Nicki Minaj Talks ‘Classic’ New Album, Young Thug Collaboration, & Roman’s Return

Nicki Minaj is ushering in a new era on the cover of DAZED magazine’s Autumn/Winter 2017 issue.

The in-depth article finds the Young Money queen reflecting on her 10-year career, explaining her influence, and celebrating her accomplishments. “Look, I came into this industry saying I would never sleep with a man to get what I wanted and I would always write my own raps, because I’ve always been smart enough to do that,” she said. “I’ve done it. I’ve kept true to my main promises to myself. Everybody can’t say that.”

During the interview, she also described her impact on future female rappers. “The same things that may have been looked at as bad at the beginning of my career, or at the beginning of my life — maybe my bosses thought I was a little bit much — those things made me able to open doors for female rappers, to get a lot of money, to have a major influence and to see that translated into our bank accounts,” she added. “I know a lot of girls who are going to reap the benefits of that ‘attitude’. And I wasn’t fired for having a bad attitude, I think I was fired because I voiced my opinion. Even to this day, people are uncomfortable when women voice their opinions. Everybody wants you to just smile to the camera and be quiet and take what you get. I’m not that girl.”

Now, Nicki is working on the follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint, which she said has to be a “classic.” “I’ve made it my business with this album to not even put a date or a deadline on it,” she explained. “I can’t say if I’m fifty-per-cent, eighty-per-cent or ten-per-cent done, because I don’t know. Tomorrow, I might walk into the studio and decide that I don’t like anything I’ve done in the last six months. Or, tomorrow I might walk in and feel like the whole album is done. There’s so much beauty in not knowing. I just want to go in the studio and create like I used to, before there were any expectations. You know? When I was just having fun, working on my mixtapes, going in and creating… writing my little life.”

Elsewhere in the lengthy conversation, Nicki revealed that her new era will be “a billion times more epic” than her last and that it will be her “most impactful” yet. She also revealed that she still has no timetable for the LP and that she’s already collaborated with Young Thug. Read additional quotes from Nicki’s DAZED cover story below.

On Working with Young Thug: “I was so blown away by his artistry. I can’t wait for people to hear that collaboration.”

On Her New Era: “This era will be a billion times more epic than anything ‘Anaconda’ could have delivered. I think this era will definitely be the most memorable and the most impactful of my career yet.”

On Her Decade In Music: “If I had to describe (the past 10 years) I would say ‘blessed’. Blessed and highly favoured, because the things that have happened to me have been once in a lifetime.”

On Lil Wayne’s Influence: “I feel like it’s been a Cinderella story. Getting plucked out of Southside, Jamaica, Queens by the prince, Lil Wayne, and whisked away on a freaking magic pumpkin. I’m still in the magic pumpkin! I have to say it’s been magical. It’s been tough. It’s been emotional. I’ve had to deal with it all, negative and positive. But I know there are so many girls who would kill to have [what] I’ve experienced, so I have to take the good with the bad and be grateful. No matter what’s gone on the past 10 years, I’m still here. I’m still here!”

On Billboard Record: “I don’t feel like I’ve fully wrapped my mind around that. With some of these things, I still feel like I’m in a dream. Before I ever put out an album I prayed that God would give me Lil Wayne’s work ethic. He was the person everyone went to for a feature. Now, one of the reasons I was able to break that record is because so many artists have trusted me with their singles and their videos — they’ve trusted me with their image. I have to thank those artists, because I learn so much when I feature. It’s forced me to have so much flexibility in my flow. I can be sent a pop song, a reggae song, a rap song or an R&B song, and people know that Nicki Minaj is gonna deliver something special every time. I don’t think people realize, but I don’t just call people and ask to get on their songs. It happens because over the years I’ve created this brand that people know. I’m gonna go above and beyond for them. I never get a chance to say that about the artists who’ve called me — I never get a chance to say thank you to everyone.”

On Roman’s Possible Return: “Everyone has been asking me about Roman. Will Roman come back? If Roman is needed, then Roman will be there. I’m not going to do anything that feels forced. I’m doing this for my core fans.”

On Her New Album Being In-Depth: “Everyone is so filtered these days. I’m just back to being reckless and being a Southside, Jamaica, Queens, New York rapper. You know? I kind of feel like I’ve been having freedom with my look and my music. It doesn’t mean that I won’t go into depth about my experiences on this album…I’m going to go even deeper than I went with The Pinkprint, because I have a lot to talk about. Why not? I feel like when your fans wait two years for you to put out another album, it has to be worth it. It has to be an honest exchange of dialogue.”

On Making a Classic: “I’ve seen my fans grow up for the last 10 years, which is crazy. I’ve been following some of them for eight years on Twitter. Imagine that. There are kids who have gone to college tweeting me their freaking degrees when they graduate, or tweeting me pictures of their babies and I remember when they had just come out of high school. I’m just like, ‘Yo.’ It’s a beautiful thing. I don’t take that for granted. That’s why I’m not rushing the album, because it means so much to me. I have to release a classic at this point.”

