Wednesday, September 30, 2009

When Nicki Minaj arrived for our video interview, there were no less than 8 people in tow, an entourage of management, publicity, World Star Hip Hop and one dude who looked like he lives to snap bones into unsound positions Steven Segal style. Minaj herself is pretty short, pretty sweet and really just downright pretty. She can also rap her ass off, which coupled with the aforementioned most certainly makes her an investment worth protecting. Having just released her Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape (that we’ve been hearing about sinceDecember), Minaj stopped through to talk about coming up in Queens, her background in drama and the difference between Beam Me Up Scotty and the infamous Sucka Free tape. And to hit on Felipe.



  1. Freeload/Gen F: Lil Wayne f. Nicki Minaj, “I Get Crazy”
  2. Mario f. Gucci Mane & Nicki Minaj, “Break Up” Remix MP3
  3. Freeload: Beyonce f. Nicki Minaj, “Single Ladies (Remix)”
  4. Yung Joc f. Gucci Mane & OJ da Juiceman + Nicki Minaj “Birds” MP3
  5. Young Money f. Lloyd, “Bed Rock” MP3

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Interview With Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is known for her slow wine. She’s mastered it. A perfect ménage — languid, sex-soaked, and hypnotic. But we’re talking delivery, not dancehall, folks. The Queens native spits a sweet sixteen. Her lyrics — fun and flirty, and a foot past suggestive — may rival her male counterparts’ but it’s that sex-kitten purr that allows her to grind in her own lane.

After making some noise on Wayne’s I Am Music tour with the rest of his Young Money crew, the former MySpace/mixtape mistress is ready for her major label debut. And we’re amped like an electric guitar. Honey’s favorite Harajuku Barbie stepped away from the studio to play dress up (or dress down), snap a few flicks, and rap about her upcoming album. Just call us wine enthusiasts.

Photography by Angela Boatwright
Hair by Nicola Augustine
Make Up by Daniel Green
Styling by Charles Wade

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Upcoming Events "BARBIE DOLL TOUR"

Nov 19: Brooklyn, NY- Club Djumbala
Nov 20: Burbank, IL - The Club ( Guest Staring Rapper Plies )
Nov 21: Philadelphia, PA - Level Room
Nov 22: Houston, TX - 97.9 Box Car Show @ Reliant Arena
Nov 24: Cincinnati, OH - Club Celebrities
Nov 25: Detroit, MI - The Fox Theater ( Afterparty: Lucky's Pub and Grill )
Nov 26: Greenville, SC - The Civic Center
Nov 27: Florence, NC - Club Spotlight
Nov 28: Indianapolis, IN - Cloud 9
Nov 29: Pittsburgh, PA - Club Matrix

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

nicki minaj catches eye’s on lil’ wayne’s young money tour

Nicki Minaj often describes herself as a Barbie doll. But don’t let the cute moniker fool you. Minaj’s aggressive flow and fearless wordplay have pegged her as a rising star within Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew.

The 23-year-old rapper is currently displaying her buzzed-about MC skills on Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival. Adding 10 new dates this week for a total of 32 shows through Sept. 6, the tour is headlined by Wayne and features Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell’Em, Pleasure P, Jeremih and the Young Money camp.

“The lack of female rappers has in some ways made it easier to come up because now there’s an open lane for me,” Minaj says. “I salute the female rappers who came before me, but it’s my time now.”

Minaj’s third Young Money Entertainment mixtape, “Beam Me Up Scotty,” features guest spots by Drake (who was on the Wanted tour before injuring his knee), Busta Rhymes and Gucci Mane. Despite the set’s impressive list of collaborators, Minaj remains in the foreground and displays a unique female persona in an increasingly male-dominated genre.

