Nicki, 31, grew up in Queens and attended LaGuardia, the high school from Fame. She says her father once tried to burn down her house while her mother was inside. She did odd jobs after school: She was a customer-service rep for a while, but that didn't go great. "I like dealing with people, but I don't really like a lot of bullshit, so maybe customer service wasn't the best job for me." She was fired from a waitressing job at a Red Lobster after she followed a couple who had taken her pen into the parking lot and then flipped them the bird. I asked her if it was [...]
The cover art for Nicki Minaj’s new single, "Anaconda," is a backshot of the rapper squatting in a g-string. (Oh: There it is.) The visual was, almost immediately, enough to trigger some paternalistic outrage—for how dare a top rapper bare so much of herself in a genre that is so consistently respectful to women?
Throughout Minaj’s career, I’d argue, every outfit, every shift in aesthetic, has been intentional. The “Anaconda” art is a response to the criticism lobbed toward Minaj from all sides, a retort to those who consistently still say she wears butt pads, or has a fake booty, photoshop be damned. "Anaconda" is an [...]
This is the first song from Jessie J that I've ever liked, and I like it quite a bit: let's get Katy B and Katy Perry on the remix and we'll call it 2014's version of "Lady Marmalade."
Total Freedom went ahead and made a mix of "From Time," a strange ballad of a song off of Drake's latest album, Nothing Was The Same, that doesn't include any Drake. (The mix is titled, in part, "AKA BUHBYE DRAKE.") The original song puts Drake in dialogue with singer Jhene Aiko, as she sings softly about his qualities and shortcomings as a partner ("Darling you, you give but you cannot take love/ I love me, I love me enough for the both of us"); the end result sounds like Drake had a woman sing things to Drake that Drake wanted to hear about Drake. This mix [...]
Nicki: Hey Drizzy, I have a favor to ask…
Drake: Threesome with you and RiRi?
Nicki: Oh Drake! LOL. Ok, so my butt cheeks are making this new video, and I wanted to see if you could guest rap a verse?
Drake: Oh wow. To be honest, I feel like I already covered starting from the bottom and now I've kind of moved past that, you know?
Nicki: I mean, they're two different kinds of bottoms…my new song features a lot of play on words. Like did you know an anaconda is actually a type of penis metaphor invented in the nineties by Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Mix-A-Lot?
“It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music.”
The way she sees it, everything she does—even when it softens the impact of her underlying talent—ultimately serves a higher purpose: to achieve greater visibility for young black women in pop culture, plain and simple. When asked if she’s ever considered dialing back on any of the extracurriculars, Nicki is firm. “Helllllll no,” she says. Rap cannot contain her music, and neither can any one pursuit contain Nicki’s ambition. “I’ve done things where people are like, ‘Uhhhh,’” she says, making a theatrically perplexed face. “But every time I do a business venture or something that isn’t the norm for a female rapper, I pat myself on the back. It’s important [...]
It’s approaching the end of May, and a shittily perfect Chris Brown song that came out in December (largely neglected in the shadow of a glorious Beyonce release) is still dominating radio, club, strip club and bodega air play. I’m not going to labor over why this song is perfect: I’ve spent too many nights thrusting a glass of prosecco into the air in sync with the words “THESE HOES AIN’T LOYAL” as the DJ wound it back for a fifth time to even question the validity of this track.
There is, of course, a tension in enjoying this song as either a man who isn’t a total [...]
So can we talk some more about the video for Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda?" The title is a reference of course to Sir-Mix-A-Lot's classic line from "Baby Got Back," "my anaconda don't want none, unless you got buns, hun." The anaconda he is referring to is I believe his penis, which he also calls Sir-Metaphors-A-Lot.
This video is super NSFW unless you work in a factory that makes women who twerk while eating dick-shaped foods. This video is insane and name-checks a ton of high-end brands as well as err, tossing salad. Also Drake and Drake's boner make a special cameo! [Pitchfork]
I have yet to listen to this remix and not start tearing up when the Spottie horns come in.
The rapper Angel Haze grew up in a religious community in Michigan that she’s since described as a "cult," and the first secular music she ever heard was on the radio at age 16 in Virginia. The song was Young Joc's "It's Goin' Down." And yet last week, the 22-year-old was sitting in an expansive conference room at her label's offices in midtown Manhattan, waiting for an intern to deliver two cheese Danishes and a venti hot chocolate with whipped cream and mocha drizzle from a Starbucks down the block. She signed her deal with Universal Music Group last year, and her first album (following six [...]