Nicki Minaj is not just Nas queen, she is also the queen of New York hip hop.
The Young Money rapper celebrated her 35th birthday on Friday (Nov. 8, 2017) and her rumored boyfriend Nas wished her a happy birthday on Instagram. “Queens Get The MFkN Money! Happy Birthday To The QUEEN OF NY / HIP HOP [nickiminaj],” the NY rap legend wrote on the Gram along with a photo of his boo. This move sure send a lot of shots at other female rappers from New York who claimed the crowd including Lil Kim and Remy Ma.
New York has a rich hip hop history and is widely regarded as the birthday of music’s current dominant genre in the US. While some rap fans may not agree with Nas, there are a sizeable portion who agrees with him that Nicki Minaj is the queen. The king and queen title are always a hot button topic in hip hop discussions and there are solid arguments for and against Ms Minaj wearing the crown. “Nas your great please please dont play yourself,” one fan commented. She is not the Queen of anything but Plastic she has done her part in female rap but dont disrespect there’s only one Queen and thats Queen B lil Kim.”
During the summer of this year, Nicki Minaj was honored in Queens, NY where she received the key to the borough. That helped solidify her argument that she is at the helm when it comes to female rap in NY. Nas and Nicki sparked dating rumors earlier this year following her bitter breakup with Meek Mill. Neither of them has ever confirmed that they are in a relationship but they have been posting photos of each other and the “No Frauds” rapper even supported the Illmatic MC at his birthday party this year.
Queens Get The MFkN Money! Happy Birthday To The QUEEN OF NY / HIP HOP @nickiminaj
Rick Ross confirmed that his longtime manager, Black Bo, is dead.
The Maybach Music Group chief confirmed the news of his manager’s passing during an appearance in Miami on Friday (November 8, 2017) night. “This is an extremely sexy party,” he told the crowd, XXL reported. “I know my dog Black would’ve loved to be here. Come on let me rap for my dog Black one time.” Rozay was performing at the Maxim party for the 2017 Art Basel when he shared the sad news.
Other rappers who knew Black Bo personally have since shared their reaction on social media including a lengthy post on Instagram from French Montana and another from MMG rapper Wale. “My prayers go out to my brother @richforever and the rest of the family I know this one hurt I’m really hurt, shed a tear for u brother ! We going miss you black @blackbomaybach !! #restinpeaceblack #foreverchinx #mmg #cokeboys,” Montana wrote in the caption of a photo of himself, Drake, and Black Bo.
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“As the tears begin to chase each other down my face,” Wale wrote on IG. “I? try to combat the sadness of this new reality with the indelible memories u gave us. It still doesn’t seem real.. it can’t be real! WHY is it real? Absolutely None of us have to try to think of the selflessness the genuine compassion and absolute loyalty for your friends you demonstrated daily.. no sir, because those things are synonymous with your face. Those things are synonymous with your name.”
My prayers go out to my brother @richforever and the rest of the family 💔 I know this one hurt 🙏🏼 I'm really hurt, shed a tear for u brother ! We going miss you black @blackbomaybach !! #restinpeaceblack #foreverchinx #mmg #cokeboys
As the tears begin to chase each other down my face .. I️ try to combat the sadness of this new reality with the indelible memories u gave us. It still doesn’t seem real.. it can’t be real! WHY is it real? Absolutely None of us have to try to think of the selflessness the genuine compassion and absolute loyalty for your friends you demonstrated daily.. no sir, because those things are synonymous with your face. Those things are synonymous with your name. Those things… synonymous wit the very thought of you comrade . My heart hurts so much . I’m wondering if I’ll ever need it again .. The world ,the label ..,shit EVERYBODY knows I’m a mess . I’m flawed I’m flawed I’m flawed and maybe I️ don’t even belong . Maybe I️ never did. BUT because of you ,the insecurities and self doubt became as insignificant As these tears in a hurricane. At this very moment I’m writing off instinct . The pain the sorrow the mourning is inevitable. But I️ could take 14 forevers and still never find the words that illustrate how much we love you . How much I️ love you .how much I️ need you. Your wisdom , composure an ear to listen a shoulder to cry on all things we foolishly tend to take for granted . May God be with your family and friends . I️ Love u OG .. you will forever be in our hearts. And I️ will cherish every piece of advice you gave 🙏🏾Black 🙏🏾
Big Sean and Metro Boomin‘s joint album Double or Nothing is the hottest new project out this week.
Despite getting mixed reviews among hip hop fans, the album is project to move 60,000 plus album equivalent units in the first week and could debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Roughly around 10,000 to 13,000 of those sales will be from traditional album sales. While these numbers are nothing to brag about, we should also bare in mind that we are living in a singles driven era where album sales are on the decline and music consumers are mostly streaming the songs that they like.
Another hip hop album released this week that’s worth noting is Quality Control’s compilation project Control The Streets, Vol. 1. The album is expected to move close to the same numbers that Big Sean and Metro Boomin is expected to move. The album is expected to move 55,000 to 60,000 copies with 5,000 plus of those being traditional album sales.
Earlier this year, Big Sean scores a Billboard 200 number one album when he released I Decided. The project sold 151,000 copies in the first week and has since been certified platinum. The official sale figures for these new projects will be made available next weekend, but so far these are mere projections and the final count could be higher or a lot less.
