The hip-hop industry has had quite a drought in estrogen as of late. Remy Martin is locked up, Foxy Brown has had her fair share of issues, Eve crossed over into acting and never came back, and Kim is busy dancin’ with the “stars.” But Southside Jamaica, Queens looks like it has a cloudy forecast, and just may be providing us with the rain to end the drought….in the form of Young Money Entertainment’s Nicki Minaj.
At 23, this female emcee already holds the coveted “first lady” position on the label of one of the music industry’s biggest stars, Lil Wayne. So what’s all the hype about? Minaj has been honing her skills for years. An alumnus of the famous performing arts high school of FAME notoriety, Nicki is actually not only a skilled rapper, but trained in writing, acting and singing as well. Lending vocals to local acts in her Queens neighborhood garnered the attention of popular DVD magazine The Come Up, providing Nicki with the now infamous segment that caught Lil Wayne’s attention. He quickly courted her to be the only female representer of his Young Money imprint in 2007, and two whirl-wind years later, nearly every record company now has a bid in to this femcee.
With a brand new mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, just released, a successful run on Wayne’s I AM Music tour under her belt, and two critically acclaimed mixtapes, Playtime is Over and Sucka Free in the bag…is it safe to say Nicki Minaj is hip-hop’s next big thing? You decide. And while you do, you can read the influences behind the raptress that has the industry buzzing.
“His creativity is I just think really unmatched. I think his ability to stand out in a crowd is unmatched. And I think that he’s one of the only people that still have fun. You know Wayne can say the hottest lines but he’s still having fun with those lines. He’ll make you laugh; he can make you angry wit his raps, he can make you cry. But he’s very versatile I feel. He does the singing and all that stuff and he’s the only one that’s not afraid to venture out and try new things. I think that’s dope.”
“His swag. I don’t think anyone in the WORLD has more swag than Jay. He also is another one that I felt is really, really creative. But I think with Jay he kind of always played his role. Never tried to be someone else, never tried to do anything else but just be Jay-Z…and it works really well for him. His lyrics are incredible and you know I think he did a great job to put New York on the map.”
That’s right! The highly anticipated “Beam Me Up Scotty” mixtape is now officially ready for purchase via Nicki Minaj‘s official Myspace page ONLY! Do not purchase this mixtape anywhere else unless it’s from her official Myspace page. It comes along with an autographed poster from “The Mistress” herself! Be sure to show your support and cop it, if you have PayPal. All you have to do is click the banner and it will direct you to the PayPal site for purchase options.
Just a quick update to let everyone know that I’ve updated many pages of the website. Currently, I’ve added some avatars donated to the site by Cam which can be found under the ‘Fans’ section. I’ve also added more information to the ‘Nicki Minaj’ section with more about her current status. The ‘Media’ section is being worked on as well, as I’ve begun to add some Audio tracks. There are only ‘Collaborations’ there for the moment, but in due time more will be added. I will not be posting full mixtapes/albums, only sample tracks for your listening pleasure if you aren’t familiar with Nicki Minaj. I’m in the midst of compiling a ‘Lyrics’ section which has been added to the navigation as well. Any further updates, and I’ll be sure to let you all know. Also, the current ‘Poll’ has been changed as well!
“Famous on The Internet”, With Hip-Hop’s Rising Stars
Monday, March 30, 2009, New York, NY- Freelance media correspondent, Jabari, is set to release a digital compilation album featuring artists such as Pusha-T (The Clipse), Wale, Nicki Minaj, Raheem Devaughn, Max B, Young Chris, Curren$y, Charles Hamilton and many more.
The album, entitled Famous on The Internet, “represents the future of music and pop culture. Today’s technology is allowing me to put together the greatest independent hip-hop compilation ever while giving fans from all over the world an opportunity to participate in the process every step of the way,” says Jabari. “Hip-Hop is beginning to shift back to lyricism, but at the same time people still want to party and dance. This project is going to fuse the two worlds, and there’s no doubt that people will be surprised with the features I have in store”.
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