xxlmag.com sat down with Producer J.Reid and talked about how he helped Nicki Minaj return to rap.
XXL: How did you first link up with Nicki Minaj to record “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz”?
J. Reid: One of my partners—Brinx Billions—was working with Nicki. He did a record with her and it was so crazy that she was like, “Who did the beat?” He told her that I did it and she was like, “We might need to fly him out here.” My first trip to meet her was Miami. I went out there so excited. She was just like, “I love your music. You’re talented, I’m just trying to put some stuff together.” So I was like, “I’m ready.” From that, it’s just been ballgame. Coming back and forth, going in and out of town, working at home and showing out.
When did that meeting happen in Miami?
It was probably late December. Everything came to fruition around that time. She was looking to start her project—she probably had already started it. But the certain sound she wanted, I was able to cater.
Yesterday (Sunday April 8th), Nicki simply tweeted the number ‘4’, just to delete it shortly after. Many Fans think it could be the days till the release of Nickis 4th album. As “Music News & Rumors” claimed on Twitter, Label Staffers wanted Nicki to release her new album in early April, but Nicki refused to do so, because she doesn’t want to overshadow Cardi B. We’ll see what will happen next.
“The best female ever in hip-hop history”, Birdman said on Beats 1 yesterday (Tuesday April 03), where he promoted the soundtrack ‘Before Anythang: The Cash Money Story’.
“Missy went a little further than Kim….but not the level that Nicki at. She’s got the fashion, she just the icon. They got enough room in this game for everybody. With no disrespect, she’s got it, hands down.”
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) April 3, 2018
Nicki is on the cover of The New York Times Magazine for October 2015. I’ve also added two new photos from session.
Nicki Minaj is the world’s biggest female hip-hop star, a top pop star and the first woman to achieve success in both genres. Like Beyoncé, who performed recently in Central Park with the words ‘‘boss’’ and ‘‘hustler’’ flashing on screens behind her, along with a grainy video in which she smashed a vacuum and a sewing machine, Minaj has become expert at modeling the ways that women can wield power in the industry. But she has also drawn attention to the ways in which power can be embodied by a woman standing up for herself and speaking her own mind. Minaj’s behavior isn’t exclusive to her tracks; she also exhibits it in the national telenovela that she, like the rest of these women, to a greater or lesser degree, is running about herself, feeding the public information about her paramours, ex-paramours, peccadilloes and beefs, all of it delivered in social media’s short, sharp bursts.
— NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) październik 7, 2015
While the couple is still together, signs are showing that they might not last long enough for their tour this summer.
Sources close to the Trinidadian rapper told Urban Islandz that she and Meek Mill have been having huge arguments and that is pushing them apart.
“They are very much into each other but their relationship is growing toxic very fast,” our source said. “They have been having huge arguments and sometimes they don’t even speak to each other for days. But at the end of the day every couple go through a rough patch. Everybody know that Nicki is a hot head and Meek is no better so they always clash.”
“Truffle Butter” is now No. 1 on the chart.
Nicki Minaj becomes the first female artist to chart four songs simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart (dated March 28), as “Feeling Myself,” featuring Beyonce, rises 11-10. Two males had previously achieved the record: Lil Wayne (first in 2008) and Drake (2011), each of whom has quadrupled up in the top 10 in multiple weeks.
Minaj scores additional success, as “Truffle Butter” — fittingly featuring fellow record-holders and Young Money/Cash Money/Republic labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne — steps 2-1 to crown the chart. It’s Minaj’s sixth No. 1 on the chart and Drake’s record-extending 21st. Lil Wayne adds his 18th No. 1, second only to Drake’s sum.
Nicki Minaj and also Mariah Carey will take the stage at the BET Awards.
BET announced Tuesday that India. Arie and Ciara will join the former “American Idol” judges as performers at the June 30 awards show.
Previously announced performers include Chris Brown, Miguel, R. Kelly and Kendrick Lamar.
While we love the sentiment, it’s going to take an extraordinary amount of confidence to rock a skin-tight mini dress, a puffy vest and bedazzled captain hat–at the same time. However, that seems to be exactly the over-the-top look Nicki is going for with her first fashion collaboration. Add some printed leggings, babyboll dresses, bold blazers, metallic bustiers and you’ve got yourself a celebrity clothing line that’s more flashy than classy.
In the “Shop Your Way” clip, the 30-year-old rapper-cum-designer gushes over the garish garments and explains that she didn’t want fans to think she’d only be producing “crazy stuff.” But that’s all we’re seeing. Considering Nicki’s recently makeunder, we thought the line would reflect some of her toned down style, but then again this KMart partnership was inked when the star was still sporting costumes andpasties on a regular basis.
Check out the video above. What do you think of the collection?
It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj has transformed her look in a major way this year. She’s stepped away from her wild styles and ridiculous ‘fits into an image that “highlights that she is a woman, a very attractive woman with a great body,” her new stylist Jerod McClairn says.
Since joining her glam squad in November, McClairn–who has also lent his sartorial know-how to Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway and Brandon Jennings–has become the visionary behind creating the Queen Barbie’s current look. He credits the 17 years in the entertainment industry as his preparation for his first foray into switching up a client’s image.
Vixen caught up with the stylist/ fashion designer as he talks about working with the new face of Myx Fusion, gives tips on how to find the perfect stylist and what celebrities he would love to style. — Sharifa Daniels