Young Money princess Nicki Minaj has recently been garnering a lot of press lately.
As previously reported, Nicki recently found herself making headlines after firing her longtime manager and Waka Flocka Flame’s mother, Debra Antney. After the departure, executives and fans alike were expecting a big announcement and it seems that is what we have got.
According to the rumor mill, Nicki has reportedly hired Bad Boy mogul Sean Diddy Combs as her new manager. Although the announcement has yet to be made via either of the celebrities Twitter pages, many are speculating that the news is actually true.
A source close to the entrepreneur/rapper has confirmed that Diddy is not only co-managing Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj but also Rick Ross.
This wouldn’t be a far stretch for Diddy who has helped launch the careers of everyone from Mary J Blige, Jodeci, Lil Kim, Ma$e and his most recent venture with Dirty Money.
There is no word yet from Minaj’s camp regarding the rumors. Minaj’s highly-anticipated debut album is said to be coming in the fall of 2010 via
Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown.
We hope this collaboration is true, regardless of what anyone has to say about Diddy, he definitely is a hit maker. We will keep you posted as this story develops.
According to multiple websites, Lil Wayne is reportedly dating or seeing an employee of Rikers Island, where he is currently serving his one-year jail senetence. According to an “inside source” Lil Wayne is romantically tied to a prison gaurd nammed Melissa Moore. “Mel has been working there for about three, maybe four years now and takes care of all the, you know, ‘entertainers’ doing little bids in [protective custody,]” the source says. “There really isn’t that big of an age difference, Mel is about 34 and I think he’s 29, right? So it could work out if they got more serious after he gets released — I don’t know everything, but Mel tells me that she has gave him little snacks and whatever magazines and music he wants to listen to… Oh yeah, they do a lot more than just kiss.”
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The fans on Twitter are writing “Free @liltunechi.” The fans on the street are screaming “Free Lil Wayne.” Any way you put it, the people miss one of rap’s most dynamic superstars.
We haven’t sat down with Weezy yet for a new interview, but he left us some more footage of himself before heading to jail last month. In the clip, Wayne is recording songs for his No Ceilings mixtape, and even though the music was coming out great, he wasn’t 100 percent inspired.
“It’s all right, but I really don’t feel it like that,”Wayne said, looking into the camera while shooting his “Nino Brown Story” DVD. Someone off camera jokingly yells “bullsh–.”
“I swear to God,”Wayne insisted. “It’s all right. I’m telling you, rappers now, you better get it up while I’m not feeling it like that. Once I start feeling it like that, y’all in trouble. Right now, I’m rappin’ right now because y’all ain’t heard me in a minute. I don’t really feel it like that. But my artists though … psssh. They’ll eat you n—as’ lunch. We superstars. We don’t battle. We don’t want to be compared to nobody. I teach, I preach and I [lead by example]. Superstars. We breed superstars. I teach them how to be superstars first. You don’t wanna be a rapper, you don’t wanna be a singer, you wanna be a superstar. Therefore you don’t have to rap nor sing. You can do whatever, because you a superstar. It’s easier.”
Wayne recently teamed with another superstar, Eminem. As you know, they filmed the video for “Drop the World” in February, and some new behind-the-scenes pictures have surfaced.
Also, we got a sneak peek at a Wayne video directed by DJ Scoob Doo. They made a movie. Check back soon for more on that one.
On the set of her video for “Massive Attack,” Nicki Minaj said she wanted to dedicate the production to her musical family, especially the head of the squad, Lil Wayne.
“I wanna say shout-out to my baby Wayne, because he’s not here,” Minaj said, sitting in the video’s pink Lambo a couple of weeks ago. “This means the world to me, because Wayne was one of the first people that believed in me. He’s not here to see my first video. But he’s here in spirit, obviously. I wanna tell him, ‘I love you very much. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me thus far.’ And to my whole team, Young Money, I love you guys. This is for Wayne and this is for my whole team. Young Money/ Cash Money, we in the building.”
“Massive Attack” dropped earlier this week, and the video lands everywhere on Wednesday night (March 31).
