Nicki Minaj’s Deleted ‘Great Time to be a White Rapper’ Instagram Post Sparks Controversy

Nicki Minaj posted a pretty nondescript screen capture of the iTunes top 10 charting Hip Hop/Rap songs Saturday night. But it wasn’t the chart itself that got people talking so much as Nicki’s commentary on the melanin deficiency of the artists on the chart. 

“It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?” Nicki wrote in the caption of her now-deleted post. “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”

The chart has since been updated, but you can pretty easily read between the lines and see what Nicki was referencing. Of the 10 songs listed, Migos’ “Motorsport” and N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” are the only two performed by artists that self-identify as black. 

Nicki wasn’t saying anything that hasn’t already been said about race in rap (or other genres perceived as predominately black) by the likes of Solange, Azealia Banks or even Eminem himself. Defending Post Malone in such a discussion seemed like a curious choice.

It’s possible Nicki considered an Instagram caption wasn’t the best place to try and have a nuanced discussion about race, privilege and music because she ended up updating her caption.

“Update blocking all u sensitive dick riders,” Nicki further wrote. “It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don’t like it gtfo my page dick rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen dick! Sensitive ass ig thugs. Gtfoh.”

That post was followed by a clip of J. Cole’s 2014 interview with Angie Martinez, where Cole also discussed the perception versus reality of genres of music traditionally performed by black artists.

“Whenever a black woman speaks on ANYTHING she’s labeled as “mad” “angry” “bitter,” Nicki wrote in a similarly lengthy caption. “I’m on 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m blessed & highly favored thx to my amazing fans.”

Before the posts were deleted, Nicki captioned that she was posting “on new developments within the music industry.” There’s plenty of historical context and data to disprove the theory of white artists gaining increased popularity in predominately black spaces isn’t a new development, but that’s somewhat of a moot point now because Nicki’s posts have been deleted.

Much like Nicki’s infamous “What’s good, Miley?” moment and the multiple subs thrown at Iggy Azalea, this might lead to some substantive dialogue beyond an Instagram caption. 

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Post Malone: ‘I Still Only Have 1 Good Song’

Post Malone is the latest artist to be interviewed by Nardwuar. It took place in Toronto, Canada, where the pair talked about Post’s love for Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and much more.

 

At the 11:55 mark, Post talks about his early days in his career, and specifically performing to crowds with only a few songs to his name. In 2015, Post’s buzz grew off SoundCloud hits such as “White Iverson,” “Too Young,” “Tear$,” and “What’s Up.” But according to him, his one good song (even to this day) is “White Iverson.”

Nardwuar: Have you ever done “White Iverson” twice?

Post Malone: I sure have. I used to get a lot of shit for it. [Laughs] You gotta understand I had like three songs out. I only had one good song. I still only have one good song, but I had to do it first and I had to do it last ‘cause no one knew who the hell I was.

It is funny Post says this about his own body of work. Since “White Iverson,” he’s had multiple platinum-selling singles: “Déjà vu” with Justin Bieber, “Congratulations” with Quavo, and his new single “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage that spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His debut album, Stoney, is certified double platinum while fans are anticipating the release of Beerbongs & Bentleys slated for sometime next year.

But you’re your own worst critic, so maybe he has a point. You can watch the full interview above.

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Offset Proposed to Cardi B and She Said Yes

Offset has proposed to Cardi B. Offset asked the very large question on bended knee (sort of, it was more of a Crouching Tiger Hidden Migos thing) at Power 99's Powerhouse in Philadelphia. The two have been dating since the top of the year. Watch the cuteness of the proposal and Cardi's ecstatic reaction below. 

 

#TSRProposals: #Offset proposed to #CardiB at #powerhouse broooo

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Oct 27, 2017 at 8:15pm PDT

 

#OFFSET JUST PROPOSED IM SCREAMING 😩😨😨❤️ – @offsetyrn @iamcardib

A post shared by #1 Offset ❤️ Cardi B Fanpage (@bardiset.page) on Oct 27, 2017 at 8:18pm PDT

Cardi took to Instagram to express her love for Offset following the proposal. 

People responded to the beautiful news on the very popular website Twitter.com. 

Rumors that the couple got engaged started to circulate not too long back. It began after the two went jewelry shopping in Atlanta back on August 22. 

An article from Real Cool Nation titled “Exclusive: Cardi B Just Got Engaged To Migos Rapper Offset — He Proposed Last Night!” was published and added fuel to the fire. The article turned out not to be true, well, not until now at least. 

