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If Meek Mill Goes To Jail, Should Nicki Minaj Wait For Him?

December 18th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If Meek Mill Goes To Jail, Should Nicki Minaj Wait For Him?

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2015 hasn’t been the best year for Meek Mill. In addition to embarrassing himself by calling out Drake and then releasing that terrible diss record, he also had to appear in court to determine whether or not he violated his probation by traveling out of the country.

Last week, we reported Meek’s girlfriend, Nicki Minaj testified on his behalf saying that he might be “irresponsible” but is growing up and working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”

Way to sell Nick!

According to TMZ, the 28-year-old rapper himself took the stand yesterday. He spoke for more than an hour pleading his case before the judge.

He got emotional as he recalled not being able to see his mother in New Jersey after she had surgery.

Meek made it a point to apologize to the district attorney for calling her a “b-tch” in his song “The Ride.” This same district attorney is the one who said Mill submitted a urine sample for drug testing that didn’t belong to him.

Things got even more emotional when he addressed the judge directly.

“I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal. I have my queen Nicki now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there.”

But the judge wasn’t here for it. She ruled that he was in technical violation of his probation, meaning he will likely serve some more jail time. But she didn’t issue his punishment yet. Sentencing is set for February. Until that time, Meek cannot leave the 5 county area around Philadelphia.

As you might imagine, this is quite a bit for a very new, very public relationship.

While Minaj has the means to visit Philadelphia often, she is also a very busy woman whose schedule may not permit frequent trips to visit her boyfriend.

Furthermore, if he does end up serving jail time, things become even more complicated. Does she wait for him, hold him down? Does she remain monogamous while he’s away?

I don’t know or even understand what Meek and Nicki are doing these days. I can’t put my finger on them. But her statements in his defense don’t seem all that glowing. I would think that if your man’s freedom was at stake, you wouldn’t even allude to the fact of him being irresponsible.

But perhaps the evidence is too damning to deny on the witness stand. I’m sure the last thing she wants to do is perjure himself.

If I were in Nicki’s situation, I would at least have to consider a few things at this point. It’s not like Meek is a young 20 still making those “growing pain” mistakes. He’s a 28-year-old man who let his “beef” (read jealousy) of Drake dismantle all the work he’d put into building what looked like a very promising rap career and compromise his freedom.

And I’m not exaggerating. One of the reason’s Meek is in court is because he left the country, to perform in Canada, for Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour. Now, most people on probation know the terms of it- whether they decide to follow them or not. I believe Meek knew going to Canada was a violation but he was more concerned about showing fans and the Hip Hop community at large that he wasn’t scared to perform in Drake’s old stomping grounds. And now, as a result of that decision he’s jeopardized his freedom. Maybe Nicki’s not one to be in her man’s legal business but I do wonder if she knew that he would be in violation of his probation by leaving the country. And if she did, did she try to suggest that he hang back for this show?

Y’all I hate that another Black man might have to enter the penal system over a technicality but I also wonder how a man who knows what it’s like to be incarcerated, away from his mother, children and his dream, could put himself in a position to be right back in that same predicament. And for what? A beef everyone unanimously agrees you lost anyway.

Lord have His mercy.

Nicki Minaj has said that she wants to be married with children. Now, that her relationship with Meek has come to this crossroad, she really needs to ask herself if she can see herself doing that with a man who, at 28, is still working toward becoming an adult.

Lost A Few Pounds In My Waist For Ya: Celebrity Men Who’ve Transformed Their Looks

December 7th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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These celebrity men have been working it out and tightening it up. Now they want to know, are they on your radar yet?

Erykah Badu To Release New Mixtape On Thanksgiving

November 8th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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After serenading fans with a smooth remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Erykah Badu is gearing up to gift fans with a new mixtape on Turkey Day.

Influenced by the melody of the OVO ringleaders “Hotline Bling,” Badu’s project is titled You Cain’t Use My Phone.

“After I heard that song it inspired me,” she told The Fader. “I was feeling it really and I started making the songs. No particular reason though.” Badu gushed over her friendship with the rapper saying, “We’re very good friends and we had some great talks. He’s an inspiration to me. Sonically he’s in a place where I want to be. It’s halfway between where I was and halfway to where I am now.”

She also divulged deets on the concept and basis of the mixtape, offering that every track is phone related.

If “Tyrone” is a timeless classic, then we’re sure whatever Ms. Badu pens this time around will be an instant hit.

Who’s Drake’s Hotline Bling Co-Star? Tanisha Scott Reveals More Dance Moves Are On The Way

October 25th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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We may have celebrated Drake’s 29th birthday yesterday, but apparently “Hotline Bling” is the gift that keeps on giving. Between Drake’s dollar party dance moves and Erykah Badu’s amazing cover, choreographer Tanisha Scott is now saying the fun isn’t stopping there.

