Category: Music News

New Video: Nicki Minaj

Rap ingenue Nicki Minaj is flying high off her VMA win, so much so that she’s released a new video for “Fly” which features her BFF Rihanna. The video, her fourth from Pink Friday, comes as a surprise since it seemed Nicki was done promoting the album. All of her current interviews seem to focus more on her next album and her tour; however, it seems that Nicki is trying to make Pink Friday double platinum as news has it she’s preparing a fifth video for “Roman’s Revenge”.

I follow Nicki on Twitter and it seems that her fans are all impressed by the video. Some even called it the best they’ve seen so far this year while others play are more subtle role and say she was just beautiful. I agree more with the latter. The video, for me, showcased how gorgeous she actually is. With several costume changes came several outrageous hairstyles but her short, pink ,pixy cut was my favorite as it framed her face and showed she really is a gorgeous girl.

The video, on the other hand, left me a little lacklustered. The storyline was completely inferred and nothing concrete came from it. Not to mention there’s a completely irrelevant fight scene that seemed to have been placed last minute just to placate Nicki’s need to show off her acting chops. Rihanna’s cameos were just plain boring and left me wondering why it took so long to edit the video. The pair shot scenes long before Rihanna even shot “S&M”. She’s had three other videos since then, and Nicki has had one.

Check out the video here:


So, I know this is about a day late, but still thought I’d partake in a little VMA-mania. These are the five things I learned from this years VMA’s:

1. Beyonce is preggers.

O, you thought Beyonce was just a normal celebrity huh? Clearly, you are wrong! See, a normal celebrity would confirm to US Weekly that she and her rap superstar beau are expecting a bundle of joy. No, Beyonce had to make the visual announcement at arguably one of the biggest award shows of the year. At the beginning of her performance, Beyonce alludes to her pregnancy stating “I want y’all to feel the love that’s growing inside of me” before giving an amazing performance of “Love on Top”. The singer ends the performance by unplugging her ears, dropping her mic, and opening her tuxedo jacket to show off her baby bump. While this was cute, Jay-Z and Kanye’s reaction to the unveiling upstaged the entire performance. Why? Because they genuinely looked happy as can be! Kanye jumped up and down while patting Jay-Z’s back congratulating him. It was sweet to see two men so enthused by her pregnancy.

2.       Katy Perry is rude or just doesn’t care

Katy Perry and Kanye West won for Best Collaboration. During their acceptance speech, Katy Perry was downright rude to her collaborator. First, she mentioned his Taylor Swift incident by saying “now’s the time to interrupt me” to which Kanye tried to laugh off. Seemingly not getting his awkward laugh, Katy went on to say “you never forget your first moonman” as if to suggest Kanye hadn’t won one before. Too bad she was flat out wrong! Kanye responded with “this isn’t my first one” still being polite as ever. Katy didn’t even apologize. She just shook it off and kept going. So either she just made an honest mistake or she just didn’t give a fuck. Besides, she ties Michael Jackson with the number of #1 singles so who needs to be nice?

3.  Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj are on drugs or have horrible friends that tell them they look good

Ok these two shocked me for all the wrong reasons. Lady GaGa showed up dressed as her male alter ego, Joe Calderone. Who, as she describes, is a Jersey Italian that’s “not a fucking Guido”. I thought this was just a part of her performance and that she’d change into some awkwardly gorgeous dress by the end of the night. I was wrong. Or, maybe I was right! Maybe for GaGa, the entire event was a performance because she stayed in character the entire show! Also, it seems that Joe is a drunk and will fall of a piano just like his host (GaGa). Next up is the ridiculously dressed Nicki Minaj. Seriously, what the hell did she have on? It was like she was involved in a train wreck with Sanrio and Beanie Babies. Stop it.

4.  Adele is too real

Let’s start with the fact that she had the very best performance of the night. Yet, her performance didn’t need dancers or fireworks or anything. It was simply her, a piano, and that voice! So that could be one main reason I think she’s too real, but then I wouldn’t be me. Why do I think Adele is too real? Her damn facial expressions as she’s in the audience! They were priceless! They were endearing, funny, and downright hysterical at some points. MTV panned to Adele about 6 times and each time she gave a great face. She sang along to Beyonce, scowled at Bruno Mars, and looked annoyed as shit by Chris Brown. In short, she’s just too damn real for MTV to actually pan to her throughout a show. I loved every moment of it!

5. The VMA’s are not about awards

This was made very clear Sunday night. Why? Well the awards lasted a total of 2 hours and only 10 awards were given. None of the highlights were from acceptance speeches and nearly no memorable moments were from actual winners. It also doesn’t help that there is no actual venue on MTV to show the music videos that are receiving awards. And Jessie J’s tired ass singing random covers in between takes for no damn reason is just sad.

Can Monica Sustain Her Status?

A few weeks ago, the reigning R&B Princess, Monica released her newest single. Fans were so eager to hear her that they nearly almost crashed her website to get a taste of the Rick Ross/Lil’Kim assisted effort. Monica is riding high off a year that was simply miraculous. After a 4 year absence, Monica released her 6th studio album Still Standing to both critical and commercial success. The album debuted at #2 on the charts and went on to be one of her biggest selling albums to date.

The album spawned 2 hit single (which I think is a fail on her management team) and a nationwide tour with crooner Trey Songs. Let’s also not forget that she dumped her two timing boyfriend, with whom she has two kids, and married Lakers start Shannon Brown. Simply put, Monica was back.

In almost one full calendar year, it seems that Monica is ready to continue her reign and will be releasing a new album in the fall. The album, entitled New Life, is expected to be another great “Monica” album. Which means great dance tracks, amazing ballads, and some good ole R&B rolled into one. Let’s hope the public is still on board.

The reason for questioning whether or not Monica can sustain this time around is that we’ve all been here before. 5 years after her hit album The Boy is Mine she released her biggest smash yet, After the Storm. That album produced her biggest numbers both single and album wise and made her relevant again. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing at least one track from the album. 3 years later she released The Makings of Me which failed to move commercially and was panned critically. It was like she vanished overnight. No one seemed to care about the lackluster beats and tired lyrics she placed on the album. Even with songs like “Sideline Ho” on it, the album was a failure.

Can she hold on to her crown? OR will this just be a little bit of history repeating?

Check out her new track below: