After All That She’s Accomplished, Why Does Nicki Minaj Remain Insecure?

“My legacy could never be undone,” Nicki raps on Queen standout “Hard White.” Based on her recent Twitter outbursts, it’s almost like she’s forgotten about her decorated resume. Before moving forward, I want to be open about being a big Nicki fan since her acclaimed debut and will always give her credit for carrying the burden of being the only premier woman MC in rap for the decade’s entirety.

I also want to preface my upcoming statements by saying I really enjoyed Nicki’s highly anticipated Queen album. But between her album’s women empowerment themes, recent interviews, and Twitter rants, I feel as if there’s been some contradictory messaging throughout the different channels of communication.

On one hand, you have the uplifting messages looking to churn out more woman bosses walking the earth. On the other, it’s been insecurities bleeding through aggression, where she has to embarrass and eviscerate any detractor standing in her way to remain atop the mountain of hip-hop’s elite.

Billboard announced that Nicki would come in at No. 2 with 185,000 equivalent album sales on the Billboard 200, after previously asserting that earlier projections were going to be wrong. Minaj finished behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld, which took the top spot for the second consecutive week as memes broke out across social media amid the warring fanbases.

The 35-year-old quickly hopped on Twitter to assert that she spoke to Travis about how she really had the No. 1 album in the country and attempted to expose Scott’s tactics in “cheating the system” to increase sales thanks to merchandise, tour passes, a boost from girlfriend Kylie Jenner and daughter Stormi. It’s odd to witness a vulnerable Nicki trying to justify herself when the Young Money rapper already went through a phase of hitmaking and chart domination at the top of the decade. She even finished behind Taylor Swift’s 1989 to end her streak of No. 1 albums in 2014 with The Pinkprint. 

Nicki then took aim at Spotify for treating her unfairly and continued to bring up her successful debut’s sales. An artist who has accomplished this much in her career should never have to look to sales for affirmation a decade later. It was honestly sad to witness the Trump-esque tweets in a borderline meltdown, which she claims as “dry humor and sarcasm.”

There’s also absolutely no reason to tear down La Flame’s accomplishment while he enters the prime of his career, in what has been a historic month for the 26-year-old from Houston. Nicki has engaged in some of those same marketing tactics by attaching albums to merchandise, tour passes, and even added 6ix9ine’s “FEFE” to her album on streaming platforms to boost first-week numbers. She should be mad at her team for not bypassing the Billboard algorithm in an optimal fashion. All artists are rightly doing everything in their power to maximize profits and sales while the opportunity is present.

Throughout the rants, Minaj has also made it known she believes there are forces at work within the music industry that are pulling strings to see her fail. Now, I necessarily don’t believe that, but I do feel that it’s become the “cool” take to hate on Nicki Minaj. Some of the backlash has been deserved. I strongly disagreed with the Queens native’s attack on an innocent journalist for an honest musical opinion about her. Sending the Barbz fanbase on the attack after hopping in her DMs with various petty insults is just uncalled for at 35-years-old.

In a world where everyone asks for the old version of their favorite artist, I’m looking for the next evolution. Nicki’s pen remains lethal and if her mindset matures going into crafting the next album, the Barbz leader’s magnum opus could still be on the horizon.

“A Queen knows her past, understands her present and moves toward the future.”










Travis Scott Allegedly Knocks Up Girlfriend Kylie Jenner

Multiple sources close to Kylie Jenner tell us … she’s pregnant.

We’re told Kylie began telling friends earlier this month at the Day N Night Fest in Anaheim, CA.

Sources also say Travis Scott, Kylie’s boyfriend, has also been telling his friends. We’re even told — although we cannot verify — that he’s told friends they’re having a girl.

One source says Travis was at a recent event telling people about the pregnancy and how his life was going to change.


TMZ is reporting Kylie Jenner is pregnant with Travis Scott’s baby.  Nobody in the Kardashian/Jenner or Scott camp has confirmed the news so we’ll go with allegedly for now, but how about this for your classic Friday evening news dump. It really all came out of nowhere, but I guess you can’t be too surprised at the end of the day.

Kylie may only be 20, but she’s already in her mid to later 20’s if you go by celeb years, as someone who has been in the spotlight since the age of 10. I think it’s pretty cool that Travis Scott and Kanye West will be related for the rest of time, two of the most talented artists in music today and frequent collaborators.


I’m going to give some credit to the mastermind that is Kris Jenner. Leaking pregnancy news to break the internet just two days before Keeping Up With The Kardashians returns for their 14th season is pure genius. The show is also celebrating its 10th year anniversary. It looks like Tyga got out just in time, as Kylie and Trav began dating about five months ago.

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My initial reaction goes right along with the popular Travis Scott ad-lib, IT’S LIT!!! Congrats to Kylie and La Flame! The Next Jenneration.

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The DAMN Tour Invades Barclays Center With Some Help From 2 Chainz


Nearly 19,000 fans packed out the hazy Barclays Center, as K. Dot and La Flame brought the DAMN Tour back to NYC for the second time in less than 72 hours. The show began with D.R.A.M opening up shortly after 7:30 and lasted all the way until nearly 11 P.M. after a Kendrick Lamar encore and a special guest appearance leaving the fans feeling like they got their money’s worth. This will be an experience I remember for a long time, as three all-time greats graced the Brooklyn stage at once.

After missing Friday’s Washington D.C. stop of the DAMN Tour, Travis Scott returned and brought his signature frenetic energy that is unmatched in the performance category. I’ve been dying to see the Houston rapper on tour since missing his Birds Eye View NYC tour stop in April. An untraditional show that had fans jumping from the upper level of the Terminal 5 venue.

Since my brother put La Flame on my radar circa 2013, Travis has quickly shot up my favorite artist list since getting the Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music cosign in 2012. Only two studio albums in, Scott is well on his way to superstardom. The auto-tune king will soon be headlining his own stadium tours so I’m happy the fans appreciated Trav and didn’t treat the him as an ordinary opener. To be honest I was more pumped to see him than Kenny since I had already seen Lamar twice prior, at school and opening for Kanye on the Yeezus Tour.

The 25-year-old began his 45-minute set shortly after 8 P.M. on the ground before making his way to perform while flying in the air on a mechanical bird. I’ve never seen anything like that before and it gives you a look into Scott’s eccentric creativity. Travis lived up to the videos gone viral sending the crowd into a frenzy with an array of tracks from “Upper Echelon,” to SZA’s “Love Galore” and all of my favorites off Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight before finishing with his most commercial song to date “Antidote,” which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. I will say this, I thought Travis audio could’ve been better. I’m not sure if that’s on him or the Barclays Center. Either way, tour life is good for the boyfriend of Kylie Jenner.

It took about a half hour to come down from the high that came in the form of a La Flame performance before the stadium went black and fans rose to their feet. Kendrick Lamar literally rose from under the stage platform around 9:30 P.M. and got the party re-started with “DNA” a personal anthem off his latest offering DAMN, which is now certified double platinum. K. Dot has to have some of the best breath control in hip-hop. His stage command has come a long way since I last saw him at MSG in 2013. Now, a 30-year-old seasoned vet who is at the peak of his powers and the leader of the “new school.”

The Compton native was in his bag Sunday night, giving the hyped up crowd a little bit of everything ranging from some Section 80, to DAMN. I could go on for days about the nearly 90-minute experience but will focus on the highlights. The visuals were unbelievable, as K.Dot seems to be really honing in on this Kung Fu Kenny alter-ego. He even brought out ninjas to perform beside in his yellow jumpsuit. At one point he vanished and rose once again on a small platform in the middle of the floor seats.

One moment that stood out to me was when Kendrick admitted he didn’t do this all alone and it’s amazing to see how far he has come in NYC, who always showed him love early in his career. Just six years ago he was playing in front of just hundreds of people at the locally known SOB’s and now he stares at thousands of fans filling sold-out stadiums every night. K. Dot had all 19,000 fans on their feet with their phone lights on swaying back and forth as he rapped the melodic “LOVE,” which was a sight to behold, bringing everyone together in unison.

Before wrapping up his set, Lamar brought out Travis to perform “Goosebumps,” which recently made a push in radio peaking at 32 on the Billboard charts, dropping an accompanying visual this year. This was the beginning of taking the crowd to the next level. 2 Chainz then somehow showed up in Brooklyn, getting a huge pop from the fans as he hit the stage to perform “4 AM” featuring Travis with Kendrick serving as the hype man for the banger.

As Chains and Scott exited stage right, Kendrick took back control of the stage as the show headed to its conclusion. Fans knew what was coming when the “Humble” beat dropped, as the first chorus approached the sound stopped and the crowd rapped in unison back at Kendrick, making for a tuneful scene. As the stage went dark, fans began chanting for an unlikely encore, which I thought was a waste of time. That was until I heard that soft voice and the lights came back on as Kendrick waved his arms to get the crowd so loud it felt like I was at Metlife Stadium and the Jets defense needed to make a huge 3rd down stop.

Kung Fu Kenny closed out the second Brooklyn stop with “GOD” before exiting the stage thanking the fans for another sold-out show. This was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to the last couple years. Totally worth the price of admission, left Barclays Center more than satisfied. DAMN has the top spot as the #1 album of the year, and Travis’ star is going to continue to grow with Astro World on the way. The east coast swing of The DAMN Tour is over as they cross the border tonight into Toronto, Canada.

All hope is not lost though, an August 25th date has been added to the second leg of the tour at Prudential Center in New Jersey with YG instead of Travis Scott.