Complex recently interviewed the choreographer of Sean Paul’s “Gimme The Light” fame to talk about how she became involved with the Hotline Bling concept. Scott has also worked with Rihanna and Beyonce just to name a few. She talked about being contacted by Director X with whom she shares a manager.  The crew whom all hail from Toronto talked about doing a classic “X” video. Scottt makes it clear that she contacted to be a “movement coach” not choreograph the video for which Sean Paul’s “Temperature” video was used as a reference:

“I was brought in to do choreography with dancers and whatnot, but through it all, when we got to set, we decided to just focus the video on Drake having fun and letting loose.”

“I have to applaud Drake for stepping out of his comfort zone to just have fun and be unique and not care.”

“It’s him championing everything he’s done. Nothing was rehearsed, nothing was choreographed, it was just him doing his thing.”

As for the memes, Scott says Drake knew they were coming:

“And all those memes and [mashups], he knew that was going to happen! We were looking at playbacks, and he was like, ‘This is totally going to be a meme.’ He’s borderline brilliant. He knew what was going to happen.”

Scott also revealed that she didn’t have a clue she’d actually BE in the video until Drake offered:

“When I saw him on set he was like, ‘So you know you’re doing this video with me, right? You’re going to have a moment with me.’”

Apparently Drake wanted to pay homage to a similar feature Scott had in Sean Paul’s “Gimme The Light” video and was also inspired by the classic Pulp Fiction scene between Uma Thurman and John Travolta. Scott described the set as more of a party where everyone was dancing, freestyling and just having a good time.

So will Drake be busting anymore meme-inspiring moves in the future? Scott says once Views From the 6 is released, she might have to get her “Dancing With The Stars” on with Drizzy again:

“We’re definitely going to be working together once his new music comes out. You’re going to see a lot more. We’re taking everything to a new level.”

Read the full interview over at Complex.

 

Happy Birthday To October’s Very Own: 15 Reasons We’re Grateful For Drake

October 24th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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It’s October 24 and that can only mean one thing: Aubrey Drake Graham is celebrating his 29th birthday. This year has been a phenomenal one for the self-proclaimed “Champagne Papi.” He’s on the verge of having his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit with “Hotline Bling,” he grew a fresh beard, had quite a few gym sessions that led to a massive glo up, and he managed to snag one-on-one time with one of the greatest athletes in the world, Serena Williams. There’s never a dull moment as Drake and as a Drake fan. Here are 15 reasons why we are grateful for October’s Very Own.

Would You Wear This Tom Ford Lipstick Named After Drake?

October 22nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Drake fans will now be able to incorporate the “Hotline Bling” rapper into their beauty routines. According to our sister site, StyleBlazer, Tom Ford will be releasing a lipstick shade named after the Toronto rapper.

The deep burgundy shade will be a part of Ford’s limited edition “Lips and Boys” collection, which debuted last year and included fifty shades named after notable men in the designer’s life.

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According to Grazia, shades from the line are only sold in mini sizes. The lipstick will be available for purchase beginning October 30 at just over $40. Of course, $40 bucks is a little pricey for a mini lipstick, but I guess it’s a small price to pay if you’re a really big Drake fan—or unusually enthusiastic about rich burgundy lipstick.

So, will you buy?

Penny For Your Thoughts: A Love Letter To Dancing Drake

October 20th, 2015 - By Penny Wrenn
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Dear Dancing Drake,

I love you.

Really, I could stop there. But I won’t. My love for you is a big deal to me. It is news. Because, you see, I haven’t loved any other Drake before you. Not Rapping Drake. Not Singing Drake. Not Smoldering Drake. Not Laughing Drake. Not Sinewy Drake. Not Buff Drake. Not Meek-Dissing Drake. Not Serena-Kissing Drake.

All the other Drakes before you have meant nothing. Nada.

Those other Drakes have not thrilled or engaged me at all. Rapper Drake was monotonous. Singing Drake sounded too much like every 14-year-old boy in the young adult choir who sings a solo and sounds like a wet dog whining. Smoldering Drake looks moody or like he thinks that he’s cuter than I am. (And he very well may be cuter than I, but he doesn’t have to throw it in my face.) Laughing Drake is sweet and all, but I can’t tell if he’s laughing with me or at me. Sinewy Drake looks like I couldn’t sit on his lap for longer than three minutes. Buff Drake looks like he needs to spend less time at the gym and more time at home Netflix and chilling with me. Meek-Dissing Drake has a sexist way of delivering low blows (to insult a man by implying his woman is better than he). And Serena-Kissing Drake may or may not actually be kissing Serena, but if he is, that just means he’s taken.

