for basically calling her an angry Black woman last week. And she did. But that barely matters when you look at the bigger picture.
I think we all really just got duped by Taylor Swift.
Minaj opened the show with a performance of the catchy single “Trini Dem Girls” that led into “The Night is Still Young,” which culminated with Swift taking the stage in an act of pop solidarity. The performance ended with the formerly beefing pair singing Swift’s hit single, “Bad Blood.” What a well-orchestrated publicity stunt. Well done.
It was pretty odd that after all her pushback, Minaj decided to take the opening slot at a show that she claimed had done her wrong. So it should have come as no surprise that she would do so to wave a public white flag to Swift. I imagine that after Swift injected herself into Minaj’s tweets, the singer recognized damage control needed to be done and wasted no time getting Minaj on the phone to orchestrate a superficially huge water cooler and girl power moment for the 2015 VMAs.
Or, it’s possible that the entire beef was designed to give the music network ratings and relevance for its annual magnum opus. We mustn’t forget that the entertainment industry is all smoke and mirrors. Swift fans will welcome Minaj back into the fold while Minaj continues to dominate the pop-rap game, and all goes back to normal.
So who loses here? Everyone but Swift.
I suppose that at the end of the day, if it weren’t a stunt, Minaj couldn’t keep it really real even if she wanted to. She is a mainstream artist with a primarily White fanbase nowadays. But just as I started to come to terms with the whole publicity stunt thing, Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Video Award and things got even weirder. Minaj did her usual dance in her acceptance speech, thanking her fans and big upping independent boys and girls. Then she took a breath and thanked her pastor before launching into an assault on Miley Cyrus, the evening’s host, who was standing on the other side of the stage.
“And now back to the b***h who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
The petite singer barked at a visibly startled Miley Cyrus, who wasted no time in her rebuttal. Miley responded to the MC while asking viewers to vote for the Artist To Watch award.
“Hey, we’re all in this industry. We all do interviews and you know how they manipulate sh*t. Congratu-f***ing-lations.”
The camera cut to Minaj during Cyrus’ rebuttal, and she seemed to be popping off. She was nowhere near the microphone, but she definitely told Cyrus “don’t play with me, b***h.”
Now for all intents and purposes, this entire exchange seemed real, and MTV even issued a statement clarifying that the moment was not staged. But that’s not really saying much. Either way, Minaj loses. Cyrus merely comes off looking dismissive and ignorant, but she gets attention, which is her only goal. Minaj has now taken a major blow to her credibility, which is critical at the end of the day. Beefing with Cyrus is a means to an end; she’s a buffoon who is not taken seriously. But in a perfect world, Minaj would have used her acceptance speech to further address disparities and clarify her original tweets that Swift misconstrued and Cyrus brushed off. It would have been a standout moment in her career, an important turning point. But alas, Minaj didn’t have time for that.
There is only one clear winner in this trifecta of beef: Taylor Swift. She managed to take a moment of cultural interference and transform it into a showcase to serve her perpetual victimhood. She started the show with a moment of redemption. In the middle of the show, she presented Kanye West with the Video Vanguard award, and half of West’s speech was dedicated to her. And to top it all off, she won Video of the Year with Kendrick Lamar as her supporting act. She has successfully stolen moments from all these people, and it is completely unacceptable, but of course, nothing will be done about it.
Going forward, we can only hope that Swift’s reign will not run over any more of the artists we enjoy. But most importantly, going forward, we all have to embrace the fact that our pop stars are not going to end our societal ills and that they will often use major issues, even ones as important as racial disparities, simply for attention. We have to keep doing the work ourselves and remember not to let the Taylor Swifts in our lives, hijack our moments.
Unpopular opinion: Meek Mill won the battle.
No, seriously. And I am not just saying this because I’m from Philly and want to give Meek the benefit of the doubt. I am saying this because I am from Philly (#TeamWhoPeedOnDrake) and I truly believe that he won.
Think about it: This “beef” supposedly all started with a couple of tweets in which Meek accused the Canadian singer of having a ghostwriter. In a genre of music, which values authenticity and writing one’s own poetry, an accusation like that has the potential to damage a career. The potential at least.
The reality is that most of the top rappers have either been accused of or have admitted to having other people write their rhymes. Heck, Rick Ross has been accused of ghostwriting his entire image, and he is still winning. The same for Drake, who back in 2009 was accused of faking the funk after appearing on New York’s Hot 97 and reading his “freestyle” off of his Blackberry phone. And despite being clowned relentlessly for a couple of months during that time, no one brings up the Blackberry incident today. Most fans appear to have forgotten.
Although having someone pen your joints is supposed to be a career killer, most rappers are able to bounce back. In particular, the popular ones like Drake. And that is why it made no sense for Drake to have responded. I mean, I’m not trying to disrespect the home team, but Meek is not really a household name. And although he recently released a No. 1 rap album, folks know him more for being Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend than they do for his music. In fact, the second most asked question by the general public in this rap beef (besides “Why Meek, why?”) is “Who is Meek Mill?”
Also, outside of the normal lot of gossip rags and rap magazines, very few were talking about what Meek said. Had Drake not responded, Mill’s entire Twitter tirade could have been another misfire in the air of people who get on Twitter and take shots. But Drake took the bait. And he didn’t just take the bait once, but he threw himself back in the ocean and took the bait one more time with a follow-up diss track.
By responding in such a heavy-handed and timely manner, Drake not only gave validity to the idea that what Meek Mill accused him of could have some truth to it, but he also made Meek more relevant than he had been before. As not only are the usual suspects like The Source and Vibe Magazine covering this story, but Entertainment Weekly, People, and CNN are talking about him as well. If anything, this beef has helped Meek’s career more than it hurt it.
Likewise, most fans of the genre likely had the Philly rapper as a long shot to win to begin with. Again, nothing against the home squad, but Meek as a rapper is average at best. It is not that he doesn’t have a decent flow, but his range of subject matter and even vocabulary is limited, at best. This is especially true when we compare him to Drake, who as a rapper is more thoughtful and introspective. In short, this beef wasn’t evenly yolked. And Drake “winning” this battle is the equivalent of a National Scripps champion “winning” in a spelling contest with Floyd Mayweather.
I get that Drake is tired of the Internet calling him “baby powder soft” and making fun of him singing on every song. And it is likely that he thought a successful win over a hood dude with a microphone would help him gain some street cred. But If Drake won this battle then it should be a win with an asterisk next to it. Meanwhile, the current G.O.A.T Kendrick Lamar hasn’t gotten a response yet, and he called Drake out about his lyrical abilities almost two years ago.
With everybody and they mama beefing these days, it’s nice to see grown adults put the silliness behind them and move on to something more positive and uplifting. That’s what it looks like Faith Evans is trying to do with her longtime…(is nemesis too strong?), Lil Kim.
In case you’ve been sleeping on pop culture for the last two decades, you know that Lil Kim, Faith Evans and Biggie were in a very messy love triangle. And the death of their shared love interest, didn’t exactly subdue the fire.
But that was years and years and years ago.
And during this past All Star Weekend both Faith and Lil Kim were performing at Diddy’s All Star Weekend concert “The Tip Off.”
So when Faith and Kim were at the rehearsal together, Faith took the time to give props to Kim via her Instagram.
See what she said below.
As of now, Lil Kim has yet to acknowledge it or reciprocate but kudos to Faith for being the bigger woman. That drama is literally decades old at this point. They’ve both moved on to other relationships, with children and everything else. Certainly, it’s time for it all to be water under the bridge.
I don’t like Donald Trump. At one point in time he was a respected business man. But increasingly he became a bit of a pop cultural icon. There were the jokes about the toupée, he was popping up in movies and then he got the reality show, “The Apprentice.” If he had stopped there, I would have never given him a second thought. But then he started blatantly disrespecting the President of the United States and intentionally inflaming people with whom he disagreed. In other words, Donald Trump became a troll. It’s now his full time job.