On Demanding More: “I came into this industry and demanded more. I wanted more for female rappers. I wanted more for black women. I wanted to make more than what men were making. And I did it. I did it. I knew my worth from very early on. Some may call it attitude, some might call it genius. Some might call a female rapper getting a million dollars for one show genius! Some may call being the only female rapper — still, right now — able to have worldwide arena tours fucking brilliant!”

Source: www.rap-up.com

Report: Mariah Carey Docuseries Coming to VH1

Mariah Carey is ready for another reality show.

Following her eight-episode “Mariah’s World” docuseries, which will not return to E!, MC has landed a new VH1 reality show, according to Page Six.

Insiders say that the forthcoming program will document an upcoming milestone tour. “‘Mariah’s World’ was always planned to be an eight-part TV event,” said an unnamed source. “But now she is planning a huge world tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Butterfly’ to start early 2018. It will be similar to U2’s ‘Joshua Tree Tour.’ VH1 is set to film a docuseries that will capture the behind-the-scenes of her tour.”

Mariah’s relationship with VH1 has already started. Last night, she was celebrated at the network’s “Hip Hop Honors” event, where she performed a medley of her “Honey” remixes with Ma$e, The Lox, Da Brat, and fellow honoree Jermaine Dupri.

On top of the aforementioned commitments, Mariah will be returning to Las Vegas for another residency after ending her two-year stint at Caesars Palace and she’s plotting a new Christmas single with Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-winning composer Marc Shaiman.

Plus, Carey is also prepping a drama based on her life, an animated Christmas movie, and a new album through her recently-launched Butterfly MC Records.

Source: www.rap-up.com

Jhené Aiko Debuts Trailer for Short Film ‘Trip’

Jhené Aiko is ready to take a Trip. The soulful songstress has just released the trailer for her forthcoming short film, which she co-wrote with Tracy Oliver.

Playing the role of Penny, Aiko finds herself in the woods and near the water, as ocean waves crash in the distance. “Come on this trip with me,” a man pleads with her. Looking into the distance, Penny responds with a sigh and silence.

According to the front page of the script, Trip will also feature original poetry by Aiko. It is still unclear if or how this will be related to her forthcoming album, the long awaited follow-up to 2014’s Souled Out.

Last month, the “While We’re Young” songstress told Playboy that the LP would also be influenced by various journeys. “It’s inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” she explained. “I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”

Watch Jhené embark on her Trip in the trailer below.

Source: www.rap-up.com

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2017

We Miss The 90s

VH1 brought the 90s back for this year’s Hip Hop Honors. Among the honorees included Jermaine Dupri, Master P, Hype Williams, Martin Lawrence and Mariah Carey. Paying homage to the 90’s included tribute performances by Ty Dolla $ign, Warren G., Xscape, Trick Daddy, Trina, Silk The Shocker, Havoc, Lil’ Kim, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Da Brat, The Lox, Ma$e, Teyana Taylor and Missy Elliott.

 

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HOT TOPICS RUNDOWN: September 19

Kevin Hart’s Accuser Identified

Kevin Hart Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

The woman in the middle of the Kevin Hart sex extortion scandal has allegedly been identified. According to reports, she’s a 27 year-old stripper. Kevin reportedly partied with her in August and hasn’t seen her since. She reportedly lawyered up and offered to take a lie detector test for $420k.

Kevin’s ex-wife Torrei is already speaking out. Torrie went on “Inside Edition” and claims Kevin was with current wife Eniko, while they were still married.

Blac Chyna & Rob Kardashian’s Custody Battle

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The bitter custody battle between Rob and Blac is finally over. They agreed to joint custody of their child, Dream. Rob will allegedly pay $20k a month in child support, and Chyna dropped the domestic abuse charges. That adds up to $240k a year. Chyna allegedly wants Rob to pay up to seven figures for the revenge porn he posted. If he doesn’t, she may take him to court again.

Mariah Carey and The VH1 Hip Hop Honors

Private Party At Catch For Mariah Carey's New Single "I Don't" ft YG

The VH1 “Hip Hop Honors” aired last night, honoring 90’s game changers. Missy Elliot opened the show, Martin Lawrence was honored, and Mariah Carey closed the show. Mariah’s lambs were less than impressed with her performance. In their opinion, she was lazy and unable to walk.

Mariah’s doing a reality show with VH1. They will apparently film behind the scenes at her upcoming tour. Her last show on E! had a huge premiere, but lost viewers.

Is Puffy Getting Married?

Los Angeles Premiere Of "Can't Stop Won't Stop" - Arrivals

Puffy might be getting married! His girlfriend posted a picture showing off a ring saying, “Did I make it obvious? Did I make it clear?” The caption on the post has since been deleted.

A post shared by Casandra (@cassie) on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:13am PDT

Puffy was here in June and gushed about Cassie.

