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Nicki Minaj Disputes Jessie J's Claim About How She Joined Their Song “Bang Bang”

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Nicki Minaj is weighing in about her involvement with a certain hit song, and she also has some words about her, uh, price tag.

After singer Jessie J implied in a Glamour interview published on Thursday, Aug. 5 that Nicki asked to contribute to their 2014 single “Bang Bang,” the rapper took to social media to offer her own version of how she ended up on the track. “Bang Bang,” which also includes vocals from Ariana Grande, was a single from Jessie J’s album Sweet Talker and a single from the deluxe edition of Ariana’s album My Everything.

“Babe @JessieJ I didn’t hear the song & ask 2get on it,” Nicki wrote. “The label asked me2get on it & paid me. How would I have heard the song? [weary face emoji] chiiille what am I the damn song monitor? Snoopin around for songs chile? [tears of joy emoji] This was said by another artist recently as well. Yallgotta stop [balloon emoji] LoveU [blowing kiss emoji].”

After a fan agreed with Nicki’s recollection of the song’s origin, the 38-year-old “Super Bass” performer appeared to make it clear she didn’t harbor ill will toward Jessie J. In fact, Nicki tweeted that she wished she could have been part of the English singer’s 2011 tune “Do It Like a Dude,” which counts Nicki’s friend Parker Ighile as a writer and producer.

“Chi [tears of joy emojis] but the worst part about this is no1EVER asked me2get on ‘like a dude’ & I have been obsessed w|that song since the min I heard it,” Nicki wrote.

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Nicki Minaj Channels ‘90s Fashion In A Bucket Hat & Bright Pink Fanny Pack  

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July 28, 2021 12:37AM EDT

Nicki Minaj gave her fans a look at her impeccable fashion sense while donning a ’90s style ensemble in two pics.

Nicki Minaj, 38, stunned in a series of throwback photos posted on her Instagram on July 27. The “Starship” singer showcased her all-pink outfit and incredible physique while coyly posing for the glam session. 

The rapper posed along a white wall and opted to wear a curly long pink wig and matching lipstick and shoes for the pics. She completed the look with silver bracelets, anklets, and a diamond-encrusted watch. Complete with a matching bucket hat and a pink fanny pack, this look was the perfect throwback to ’90s fashion.

“I got da 👑 lil bitch u just da 🏃🏽‍♀️runner 🆙 #WholeLottaMoneyREMIX w|@bia OUT NOW 💕🎀✨🩰 #FoundThesePicsInTheArchives ♥️,” she captioned the photo. Of course, the post paid homage to the remix of the hit, “Whole Lotta Money,” which was the perfect opportunity for rapper BIA to show some love. “Invented Pink,” Bia commented on the post which, now has over 1.3 million likes.

Nicki posted these photos three weeks after she teased a “very very important” announcement on IG Live. The July 7 announcement led fans to theorize about the possibility of a new album, instead it was the release of this incredible remix. 

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj rocking a pink catsuit at an event. The rapper wore pink in the throwback Instagram pictures she shared with fans on July 27. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

The new mom — who welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Kenneth Petty in September 2020 — has been on a bit of an album hiatus,

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Nicki Minaj Awkwardly Asks Lil’ Wayne What His Favorite Sex Position Is — Watch

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Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Wayne chatted about sex positions on a new IG Live. Watch the clip.

Nicki Minaj put frequent collaborator Lil’ Wayne on the spot during an Instagram Live on July 8. The “Roman Holiday” rapper, 38, asked Wayne about his favorite sex position during their conversation on Thursday night, leading to a few more minutes of dissecting the best positions that would be more toe-friendly. No elaborations here. Watch the conversation in all its prying glory below to understand.

Nicki Minaj really just asked Lil Wayne what his favorite sex position is 💀💀pic.twitter.com/z8ppHAwics

— XXL Magazine (@XXL) July 9, 2021

Back to that favorite sex position question, though. When asked about his favorite position, Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., 38, responded with a double entendre, musing about life and success. “On top,” the rapper said. “In any part of life, period. Not just the bedroom. Just on top.” Just call him Philosopher Wayne.

