Nicki Minaj Reflects on Her Impact

Nicki Minaj is celebrating her contributions to the rap game.

In honor of the 12th anniversary of her debut mixtape Playtime Is Over, the rap queen took to Instagram on Friday (July 5) to reflect on her impact on pop culture and women in hip-hop.

“12 years ago I dropped my 1st mixtape,” she began. “Wrote every single word on every single song. I was so proud of that. Eventually the barbz were all wearing pink hair, Chinese bangs, & Barbie chains. Colorful wigs came all the way back in style. Everyone became Barbies & Dolls.”

Nicki Minaj Reflects on Her Impact

She went on to call out other female rappers who have acknowledged her for opening doors. “I always shouted out my influences in my interviews,” she said. “Now a days, it’s become cool to pretend u weren’t influenced by other artists. S/O to the ones big enough to do it: Kash, Asian, Cuban, Saweetie, Meg, Malibu, YOUNG MA, Ms. Banks, Lady Leshurr, etc. No female rapper (other than Trina) did a song w/me or congratulated me on my billboard accomplishments.”

However, Nicki says she never felt like “they were obligated” to shout her out or work with her. “Just like Beyoncé isn’t obligated to congratulate or collaborate with Normani, etc.,” she said.

She also seemingly threw shade at Cardi B, who has been accused of payola and not writing her own songs. “I never had a crusade by radio stations, influencers & blogs to make my song number I when Anaconda was #2 on the Hot 100,” she continued. “I never had a group of men in the studio writing my songs for me so it took a while between albums.”

The “MEGATRON” rapper slammed her critics for not giving her her flowers. “Please stop these write ups about what I didn’t do. Y’all are rlly sick & ima call y’all out one by one on Queen Radio,” said Nicki. “Most of yall doing these write ups have never fought for anything in life. You just sit on the sidelines & watch the doers do!!!!”

She ended by thanking her loyal fans for their support. “To my fans; I love, cherish you, adore you, and thank you. God bless you.”

One commenter brought up Lil’ Kim, whose iconic pose Nicki recreated in an early promo image. “Nicki, I love you, but you HAVE to shout out Lil Kim. You have to…I’m sorry but she prob felt like she got no recognition from you and you reincarnated her style. I’m sorry to say it.”

Nicki fired back: “I shouted her out in all my early interviews. That’s YOUR narrative. Not the RIGHT one. I recreated her pose as a sign of paying homage.”

Another Instagram user said Nicki “has got to stop these rants,” to which she replied, “Eat a dick. Blocked for being fkng dumb & wanting black women to keep being afraid of speaking their truth.”

She also referenced Taylor Swift, who made headlines after speaking out against Scooter Braun, writing, “Taylor Swift can speak but I can’t?!”

Nicki Minaj Reflects on Her Impact

Additionally, Nicki took to Instagram Stories to remind fans that she paid homage to other female MCs including Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma on her “Who’s Ya Best MC?” verse. “Oh y’all forgot shit like that, right?” she asked. “Do your fkng research and thank u to the ppl who stand with me.”

During the dialogue, Ma$e suggested that she and Kim collaborate on the remix to “MEGATRON.” “Get it right with #kim on the #Megatron remix,” he wrote. Nicki responded with the tears of joy emoji.


TEC Explains His Young Thug Beef & Why He Made More Personal Music On "Ketha Son" Album

Baton Rouge’s TEC is carrying his team on his back. With his partner-in-rhyme Maine Musik currently locked up behind bars, the Spider Nation artist’s solo work is being relied upon to maintain years of hard work put in their brand.

“We built this together,” he tells HipHopDX. “I ain’t do this all by myself. The Spider brand, Spider Nation, all this, we built that together. So not having him here, it is hard. It’s difficult.”

Much like Bun B’s days championing UGK while Pimp C was in prison, TEC is doing whatever he can to keep Spider Nation on people’s minds.

“I really got to stand on this all by myself,” he notes. “But that’s my purpose. I feel like God put us through all of this because he seen this happening. He ain’t give me nothing that I can’t handle, so I’m gone handle that for sure.”

With the release of his EMPIRE-distributed solo album Ketha Son, TEC decided it was time to alter his musical approach.

“This one right here is more personal,” he explains. “The other stuff, I put a lot of gangsta rap on there. But this one is more personal. I wanted it to be more about myself as a person on this CD than the other ones.”

The shift in content also inspired the name of his LP.

