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Suspect Arrested, Charged In Stabbing Of Nicki Minaj Tour Members

February 25th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A suspect has been formally charged in the stabbing of Nicki Minaj tour member Eric Parker, USA Today reports.

As of Tuesday, Parker, 27, remains hospitalized in critical condition. The double stabbing, which occurred outside of Philadelphia’s CHE Bar & Grill on February 18, left Parker’s friend and fellow roadie De’Von Pickett, 29, dead. According to the New York Daily News, Pierce Boykin, 31, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and other related offenses. So far, Boykin has not been formally charged in the murder of Pickett.

“At this time, they just have enough information that ties that subject to stabbing the second gentleman,” police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien said. “It’s still an active investigation so that could change at any time.”

According to Bossip, cops picked up the suspect on Monday in Philadelphia. Pickett’s relatives told our sister site that they learned of Boykin’s arrest Tuesday morning. The deceased victim’s mother, Darcia Pickett, insists that her son was trying to protect a female bartender from Boykin and his posse’s unwanted advances by escorting her to her car. As he and Parker walked the unidentified woman to her car, the men attacked them.

As previously reported, Parker and Boykin, both New Yorkers, were in Philadelphia preparing for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming Pinkprint tour.

“U Claim U Happy, Then Why U So Mad At Me!!!!”: Nicki Minaj Caught Up In Drama Between Meek Mill And His Son’s Mother

February 19th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been getting quite close and cozy these days, and for that reason, they should be focused on whatever it is they’re doing and where they plan to take their relationship in the future. But for some reason, Meek is still worried about the moves made by the mother of his son…

It might have been provoked by pettiness, or she might really just be a fan of him, but Fahimah Raheem, the ex and the mother of Meek’s son, decided to follow and like a few pictures from Safaree Samuels’ account. That’s right, she was caught liking pics of Nicki Minaj’s ex. And while that’s not a big deal to most people, Meek caught wind of her “likes” and decided to put her on blast on Instagram for some reason, and ask why she’s being shady:

 

 

But Raheem was not here for the rapper trying to put her on front street, and in response, she said that if he’s oh so happy with Nicki, he needs to stop worrying about who she’s following and what she’s doing on Instagram:

 

Like I said, they’re both being petty, but she does have a point. If you’re supposed to be moving on and happy (and your relationship isn’t fake and phony…), then you shouldn’t be worried about what your ex is up to.

But what do you think?

Nicki Minaj Road Crew Member Killed In Deadly Stabbing

February 18th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Unfortunately, the entertainment world is mourning the loss of popular tour manager De’Von “DayDay” Pickett, who was fatally stabbed outside of the Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia following an altercation.

According to NBC News, the incident began with an argument early Wednesday morning that spilled out into the streets around 2:00 a.m. Pickett’s friend, Eric Parker, was also severely injured during the incident. He sustained multiple stab wounds and remains in critical condition.

“We believe he is going to survive his injuries,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said of Parker.

“We believe that both of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, were all inside of this bar and that’s when an argument started,” Small continued.

The suspect fled the scene and according to reports, his identity remains unknown. According to rapper Nicki Minaj, both Parker and Pinkett were in Philadelphia for her tour rehearsals.

“These guys flew into Philly for my tour rehearsals 2 days ago and were both stabbed last night. #RIPDAYDAY condolences to your family. Unbelievable. Eric (on the right) is recovering. Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad,” the rapper wrote on Instagram.

Fabolous also mourned Pinkett’s death on Instagram.

“My heart is heavy right now… God opened my eyes this morning at 9:49am. For some reason at that time I woke up thinking about both of these guys. They both work with me, but I couldn’t figure out why they were in my mind at 1st wake up. Wasn’t sure if I had a dream & they were in it or just some wake up & process things type shit.. But at 10:04 my brother hit me & told me that they both were fatally stabbed in Philly last night. My friend @daydaydoesdis (left) died & my friend Eric Parker is in critical condition in the hospital fighting for his life. I am still in shock & don’t want to believe this. And it hurts even more knowing how good these two dudes are. How hard these guys work. And how loyal they are to whoever they are down with & each other. Please send Eric Parker your blessings & a prayer for him to pull thru. And RIP to the fallen soldier Day Day. I can’t even believe I’m saying that with your name attached to it. & I HATE this being a post!! I will miss your energy, your vibe, & you but I’ll hold on to your spirit!! #RIPDayDay #PrayForEricParker.”

