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Trina Is Way More Than Just 'The Baddest Chick' (But She's Still That, Too)

When you look at Katrina "Trina" Taylor, you're going to need to look beyond the sex-charged lyrics of her 2008 house party staple, "Look Back At Me." Over the course of her 15 plus years in the industry, the Miami-bred femcee has transcended the confines of the raunchy rap persona often thrusted upon her. Not only is she a consistent rapper, but she's a newly independent artist, the CEO of her own label, a clothing line designer, an entrepreneur, a future TV star and an overall domestic woman. But most of all, Trina's a little misunderstood.

"I think [there's a] missing section that people don't really know or get about me because they're so used to seeing 'Da Baddest Chick,'" she says. Her sixth studio album—which she plans to drop at the top of 2015—promises a bit of clarity on her evolution.

She stopped by on a rainy afternoon to explain how different her new LP will sound from the rest of her discography, exploring pop music, how unfazed she is by the French Montana situation and the need for solidarity between female rappers. —Stacy-Ann Ellis (@stassi_x)

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VIBE: Your latest single "F**k Love" just got the visual treatment and it looks intense. Talk a little about it.
Trina: I usually like to be involved, but this particular time, I just wanted to see where [the director] would go with it. I’ve never done a video where I don’t really perform in the video, like I’m not saying a word. So it’s just the storyline and it’s basically sweet revenge. You know how when they say you can make a girl but you can’t tell that she’s mad because she still has a smile and acting like nothing is the matter? That’s me in the video. I’m basically walking around the house and putting on make-up and I got this little smirk. My face is very serious, I get in the car and I’m driving, just driving around and you can see the intensity in my face. It’s one of those things where I’m hurt but I’m going to get you.

It’s scary, almost.
Yeah it’s almost like a scary movie trying to get to the end part and you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s dark in a way. My revenge is that I was probably hurt in the beginning but now you’re going to pay. You know? And you probably never saw it coming. We get to the end and I’m driving and all you can see is what I’m doing. You see me shoveling, you see me digging, you see me real aggressive. Then like you see two body bags on the floor and you don’t really know how they got there because you didn’t really see it. It's the mysteriousness of somebody getting you back. You don’t know how they did it or how they was going to end up that way. Sweet and simple, just like sweet revenge.

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

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