“Before I had my rap name, before people knew me for this, they’d be like, ‘Oh that’s Ketha’s son!’” he recalls. “Before I had my own name, this is how it was when I was little. So that’s why I feel like this is more personal and shit. That’s why I got more personal on this CD and dedicated it to her.”

But don’t mistake TEC’s artistic evolution for him losing his edge. One needs to look no further than his beef with Young Thug and YSL, who drew TEC’s ire for allegedly stealing from Spider Nation.

“Them dudes was like snakes and slimes,” he points out. “Snakes represent them. They say slime stuff and then out of nowhere they were just Spider wave, we Spider drip, Spider this, Spider that, do this like a Spider and all that shit … as soon as I seen it, it was so many people sending me this shit, my fans and everybody. I was trying to overlook the shit like, ‘Aw they just doing that shit.’ You know a nigga might just have a song called Spider or some shit. I don’t know. Like I’m thinking he gone just fuck with it and leave it alone. But I really wasn’t seeing that.”

TEC’s frustration led to him airing out Thugger on social media. While he admits he would’ve rather discussed their issues in person, the Louisiana-bred artist couldn’t let what was happening slide without a response.

“This nigga wanted to try and make a clothing line,” he recalls. “He put out a mixtape called Big Spider. And he just wanted to go hard with this Spider shit. So, I couldn’t look over it no more. I [was] just like, ‘Fuck it.’ I’d rather have talked to him in person or some shit, but niggas like that — I don’t really fuck with that kind in the industry and I didn’t have no way of reaching him. So what’s the best way to reach anybody? Social media.”

He continues, “So, I went at him. I said some shit that I knew he wasn’t going to ignore and boom, he writing me in my DM like, ‘We should collab. I can get you some money. I could do this, I could do that. We should come together. You going about it the wrong way. Nobody don’t need to get killed.’ This and that type of shit. So I’m like, ‘Alright, we could have went about it the right way. But y’all niggas weren’t screaming Spider when we needed y’all. We built this shit on our own.’”

TEC was bothered by Thug’s reaction too. In his mind, the YSL founder got caught stealing and tried to get away with it by pitching a collaboration.

“We made this a household name for people to be [saying] ‘Oh, that’s my Spider. I’m a Spider,’” TEC says. “We made this a household name without y’all. Years and years we done put into this shit. Now all of a sudden, y’all saying this and want to collab after you try to steal it without asking permission? Nah, we good. We straight.”

For TEC, the feud with Thug is a matter of principle. He refuses to let a bigger name in the industry take what he and Maine Musik established as independent artists.

“We standing on this shit,” he declares. “We the only Spider. Young Thug, he tried to come to me. But nah, I’m straight, nigga. This Spider shit, this is us — me and Maine, that’s it. Spider Gang, Spider Nation … I would son him, but he like a daughter. So, I daughtered him. Him and Gunna. I actually still listen to Gunna’s music, I ain’t gon’ lie. I can’t deny good music. Gunna got some good music, but both of them my daughters though. Put that in the interview. Fuck him!”

TEC’s Ketha Son is available now on all streaming platforms.

Apple Introducing New, Scissor-Style Designed Keyboards

Apple recently decided to make some changes to its keyboards, by leaving behind the unpopular butterfly keyboard design they previously introduced in 2015 and moving onto a scissor-style. The butterfly keyboard design was initially advertised as allowing “a more even pressure to be applied across each its keys, along with other benefits like a single LED to illuminate each key evenly.” The design has since been revamped four times with the most recent design appearing on the 2019 MacBook Pro. A silicone layer was recently added to the revamped version in order to provide greater reliability and longer durability. Yet customers still find themselves in need repair servicing because ongoing issues with the keys which leave them stuck, leads to characters repeating or not appearing on the screen. Hence, the billion dollar company is now moving onto better things with a scissor-switch based design. 

Apple Introducing New, Scissor-Style Designed Keyboards

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In revisiting the design, which was already ventured into in the past, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo emphasizes that the newer version will be unlike any other and thus completely different from the previous mechanism herein. Although no specific details on the redesign have been shared, we do know the new keyboard will tackle most the previous issues brought on by the butterfly prototype. You may expect it to appear on the new Apple MacBook Airs and 2020 MacBook Pros. 

Tyga, Keke Palmer & Other VH1 "Scream" Stars Dish On Escaping Serial Killers

We recently reported on VH1 Picking up the Scream franchise and this approximately 3 years after MTV took a jab at the series. As such, VH1 will revive the series and base it on the popular horror movie franchise the same name. This time, however, the story unfolds in Atlanta and the third season will feature a brand-new cast characters. That is precisely a predominantly Black cast which includes Mary J. Blige, Keke Palmer, both Faith Evans and her son Notorious B.I.G., CJ Wallace, and Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson. Additionally, members the Hip Hop community will also make their presence felt in the series with Tyga joining in on the cast. 

