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Nicki’s Got ‘The Pinkprint’ To Create An Empire

The thing I like most about Nicki Minaj (besides her wildly colorful talent) is that at heart she is a straight-up business woman. She doesn’t want just a “Moment for Life”. She wants a legacy. She wants an empire. To that end, she is taking on the mostly male world of hip-hop and following in the footsteps of its resident king, Jay Z, to build a business (woman) and become […]

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Lil’ Kim Vs. Nicki Minaj

Is the beef between these raptresses really necessary?

“Identity Theft” is what she’s calling it.  If you haven’t heard Lil’ Kim’s latest diss track toward Nicki Minaj, the Queen Bee goes straight for the jugular calling Nicki a “bum b**ch” who jacked her “swagger”. The diss track comes complete with Lil’ Kim’s driver’s license boasting a picture of Nicki’s face.  Kim goes Hitler on the younger femcee rapping, “Since you insist on running your jibs off / After […]

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Ladies Night: Lady MCs Break Through

A steady stream of female MCs are stepping up to the mic these days. With Nicki Minaj breaking the doors down, and Angel Haze, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea following in her trailblazing footsteps, lady rappers are beginning to have a voice again.  These women bring colorful style, intense lyrics, and topics ranging from religious cults to immigration to just plain swagged-out braggadocio. Given that female MCs have been a […]

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The “N-word”: From Malcolm to Minaj

We are pleased to welcome our new hip-hop/R&B writer Deborah Jane.  Check out her debut post below. –Ed. Nicki. Nicki. Nicki. Most recently, the reigning queen of rap lit up the blogosphere with her use of an iconic photo of Malcolm X to promote her new single, “Lookin’ Ass N***a.” While she meant it as a statement of feminist power, it ultimately sparked outrage. “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single […]


The Current State of The Femcee: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go

Let’s all give a well-deserved round of applause to Miss Nicki Minaj. I know, I know. Some of you music heads absolutely abhor her. But there’s one thing you can’t deny: her rise to fame has helped usher in the next rise of female rappers. The femcee’s (female emcees) have been around as long as their male counterparts, but Minaj’s spotlight has now helped shed a brighter light on the […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.17.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 17, 2012.   Action Bronson & Alchemist ft. Big Twin and Sean Price, “Blood of the Goat” Provided the album art for Action Bronson’s forthcoming Rare Chandeliers hasn’t already melted your brainpan, this advance single should provide some healthy, mental stimulus. A collaboration with hip-hop tinkerer extraordinaire the Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers should add to the existing wealth of Action Bronson’s gonzo, shred-hop ridiculousness.   […]


Hot 97 and the Trouble With Being Nicki Minaj

It doesn’t speak well of your big summer concert when the highlight of show is someone not playing a set. Still, that’s what we have to contend with in the wake of Hot 97’s Summer Jam, which took place last week. Despite solid sets from the likes of Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Wocka Flocka, the buzz has focused foremost on the absence of the concert’s would-be headliner. After some […]

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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 4.6.12)

Here’s this week’s edition of Weekly Mixtape, highlighting some of the best hip-hop tracks of the week. You’re welcome. Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap” Sure, Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded turned out to be an inconsistent specimen, but let us not judge the whole by the weaknesses of its lesser parts. “Beez in the Trap” features a trickling, reverb-laden beat on top of which Nicki Minaj avows the […]


Album Review: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded”

Not to say that Nicki Minaj’s talent as a rapper is worth dismissing, but if she attains the level of genius, it’s in the field of branding, rather than lyricism. Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded (Minaj’s sophomore LP) comes on the heels of a marketing campaign so beautifully orchestrated and assiduously executed that the album itself is almost an afterthought. In the past few months, Minaj has pursued her full-court press with a […]