Cardi is featured on Migos' new Culture 2 single “MotorSport” featuring Nicki Minaj. The track came out just hours prior to the proposal. Both Offset and Cardi B's 2017, even not taking into account this whole engagement​ business, has been spectacular. 

Cardi's summer anthem “Bodak Yellow” clenched the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 while Offset's group Migos dropped their second studio album Culture. The album debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 and reached platinum status back in July.

Congratulations are in order, so congratulations to Cardi B and Offset. 

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XXXTentacion Says He’s Terminating His $6 Million Deal With Capitol Records

XXXTentacion claims he has ended his contract with Capitol Music Group, less than a week after the reported $6 million record deal was announced.

The Florida rapper shared the news Wednesday night in an Instagram story, writing: “I am not a signed artist, and I will not be releasing music for a very long time, I’m tired of this shit.”

Complex has reached out to CMG and XXXTentacion’s team for confirmation.

 

#xxxtentacion speaks on #CapitolRecords and his future in music. Thoughts?

A post shared by HotNewHipHop (@hotnewhiphop) on Oct 25, 2017 at 4:00pm PDT

The deal was reportedly a distribution agreement between the rapper’s Bad Vibes Forever and and CMG’s indie distributor Caroline. According to Billboard, the contract would only “cover yet-to-be-released material.”

XXXTentacion has become one of the most successful and polarizing young rappers in the game. It was about two months ago when the 19-year-old dropped his first studio album, 17, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 and has since earned a total of 313,000 equivalent album units. His work has been overshadowed by controversy, which includes physical altercations with concert-goers, disturbing abuse allegations, and a publicity stunt that involved a fake suicide

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Here’s Why Drake’s ‘More Life’ May Not Be Nominated for a Single Grammy

Do you remember where you were when Drake dropped More Life? I imagine most of you do, with headphones up LOUD to the Apple Music broadcast of the playlist that felt like the best of Drake's albums. That's right, even if it's one of the best albums of 2017 (so far), Drake's always considered this to be a playlist (which would explain the volume of collaborators throughout the release). That said, it's still surprising that, according to HITS Daily Double, Drake has not entered More Life for “any 'genre album' awards.” Even the official Grammys website took a look at Drake riding the wave of the digital revolution with this playlist, but the question is, why?

It's hard to say. Many have been conflicted on what to call More Life. Sure, Drake says it's a playlist, but what do we, the critics, call it when it comes to breaking down the best releases of the year? It's hard to ignore the release when literally every song hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It could also just be a sign o' the (digital) times, where the confines of what denoted an album or a mixtape or a “project” or whatever are virtually unnecessary. The thing is, just doing a bit of a glance at Drake's history can (hopefully) help us shed some light on why More Life would not have been submitted for genre album awards for the Grammys.

Drake still doesn't consider it an album

Drake, and his crew, are adamant that More Life should be treated as a playlist, and not a proper album follow-up to Views. Nineteen85 told Billboard that because Drake had “so many good ideas,” he “just wants to put it out without making it a big ordeal.” He also alluded to the idea that Drake “has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out,” as well as saying More Life somehow helped “introduce new music and new artists to the rest of the world.” You might think that's crazy, but the average Drake listener wasn't up on Black Coffee or Jorja Smith before he featured them on this release.

Even the “more tune for ya headtop” drop during the initial release (which debuted on OVO Sound Radio before popping up on Apple Music) made this feel more like Drake just running through a gaggle of bangers that he was sitting on without a proper destination, as opposed to a refined statement. Hell, it was 22 tracks, with little to no interludes, which made for more of a mixtape vibe than anything.

Drake has some issues with the Grammys

Back in February of 2017, Drake sat down with DJ Semtex for an interview that was recorded the day after the Grammys. In it, Drake explained why he wasn't feeling the Recording Academy for, in essence, pigeonholing him and his output, primarily because of “Hotline Bling,” which won two Rap Grammys (Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance) despite Drake not spitting a single bar on the track.

“I’m a black artist, I’m apparently a rapper, even though 'Hotline Bling' is not a rap song,” Drake said. “The only category that they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black.”

Maybe Drake decided to be super petty, dropping a project that he knew had some Grammy-worthy heat on it that he wouldn't submit to the Grammys out of spite. You almost hope that these rumors are true and Drake never speaks on it, just because he can. Keep it 100: even if Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z put out some critically-acclaimed albums in 2017, going up against Drake's More Life in a Rap Album category would be interesting.