“I brought my BFF Amber Rose out here,”Nicki said on the set earlier this month. “This is a massive attack. We shot the helicopter scene. Obviously, I had to have a hot-pink Lamborghini. We’re having fun in the car, and we see a freakin’ helicopter chase us. So we get on the walkie-talkie, like, ‘Mayday! Mayday!’ It’s really fashion and beauty shots, and we’re acting like we’re doing something important.
“We did a mud scene that’s gonna be spectacular,” she added. “We did a crawling forest scene that was dope. That was shot at night. It’s just beautiful. The clothes, the ambience, it’s really, really pretty. All the girls that like to play dress-up, they’re gonna love this one. We wanted to make it pretty in the dirt. We wanted to have a very crazy contrast. I didn’t want to do everything clean. I like the dirt. All that pink stuff looks even prettier in the dirt.”
“It doesn’t get much bigger than this,” a shirtless Sean Garrett, who collaborated on the track, said on the set. “This is the year we start to take off and take it to another level. ‘Massive Attack,’ man, we ain’t playing no games. We had to deliver something incredibly huge for Nicki, because as you know, her personality is enormous and the records that she’s been on in the past have been very, very hot, but very street records.”
“We wanted to give her something that was global,” he continued. “We wanted to give her something that was urban; we wanted to give her something that was mainstream pop, you know what I mean, that the world could get a chance to see her out on this pedestal. And of course, you know, I had to come along with her, because I’ve got an album dropping soon.”
“I’m glad she’s a part of us, part of our team,” the Birdman said on set, adding that as Nicki continues to blow up, the door will open for more of her female peers.
“You gotta be solid built for this, if you want it for a long time,” Birdman said. “I think you will see more women now, though. I think it’s needed. The women bring a different vibe to hip-hop. I think it’s needed; women bring more women.”
Nicki is still working on her debut album, which has no release date or title as of yet.
Are you excited to see the video? What do you think of “Massive Attack”? Let us know in the comments below!
‘I don’t think anything like this has happened in music since Elvis got drafted into the Army,’ he says.
Bun B has been friends with Lil Wayne since he was a teenager. The Houston legend said having Wayne out of the music game for a year will be a greater loss than people are realizing.
“I feel bad, because I don’t think anything like this has happened in music since Elvis got drafted into the Army,” Bun B said. ” … Let’s just keep it real: Lil’ Wayne is not just the biggest rapper, Lil Wayne is the biggest pop star right now. Maybe Susan Boyle is on his level. But when you talk about music, nine times out of 10, Lil Wayne’s name is gonna come into the conversation. I feel bad for any brother or any sister that’s gotta go to jail. I feel especially bad for a person like Lil Wayne who’s really riding the wave right now. But he don’t have a lot of time. He’s doing it on the Island. As wild and as ill as the Island is, I think at the same time, he’ll be all right. When you in that state jail and you dealing with those lifers, you got a lot of other issues at hand.”
While in jail, Wayne should just focus on serving his time productively and not worry about fellow inmates, Bun said.
“I don’t think it will be smart for him to go to general population,” he said. “A person like Lil Wayne doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody in general population exposing themselves to that yard. It’s not about being real. It’s too many people who have way too much to gain, and [there is] so much he could lose by trying to prove something. … That’s nota good look. … It’s a little bit different when a person like Lil Wayne goes to jail. All we can do is pray for him. Pray for his spirit.”
Bun, who championed his late musical brother Pimp C years ago when Pimp was in prison, said he admires the attitude Wayne’s musical family has in this tough time.
“I just left Miami. People [were] trying to keep their heads up and sprits up while the young man was around, but they are hurting,” Bun said. “One thing I noticed from the Young Money camp is that they’re not being down because of their careers and they’re worried about a co-sign. They are worried about a friend. That’s what I see from Drake, Nicki, Stunna. … These people are concerned about a friend going to prison.”
Lil Wayne won’t have to worry about being pestered for autographs in jail. Officials have enacted a no-autograph policy for Weezy while he does his time.
The Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association tells TMZ that a no-autograph policy has been put into effect during the rapper’s stint behind bars. “Lil Wayne is not a celebrity in here,” says the rep.
Although he may be accustomed to a lavish lifestyle, Weezy won’t be getting preferential treatment nor has he requested any at Rikers Island.
Weezy is nearly a week into the yearlong jail sentence he received for a gun-related crime — but he could get out after 8 months if he stays on his best behavior.