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August 2010
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jeremih & lloyd speak on nicki minaj in an exclusive interview

Nicki Minaj’s peers always have something to say about her, and Jeremih & Lloyd are no different. They both sat down with recently for their own individual interviews, and the HB came up in conversation for each. Check out what they both had to say about her below:

Jeremih was his chipper self, shining in place of the absent sun as he let loose with to discuss his drink of choice, the song he thinks Nicki Minaj should sample, and the name of his pet turtle. Here’s what he had to say.

4. What do you think would be a hot track for you or another artist to sample?
I always thought, from a production standpoint, it would be dope if Nicki Minaj remixed a sample of “Barbie Girl” [performed by Aqua].

To see what Lloyd had to say about Nicki continue reading to check out the video below:

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August 2010
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nicki minaj has a crush on charlize theron

Nicki Minaj is in love with a Monster. One of Hollywood’s leading ladies has captured the Young Money femcee’s heart.

Minaj revealed that she has a girl crush on Charlize Theron. “She’s a bad bitch,” the Harajuku Barbie told PEOPLE of the South African actress, who won an Oscar for her role in the 2003 film Monster. “I think she’s really, really perky.”

Theron is not the only one in Hollywood Minaj has expressed her fondness for. She previously disclosed that her teenage crush was Die Hard actor Bruce Willis, who she name-checks on “Your Love.” Although he didn’t quite understand the lyrics, Willis said he was flattered.

Jada Pinkett Smith was also named by Nicki as one of her favorites. The rap diva showed love to the actress during her acceptance speech at the BET Awards, previously tweeting, “If it were raining i’d give jada pinkett my umbrella n put my rain coat on the puddle in front of her.”


August 2010
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nicki minaj not apart of ‘my mic sounds nice’ documentary

The film covers everything from artistry, imaging and the thin ranks of female MCs (from more than 40 in the early ’90s to a handful on major labels now) to whether there’s still a place for women in hip-hop. Ava DuVernay, who directed and executive-produced “Mic” through her Forward Movement Films, says she was most surprised by the ladies’ vulnerability.

“Females in hip-hop made a big mistake by becoming Robin to Batman when they fought to be Batman,” says Roxanne Shante, another rap pioneer who appears in the film. “There’s absolutely still a place for female MCs. But now it seems like it’s being built on lipstick and eye shadow, which can be washed away. We have to go back to the talent and skills, how it was originally built.”

In addition to emerging solo rappers Diamond (ex-Crime Mob) and Tiye Phoenix, the film features comments from musician Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, producer Swizz Beatz and industry vets Kevin Liles and Russell Simmons.

Noticeably absent in the film are such faces as Queen Latifah and rising star Nicki Minaj. DuVernay says, “Everyone that you think should be in the film was asked.”

August 2010
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are drake and nicki minaj married?

Did Drake and Nicki Minaj get married, or are they just using Twitter to faux-fulfill their fans’ dreams of a royal hip-hop coupling?

Young Money’s prince and princess tweeted each other on Friday afternoon (Aug. 27) about supposedly getting hitched, and their followers went into a re-tweeting frenzy when Minaj wrote, “Yes, its true. Drake and I tied the knot.”

Shortly afterward, Drake tweeted, “Please refer to @nickiminaj as Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and dont stare at her too long. She’s finally mine. :)”

Asked whether Drake and Minaj really did get married, a source close to both artists would neither confirm or deny the tweets, but alluded to them being a joke.

This isn’t the first time Drake has expressed marital affection for Minaj. On the track “Miss Me” off his debut album “Thank Me Later,” the Toronto rapper rhymes, “I love Nicki Minaj, I told her, I’d admit it/I hope one day we get married just to say we f***ing did it/And girl, I’m f***ing serious with it if you with it/’Cause your verses turn me on, and your pants are mighty fitted.”

August 2010
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benji madden wants a date with nicki minaj?

