Sean Garrett: Nicki Minaj's 'Massive Attack' Is 'A Stupid Record'

When Nicki Minaj’s first official single, “Massive Attack,” debuted in late March, the response throughout the web was overwhelmingly negative with fans bemused by the black Barbie’s reggae undertones and “tom tom” references.

But the track’s producer, songwriter and guest feature, Sean “The Pen” Garrett — who initially wanted to hold the record for himself — explained to VIBE why he wasn’t (and still isn’t) fazed by detesters, tracing the hate to fickleness.

“'Massive Attack' is a stupid record, but everybody is so set on doing the same thing all the time, but they say they want something new, then you give them something new and they’re not ready for it,” Garrett tells VIBE. “People just need some time for this to sink into their veins. I knew [the negative feedback] was going to happen. I go through that with every record. I went through that with 'Yeah!' and 'Break Up.' It’s common to me."

Though “Massive Attack” is currently sitting mum at No. 175 on iTunes, Garrett mentions that the single is “exploding in Europe already.” But the 31-year-old is unsure of Minaj’s personal feelings on the response and describes the challenge of shifting from guest bars to a full-length single.

“Just think about it: She came in doing a lot of hot sixteens on records that were already working. It’s easier to go in and do a quick sixteen on a record that’s already done. But to create a new vibe and a new full song… that’s a lot. People think that’s easy, but it aint.”

He continues, “The whole purpose of this record was to take [Nicki] to another level. She done jumped on every urban record out, so she had to go grow as an artist. She doesn’t get the same type of respect as a guy, so as a female [she had] to upgrade [her] scenario. We didn’t really talk about [the aftermath of “Massive Attack”], because there’s nothing to talk about. She loved the record; I loved the record. There’s work to be done. Aint nothing going to come easy.”

Garrett is currently prepping to release the video to his lead single, “Get It All,” also featuring Minaj.

Minaj recently resigned as a guest on Rihanna’s Last Girl On Earth tour, to finish up her debut album due this year. —Tracy Garraud


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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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Big Sean, Jhene Aiko Working On Follow-Up To ‘Twenty88’ Debut

It’s the super group that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko’s fans have been patiently waiting to return. Sean and Aiko are indeed working on a follow-up to their Twenty88  debut, the Detroit rapper confirmed during a Reddit AMA with fans on Wednesday (Sept. 16).

When asked about the possibility of new music from Twenty88 Sean coyly replied, “It’s in the works.”  Twenty88 recently reunited for “Time In” off Sean’s Detroit 2. Aiko is also featured as a solo artist on Sean’s album on the track “Body Language” featuring Ty Dolla Sign.

Twenty88 dropped their debut self-titled album in 2016. The self-described “passion project” was recorded in secret and features only eight songs. The album has been streamed more than 8 million times since its release.

“We were making music and the chemistry was undeniable,” Sean explained of recording Twenty88 in a 2017 interview. “We had so many songs we did that I wouldn’t use for my album and she probably wouldn’t necessarily use them all for her album. It was like, we’re not just going to hold on to this, so we figured out a way to give it to the fans and create a whole other world in our universe, aside from me and aside from her, so we decided to make a group.

“It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. It’s one of the coolest experiences to be in a group, especially with somebody you care about. It reminds me of Marvel comic books, like Iron Man, Captain America movies and stuff like that. I think it’s cool to create all these different worlds in your own universe. I was really excited that she wanted to do it too.”

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Rihanna Taps Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Miguel For Savage x Fenty Fashion Show

Rihanna is gearing up for a major fashion moment! The beauty and fashion mogul announced her Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2 on Thursday (Sept. 17), which is set to stream on Amazon Prime next month.

The unique fashion experience will showcase a combination of models, actors and dancers, and features performances from Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny, Miguel, Mustard and Roddy Rich.

Additional featured appearances include Lizzo, Demi More, Normani, Rico Nasty, Big Sean, Gigi Hadid, Willow Smith, Chika, and more. Rihanna serves as executive producer and creative director of Savage x Fenty Show Vol 2.


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Following last year’s groundbreaking, star-studded event, this year’s fashion show hopes to raise the bar debuting a bold and fearless Fall 2020 line, which features sizes ranging from XS-3X, and bra sizes from 30A-42H/46DDD.

Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries beginning Friday, Oct. 2. Additionally, the line will be available to shop on Amazon’s Fashion Store  and


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