Nicki Minaj is a woman of her word when it comes to promises made to her Barbz. The pink wigged Queens rapper made good on holding a free concert for fans after pulling out of Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert. At the Roseland Ballroom in NYC last night Nicki was all smiles as she performed hits like “Roman’s Revenge,” “Did It on Em” and “Pound the Alarm.” For the nearly two hour set she also reached back to her mixtape days with songs from Beam Me Up Scotty. Wardrobe changes and surprises were all part of the Barbie’s production. Foxy Brown, Cam’ron, Drake and Lil Wayne joined her for what was a fun hip-hop family affair. And because her fans mean the world to her, the show was live-streamed online and broadcast on the huge screen in Times Square. Throughout the show she talked to her fans to let them know they were all that really mattered. “I just want my fans here, ’cause I don’t want people to come and observe me,” she yelled to the crowd. “If you didn’t come here to have a good time, go home!” Check out the flicks from Nicki’s Roseland Ballroom concert sponsored by Pepsi. Read more…
The plot thickens in the case of the missing Barb from Sunday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam concert. Last night Nicki Minaj called in to Hot 97 to clear the air with Funkmaster Flex about not performing after feeling disrespected by Peter Rosenberg. Per Idolator.com Nicki called in to 97.1’s competitor station, 105.1, to speak to The Breakfast Club this morning, hours after her 55 minute radio interview with Flex. The rivalry between the two New York hip-hop and R&B stations runs deep. Don’t believe us? Ask former archenemies Nas and Jay-Z. Read more…
It’s always bitter sweet to see the ladies pegged against one another since so few female emcees break through the glass ceiling of hip-hop. Queen Latifah and MC Lyte proved that women had something to say, something worth listening to, and ultimately demanded the same respect as their male counterparts. That’s why precisely why they’ve been chosen for their fans to vote for the Greatest MC of the Yo! MTV Raps Era.
MC Lyte’s critically acclaimed first album, Lyte as a Rock, debuted in 1988, while Latifah’s All Hail the Queen was released a year later. “Ladies First” was one of the most popular songs from Latifah’s first project, and still gets crowds bumpin’ when it comes on in the clubs today. MC Lyte’s breakout singles include “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)” and “Paper Thin;” the latter topped the Billboard Rap charts at #1. Lyte made a name for herself with her uncensored lyrics, and we loved every minute of it. Both women continued to make records throughout the 90s, but by the mid 90s, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown had changed what it meant to be a female rapper with their explicit lyrics and barely there outfits.
You can’t mention female emcees without noting the contributions of both Latifah and Lyte. That said, whether it was the woman empowerment vibe Queen brought, or MC Lyte’s unapologetic no nonsense hardcore lyrics, you can only pick one. Vote for the femcee you want to advance to round two. Voting closes Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. ET/PT!
VH1 debuted the latest countdown in our long-running The Greatest series, the 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, this evening. If you missed it, don’t worry; it will rerun tomorrow night, Monday, September 19, at midnight. If you’re looking for the complete list, look no further. Here are the 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments … so far!
40) Nicki Minaj gets butt slapped by Regis Philbin
39) Wyclef runs for president of Haiti
38) 50 Cent shockingly thin Twitter pics
37) Lil Wayne goes to prison and gets grillz removed
36) Redman?s shocking Cribs episode [WATCH]
35) Cam?ron?s anti-snitching 60 Minutes interview
34) Dr. Dre?s shocking transformation at VMAs
33) Sir Mix-A-Lot?s raunchy ?Put ?Em on the Glass? video
32) Lil Mama crashes stage during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys VMA performance
31) Suge Knight knocked out
Foxy Brown is being released from prison at this VERY MOMENT, and she wants her fans there to greet her. That means you! The rapper has served eight months of her year-long sentence at NYC’s Riker’s Island facility, and she needs her fans decked out in shirts and holding signs as she strolls away so she can be reminded of what a HUGE star she still is. Huge, damn it! She and her reps are planning to turn her release into a spectacle, even though her jailers are not happy about the hoopla, which they have deemed too massive for their tiny parking lot. They issued a statement which demands that, “There will be no fan gatherings or press opportunity in or adjacent to the Rikers Island parking lot.”
Nice try, prison peeps! You get to lock Foxy up for 8 months, we get to crowd your parking lot and cramp your style. If you’re in NYC, hop on the MTA Q101 or Q100 bus and show your girl some love!
Foxy Brown is a genius, seriously. Her latest attempt to get out of jail involves her ears–which she should have used to listen to the judge back when she was put on probation. Had she done that–and behaved herself–she probably wouldn’t have ended up in jail in the first place. But alas, Foxy’s Blackberry-hurling ways landed her behind bars for a year, and now she’s written to the judge, attempting to get released early so that she can fix her on-again off-again hearing problem. Say what?
