HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj released two singles — “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” — after leaving a string of clues for fans. Plus, she participated in an eye-opening interview with Zane Lowe and addressed her relationship with Cardi B.
Speaking of Cardi, she recently dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy, which has already broken streaming records on Apple Music. But in a new interview, she said she doesn’t really care about titles such as “The Queen of Rap.” Lastly, Tekashi 6ix9ine took advantage of the attention surrounding his impending court date to release a new song of his own.
Nicki Minaj Addresses Changing Her “MotorSport” Verse
Nicki Minaj candidly opened up about her relationship with Cardi B and what happened with her original verse for Migos’ single “MotorSport” during an interview with Zane Lowe. Nearly in tears, Minaj expresses how hurt she was over having to take Cardi B’s name out of her original verse for the Culture II cut and how it affected her relationship with Quavo.
She has since forgiven Quavo for not having her back, and their relationship seems to be good once again. First, she posted a Snapchat of her and Quavo at the studio. Then, the two were spotted in various pictures together at Coachella 2018.
In addition to the revealing interview, Minaj also unleashed her two new singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” this week.
Cardi B Breaks Taylor Swift’s Streaming Record
Cardi B’s impressive year continues as she broke another record with her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. Aside from quickly being certified gold by the RIAA, the LP dethroned Taylor Swift’s Apple Music streaming record with 100 million streams worldwide in its first week.
Despite securing Billboard Hot 100 hits and Grammy nominations, Cardi isn’t necessarily concerned with being called the “Queen of Rap” though. She just wants to make good music, as she explained in recent interview.
Read more about why Cardi B doesn’t care about being the “Queen of Rap” here.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Trolls Fans Over Court Date
Tekashi 6ix9ine was supposed to be headed to court this week and warned that he may end up behind bars. After making it appear he was locked up or skipped court, it was later revealed 6ix9ine’s hearing was postponed. The move was all a ploy to promote his latest cut “GOTTI.”
Listen to “GOTTI” here.
DXclusives: Atlanta & The Underground Report
Atlanta Review: Season 2, Episode 7 — “Champagne Papi”
The second season of the Donald Glover’s FX show Atlanta has aired seven episodes. In the latest episode, Van and her girls are headed to a Drake’s exclusive New Years Eve soiree. But, Drake doesn’t actually show up. It’s like a simulation … or something?
Read the full review for Atlanta‘s seventh episode from season two here.
Underground Report: 7 Essential New Tracks For Hip Hop Heads
HipHopDX’s Justin Ivey shared another Underground Report featuring seven crucial new joints for all the Hip Hop heads out there to hear. Among them include Baton Rouge’s Jose Xavier with his intoxicating vibe “Cycles” featuring Quadry and Huey Briss’ “Gil Scott Never Lied” produced by Nikobeats.
Check out the full Underground Report here.