Nicki Minaj aka Miss King Kong Gets On ROTW With ‘Chun Li’

Whether the assumed beef between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B is real, Nicki Minaj only just released a few songs right at the time when Cardi B seems to be enjoying her rise to fame and the success of her album ‘Invasion of Privacy’, and one of those jams has just enjoyed a week’s airplay as Record of the Week (ROTW).

Referring to herself as a worldly popular video game character Chun Li, Nicki Minaj definitely delivers on ‘Chun Li’, talking up her musical success in lyrics that go…

Ayo, look like I’m goin’ for a swim
Dunk on ’em, now I’m swingin’ off the rim
Bitch ain’t comin’ off the bench
While I’m comin’ off the court fully drenched
Here, get some haterade, get ya thirst quenched
Styled on ’em in this Burberry trench
These birds copy every word, every inch
But gang gang got the hammer and the wrench (brrr)
I pull up in that quarter milli off the lot
Oh, now she tryna be friends like I forgot
Show off my diamonds like I’m signed by the Roc
Ain’t pushin’ out his babies ’til he buy the rock

 

This track came out almost at the same time as her Beats 1 Radio interview with Zane Lowe who got Nicki to talk about her beef with Cardi B, to which the rapper said; 

“The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry. She just kept saying she didn’t hear it…I was like, What? ….Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview,”

Well Chun Li is clearly Nicki’s statement that she really is back and what’s more, Nicki may have just made history for its music video which is filmed entirely in selfie mode.

 

 

Future Talks To Zane Lowe On Beats 1

In a rare interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, the typically private Atlanta rapper revealed that the LP, which was titled Future Hendrix at the time of the interview, came together while he went on a social media hiatus.

“Everything started coming together, even when I shut down my social media because I wanted to find time to think about something else, [other] than just finding time to think about posting pictures and posting captions,” he explained. “It was probably the best thing I ever done because I don’t have to respond to certain things that’s going on in my life.”

He added: “All my energy, I want to put it in my music. I want you to hear this and say, ‘He gave us all of him.’ And you didn’t get it from a tweet. If there was a tweet I felt like saying during that time, you’re gonna be able to hear it in my music. If there was a response that you thought I should have responded to, you’re going to be able to hear it in my music…You’re gonna be able to hear the completeness of it, the sound, where I’m at, my voice, my tone, my wordplay, everything that’s going on around me, I was able to create off it, to be inspired by so many moments that were happening.”

In 2016, Future dropped EVOL and Purple Reign. In 2015, he unleashed DS2, 56 Nights, and Beast Mode. Looking back, he says it was part of a process that helped him get over his failed engagement to Ciara.

“At the time, I wanted to touch the people that I needed to touch,” he said. “I wanted to touch on the people that felt like, ‘He might be over with,’ or, ‘Can he bounce back from his relationship?’ The relationship was pretty much the focal point of my career, at times, bigger than my career, at times. ‘Can he get bigger than his relationship was?’ To be able to get over that hump, now it’s Future Hendrix. I had to get over that hump. I didn’t want to give them Future Hendrix before they understand the trials and tribulations. Paying dues, that’s what it’s about.”

Read highlights from the conversation below, as Future speaks on:

What a Time to Be Alive: “Anytime you get a chance to get in the studio and create with another artist, see what you can come out with, see how y’all feed off each other, inspire and motivate each other…We made the most of the moment and captured a great vibe.”

Drake: “I never really talked about that moment, the whole thing. I never really speak on it because it was just a vibe. It was just a moment in time, for me to share it with another artist. When I talk about it, I want to make sure he here. I’m at the point in my life right now, musically, where I’m just focused on creatively coming out with something special on my own.”

The past: “I don’t want to be attached to the What a Time to Be Alives or the Dirty Sprite 2s even though that’s me but that was something special. That was a moment. You feed off that energy and feed off that momentum, because people are gonna always try to compare like, ‘Oh, it’s hotter than this.’ No, it’s two separate things. It’s a different lane. Hopefully this lane will be longer than the lane I created when I had that driving force to put out those projects.”

Future: “I want to be able to speak on how I’m living now, more so. I want to be authentic to what I am now, true to what I am, to be able to tell you, to get you from where you’re at, to get to where I am now, to this position…It’s like a fresh start.”