We send our prayers to the Pinkett family and also, to Eric, who remains hospitalized.

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Nicki Minaj Dishes On Her Rebound Boo, Meek Mill: “He’s Been Around For A Lot Of Things That I’ve Gone Through”

February 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s no secret that we liked Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels together, but since it seems that they’re not going to reunite anytime soon, she’s been seen happily cozying up to Philly MC, Meek Mill. They are even hosting an All-Star Weekend event together this weekend here in NYC. So what’s the deal with those two? Vogue is one of the first publications to actually ask Nicki about her love life since splitting from Safaree, and while she won’t call Meek her man, she says that he’s definitely been her rock as of late…

When asked how she’s enjoying single life after being in a relationship for more than a decade, Nicki says she’s having a ball.

“I’ll just say that I haven’t had this much fun in years. Yeah, I am partying, and I am freer, and I am just enjoying myself and my life.”

When she was asked what’s going on with Meek Mill, she said that they are just having fun. But people shouldn’t think that they just linked up, got close and are pretending to be enamored with each other after only a few weeks. They’ve actually been close for quite some time according to the “Anaconda” rapper.

“Sometimes we hang out, and when we hang out, we have fun. [laughs] This is what I want to say about him: People think for some strange reason that we just started becoming friends recently. We’ve been friends for a very, very long time, and he’s been around for a lot of things that I’ve gone through. And that’s all I’ll say about that.”

And even though Nicki is keeping it cute when it comes to Meek, he has no problem saying that she’s special. During last night’s performance in New York City at Best Buy Theater, he let everyone know what’s up:

“I don’t really be Instagramming my motherf**king personal life, but Nicki, that’s my motherf**king baby.”

 

#MeekMill shows love to #NickiMinaj onstage. #Omeeka #HipHop #Music #AllStarWeekend

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You Have No Power Here: Birdman Denied Entry To Nicki Minaj’s Pre-Grammy Party

February 8th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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Well if we didn’t know which side Nicki Minaj was on of the Birdman vs. Weezy battle, now we do.

According to TMZ, Birdman and his huge entourage were turned away from Nicki Minaj’s Pre-Grammy party in West Hollywood early Sunday morning. Apparently, Birdman and his crew showed up to the party at 1:45 am to be turned away with an explanation that the club was about to close.  It could be as simple as that, but you would think that Nicki would make a way for the CEO of Cash Money Records, the parent company of her mentor Lil’ Wayne’s label, Young Money. Maybe Birdman was just too tardy for the party, or maybe Nicki is making it known who she is siding with in the beef Birdman is currently experiencing with Lil’ Wayne who wants to cut all ties with him and is rumored to be suing him for the advance of the delayed Carter V album.

In other news, Grammy weekend is shaping up to be pretty crazy. TMZ also reports that someone was shot to death outside of Hollywood’s Supper Club where Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q and Wiz Khalifa were partying inside. The rappers had nothing to do with the shooting, but police report two men were involved in an altercation which resulted in one man being shot in the head and rushed to the hospital where he died. Cops have a suspect in custody and say it looks like the men may have been gang-affiliated.

We hope these Grammy festivities can turn down just a tad so these celebs can win some awards, party safely and go home.

“It Just Wasn’t Good”: Grammy Producer Says Nicki Minaj’s Performance In 2012 Was One Of The Worst He’s Ever Done

January 30th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The Grammys air next Sunday on CBS, and to prepare for the big show (the 57th one in case you were wondering), the website HitsDoubleDay.com interviewed famed Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich. He has been producing the show, including the star-packed performances, for a whopping 35 years. That includes all of the really dope collaborations over the years, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing with Madonna, Queen Latifah Mary Lambert and Trombone Shorty (where they had that huge mass wedding), Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons doing an awesome mash-up, and Pharrell, Daft Punk, Niles Rogers and Stevie Wonder doing their thing, which all took place last year: “I’m getting a chill just thinking about it.”

But when he was asked about any disappointments he’s had over the years when it comes to those huge performances, Ehrlich said Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Roman Holiday,” which many people panned back in 2012 as demonic…and just wack, was one he “was not proud of”:

“I was not proud of what we did with Nicki Minaj three years ago. I thought that was a disappointment both in terms of what we did and to an extent what she did. I’m not going to absolve us of any responsibility, but it just wasn’t good. If it had been controversial and good, I think I would have been proud of it. But we probably let out the string a little too much on that one.”

