American Idol

Nicki Minaj Hits The Studio With Pharrell Williams



A picture on Nicki Minaj in the studio with muli talented producer, Pharrell was uploaded to her Instagram account several days ago.

The Queen of rap is working on her third studio album, after wrapping up as a judge on American Idol. Besides her clothing line in the works, her upcoming movie and new fragrance Nicki is having a great year.

During an interview with Hot97’s Peter Rosenberg and Ebro Darden, she stated that instead of experimenting with pop music as she did on “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” she wants to stick with what she’s familiar with.

I was thinking If I really wanted to, I could go back in and make another pop song like that to sell but I’m choosing not to do it. I’m choosing to get back to my essence and feed the core hip-hop fan,” she told Hot 97 earlier this summer. “I feel like I need this because it’s just a more powerful platform for me… Even when I’m on stage performing my rap songs, it’s more organic.

Im excited to see what Queen Minaj has in store for us ! Are you ?


Nicki Minaj Covers Marie Claire & Answers Fan Based Questions


Rap MC and former American Idol judge Nicki Minaj covers August 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine. The dope thing about this interview was that her fans aka her Barbz got to ask her questions in which writer Amy Wallace has picked for Nicki to answer. Nicki Minaj dished about her relationship with her fans, the power of social media and her first love, acting. And of course everybody still wanted to know about the feud with R&B legendary singer Mariah Carey as well as her current relationship status and much more.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below

On her new look:

I started feeling more comfortable with less.

On American Idol:

The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t me performing a song. It was, ‘Let’s see your real personality’. My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn’t want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember.

On her relationship status:

I don’t have a man. And if he were a secret man, why would I reveal him?

On if she ever listen back to old albums and think “I’m the sh-t”:

Sometimes when I listen to old things I’ll think, How in the hell did I put that together? So, yeah

Nicki Minaj also revealed her clothing line will be dropping in October, she will be starring in The Other Woman playing Cameron Diaz assistant which will be in theaters pretty soon as well as working on her third album tentatively titled The Pink Print. 

Sheesh ! She has a lot going on right now and we ain’t mad at her !

Check out photos and behind the scenes footage below.

The August issue of Marie Claire will hit newsstands July 16.

Nicki Minaj Calls Mariah Carey Insecure And Hands Her A Q-Tip


Just when we thought Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey had pushed their differences aside the two are at it again. Last night on American Idol things got crazy, with so much shade being thrown by the two judges Nicki Minaj pulled a cotton swab out her purse and told Mariah she needed to clean out her ears.  Mariah threw shots back while critiquing a performance hinting Nicki Minaj never had a #1 on the Billboard charts (however last April Billboard reported that both women had 44 Hot 100 hits).

Things got even uglier when Perez Hilton tweeted that Mariah Carey “burned” Nicki last night on American Idol. Of course Nicki wasn’t having it when she tweeted back

Bwaha! Burn? Shes sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper. What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy a–) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter.

She even went as far as throwing shade towards the fact that Mariah might be replaced next season for J.Lo
All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that

I need not to say anything lol, yall know how I feel about Queen Nicki !

Watch the drama below though



Fantasia Shares How She Lost 50 Pounds


When Fantasia hit the American Idol stage a couple of weeks ago I automatically knew something was different about her. Then it hit me, she slimmed down a lot ! I was impressed and almost did not recognize her in photos that started circulating around the internet week after her AI performance.

Back in 2011 Fantasia was suppose to star in the Mahalia Jackson biopic in which she was was required to gain weight, unfortunately the film never hit the big screens and Fantasia was unable to lose the weight. The same year Fantasia found out she was pregnant with her second child which made it harder to lose the weight.

Determined to lose the weight and get back in shape Fanny hit the gym an grabbed a personal trainer. In a interview with Essence, Fantasia shares how she was able to lose over 50lbs.

I workout every day, sometimes twice a day. I keep my trainer (Sonya McRoberts) with me and she travels with me. I love Pilates, yoga, and spinning. I also attend bootcamp class and they have become my workout family. Doing it with them makes me feel good.

The fried chicken, the collard greens with the fatback, it’s good when we eat them, but all of that stuff that we put into our bodies eventually breaks our bodies down. Sonya helped me come up with ways that you can still eat good, but it’s healthy.

A lot of my cousins who are my age or are in their 30′s are on high blood pressure pills and it’s like, c’mon, you’re too young for that. I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up and say, okay we have to eat better and workout. I want to be around for a long time. I can’t travel like I do and not be healthy. You know how I move on stage. At any minute I could just pass out and that’s not good.

I’m on that health kick right now. This is something I had to do for myself and for my family. I just feel confident. If no one ever says it, I can look in the mirror and say to myself, ‘Good God almighty, you’re a bad mama-jamma!

Fantasia has definitely motivated me to get back in the gym and eat healthier, looking good Fanny !

Drake Surprises American Idol Contestant


Supposedly American Idol’s ratings are low, however I find it hard to believe when they have judges like Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on the panel with large fan bases.

Anywhoo . . . last week contestant Candice Glover sung Drake’s song “Find Your Love”. She said that she had met Drake and promised him that if she ever made it to American Idol she would do a cover to one of his songs.  Unfortunately Candice’s rendition of find your love found her in the bottom 2.

In efforts to cheer Candice up Nicki Minaj told Candice she would see what Drake thought about her performance making it seem as though Drizzy was at home watching Candice and talking to her, little did she know Drake was behind stage waiting to surprise her. When Drake came out Candice went HAM ! I got chills watching the video, Go Girl !

Peep the video below

Fantasia Covers Upscale Magazine May 2013 Issue


After gracing her presence on the American Idol stage the other night and performing her new single Lose To Win Fantasia has released her fourth studio album Side Effects Of You.

Tasia sat down with Upscale Magazine and opened up about being comfortable in her own skin and how she has overcome her ups and downs and how she has inspired other women.

A few excerpts from her interview with Upscale

On being open and honest: “Everything that I’ve talked about and put out there, it’s helped someone. It might not have helped the person who had something smart to say or had a joke or whatever, but there’s 10 other people that’s inspired by my story. So I wouldn’t change anything. I’m just going to continue to be that person that is open and honest because that’s me, that’s Fantasia.”

On loving herself: “The first thing I want is peace, peace of mind. Being able to be comfortable in my own skin, being able to say ‘this is what I want to do’ instead of trying to please everybody else.”

On people relating to her: “The things that I go through, people go through everyday. I’ve had some rough times and some moments that I wouldn’t say I’m very proud of, but I can say that for me, I’m glad that I was able to let it out. I believe that’s when we become not real, that’s when we become fake—when we try to make things look like it’s just so perfect.”

Watch her new video “Lose To Win” off of Side Effects Of You which is in stores now