Source: Wendy

DWTS RECAP: Season 25 Premiere

By Joanne Rosa

It’s the 25th season of Dancing With the Stars and the cast has us on the edge of our seats.

Unlike last season’s opener, this year’s was taped. The production featured all of the stars showing off their beginner dance moves.

Let’s just say some were more impressive than others.

This year, pro dancer and judge Julianne Hough didn’t return to the judge’s table. Instead of four judges, the original 3 judges are back in their seats.

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

Disney ABC

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations
Cha Cha
#TeamGetchaPopcorn

Len thought Terrell was just as entertaining on the dance floor as he was on the football field. That being said, Terrell needs to watch his footing. For a football player, it shouldn’t be that difficult.

Carrie Ann: 5
Len: 5
Bruno: 5
TOTAL: 15/30

Debbie Gibson & Alan Bersten

ALAN BERSTEN, DEBBIE GIBSON

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Lost in Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson
Foxtrot
#TeamSonBerst

Bruno thinks this partnership is a winning one. He can’t wait to see them grow together. Bruno noted Debbie’s shoulders need to relax a bit more. She attributes this to her Lyme disease, which she was diagnosed with last year. For Debbie, this is a personal journey to overcome her diagnosis.

Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 5
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 17/30

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

SASHA PIETERSE, GLEB SAVCHENKO

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Like That” by Fleur East
Cha Cha
#TeamATeam

Carrie Ann had one thing to say to Sasha before she began her critique, “you’re fierce!” Carrie Ann thought Sasha was sexy and had great rhythm. There was a point where Sasha got a little ahead of the music, but no major slip ups!

Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 18/30

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

DREW SCOTT, EMMA SLATER

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Our House” by Madness
Foxtrot
#TeamHotProperty

Well, Len didn’t have enough time to critique Drew. His hands, feet, arms, head, rhythm, and everything in between. Drew attributes his missteps to getting his hand stuck in Emma’s hair.

Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 5
Bruno: 5
TOTAL: 16/30

Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe

KEO MOTSEPE, BARBARA CORCORAN

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Money Maker” by Ludacris feat. Pharrell
Salsa
#TeamSharkeo

Barbara was looking fit last night. Barbara might have gotten a bit distracted by Keo’s good looks. As Bruno put it, Barbara is gonna have to do more than shake her money maker to win this challenge.

Carrie Ann: 5
Len: 4
Bruno: 5
TOTAL: 14/30

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

LINDSAY ARNOLD, JORDAN FISHER

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes
Tango
#TeamFishUponAStar

These partners became quick friends. Carrie Ann loves the way Jordan led Lindsay through the dance and took control of moves. Not only did he get the routine right, but he was able to add his own “swagger” in between the rehearsed moves.

Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
TOTAL: 22/30

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

NICK LACHEY, PETA MURGATROYD

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Come Get It Bae” by Pharrell Williams
Cha Cha
#TeamMomAndPops

Len was surprised to see Nick was able to pull of the dance routine. There’s some work to be done, but it’s only week one!

Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 18/30

Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

VANESSA LACHEY, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Woman” by Kesha feat. The Dap-Kinds Horns
Cha Cha
#TeamBabiesandBallrooms

Bruno was thrilled with Vanessa’s performance. He couldn’t get enough of what those legs were doing! She put her emotion behind it, which is one of the reasons it was so great.

Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
TOTAL: 21/30

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

FRANKIE MUNIZ, WITNEY CARSON

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
Foxtrot
#TeamFranneyPack

Frankie came through! He wasn’t confident he would do well on the dance floor. From his posture to his footing, he was on point last night.

Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 19/30

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

NIKKI BELLA, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“So What!” By P!nk
Tango
#TeamSmackdown

Len told Nikki she needs to stop looking down. She told Len it’s simply a bad habit! Well, it’s one she will need to learn to break, without breaking Artem’s back.

Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 20/30

Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess

DEREK FISHER, SHARNA BURGESS

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Basketball” by Kurtis Blow
Salsa
#TeamHoopsAndHeels

Bruno was impressed that Derek took such a big presence on stage. He needs to be smoother, especially in his hips and arms. It’s all about the technique!

Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 18/30

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovsky

VICTORIA ARLEN, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Born Ready” by Disco Fries feat. Hope Murphy
Cha Cha
#TeamViVa

“She’s the closet thing to a miracle,” Val said of his partner, Victoria. Carrie Ann said it was one of he most joyous dances she’s ever seen. Victoria cannot feel her legs, so she completely trusts Val. It was one of the best performances of the night and Victoria is one to watch!

Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 19/30

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

LINDSEY STIRLING, MARK BALLAS

ABC/Craig Sjodin

“Don’t Worry” by Madcon
Cha Cha
#TeamSTARK

Lindsey sure knows how to work a crowd, and her body. She had all the right moves, and all of the charm. Len expected her to be good, but she didn’t expect her to be great. He called it the dance of the night!

Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 8
Bruno: 7
TOTAL: 22/30

Tell Us: Who do you think will win the mirror ball trophy this season? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Wendy