But Minaj isn’t the only memorable performance he wasn’t crazy about. Ehrlich said a performance Britney Spears did back when she was the hottest thing since sliced bread was another one that went left:

“We did a thing I don’t know how many years ago called “Britney’s Incredible Dream” when Britney was the biggest thing in the business. I thought I had to book her. We did this thing where it opened up with her in a bed as a little girl. Then she did—I don’t remember what song it was—“Baby One More Time.” I thought that was a mistake. But there are a lot of ’em in the middle, and there are dozens near the top. But when someone asks me that question, those are the two that come immediately to mind.”

Can you think of any Grammy performances over the years that were especially hard for you to watch? Do you think Minaj and Spears’ performances were really all that bad?

 

Safaree Samuels Clarifies Comments About Ex Nicki Minaj: “She Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me”

January 29th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After Safaree Samuels’ from-the-heart Breakfast Club interview about his relationship and breakup from ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, most of us were under the impression that he was done speaking about the split. He really seemed to put it all on the table; however, apparently there’s still more left to say…publicly. In a series of tweets, the New York rapper clarified some of his comments from the interview that were apparently misconstrued and he was sure to address just how much Nicki meant to him.

Judging by his tweets, some have accused him of implying that he was Nicki’s ghostwriter during their relationship, but he insists that this was not at all what he was trying to say.

“i wanna say 1 thing cuz ppl like to take bs and run with it..

if there was anything in my interview that came off the wrong way towards nicki i apologize and want ppl to kno that she was the best thing that ever happened to me and is a great person inside and out and the most talented person i kno.. and i never said i wrote her raps…

she is wayyy more than capable of writing a album on her own without me! shes not a dumb person, so its easy for smart ppl to come up with the witty and smart things that she says! i dnt kno about other ppl but i kno when it comes to writing flow n delivery she is 1 of the best if not the best.she has her style i have mine. so stop saying i write her stuff! not true!!! she sits w/a pen&pad &does it herself!God bless.

and to you ignorant fans i really wish yall would leave me alone. yall are so miserable..let me build me and stop tryin to tear me down.”

 

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I’m sure it’s probably easier said than done, but Safaree has really got to stop letting the Barbz get the best of him.

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“I Was Being Treated Like An Employee Instead Of Her Man”: Safaree Samuels Gives The Real Deal On What Went Wrong With Nicki Minaj

January 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last Friday that Nicki Minaj wasn’t too happy after seeing her ex, Safaree Samuels, out on a date with a model in L.A. The next day, she posted this on Instagram:

“You can’t find happiness with bitterness, hate and unforgiveness in your heart. You owe it to yourself to find real peace. Why do ppl feel they have to be “ok” all the time? Its ok to NOT be ok. You’re human. I hate seeing people be tormented and on the verge of going crazy because of their pride and their ego and because they made a bed they never thought they’d have to lay in. If you were on your death bed tomorrow, none of the ppl you do all this fronting for would be there. You can’t try to hurt a person who’s heart is right and who showed you the meaning of loyalty. Its better that you do some soul searching and live in GRATITUDE. Realize how blessed you were and learn from your mistakes. Sometimes the more you do for ppl, the more they think they’re entitled to! Just fall back and ask God to show them the truth. Once you have forgiven and learned how to find true peace, the most you can do is wish the next person well and pray that they too will find the same thing. I’m hoping that 2015 will be a year we choose real happiness over the fake made up stuff we think people want to see. Every night, the lights and cameras stop flashing and there you are. its just YOU. Laying there. Facing the music. Cherish these nights. Cherish these ppl. Life is a movie, but there’ll never be a sequel. And if you didn’t cherish them in time, own that. Hope you feel better.”