Most recently, the cast VH1’s Scream sat down for an interesting interview with the network wherein they discussed everything from how to escape serial killers (should you ever face them), their “death faces” along with a series other comical input. Tyga, Keke Palmer, Terrence J and Jessica Sula amongst others are set to feature in the 3-night feature the new Scream directed by no other than Queen Latifah. While we wait on the series to begin this Monday, check out the comical video above.

Trey Songz Gives A Smooth R&B Remix To Megan Thee Stallion’s "Big Ole Freak"

You may recall at the end last month, when a video from the 2019 BET Awards after-party took the internet by storm. The clip features Houston Hottie on the rise, Megan Thee Stallion, twerking it out to her song “Cash Shit” alongside Teyana Taylor. The real star the short video though, was Trey Songz, who could instantly be recognized standing closely behind the two twerkin’ ladies, as he half-observed, half tried to maintain a close as possible proximity to the ass shaking performance. The internet quickly, and hilariously reacted to clip, pointing out Trey’s overly enthusiastic expression, which only further highlighted that the new father was down for whateva with Ms. Hot Girl Shit.

Now, after the clip has finished making its rounds around the web, Trey Songz himself has brought it back, but this time, the backing music is a track his own. “One time for Meg…” Trey captions the Instagram post, in which he previews a remixed version Thee Stallion’s 
Big Ole Freak.” Typical the suave crooner, Trey Songz adds an R&B switch up to the otherwise rap-heavy original track. Slowing things down slightly to make the song’s sex factor even more clearly apparent, Trey brings out his smooth vocals as he recites “big ol ass, look at them hips/ cat so fat like look at them lips,” and we just can’t help but wonder whether it’s a certain Stallion he’s lusting after. 

Philadelphia Honored Patti LaBelle With A Street, But They Misspelled Her Name

Legendary songstress Patti LaBelle was recently honored by her hometown Philadelphia with her very own street. The street, which was located between Broad Street, Locus and Spruce Streets was named after her and although the intention was pure, the city’s street Department made a flagrant mistake. As reported by the AP, the street named after Patti LaBelle had her last name missing the capitalization on the “b.” Fortunately, the folks involved in setting up the street were quickly made aware the mistake and able to rectify it rather quickly. In fact, when the street was unveiled, the singer had signed a correct version the name on the sign. Along with being thankful for Philadelphia’s honorary gesture, Patti LaBelle fered a speech wherein she recognized her humble beginnings as a “shy little girl from West Philly” who evolved into the “Patti LaBelle Way.” She called the whole thing “incredible.” 

The city ficials have been made aware the mistake and are planning on installing the new signs with the correct name format early next week. Nevertheless, a big congratulations to Patti LaBelle on the honor by her city for being the legend that she is.

Piers Morgan Gets Dragged After Saying He Dances To 50 Cent On Most Days

Piers Morgan is a contentious figure, for sure. Over the years, he’s made plenty controversial comments that have been perceived as prejudice in some kind way. A Twitter troll illustrated a picture Morgan with a young boy in a bucket hat named Alex Mann who performed with Dave at Glastonbury Festival. The speech bubble reads, “Gosh, I thought I hated Black music but it turns out that its only insufferable when Black people do it. Ha!” The tweet read, “We see right through you @piersmorgan.”

Morgan caught wind it and replied, “I literally dance to @50cent most days on @GMB you racist imbecile.” That’s when all hell broke loose on Twitter. Morgan has advocated for things like stop and search in the U.K. which prompted Giggs to blast him on Instagram. Morgan later attempted to prove his point with pictures him hanging out with Kanye West, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg. “Here’s me hating black music,” he added to the tweet.

It didn’t take long for the Internet to put him on blast. YouTube Personality Dylan Evans called out Morgan on Twitter, writing, “Piers Morgan just actually hit us with the… ‘I’m not racist ive got black mates.'”

Another Twitter user replied to his first tweet, writing, “You also take photos with rich black men, must be worth a few “I’m not racist points”  what’s next? You eat fried chicken too?”

Peep the other responses below.

