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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 Minaj (2022) From Nicki Minaj (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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Moneybagg Yo Reveals Tracklist for New Album ‘SPEAK NOW’

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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:

ALL YEAR

SPEAK

P RUN

TRYNA MAKE SURE

TABOO MIAMI

FIREPLACE

I FEEL IT

DRUNK OFF U (feat. Chris Brown)

BUSSIN (feat. Rob49)

TIC TAC TOE

GANGSTAS RELATE (feat. Lil Durk)

PLAY DA FOOL

RICH VIKING

ON DET (feat. YTB Fatt)

WHISKEY WHISKEY (feat. Morgan Wallen)

AW SHIT

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

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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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