Nicki Minaj Speaks On Success Of “The Pinkprint” & Meek Mill

Written by Nigel D. / 02.13.15

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Pinkprint has been out for almost two months now. Has the response surprised you in any way?

I’ve gotten such great feedback that it’s only really inspired me to do more music. I never connected with people on this level. I think Pinkprint opened me up to so many more people who probably didn’t understand me before—it’s just such a real album that anyone who has ever gone through any kind of relationship issue can understand. And I think that the overall production is so much greater. Everything shows so much growth.

How is the single life? Are you partying? What’s a Friday night like?

I’ll just say that I haven’t had this much fun in years. Yeah, I am partying, and I am freer, and I am just enjoying myself and my life.

You’ve been looking cozy with [rapper] Meek Mill on Instagram, and people are saying that you two are dating. Is he a part of the fun you’re having?

Sometimes we hang out, and when we hang out, we have fun. [laughs] This is what I want to say about him: People think for some strange reason that we just started becoming friends recently. We’ve been friends for a very, very long time, and he’s been around for a lot of things that I’ve gone through. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Full Interivew: Vogue

Nicki Minaj spoke with Vogue about, “The Pinkprint,” feminsim, if she wants to rap at age 50 and Meek Mill. Looks like Nicki and Meek Mill are official…


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Audio: Kanye West Speaks On The Grammys, Yeezy Boost & Possibly Working With Taylor Swift

Written by Nigel D. / 02.11.15

On his comment about Beck disrespecting artistry:

And when I said that thing about respect artistry, I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a mis-wording on my part because obviously Beck is one the most respected artists and respects artistry. But I felt — and this is my opinion and he’s his own man and he’s not wrong and we’ll still go play basketball and stuff [unless] he doesn’t want to do it — but I felt that even though the Grammys some times gives awards to people who you wouldn’t think should win in the category, as a respect to artists, we mention the other artist’s name in our speech. And that was the point I was making about it. There’s like many of times I gave other people my award, literally made them come up onstage. Maroon 5, when they won best new artist, [Adam Levine] mentioned me because it was the College Dropout and [it had] 10 nominations and all that.

via Ryan Seacrest

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“Jay Z Has Some Of The Sickest Lyrics Ever, But I Would Never Buy His CD.” – Young Thug

Written by Nigel D. / 02.04.15

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GQ: Are you a music lifer?
Young Thug: Yeah, I’ma be here forever. I don’t want to rap forever. But I want to be rich forever.

Why not rap forever?
I don’t want to be 50 years old and rapping, man. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to do that. I’m pretty sure Jay Z don’t wanna rap right now.

Why is it such a young man’s game?
If you’re 30, 40 years old, you’re not getting listened to by minors. Like, Jay Z has some of the sickest lyrics ever, but I would never buy his CD, just because of my age and because of his age. By the time I turn that old, I ain’t gonna be doing what he’s doing.
Full Interview: GQ

Young Thug speaks on not wanting to be a rapper at a later age. Do you agree minors don’t listen to older rappers?

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A$AP Rocky Speaks On Getting A Role In “Dope” & Tupac Comparisons

Written by Nigel D. / 01.28.15

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You were really good in “Dope.” Is it true you approached the director, Rick Famuyiwa, about being in the film?

A$AP Rocky: Yeah. I was helping Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, “Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it.” I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them. And two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me. To be honest with you, I was worried that I didn’t get the role. I was pissed.

People have compared you to Tupac.

A$AP Rocky: I think that’s not a fair comparison. Those shoes are way too big to try to fill. I’m nothing like Pac. Nobody is, you know? It would be an honor to be influential and to be as revolutionary and universal as he was, to have that kind of impact with a genre like hip-hop. Which is, at this point — don’t even get me started with hip-hop.

Full interview: NY Times

“Dope” premiered at the Sundance Movie festival this past weekend, we will provide updates on the release to the general public. I never heard of comparisons to Tupac, I don’t think any artist should be compared to him.

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Audio: J. Cole On The Combat Jack Show

Written by Nigel D. / 01.27.15

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J. Cole details the inspiration behind ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’, his battle with expectations, wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar when they first met and his thoughts regarding the shots-ridden “Control” verse. Cole also talks the hip hop culture shift that inspired “Fire Squad”, consciously staying out of Drake’s lane while creating his own, what happened that eventful night with Diddy, visiting Ferguson, his new outlook on life and how he became a voice of his generation.
Combat Jack

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Audio: Common Speaks On Winning A Golden Globe & “Selma”

Written by Nigel D. / 01.14.15

Common speaks on winning a “Golden Globe” for “Glory” on The Breakfast Club.

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Audio: Nigel D. Talks Hip Hop With Elliott Wilson & B. Dot

Written by Nigel D. / 01.13.15

2014 is in the record books and so is our annual best of list. Joined by our harshest critic, Nigel D, founder of realtalkny.uproxx.com, we debate our picks and snubs. Pardon Nigel’s low audio. Props to Engine Room Audio.

Nigel D. discusses Rap Radar’s “Year End” lists with Elliott Wilson & B. Dot.

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