YG Claims Innocence In Shooting Involving His SUV: "I Was Nowhere Near The Scene"

Although he was listed as the proprietor the vehicle the black Cadillac Escalade that wasn’t in the shootout that occurred in Compton Wednesday. As the story goes, police engaged high-speed chase with the pursuant driving YG‘s supposed Escalade, before cornering him on Spruce Street in Compton where both sides engaged in a gunfight, culminating in the death  a police ficer.

The Compton-bred rapper has since told TMZ that although the vehicle was registered to his name, as a “company car,” he was nowhere close to the crime scene or Spruce Street when the incident transpired. He fered this for an alibi.

“I was nowhere near the scene this incident and had been in a recording studio all day in Hollywood. I was there until after midnight on the Fourth July and didn’t learn these events until after they happened,” he told TMZ.

Intermediary sources claim that YG was unaware that his company car was being used at the time. The high-speed chase is said to have come to screeching halt when the Cadillac was cornered in Inglewood, with a police-issue “Ghetto Bird” circling overhead. YG’s reps have informed TMZ that his attorneys have been in correspondence with the LAPD over the legitimacy his alibi.

Willie D Joins Scarface In Municipal Politics, Runs For Houston City Council

Willie D is following in the footsteps fellow Geto Boys member Scarface by entering the race for Houston City Council spots. Née, William James Dennis, the rapper filed his registration papers on Thursday at the secretary’s fice in downtown Houston – thereby rendering him an ficial candidate in Houston’s District B among the 11 existing hopefuls.

As I mentioned, Scarface was first to enter his name, albeit in a different locale: Houston’s District D. In total, Houston’s electoral grid is composed  11 adjoining districts; together they make up the provisionals council that deputizes the needs and wants the H-Town populace.

“What’s better than one Geto Boy running for City Council? It’s on family!” wrote Willie D in the Instagram posting that marked his ficial entry amongst the candidates for District B. “This is the next step in my evolution to serve and I need your help!”

Below the posting,  Scarface touched in the comments to congratulate his riding partner on making the jump. “Congrats Will!! What better way to make change in our community From it, it and love it!!” Scarface’s decision to enter politics was in no way informed by Bushwick Bill’s recent passing. Yet, without Bushwick Bill in the fold, the impetus to continue rapping grew stale, giving rise to their second arc as community activists, politicians.

 

Stream Dreamville’s ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’

The wait is over.

After much anticipation, Dreamville unleashes its long-awaited Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation. The 18 songs were recorded at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta over the course of 10 days in January, and feature the previously-released tracks “LamboTruck,” “Costa Rica,” “Down Bad,” and “Got Me.”

The star-studded lineup includes Dreamville’s own J. Cole, Ari Lennox, Bas, EarthGang, Cozz, J.I.D, and Lute, as well as Kendrick Lamar, T.I., Dreezy, and Smino.

“Know that this album represents community and the unheard unsung artist that fight and bleed daily to be felt,” said Cole. “There will be someone you never heard of on this album. Look them up and support them if they resonate with you. A follow goes a long way.”

He added, “Thank you to Every artist on Dreamville for allowing me to be a part of your journey and in turn inspiring me and making me proud constantly. I’m proud of y’all for this album.”

Along with the album, Dreamville has released a 30-minute documentary that chronicles the recording sessions for ROTD3.

Stream Revenge of the Dreamers III below.

Cris Carter Claims Kawhi Leonard Is Delaying His Decision, Fans React

Over the past few days, the entire NBA has been watching Kawhi Leonard to see which team he decides to sign with for the upcoming season. As right now, the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Toronto Raptors are all in contention. According to Jalen Rose, Leonard will be signing with the Raptors on a two-year deal, while other pundits believe he will be joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Today, it was revealed by Chris Broussard that Leonard was fered a role with Drake’s label OVO and now, we have another update courtesy Cris Carter.

Carter has been on the frontlines “Kawhi Watch” and took to Twitter to tell people not to hold their breath on a decision today. “After very impressive meetings with the Toronto Raptors and others yesterday, reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and his team haven’t made a decision and there won’t any announcement TODAY,” Carter wrote. “Enjoy the 4th July.”

As you can imagine, fans were pretty upset by the news and reacted with some pretty hilarious memes. Every other free agent seemingly had their mind made up by the time the season had finished, so Kawhi’s delayed response has frustrated fans the fan bases he is about to impact.

Check out what fans had to say about the news in the tweets below.

Bandulu X Nike Kyrie 5 Release Date Revealed: Official Images

Before leaving the Boston Celtics for the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving started working with Boston-based clothing brand Bandulu on an interesting new Nike Kyrie 5. For those who are unaware Bandulu, they are best known for taking vintage objects and upscaling them in order to create cool pieces clothing. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that a collaboration between them and Kyrie would be pretty fire. Back in May, we reported on the ficial images the shoe, but now, we have some release information to give you.