Nicole is engaged to Benji’s twin brother Joel, and was stunned when she was voted one of the most powerful black women on Twitter in a website poll. Nicole, who has African American, Caucasian and Mexican heritage, took 23rd place on the list, and Benji chose to see Nicole’s title as a new way to meet women.

Shortly after she announced the news on the social networking site, Benji took to his account to beg her to set him up with some of the other women on the list.

“Now that ur 1of the 100most powerful Black Women on twitter can U get me a date w/ @Ciara or @Nickiminaj i’m over bein single (sic),” Benji wrote.

Joel was also impressed with his fiancée’s achievement. He joked that he had been aware of Nicole’s “power” for a long time as she controls his life.

“My one and only @nicolerichie is named one of the 100 most powerful black women on twitter. My life is like twitter. She runs it (sic),” he wrote.

Joel and Nicole have two children together.

Kimora Lee Simmons, Alicia Keys, Paula Abdul, Brandy, Tyra Banks, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Oprah Winfrey also appeared on Black Web’s list of the 100 most powerful black women on Twitter.

August 2010
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associated press: a breakdown of nicki minaj’s success w/ video

In the last year, Nicki Minaj has single-handedly brought female MCs back to the forefront of hip-hop music. In recognition of that, Queen Latifah, Ludacris and others break down the success behind the Harajuku Barbie.

“Now that you have someone that has her own style and does her own thing I feel like people are gravitating towards her. That’s what makes her stick out,” said rapper Ludacris, who features her on his “My Chick Bad” track off his latest “Battles of the Sexes” album.

When Nas declared hip-hop was dead a couple of years ago, it was partially because there were no femcees dominating the game, according to Queen Latifah. “Part of the reason hip-hop was dead is because there were no female MCs, like in the forefront of hip-hop, playing on the radio in the day time, every day,” she said.

Recently, Nicki Minaj has appeared on 10 songs on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and eight on the Hot 100, including Sean Kingston’s “Dutty Love” and Jay Sean’s “2012,” which enter this week at No. 46 and No 50, respectively. She won a pair of BET awards and is up for Best New Artist at the VMAs. Her latest single, “Your Love,” has seven weeks atop the Rap charts.

Nicki Minaj’s debut album, “Pink Friday,” hits stores on November 23.

August 2010
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nicki minaj not worried about guest features on album

Nicki Minaj has admitted that she is not concerned whether she has featured artists on her album.

The rapper, who is currently working on her debut LP Pink Friday, said that it is more important to showcase herself as an artist than worry about who will feature on the songs.

Discussing the record with Honey, she said: “I haven’t confirmed any aritsts yet. I’ve done so many features so far that right now I want to sing myself.

“If I happen to have features on the album then I do, but I’m not going into my album thinking ‘OK, I’m going to get this this one and that one’. If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t it doesn’t.”

She continued: “I believe that my work is so strong for this album that whether there is a feature on there or not, it’s going to do amazing.”

The singer also claimed that there is not as much hype around her as people make out.

“People act like I have this really big buzz but I don’t see it,” she said.

“To be honest, it’s not as big as people act like it is. I have to do so much work to promote – more work than other people because people expect me to lose. They think I’m one-dimensional.”

Minaj releases her debut single ‘Your Love’ in the UK on September 20.

August 2010
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nicki minaj almost cast for ‘lottery ticket’ + new tour?

Similar to how Wayne doled out advice to Bow, the young rapper said he looks out for another member of the extended Young Money/ Cash Money collective: Nicki Minaj. Bow Wow, who stars in the comedy “Lottery Ticket,” almost scored the hip-hop diva a role in the summer flick.

“To be honest, Nicki was close to being [the character] ‘Nikki’ in the movie. I called Nicki and said, ‘Yo, I think you should audition for this role.’ ” Unfortunately, Bow’s bid to get Minaj some screen time was unsuccessful: The part eventually went to R&B vixen Teairra Mari. “I thought [Minaj] did good, but unfortunately you know how things don’t work out.”