Individuality: “It’s just being different, being different from your environment and being able to embrace it, being able to own it, walk with confidence, and keep your head up. Be proud of the person you are and being different and embracing that you’re not like everyone else.”

On his Hendrix alter ego: “I haven’t gotten to the point in my life where I can get to the Hendrix side and really make my fans understand it until now….They wasn’t ready. They wanted Future. They wanted me to be the ratchet-est, to say the most disrespectful [expletive], and I understand that’s what music is.”

On underground aspirations: “I want to go back into being more underground. Reconnecting with the fans, being more hands-on with my fans again, tweeting to fans, responding to things they want to know about.”

On “Super Trapper”: “Getting inspired by my environment and making the most out of it. That’s basically what ‘Super Trapper’ is, taking the average person and making them a super hero.”

The LP, Future, is now available for streaming. For now, Future is on the run up to his “Nobody Safe Tour” with Migos, Kodak Black and Tory Lanez; with special appearances from Young Thug and A$AP Ferg on select dates.

Schoolboy Q’s New Tape Is Halfway Done

Since the release of his incredible 2016 project Blank Face LP, ScHoolboy Q has been a busy man. As we reported late last year, Groovy Q was hard at work crafting his next major album. Now, thanks to a new interview with Zane Lowe, we have an update on Q’s next round of releases.

Speaking to Zane Lowe for a Beats 1 exclusive, ScHoolboy Q reveals that he’s halfway through creating his next album and has several new songs with Anderson .Paak ready to drop. “I’m halfway done with it. I’ve never been this inspired this soon,” Q told Zane Lowe. Q also revealed the themes currently at play in his new music:

“It’s moreso my life after I made it to the point of ScHoolboy Q. I gave you me, but I never gave you the other side of me: the father, the dude that’s actually happy, the dude that doesn’t be in the hood just hanging out. The dude that’s trying to put his homies in position now. I’m not a deadbeat father anymore.”

Meantime, you can re-live some visuals from the Blank Face LP.

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Big Sean Speaks On ‘I Decided.’ On Beats 1 With Zane Lowe

During a lengthy Q&A with Zane Lowe, Sean Don revealed some of the secrets that lie in his forthcoming project, including a collaboration with Eminem titled “No Favors.”

“Eminem was the only person I heard that could be on that song,” Sean said. “It reminded me of why I am such an Eminem fan. It reminded me of why I fell in love with Eminem’s work. He’s unique. He’s special. When I first heard him, I feel like he was bringing new flows to the game. When he did this verse, it brought that feeling right back to me like, ‘Wow. This is a brand new energy.’ All the things he said were so necessary for the album…That’s what I was happy about. I’m glad that he addressed things, conceptually, that necessarily weren’t addressed. Super thoughtful.”

Slim and Sean have been in the lab together where they collaborated on “Detroit Vs. Everybody.”

“Before anything,” Sean said, “I was like, ‘You’re one of the only people I want on this album.’ I was telling him the story of the album, what it meant to me, and he honestly told me, ‘I want to be a part of it, but I don’t know if I’m gonna have time.’ That was what I got back when I was talking to him. I was like, ‘Damn. I don’t know if he’s gonna come through with it.’ Then, randomly, out of nowhere, I got the Eminem verse.

“You can just imagine, waking up and seeing a call from [Eminem’s manager] Paul Rosenberg, talking to him, him saying he did the verse,” Sean continued. “I go in the studio and I hear that verse…We heard this and we lost our minds, man. I’m just happy that if I did inspire it in any way, if I helped bring that out, I’m just happy that happened. I don’t want to take any credit for how good his verse is. Let’s be clear. That’s all Eminem. He did good. I remember talking to him on the phone. He was talking about what it meant and one of the things he said was, ‘I’m just happy to be a part of it and happy you like it.’ Eminem, man. Definitely, I appreciate that. That’s major for me.”

Sean isn’t done with new music. According to him, fans can expect four or five songs that didn’t make the I Decided. tracklisting. The project, which is reportedly undone at the moment, is out February 3.