For the past two years, Minaj has foregone a major-label deal and a formal debut album in order to establish her fan base. Appearances on a handful of high-profile remixes, from Wyclef Jean’s “Sweetest Girl” to Drake’s chart-topping “Best I Ever Had,” have caught the attention of hip-hop enthusiasts. Minaj’s activity on social networking sites has also allowed her to gain mainstream awareness.

“We’re establishing her online first,” says Portia Kirkland, VP of marketing at Minaj’s management company Mizay Entertainment. “Nicki always stays in touch with her fans through Twitter, MySpace and blogging. We didn’t position her as music but as a lifestyle.”

That lifestyle began to take shape while the Queens-born rapper attended LaGuardia High School, the performing arts school on which the film “Fame” was based. An appearance on Dirty Money’s “The Come Up” street DVD series caught the attention of Lil Wayne, who contacted Minaj and asked her to work with Young Money. Since then, the two have developed a chemistry, with Minaj appearing on his acclaimed 2007 mixtape “Da Drought 3″ and Wayne guesting on all three of her Young Money-issued mixtapes.

“He’s no-holds-barred when he raps, and I’ve always been like that,” Minaj says. “I bring sarcasm and comedy, which [Wayne] connects with. I guess we both dare to be different.”

Though not yet attached to a label deal, Minaj is recording a debut album that she hopes to release early next year. Her main focus now is on the Wanted tour and impressing arena-sized crowds. “It’s intimidating 30 seconds before I go onstage,” Minaj says. “But once I’m out there, it’s all gone. I’m the fearless Barbie doll.”


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nicki Minaj Sings With Universal Records

Nicki Minaj is officially the first lady of Young Money.

The Queens rapper—who attracted the attention of fans and industry heads alike with her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty—signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint just two months after Drake inked the dotted line.

“There’s so many people that kind of shut you down as a female before you even get your foot in the door,” Nicki Minaj told “So when you get moments like this it’s like ‘yes, finally’.”

According to a press release [see below], Minaj will retain and own all of her 360 rights, including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing.

While she’s focused on the Young Money compilation album, set for a year-end release, Minaj has began recording for her as-yet untitled debut album.

“A lot of things that could’ve been on Beam Me Up Scotty weren’t because they were quote-unquote too good to put on a mixtape,” she told XXL. “So I have an arsenal and very soon we’ll start releasing stuff.”

Nicki Minaj’s first LP is expected to drop early 2010, distributed by Universal Motown. –John Kennedy, with additional reporting by Vanessa Satten

Peep the official press release.

New York, NY–August 31st, 2009


Months after Drake signs with Universal Records, another intense bidding war ensues, resulting in Nicki Minaj signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. During the last two years Minaj has emerged as one of the premiere rappers, choosing to fore go earlier label offers in order to establish a stronger fan base by way of the internet, promotional touring and a series of mixtapes.

After the release of Playtime is Over and Sucker Free, it was her third mixtape, the critically acclaimed Beam Me Up Scotty with featured appearances from Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Bobby Valentino and Drake that caught the attention of music industry heavy weights.

Lil Wayne asserts, “I am honored to have Nicki Minaj as Young Money’s First Lady. She is a star.”

The battle among labels to sign Minaj heightened this summer and finalized with Minaj signing an exceptional and very unique deal with Young Money/Universal, where she retains and owns all of her 360 rights, including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing.

Nicki Minaj asserts, “To say I’m excited would be an understatement. It’s validation. It’s proof. It’s empowerment. I represent every little girl in a hood near you. To everyone that supported me two years ago when I was on underground mix-tapes and DVDs and to the people that only caught on two weeks ago, I say thank you. Be proud of yourself. You’ve given girls all around the world the permission to change the face of female rap.”

Minaj’s debut album is anticipated to be released in early 2010 and will be distributed through Universal Motown. Minaj is currently appearing with Lil Wayne at sold-out arenas throughout the country on the America’s Most Wanted tour, which also features Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and more. Minaj continues to be managed by Mizay Enertainment’s Debra Antney who also represents Gucci Mane.