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.
Kanye West Now Worth Estimated $6.6B Thanks to Lucrative Gap, Adidas Deals
Kanye West is now worth a staggering $6.6 billion, as revealed in a new Bloomberg report and confirmed by a rep to Billboard.
According to a private document obtained by the outlet, Yeezy – West’s sneaker and apparel business with both Adidas and Gap – has been valued at between $3.2 billion to $4.7 billion by the Swiss investment bank UBS Group. As much as $970 million of that total is tied to West’s new clothing line for Gap (under the Yeezy Gap label) that the retailer has slated for release by July, part of a 10-year agreement the parties signed in June of last year.
The document further reveals that Gap, an ailing brand whose partnership with West represents a play for younger consumers, expects its Yeezy line to break $150 million in sales in its first full year in 2022 and envisions it surpassing a billion dollars in revenue within eight years, or even as soon as 2023 on the upside. West stands to profit handsomely in any event, as he retains sole ownership and creative control of the Yeezy brand and earns royalties on sales under the deal, with the rate increasing as the business grows. He’ll also receive stock warrants when the collection hits sales targets, with the highest set at $700 million, according to a securities filing.
West’s longstanding deal with Adidas has been the most lucrative part of his business endeavors to date, with Yeezy sneakers continuing to fly off of shelves; according to the documents, the brand grew 31% to nearly $1.7 billion in annual revenue last year, netting Yeezy royalties of $191 million. West has been in business with the company since 2013, with their current deal running through 2026.
An unaudited balance sheet of West’s finances, provided to Bloomberg by his lawyer, shows an additional $122 million in cash and stock and more than $1.7 billion in other assets, including an investment in his wife Kim Kardashian’s underwear label Skims (Kardashian filed for divorce in February).
West’s music catalog is worth another $110.5 million, according to a 2020 valuation by Valentiam Group cited by Bloomberg.
The numbers revealed today represent a decidedly sharp turnaround for West, who in 2016 claimed to be $53 million in debt; at the time, he also took to Twitter to implore Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in his work. That was before West himself was named a billionaire by Forbes, which estimated his net worth at $1.3 billion in April 2020.
The Weeknd Still Pissed Over Grammy Snub
“I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The Grammys are coming this weekend, and it looks like it’s still bothering The Weeknd.
If you recall, The Weeknd was this years’ biggest snubbed artist. His song Blinding Lights has broken many records, such as longest Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 run. The songs success and album success also landed him the Super Bowl half time show last month.
From the Grammy Committee stand point…..they weren’t “wrong” in what happened. Although it was one of the biggest songs of the year, it was a tough field. Lets start off with the facts. Fact is, they tried to initially submit the song in the R&B genre, which would have given him a bigger chance of winning because R&B acts lately haven’t been as big as him. The committee rerouted him to the POP category, because the song is a POP song. In those categories, he is up against POP Stars like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, and new comer Doja Cat. They all had pretty big years, and in the POP world, The Weeknd isn’t really the biggest guy out there.
Moving on. A lot of Blinding Lights’ chart success was due to multiple factors, one being a pandemic and another being that he had a lot of radio play. While streams and sales were solid, they weren’t enough to keep him in the Top 10. I looked at a random week in July 2020 and he wasn’t even in Spotify’s Top 10.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, The Weeknd stated he would boycott the awards from now on. “Because of the secret committees,” the Weeknd said, “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
Some would see this statement as him standing up to a long standing, flawed system. For me, he is throwing a temper tantrum. He’s in the music industry to express his creativity and bring his art to life. The awards and accolades are merely bonus. To have this much attitude over a predominately white award show is an example of him feeling as if he was entitled to the awards. Crazy thing about it, he didn’t mention his displeasure for also being snubbed at the NAACP Image Awards.
At the end of the day, you win some, you lose some…but you live to fight another day.
Is DaBaby having a “Yellowbone” baby?
The folks are talking and its leaning towards “Yes”. “Yellowbone” singer, DaniLeigh, was spotted out and about sporting a baby bumb over the weekend.
DaniLeigh spotted earlier with her baby bump. pic.twitter.com/XvHx665Zwl
— Rap Alert (@rapalert3) March 8, 2021
Now the two had a very social media present relationship, that seemed to have ended not too long ago. The fact that she just popped out with this baby bump afterwards is a little….different. All that attention she was seeking on social media, and to not give a proper announcement is a little off brand. But it’s whatever. Congrats to the couple, praying for a healthy baby.
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