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Friday
Jan212011

Nicki Minaj Says 'Raining Men' Duet With Rihanna Was Written 'In Bed'

Sitting at our computer and checking our @MTVRapFix timeline on Friday (January 21), we saw that Nicki Minaj was chatting with our British buddy DJ Semtex on BBC's online radio station 1XTRA. As we tuned in, Nicki began talking about her duet with Rihanna "Raining Men," where she ends her featured bars with a controversial line and the Weather Girls, who made the original song.

"I just wanted to be crazy, I wrote that track in bed actually. I had an off day, they sent me a record and said they needed it back in 24 hours and I wrote ... saying craziness," she said. "I wanted to make it more melodic and crazy.

"On the last line of 'Raining Men' I say 'It's raining men, fat bitches' " she continued, with a giggle. "I just said it and I couldn't take it back ... Then when I was at Yankee Stadium, I ran into [Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman] L.A. Reid and he repeated that line back to me. And I was like 'Did L.A. Reid just say 'fat bitches?' I wanted to pass out."

Rihanna and Nicki recently wrapped the clip for the pair's duet "Fly" on Barbie's Pink Friday.

"We're shooting the video with Rihanna for 'Fly,' " Nicki told E! News recently. "We're going to save the world in more ways than one with the video, and that's all I can say about that. ... I love Ri Ri! I mean, when she's not grabbing my ass, she's a sweet girl."

Later in the rapper's BBC interview, she brought out her signature Roman Zolanski-inspired British accent.

"You remind me of Mick Jagger, he's got a similar accent," Londoner Semtex said, as the MC mimicked his accent back to him.

Friday
Jan212011

Ginuwine Talks Working With Bryan Michael Cox

Friday
Jan212011

Music Industry Shakeup; Warner Looking for Potential Buyers, Universal Plans Layoffs

Two of the four major record companies are looking to make some big changes. It was recently revealed that Warner Music Group has hired Goldman Sachs to seek out potential buyers, while Universal Music Group has announced planned layoffs for today (January 21).

The New York Times reports that, although WMG is looking to be acquired, it is also still actively trying to buy out British label EMI. Warner is the parent company to both Atlantic and Asylum Records whose roster of rap artists include T.I., B.o.B, Lupe Fiasco, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, among others.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal will let go of around 60 staffers in North America today. “The current economic climate dictates that we continue to look for more efficient ways to run our business,” read a statement sent to THR. Universal’s umbrella includes Interscope, Def Jam and Universal Motown—home to such artists as Eminem, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi and Nelly.

Friday
Jan212011

Slim Dunkin & Strap (of Travis Porter) In The Studio

Friday
Jan212011

Big Boi - Jessie Maguire Interview

Jessie sat down with Big Boi backstage after his concert in Orlando, Fl. Big Boi speaks on his plans for 2011, how he chooses his beats, and if we can expect a new Outkast album.

Friday
Jan212011

DJ Khaled feat. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne, T-Pain - Welcome To My Hood (Behind The Scenes)

"Welcome To My Hood" featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain produced by The Renegades (Fear Factor Music Group / We The Best) available on iTunes HERE

Friday
Jan212011

DJSmallz.com World Premiere! Project Pat - Dirrty

Friday
Jan212011

T.I.'s 'No Mercy' Strikes Gold

T.I. may be spending a year behind bars, but that isn't stopping fans from snapping up copies of his latest album No Mercy, which was recently certified Gold.

The album was released on December 7th, just as the rapper started serving a year-long prison stint in an Arkansas prison for a September violation of the terms of his previous probation for gun charges.

No Mercy, which is T.I.'s seventh album, has sold in excess of 500,000 copies, to earn the Gold certification from the RIAA.

The album sold almost 160,000 copies during its first week in stores, placing it a #4 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. 

Friday
Jan212011

Drake On Premiere Of RapCity

Back by popular demand comes MuchMusic’s RapCity, with new host, T-Rexxx. For the inaugural episode, they interviewed Drake. According to ATF, the sitdown was done before he departed on the European leg of his Light Dreams and Nightmares tour this month. They discussed his writing process and plans for 2011.

Friday
Jan212011

Clint Eastwood To Direct Beyonce's "A Star Is Born"

Beyonce Knowles just got a major break in her longtime bid for an Oscar: Clint Eastwood has signed on to direct her in the Warner Bros. update of “A Star Is Born.”

Eastwood’s announcement more than solidifies the flick, which has seen several incarnations over the past year (or years) with various directors and male talent attached (Beyonce has long been the female lead in mind).

Last February a short list of names including Russell Crowe, Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. were circulating to play opposite the pop sensation, as an alcoholic superstar in love with Knowles’ budding singer.

A current short list includes varied types like Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Jon Hamm, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson brought the tale to life in 1976, earning permanent spots in pop culture for their efforts. Streisand won a Golden Globe for her acting performance and best original song but saw Oscar love only in the original song category.

Knowles, wife of rap mogul Jay-Z, has always been open about her Academy Award aspirations. In 2009, she told Self magazine that the thought of snatching that trophy motivated everything down to her fitness.
Referring to a painting of the Oscar that hangs above her treadmill, she said, “I look at it, and I’m like ‘OK, I have to stay in shape.’”