With the release of Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude today, Pusha T sat down with DJ Envy & Angela Yee to talk about being president of G.O.O.D Music, his short film in support of the album, being unable to get on mixtapes back in the day, and much more.
Cyphers to Sit-Downs: Watch Joe Budden’s New Interview With Nicki Minaj
Joe Budden’s interview with rapper, singer, songwriter, actress Nicki Minaj — one of the highest-grossing female rappers of all time was recently uploaded to Youtube. The setup was quite a positive change from Budden’s previous podcast with Nicki and two other guests where tensions were sky-high. The interview kicks off with Nicki and Budden reflecting on the ’09 BET Cypher and how much has changed since then.
Nicki (2022) to Nicki (2008)
In response, Nicki wishes that she had been more appreciative of herself from her image and her raw talent. For context, it’s pretty important to note that Nicki’s rise to stardom began at the start of social media. She also reflects on the confines of desirability, with regard to getting ass shots. Very few people can fully fathom how jaded Nicki became — especially as a Black woman whose brand was colorful, quirky, and unapologetic.
Nicki the Pinkprint: “pink wig, thick ass, give ‘em whip-lash”
Nicki and Budden transition into a conversation about the standards set for aspiring female rappers and whether or not the pop star has a hand in this “starter kit.” As we know, there is a clear image and sound that is almost requisite to recognition and success in the industry — the doll. The same image that Nicki spearheaded at the start of her music career (as the Harajuku Barbie with colorful hair and full bangs) has been replicated by a lot of today’s newest female rappers.
Nicki the Mogul
As Nicki and Budden speak about music moguls like Jay-Z, Budden inquires about Nicki’s steps toward cementing her name as a music mogul. She speaks of ‘Queen Radio,’ which will be headed to Amazon. Nicki also sheds light on the makings of her documentary, her management company and also a record company. She also mentions that she will be taking on a role in an upcoming film that will be bigger than her previous cameos.
Nicki the All-Time Influencer
Nicki and Budden spoke about the importance of Black women speaking up about their cultural impact. History has shown time and time again that black women’s creativity is often imitated and of course, their brilliance cannot be duplicated (i.e. Coi Leray, FKA Twigs). Unfortunately, though, Black women typically have to demand their flowers.
“You have to mention it or they’ll act like it never happened!”
Time after time, Nicki has had to advocate for herself after being snubbed from Grammy awards.
She’s even had to speak out against the other networks (BET) for snubbing her accomplishments as this generation’s pink print for women in hip hop. Nicki also asserts that she and Lil’ Kim shouldn’t have already been on the cover of American Vogue for their dominant influences in pop culture.
How does Nicki navigate through this new age of rap?
Toward the end of the interview, Nicki speaks about how she has remedied writer’s block in the midst of motherhood and the pandemic. Nicki says that the privilege of having “sparring partners” like Drake and Lil Wayne on ‘Seeing Green‘ has helped her get back in the ring. Many fans have mentioned that the song is very consistent with the trio’s sound from the late 2000s into the 2010s. Nicki and Budden two spoke about navigating the new era of music where artists are trying to solidify their sound but are also looking to score a hit single with today’s rap trends.
The two end the interview with discussions about the perks of parenthood and the momentum that Nicki will be picking up on shortly. Many people are excited to see the new heights that Nicki will be experiencing soon.
Big Sean Addresses Kanye West on Drink Champs
The full episode of Big Sean on Drink Champs has been uploaded on Youtube. During the interview, Big Sean went into detail about his deal with G.O.O.D. music and revealed that he has not received and his masters and Kanye owes him more than $6 million.
“If you up Bs and you owe me this money that probably ain’t nothing to him. That’s life-changing money for me,” he told N.O.R.E and DJ EFN. “I put at least 30 million in this man’s pocket or more and he owes me money and he’s up billions.”
Sean continued to go in detail about his record deal stating: “When I heard what he was talking about, it didn’t make sense, bro, because you know, my manager saw my record deal and said, ‘this is a sh*tty record deal,” Sean said, referring to Jay Brown of Roc Nation. “I had to spend my own money auditing my label because millions of dollars are missing and you could tell when millions of dollars are missing. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on my label thinking Universal owe me this money and the money had been paid to G.O.O.D. Music.”
Watch the full interview above.
Original Post (12/17/2021): Last month, Kanye West appeared on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN‘s Drink Champs where West touched on a slew of topics including his beef with Drake, marriage with Kim Kardashian and G.O.O.D. Music.
However, what fans didn’t expect was Ye’s sentiments about Big Sean. When N.O.R.E. asked Kanye whether he preferred Pusha T or Big Sean, the DONDA rapper grabbed a fake tombstone from the Halloween decorations and said, “Oh I love this. Let me tell you. I already decided that when I die, on my tombstone it’s gonna say, ‘I deserve to be here because I signed Big Sean.’”
Confused, N.O.R.E. corrected Kanye West saying signing Big Sean was the “best thing” he’s ever done, however, Ye said yet again, it was the “worst thing” he’d ever done.
“I know this man’s mama,” he added. “I’ve changed this man’s family. And both John Legend and Big Sean, when I ran for office, got used quick by the Democrats to come at they boy that actually changed they life, and that’s some sellout shit. And I don’t rock with neither of them, and I need their apologies.”
After hearing what West had to say, Big Sean went to Twitter and revealed that his former boss owed him $6 million. Following his comments, Big Sean confirmed he would be appearing on Drink Champs to tell his side of the story.
“I love Kanye, bro,” Sean says in the episode clip. “I love him for the opportunity he gave me, and all these things. But I thought what he said was some bitch ass shit.”
Big Sean’s episode on Drink Champs airs on Thursday (December 16) and will be uploaded to REVOLT’s YouTube CHANNEL Saturday (December 18).
Guilty Krown Sits Down with The Museum TV
You may remember Guilty Krown from our first edition of #FashionFridays. Taking things to the next level, Guilty Krown founders, Jerome Jean & Rayon Hall, sat down with Guru Sanaal of The Museum TV to talk about the mission statement of their clothing line, Guilty Krown becoming not only a brand but a lifestyle, their humble beginnings, and what’s next.
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