On Saturday night (July 13) a not guilty verdict was handed down in the Trayvon Martin trial, acquitting George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of the 17-year-old, and the ruling has sent the nation and the hip-hop community reeling. Stars like Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross sent their love to slain teen’s family, while other artists like Solange Knowles urged fans to protest and Young Jeezy released a new tribute track.
Ideally, Sunday’s news that Nicki Minaj will join a new group of new judges for this season’s American Idol — along with Mariah Carey and country singer Keith Urban — might be the start of an improvement in the rocky relationship between hip-hop and reality television. Save reality satires like those produced by Ego Trip (The White Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme), hip-hop fans have endured a specific kind of exploitative, buffonish trash.
As the countdown to the “American Idol” premiere inches closer, Fox desperately tries to solidify a third judge for the talent show. Kanye West is reportedly in talks to become one of the coveted panelist, says TMZ who also claims West is “on the fence,”about joining the show.
Nicki Minaj’s father is completely torn up over the rapper’s recent comments — that she wanted to “kill” him when she was a child — and now, he wants the world to know he’s not some violent monster. In case you missed her recent “Nightline” interview, Nicki went OFF on her dad Omar — describing the guy as a drug addict and alcoholic who often threatened to kill her mother … once even burning down their house. Nicki said, “I wanted to kill [my dad]. I used to wish he was dead … ‘We were afraid for my mother’s life because whenever he would have a real bad outburst he would threaten to kill her.”
Nicki Minaj made her irritation with the constant comparisons to Lady Gaga apparent during a recent interview with ABC’s Nightline. She dared the network’s Juju Chang to find any similarities between her and the outlandish pop singer, and for the most part dismissed and minimized the things they do share in common and harped on one glaring difference: she’s a rapper.
“We’re in completely different lanes,” said Minaj of Gaga after admitting that being compared to the pop diva “irks” her. “I’m a rapper… Gaga’s a fantastic artist, you know, she paved her way. She’s opened her own lane. But I think that I have my own lane. And we never cross. Ever. So, you know, I really don’t get the comparison anymore. Our music doesn’t sound the same. Our stage presence is not the same. I just can’t see the similarities.”
Chang pointed out how both sport wigs and crazy outfits but Nicki had a response for both. “Every female in this game — every female in this game — wears wigs,” she retorted. Adding “Over-the-top costumes? Try again!” after imitating a buzzer sound.
Minaj has been compared to Gaga since the beginning of her career and her much-talked about Grammy performance only led to more comparisons between the two. But with the release of her sophomore effort, the Young Money rapper has made it clear that she stands tall — alone.
Nicki Minaj is inundating our Twitter feed right now, and with good reason. The Grammy-nominated MC has dropped the music video for her ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ promotional single ‘Stupid Hoe.’
Get ready Barbz, because Nicki has really outdone herself with the visuals for her Diamond Kuts-produced track. The flashy, trippy clip has director Hype Williams’ name all over it — the perfect match for Minaj’s manic stage persona.
Nicki brings her signature wide-eyed facial expressions and frantic eye blinking to a brightly colored set filled with robotic female dancers.
The rapper rips into any “stupid hoe” who tries to cross her while sporting pastel face paints and bending her body into contortionist poses. She moves from booty-bouncing her famous backside to crawling on all fours in a leopard cage.
And while she may rock a pink party dress and lick a swirly lollipop like an innocent little school girl, beware! Because in her own words, “I’m Angelina, You Jennifer/ Come on, bitch/ You see where Brad at!”