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Do you think Steve Harvey’s family clowns him at the dinner table? When negative headline news hits around the holidays, celebrity Christmas celebrations are guaranteed to get awkward. Wonder how Christmas dinner is going to go at the homes of these folks…
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.
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are dominating the headlines lately—unfortunately not all of the reasons are good.
Thursday the Philadelphia-born rapper appeared in court regarding a possible probation violation surrounding his travel habits. According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Aubrey Whelan, Nicki appeared in court with Meek yesterday and even testified on his behalf.
Whelan tweeted that Minaj told the court that she would help him with his probation, adding that he may be “irresponsible” but he’s working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”
Nicki Minaj is here at Meek Mill's hearing at the CJC. He's in court today on whether his travel habits have violated his probation.
— Aubrey Whelan (@aubreyjwhelan) December 10, 2015
Nicki Minaj testified on Meek's behalf. Said she would help him with his probation — that he might be "irresponsible" but he's growing up.
— Aubrey Whelan (@aubreyjwhelan) December 10, 2015
“He never purposefully goes against rules,” she told the court. “He absolutely wants to make this a smooth transition,” she told the judge, according to Philly.
The case was adjourned and no decision was made regarding whether or not Meek actually violated his probation. The hearing will resume on Thursday, December 17.
As previously reported, this all stems from 2008 gun and firearm charges. He served eight months behind bars and was sentenced to 5 years’ probation, which began in the fall of 2009.
Nicki Minaj Explains Why She’s So Open With Meek Mill After Years Of Hiding Her Relationship With Safaree
If there’s one reason people seem to be skeptical about Nicki Minaj’s relationship with Meek Mill, it’s because of her more than decade-long relationship with ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels. Minaj entered the industry with Samuels by her side. But for most of the years that we saw them together, she pretended he was just her hype man, an occasional producer, and somewhat like an assistant to her. Samuels seemed okay with playing his position in the background for the first few years. But as he shared with The Breakfast Club in January, being kept in the shadows as her hype man eventually put a damper on their relationship.
“I used to be like, there’s no way people really don’t know. And if you don’t know it’s like you either want to be naive because you’re stupid, or you’re living in a fairy world. I just never understood that…It was to the point where if we go out, I can’t put my arm around you, I can’t hold your hand. I’m an affectionate dude! I like to have my arm around my chick. I want to be outside and be like, ‘I’m with my chick!’ I don’t want to have to be walking a couple steps behind you or a couple steps away from you and acting like you’re not my girl. After a while, that can put a strain on somebody. That definitely did something to me.”
So what’s with all the lovey-dovey displays with Meek? In a new interview with GQ, Minaj stated that for some time, she had planned to be open about her love life, but only after the release of her third album. She just so happened to be with someone else by the time The Pinkprint came out:
“Together, I think one of the biggest misconceptions at the beginning was that people thought that me and him just popped up out of the blue and were just in a relationship. We were friends for a very long time and he was someone that I was able to really confide in. Nothing that we do is for TV. My decision to be public about my relationship came before I even met Meek. I was in another relationship and I said after I drop my third album that I don’t care anymore what people think. I’m going to be vocal about who I’m with. It just so happens that I’m with a new guy. When I came in the business, you couldn’t tell people you were in a relationship, because record company and management said that doesn’t make you appealing to men. So don’t tell people you’re in a relationship. So after you do that for ten years it becomes something you feel like you have to do. It’s difficult to break out of that box. So I just vowed to myself, ‘look, I’m about to put out a new album, I don’t care anymore.’ It just so happens I’m in a new relationship but I was planning on doing that before I was with Meek, because now it’s to the point where it’s different. The music industry is so different. People don’t care if you’re in a relationship, but in the beginning it wasn’t like that. Take Janet Jackson. People didn’t know she was married for nine years or something like that. It was a taboo thing in the beginning. I didn’t want to hide that side of my life anymore.”
Could being more open and honest with the public about her relationship with Samuels possibly have saved it? It’s plausible. Especially since he said it made him feel some kind of way. Plus, most people who saw them together knew that he had to be much more than a friend. But at this point, that ship has long sailed, and Minaj is riding off into the sunset on the back of a motorbike with Mr. Mill. And I’m still here, sitting behind a computer, scratching my head at their attempts to convince us that they’re not just doing it for the ‘gram…
Check out Minaj and Meek Mill’s full interview over at GQ and share your thoughts.
