All Articles Tagged "nicki minaj"

Is Iggy Azalea Really A “Problem”?

July 25th, 2014 - By Alexandra Olivier
Share to Twitter Email This
WENN

WENN

Question:

What’s people’s real issue with Iggy Azalea?

Is the disdain I’ve read about and seen because she doesn’t sound like your everyday Australian? Is it because people claim she said the N-word? Is it that she has a pop sound but because her delivery is through a rap, she is able to crossover to hip-hop too? Or maybe this is just what new female rappers have to deal with when they enter the game. When Nicki Minaj entered the scene she was virtually flogged for appearing as though she ripped Lil’ Kim’s style. Now, it’s Azalea’s turn to feel all the shade as she breaks records, joins the new season of MTV’s House of Style as a host and gets high profile cosigns from the likes of the legendary Roots drummer, Questlove, and her mentor, T.I.

I am by no means an Iggy Azalea fan. I respect her hustle, I’ve bopped my head to the over-played “Fancy” once or twice, but no, I was not one of the folks who purchased (or downloaded through other means) The New Classic. But fan or not, I don’t understand why her success causes such a riot in hip-hop. For any female rap artist to be successful, if we are adhering to the Harajuku Barbie’s “Pinkprint,” it takes a dash of rhymes and a sprinkle of pop lyrics to garner and maintain attention. What’s the problem?

Both women are rapping.

Both women get airplay on respected hip-hop and pop stations.

Both women are making dollars.

The “Problem” rapper has been deemed a culture vulture who is imitating a southern twang to make herself down and relevant. K. Michelle weighed in on Azalea’s interesting vocals with a tweet that sparked a short-lived Twitter beef between herself and gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

“How can you be from another country and rap like you’re from Memphis TN? But u don’t hear me though #offended”

Azalea’s rap voice doesn’t scream Aussie, but being an artist does allow you to explore different facets of yourself. Rappers are known to tap into different levels of their voice or create different personas to get their messages across – think of Nicki Minaj’s “Nicki Lewinski,” and “Roman” characters. If her rap persona is one she has manufactured during her time living in the south and while hovering under the wing of Tip Harris, I don’t really see the problem. Corny? Maybe. Offensive? I don’t get that vibe. Something is clearly connecting to keep “Fancy” on the charts for seven weeks and counting, and to have people, both black and white, singing along when the record drops. That’s what’s important to remember when it comes to her current success. Azalea is currently on top of the charts not because she sounds or looks a certain way, but because “Fancy” is the quintessential summer jam. As Questlove put it in an interview with TIME:

I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that “Fancy,” above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

What’s also keeping Iggy quite popular in my opinion is hip-hop’s distaste for her – all of which she is handling pretty well. She has not allowed social media trolling to dull her shine, and she has addressed the aforementioned disdain a handful of times, and did so most recently following the supposed shade-throwing acceptance speech Minaj made at this year’s BET Awards:

“I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online in the last few days is hard to ignore & honestly…lame. If I had won the BET award that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year & I don’t mind – so you shouldn’t either. Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that ‘happened’ at the BET awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time.”

Even with Nicki chiding Forbes to stay in its lane after making claims that Iggy Azalea was “running rap,” the YMCMB rapstress says she has congratulated her fellow femcee for a job well done on “Fancy.”

“I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that.”

Whatever issue hip-hop fans have with Iggy Azalea, is it really a battle or issue worth taking up? The market she operates out of is championing their blonde bombshell and the hatred only makes her look more desirable to “mainstream” people as an artist. We all have preferences, and Iggy isn’t meant to be everyone’s cup of tea. And while it’s okay not to be a fan and have your reasons, the vitriol she receives always surprises me. So really, could someone explain to me why Iggy is a problem?

Nicki Minaj Bares Quite A Bit Of Butt To Promote New Single, “Anaconda,” And Twitter Loses Its Mind [NSFW]

July 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This

At this moment, as I write this post, #ANACONDA is trending on Twitter. It has been for the last three hours and it all started when Nicki Minaj released the artwork on Instagram for her next single of the same name, which is set to be released on Monday. The artwork is simple, but is sure to be controversial. Minaj is captured in a full squat, Jordans and a G-string on, backside fully exposed.