The bigger statement here, though, is Drake sort of carving a lane all his own. He can and does rap on the regular, and has had loads of success in the rap game, but he's also surpassed the usual “rap” goals, and is a bona fide pop star. No one wants to be looked at as one particular thing, especially when they've exhausted that box. Maybe Drake is just looking for his proper respect and figured ducking the Grammys was the best statement he could make.

Drake's more focused on his next album

Oh, you didn't know? You must not be following Drake on the 'gram. The 6 God has been posting a number of studio shots since the tail-end of summer 2017, and said he was “about to go back to making this new album” during OVO Fest back in August. With no real word on when we will be hearing new material, or when this new album would be released, it really has been quiet on the new Drake music front. He's taking in movies and basketball games, and we have to imagine that these exercises are breaks for inspiration outside of the studio, where he has to be hyper-focused on topping Views.

At the end of the day, these aren't confirmed rumors; we won't 100 percent know that More Life isn't up for anything until the 60th Grammy nominees are revealed on Nov. 28. That is, unless Drake comes out and confirms these reports. Again, he might not even need to, though; mans might not even be thinking on the next batch of Grammy awards. Drake's probably so focused he's working on the 61st Grammys ceremony.

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Post Malone’s “Rockstar” May Have Hit No. 1 Because of This YouTube Trick

This week's Billboard Hot 100 chart shows Post Malone's smash “Rockstar” sitting at No. 1. The song has plenty to like, including a 21 Savage feature and lyrical shout-outs to original AC/DC frontman Bon Scott and the Doors' Jim Morrison (though, if Malone watched the movie, he'd realize that guitarist Robbie Kreiger, not Jim, actually wrote “Light My Fire”).

But, as pointed out by Fader, the song may have had some help in getting to the top spot, thanks to an interesting move on the part of what appears to be Republic Records. An account that looks like the official Republic channel—it's not verified by YouTube, but hosts exclusively Republic artist releases, the label's account has tweeted videos from the account, and has 100,000 subscribers—posted a video to YouTube that, at first glance, appears to be “Rockstar.” It is, to the second, the exact length of the finished song, and is billed as “Post Malone feat. 21 Savage – rockstar.” But when you click on the video, it is only the hook of the song, repeated over and over.

In the description of the video, there is a link to hear the song on your streaming service of choice. The video has been played (or accessed) nearly 42 million times. Presumably a portion of the 42 million who accessed the video ended up clicking through to stream it somewhere else, which would have helped the song on its way to No. 1.

So why go through all this trouble to move would-be YouTube viewers over to streaming services? While Republic has yet to comment, it's easy to speculate. Streaming counts heavily towards the Hot 100. While the exact formula for the singles chart changes week to week, streaming is generally accounts for between 20-30 percent of what counts on the chart (the other two-thirds or so comes from sales and radio play). So, steering people towards playing the song on Spotify or Apple Music, after having played the track on YouTube, gives the song multiple streams, as opposed to the single stream that a lone YouTube play would rack up. YouTube views count towards the Hot 100, although for less than a stream, and have for the past several years.

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This Is What Christian Louboutin Thinks of Cardi B and Her Love for Red Bottoms

Jay Z, Drake, Future, and Kanye West are just some of the many rappers who’ve shown love to designer Christian Louboutin—or, more specifically, his iconic red-soled shoes commonly referred to as “red bottoms.”

Though the reference has become somewhat of a cliché, Cardi B has seemingly given new life to the luxury footwear with her breakout song “Bodak Yellow.” You know the lines: “These expensive, these is red bottoms/These is bloody shoes/Hit the store, I can get 'em both/I don't wanna choose.”

Though the infectious track was released in mid-June, it wasn’t until recently that it became the first solo female rap record to reach No. 1 in nearly two decades. (The last artist to accomplish this was Lauryn Hill with her 1998 hit “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

Clearly, people can’t get enough of Cardi or “Bodak Yellow,” which has now dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week in a row. But what does Louboutin think of Cardi and her love for red bottoms? Well, it seems he’s only vaguely familiar with the Bronx MC.

“She has the hair like that?” the French designer told the New York Times, as he put his hands around chin level. “She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song? […] I don’t know much more than that, to be honest.”

Though he admits he’s not a big rap fan, Louboutin suggested he’d be open to meeting Cardi one day. He also said it seemed fitting that so many performers enjoy his designs, considering where he got his start.

