The most talked about beef in hip-hop these days unexpectedly is coming from up-and-coming rapstress Nicki Minaj and Brooklyn vet Lil’ Kim. XXLMag,com recently caught up with Minaj’s boss, Cash Money co-founder Bryan “Birdman” Williams, to find out what he thinks about the situation.
According to Baby, neither him nor his label ever wanted to get involved in beef, but in this case he has to roll with the punches. “Well, you know with Nick we’re just doin’ music, I don’t care to get caught up in that and I don’t care to make money off of that,” he said. “We never fucked with that. It is what it is. That’s not our thing, but it is what it is so we gotta let it be what it be.”
Speaking on Kim’s initial problem with Nicki failing to give her respect publicly for paving the way for female rappers, Birdman said he disagrees. “Nicki is grown, Nicki does her own thing, I don’t think she has to— nobody has to salute or be saluted, we in this hustlin’,” he said. “The hustle gonna make you salute, just watchin’ a nigga grind and see how he shine. Nicki’s with her team, we ain’t doin’ nothing expect putting out good music. So if somebody’s fuckin’ with that, to me, they’re violating. Bullshit don’t weigh nothing, the grind and the money do.”
Nicki’s debut album, Pink Friday, is in stores now.
Drake's life has certainly changed in recent years. And like many musicians, the singer/rapper has dreamed of the moment when he'd walk up to the podium to accept the music industry's most coveted award: a Grammy. The Toronto lyricist spoke with Global Grind about his four Grammy nods, including Best Rap Album for Thank Me Later.
"It's always, to get any type of Grammy accolade or anything, it's cliché but it's a dream come true in the literal sense, that thing you have between sleeping and waking up," the rapper said. "That time spent I used to think about being on the stage and being able to thank the people that have done so much for me in my life."
Drake described a long-standing dream he's had since his acting days on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." "I've been having this dream, I never knew where it was and it never really specified what the award was," he continued. "But I knew it was a night I could let the people know — the people in my life know — how much they have done with me. To have four opportunities to have that chance is incredible."
In addition to his Best Rap nod, Drizzy is also up for Best New Artist, Best Rap Solo Performance for "Over" and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Fancy" with T.I. and Swizz Beatz.
Fans better get used to seeing the 24-year-old rapper hit award-show stages, as it was recently announced that Drake will take hosting duties at the 2011 Juno Awards, which air live on CTV on Sunday, March 27.
With academy and industry acclaim under his belt, Drake also tells the hip-hop blog that he understands the ups and downs of media scrutiny. "I'll be honest with you, some of these gossip sites, it's scary how accurate they actually might be or are," he said. "Sometimes they really have real things to report first. But then there's other times it's just a slow day. I usually pop up on the slow days, to be honest with you, 'cause they say some sh-- and I have to say where did you even get that from."
He goes on to explain that certain media outlets "pride themselves on trying to tear down artists," adding that it's hurtful to see industry newbies undergo such early career tribulations.
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards air February 13 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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With the popularity of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and iLike.com, it was only a matter of time before someone would use the social media sites to rank an artist’s importance. Billboard did just that, recently releasing their inaugural Social 50 Chart, which lists the most active artists online.
Rihanna and Justin Bieber topped this first chart at No. 1 and No. 2, while Eminem—who just nabbed 10 Grammy nominations—picked up the No. 3 spot. Other hip-hop artists to appear in the top 10 include Young Money Princess Nicki Minaj at No. 5, Lil Wayne at No. 8 and Kanye West at No. 9.
“We continue to adapt the way we chart the changing landscape of music,” Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde explained in a statement. “The Social 50 is yet another step in the evolution of Billboard and an important response to our changing times.”
The new chart uses information garnered from Next Big Sound, a social music tracking service that takes into account an artists friends, fans and followers on all the leading social networking sites, according to Yahoo News.
“The volume of online activity that top artists now receive is too big to ignore,” Next Big Sound CEO, Alex White said. “We are thrilled that social music activity now receives the same emphasis as the music charts for which Billboard is synonymous.”
Billboard will release The Social 50 Chart on a weekly basis from now on.