Based on Finish Line’s ficial release calendar, it appears as though these will be coming out on July 27th for a price that has yet to be determined. This is great news for fans the Boston clothing brand who were hoping to get their hands on a pair sooner than later.

As for the look the shoes, the upper is covered in creamy mesh while the rest the shoe is given some paint splatter to add to the vintage vibes. Bandulu and Kyrie branding is found on both the tongue and the back heel which helps add to the aesthetics the sneaker. Will you be looking to cop these or are they a pass?

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Jacquees Recreates Iconic Muhammad Ali Photos To Promote "Round 2" Album

Miami, FL – Self-proclaimed King of R&B Jacquees is attempting to channel his inner Muhammad Ali for his upcoming album Round 2. The Cash Money artist paid homage to boxing’s greatest of all time by remaking his memorable underwater photograph in South Florida.

“Float like a butterfly sting like a bee … Miami 1961 … Miami 2019,” he captioned the post that featured the original and the recreation. The picture was praised by many though others clowned him for lack of originality.

Jacquees Recreates Iconic Muhammad Ali Photos To Promote "Round 2" Album

The Atlanta singer/songwriter followed up the gesture by posting another shot of him sitting on a pile of money, another Ali reprise from 1964.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” he captioned quoting the historic American figure.

Jacquees’ forthcoming LP, Round 2 is scheduled to be released July 19, boasting features from Young Thug, Lil Baby, Future, Summer Walker and more. He released the 15-song tracklisting Instagram. He also showed gratitude towards fans after his single “YOU” was certified Gold.

Enter To Win A Pair Of 3 Day GA Osheaga Music & Arts Festival Passes

If you’ve never experienced the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Montreal, Canada, you’re seriously missing out on one the best parties in the entire world. There is so much to experience in the beautiful, multi-cultural city Montreal and Osheaga is just one the reasons why you should book a flight out there today. If you don’t have the dough to cop a ticket to the festival — or maybe you do and you’re just more interested in getting some free tix from us — then you’ve come to the right place. We’re pleased to announce our ficial giveaway for two tickets to the 2019 edition the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival!

The line-up, which you can see above, is perfect for fans all sorts music. If you’re purely a hip-hop fanatic, there’s enough talent for you to enjoy all three days Osheaga this year. Acts including Logic, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, J Balvin, Denzel Curry, 070 Shake, ScHoolboy Q, Young Thug, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Tierra Whack, Ski Mask the Slump God, and way more will be hitting the stage with some their most fire tracks. There are always surprises at festivals too so you never know what Osheaga will be pulling out their sleeves this year either.

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We’re happy to be giving you the chance to win a pair GA tickets to the weekend festivities (travel costs not included) and it’s actually pretty simple to sign up. Here are the rules!

Step 1: “LIKE” the HotNewHipHop and Osheaga Facebook pages

Step 2: Tag who you want to party with at Osheaga on the post below

And… that’s it! The contest closes on July 16 at 11:59 pm EST so you’ve still got tons time to sign up. Let us know who you’re most excited to see and stay posted to see if we announce you as the winner.

A$AP Mob Sparks "Free A$AP Rocky" Movement

During his trip to Sweden, A$AP Rocky recently found himself at the center an international incident, one that spelled trouble from the start. Upon being followed by a pair persistent and thuggish individuals (who appeared to be looking for trouble), Rocky and his camp gave them fair warning to fall back, lest there be trouble. Flacko even took a moment to explain the situation, in an effort to cover his bases. After the encounter took a violent turn, Rocky ultimately turned himself in to police custody for questioning, according to TMZ.

A$AP Mob Sparks "Free A$AP Rocky" Movement

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Unfortunately, Swedish authorities proceeded to arrest him, going so far as to refuse access to members the U.S. Embassy; it’s unclear what their exact beef with Rocky might be, but the situation appears to be spiraling out control. While the situation proceeds to be resolved, A$AP Mob has taken it upon themselves to stand behind their defacto captain, taking to Instagram to kick f the “Free Rocky” campaign.

We can only hope Rocky returns to his home base before long, as losing another rapper to international authorities would be a tough cultural blow. We already almost lost Gangsta Gibbs in a similar fashion. Hopefully, the U.S. authorities can step in and right the ship, especially if Rocky is indeed being treated unfairly. Free Rocky!