If the incessant Meek Mill taunting and teasing done by OVO leader Drake wasn’t enough messiness, a fight broke out last night (Aug. 14) during Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print Tour stop in the Bay Area–the final show in the U.S.
Bay Area Barbz turned up, literally, as a full on brawl broke out during the show. Chairs were thrown, fans were slamming each other to the ground, and one concertgoer was even attacked with mace. While most would have continued performing, Nicki had all eyes on the out of control crowd. She immediately signaled for the DJ to cut the music and stopped the show to address the foolishness that was going on in the crowd.
Nicki brought the fans who were hurt in the fight up to the stage, posing for photos with them backstage. It’s unfortunate that such an incident had to occur during the concert, but Nicki definitely handled it in a poised and positive manner.
At this point in her career, Nicki Minaj is fully aware of how quickly rumors spread. Still, she chooses to troll us over and over again. This time, the Queens rapper sent the Internet into a frenzy with pregnancy rumors after she playfully referred to boyfriend, Meek Mill, as her “baby father” during a performance Saturday night in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
Many took her words literally, and began questioning whether or not hip hop’s latest “It” couple is expecting a child. Neither Nicki nor Meek’s reps have commented on the rumors. But if we had to bet our last dollar, we would say that Nicki probably is not pregnant. Of course, we could be wrong. However this situation turns out, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Do you think Nicki and Meek might actually be expecting a baby?
With a drastic rise in technology and smart phones, mobile gaming apps are at an all time high and the rich and famous have taken note. A number of these celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon and lining their pockets at the same time by releasing their very own mobile gaming app and others were ahead of the curve.
Kim Kardashian is married to one of the richest rappers in the game, but she certainly doesn’t need Kanye West’s money. The reality TV star has made a fortune alone with her gaming app, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The app was such a hit that it raked in $1.6 million in the first five days of its release. Free to download, “Hollywood” makes its money through in-app purchases. Players are encouraged to purchase “Koins,” which are used to buy clothes and change how the consumers chosen avatar looks. Many predicted that the app would pull in $200 million in its first year.
You may not have heard of her, but Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell was a model turned charm school powerhouse who set out to change beauty standards and the way people of color were seen in America. She taught dress and diction to the likes of Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll and Faith Evans, the same kind of etiquette that Motown offered its many acts back in the day. This was no Flavor of Love, TV-ratings type of charm school. It was the real deal. If DeVore-Mitchell were alive today, she could teach certain controversy-prone artists a thing or two about how to navigate the circus that is fame.
Case in point: Meek Mill. Where to start with him? Oddly enough, Meek was ordered to attend a $10,000 etiquette class in 2013, partly to ameliorate his social media habits (which an assistant district attorney insisted caused social media users to send death threats to the rapper’s parole officer). A judge mandated the class following an uncouth court appearance over a probation violation stemming from the 2008 gun and drug conviction that saw Meek serve about six months in jail. But if the last few weeks are any indication, the etiquette class didn’t work. Interesting, considering the fact that after he completed the course, Meek willingly hired his instructor, Gail Madison, for additional training. Apparently, thanks to Meek’s extensive foreign travel, he wanted to learn international etiquette. He might have that part of the lesson down, but Meek could use a refresher course in how to behave on social media. Yes, beef is to hip-hop what boy bands are to pop, but despite Meek’s best efforts to clown Drake, his tweets (and onstage commentary for that matter) left him looking rather foolish. But then again, maybe there’s no room for etiquette in today’s hip-hop.
There are many pitfalls and traps to fame, and I commend Meek for taking the classes in the first place. Celebrities today are in a whole new ballgame. Not only is there social media, but cameras watching, which in DeVore-Mitchell’s day solely belonged to paparazzi. That means anyone and everyone with a cellphone can record celebrities without their knowledge, and quickly upload damning or embarrassing footage online. While they shouldn’t alter their daily interactions for fear of the third party gaze, celebrities should be aware of the media’s penchant for reporting the minutiae of their everyday existence. Charm school is not meant to silence or rob artists of their rights or of their unique identities, but to help them stay out of trouble, present their best selves and keep the focus on their art.