Nicki’s IG Live comes after the rapper teased a “very very important” announcement just a few days prior, leading fans to theorize about the possibility of a new album. The new mom — who welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Kenneth Petty last September — has been on a bit of an album hiatus, releasing her last one, Queen, in August 2018. In May, though, the rapper re-released her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty, which featured a track with Wayne (“Seeing Green”).

The announcement was not about a new album, but instead a new remix with rapper BIA. The artist,

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Drake Reunites With Nicki Minaj As She Celebrates The Drop Of Her New Single — See Sweet Selfie

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June 11, 2021 11:36PM EDT

Nicki Minaj is feeling the love! Drake droped by to celebrate the release of her single with rapper Polo G, ‘For The love of New York.

Nicki Minaj, 38, and Drake, 34, are getting the weekend started with a mini Young Money reunion! The duo snapped a selfie in celebration of Nicki’s latest tune “For the Love of New York” with rapper Polo G on Friday, June 11. The song is included on Polo G’s latest album Hall of Fame Hours after the project dropped, Nicki posted videos of her and Drake singing along to the track as they showed off their looks.

Drake flashed his signature smile as he danced behind Nicki, channeling the 2000’s with a denim jacket, and layered beaded necklaces. The Toronto native added some serious with large diamond stud earrings and an expensive looking watch. Meanwhile, Nicki looked fresh off the runway in a Louis Vuitton logo jacket with her ‘Barbie’ inspired makeup look. Her eyes popped with a dramatic winged liner, paired with a light pink lipstick and slick straight hair.

She sizzled in other photos revealing her sexy look, which included a bodysuit under the Louis Vuitton jacket, as well as a strappy pair of high heels. “#ForTheLoveOfNewYork with #PoloG [@polo.capalot] drops @MIDNIGHT EST‼️‼️‼️ Pre-Save Link In My Bio (make-up & style by me hair & photo by @arrogant_tae123),” she captioned the post, including smiley faces, heart, and exclamation mark emojis.

“You said you’d never make me cry/That’s right before you made me cry/Said you ain’t like them other guys/Then you led me to my demise,” Nicki rapped on the tune, seemingly directed an ex.

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Nicki Minaj Shares Photos Of Her Baby Boy

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Nicki Minaj has shared first-time photos of her baby boy after giving birth on September 30, 2020. 

The rapper posted several exclusive photos of her son, who she has adorably nicknamed Papa Bear, on Saturday (Jan. 2). The stylish photos were the first her fans have seen of her bundle joy who she shares with husband, Kenneth Petty.

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“#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama 🎀🦄🙏 Wishing you guys a happy & prosperous New Year,” Minaj wrote in her post. “Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It’s meant so much to me.”

Giving birth amid the coronavirus pandemic and heightened social and racial justice issues, Minaj also noted a first time mom how she understands the difficulty of having a healthy pregnancy during those events.

She applauded all of the “superhero mothers” who shared similar experiences, giving them “big hugs.”

“Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I’ve ever taken on,” the rapper continued. “Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there. Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time.”

(Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)

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Cardi B Appears To Compliment Nemesis Nicki Minaj As She Raves About Female Rapper Who ‘Dominated The Game’

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August 8, 2020 12:26PM EDT

Old wounds may have been healed for Cardi B as she appeared to give major props to Nicki Minaj almost two years after their epic NYFW fight.

Hmm… who is she talking about here? Cardi B, 27, chatted with Apple Beats 1 Radio recently where she saluted a female rapper for her longevity in the game. The “Bodak Yellow” performer doesn’t specifically mention Nicki Minaj, 37, but fans think that her words were about the mother-to-be. “When I was younger…when I was 6, 7, 8, there was a lot of female rappers and then there was a time when there was no female rappers at all,” Cardi began after being asked about rappers she looked up to while growing up in The Bronx.

“I had to keep replaying songs from the early 2000s. Like, I had to keep replaying it, replaying it, replaying it because for a while there wasn’t no female rappers,” she continued. “And then, there was one female rapper that dominated for a very long time and she did pretty good and still dominating.”

Cardi BCardi B looking sizzling hot on the red carpet. Credit: MEGA

It would make sense that the person she is referring to is the “Super Bass” star given how much of a hold Nicki has had on the industry for many years. “Cardi can you please clarify?,” one tweeted. “We’re you talking about Nicki Minaj in this? A lot of us would love to see a collab between you two. It’ll be great for the culture.”

