Nicki Minaj did not block Birdman from getting into her pre-Grammy party Saturday night (Feb. 8).
TMZ has learned from a source close to The Pinkprint rapper that it was all just bad timing. The Cash Money CEO and his crew showed up to Nicki’s pre-Grammy party at 1OAK in West Hollywood late Saturday night. They were turned away by security, because the group showed up 15 minutes before last call, which was at 2 a.m. This seemed like a viable reason to assume Nicki just wasn’t letting Baby in. After all, it’s Baby, so what does it matter that he came at 1:45 a.m.
Well, a source in Nicki Minaj’s camp has told TMZ that Birdman not getting in was nothing personal. Apparently, Nicki wasn’t even at the club by the time Baby and his crew got there. They were only denied because Baby’s posse wanted to order bottle service, and that wasn’t happening at 1:45am.
Nicki Minaj and labelmate Drake are trying to stay neutral during the Lil Wayne and Cash Money beef. The Young Money CEO is currently suing Cash Money Records for withholding the release of Tha Carter V and money he was supposed to receive before and after the album dropped. Weezy has stated that he plans to take Nicki Minaj and Drake with him if he’s able to break free of his Cash Money contract. Both rappers are signed to Birdman’s label, which makes things more complicated legally. In the meantime, Nicki and Drizzy are just hoping the whole thing is worked out.
Mannie Fresh shed some light on the situation between Lil Wayne and Birdman, saying Weezy has just outgrown Cash Money. According to Fresh, Wayne feels like he’s being held back creatively, and wants to work with artists outside of YMCMB. Lil Wayne’s case against Cash Money is still ongoing, but Weezy said he would stay with the label if they pay him. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, The Free Weezy Album should hold us down.
It looks as though Nicki Minaj took off her artificial butt padding after the Grammy’s and then forgot to put it back in when she went for a food run. Welp this is awkward! HAHAAH
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are K-I-S-S-I-N-G. After weeks of speculation, the rappers are finally going public with their relationship.
The “Anaconda” rapper posted a sweet photo of her and her new boo on Instagram on Monday. The couple looks in love as Meek wraps his arms around Nicki and kisses her on the cheek while she blushes.
This is Nicki’s first relationship since breaking up with her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels last year. She has previously denied any romantic relationship with the Philly rapper, but this new pic says otherwise.
The two collaborated on “Big Daddy” and “Buy a Heart” for Nicki’s latest album The Pinkprint.
“I think he’s amazing. I love what he represents for dudes that think like him and act like him and live like him,” she told Angie Martinez. “I told him before, like, ‘You’re so important to our culture.’ We always need that type of guy, like that DMX. When I was growing up, I needed to see a dude act like that and talk like that.”
Nicki Minaj is pushing it to the limit. The hip-hop superstar will headline the X Games in Austin, Texas, this summer.
ESPN’s annual extreme sports event will take place June 4-7 at the Circuit of the Americas.
“I look forward to channeling the energy and spirit from the X Games into a performance Austin will not forget,” Nicki told TheWrap.
The bill also includes Talib Kweli, Pennywise, and Deltron 3030. Additional headliners and musical performers will be announced at a later date.
“Having Nicki Minaj headline one of the nights of X Games Austin is going to be really fun,” said Tim Reed vice president, X Games. “We still have other headliners to announce in the upcoming months but the mix of Nicki Minaj with world-class athletes will make for a must attend event in Austin.”
Kanye West headlined last year, while performers included The Flaming Lips, Pretty Lights, Dillon Francis, and Gary Clark Jr.
Tickets for X Games Austin go on sale Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. CT. Three-day tickets start at $109.
Before she heads to Austin, Nicki will embark on the European leg of “The Pinkprint Tour” on March 16. She will be joined by special guest Trey Songz on the 17-date trek, which wraps April 12 in Glasgow.
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Gwyneth Paltrow added some extra glitz to Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean songs during her recent Tonight Show appearance when she performed “Broadway versions of hip-hop songs” with Jimmy Fallon. Together, the pair hilariously schmaltzed up “Started From the Bottom,” “Anaconda” and “I Don’t Fuck With You,” respectively, as the host, who wore a red smoking jacket, tickled the ivories in a routine that recalls the show’s running Yahoo! Answers bit with Audra McDonald.
“Hey Gwyneth, what do you say we start things off from the bottom?” Fallon asked before they traded verses and even harmonized with one another for an upbeat performance of the Drake single. When they were done, the pianist proposed, “How about we kick things up a not with a little ‘Nicki Mineej’?” Then he launched into a particularly swinging version of the rapper’s ode to big booties, as Fallon offers rejoinders like, “It shouldn’t,” to Paltrow singing “My anaconda don’t,” ending on a low note. And finally, they decide to “go big” for the last number as they waltzed into the harmonized line, “I don’t fuck with you/you little stupid-ass bitch,” as Paltrow swung her hips and the audience cheered. They ended things with a fittingly dramatic finish.
Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels breaks his silence and talks about their relationship, rumors, and why he left the relationship!
Nicki Minaj makes her first Rolling Stone cover.
With three albums under her belt, millions of records sold and numerous industry accolades, it’s hard to imagine that Nicki Minaj has never landed a coveted ROLLING STONES cover – until now. We were tipped off about Nicki’s most recent feat via Instagram after a sneak peek was uploaded today.
Nicki Minaj’s third album The Pinkprint lands in stores today. On her most personal project yet, the rap queen holds court with Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Meek Mill, and enlists production from hitmakers including Da Internz, Mike WiLL Made-It, Dr. Luke, Hit-Boy, and Boi-1da.
From big booty anthems (“Anaconda”) to big ballads (“Grand Piano”), the 32-year-old icon shows her versatility, while keeping in check with her mixtape roots. She reveals her secrets on the confessional opening number “All Things Go,” and proves that she can rap with the best of them on “Four Door Aventador.”
“I think the album is so classic,” Nicki said of the follow-up to 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come.”
Did The Pinkprint make its mark with critics? The reviews are in.
Los Angeles Times: The Pinkprint won’t fully placate the hard-core rap heads, but it’s got the bangs and the thrills many of us have hoped for, even if it’s a slow build kind of power and slacks at times. 3/4
The New York Times: The Pinkprint is her third studio album, and like the first two it’s full of compromises and half-successes. Sometimes she wants to be cousins with OneRepublic, sometimes Lil Wayne. And she succeeds at both, though only one of those goals is noble.
USA Today: The deftly syncopated and haunting “All Things Go” seems more authentically confessional, with Minaj admitting to her doubts and her dreams. The more upbeat “The Night Is Still Young,” with its funky bass and guitars, is another high point, with Minaj professing, “Life is a journey/I just want to enjoy the ride.” 2.5/4
New York Daily News: It’s the most pop-friendly album of her career, primed for evening the playing field with teen-adored stars like [Iggy] Azalea. 3/5
New York Post: The New Yorker serves up a surprisingly introspective and atmospheric third album, The Pinkprint. … She’s still Nicki, but the person is now just as big as the persona. 3/4
The Atlantic: As a personal statement, The Pinkprint works effectively. As analbum … it has some issues. There are absolutely highlights: The Beyoncé-featuring “Feeling Myself” is a delightfully cocky boast for both queens. The two Meek Mill collaborations—”Big Daddy” and “Buy a Heart”—practically bounce through the listener, they’re so energetic.