Another charm school candidate? Ariana Grande. She’s young, and young artists often go to extraordinary lengths to prove to the world that they are indeed grown and can handle their own. But that’s not a good explanation for the behavior she’s displayed in recent months. Donutgate ring a bell? If Grande were in charm school, she might have thought twice about licking those donuts. It would have saved her a lot of embarrassment and kept her from having to issue an apology in the first place. While I’m on the subject, public apologies are so common today that everyone from pop stars to politicians issue them. But just like our overuse of antibacterial hand gel, apologies don’t always wipe the slate clean. I know that sounded a little awkward, but you get the point.
And there should be a separate charm school altogether for reality stars. They don’t reach the same worldwide heights as celebrities in music, film and television, and thus, have a different caliber of fame. But it’s fame nonetheless, and often for the wrong reasons. VH1 practically owns the reality market and has scores of shows that should require participants to take charm school as part of their post-show re-entry into civic life. Or at least a free sit-down with Iyanla Vanzant.
If given the opportunity to be famous, many of us might not perform or act so well under a microscopic lens either. Stars are people too – they make mistakes, they falter. But they are in the public eye and are therefore held to slightly different standards than us regular folk. Charm school might help them cope with those standards and have more fulfilling, long-term careers. And a lot less drama.
Who else, in your opinion, could benefit from charm school?
Even if you weren’t seeking it out, chances are the beef between Meek Mill and Drake found you. It popped up in your Twitter feed, while you were updating your Facebook status, listening to the radio or chopping it up with a friend. A gift from the meme gods, it’s the kind of online fodder that keeps on giving. But for the 2.7 of you who have no clue as to what I’m talking about, here’s a brief recap. On Twitter, Meek Mill called Drake out for allegedly using a ghostwriter on his verse for their collaboration “R.I.C.O.” off Meek’s new album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Meek also told people to stop comparing him to Drizzy because, unlike Drake, he doesn’t “trick” his fans into believing the raps of an unknown author are his own.
In true beef fashion, Drake responded with not one, but two diss tracks, “Charged Up” and “Back to Back.” After referring to Drake’s efforts as “baby lotion soft,” Meek released “Wanna Know,” which, ironically, left fans wishing the Philly-born rapper employed the use of his own ghostwriter. All of this back and forth raises a valid question: is it earth-shattering (or that much of a revelation for that matter) if a musical artist, a rapper specifically, uses a ghostwriter?
In a machismo-heavy genre of music like hip-hop that’s often all about keeping it 100, I understand the concerns and raised eyebrows that ghostwriting elicits. In rap and hip-hop, your rep and your word are king. But if 50 Cent or Rick Ross has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t take every word that comes out of a rapper’s mouth as a fact. That applies to whether or not an artist penned their lyrics by themselves or had assistance. Rappers, like any other artist, tell stories. Storytelling – I’m not saying anything we don’t already know – can be rife with embellishments that progress a plot, sell a point, appeal to an audience, etc. It’s called artistic license. So just because you’re rapping about one thing, I as a musical consumer don’t have to believe that everything you’re saying is real or immediately assume it’s a fantastic tale. And this, my friends, is called suspension of disbelief.
Some of our most treasured artists never wrote a word of some of their biggest hits. From Whitney Houston to Chaka Khan and Diana Ross – the list goes on and on. Even if these artists employed writers, the love would still be there because fans fall for the voice. It’s all about talent and delivery. Yes, lyrics play a crucial role, but in the wrong hands, a well-written song can fall completely flat.
In music, regardless of the genre, ownership falls on the artist singing, or in this case, rapping on the track. When most people hear a song they like, they don’t say, “I wonder who wrote this song.” Rather, they ask, “Who sings this song?” It’s the same reason in a band of equally talented artists, the lead singer is the one who garners most, if not all, of the attention. They are both the visual and aural center, focus and hub; not the songwriter.
Let’s also remember that ghostwriters have been around forever and a day. Their efforts are utilized in novels, screenwriting, songwriting – practically any written form. And the world has neither stopped nor ended because they exist. Ghostwriters punch up lyrics and dialogue. And who is to say that they’re behind entire songs and not just helping stuck lyricists with punchy lines and choruses? They help artists find their voice. And they do it anonymously because either their contributions weren’t enough to garner a “written by” credit, because of the type of contract they signed, or because they’re part of a team created to take an artist to new heights (see Bad Boy’s Hitmen production team). So even if Drake used a ghostwriter, is that cause to turn our backs on one of the most celebrated, chart-topping rappers in the game right now? Is it cause to get that bent out of shape? Does it destroy his cred, suddenly wipe the slate clean or strip the man of his obvious talents? I don’t think so.