Afterwards, while in “no f**ks given” mode, she joked around with comedian Lil Duval, who basically put Safaree on blast for being a wack rapper (in their opinion). Nicki boldly agreed and claimed that she never had the heart to tell Safaree that rapping wasn’t for him:

Ballerific Comment Creepin —–🌾👀🌾 #lilduval #nickiminaj #commentcreepin

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So after all that yapping on her part, it looks like Safaree has had just about enough. He got up, put on his fluffiest fur and brightest jewelry, and headed to The Breakfast Club to set the record straight about all their issues. And while Nicki may have thrown quite a bit of shade his on way social media recently, he says he’s not speaking out to do the same. Instead, he says he’s speaking out to clear his name and to try to understand why after a decade of supporting one another, she would try and bash him publicly. Here is what stood out:

What He Was To Nicki:

Everything. Decisions weren’t made without me. That was my soulmate. That wasn’t like somebody I was just working with. People thought, ‘Oh I was just a hype man.’ No. We were calling all the shots.

How They Came Together:

We were in a group together, called the Hood Stars. We did the group thing for about two years, it didn’t really work out. So she branched out and did her solo thing. We packed up two cars, went to Atlanta. We just started bubbling from there. We were friends for a year and a half at first and then a relationship started.

If It Was Hard Putting His Aspirations On The Back Burner:

It wasn’t hard at all because I’m not gonna act like that’s what I wanted to be so bad. We were in a rap group together, yeah, I rapped with her, but I just enjoyed entertainment. So whether I was in the front of the mic or playing in the back with her, I just enjoyed entertainment.

Why He Needed To Speak Out After She Dissed Him On Instagram:

I would never do anything publicly to try to like, pull her down. Whatever happens between me and her one-on-one, it is what it is. That’s personal and I would never put that out there. I could be out here telling a million stories and doing cornball sh*t like that but I’m not going to do that. I never would do that. I never plan on doing that. I just think it’s crazy for her to come out now and try to pull me down, try to say I’m corny. I don’t care who you’re with. I want you to move on because I’m moving on. I walked away from the situation. I’m not going to say I broke up with her, but I’m the one who packed up my stuff and I left.

Why Things Didn’t Work Out:

It just got to a point where the respect was gone. Everyone around her works for her. It got to the point where it was like, I’m your man, I’m the one you go to sleep with every night. I’m who you wake up with every morning. It got to the point where I was being treated like an employee instead of her man.

Why They Kept Their Relationship A Secret:

I really don’t understand it myself. 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.

If He Had A Problem With Her Being So “Friendly” With Drake And Lil Wayne:

As far as the “Only” song, that’s something that people on the outside take as disrespect more than I did. Maybe I’ve been dealing with it for so long that it seemed like the norm to me. I got numb to it. It was like…it is what it is. I could probably feel a way about it, but I’ll get over it, it is what it is and I’ll just keep it moving. I definitely feel like there was some stuff that didn’t have to be done.

His Thoughts On Her Possibly Dating Meek Mill After Introducing Them:

If that’s who she decides to move on with, it is what it is. If I wanted to make it work, I could have made it work. Fame and money, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. People on the outside looking in will be like, ‘you out of your mind you better get your girl back.’ I never planned on talking about nothing, I never was going to, but to publicly try to pull me down, that’s where I’m just like, ‘you’re getting ridiculous.’ I don’t publicly try to pull you down in no way. If anything, all I’ve done is uplift you publicly. When I’m going and putting tattoos of your face all over my body and showing the world, ‘I don’t care, I think you’re the most amazing person at what you do.’ I would say that to her when it was just me and her and I would say it in on a stage in front of 20,000 people: ‘Make some noise for the best female rapper alive.’ I don’t take that away from her. But don’t try to acknowledge people who are trying to bring me down publicly and agree with them. That was the thing that made me say, I have to say something. She could take a picture with whoever she wants. She could get married tomorrow and be pregnant the next day and I would wish her nothing but the best. But when you try to pull me down and try to discredit what I’ve done for you? That’s weak to me. Don’t say I don’t have no talent because every time it came to writing raps and making music, it was me, her and a beat. She doesn’t do it by herself, it’s me and her. Don’t discredit me on what I’ve done for you. That’s weak. I would never do that to her.

His Financial Situation Without Nicki:

I’m not out here worried about how I’m going to get my next meal. Everything that I have, we got together. So if I say I want to go buy something, I bought it with my money. I don’t have to go up to her and say, ‘Can you buy this for me please? Oh, I see this bike I like, can you buy me this bike?’ Nah, it don’t work like that.’

If He Ever Laid His Hands On Her After That Alleged Hotel Fight Years Ago:

Naw. Hell no. I would never hit her.

