Drake Talks Strained Relationship With Jay Z, His Chemistry With Rihanna & Dishes On Nicki Minaj: "Unfortunately We Haven't Spoken"
Drake premiered his long-awaited new album on iTunes and Apple Music early Friday morning, but earlier he gave a rare interview with Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe. When he wasn't talking about the album, the Toronto rapper had plenty to say about some of music's biggest names.
On Nicki Minaj: After last year's very public feud with Minaj's boyfriend, rapper Meek Mill, Drake admitted that he and the hip-hop queen haven't been on speaking terms.
"I don't really talk to Nicki. She's another person I have a lot of love for, a lot of respect to her and the past and what we built. I understand what love is and I understand a personal situation. She dealt with me how I would expect her to: with class. I would do the same. There were times I was sitting there, waiting to see, you know, 'How deep is your love?' I have respect for Nicki but unfortunately, we haven't spoken."
On Rihanna: Drake opened up about his former flame, saying it's their undeniable chemistry that makes their songs so strong.
"It wouldn't be a record without Rihanna, would it? ... The music we make and energy between us is genuine."
On Kanye West: Kanye produced U With Me? off Views and appeared on a previously released version of Pop Style. His appearance on the album may have surprised some fans, after Drake seemingly dissed West (more specifically: his pool) on Summer Sixteen earlier this year. Turns out, the rappers actually live close by.
"That was really just some friendly neighbor bars. I take pride in being Kanye's neighbor. ... He has a phenomenal pool. His pool has gotta be like half a football field."
" 'Ye's one of my favorite people in the world. I love 'Ye. He's a really good guy. He's part of the reason that I'm even here right now. We have one of those friendships that you don't really have in rap. ... We were supposed to do a mixtape together, an album together. Maybe we'll get that done."
On Jay Z: Drizzy has been beefing with Jay for years, which made his brief verse on Pop Style all the more head-scratching. Drake insists that was simply because West invited Jay to hop on the song and that his own relationship with Mr. Carter is strained.
"I was just having conversations with Kanye. That just landed in my lap. I just dealt with it accordingly and it didn’t exactly play how I would have wanted it to as far as business goes.
"I’ve expressed my admiration and respect for Jay countless times. That will never change. Sometimes we just fall on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the rap world. It’s always just mutual respect, but sometimes it has to be from afar due to other situations that don’t have anything to do with me and him."
It's a sad day around the world as iconic singer Prince died earlier today (April 21) at age 57 at his Paisley Park home and studio, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. TMZ first reported the news.
TMZ reported earlier that police had been investigating a fatality there.
Prince was hospitalized last week after his plane for was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. Released a few hours later, a rep told TMZ that he had been battling a bad case of the flu.
One of the most iconic musicians in music history, Prince's extensive career grew out of the music scene of his native Minneapolis, where he lived his entire life. His 1978 debut album For You and self-titled second LP, released in October 1979, kicked off an incredibly prolific run of albums that included 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman, among others, throughout the 1980s at a clip of nearly one per year, evolving with each release.
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[VIDEO] Nike Pays Tribute To Kobe Featuring: Serena Williams, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Russell Wilson & More!
Amidst Kobe's final game an ad unveiled over the weekend. A host of fellow Nike endorsers talk about Mr. Bryant and his defining characteristics in a 97-second spot.
More than 30 athletes including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods and Andres Iniesta appear in the ad, as well as Mr. Bryant’s former coach Phil Jackson, praising his competitive nature and his dedication to the sport.
The Billboard Music Awards are back! Today the much anticipated nominees were revealed partially on Good Morning America by hosts, Ciara and Ludacris.
The Award show will be held on May 22nd ceremony and will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Below is the full list of nominiees. Check them out and share your thoughts.
Top New Artist:
Top Male Artist:
30 year old Ciara finally graced the cover of the May Essence issue for the first time. The mother of one and new fiancee to Russell Wilson was glowing and absolutely brightened up the cover of the magazine dressed in a strapless, floral jumpsuit.
Ciara talked marriage & more in this issue. Check out some of what she had to say below:
On her nuptuils to Russell Wilson: "Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together. We talk about everything. To me, to both of us, that's the foundation you need for love to flourish and reach its highest place. I want to live with as much lightness as possible, so I can stay focused on my love of God, and being the best mom, and the best person, I can be…"
On Starting a family prior to Russell: "I'd always wanted to have my own family.And my pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility."
On her split from rapper, Future: "That wasn't necessarily part of my vision. But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time."
On reminiscing about what kind of man she wanted: "I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all."
Looks like the lady got what she wanted after all.
[NEW MUSIC] Love & Hip Hop's Bianca Bonnie Releases New Music Under Yandy Smith's Management: LISTEN NOW!
When the name Yandy Smith comes to mind, you may recognize the name from vh1's hit reality show "Love and Hip Hop."
What some of you maybe unaware of, is the fact that Yandy Smith has been a pivital character behind some of your favorite music acts. This Harlem native and Howard graduate has previously been linked with Warner Bros Music as well as Violator Management. Coming up she also managed artist, rapper Jim Jones.
Yandy has come a long way and continues expanding her brand. The Love and Hip Hop star even earned a position on Billboard’s Top 30 executives under 30 list at one point.
Yandy continues her business in management and is currently managing artist and Love & Hip Hop castmate, Bianca Bonnie formerly known as Young B whom you may all know from 2006 hit single "Chicken Noodle Soup"
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Yesterday Bianca released her newest records under Yandy's management via Soundcloud. We have to give it to Yandy for rocking with Bianca who is also Harlem native. Bianca's new music proves that she has not lost her touch and her talent is definitely unrivaled to none. She is definitely a force to reckon with in the music industry. We would say, she's back but the truth is she never left.
Check out Bianca's new music below and share your thoughts.
Make sure you keep up with Bianca on Instagram: @BiancaIsKing
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