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.
Nicki Minaj is continuing to progress in her rap career despite cancellations, disses and now changes in her management team.
As previously reported, Nicki pulled out of Rihanna’s “Last Girl On Earth” tour just days after being announced as an opening act for the R&B singer. Following that she was dissed by rapper Khia for her image, lyrics and lack of music.
Now Nicki’s back in the headlines, this time for firing her manager, the mother of Waka Flocka Flame Debrah Antney.
Antney is confirming that she’s been fired and tells HipHopWeekly that she received paper work on her termination from Minaj’s attorney.
“I received a letter, which was (a) suspension. The next letter that came in was a cease and desist in doing all business with Nicki Minaj from Nicki’s attorney.”
The CEO of Mizay Entertainment, also responsible for the careers of Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman, says she has no hard feelings towards the Barbie.
“I love Nicki. I wish her the most success. It’s not about the music, she’s like one of my children,” she said. “I wish her no harm, only much success.”
Debrah Antney and Waka Flocka
While there is yet to be confirmation, we are hearing reports that Minaj is making a huge business move and moving on to the management team responsible for Lady Gaga’s success.
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!
As Wayne prepares for his jail bid, one thing is apparent and that’s’ that the Cash Money/ Young Money train won’t stop.
Before he goes in, Wayne is on record to film at least 20 videos that will feature him alongside other artists as well as his Young Money and Cash Money crew.
As Hip-Hop Wired previously reported, Lil Wayne took a visit last week to the dentist for a list of procedures including 8 root canals in preparation for his sit down.
In a recent interview with British radio personality Tim Westwood, Weezy discusses his upcoming The Carter IV album as well as his label roster which includes Nicki Minaj and Drake being about their business and making sure the label propels while he’s on hiatus.
Wayne also spoke on the reports that he was having a hard time selling his Miami condo because of the aroma of Mary Jane throughout the building. Wayne stated,
“The only part about it not being true is the having trouble part. We not having trouble selling it but all the other stuff is true. We not having trouble with that. That’s actually a [selling point]. The people that are coming into look at it like that more about it. That’s like walking into Bob Marley’s crib and you still smelling weed and his bed still messed up and fool still on the table. You like leave all that shit. I want to buy all that shit. I’m like of them niggas now.”
Peep the footage below as Wayne speaks on his last days of freedom.
Ludacris is still prepping the release of his Battle of Sexes album.
Keeping anticipation high for his new project Luda and his Island Def Jam fam are offering fans a special offer and dishing out a free download.
Stans of DTP’s frontman will have a chance to download a never before heard freestyle from Cris called “Pennies.”
Promoting the offer via his Twitter Ludacris says,
“Ludacris is giving away more free music… This Freestyle is HOTTTTT!!!!!”
To download “Pennies” visit Island Def Jam’s website here.
In related news, Ludacris has released the final tracklisting for his Battle of The Sexes album and the album’s first video, “My Chick Bad,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
As previously reported an incomplete tracklisitng hit the net featuring collabs between Luda, Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim for the March 9th release.
Now with the final tracklisting available we see Cris Lova Lova linking up with Ne-Yo, Gucci Mane and Trey Songz.
Peep the final tracklisitng for Ludacris’ Battle Of The Sexes below as well as the video.
2. “How Low”
3. “My Chick Bad” feat. Nicki Minaj
4. “Everybody Drunk” feat. Lil Scrappy
5. “I Do It All Night”
6. “Sex Room” feat. Trey Songz
7. “I Know You Got a Man” feat. Flo Rida
8. “Hey Ho” feat. Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Fate
9. “Party No Mo’” feat. Gucci Mane
10. “B.O.T.S. Radio” feat. I-20
11. “Can’t Live With You” feat. Monica
12. “Feelin’ So Sexy”
13. “Tell Me a Secret” feat. Ne-Yo
14. “My Chick Bad (Remix)” feat. Diamond, Trina, and Eve
Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in jail for probation violation during a scheduled court appearance yesterday, and according to his lawyer began serving his time immediately. According to MTV, in line with the terms of his sentence Gucci may be released from jail in six months.
Gucci was just released from jail earlier this year in March after serving more than 6 months on a one year sentence stemming from his failure to fulfill his court-ordered 600 hours of community service from an assault case from 2005. Since then though, the rapper has arguably become one of the hottest MCs in hip-hop. With a feature on tracks from Omarion, Mario, and 50 Cent he not only conquered the underground with his mixtapes, but brought his sound to mainstream radio as well.
His aptly-titled album, The State vs. Radric Davis, will be his second studio release is set to hit stores on December 8th. The first single from the album, Wasted featuring Plies, is Gucci’s most successful single to date and is his first top 40 hit. The album will feature collaborations with Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka, Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and many more.