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Both Sean Don and Metro Boomin surprised fans a weeks ago when they abruptly announced that they will be dropping a joint album. Earlier this week, they made another announcement that it will arrive on Friday and they made good on their promise. The 10-track LP saw guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, and Kash Doll. The Detroit rapper got roasted on Twitter yesterday for a few lines on one of the single where he raps about smoking a blunt with civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
Sing Loud and Proud: If you get invited to Dorinda’s house in December, you better be ready to sing. “Do you know me? I kick people out of my parties if they don’t want to karaoke Christmas songs,” she shared. “I do love Mariah Carey. Don’t we all love that song? I was actually listening to it last night.”
Shop on a Budget: Often times, the best gifts don’t even come close to breaking the bank. “It’s not about how much you spend but it’s about how much thoughtfulness you put into it, how much imagination and time it took,” Dorinda explained. “You and I both know that with $20, you can go to HomeGoods and find something cute that says I know you. I thought you would like this and it reminds me of you.”
They light up your life, and now that you’ve lit the tree, there better be something good for them underneath.
The pressure to express your love through gifts is on, causing celebs to go big. Million dollar mansions, sport cars, private jets, Cartier bracelets—we’re bound to see over-the-top gifts coming from our favorite celebrity couples. But hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right? Well, lucky for us (read: those that aren’t even considering a $50K+ gift), not all A-listers express their love through cash. During 2017, we’ve seen a number of thoughtful gifts that instantly made us transform into the heart-eyed emoji.
For example, after Jennifer Lopez was spotted with a custom bedazzled Starbucks tumbler (a gift from her manicurist), the internet went crazy. The accessory is a much better alternative to the generic coffee cup that the constantly-photographed triple threat was spotted with prior. However, now that’s she sharing her limelight with beau Alex Rodriguez, he needed one, too. The result: a surprisingly masculine bedazzled tumbler, personalized with his name.
“So, how are you coping with this?” Dominique asked.
As expected, the self-proclaimed “stage five clinger” was in her feels.
“I’m okay, but I’m not okay. You know, with him now actually gone, s–t just got real,” Michelle revealed.
And it’s a feeling Dominique knows all too well.
She cited more examples of alleged sexual misconduct. She said that at after parties, he would grab her breast as they would pose for photos together and then drop his hand before the shots were taken. She said she has one picture “where the camera caught him in the act.” A photo of the two posing while embracing, with Hoffman cupping her breast and her smiling, was posted by the Hollywood Reporter.
“Everyone around always laughed when he did this,” she wrote. “Everyone standing around laughing worked for him.”
She said that Hoffman also allegedly pulled her slip over her head and exposed her breasts and body to the crew while she was backstage. She said he told the people to “come backstage at that time for a surprise.” She said the prank made her miss her cue and that she was reprimanded for it.
She said she confronted Hoffman one day about his behavior towards her.
“I pushed Dustin up against the wall screaming, ‘F–k you! How would you like it if someone did that to you before you walked out on stage every night, Mr. Method Actor? Leave me alone!'” she wrote. “He did…for three days. And then it was back to groping as usual.”
Rossetter said she considered reporting Hoffman to the Actors Equity labor union but was cautioned by some “respected theatre professionals” that she would probably lose her job if she did.
The two reprised their roles in a TV movie, which was released in 1985. Rossetter said in her essay that at a screening, she and another female cast member were asked to pose for a photo with Hoffman. She said he stood between them and grabbed their breasts.
“Without thinking, a knee-jerk response built up over two years, I grabbed his crotch,” she wrote. “How would he like some of his own medicine?”
She said she was “terrified and humiliated” and feared “horrible repercussions.” She said months later, she saw a photo of the three in Playboy, showing her grabbing Hoffman’s crotch.
Kim Kardashian‘s hair transformation continues.
The platinum blonde Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recently had her hair cut into a classic bob, days after she debuted a longer, shoulder-length ‘do.
“I cut my hair even shorter today. Do we like it or is it too short?” Kim asked on Snapchat on Friday night.
Kim’s new look brings to mind a past style sported by her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, 20.
The reality star, who like her sister, likes to occasionally change up her hairstyles, recently had her friend cut her now-naturally dark brown hair super short as well.
Jessica Alba celebrated her baby shower on Saturday.
The actress and Honest Company founder is expecting her third child, a baby boy, with husband Cash Warren. And on Saturday, Alba got together with her closest friends and family, including celeb guests Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims, to celebrate with high tea at Ladurée in Beverly Hills.
Alba has been posting on Instagram Story throughout the day, sharing some behind-the-scenes pics from the baby shower. Before arriving at her party, Alba posted a pic with her glam squad thanking them for hooking her up for the special day.
The caption continued, “2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Della passed away at the age of 86 in November.
“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Downey told E! News last month.
Lindsay Lohan and Camila Cabello were Taylor Swift ‘s No. 1 fans at Jingle Ball in New York City!
The actress and singer were both dancing along to Taylor’s song “Shake It Off” while in the crowd at the Madison Square Garden show on Friday evening. After dominating the Jingle Ball stage herself, Camila shared videos from Taylor’s performance on Snapchat. From the posts, it’s clear that she couldn’t have been more excited to see her friend perform.
“I cried,” Camila captioned one video post.
He made it!
John Boyega attended the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere on Saturday evening in Los Angeles, hours after tweeting about being delayed in Atlanta. The city received major snowfall on Friday morning, which led Boyega to tweet, “Wow ATL. Looks like no one’s leaving! Guess I’ll start a family now….”
He then shared with his followers, “Trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot !!!”
But eight hours later, Boyega, who plays Finn in the movie, tweeted he “made it” to L.A., however his luggage wasn’t so lucky.