In no time flat, folks online have already started making shirts with the image on it, Twitter is in a frenzy over it, and everyone seems to love it. Comments have ranged from “Oh my damn LAWD JESUS” to this:

Even Jackée Harry of all people decided to comment (YES, 227 Jackée) on the eye-popping image:

She looks great, but I don’t know though…Minaj is pretty established in her career and with her brand to be out here exposed like a SMOOTH magazine model in an attempt to sell singles. She’s not a new artist looking for shine. Could the competition be getting to a Barbie (Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just asking)? Or is this cover as fabulous as everyone says it is? You talk about it below.

“I Had To Be There For Her”: Iggy Azalea’s Man, Nick Young, Says She Was Actually Hurt By Nicki Minaj’s BET Awards Shade

July 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This
WENN

WENN

After last month’s BET Awards, everyone was talking about the shade that Nicki Minaj threw during her acceptance speech about folks using ghostwriters after winning Best Female Hip Hop Artist, and claiming that it was specifically aimed at Iggy Azalea. Minaj would eventually speak out and say that the media was putting words in her mouth and she wasn’t speaking about Iggy, and had congratulated her on her success in the past:

“I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of ‘Fancy,’ publicly. She should be very proud of that. All women nominated should be proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.”

As for Azalea, she claimed to be “unbothered” by any perceived jabs at her, as well as all the shots taken at her by Minaj fans (Barbz) on social media for days:

“Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that “happened” at the BET awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time…I hate to see everyone exhausting themselves on my behalf over things I’m still not 100% sure even exist & don’t matter. just let it go.”

Despite her claims of being “unbothered,” Azalea’s boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers player Nick Young told New York Daily News that all of the negativity from Minaj and from people online did shake up the “Fancy” singer. But when your music is going number one and everyone is talking about you, she should know that her success is going to ruffle feathers:

 “Iggy is doing big things and that is what is scaring people. She is going to brush it off. She won’t let it get to her. She is number one — what can you do? She’s at the top right now, so of course they are going to come at you.

I had to deal with the aftermath of all that, when she came home and was going through her phones, hearing everybody talking trash about her. I had to be there for her. “

And how was he there for her? Young says they try to keep their relationship as normal as possible by going out and having a good time doing “down-to-earth stuff.”

 “We always hang out and try to get her mind off what is going on out there on the news. We go roller-skating, to theme parks and Six Flags and try to have a good time and do down-to-earth stuff. We have sweats on, hoodies on at Six Flags, just us two, and you will never know (who we are).”

 

 

Happy Birthday, Queen Bee! Lil Kim’s 15 Best (And Infamous) Pop Moments

July 11th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
Share to Twitter Email This
lil kim

C.Smith/ WENN.com

It’s Queen Bee’s birthday. And in true MadameNoire fashion, we’re celebrating her most famous (and infamous) pop moments. From her many looks to her many hits to her many controversies over the years, 15 of these moments have been collected and highlighted in celebration of a female MC who broke down barriers for so many other female MCs. Happy birthday, Lil Kim.

Return Of The Barbie? Nicki Minaj Says She Won’t Stick To The Natural Look Everyone Loves For Long

July 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This
Source: WENN

Source: WENN

In a new interview with Glamour Magazine to help promote her new fragrance, Minajesty Exotic Edition (I can’t with this name…but it will be sold on HSN on Friday if you want it), Nicki Minaj spoke to the magazine about her beauty inspirations, doing her own makeup from time to time, and why this understated look we’ve fallen in like with won’t be around for long. 

Where She Finds Inspiration For Her Wild And Natural Makeup Moves:

“I experiment a lot with my own hair and makeup when I’m on downtime. I’m inspired by anything and anyone I see. I follow magazines and designers on social media to keep my eye on things, and my stylists bring me what they think is hot in the market place.”

Makeup Tricks She’s Learned That She Does On Her Own:

“I learned how to do brows and eye liner by watching one of my makeup artists. I think every woman should at least be able to do that. It adds a pop of glamour to a fresh face.”

What Products She Keeps With Her:

“I always pack my own moisturizer and face wash, which contains no alcohol. Alcohol is the enemy when it comes to my skin.”

If She Will Continue On With Her Toned Down Look:

“Not sure if I’ll continue with it. In fact, I’m sure I won’t. I’ll mix it up. It’s just how I feel at the moment.”

Recently, Minaj opened up to Good Morning America about her more natural look, and why she ditched the bright clothing and wigs. She claimed that she was starting to feel more confident in what she had to offer outside of the shtick:

“Before my first album even came out, I said that on my third album, I would wear my natural hair.  I did the wigs, I did the colors, I did the heavy makeup and all that stuff.  And now I guess maybe I’m more confident in myself.”

