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.
Kid Ape is a true Artist
Jamil Charles more known as Kid Ape is a highly in demand artist who paints some of the finest portraits and murals. The Miami native has truly made his mark on the art world and is clearly enjoying the ride as he continues to develop his craft as an artist and cultural creator. As a kid he loved to draw and sketch but he never knew how far his love for art will take him all over. Though for a while he gave up his passion for art while in college and his career in the corporate world, but after years of testing his creativity he decided to unlock a different side of his artistry as a writer. He slowly but surely put together multiple short stories which he then turned into a fiction novel titled ‘Red Art City‘. With the success of his novel he knew it was time to tap back into his gift of drawing and within in time he was back to making portraits and painting murals which caught the attention of many after he gifted Chris Cunningham his own special portrait. He then met his business partner Eli Massillon who helped to keep him booked as an artist with commissioned portraits for Snoop Dogg, Grandmaster Flash, Steve Lobel and Don Benjamin. If that wasn’t enough , many clients requested for him to do murals in their spaces which continued to further his brand with his one of a kind pieces that surely keep him in demand.
Follow Kid Ape on social media at @RealKidApe and make sure to check out his work via his website www.RedArtCity.com
LosLauren 718 Premieres ‘ Hold On (Grip) ‘
Rapper LosLauren 718 has had one of hell of a year so it only makes sense that he continues to bring his A Game with the release of his new single ‘Hold On (Grip)‘. The Bronx,NY native has mad major waves over the last decade with critically acclaimed projects which were featured on notable platforms such as ThisIs50 , The Source , VIBE , All Hip Hop , Vlad TV , Hip Hop DX , WorldStar , MusicXclusives , Trueexclusives and more. Now of course it makes sense why he would be featured being that he worked with the likes of some music finest producers including J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League , Just Blaze , Ty Fyffe , QB DaProblem and Mystro & Pizzi. Over the last year he dropped not one but two buzzed about projects ‘Allergic to Failure’ & ‘Blue Roses’ which are still in heavy rotation at this very moment. Now some would think that’s normal but he released both projects within a years time as an indie artist during the Covid-19 pandemic which stopped so many things from happening in support of his project. Now most would of delayed their projects but Los chose to release his music regardless and delivered two solid projects while facing something even more personal. The rising rap star was diagnosed with Cancer in 2020 and when most people would fold he chose to fight it and beat the odd and came out swinging and returned right back to his music as if nothing even happened. That’s in itself is just proof that real artist can never be stopped no matter what their circumstances may be. Now as he continues to work on his next project entitled ‘Addicted To Success’ , he teamed up with producer Skev Beats to drop his latest single just to heat things up real quick. Watch the premiere of his self directed video for ‘ Hold On (Grip)’ which is sure to be in heavy rotation.
Keep up to date with LosLauren 718 on all social media platforms at @LosLauren718 and cop all his past projects out now on all music streaming platforms.
Anisa Fowler ‘ You Reign ‘
Rising star Anisa Fowler is creating a buzz for herself with the release of her current single ‘You Reign’. In less than a year this gospel powerhouse has truly made a name for herself with a growing fanbase who is ready for her long awaited debut EP. The Queens,NY native who earliest memory of singing was in church truly put in work to get to this moment and this is still just the beginning of her journey. She teamed up with songwriter/producer Josh Arnoux on her latest record which is also on his indie label RNU Records. As his premiere artist he’s truly putting his all into his fellow LaGuardia HS classmate. The two who have been friends for over 20 years and even performed in the group ‘Gods Plan‘ for a period of time knew that they were onto something after the release of ‘You Reign’ and it very clear that they had something special on their hands. Releasing material during a pandemic and trying to promote it , isn’t an easy feat for anyone but Anisa has truly found a way to spread her gift of ministry in song as she traveled to perform at different showcases and conferences where she made a huge impact on the different crowds. Anisa is full proof that sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and take a step out on faith where God will continuously guide you to share you gift with the masses. Check out her soul stirring performance clip which is sure to be in heavy rotation.
Follow Anisa Fowler on social media at @AnisaWorships
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