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Nicki Minaj Talks Trayvon Martin, 'Roman Reloaded,' Working With Nas, Love for Foxy & Remy Ma

Although Nicki Minaj stopped by Hot 97 to promote her new highly anticipated album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Minaj unrobed her Roman alter ego and spoke candidly to Funkmaster Flex about political culture, pop culture, and anything in between.

Last night, Funkmaster Flex took a moment to open the interview on a somber and socially relevant note, asking Nicki to share her thoughts on the media-heavy Trayvon Martin case. And like her outspoken celebrity colleagues, Nicki didn’t hold back.

“If that man was black, they’d bring back the electric chair for him,” she said of shooter George Zimmerman. Nicki then adds sensitively, “It’s heart wrenching to know some mother is home crying her eyes out, someone’s whole family has to bury a child for absolutely nothing.”

The interview then quickly returned to the objective at hand: her album, and particularly working with venerated rapper Nas on her track “Champion.”

“I asked Nas on a Friday, he sent me his verse on a Monday and I was like the most honored.” Said Nicki. “I keep saying to be from Queens and to end up having him….we know how picky he is (for features). He said ‘I like the song, I’m a do it, you can wait ’til Monday and I got you’ and he kept his word. He murked it, for me to wait for a feature and it be that and murk the song and finish the song that way…I was amazed.”

Nicki then threw out a few names—Lauryn Hill, Remy Ma, Foxy Brown--to shower her respects for female emcees that have proceeded her. But there was no way Nicki could have avoided talking about the M.I.A. Superbowl scandal and the surprising birthday kiss from Madonna.

Nicki keeps to the story that no one, not even Madonna, knew M.I.A would flip the bird, and as for the smooch she got from Madonna, she couldn’t anticipate that either.

“She just came out of nowhere with it. It took a few minutes, probably even when I went home that night it didn’t register to me.” But then she adds, “Her lips were so soft, soft and juicy. It felt good.” --Tanya Chen

Listen: Nicki Minaj on Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show (4-2-12) (Part 1) Nicki on Trayvon Martin, getting a birthday kiss from Madonna, M.I.A. at the Super Bowl, NYC Radio Wars, and the features on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

On Trayvon Martin: "It's heart wrenching to know some mother is home crying her eyes out, someone's whole family has to bury a child for absoloutely nothing. And I up until just a few mintues ago thought that the murderer was convicted and I just found out he wasn't even charged."

Listen: Nicki Minaj on Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show (4-2-12) (Part 2)

On her love for Remy Ma and Foxy Brown: "Remy at one time brought back this energy that was almost palpable. When the ‘Ante Up’ verse came out, if you ain’t know her, you knew her then.” “She was one of my faves. I had connected with her a lot just because she’s Trini and I’m Trini, and I always thought if I meet her, she would understand me. Foxy Brown was my friend in my head.”

Listen: Nicki Minaj on Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show (4-2-12) (Part 3)

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Meek Mill Once Used Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" Lyrics In Love Letters From Jail

Who knew Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous 2008 hit “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” once served as a romantic catalyst for Meek Mill? The Philadelphia rapper recently admitted on Twitter that while he was incarcerated in his youth, he used the lyrics to Soulja Boy’s schmaltzy love note within letters and phone calls to girls.

This was my favorite song when I was in jail back in the day calling girls collect.... and I used to his bars in the letters I wrote them no cap lol 😂😂😂 #bigdraco pic.twitter.com/qFqgkylQtm

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 16, 2019

Amid Meek’s cheeky co-sign, Soulja Boy has been one of the Internet’s favorite topics of discussion since his latest interview on The Breakfast Club. The 28-year-old rapper spoke about his legacy in hip-hop and why he deserves more credit than he’s been given for his influence. He also had some choice words for Kanye West when he said the latter is old and "lame."

"I'm younger than you," he began. "I'm flyer than you, ni**a. Whatever. You crying on Twitter every week about Drake? You gotta stop that sh*t, bro. You look lame, bro. You look cap, bro...You up here supporting Trump and sh*t, bro. You supporting Trump? What the f**k wrong with you, bro? That sh*t's not right."

Other artists in the industry also chimed in on the situation:

I’m Not Going To Lie Soulja Boy Been Funny As Fuck

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) January 17, 2019

The internet crazy , Soulja boy reinvented himself 🤦🏾‍♂️

— zoey dollaz (@ZoeyDollaz) January 17, 2019

Soulja Boy is a legend

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 16, 2019

WE HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE, RESPECT & ADMIRATION FOR SOULJA BOY IN THIS HOUSEHOLD *cranks dat in silence* pic.twitter.com/Amacz7NQYO

— The Vibe Formerly Known As (@KARIFAUX) January 16, 2019

For nostalgia's sake, listen to "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" below.

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.

 

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@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

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City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

Elsewhere in the video, Yung Miami and Cardi are painted in head-to-toe jungle body paint (Miami as a zebra, and Cardi as a tiger), and are seen on the beach and on a yacht shakin' it with the best of them. They lead the group of dancers through various scenes- all of which do not feature the presence of a man- so they can live their best bootylicious lives in peace and reclaim their sexuality. During JT's verse, the group dances in front of a mural of the incarcerated MC.

The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

READ MORE: City Girls Drop Debut Album 'Girl Code'

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