“In a way, it comes back to some of my origins,” he said. “The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage. Showgirls have a kind of attitude—they’re driving forces.”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi’s stylist spoke about the rapper’s affinity for Louboutin and revealed just how many pairs of red bottoms she owned.

“She has to have over 90 pairs,” stylist Kollin Carter said. “[…] She usually buys a pair or two every couple of weeks. Where she’s from, when girls are ready to get dressed up that’s what you wear. And in real life, before 'Bodak' blew up, she wore red bottoms because that’s what it means to make it in the Bronx. It’s a status symbol that the masses can relate to; everyday girls work hard and save up their money to have that shoe. Cardi did the same.”

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Cardi B’s Dentist Also Making Money Moves After Shout-Out on “Bodak Yellow”

Cardi B is absolutely killing it right now. She has officially dethroned Taylor Swift from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow,” making it the first solo woman-fronted rap single to top the chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” back in 1998. But Cardi’s song has done a lot more than just make America’s summer better. 

Cardi’s dentist, Dr. Catrise Austin, has reported a significant boom in business due to just one shout-out in the song, proving Cardi B is really out here helping everyone she can make money moves, just like herself. For reference: in one of the verses of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi raps, “Got a bag and fixed my teeth/Hope you hoes know it ain’t cheap.”

Cardi’s dentist has also done work on DJ Khaled, Common, Toni Braxton, Omarosa Manigault, and Busta Rhymes—but it was only after Cardi B rapped about her work that Dr. Austin noticed a bump in her business. And it’s a pretty significant one: Dr. Austin told TMZ her business has tripled so far, with people Googling and calling her to find out more. She also claims that Cardi’s dental work cost as much as a luxury SUV.

“Just this week, I've got so many calls because people want to know 'who is Cardi B's dentist,'” Dr. Austin said in a video posted to TMZ. She also said Cardi's major dental work last year, followed by the rapper's skyrocketing success, has inspired people of all kinds to come in and change their smile, and consequently “change their lives.” 

 

got a bag & fixed our teeth 😁😂 @iamcardib [shot by @kodaklens]  #BIG3 #FightWeekend #Vegas

A post shared by Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) on Sep 1, 2017 at 3:14pm PDT

Rapper Fabolous realized the genius of the line a while ago when he posted a photo with Cardi to his Instagram with the lyrics as a caption, also pointing to some dental work he had done as well. After all, Cardi is definitely not ashamed of her come-up, nor is she trying to hide the fact that she knows where to spend the money coming in from her burgeoning music career. She's open about the work she's done with Dr. Austin in the past, claiming “if you don't feel comfortable about something, go and fix it.”

But it's a testament to Cardi's confidence that she didn't even seem all that bothered pre-dental work. At least not as bothered as her haters, as she tweeted in 2016. 

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50 Cent Reveals How Floyd Mayweather Really Felt About Conor McGregor

After years of not being allowed into the Hot 97 studios (which stem from a shooting outside of the station in New York City back during the G-Unit vs. the Game days), 50 Cent made his return to Hot 97 to talk about a number of topics with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez.

One of the biggest revelations occurs towards the end of the interview (38:47), when Ebro asks if 50 spoke with Floyd Mayweather after the Conor McGregor fight. 50 says they Facetime'd a few days ago, and says that Floyd wasn't really feeling Conor. “He really didn't like him,” 50 said. “All that, he's getting away with touching his head? That's not Floyd, he ain't like that.” 50 also said that when he heard Floyd tried to bet $3 million on himself, he made sure he got his bet in (although he won't reveal what he made).

50 also spoke on Cardi B hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (at the 19:32 mark). “What Cardi does is so amazing for our culture; it means that there's no rules.” He calls Love & Hip-Hop the “graveyard,” and says that now the visibility of the show will mean that Cardi won't be the only success story.

Now 50 Cent was actually there to promote 50 Central, which is his upcoming variety show on BET. “There's a lot of cool sketch comedy,” he reveals, but does say that you might not see much Trump talk. Not because he's shook, but because he doesn't want to do stuff that a Saturday Night Live has already made their mark with. 50 does have an interesting take on Trump's presidency, though (around 34:36): “his presidency is an accident.” He takes it further, revealing his theory that Trump was “doing that to build his profile for a bigger deal on television,” which is something a number of people theorized during the debate season.

50 also speaks on Power being the No. 2 show on cable television behind Game of Thrones, goes back and forth on WHY Ebro can't blame him for the state of New York hip-hop, his views on 4:44, and much, much more. Check out the full interview up above.

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