But really, like most women, it seems that she just likes to switch it up. But I hope she stays with the look she’s rocking now because homegirl is stunning without all the extra Candy Land-inspired colors and clothing.

Serious Question: Can We Get Some Sisterhood In Hip-Hop Again?

July 4th, 2014 - By madamenoire
Share to Twitter Email This

By Alexandra Olivier

Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Do you remember Brandy’s standout remix of “I Wanna Be Down?” It was 1995, and the 15-year-old singer was joined by some of the hottest femcees of the time – MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and YoYo – to make a record for the ladies, by the ladies. THE jam for many women, even to this day, “I Wanna Be Down” covered all the R&B and hip-hop bases. Queen Latifah would go on to say earlier this year that there was friendly competition between the rappers to have the best verse on the track, but the women still kept it positive and maintained a friendship that has lasted nearly 20 years later.

And what about 1998’s “Ladies Night (Remix)?” Lil Kim managed to team up with Angie Martinez, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and Left Eye. And watching the video (with cameos from everyone from Queen Latifah to Aaliyah), you can see that there was nothing but love between all the women. It also made you want to call up your girls and take a trip somewhere where there’s plenty of sun and eye candy. And last but not least, there was 2004’s “Lady Marmalade.” Inspired by the film Moulin Rouge, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil Kim and Pink bonded and let the world know that if there was ever a question of how to pull off s*xy, they had all the answers.

Where have these types of records gone? Modern day hip-hop has trouble celebrating a sense of sisterhood between women who equally trade hot 16s. It seems like women have fallen into a “crab-in-a-barrel” system – maliciously clawing at each other to claim the number one spot. I’m not at all surprised by the possible shade thrown by the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop at this year’s BET Awards. Nicki Minaj has owned the Best Female Hip Hop Artist category for five straight years and looking at her stats (and her competition), could you blame the public for voting for her? Unfortunately, the moment she sipped her piping hot Lipton tea while accepting her award, she further cemented the reality of the fragmented playing field occupied by women in the industry, despite what may have been her intention to motivate other femcees.

There are no more popular girl groups. Only solo artists.

There are no more “Lady Marmalade” videos bringing women of all sizes, colors and genres together. Only diss records and social media shade.

Can women in hip-hop be friends or is the competitive nature of the genre and the gender gap disparity breeding the cattiness women are known too well for?

This Bad Girls Club atmosphere is making it that much harder for women to succeed. Unlike male artists who are joining rap collectives and finding a home, women are forced to navigate a tougher path. Either latch on to an established male group/collective and wait for that breakout moment, or take on the industry solo in the hopes of being successful. Everyone can’t be Nicki Minaj, who seamlessly rotates between hip-hop and pop. The career lifespan of  many female rappers has typically been short, with or without the backing of successful male counterparts and records, leaving many struggling independently (see Shawnna, Rah Digga, Khia and Jacki-O for some examples).

How different would the genre be if Lil Kim symbolically crowned Nicki – like Jay Z gifting J. Cole a chain – as the next lady ready to blaze the path? Instead, the two went head-to-head for too long over who was first to wear a colorful wig and lick a lollipop while squatting. The apparent lack of sisterhood further contributes to the decreasing success of female rappers attempting to break into the industry. While Nicki claims that there was no shade thrown toward Iggy Azalea at the 2014 BET Awards, with her level of success, she could reach out to budding artists to collaborate, or at least embrace them instead of reminding them who allegedly opened the door for them to even be known.

It isn’t solely on Nicki Minaj to save female rap, but as the biggest woman MC right now,  if she wants to motivate women to be great and she wants to set a real blueprint (make that “pinkprint”), there needs to be a return to the camaraderie we used to see back in the day. There is more than enough room for everyone to eat. Not everyone will be friends, but every situation does not have to be a scene straight out of Mean Girls.

 

 

 

“I’m Unbothered” Iggy Azalea Responds To Nicki Minaj Shade

July 3rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
Share to Twitter Email This

 

iggy azalea responds feat

We told you yesterday that Nicki Minaj clarified the comment everyone interpreted as severe shade directed at Iggy Azalea at this weekend’s BET Awards. She mentioned that she congratulated Iggy on her success but also will always be an advocate for women getting their voices out there by writing their own rhymes.

After a week of the media going back and forth trying to stir the pot, Iggy finally spoke her mind on the whole thing by posting a note on Instagram which she captioned:

“This is my mind state about everything & the only time I’m ever going to refer to this again so go nuts guys. Enjoy it. Ps. If you squint exxxtra hard you can see tiny elves having illuminati meetings between the lines in my notes app too.”

Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

Well there you have it. I’d say this is pretty appropriate. Plus Iggy really has no reason to be bothered. She’s currently riding high off the success of her single “Fancy” which currently holds the record for the most weeks spent at the top of the Billboard chart by a female artist.

Nicki Minaj Cleans Up Seemingly Shady BET Speech: ‘The Media Puts Words In My Mouth All Of The Time’

July 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
Source: WENN

Source: WENN

If you caught the BET Awards on Sunday night, chances are you saw Nicki Minaj’s very interesting Best Female Hip-Hop Artist acceptance speech. In case you missed it, it went a little something like this:

“You guys, this is always very, very emotional for me because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted, I really don’t,” she said. “I thank God that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven.”

“My point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” she continued.

“Noooo, noooo shade. No shade,” she added in a way that people tend to do after they’ve said something extremely shady.

Some believed that her comments were meant to take jabs at fellow hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea, who delivered a great performance that night. But now, Nicki is taking to Twitter denying going after Iggy (or anyone else) during her speech.

“The media puts words in my mouth all of the time and this is no different,” she tweeted. “I will always take a stance on women writing because I believe in us! I believe we’re smart enough to write our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do! I’ve been saying this for 5 years. I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on MisEducation. It’s the reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and producer. Women MUST aspire for more.”

As for the perceived Iggy shade, Nicki says:

“I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of ‘Fancy,’ publicly. She should be very proud of that. All women nominated should be proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.”

We won’t get to speculating about whether or not Nicki intended to slight anyone in her speech. But we will say that her words came off with a teeny hint of shade.

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

Doing The Most: Celebrities With Insanely Ridiculous Demands

June 26th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
Share to Twitter Email This

Sometimes even stars can take themselves a little too seriously and request the oddest things in exchange for making an appearance or scheduled performance at an event. Check out some of these celebrities with insanely ridiculous demands.

Celebrities With Insanely Ridiculous Demands

WENN

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey made her musical debut almost two and a half decades ago. Since then she’s sold over 200 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. That’s why the “Butterfly” singer had no qualms about her over-the-top demands. Before appearing on a talk show, Carey demanded a “staircase assistant” to help her navigate the steps and a $1,700 bottle of champagne. A recent concert rider revealed a request for a three-seat couch that should be a plain color, no busy patterns; eight tall, leafy plants; two vases of white roses; and a private bathroom.

Are They Tying The Knot? Nicki Minaj Talks Upcoming Wedding

June 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
Share to Twitter Email This
Image Source: WENN.com

Image Source: WENN.com

 

As far as we know, Nicki Minaj is not married or even engaged yet. But it’s a pretty well known, documented and substantiated theory that she’s been dating rapper, assistant, best friend,  co-executive producer/A&R coordinator Safaree Samuels aka SB aka Scaff Beezy, for years now.

The two have just never confirmed it. Instead Minaj has said he’s like a brother to her. …Ok, Nicki. But everybody knows who “Super Bass” was about. And those Instagram shots of her celebrating her 10 year anniversary when Safaree was the only dude around… We know what you’re up to.

Recently, in an interview with In Touch Weekly, Minaj shares her ideal wedding plans, if the day should come soon.

When it comes to location, the rapper with Trinidadian roots says, “I’d want it to be on a beach somewhere, like Turks and Caicos.”

And as we know she has a flair for fashion, whether toned down or outlandish, so it would play a significant role in her big day. She said, “I’m gonna have 10 [dresses]…Ok, maybe more like three. A big princess dress, something short so I can dance in at the party and then an Alexander McQueen gown that’s sexy and figure hugging.”

I know that’s right!

We can see that for you Nicki! And while I’m sure we wouldn’t get pictures of the wedding, considering how private she’s been about this relationship, the event would probably be pretty fabulous and certainly a nice end to what we think is a love story kept low key.

According to WIki Minaj (which is so over the top but super informative), Safaree and Nicki were in the group Hood$tars together when Nicki was signed to Full Force. The two have been rumored to be dating pretty much as soon as Nicki stepped on the scene considering they are always around one another and have a couple of “intimate” pictures together. In 2011, they were even rumored to be engaged because the two were seen wearing engagement rings on their fingers and even matching wedding bands. And then of course the anniversary photos.

I think I know what’s up but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with these two.