Cardi and Nicki, as many know, had a massive fight almost two years ago at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party during NYFW in September 2018.

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Chun-Li and Barbie Tingz: The Old Nicki Minaj Never Left (and This is How We Feel About That)

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With “Chun-Liand “Barbie Tingz dropping after Nicki Minaj’s 4-month social media hiatus, rap’s reigning queen wants you to know that she never really left.

Do you remember discovering Nicki Minaj in 2007? If you do then you likely know that, while Nicki’s most recent album, The Pinkprint, was solid and wildly successful, it was a far cry from her debut mixtape Playtime is Over.

Rewind to my Freshman year of high school: the raw, hardcore, and sometimes downright nasty bars on Playtime is Over made waves. Girls sporting thick Nicki-inspired bangs and pink streaks in their hair could recite that mixtape front to back for you if you’d let them. Being from Queens myself, I remember the impact that Nicki Minaj made seemingly overnight. Her debut mixtape (and those that followed) hit with a huge bang. We were obsessed and excited for the rise of this obvious star.

 

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Fast forward to 2014: That rise came and never stopped. The Pinkprint is out and the Nicki we know now is a force in the mainstream. She is, perhaps inarguably, the most important female rapper of the decade. Her influence reaches beyond music to television, beauty, and fashion. However “mixtape Nicki” seemingly took some time off while Nicki Minaj became a household name. Rather than an album bursting at the seams with gritty bars, we got that same authentic talent but this time flanked with pop music, more colorful beats, and even some full singing tracks (“Grand Piano” is a banger, do not get me wrong). We were in full support because it was good, but we were also missing that Beam Me Up Scotty sound.

Bring it in to April 12, 2017: “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” have dropped and people are shook; there’s a think piece for every line of each song. When the beat dropped on “Barbie Tingz,” I screamed; I was not ready. I’d like to believe that OG Nicki Minaj fans (like myself) know that when we heard the bar “I went and copped the chopsticks, put it in my bun just to pop sh*t” we were instantly reminded of “Sticks in my Bun” (on Playtime is Over). Check the Chun-Li video out here. This is real rap. It’s aggressive, it’s braggadocious, it’s everything we’ve been waiting for. The old Nicki Minaj is not only still present but also still in her prime. If these two tracks are any indication of the steam she has behind her, she’s not slowing down any time soon and it’s extremely exciting news.

 

Image credit: Young Money/Cash Money Records

 

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Watch Tracee Ellis Ross Slay Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” on Lip Sync Battle

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We’ve all seen the videos, laughed at the dance movies, and danced in our seats with excitement. Lip Sync Battle is the brainchild of Jimmy Fallon and John Krasinski. In fact, Lip Sync Battle began on Fallon’s show when he was still hosting Late Night. He would invite his  famous friends on the show for two rounds of lip syncing their favorite songs. At the end of the show, the audience or a third celebrity judge would decide who they crowned the best lip syncer.
Lip Sync Battle became so popular that it is now in its second season on Spike TV. The show, much like the segment we know and love, follows pretty much the same format. Your favorite celebrities battle it out for the lip syncing world champion belt, raising the stakes each round.  Like most fights, there’s a little smack talk, too. In between performances, they chat it up with LL Cool J and co-host Chrissy Teigen promising the audience, and their opponent, that they’ll be on the receiving end of the performance of a lifetime.
Blackish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross did just that, battling it out to reign supreme on last night’s Lip Sync Battle. Now, it is known that here at Cliché we love Tracee Ellis Ross, so we may have been a little bit biased when we first heard that she was going to be on the show. However, much like their crazy cool chemistry on Blackish, they carried it over to Lip Sync Battle without breaking a sweat. Though they were competing, it felt more like two friends cheering each other on, albeit a bit competitively.
Anthony started the night off singing “Do Me!” by Bell Biv DeVoe, eagerly showing off some playful sexual appeal and some saucy dance moves. Tracee countered with Nicki Minaj’s pop hit “Super Bass,” earning quite a few cheers from the crowd as she danced across the stage lip-syncing like her life depended on it.
Watch Tracee Ellis Ross slay Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” on Lip Sync Battle below!

