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Celebrate Roman: Reloaded With Nicki Minaj’s 40 Craziest Faces

Friday’s come early this week, because today is officially the day that Nicki Minaj drops her latest album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded! The record features the hit song “Starships”, as well as guest spots from hip-hop royalty like Lil Wayne, Cam’ron, Nas and more. A new album always brings new performances, and hopefully those will include more of Nicki’s crazy faces! In addition to her booty and her way-out style, the singer’s otherworldly facial expressions have become her trademark. We’re never totally sure what emotion she’s trying to convey (surprise? anger?) but it’s always fierce! So in honor of her latest album, let’s take a look back at some of Nicki’s most insane faces of all time. Enjoy!

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The Men Of VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Bring The Hotness

Is there anything hotter than a diva? How about about a man who loves divas? How about a man who loves divas, and is himself a diva? We know; it’s almost too beautiful to consider. Whether they were performing at the taping of VH1′s Divas Celebrates Soul tonight or simply respecting the shine of the women and men who did, gentlemen like Common, Questlove and 50 Cent brought that red carpet elegance. Boyz II Men also shared cooleyhighharmony in every sense of the word, while Travie McCoy and Nas went casual in caps. Hey, we don’t blame them; it’s freezing in New York! And we don’t want anyone going into full diva mode, would we? VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul premieres Monday, Dec., 19 at 9PM EST.

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Nas Owes Almost $6.5 Million In Taxes

Another year, another couple million dollars in the hole. In December 2009, we reported that Nas owed $2.5 million in back taxes—one reason he was whining about ex-wife Kelis‘ child support. But it looks like 2010 wasn’t any kinder to the dude: according to the Tax Watchdog blog, Nas now owes $6.4 million to the government, with the last half-mill or so tacked on earlier this month. Adding insult to injury, his condo association wants $3,860 in unpaid assessments on his Queens crib. Get in line, guys! Get in line.

It is really a shame that Nas and Kelis couldn’t work out their differences and fight their money problems together (a maid recently accused Kelis of owing her $900 and a hair stylist sued the “A Capella” singer for $5,000 in March). How do you go from buying a secluded mansion for “loud sex” to this financial heartbreak? Oh, right—by not figuring out how to pay for the secluded mansions.

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Nas Owes Kelis $100k, Both May Owe IRS A Lot More

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The good news for Nas? He no longer has to pay the $13k mortgage on ex-wife Kelis‘ LA home. The bad news? He lost his bid to stop paying $50k a month in spousal and child support. The worse news? He also has to pay Kelis’ legal fees—another $50k. The worst? The Illmatic rapper apparently owes $700,000 to his manager and $2.5 million in back taxes. Nas’ lawyer is enthusiastic about that mortgage win but if Nas starts showing up on TV more often rapping about tacos and sneakers, we’ll understand.

Though Kelis may have that support (and her new contract with Interscope Records) to rely on, the court battle revealed she hasn’t filed a tax return in a long time. Too bad they couldn’t make their attempted reconicilation last September work—they’d probably be better off pooling their resources.

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Kelis, Pregnant And Broke, Begs Nas For Cash

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Kelis may be divorcing her rap star husband Nas, but she’s still having his baby—and  she wants him to pay for it. According to TMZ, the “Milkshake” singer has filed legal papers requesting that her estranged husband pay spousal support, child support and all pre-natal expenses. “My survival is based on his will at this time,” she writes. “If he does not want to pay for an expense, it does not get paid.”

Along with being broke, Kelis says Nas introduced her to a glamorous lifestyle she should be allowed to keep, littering her court request with references to Cartier, Rolex and high class restaurants. Who knew buying your wife gifts meant you have to do it for life!

Related Content: Kelis And Nas—Splitting Over A Sex Tape?

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Kelis And Nas: Splitting Over A Sex Tape?

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The info is unverified, but with everyone wondering why “Milkshake” singer Kelis would divorce husband Nas while seven months pregnant, this rumor sounds crazy enough to hold weight. A source from Nas’ camp reportedly told  TheYBF.com that it was the rapper who pushed for the split, after he learned of a sex tape in her past.

The raunchy sexcapades were taped before Nas and Kelis got married, but apparently it didn’t matter.  He physically removed himself from her presence, which is why we rarely saw them together these last few months.

Said source also tells us this pregnancy was Kelis’ last ditch attempt to save the marriage.  And while Nas is happy with his son being on the way, he was still going to file for divorce.  But apparently, Kelis wanted to beat him to the punch–likely out of spite–so she hurriedly filed first.

Nas celebrated his own raunchy past in a profane valentine to Kelis, “Remember The Times” (“I f—ed a few…but none of them can touch you”), so it seems odd he’d be so prudish about her past. Is he that much of a hypocrite—or is there more to the story?

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Pregnant Kelis To Divorce Nas

Singer Kelis has filed for divorce from her rapper husband Nas, although she’s due to give birth to the couple’s son in just a couple months. The pair had been dating since 2002 and got married in 2005, and have collaborated on a number of tracks together. Citing irreconcilable differences in the divorce petition, Kelis’s rep asks that the “media respect her privacy during this very difficult time.”

The split has come as quite a surprise, as Nas only a few weeks ago was talking happily with MTV News about the impending baby. “She’s great, man. She’s doing good. [We are deciding between] a few baby names. It’s kinda hard. I’ve been thinking about kinda putting something online: ‘Choose his name,’” he said.

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Download Nas, Bolster African Health Care

It’s a time of activism, and it’s a time of uniting to solve problems together. Working in the spirit of such ideals, the IntraHealth group has been bringing lots of new ideas to the table regarding health care initiatives in Africa. LIke most forward thinking enterprises, they’ve gotten plenty of cooperation with artists. African bandleader and global superstar Youssou N’Dour is at the center of this community. And today, along with several other musicians, Nas has put a foot forward to assist the program.

An exclusive remix of Nas’s “Wake Up” is available to those want to participate in the IntraHealth campaign. It’s free, but you’ll also have a chance to make a donation to the cause as you’re acquiring the track. Please think about participating.

HEAD TO RHAPSODY TO DOWNLOAD THE NAS TRACK.

Make the jump to learn more about IntraHealth, the artists involved (such as R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Duncan Sheik), and the ways the campaign has already helped those in need.

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The 10 Biggest Feuds In Hip-Hop History

There’s no tradition in hip-hop more exciting than the feud. Since the earliest days of street-corner rhyme battles, MCs have been taking each other head-on, fighting to be the best on the block, the hottest in the neighborhood, or the king of the whole game. Rap beefs can originate anywhere, from a subtle slight to a full-on threat. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re tragic, and sometimes they’re just plain weird. Here, from old-school word wars to semi-automatic shootouts, we count down the ten biggest feuds in rap history. Click into the gallery below to begin. [Photos: Getty Images]