Here are a couple of highlights from the interview where he speaks on:

André 3000: “André 3000 came to my house and we sat and went through [the album]. When he was listening to it, he was like, ‘It feels like you didn’t waste one line.’ To hear somebody I respect on that level, obviously Dre 3000, that was an incredible moment for me. I feel like getting someone’s advice like that is more valuable than any feature…I don’t ever ask people [to collaborate] but there was talks of a collab between me and him and we were vibing to some things, but it just is not on this album. Maybe you’ll get it later.”

Rick Rubin: “The feedback he gave was so important. It put a lot of things in perspective. I played it for him at a way earlier stage, too. He was very much loving the work…He told me how he felt about it, how much he respected it, and loved it. He only had a couple of little suggestions, minor things like, ‘Maybe you should change the music here. Why don’t you drop the drums here?’ Things along those lines. I’m lucky to have those contacts, those people who care enough about music.”

Hall of Fame Era Struggles: “When that album came out, I was really distracted. I was in a terrible relationship. I was in a weird place in my life where I was relying on a lot of other people. That was the first time I experienced not being 100 percent satisfied with myself. It was the worst feeling ever. I had to read and get my mind straight mentally. I had to upgrade my mind, myself as a person. That’s an experience you can’t buy. That was one of the most greatest things.”

New Music to Come: “Contracts and shit, publishing and stuff, it really restricts me from putting as many songs as I want to, on my album. There’s certain restrictions that I do have as an artist, putting my music out commercially. Honestly, if I wanted to put 20 songs on my album, I would have to pay for the excess songs. Any extra songs I have on my album, even on this one, I am paying for out of my own pocket. I know that doesn’t make any sense…Can’t have more than 11 songs. This is a real thing that I feel like holds me back. That’s why I put music out that’s should be on my albums that may not be on my album. That’s why ‘No More Interviews’ may not be on my album. Why? Not because it isn’t as good as other songs or anything like that. It’s strictly because there are restrictions people do not know about that artists have to go through. There may be four or five songs that I’m about to put out that aren’t on the album. You can listen to [them] and throw in your rotation with the album, but it’s just not a part of that body of work.”

Working with Jhené Aiko: “The chemistry, musically, is undeniable to me. That’s at least how I feel. When me and her got together, working on more music, we just had the idea, ‘Why not come together and form a group?’ … Me and her can make love songs, inspirational songs, and do it in a way that is different from what she does and different from what I do…TWENTY88 is on its own path, but I’m happy that it’s a part of this album too, even if it’s just for a little bit.”

Kanye West: “I don’t know if I can put the advice into words. When you know somebody that long, somebody like Kanye, I’ve taken so much. I’ve taken the hunger. That guy, the hunger he has is incredible. He’s given me a sense of work ethic that can’t be beat, a sense for perfection, of making sure it’s the best. That’s my brother right there. He saw the potential in me.”

Still on Sean Don, the G.O.O.D. Music rep dropped a new track “Halfway Off The Balcony,” currently available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

 

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Lady Gaga has had enough of being compared to Madonna!

Lady Gaga has had enough of being compared to Madonna!

During a recent interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio, the “Perfect Illusion” singer was out to make it real clear saying, “Madonna and I are very different,” “I wouldn’t make that comparison at all. I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna … she’s a nice lady, and she’s had a fantastic, huge career. She’s the biggest pop star of all time…But I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer. What I do is different.” Noted Gaga!

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Madonna then allegedly took to social media to post a meme of Hillary Clinton wearing dark shades and checking her phone with the caption, “Can’t hear you. Too busy being awesome” She also reportedly captioned it, “Like a boss! LOL,” though it seems that the original post has since been deleted.

Of course Gaga was not done, she went on to explain that by different, she wasn’t just “rehearsing over and over again to put on a show…” “I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I just will not be compared to anyone anymore. I am who the f@** I am, and this is me.” She really made her point clear with this one (with that rant you would think that she was being compared to some nobody somewhere, right?)

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A little flashback (in case you missed it or you forgot) to when Madonna was also not too pleased with the “polka face” pop singer: critics had pointed out that there was quite a big similarity between Gaga’s “born this way” to Madonnas “express yourself” and Madonna got pissed at Lady G, telling the Rolling Stone, “The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga  was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs,” “It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’ She has her thing. I do think she’s a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue,” Madonna added.