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Better Days: Nicki's Former Manager Recalls Her Leading Lady

Bye Bye Debbie. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Nicki Minaj was getting her diddy bop on by calling on none other than branding sovereign, Mr. Sean Combs to be her new manager. So far her original handler, Debra Antney, CEO of Mizay Entertainment — home to Gucci Mane and Wacka Flocka Flame — hasn't made a comment in regards to her move. But VIBE decided to flip through an old transcript from an October interview we did with Deb, to reminisce on her first encounter with the black Barbie. It's so hard, to say goodbye...

VIBE: How did you end up managing Nicki? Did she come to you or vice versa?
DEB ANTNEY: Actually she came to me. I went to a store one time in North Carolina, which was Fendi’s store and he said 'Yo, I got this girl, Deb.' Cause everybody knows how I love girls. Then he played me the music and I was like 'Oh my god that’s so hot, then he showed me the picture and I was like 'Oh my God she’s so pretty, then he showed me another picture and I looked and I was like 'What the hell is this? That shit’s disrespectful'

What picture was it?
That picture with her tits out and her legs open and all that. So he was like, 'She’s looking for management, she really wants a female. And I was like 'Nah, I don’t even wanna deal with this. I had already drawn my conclusion, like 'I'm not even dealing with this. Then I got a phone call, the security that Gucci had at that time, ... turns out Nicki was his wife’s cousin. So I'm like 'Why does this girl keep coming up in my backyard?' He’s like 'Ms. Deb she needs somebody like you.' I said if one more person tell me something about her…

Ha, it was meant to be. 
I guess so. So then I get a call from Nicki and Gucci’s like 'Buy her a ticket, let her come down.' Fendi wouldn’t let her come, but we paid for her ticket and had her come down. Then she was like 'I'll relocate,' because I didn’t know what I could do for her in [New York] because I didn't have any plans of relocating back to New York. So we went and got an apartment for her. We went through our trials and errors. I made mad fuss over her. We saw that we needed her. When Nicki came, Nicki was beautiful. She was everything I wanted in a daughter and I wanted everybody to hate her. 

Like you said from that photo, Nicki was initially pretty salacious, how did you find a balance?
In her case, even though she done this, she was very shameful of it. It wasn’t something that she was very happy with, but it was something that they told her would get her over. Like sex sells and so many girls get wrapped up in stuff like that. It’s very very hard because for some, it’s in their MO, and others it’s not. Even though her words say one thing, she’s an entertainer, and it is entertainment, but it’s not who Oneka is. So that was very important for me to find out who she was.

What was the compromise? How do you find the middle ground?
She finds it. We talk about it.

Have you ever gotten into an argument where she did something too sexual?
She was like 'Deeeb, you lunatic, you better not get mad.' Because she did this song with Gucci and I was yelling at him like, 'You’re going to let your little sister do stuff like this?!' and she knows I’ma get upset.

What record was it?
"Slumber Party" (laughs). I’m very protective of her because people keep comparing her to Lil' Kim. I don’t want people to keep judging her and I was worried how people would perceive her.

Nicki's your first female client, how did you handle working with another female?
We spend time together, we talk about off the record things, I have a tendency of getting people to open up. I got to really know who she was. She shared a lot and I really got to see who was Onika was. All of us have little bad girls in us, it’s just a matter of when we want them to come out. Nicki’s a lot of people she’s a little girl, she’s a businesswoman, she can wear a lot of hats, that’s why we love her. —Tracy Garraud

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Bryson Tiller Announces Deluxe Edition Of ‘Trapsoul’ Debut

Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new album, Bryson Tiller is giving fans another chance to fall deeper in love with Trapsoul. The Grammy-nominated singer announced that he will be releasing a deluxe version of his debut album to streaming service this Friday (Sept. 25).

The deluxe edition will feature fan favorites “Just Another Interlude” and “Self Righteous,” Tiller tweeted on Tuesday (Sept. 22). “Before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, 'Trapsoul.' Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut.”

before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, Trapsoul. Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut. Y’all asked for these on All Platforms and they’ll finally be yours this Friday. thank you! pic.twitter.com/8MJ5rC5jYB

— tiller (@brysontiller) September 23, 2020

Released in 2015, Tiller’s debut album put him on the map, and earned a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top R&B Album. The triple platinum release, lead single “Don’t” cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard singles charts becoming his highest charting solo effort to date.