“I ask you to please take into consideration that my health is in jeopardy. Yes, I’ve made some bad choices and stupid mistakes. But please understand that sitting in a prison with murderers and criminals is not rehabilitating or what I need to deal with my inner issues.”
Or her inner ear. The only doctor who’s had success treating Foxy is in California, obvs. That’s where her lawyer wants her to head. He told the judge, “If her hearing is damaged any further . . . it will have dire consequences on her ability to maintain her profession and livelihood.” Seeing as her livelihood prior to her incarceration was causing mayhem by throwing sh*t at people, we think Foxy’s probably fine just where she is.
Foxy Brown Ditches Cell with Good Behavior
The jailed rap star was allowed to leave solitary confinement early due to her good behavior. Really? [TMZ]
Paris Wears Underwear to Lunch
P, her sis Nicky and pregnant pal Nicole Richie all met for lunch, and Paris wore a slip with stockings and not much else. If she is that desperate for attention maybe she should try covering up. Then we’d actually be shocked. [Just Jared]
Britney Gets Babies for X-Mas
K-Fed generously gave Brit their kids for Christmas after he got the boys on Thanksgiving. He just wants to get sloshed in peace this holiday season. [NYDN]
Madonna Won?t Let Her Hubby Fail
Madge is reportedly doing damage control for her man’s new movie after it got panned by British critics. She should just show them one of her flops and Guy’s flick will look a lot better. [NYDN]
Dancing with the Stars Disappoints
The finale of everyone’s fave show was a flop, because the celeb dancers kinda suck. Eh, Jennie Garth could have told ya that. [Us]
If only we could be a roach on the cell wall of Foxy Brown – we’d give anything to hear the conversations the hip hop diva is gonna have with herself in solitary confinement for the next 76 days. The once on top of the world superstar got her ass thrown into the infamously lonely cell (she gets one hour a day out of her 12×12) after getting in three – THREE! – altercations with prisoners and officials at her Rikers Island jail. Foxy got in a shoving match with a fellow inmate at the beginning of the month, and then was verbally abusive toward officers and refused to take a random drug test. That kind of ‘tude may fly in Brooklyn, but not at Rikers! She ain’t got no blackberries to use as weapons on this island.
Imagine it – Foxy gets 23 hours to just talk to herself:
Bitch get out of my face! Oh wait – there’s no one else in here. I’m the bitch I was talking too. Wow, am I a bitch? Heyyyyy, I think I might be a difficult, misanthropic person. It probably stems from starting in the often rough n’ tumble entertainment industry as a teen singing about some fairly adult topics. Who you calling difficult, you motherfu-oh look sunlight! Sigh. I wonder who can get me some Crown Royale around here. That sure does remind me of the old days. Whatever happened to Blackstreet anyways? They owned the mid to late ’90s! What’s that little rat friend? You can hook me up? Sweet – high five! Wait – did you just give me the finger? Oh, that was your tail. Sorry about that. [NYP. Getty]
Foxy Brown‘s barely got anyone to hang out with in jail for the next year, and to make matters worse her lawyer just ditched her too. The reason? His wife was “threatened” by a man who exited a silver car in front of their apartment building and asked her “How can a beautiful woman like you be beaten up?”
I guess this sounds like a threat, but hey, it could also be a compliment! Or perhaps he was just asking for suggestions on how to beat her if he were to try. It’s kind of nice of the guy to at least ask before he opens a can of revenge whoop-ass on her. Either way, this seems like an easy way for Foxy’s lawyer to get out of representing someone who is surely a difficult client. Just last Friday she refused twice – TWICE – to get on the bus heading to her court hearing because she hadn’t done her hair and make up. Sounds like Mr. Attorney couldn’t handle all the diva coming his way. [Getty]
Nicole Rocks Bikini in Australia
Is it wrong to hate a pregnant woman for looking better in bikinis than you do? [Just Jared]
Britney Finally Sees Her Sons
The boys and a parenting coach came to Brit’s house for a visit – so she waddled around her yard yapping on a cell phone while the children played. Daddy – help! [NYDN]
Lily Allen: Hypnotized to Get Skinny
The singer was hypnotized into enjoying exercise and eating. Because how else could you get her to do anything? [Us Weekly]
Tom Cruise?s Cursed Film
Much of the film for Tommy’s new movie about a German soldier is unusable and must be shot again. Let’s see Scientology save ya now, buddy! [People]
Foxy Pens Song in the Slammer
Look out! Foxy’s pissed at a certain NY newspaper and is taking her threats to the page. Good thing she’s gonna be locked up for a while. [NY Post]