If Cheating Tore Them Apart:

I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, I do admit that. But what the girl is saying, there’s no truth to that. The girl they said I was messing with, she had to call up a radio station and say, ‘He was there but that didn’t happen.’ Our problem is not even really about cheating, it’s about outgrowing each other. She may feel like I don’t respect her, I may feel like she doesn’t respect me and it is what it is.  I don’t think it was money and I don’t think it was fame. When you’re that big of a brand, it’s like you’re a walking and breathing corporation. You always gotta be on. 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.

That Date He Went On With Candice Brook:

I don’t feel like it was soon. We’ve been not together for some time now. Probably about four months. That’s my friend. She’s a very nice girl.

On The TMZ Report That He Was Suicidal After Their Split:

I definitely have been in places where I feel like I don’t want to be here anymore. But I think that everybody has been there before. But now I’m happy. I can see her and not be bothered. Before, it was hard for me to be in the car, listening to the radio and she would come on…but now I’m glad I’m at a point where it’s like, tunnel vision.

She’s my soulmate, but we just can’t be together.

 

If you have 46 minutes, you can check out the chat for yourself below. It definitely made me look at Safaree in a different way, and not in a negative one…

“I Started This Stuff”: Patti LaBelle Speaks On Her Influence On The Wacky Past And Present Styles Of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, And Other Divas

January 9th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Patti LaBelle is a lot of things, including a diva, but she’s also a trailblazer in both music and fashion. In a recent interview with Meredith Vieira, she talked about how she believes that she ushered in the vibrant style that today’s pop stars have embraced. You know it: the over-the-top costumes, big and bright hair–the whole gimmick.

“I think it’s wonderful. You know why? I think I started this stuff back in the day. Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and myself, we were very outrageous. We took so many chances with fashion. And when Nicki and all the girls do this now, I say ‘God bless you for having the nerve to go out there crazy.’ Sometimes it’s crazy, but it’s good.”

LaBelle says that when she was rocking her ornate attire while solo, and also when she was in Labelle, she did so because, according to her, black singers had to do a lot to get attention on their actual talent back in the day.

“It was actually for a real reason. Being black singers, you don’t get as much attention as other folks, so you do gimmicks. So that costume that we wore back in the day was to get your attention to look at us, and then listen. Because if you don’t have something–swear to God, that’s true. People have to say, ‘God, what is that?’ But then they’ll hear the voices.”

Check out LaBelle’s chat with Vieira below and share your thoughts:

Nicki Minaj Reacts To Safaree Stepping Out With Another Woman: “I Hate To See People Tormented And On The Verge Of Going Crazy Because Of Their Pride”

January 9th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, many of us were giving Safaree Samuels the serious side-eye after he was spotted by the paparazzi arriving at the BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood with model Candice Brook. Nicki also attracted some side-eye action of her own after she posted a photo of herself with rapper Meek Mill, which only fueled rumors that the two are romantic. Apparently, Nicki wasn’t too thrilled about her ex stepping out with another woman so soon because she took to Instagram with a lengthy post addressing his actions. Her post reads:

“You can’t find happiness with bitterness, hate and forgiveness in your heart. You owe it to yourself to find real peace. Why do ppl feel they have to be ‘ok’ all the time? It’s ok to NOT be ok. You’re human. I hate seeing people be tormented and on the verge of going crazy because of their pride and their ego and because they made a bed they never thought they’d have to lay in.

If you were on your death bed tomorrow, none of the ppl you do all this fronting for would be there. You can’t try to hurt a person whose heart is right and who showed you the meaning of loyalty. It’s better that you do some soul searching and live in GRATITUDE. Realize how blessed you were and learn from your mistakes. Sometimes the more you do for ppl, the more they think they’re entitled to! Just fall back and ask God to show them the truth. Once you have forgiven and learned how to find true peace, the most you can do is wish the next person well and pray that they too will find the same thing. I’m hoping that 2015 will be a year we choose real happiness over the fake made up stuff we think people want to see.

Every night, the lights and cameras stop flashing and there you are. It’s just YOU. Laying there. Facing the music. Cherish these nights. Cherish these ppl. Life is a movie, but there’ll never be a sequel. And if you didn’t cherish them in time, own that. Hope you feel better.

Her words were accompanied by this photo message:

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Again, it really sucks that things have come to this. I can’t understand for the life of me how two people who carried on such a private relationship can have such a public breakup.

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