Juicy J feat. Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby, and Young Thug – “Low” (video) Aug22

Juicy J feat. Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby, and Young Thug – “Low” (video)...

The problem Juicy J has now is transitioning in an A-List rapper, which sounds strange considering his 20+ years in the rap game, his Academy Award, and successful solo debut. But where is the energy? Where is the #IgnorantBrilliance? Where’s Lex Lugar? Because when Juicy J is diluted with a slew of other voices, he feels like a host at a comedy show. Every one is getting shine. Juicy J sets them up. Next one comes on stage to get shine. I mean I know the rules. “If you like my old shit, buy my old albums.” Just want some of that old Juice in the new concoction. “Low” is available now on iTunes....

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda” (video) Aug20

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda” (video)

Last time I wrote about the “Anaconda” record, the novelty of using “Baby Got Back” aggravated me especially after witnessing the power of “Pills N Potions” right before listening. The buzz, both positive (which has been rare) and negative (because that’s the default position), is exactly what Nicki was trying to generate. “Anaconda” will not just straddle but knock down the normal genre walls of reporting and seep into mainstream media. Talking heads will debate her overt sexualizing of her body and whether the display is artistic or vulgar. I am not sure how you can sample a song as popular today as “Baby Got Back” and not show your ass on the video. The video was banned from MTV because it was too gratuitous (not really) while Howard Stern’s bare ass was A-OK. Even 22 years later, grown ass white women are throwing ass at Mix-A-Lot, who looks suspiciously like the late, great Patrice O’Neal, at an orchestral performance of “Baby Got Back.” Anyways, the song is still disjointed and almost arhythmic. Nicki is trying to make a dance song from the part of the original track build-up beat that didn’t inspire dancing. It’s like the whole idea went awry when everybody realized sampling the meaty part of “Baby Got Back” would feel like a straight copy, but sampling from the song’s gristle yields a song that feels like constant anticipation and no payoff. Kinda like a lap dance from Nicki Minaj, right Aubrey? EDIT: This is the article I wish I could write about the “Anaconda” and Nicki Minaj’s successful manipulation of social media and perception. Thank you, Lindsay Zoladz. (Seattle Met/CBS News) Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back” For frame of reference of...

Nicki Minaj – “Pills N Potions” / “Anaconda” Aug17

Nicki Minaj – “Pills N Potions” / “Anaconda”...

This summer Nicki Minaj has release two diametrically opposed tracks leading up to the release of her album, The Pink Print. “Pills N Potions” is a pensive letter to someone who causes great pain but more love for her. While “Anaconda” is her ratchet, pop-rap anthem devoted to her ass. The thought that both these records will share space under the same album is amazing. On the same album will be Nicki at her most visceral, martial, and combative. You could say the first 3 singles were so Nicki could reclaim her status as lyricist back on par with her verse on “Monster” while the last 2 singles are keep her broader audience. What bothers me is extreme novelty of “Anaconda” following the probing earnest of “Pills N Potions” and how people reconcile the two tracks. Nicki has built her image on her beauty, her body, her rapping ability, and her pop sensibility. It’s one thing to make it pass the hip hop community after “Super Bass” but to do it again after “Starships” is a triumph. Those songs may work for a pop audience but are rap poison, but here Nicki is. It really shows how starving Hip Hop is for a female MC to transcend. “Pills N Potions”...

Wiz Khalifa feat. Nicki Minaj – “True Colors” Aug17

Wiz Khalifa feat. Nicki Minaj – “True Colors”...

The real appeal of Wiz Khalifa has always been his sensitivity. ((((pause)))) While Drake catches heat for being a sensitive Negro, Wiz has never been shy to talk about his drive, loyalty, and ethic. So when you have a song like “True Colors” which initially sounds like a cheap rehash of the Cyndi Lauper OG track. But isn’t that the eternal battle of reconciling Wiz Khalifa’s music with the man? His music can feel cheap and pop and his delivery hazy and half-hearted, but as a listened again and again to “True Colors,” it’s his narrative of resilience that won me over. I mean I wanted to say something about his ridiculous appearance or something about his inexplicably famous wife, Amber Rose, or how Nicki murdered her verse. But I’m sure Wiz knows who he is and this track is here to shame me. Who am I to measure him as a man? He’s selling records and booking shows. His message is empowering. It always has been. Wiz Khalifa is still the unlikeliest of rap stars. While bigger couples in rap culture are dodging rumors and scandal, here are Wiz and Amber and baby boy still making it. Blacc Hollywood will be released on August 19th. (2dopeboyz)...

Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb – “Chi-Raq” Apr08

Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb – “Chi-Raq”...

Any other rapper, male or female, would be getting universal respect for dropping such a fierce verse. However, I am sure Nicki knows that her standing as rap’s current queen is tenuous and polarizing. Sonically, the beat is a more of a throwback to late 90s super underground instead of mid 10s Chicago drill music. From Nicki Minaj’s upcoming album, The Pink Print....

Nicki Minaj – “Looking Ass Niggas” Feb12

Nicki Minaj – “Looking Ass Niggas”...

Nicki Minaj’s new single. Alleged from her upcoming album, The Pink Print, and definitely from the upcoming Young Money LP, Rise of an Empire, dropping March 11th. — side note — Nicki’s hair game is game type proper. — end side note — edit — So I had no idea about the album art because for once I was ahead on posting a video. Fuck! Really! Malcolm X on your single art, and not just Malcolm, but the picture of him looking out the window when his life and his family’s life was in danger. And wouldn’t you know it, today (February 21st) was the day he was assassinated at the Audobon Ballroom in NYC. FFFFFFFFFF! Dammit Nicki! OK back to the program. Directed by NABIL. (so you know it’s good) (WSHH via Karen...