I know you’re thinking, I thought this story was about 50 Cent, what does Donald Trump have to do with all this? My point is: 50 Cent is the Donald Trump of the Hip Hop community. Like Donald, at one point in time, when you said 50’s name, the utterance was met with respect. He’s still a talented rapper, no one will take that from him, but over the years, 50’s ventured away from rap. And that wouldn’t have been so problematic if it didn’t give us a chance to see so much of 50’s childish, misogynistic and downright vile behavior. (See: him cursing Ciara, his ex, out on Twitter, sending hateful text messages to his son, missing that same son’s graduation and more–if you need a few examples.)
And 50’s latest victim is boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Now, let me tell you I’m not a fan of Floyd Mayweather either. He too has behaved rather poorly in the past few years. But that still doesn’t mean I can ride for or even chuckle at 50 Cent’s recent literacy challenge directed at Mayweather.
Earlier today 50 posted this video.
And beneath it he wrote:
Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or fucking up. lmao
Yes, it is quite ironic that 50 is challenging Mayweather to a literacy test and used the wrong “except.” But even more upsetting is the fact that 50, a grown man with children and several jobs, even has time for this dumbness. I don’t know why these rappers keep messing with Floyd like they don’t know he could literally kill them with his bare hands.
And to think, these two used to be friends.
“Had This Been Handled Privately, You Would Have Gotten An Album” Dawn Richard Defends Herself Against Angry DK Fans
These days it seems like everyone is on somebody’s team. And the Danity Kane fans are flocking to Dawn Richard’s Instagram page, to let her know that they are #TeamDanityKane over everything. On one of the few Instagram photos Richard has left up on her page, she’s singing by herself, showcasing her vocal talent.
But instead of commenting on her voice, one person took the opportunity to tell Dawn that she’ll never make it without her former group. And apparently, there have been several of these types of comments because Dawn responded to one of them, suggesting that she’s not the reason–or at least the sole reason– why they won’t be getting any Danity Kane music.
Presumably, someone suggested that Danity Kane should just leak the album that they were working on. Dawn responded:
“…you can’t leak an album that doesn’t belong to you. People have no clue how business works. We don’t own the songs. You’re looking at me like I stopped the music. Actually we had a deal and because WE–and I mean all of us–took this publicly we have stopped music and money. Producers nor label will release now because they lose money. Had this been handled privately you would have gotten an album. And apologies and all would have been made and we would have moved on. But that isn’t the way it was handled so let’s move on as that is not MY only option. Those who rock with me will..And those who don’t I respect that and will respectfully block. I never want dk fans to have to fight each other and choose sides. But we left you no choice. So do what your heart tells you and let’s just move on.
And then to another commenter who probably suggested they work things out and get back to the music.
“nah babd. I’m good on that. She leaked this story on my birthday. And knew she was doing that. Then wrote a 3 page essay about how I ain’t sh*t. I’m done. That was enough for me to know the beat.”
I wasn’t there so I don’t know what Dawn said or did or what Aubrey said or did. But I can understand fans being upset that this group couldn’t just get along, after getting them all excited about news of a reunion.
Several months ago, there were reports that Chris Brown and Drake had squashed their epic 2012 beef with one another that started whenpeople from their camps were seen throwing bottles in a Soho nightclub. Late last year, sources say Drake and his crew came out to see Brown perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. And then afterward, they were backstage hugging, drinking and talking about collaborating with one another.
Apparently the mediator was music executive Abou Thiam, Akon’s brother and Tracee Ellis Ross’ rumored on-again, off-again boo.
And the proof that the two have ended the madness came in the form of an Instagram picture featuring both Drake and Chris is the studio together early this morning.
No word on whether they’ve actually worked on a track together or if they’re just kicking it but we’ll see.
If they do collaborate, we wonder if their common link will come up…
While the Pattie LaBelle and Aretha Franklin upset turned out to be just a misunderstanding, these divas have been vocal, and sometimes underhandedly so, about their disdain for another songstress. Check out these dueling divas and their sometimes petty spats.
Keri Hilson and Beyonce
In her 2009 remix of “Turnin’ Me On,” Keri sang about an unidentified singer who used other people to write her songs without giving credit. Somehow that rubbed Beyonce stans the wrong way and the Bey Hive has not missed an opportunity to sting Keri since. Keri stands on her claim that the song was not about Bey, but the damage was already done.
It seems that while comedians have all the confidence to say what’s on their mind, they are also sensitive people. Some comedians take even more offense to what their fellow comedians have to say. These comedians have had feuds other comedians.
Jamie Foxx vs. Howard Stern
Back in 2010 when Howard Stern made snide remarks, meant to be funny, about Gabourey Sidibe’s career, Jamie Foxx didn’t think it was funny. Jamie shot back by calling out Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers, a black woman, saying she and Sidibe had a lot in common. Stern responded by calling Jamie a closet homosexual. After Jamie called him “Coward Stern” the feud fizzled and died out.
When you have so much to say, and want it to be effective, you have to make sure that you get your point across with the most prominent punch. When you have the music medium to help you to express yourself, you can either answer back to someone, or just put all of your issues with them out on the table. In doing so, you can land on this list.
Now we know about some of the obvious candidates that came from the East Coast vs. West Coasts beefs, Jay Z vs. Nas, and the recent Kendrick vs. Drake. I’m going to try to surprise you with this list. Here are 14 songs that artists used to address someone who they were angry with, or wanted to answer to a previous song. Now, let’s get to it:
Well, what is this? Seems like R Kelly can’t live free of scandal. There’s always another piece of the puzzle, revealing some type of shady nature. Typically, it has something to do with his sexual perversions but today, it’s an all out man war…ok I exaggerate.
In an interview with Vlad Tv, Joe spoke about R Kelly refusing to work with people who played his music. See what he had to say.
“It’s funny because I was getting credible information from [program directors] and friends of mine as well. This guy has no idea these were my friends as well that you’re talking to. And, as if they’re really going to stop playing my record because you said ‘if you don’t stop playing his record I’m never going to come back to the show…’ It was really one of those things like you can’t really be serious.”
And while Joe says he heard this from several people, he’s still willing to give Kellz the benefit of the doubt.
“To me though it’s still alleged because I don’t have facts on it, But… naw there’s no possible way I would allow that to happen because of the relationships I’ve built in the industry as well. No one man has all that power. Trust me when I tell you.”
So what caused this tension then? Obviously, Joe doesn’t know but he says he thinks it was a bit of jealousy and perhaps R Kelly feeling threatened that Joe was going to come and take his spot.
Never any altercation. I think sometimes when you feel a little bit of that threat, someone in your lane. When you got that lane wide open you’re able drive how you want. Almost like you’re the only on that lane and the only car allowed to drive on that lane. And now here I am on that bumper kind of tapping you a little bit like, ‘Move, man.’ Like, ‘You ain’t the only one here. You’re hogging he lane up.’ I think that was what it was. It was a little bit of a threat not that side. Because he don’t even know how much I respect him as far as his music goes. I think he’s an incredible talent but I got a nice whip too.
DJ Vlad suggested maybe it was the similar steez, the shaved head, fit frame and smooth vocals that made R feel like Joe was coming for his position. Joe says his decision to get rid of his hair had nothing to do with trying to look like R Kelly.
I don’t know but I had to get rid of mine. My dad messed my hair line up, like years ago. It was time to get rid of that. And I think a few of your listeners they should take that into consideration. get rid of it man let that thing go. You’ll look different, you’re still you, it’s alright.
What do you think about these accusations? A part of me wonders why R Kelly would ever be jealous of Joe. I mean, while I would argue that Joe has a nicer voice, with more range, R Kelly has been far more successful. The man has hits for days, and not just the ones he’s written for himself either. His career writing and producing for some of the biggest artists in the game has been just as lucrative. But we’ve heard weirder things said about the man and insecurity is a terrible thing.
Do you believe R Kelly really had it out for Joe?