In Belfast the other day, a tween boy burst into tears after achieving the dream of his young life: Going onstage with Nicki Minaj. Nicki, who is a benevolent goddess to her Barbz and is consistently awkward and hilarious around children, clutched the crying boy to her ample bosom and lo, he was healed.
The plot of the video is a little like Ariana Grande giving a reading from Romans: difficult to comprehend, but passionately expressed nonetheless. Broadly: Three women who either are best friends (from college?) or have never met before, are alive on a sweltering summer day and then all of a sudden it's nighttime and they're on a roof and they're dancing. Judging from the attire of those assembled, the building at which they have gathered for this alcohol-free party is likely Manhattan's iconic Forever 21 skyscraper. Everyone points at one another. The avenues of New York City are flooded with magenta light, for Breast Cancer Awareness by Dre.The official video for the catchiest Beats by Dre commercial ever written washed over the Internet like a devastating sea of flames Tuesday, leaving thousands homeless and many more badly burned. It's "Bang Bang" by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and that one girl. Everybody loves it!
Before she became Nicki Minaj, signed to Young Money, and made millions of dollars being a Boss Ass Bitch, young Onika Maraj had a different dream: To become a nurse and help people in need.
There is no "take"; there are only butts.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter held an unscheduled press conference on Monday to say sorry for Nicki Minaj and Marlon Wayans audibly cursing at the July Fourth family-friendly concert along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The mayor reportedly rewatched footage to confirm that Minaj and other performers had been swearing.
Nicki Minaj has taken to Twitter to explain her side of her Best Female Hip Hop Artist acceptance speech from Sunday's BET Awards...or something. In case you need reminding, she seemed to be referring to her fellow nominee Iggy Azalea, when she said, "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it." And then, just in case that didn't sound shady enough (Iggy is said to rely on ghostwriters), Minaj said, "No shade," repeatedly while posing and grinning.
While accepting her BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist tonight, Nicki Minaj made a none too subtle jab at one of her fellow nominees in the category, Iggy Azalea. You can see why: This is the first year since Nicki Minaj became a household name that she conceivably could have lost in the category, thanks to the obscene success of Iggy Azalea and her single, "Fancy." Nicki was looking to take home the category's trophy for the fifth year in a row. Would the BET powers that be who arbitrarily re-reward the rich, famous, and talented allow her to win again? That's about as close to suspense as you'll find on one of these shows.
Earlier this week, Forbes released its annual breakdown of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings"—the highest-paid rap artists of the last year. It's an interesting calculation for many reasons, including the revelations that Pitbull made more than Drake, that both Nicki Minaj and Avicii brought in more than Kanye, and that the top 20 spots contain five white guys, one of whose names rhymes with Tacklebore.
Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg. Together. At last. If this means nothing to you, fair enough: the story has been over for almost a year. Last June the morning-show host rather rudely dissed Minaj's pop tendencies at Summer Jam just hours before she was supposed to perform at the Hot 97-sponsored festival. She ended up pulling out of the show and discussing the whole thing with Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex.