Nicki Minaj Hands a Seat to an IG Fan Demanding She Drop “Chun-Li” Video

Nicki Minaj returned from her social media hiatus earlier this month to grace us all with two new tracks, “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun Li,” as well as the promise of “the greatest album [she’s] ever ever ever created.” In an interview with Zane Lowe, Nicki even said she wasn’t initially planning on releasing the two tracks but decided to do so just for her fans. However, Nicki’s dedication wasn’t quite enough for some fans, who are just too impatient to get new content from their queen. 

One Instagram user named Nicki4theculture commented on a recent post by Nicki telling her to “stop posting shit and release the video!” The user was clearly not expecting what would happen next: that Nicki herself would see the comment and answer with a very long clapback. 

In her reply, Nicki expressed sadness that “fans can’t even enjoy the music anymore” since “we’re always too busy worrying about the next one.” She also made sure to remind everyone just who she is and why she’s in the game in the first place. “I don’t need anything,” she wrote. “Queens don’t panic. We raise the bar, and then raise it again.” 

“Before social media, people just enjoyed the music,” Nicki observed. “You’ll get the videos as soon as EYE get the videos…but telling me who, what, and when to post gets you blickity blocked.” She spared this specific user from getting blocked today, but she reminded the fan to breathe and relax, adding that “you guys have done more than enough. Your support is unmatched.” 

This isn't the first time Nicki has used Instagram to check people who bother her on the app. Recently, she went in on a commenter who called her body fake. “You can't even show ur whole face. Must suck to be so jealous, miserable, insecure, and ugly,” Nicki replied. 

As of right now, we have yet to get an official release date for Nicki’s upcoming album. With that said, she’s been teasing the possibility of premiering a new song when she performs on SNL on May 19. 

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Kanye West Says He ‘Loves’ How Conservative YouTuber Candace Owens Thinks

Kanye West is showing support for black conservative YouTube personality Candace Owens.

“I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” read Ye's tweet from Saturday morning. Owens has been compared to Tomi Lahren for sharing controversial views on racism. This includes claiming “white guilt” should stop, calling Black Lives Matter protestors “whiny toddlers,” and saying the “color of a person's skin should not determine what issues they are allowed to care about.”

Owens has since responded to West's tweet by asking for a meeting and revealing that “everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music.” She also asked for his help to “wake up the black community.”

This isn't the first time 'Ye voiced support for conservatives. Two years ago, he told the audience at his Saint Pablo tour that he would have voted for Donald Trump.

“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” he said. “But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.” He also added, “We live in a racist country. That is a fact. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much.” Ye also met with the then-candidate.

West has also claimed classism as a major issue as opposed to racism.

“I wanted to take this step to say we got this new thing called classism. It's racism's cousin,” he said in a 2013 interview with Zane Lowe around the 6:00 mark. “This is what we do to hold people back. This is what we do. And we got this other thing that's also been working for a long time. It's called self-hate. It works on itself. It's like real estate of racism.”

He later continued: “When someone comes up and says, 'I am a God,' everybody says, 'Who does he think he is?' I just told you who I thought I was. A god. Would it have been better if I had a song that said, 'I'm a Gangster' or if I had a song that said, 'I'm a Pimp,' all those colors fit better on a person like me, right?”

Since Ye's tweet, he's received support from other notable conservatives, including Roseanne Barr.

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Nicki Minaj Says Atlantic Told Her to Remove Cardi B Name-Drop on “MotorSport”

Nicki Minaj’s original “Motorsport” verse has surfaced online.

During an appearance on The Norte Show in November 2017, Cardi B confirmed Nicki’s initial verse on the hit Migos track was different than the final version. DJ Akademiks reported that the Pinkprint rapper was asked to alter her rap because Cardi, who is also featured on the record, was mad Nicki had mentioned her name in a line.

Well, we now know that the rumor was at least half true.

In the expertly timed leak—posted by DJ Akademiks—you can hear Nicki drop Cardi’s name:

I'm with a couple bad bitches that'll rip the party
If Cardi the QB, I'm Nick Lombardi
Pull up in the space coupe, I done linked with Marty
I can actually afford to get a pink Bugatti

The final version replaced Cardi’s name with Quavo, which raises the question: Was Nicki trying to throw shade in her earlier verse?

Because Quavo was ultimately referenced in the line, many people have claimed that Nicki was simply giving a shout-out to Cardi, while also acknowledging her position in the rap game; however, others believe Nicki was attempting to put Cardi in her place by designating their respective roles and ranks.

After the original version surfaced, fans were left with many questions. If it truly was a diss, then why would Nicki feel comfortable replacing Quavo’s name with Cardi’s? On the other hand, if it was nothing more than a generous shout-out, why would she decide to take out the Cardi reference?

Nicki now claims she made the alteration at Atlantic Records’ request:

There have been a lot of whispers and controversies surrounding the “Motorsport,” specifically in regards to Nicki and Cardi’s relationship. Shortly after the track was released, people began speculating that Nicki was blindsided by Cardi's feature; however, Nicki claims she was informed about Cardi's contribution prior to the song's official drop. 

“I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it. He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it.’ The end,” she tweeted. “Migos weren’t even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe. Imagine me not knowing who on a song w/me.”

Though it seemed like there is no bad blood between the NYC rappers, Nicki recently told Zane Lowe she was hurt by Cardi’s reaction to the feud rumors.

“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out […] Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview,” Nick said. “I remember when I first came in the game, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry, and the only thing she kept saying was, ‘I didn't hear that, she changed her verse.’ I was like, ‘What?’”

 

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Logic: ‘Tell That Boy Drake He Don’t Want It With Me in ‘Fortnite”

As more people are hopping on the Fortnite wave including rappers like Drake and Travis Scott, it only made sense for some challenges to come out of it. On a recent stop at The Ellen Show, rapper Logic took the chance to challenge Drizzy to the PC game while on stage performing his latest single “Everyday”.

It was obvious Logic was happy to be there, shouting Ellen out while bounding across the stage, so his playful warning fit right into the rest of his mic banter. “Tell that boy Drake he don't want it with me in Fortnite,” the rapper said close to the end of the performance. DJ and producer Marshmello, who the rapper collaborated with on the song, joined him on stage at the very end of the performance.

Of course, it all comes from a good place as Logic has said in the past how much Drizzy inspires him. “Drake doesn’t realize, in many ways, he was like the big brother I never had,” he recently explained on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe. “He set the example and paved the way for me to be myself. Now, whether I’m at the Grammys or whether I’m here or there, or whatever, he’ll show me love…People don’t realize what that’s like, what that means.”

Logic has previously challenged him before, replying to a tweet from Ninja, “Tell the boy Drizzy he don’t want it with Bobby!”

Logic might be in for more than he bargained for, since Drake's last appearance on Twitch playing the game saw him take top spot.

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Rich the Kid Drops Full Version of Lil Uzi Vert Diss “Dead Friends”

Rich the Kid kicked his Lil Uzi Vert diss track out into the real world Monday.

 

9:00 am “Dead Friends” on #Beats1🥀🥀🥀

A post shared by Rich The Kid (@richthekid) on Mar 26, 2018 at 8:14am PDT

“Dead Friends” premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Show, the latest entry of which also featured an interview with Rich about the story behind this World Is Yours cut. When Lowe asked him to clarify what he's saying on this track, Rich at first said he was “just letting people know how money changes people.”

Lowe then pointed out the obvious Uzi references, noting that—and this is quite worth noting—Uzi and Rich are “fundamentally different” artists. “It's funny because I made this record months before all that, and so whatever darkness comes to light,” Rich said. “So you listen to the song, you know what's going on. Billboard don't lie.”

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Asked if his issues with Uzi were mere “entertainment,” Rich said he's just waiting on an Uzi response. “You know you can't write better than me though,” he added, calling Uzi a “singer.”

A video for “Dead Friends,” directed by Louie Knows, is expected shortly. Apparently, Rich's team hired an Uzi lookalike for the shoot.

Anyway, The World Is Yours is out Friday. Rich's 14-track debut album features appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Khalid, Quavo, Offset, Chris Brown, Jay Critch, Swae Lee, Offset, and Trippie Redd.

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Drake’s “God’s Plan” Is Now the No. 1 Song in the Country

Even when we don't see Drake coming, he knows where the culture is going. It's a vision like that that has landed The Boy at the top of the Billboard Hot 100: “God's Plan” is officially No. 1. As if that wasn't enough, “Diplomatic Immunity,” the other track in his 2-pack Scary Hours EP, is No. 7 according to Billboard. That makes Drake the first artist to have two songs debut in the Top 10 simultaneously since Ed Sheeran, who did so last January with “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” Sheeran and Drake are the only two artists to have accomplished such a feat. Clap for 'em.

When you look at the numbers, it's not surprising to see him at the top of the charts. Per Billboard and Nielsen Music, “God's Plan” was also No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 82.4 million U.S. streams. Speaking of streaming, just last week Drake broke records with both Spotify and Apple Music. Chart Data reported that “God's Plan” was streamed 4,326,679 times in the U.S., a single-day record. And Zane Lowe let the world know via Twitter that “God's Plan” was streamed more than 14 million times on its first day on Apple Music, a worldwide record for the platform.

With “God's Plan,” Drake has bumped Camila Cabello and Young Thug's “Havana” from the No. 1 spot, where it spent just one week. The competition is fierce outchea.

“God's Plan” is Drake's first debut at No. 1, and his fourth overall Hot 100 No. 1. His features with Rihanna, “What's My Name?” in 2010 and “Work” in 2016, earned him No. 1 spots, as well as his lead single “One Dance” featuring WizKid and Kyla, which also held the top spot in 2016. His latest chart topper marks his second No. 1 as a lead artist, and his first as a solo act. 

According to Chart Data, Drake joins Mariah Carey and The Beatles as the only artists with 20 or more Hot 100 top 10s in a single decade.​ While Drizzy is running these 2010s, Mariah dominated in the '90s, and The Beatles held it down in the '60s. 

Drake is reportedly already back in the studio: he's been seen hanging with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and has posted visuals of his studio to his Instagram stories. 

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Action Bronson, Zane Lowe, and More to Be Featured in “Complex Con(versations)” Panels

Additional ComplexCon “Complex Con(versations)” panels have been announced.

New Yorkers React to Jaden Smith’s Music and Tweets

ComplexCon is around the corner, and one of the acts we can't wait to see on the stage is the always unpredictable Jaden Smith. He's one of our 20 favorite artists under 20 years old, and even though he's been making music for years now, it feels like he's still only getting started. With that in mind, we hit the streets of New York to talk about Jaden Smith for the latest episode of Angelito in the Streets.

What do people think of Jaden's music? Can they tell the difference between a Jaden Smith tweet and a Confucius quote? Watch the video above to find out, and get your tickets to ComplexCon now to see Jaden and a bunch of other great artists perform.

See the full details of the Pigeons & Planes stage at ComplexCon here.

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Mia Khalifa and Gilbert Arenas Discuss Why Kyrie SZN Is Finally Upon Us on ‘Out of Bounds’

On today’s Out of Bounds, Gilbert, Mia, Pierce, and Adam chat about the past week’s NBA, NFL, and college football standings and U of Miami’s Bowl prospects. The crew also run through Steph Curry’s mouthguard-related first ejection, coach firings, why the Cleveland Browns are trash, and Gabrielle Union’s discussion of tossing salads in her life prior to Dwyane Wade.

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Quavo Reveals He’s Working on a Script for Migos Movie

Quavo, who is hopefully quite busy crafting a new and improved national anthem, shared another update regarding his upcoming collaborative project with Travis Scott Monday. During a Migos x Zane Lowe discussion on Beats 1, Quavo also also opened up about the Georgia trio's cinematic ambitions and how the continued success of their crossover supersmash “Bad and Boujee” is affecting their new material.

“The job was not to just chase it, you know?” Quavo told host Zane Lowe of how they reacted, creatively, to “Bad and Boujee” mania. “Try to chase that same feeling, that same creation? You can't, you know what I'm saying? It's like a painting that's already been painted. And like, only way you can do it is create you a whole 'nother masterpiece. And hopefully it'll be bigger, but you will never create that 'Bad & Boujee' moment, because it was a moment, like you said. It's about timing and it's done.”

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Though Quavo sadly did not reveal a release date or any other specifics regarding his much-anticipated Travis Scott collab, he did confirm that the two have been working on “figuring out” the project. “We got all that we wanna do,” Quavo said. “We just trying to, like, get all the track listing.​”

As for plans to break into cinema, Quavo revealed he's currently working on a script for a Migos movie inspired by his love of '90s and early '00s films like Menace II Society and Baller Blockin. “I always been watching movies and, like, my favorite musicians do movies and they really used to do that a lot in like the '90s,” Quavo said. “So I'm a '90s baby and all my favorite movies got all the dope artists in them.”

Catch the full Migos x Zane Lowe discussion, during which the trio confirms they've recently been in touch with Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover, below:

For reasons not entirely clear, Zane Lowe failed to ask Quavo about his progress on the new national anthem. Come on, Zane!

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