In my opinion, what makes a rapper or a music artist, in general, authentic is their unique spin on the music they present to the world. That includes their ability to adapt and grow as an artist. Hip-hop has a bonus element of smart and clever wordplay that garners respect from fans young and old. (Well, maybe not that old.) And as we well know, rappers are given respect partly based on their ability to deliver on that front, along with other status-invoking accolades like their number of albums sold, freestyling abilities, mixtape popularity, and, as evidenced by Meek and Drake, beefs won.
Meek certainly garnered a lot of attention following his initial Twitter rant, but let’s not forget that music was at the center of those tweets. Based on the delivery of the tracks we’ve heard from both him and Drake in the days following (which Meek even acknowledged sounded like Drake’s own words), I’d say Drizzy is the clear winner. Ghostwriter be damned.
As I write these words, I am perusing the internet looking at the goings on of the most recent rap battle between Meek Mill and Drake. Meek finally responded, y’all! Still, Drake seems to be in the lead, even though he has ghost writer allegations being thrown at him left and right. Even Funkmaster Flex jumped into the beef to help Meek out. Rumor has it, Jay Z has been in the background all along, playing the puppet master. Who knows?
One thing I know for sure…I don’t want anyone to grow up to be rappers in my family.
I know: Hip-Hop is a means by which disenfranchised people – particularly people of color – are able to level the lopsided playing field of capitalism. It also gives a voice to those that were otherwise voiceless. Well, I have news for you. We have Twitter for our “voice” and we have considerably more opportunities than back in the old days.
Kids still see rap as some glamorous life, despite the endless horror stories.
I know I wasn’t the most mature dude in my 20’s but your average rapper is 30 going on 13. I mean, seriously. These dudes are beefing’ because one person didn’t tweet about the other’s album, from what I have been told. In my era (what OG’s say), that would have been the last thing somebody battled over. I mean, think about LL Cool J/Canibus or Common/Ice Cube or the biggest Biggie/Pac.
Now those were beefs that were so heated Minister Farrakhan was often on speed dial to end them. They may have been beefin’ over “coasts” and getting shot, but it wasn’t this overly emo-gossipy pettiness.
Moms, your kid (most likely son) is likely to gravitate to rappers. They get attention. Steer them “thataway” please – even if you’re poor. I mentor a couple of kids. One of them is on genius level and very nerdy. The other is uber cool in a way that suggests he should not even be in school. The last one is deep into sports. Guess which one overly-likes Hip-Hop? Now, I am obviously not against rap, but I have to say that if your kid wants to be a rapper, send him to me and I will gladly break down the stats and success rates of your average rapper. Furthermore, I will even tell them how hard the successful rappers do work to maintain such heights. “God I work hard, please don’t envy me,” Jay Z famously rapped.
Most rappers are “struggle rappers” – they work hard at their craft but don’t have the commiserate success…or talent. Other rappers simply go through several extended levels of childhood these days, even if they are successful. So, you might have a 40-year-old man acting like he’s 25 these days. Also, social media is hard on rappers. Meek Mill is only 28, but the memes are so brutal, he’s going to age rapidly in this process of beefing with Drake. He maybe making lots of money, but his self-esteem is bound to take a hit. Poor, grown man.
I’m at the place now where I want to see more kids invest in being engineers, doctors, filmmakers, carpenters, farmers, architects and other nation building professions. Some parents may see that as wishful thinking, but that’s only because they limit their minds and also their kids. “Well, Johnny always could sing and dance better than the rest,” some say. Well, this skill set is learned, just like Indian kids are taught to be doctors at a young age. Asian kids are also told they are extremely intelligent at birth and reared accordingly. Our kids can do that too if we guide them.
Meek and Drake sure are entertaining.
I love it, because its a part of a culture that I hold dear. However, as an OG, I also wish they would step it up and lead again. Push kids back to school. Tell them the truth and give them survival skills. Rappers have never been the most mature lot, but anytime a rap group’s mantra is “Wu Tang is for the children,” we know where they stand in the grand scheme. That is what Hip-Hop used to do. We simply must re-evaluate what is considered cool and raise the expectations for our kids. In this way, rap music is still a reflection of what is going on in our own homes. We just have to change who is looking into the mirror.