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 [...]
On Monday night, Kendrick Lamar delivered what is already a career-defining guest verse on Big Sean’s Hall of Fame leftover, “Control.” Late in the verse, Kendrick raps a list of 11 peers whom he respects, but wants to make irrelevant. It’s earned him a lot of headlines in the past 24 hours. But there's a serious omission: he never mentions Nicki Minaj.
There are a lot of ways you can read into this. Before calling out rappers like Drake and J. Cole, Kendrick lists other MCs he believes are on his level: Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, and Andre 3000. He doesn’t mention both Lil Wayne and Kanye West, [...]
When questioned about the content of her sophomore album, Nicki held firm the entire time, consistently stating that she’s proud of her pop work, but it’s weird to see Nicki even having to explain herself. Why are we debating the merit of her foray into other genres like “Starships” isn’t incredible? Why aren’t we having a discussion about how positive her eccentricities are in an occasionally stagnant culture and why it’s necessary to not give a fuck about artistic restraints as much as Nicki didn’t on that album?
What was your favorite part of the BET Awards last night? Nicki Minaj's tearaway skirt? Chaka Khan's Whitney tribute? (Yes. Scroll to 15:45.) All the rappers lip synching for no reason? (By the way, they should've given a Chillest Person award to the lady who says "Maybach Music.") Soulja Boy tears? 1,000 cutaways to Bey's awesome hair? Hologramborghini? D'Angelo being boring but at least still being D'Angleo, hot damn? Least favorite part: Idris Elba losing anything. Ever. Idris Elba FTWFAE!
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 [...]
American Idol premiered last night and it was boring, they definitely didn't meet the winner yet, and Nicki Minaj is… not the sweetest lady, it turns out. Anyway, who wants to karaoke?
The other day, after Rihanna's new video for "Pour It Up" came out (embedded below, NSFW), we started chatting about it on Twitter. There was too much to say. Here, we discuss why Rihanna is better than Miley, why Rihanna is better than Nicki, and why Rihanna is better than Jesus.
This conversation took place in a Google Hangout and has been condensed and edited.
Sarah Nicole Prickett: Hii, does this work?
Ayesha Siddiqi: Yes! I see you both on here.
SNP: So this Rihanna video is AMAZING, but let's start from Instagram. Riri’s instagram is how I know she's a girl's girl and it's why I love her. When I started following [...]
Add this to your queue of summer jams that are also, conveniently, ladies-get-up-on-the-floor anthems. I'll still take Beyoncé's "walk with a vengeance" line on "Grown Woman" over this Ciara (Ci-a-ra!) hook, but it's spastically catchy nonetheless, and Nicki continues her long tradition of saving some of her best verses for guest spots. Also, the final minute is summer pop perfection.
(This is a lyric video. Very likely NSFW.)