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JT Interviews Nicki Minaj for i-D Magazine



JT Interviews Nicki Minaj for i-D Magazine

As she begins the final touches on NM5, Nicki Minaj sat down with City Girls’ JT for a candid interview on the latest issue of i-D Magazine.

During the sit down, Nicki Minaj opens up about her upcoming endeavors, where she is with her anticipated album, her influences and more. JT even opens up to to the Queen native on what it felt like as a fan with Nicki went pop.

“I was a delusional little girl who had this love/hate relationship in my mind with Nicki Minaj,” JT tells a moderator from i-D when asked if she remembers when she first heard Nicki’s music. “It was because I knew how to rap always, and Nicki knew too. I was so deep in the gutter when Nicki first started. She was the round-the-way girl. She did the ‘Jump Off’ remix, and I was like, ‘She’s so pretty, she’s so hood.’ A couple of years later, you went into your more pop era.”

“It was a heartbreak moment for a hood girl. It was like, ‘Damn Nicki, you left us.’ Then you came back with your straight hair and your sexy look, and I was like, ‘Okay, so she still f**k with us.’ If you were to ever look down my tweets, there would always be good tweets and bad tweets. That was the disconnection.”

“‘Super Bass’ wasn’t even supposed to be a single, but it became huge. Rather than going back to point A, I thought, ‘I now need something to be a continuation of ‘Super Bass.” And so I put out ‘Starships.’ That’s when people in the hip-hop community really felt, ‘Oh my God, we lost her,’” Minaj admitted to JT.

“No one in my life or career has ever explained what you just explained to me that way. You articulated that so well that I was finally able to understand the disconnect and some of the heartbreak that my really hood fans must’ve felt seeing me come from The Come Up DVD and mixtapes and Pink Friday to doing “Starships” and “Pound the Alarm.”

On her new album:

The fifth album. I’m not gonna say when it’s gonna come out, but the album will be out soon. And I am working on a nail design company, where people will be able to buy my press-on nail with dope designs. I was already working on that before someone auctioned my press-on nail for $50,000 or whatever they spent on it.

JT Interviews Nicki Minaj for i-D Magazine

On being outspoken:

Just because a person fights back, doesn’t mean they’re not afraid. I have suppressed years’ worth of things that I’ve wanted to say. People have lied about me, and I didn’t respond.

Once I realized that there’s that double standard, I decided I don’t give a shit anymore. The last part of it is that if I never rap again, I will still leave this earth as an icon. I guess there is a little less fear now at this point in my career because I realize that my fans aren’t going anywhere. I’ve paid my dues.

Well, there’s a huge misconception with people who come across as outspoken. The misconception is that we’re so strong. Just because a person fights back, doesn’t mean they’re not afraid. I have suppressed years’ worth of things that I’ve wanted to say. People have lied about me, and I didn’t respond. There’s always been a level of fear there because this is a business. This is not walking down the block and jumping double dutch. This is a job. And the same way people at a nine-to-five can lose their job, and won’t be able to pay their bills, an artist can lose their job. They can lose their spot; they can lose their money. So, there’s always some reservation there. But I’ve decided that I have to speak up now. You know, I see the hip-hop community praise so many other people for speaking up for themselves, but for some reason they seem to have an issue when I do it.

On her influences:

Foxy Brown. I still probably at times sound similar to her. I would listen to this woman non-stop. Finding out she was from Trinidad was so freaking amazing to me, because I never imagined that a rapper could be from my country. She’s so precise with her delivery, and so clear. And I really love clarity in raps. The other ones that shaped my overall style a lot are Lil Wayne, especially in the beginning, I used to do a lot of things that were similar to him and Jay-Z. One of my first faves actually was Slick Rick. I’ve always loved the British accent, I still do.


Moneybagg Yo Reveals Tracklist for New Album ‘SPEAK NOW’



Moneybagg Yo Reveals Tracklist for New Album SPEAK NOW miixtapechiick

Following the release of his 2022 project Hard To Love, Moneybagg Yo prepares to release his eleventh studio album, SPEAK NOW, via CMG, N-Less Entertainment, and Interscope Records.

“To Every Action There’s A Reaction, Timing Is Everything And Information Is Power Im In Raw Form Aint No Cut On This Sh*t This For My Day 1 Core Fan Base The Ones Who Was There Since The Beginning !!” he wrote in an Instagram caption while announcing the album.

Dropping this Friday, June 14, the album features 17 tracks with contributions from Chris Brown, Lil Durk, Rob49, Morgan Wallen, YTB Fatt and Kevo Muney.

SPEAK NOW Tracklist:








DRUNK OFF U (feat. Chris Brown)

BUSSIN (feat. Rob49)


GANGSTAS RELATE (feat. Lil Durk)



ON DET (feat. YTB Fatt)

WHISKEY WHISKEY (feat. Morgan Wallen)


GO GHO$T (Interlude) (feat. Kevo Muney)

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The New 1017 Rapper Enchanting Passes Away; Coi Leray, Gucci Mane and More Respond to Her Passing



The New 1017 Rapper Enchanting Passes Away Coi Leray Gucci Mane and More Respond to Her Passing miixtapechiick

After being placed on life support, 26-year-old rapper Enchanting has tragically passed away.

The Texas native signed with Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 label in 2020. She released her debut project, No Luv, in 2022, featuring the singles “Want Sum” and “Track & Field” with Kaliii. Her latest project, Luv Scarred / No Luv (Deluxe), was released in 2023.

A representative from her management team informed The Shade Room that Enchanting was struggling with withdrawals, saying, “She came to my house the last four days to get clean. She tried her best, and I did everything I could to help her. She tried.”

Coi Leray, Monaleo, and others confirmed her passing on social media.

“I’ll see you later, sister. Save me a spot, baby! I love you 4L and after,” Monaleo wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

“They pulled the plug, bro. This shit is so fucked up. I just knew you were gonna pull through, @luvenchanting. You’ll forever be Stop6 Princess and Kasino First Lady,” wrote Lil CJ Kasino on Instagram.

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Kendrick Lamar Announces ‘Ken & Friends’ Concert



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Kendrick Lamar has announced a one-day show titled ‘Ken & Friends,’ scheduled to occur at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This event is being presented by pgLang and Free Lunch, and is billed as “The Pop Out” show. The show is scheduled to take place on June 19th and will feature some special guests.

General ticket sales for the event will start this Friday at 10 a.m. PT on Ticketmaster. However, Cash App Card customers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets one day earlier, giving them first priority. The Pop Out show will be Kendrick Lamar’s first live performance since his recent back-and-forth with Drake, during which the two rappers exchanged diss tracks for two weeks straight.

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