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Cyphers to Sit-Downs: Watch Joe Budden’s New Interview With Nicki Minaj

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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 LerayFKA 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.

Nicki Minaj on Twitter: “Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday / Twitter”

Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday

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. 

Nicki Minaj on Twitter: “When u go out of ur way to b spiteful & hurt artists who have always supported ur show… when you fire great ppl who have put their heart & soul into the show… when you’d rather be a messy reality show than a prestigious award show… when ur still being dragged by that lace https://t.co/DOYKmgAlyr / Twitter”

When u go out of ur way to b spiteful & hurt artists who have always supported ur show… when you fire great ppl who have put their heart & soul into the show… when you’d rather be a messy reality show than a prestigious award show…

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.

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Chris Brown Releases ‘BREEZY’ TrackList

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As he prepares for the release of his tenth studio album, BREEZY, Chris Brown returns with the official tracklist for the upcoming project.

Featuring previously released singles “Iffy,” “WE (Warm Embrace)” and Call Me Every Day” with Wizkid, Chris Brown is treating fans to 24 tracks with contributions from  Lil Wayne, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Anderson .Paak, Blxst, Jack Harlow and more. Brown revealed on Big Boi’s Neighborhood that he recorded over 200 tracks for the album. “It’s crazy in the album process because let’s just say I put out an album like the Indigo album,” he said. “While I was about to put that out, I was already recording songs and doing stuff for the next one. But I be having so many songs, I think for this actual project I had almost 250 songs. I was like, ‘Yeah, we gotta scale this down and figure out what to do!’”

Check out the official tracklist below.

Breezy Tracklist
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Omarion vs. Mario VERZUZ Battle Announced

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Omarion and Mario are up next to go head to head on the next VERZUZ battle.

Scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 23, the R&B Battle will happen at The Novo in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to Omarion and Mario’s battle, the night will feature an additional battle from team Ray J and Bobby V against team Pleasure P and Sammie.

Titled “A Night of R&B,” the verzuz battle will begin at 6 PM PT / 9 PM and will be live-streamed on Instagram, Triller and FiteTV.

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Travis Scott, SZA & J. Cole to Headline 2022 Day N Vegas Festival

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Day N Vegas has announced its lineup for its 2022 music festival.

With Travis Scott, SZA and J. Cole scheduled as headliners, the 3-day event kicks off Sept. 2 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Other performers include Blxst, Saucy Santana, Pusha T, Trippie Redd, Jorja Smith, Playboi Carti, BIA, 21 Savage, H.E.R., Baby Keem, Jhene Aiko, Freddie Gibbs, Chloe, Earthgang, T-Pain, and J.I.D.

You can check out the full line-up below. Passes will go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10 AM PST.

sza j cole and travis scott announced for day n vegas fest 2022

The 2022 Day N Vegas Festival will serve as Travis Scott’s largest performance since the tragic Astroworld Festival in 2021 which resulted in the death of 10 individuals. Scott recently made his return at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.

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