But you, Dancing Drake? Oh, you’re different. You’re interesting but not intimidating. You’re precious. No, I take that back. You’re too modest to be precious and too precious to be modest. (This dichotomy sounds confusing because it is, in fact, difficult for one person to embody both in real life.)

Dancing Drake, you have a depth that’s not trying to be deep. You’re unbothered without being #unbothered.

Simply put, Dancing Drake, you are that ineffable “it is what it is.” But, in this case, we really do appreciate what it is (and we’re not just saying “it is what it is” while secretly wishing that what is was not).

Dancing Drake, you are what you are. Like the voice in the bush saying, “I am that I am.” Are you God? Not at all. But you are you, and me, and everyone we know.  As of this moment, Dancing Drake, you are the most relatable person on the planet.

You are me doing my “This is how it go!” boogie, the dance where I basically combine the movements of Saturday Night Live’s Wild and Crazy Guys skit and Martin Short’s Ed Grimley character. Except I’m not Steve Martin, Dan Akroyd or Martin Short, and this isn’t 1978, so it’s a little more tragic and a lot less funny when a Black woman in her 30s publicly dances this way.

But you, Dancing Drake, remind me that we do well when we dare to be the first person on the dance floor, even though we’re not the best dancer.

Some have noted that you, Dancing Drake, are like a drunk uncle or the heavily-cologned Dominican dude looking for a merengue partner. Perhaps. But when I look at you, I see my college sweetheart who used to put on Stevie Wonder records (actual vinyl that he owned, and he wasn’t a DJ) so we could dance in his bedroom. That little bit of hardwood, a small square footage next to his futon bed is, and will always be my favorite dance floor.

When I look at you, Dancing Drake, I see my male BFF from high school. To this day, his unselfconscious way of breaking out into a two-step makes me long for the days when being his BFF came with benefits.

Dancing Drake, you are every dude who could’ve been too cool or too cute or too anything to dance. But God bless you, Dancing Drake, because you danced anyway. You jauntily swiveled your hips. You eagerly twirled a finger or two. You did an awkward pelvic thrust here and there. You joked and jived with the dancers by imitating their moves. And those dancers were fully clothed! And when you, the only dude, danced with the ladies, you didn’t only perform sex-simulating choreography, which is refreshing. I mean, there were those couple seconds when you rested your head on the dancer’s rump. And there was that bit when you hoisted the same dancer up on your hips. But even those moves seemed playful and silly. If you’d pulled either one on me, I probably would have dissolved into giggles, like Sheneneh on some “You so crazy!”

Dancing Drake, I love you with your non-Chris Brown dancing self. Because heaven help us if all the dancefloors only make room for the Chris Browns of the world.

Dancing Drake, I just…I love you. What more can I say? And dammit, baby, I love you because I get you. I love you because I get you, I finally get you, Drake. After all this time, there’s a Drake who I can truly love.

Yours truly,

Penny

The Best “Hotline Bling” Memes And Video Mashups

October 20th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you didn’t realize it, we love us some Drake and last night we were so excited to view the new music video for his hit song, “Hotline Bling.”  While we ogled Drake as he did his dance moves and for having the smoothest beard this side of the Mississippi, the creative geniuses and mad scientists of the Internet decided to create video mashups and memes about Champagne Papi’s latest visual.

Here are a few of the funniest ones that that left us wanting to dance (or laugh) with our bearded bae.

Drake will have you missing your second grade boyfriend whose name you barely remember.

Relax, Drake And Serena Williams Are Not Engaged

October 8th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The Internet went crazy earlier today after rumors implied that Drake and Serena Williams will be tying the knot soon. According to an OK! Magazine source claiming to have the tea on said proposal, Drake flew Williams into his hometown and asked her to be his wife.

“Right now they’re happy with just being happy,” the source told the tabloid. “She said yes, but they want to keep it on the down-low for now.”

A spokesperson for Drake quickly dispelled the rumors Thursday afternoon in a statement to TMZ.

“The rumor is completely untrue,” said the rapper’s representative.

While we would love to see Drake and Serena get married and have a bunch of babies, we don’t want them to rush into anything prematurely. We all know how quickly those situations can go left.

Erykah Badu’s “Hotline Bling” And Other Hip Hop/ R&B Covers That Had Us Geeked

October 2nd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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hotline_baduIt seems like everything Erykah Badu does is magic. So perhaps it should have come as no surprise that when she covered Drake’s new single “Hotline Bling,” that Internet blew up with surprise and appreciation. Her version is fire. And it got us thinking about other covers that surprised and delighted us.