For his second performance, Anthony chose CeeLo Green’s “Forget,” fully equipped with a suit, sunglasses, dancers, and a diner-style stool and table, proving that he wasn’t one to underestimate. He threw his jacket and shoe into a willing audience once he finished his performance with a smile and a laugh.
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Closing out the show, Tracee performed “Love is A Battlefield” by Pat Benatar in full ‘80s costume and a choreographed dance routine, solidifying her place as the hilarious and talented person we’ve always known she could be. We can’t help but think that she learned a little bit about stage presence from her mom.  In the end, Tracee pulled out the win hugging her friend and competitor after he bowed down to her in congratulation. All in all, we don’t know about you, but we already want to watch it again.
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Sammi Sanchez On Her New Single and Touring with Megan Nicole

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Mexican-American pop singer Sammi Sanchez is a triple threat: she grew up singing, acting, and dancing, and now she’s honing in on releasing her new EP. Here, we chat with her about what inspired her single “Girls Talk,” touring with Megan Nicole, and what it was like working with producers like Koko La Roo (Nicki Minaj) and Melanie Fontana (Justin Bieber).

Cliché: You’ve been pursuing singing, dancing, and acting since a very young age. Right now, singing seems to be the bulk of your career, but are you interested in branching out into dancing or acting more in the future?
Sammi Sanchez: Yes! Singing has always been my main focus and my passion, but I also grew up in the performing arts; acting, singing, and dancing. I plan on branching out more in the future and tackling all three forms of art.

Do you have any particular musical influences or idols?
I think I would have to say J-Lo and Rihanna are my biggest influences. I love that J-Lo has incorporated her Latin culture into her brand and how she is a true performer who sings and dances and kills the stage. I also really love Rihanna because she is so edgy and badass. Her vocals are insane and she also dances like no other.

I hear you are fluent in Spanish as well! As a Mexican-American, was it your first language, or have you picked it up over the years? Will you be releasing any original songs in Spanish as well?
Yes! Spanish was my first language and as I started school I began to learn more English and become more comfortable with speaking it. I hope to be releasing some Spanglish songs here soon… add a little Latin flavor!

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You’ve said that your single “Girls Talk” was inspired by your own personal experience. Do you usually draw inspiration for your music from actual events that have happened to you? What is your usual songwriting process?
Yes, “Girls Talk” was something that I actually went through. I tend to usually write from personal experiences. I’ll let my imagination wander and come up with an idea. The process is always different. Sometimes I will think of one word that will trigger an idea or maybe I’ll get a melody first and think of chunks of words and arrange them together to form a song!

What was it like working with talented producers like Koko La Roo, Melanie Fontana, Sam Sumser, and Sean Small, who have worked with some of the biggest names in music today?
They are all such amazing people to work with; I can’t say one bad thing about any of them. They each bring their own amazing energy into the room and it makes it so fun to work with them and easy to vibe together. It’s an honor to work with them.

You have toured and sang with fellow pop singer Megan Nicole. Has she helped you in your career in any way, or given you advice that has helped you grow? What have you learned from each other?
Megan is such a talented sweetheart and I’m so thankful I got to join her on tour! It was so much fun touring with her. She helped me get my first insight into what touring is like. She guided me and taught me all about touring. We were all on a tour bus together the entire time so that was a great bonding experience.

Do you have a favorite song to perform live, and why?
My favorite song to perform live hasn’t even been released yet! Stay tuned… this new music is going to be fire.

If you could collaborate or tour with anyone else, who would it be and why?
I would love to tour with somebody like Zayn or J Balvin. Zayn is just such an amazing artist and I feel his tour would be so sick to be on, as well as J Balvin. I think it would be filled with so much energy and of course some Latin jams!

What are your plans for the near future? Is there an album in the works your fans can look forward to?
Right now I’m finishing up an EP to get ready to release soon. I’m so excited for everyone to hear my new music and I feel that people will love the new direction I’m going in.

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Sammi Sanchez On Her New Single and Touring with Megan Nicole: Photographed by Crow + Erickson