Earlier in the month, Tiller released the music video for his song “Inhale” which samples Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon' Cry.” The end of the video reveals that Tiller’s new album will drop sometime this fall.

Watch “Inhale” below.

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Da Brat Talks Coming Out, Going To Prison, Dating Allen Iverson And More

Da Brat sat down with Kandi Burruss for an episode of Speak On It where she reflected on her career, opened up about coming out as a lesbian, and more.

The Chicago native, who recently went public with girlfriend, Jessica Dupart, explained that while her sexuality may have been an open secret, she was scared to go public early in her career out of fear of disappointing her family, namely her grandmothers who have since passed on.

“I was nervous but I was like ‘f*ck it.’ I’m happy, I don’t care,’” she recalled of coming out. “I’m in love with this woman, she completes me, she makes me feel like I’ve never felt before.

“I got nothing but good responses,” continued Brat. “It made me feel so good that I did it. First of all, it was a weight lifted but I got nothing but positive responses then you got your troll motherf*ckers talking bout ‘we been knew.’”

After Brat got out of prison in 2010, Kandi approached her to be in a TV show about lesbians. “I thought about it but I just wasn’t ready [to come out],” she admitted.“I was still scared. I was like I’m not [about to] get on here with these gay b*tches and be looking all crazy. How can I pull it off and participate and not look gay? Now I don’t give a f*ck. This is my life. I’m happy, living in my truth, if anybody don’t like it oh well.”

As a youngster, Brat had several boyfriends. She says she didn’t realize that she was attracted to the opposite sex until she fell in love with woman at age 18. Throughout the year, she dated both women and men, one of whom was Allen Iverson. Dating the NBA star at the height of his career proved to be a struggle for Brat. The “last straw” was one of the women that Iverson was apparently sleeping with approaching them at a hotel.

“I’m like b*tch I know you see me sitting here with n*gga, you still gon’ say you’re looking for him? I must’ve mollywhopped that b*tch down the hallway,” she recalled. “I said ‘you know what? I can’t do this with you [Iverson],’ and I kind of like faded out answering the calls and just had to pull back, and then it eventually fizzled out.”

Further in the interview, Brat spoke about being revered by fellow inmates in prison while guards purposely mistreated her because she was a celebrity, and Mariah Carey coming to visit. During her three-year prison stint, Brat started penning an autobiography with the help of an inmate serving life but hasn’t been able to get the work back. The 46-year-old rapper and Dish Nation host hopes to release a biopic one day.

“I would love to like do a movie or docuseries, so people could see what the f*ck I been through, how I became the best of both girls: one side of the family was sanctified, the other side I got to wild out. So that’s how I’m like a tomboy on one side and a Christian on the other side.”

Watch the full interview below.

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Dr. Dre’s Estranged Wife Accused Of Embezzlement Amid Divorce

Dr. Dre and his estranged wife, Nicole Young, are embroiled in a contentious divorce battle, with both sides hurling allegations at each other. The latest round of accusations revolved around Nicole allegedly embezzling money from Record One, a company founded by Dre and Larry Chatman in 2015.

According to TMZ, the company was founded under an LLC of which Nicole is a trustee and signatory on the LLC’s checking account, and therefore had access to the company money. Chatman claims Nicole wrote herself a check for $353,571.85 last month,  plus an additional $30,000. Dre, whose birth name is Andre Young, and his business partner are giving Nicole a week to return the money or face a lawsuit.

In legal documents filed on Friday (Sept. 18), Nicole accuses her ex of hiding assets, kicking her out of their home, and years of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.

“Andre’s history with women provides context for the blatant disregard he had for the legal rights of Nicole, his wife and mother of their three children,” the complaint states before referencing Dre’s ex, Michel’le, and the Lifetime biopic that revealed the abuse she suffered. “Andre’s documented past is riddled with tales of dominating and physically abusing women, which he was forced to admit when a movie of his life was being released.”

Nicole alleges that she co-owns the trademark to Dre’s stage name. She also claims that he created an assets holding company to secretly transfer “valuable trademarks” that they allegedly co-owned. The documents allege that Dre threatened to file for divorce in late June leaving Nicole “no choice” but to “initiate divorce proceedings” two days later.

The mother of three was previously married to NBA player Sedale Threatt before marrying Dre in 1996. Dre and Nicole raised three children together, including her son from a previous relationship. Dre also fathered three children from previous relationships.

Nicole, who claims that she was coerced into signing a prenup, demanded a reported $2 million per month in temporary spousal support.

She is requesting a jury trial.

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