Loose Links: Trackmasters Talk Classic Records, Nicki Minaj Endorses Mitt Romney, Ten Acts That Can Bring New York Back

Trackmasters talk their classic records, Gawker investigates Nicki Minaj's GOP ties, and the Smoking Section lists NYC's ten best new rappers.

From Nas' "Street Dreams" to the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," production duo the Trackmasters have been behind some of Hip Hop's biggest hits in their two decades of work. Now, in a new interview with Complex, Poke and Tone break down the history behind some their most revered Hip Hop hits. Check out the full interview with the pair of beat-smiths for the skinny on why they feel The Firm flopped and Jay-Z and R. Kelly's tumultuous recording history.

Check out Complex's "Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records Part 2"

In other news, Nicki Minaj reportedly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 mixtape, in which she raps, "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches are fucking up the economy." While Nicki isn't the first emcee to show love to the GOP in the history of Hip Hop, Gawker felt the YMCMB songstress's dap-up to the Grand Ol' Party was a little suspect and did some digging to check whether Nicki's allegiances really lie with Mitt.

Check out Gawker's "Fact-Checking Nicki Minaj: Is She Really a Republican Voting for Mitt Romney?"

Finally, it's no secret that fans have been bemoaning the steady decline of New York's dominance in rap. As Hip Hop rolled into the 2000's, the trunk rattling sounds of the South took over the airwaves, leaving many NYC emcees struggling to remain relevant. Now, however, the Smoking Section has come through with a list of ten artists looking to take New York's title back. From soon-to-be stars like the A$AP Mob to buzz-worthy sleepers like the Flatbush Zombies, the list is sure to make old heads excited for New York future in Hip Hop.

Check out the Smoking Section's "Ten NYC Rappers Who Will Bring The Big Apple Back"

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9 Comments

  • Doubl Negative

    Nicki's a race-traiting hoe and some nigga with AIDS needs to rape this piece of shit. This broad ain't even American, she shouldn't be making outrageous comments like this. Any Nubian who doesn't have Obama's back deserves to be hung.

  • Anonymous

    I think the nicki thing was just a line...

  • Deborah

    Nicki Minaj+ DESPERATE= TRAGEDY FOR HUMANKIND.

  • Anonymous

    It's called political commercials every 28 seconds.

  • tonytoca

    fuck nicki minaj, fuck momney, fuck the retard that wrote this wack ass article and oh yeah since when did being pop make your music good? "Finally, it's no secret that fans have been bemoaning the steady decline of New York's dominance in rap. As Hip Hop rolled into the 2000's, the trunk rattling sounds of the South took over the airwaves, leaving many NYC emcees struggling to remain relevant" newyorks sound hasnt gone anywhere its still here, its just that most people are listening to that pop sound bubble gum rap that gets played on radio, and that goes for where ever your from east,west,south anywhere

  • Anonymous

    I find it ironic that for all Nicki Minaj has done to set female MC's back to the stone age with her retarded Lady Gaga knock off routine, more people will be mad because she wants to vote for a canidate they dont like. Its america, free country, contrary to popular belief not all rappers are required to vote democrat. Thats why we vote at the polls ourselves without having guns at our heads telling us which box to check, its called freedom of choice.

  • asee

    Minaj is dumb as fuck, like any Romney voter. Drinking the fox news kool-ade

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