Fans won’t catch Minaj on the big screen in “Lottery Ticket” but Bow Wow said a big tour featuring Weezy’s hitmaking squad will go down once Wayne comes home.

“When he gets out, we definitely plan on this Young Money/ Cash Money tour,” Bow said. “[The tour will feature] myself, Nicki, Drizzy, Wayne and the whole entire family.”

August 2010
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nicki minaj stylist gives lowdown on ‘bottoms up’ video

If you thought the new alcohol anthem “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj would be another club scene video, director Anthony Mandler had another thing up his sleeve. The video, shot in Miami, features a surreal “fun house” theme with sexy seductresses behind every wall. The only thing hotter than those dancers? The wardrobe on Miss Minaj.

Nicki was styled by VIBE’s own Fashion Director Niki Schwan, who gives the inside scoop on those outfit choices:

For the “Bottoms Up” video, there was a sexy Fun House theme. So for Nicki, I wanted to keep the look clean, but with a pop of color. Which describes her first look, which was essentially a black corset, bodysuit and a multi colored jeweled armor piece around her shoulders. We also accented the style with bright multi-toned Louboutins to offset the look.

For the second look, Nicki had to dance super seductively so she needed to be able to move, but of course she still needed to represent her signature fashion forward style. So for this look we again kept a black base, but we accessorized the look with a metal draping neck piece and elbow length sheer black gloves. This look had an overall S&M vibe, as was also reflected in the set.

Source: VIBE

August 2010
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nicki minaj revives female voice in rap

While the death of hip-hop has been a matter of debate in recent years, the demise of the star female emcee had been all but accepted.

There had always been at least one female rap act to contrast hip-hop’s defining male edge, from Queen Latifah to Lil Kim to Missy Elliott to Lauryn Hill. But in the past few years, women rappers were mere blips on the scene, and the occasional hit only underscored how weak the field had become.

Until now.

Nicki Minaj, the in-your-face, highly animated sex kitten and protege of rap prince Lil Wayne, has not only emerged as hip-hop’s leading female, she’s outdoing her male counterparts, too.

The 26-year-old Minaj has yet to release an official studio album, but she’s saturating all facets of hip-hop, from radio to mixtapes to magazines.

She’s costarred on songs with Lil Wayne, Drake, Usher, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Diddy, among many others. She’s also set to appear on Kanye West’s upcoming CD. With her collaborations, she’s landed 10 songs on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, including three in the Top 10; and Minaj’s had eight overall tunes on the Hot 100.

Her current single, the Annie Lennox-sampled “Your Love,” is spending its seventh week on top of the rap charts; it’s the first time a female act, as the lead artist, has topped that chart since Lil Kim did in 2003. And “Your Love” is steadily climbing elsewhere, peaking at No. 5 and No. 14 on the R&B and Hot 100 charts, respectively.

“I think since Nicki came out there’s going to be a lot of new girls coming out,” producer-rapper Pharrell said. “There’s always one that paves the way and opens the door (and) I think she reopened the door to hip-hop for females.”

Minaj, whose real name is Onika Maraj, was born in Trinidad, but grew up in Queens, N.Y. Lil Wayne discovered Minaj and signed her to his Cash Money imprint last year. She’s released three mixtapes and performs with the rap group Young Money, which includes Lil Wayne and Drake. The group’s 2009 album, the gold-selling “We Are Young Money,” has produced two Top 10 singles on the pop charts.

“Now that you have somebody that has pretty much her own style and does her own thing, people are gravitating toward it, so I think that makes her stick out ’cause she’s so different,” said Ludacris, who had Minaj rap on his hit “My Chick Bad.”

Minaj’s style is one that is playful, youthful and wild. She wears multicolored wigs, sings and raps in various accents and boasts about her sexuality, even playing up bisexuality, though she’s said in a recent Vibe interview that she doesn’t date or sleep with women. (Minaj’s rep said the rapper would not be interviewed for this article because it was not solely about her.)

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