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Nicki Minaj Promises New Album In 2014

Nicki Minaj has returned to the studio to record a new album, which she hopes to release next year. “It’s very different from anything I’ve done, which I’m surprised about,” she said to Power 105′s The Breakfast Club. “I’m not feeling like I did this. This is next level.”

By 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Minaj was a crossover sensation who had sat next to Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week. She was not the first rapper to do so — that would be Diddy — by any means, but in Roman Reloaded she turned her id loose to unleash both manic snap raps and Europop hooks. Like the paint splattered on the cover art, the dueling pop and rap expectations surrounding Minaj had collided to the point of no return.

A lot of rap crossover sensations (B.o.B., T.I., Eminem) complain of but also comply to those sorts of things, while Minaj made very clear that she created that bold, brash and brilliant mess herself.

How can Minaj top that in her next album? Based on her Power 105.1 interview, she still faces a uniquely frustrating set of expectations. She shushes host Charlamagne Tha God as he mentions her American Idol stint and the word “pop” (“Oh my, that’s the forbidden word”), then nearly screeches as she defends her pop and rap-driven success, emphasis on the rap. “Why [Charlamagne Tha] God always got to be acting like I stopped rapping?” she says. “Like, did I stop and have babies or something? Because I’ve been rapping for the past five years, consecutively.”

While Minaj’s banishment of the word “pop” does not help things (own it!), her mention of babies is pointed and crucial.

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Blueface Claims He’s The “Best Lyricist” In Rap

Blueface has high self-esteem when it comes to his lyrical abilities. The “Thotiana” rapper crowned himself the “most lyrical rapper” in the game during an Instagram Live session Thursday (July 18), XXL reports.

"Hey cuz, that’s on my mama and my sis, I’m the best lyricist in the muthaf**kin' game, bro,” he declared. “I might not have the best flow, sound...but when it comes to wordplay, cuz, come on bro.”

Blueface says he’s “the best lyricist in the game”...do y’all agree? 👇🎶🤔 @BluefaceBleedEm pic.twitter.com/WXcr46FzXu

— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) July 18, 2019

The 22-year-old rapper has a way of getting a response on social media — even if its negative. Earlier in the month, Blueface kicked his mother and sister out of his home during a heated confrontation that reportedly involved his two girlfriends. On Tuesday (July 16), the L.A. native debuted a new face tattoo and previewed a new record where he talks about booting his family out of the home. Listen to the track below.

Blueface got a new face tattoo and he made a song dissing his moms and sister. “On my momma and my sis... Had to kick my own blood out... they musta forgot I was a Crip 😨” pic.twitter.com/FtfajcXtjp

— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) July 17, 2019

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Instagram Testing Feature That Hides Number Of “Likes” From Users

Instagram could be gearing up for a permanent change that would allow users to focus on content instead of the number of likes that each posts receives. The Facebook-owned social networking giant is testing a tool that hides the number of likes that each post receives and video views., making them only visible to the account holder.

“We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people,” the company announced on social media Wednesday (July 17). For now, Instagram is running the test in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Japan and three other countries.

“We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who've liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received,” the company explained in a series of tweets.

We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in the following countries:

✅ Australia ✅ Brazil ✅ Canada ✅ Ireland ✅ Italy ✅ Japan ✅ New Zealand pic.twitter.com/2OdzpIUBka

— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019

We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.

— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019

Jan Wong, an app analyzer who scopes out hidden codes from your favorite apps, discovered that the company was toying around with the feature in April. “Instagram is testing hiding like count from audiences,” Wong tweeted at the time.

The change could make for a big adjustment for social influencers who seemingly depend on numbers to measure their engagement. The same goes for general users who could potentially feel less pressure to garner a certain number of likes for each post.

 

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Cardi B Praises Rep. Ilhan Omar Amid Donald Trump's Racist Attacks

Cardi B is showing support for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) amid the latest round of racist attacks against her spearheaded by President Donald Trump. The “Money” rapper took to Instagram Thursday (July 18) with a photo of Omar and a Beyonce quote.

“You know you that b**ch when you cause all this conversation,” Cardi captioned the photo of Omar.

 

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You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation 💁🏽‍♀️

A post shared by MOSTHATEDCARDI (@iamcardib) on Jul 17, 2019 at 7:01pm PDT

Trump targeted Omar, and other women minorities in Congress in a weekend Twitter rant. He also stood silently as a crowd chanted “Send her back!” during his North Carolina rally Wednesday (July 17).

When asked if she was “scared” for her safety Omar replied, “What I am scared for is the safety [of] people who share my identity. When you have a president who clearly thinks someone like me should ‘go back.’ The message that he’s sending is not for me, it’s for every single person who shares an identity with me, and he’s telling them that this is not their country. What we tell them is that this is [their country] and they are welcome here.”

The Somali refugee who migrated to the U.S. at age 12 and became a U.S. citizen by age 17, is the first muslim woman elected to Congress and the first Somali American legislator in the U.S. When asked about Cardi’s endorsement Omar told TMZ, “It’s really amazing to see what that message means for everybody who is listening and paying attention.”

Omar also reacted to a reporter questioning if Trump’s taunts were actually racist. “The fact that you’re still asking that question is what’s wrong,” she said. “We have said this president is racist. We have condemned his racist remarks.”

Hear more of Omar's remarks in the vide below.

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