IS IT ME, or does anyone else notice that everytime Nicki has a big feature or a song that is about to come out, there is an episode of Queen Radio, and some drama attached to it? Chun Li had her crying over Motorsport and Cardi, Megatron/BAPS had her taking shots at BET (again), and Hot Girl Summer has brought out some hurt feelings from Trina’s camp. I’m not saying it’s all her fault, but she does seem to be conveniently “affected”.
Lets start with the new single. On Friday, up and coming female rapper, Megan The Stallion, released her summer “anthem”, “Hot Girl Summer”. For those that are into the culture, you know Megan has kinda started this wave of the “Hot Girl Summer“. Why she waited to release the song in August and coin the phrase is beyond me. The song features Hip Hop icon, Nicki Minaj. One would think that with the two of these ladies on the same track, you’d get some bars and skills right? Ehh…many didn’t feel that way. You can listen for yourself, here.
Moving right along. Due to having two big female rap names on a collab, something we don’t see very often from Nicki Minaj, the song shot up the iTunes/Apple Music/Spotify charts. All seems good in the hood huh? NOT SO FAST!
Trina’s label (Rockstarr) Head A&R, Reginald Saunders had a lot to say about the matter, as he took to Instagram.
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I want to address the issue so bad about this #BAPS record and VIDEO and it’s taking everything inside of me to remain quiet. This isn’t the first time @nickiminaj has pulled this stunt and trust me it’s cool. I can’t get over how fake people can be for a Lil fame , likes and followers. when everyone tried to warn me I still gave her the benefit of the doubt. I can’t wait to see how all of this is about to play out because you can’t stop karmas reign, shame on you .. I mostly feel sorry for the #barbs because they have no clue of the deceiver and manipulator their leader is. #igottimetoday #imnotbeingquiet #myvotegoestoCARDIB
Moral of the story, he didn’t seem to appreciate the way that Nicki is promoting her feature on Megan’s song and rushing to shoot the video for the growing single, while she kinda through Trina’s feature with her to the wolves.
Of course news got back to the Barbs, and they felt the need to attack. All of this conveniently happening before Nicki went live on Queen Radio. With Nicki going live at 3PM EST, Trina’s cousin, Bobby Lytes took to his Instagram to address all the foolishness. He was really just ranting, saying a lot, but not saying much. What he did confirm, is that the video was being stalled by Nicki, as she was hard to get in touch with. He said that when she did respond, it was to ask a random question like, “How much is the radio budget for the song?, but then she would disappear again.
Nicki then went live, and for hours she ranted. Nobody really knows about what, because anybody that can sit through all that foolishness is impressive to me. I mean the girl is yelling, plays the passive aggressive role, and offers up her version of everything she is exposed for. I’m hearing she kinda glazed over it, but didn’t really dig too deep into it. It’s being said that she was trying to shoot the video years ago when it was actually recorded but there was things being stalled on Trina’s end at the time.
The real juice came, when the media guru, Funky Dineva, reached out to Reginald Saunders, and got the exclusive interview on the situation. He did confirm that there were issues with budgets for the video, but that Nicki is actually the one that stalled the video before any of the budget issues came to light. Get into the interview below.
What do I think? I can see both sides. This is one of the problems you would run into if your album is put on the back burner and feel like people should jump back to work when you finally put it out. On the flip side, would it really have killed Nicki to do the video? Even if she didn’t need it and the money wasn’t there, did Nicki REALLY need that money? Trina is about the only female rapper that has repeatedly stood by Nicki’s side since she helped usher her onto the scene with the 5 Star Chick Remix. Nicki could have done it off the strength of their friendship. But let Reginald tell it, she has been a snake behind the scene with Trina the same way she was with other females in the industry. The fact that the first feature was “leaked” and then this video was stalled, as well as the clearances. Somehow when it comes to working with men, we never hear these issues happening. So is it female unity? Or is that all a mask.
VIDEO: Every Chance That I Get
I told y’all this was one of the standout tracks from the album. It was a smart move to release the video, but the way Khaled is just dropping videos for this album really makes no sense. People don’t even know it’s out! Anyways, get into the video below.
J. Cole Announces New Album “The Off-Season”
J. Cole is back. After 6 #1 albums, and all of them are certified at least platinum, he is ready to take the music industry by storm. Since his last solo album, Cole has won his first Grammy as well as becoming quite the activist. He was spotted at Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
Today he took to social media, to announce that the world can enjoy new music from him as early as next Friday.
The Downfall of R&B, and the Overlooked Masterpiece
Once a thriving genre in the music industry, R&B has really fallen between the cracks.
We are in a place where singers don’t sing, vocalists are overlooked, and a whole genre was pushed to smaller radio, unless you talk about sex. Back in the 90s and 00s, you could turn on the radio and hear Toni Braxton sing Another Sad Love Song, then hear Tupac rap California Love. Nowadays, R&B is pushed to Adult Contemporary stations, unless you are singing about sex or drugs. It’s really time for mainstream Urban Radio to give R&B the respect it deserves. And to be honest, Jazmine Sullivan and HER are leading the way.
Today Jazmine Sullivan was awarded an RIAA certification for her single, “Pick Up Your Feelings“. While I am happy for her, it upsets me that this is her first song to ever get certified. Jazmine’s only other plaque is for her first album, which should really be Platinum but it’s only Gold. Jazmine has put out 4 amazing albums, and they’ve continuously went overlooked. Before Pick Up Your Feelings, Jazmine hadn’t charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 years! 10 whole years.
Meanwhile artists like Summer Walker, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko and more have had huge success on the charts. I’m not pitting them against each other nor am I comparing. But I will say a bulk of their music is about sex or “fuck niggas” vibes. But where’s that leave room for the lovers? It takes a huge name to get the love back on the radio, like a Bruno Mars with his latest single, “Leave The Door Open“. I have a feeling that real R&B is on it’s way back, and Vibe&B is about to take a little break. At least I’m hoping.
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