The feud between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B will likely live on for a very long time. Despite Minaj's decision to retire from music a couple of weeks ago, the star is still being mentioned in dirty headlines regarding her differences with Cardi B. The two recording artists are not fond of each other and even though they've been pitted against one another in the media and by their loyal fanbases, the pettiness just keeps on amplifying. When Forbes released their list of Hip-Hop's Highest Earners, people were quick to congratulate Kanye West on blowing away the competition. However, a juicier storyline was bubbling lower on the chart. Cardi B could be found sitting at the thirteenth position with a $28 million paycheck this year -- which she has said is false -- and Nicki Minaj was one step ahead of her at $29 million. The fans went insane upon finding them placed one after the other, taking to social media to rage.
Bardi has already called out Forbes for allegedly screwing up her net worth but one of the reasons why she may be angry is because she was placed one spot below her bitter rival. The comparisons between Nicki and Cardi have been brought up for ages by their respective fanbases and this only helped to intensify those discussions. Are the numbers accurate? Did Nicki seriously make $29 mil off of "Megatron?" The fans spilled all the tea and you can peep what they're talking about below.
Stephen A. Smith Clarifies Why Colin Kaepernick’s GF Had Beef With Him
Nessa took issue with some of Stephen A.’s reporting.
Stephen A. Smith has built a name for himself as one of the most respected analysts and reporters at ESPN. Every single weekday, Smith can be found on First Take giving some controversial opinions on some of the day’s biggest topics. Sometimes, Smith gets people upset with his reporting and that’s exactly what happened with Colin Kaepernick‘s girlfriend, Nessa.
During an appearance on Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” this past week, Smith spoke about Nessa’s issues with him and how they ultimately manifested themselves. Nessa has been quite outspoken about her boyfriend Colin and his struggles to get back into the NFL. At one point, Nessa sent a tweet that some feel cost her man a quarterback gig. Stephen A. criticized her for the tweet on First Take and during a recent meeting, she told Smith why she took issue with it.
Smith said his conversation with Nessa was pretty productive although it was clear there was some tension. Nessa claims that Smith wasn’t reporting the truth when he said the Ravens had offered Kaepernick a contract. As Smith clarifies, he heard from actual NFL owners that this was, in fact, the case and that Nessa’s tweet damaged his chances of getting the deal done.
Essentially, their beef boils down to a bit of he said, she said, where Smith is confident in his sources, while Nessa wants to stand up for Kaepernick. Smith maintains he was truthful in his reporting and at this point, that’s really all he can do.
To this day, Kaepernick is continuing his battle to find work in the NFL.
Unraveling Lil Wayne & Birdman’s Lengthy Road To Reconciliation
After reuniting on the Juvenile-assisted “Ride Dat,” we survey Lil Wayne and Birdman’s bitter feud to pinpoint what went wrong and how their bond was finally repaired.
In the incisive words of one Shawn Carter, “nobody wins when the family feuds.” From inseparable to seemingly irreconcilable, the differences between Lil Wayne and Birdman cast a formidable shadow over the history of Cash Money Records. In their glory days, the duo had one of hip-hop’s most profitable protégé and mentor relationships, besieging the world with their Louisianan swagger and hedonistic bangers. But then, things began to wilt under the lights, souring what was once fruitful and scattering the remains across the news outlets for us all to gawk at in morbid intrigue.
Sure, many real-life father & son relationships have a propensity to bend and break, but they aren’t entangled in a web of multi-million-dollar legal proceedings and alleged death threats that brought a litany of other high-profile public figures into the firing line. After years of crisis talks that were largely shrouded in mystery, the release of “Ride Dat” insinuated that an emphatic truce had been brokered.
Flanked by Weezy’s fellow Hot Boy Juvenile, Baby and Weezy stand as a united front for the first time in five long years. Acting as the informal lyrical arbiter, Juvie The Great broached the elephant in the room as he declared: “It’s official, the whistle blowin’, the liquor pourin’. We had our issues and differences; we were sick of warring.”
As tight-knit as any label boss and star signee ever were, the tale of how Dwayne Michael Carter and Bryan Williams’ relationship grew so fractious has kept fans engaged for years on end. Now that they’ve finally come by some form of closure, the picture of how the two fell apart before gradually cleaning their relationship of its toxicity has become much clearer.
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Plucked from obscurity at the age of 11, the gratitude that Weezy expressed towards Birdman for bettering his life was both abundant and sincere. Tunechi was anointed as one of the leaders of Cash Money’s second generation and quickly progressed from Hot Boy to flagship artist. Although he made a strident debut solo offering with Tha Black Is Hot and consolidated the buzz on his next two outings, the first instalment of The Carter in 2004 truly signified that Wayne was destined for an unforeseen level of rap superstardom. From there, it was off to the races, with the paternal bond between Baby and his prized artist strengthening to the point where they routinely greeted one another with a kiss on the lips. When it incited no shortage of pejorative remarks, Baby was unmoved by the critique:
“That’s my son, ya heard me,” Birdman spat at Tim Westwood. “If he was right here, I’d kiss him again.”
Numerous smash hits and a gold-certified collaborative album Like Father Like Son later, it came time for renegotiations. This, for the most part, is where the spokes came off the wheel. When Weezy and his childhood benefactor initially inked a new four-record deal in 2012, the New Orleans native was the picture of contentment:
“We signed a deal in, I don’t remember when, and I been with Cash Money ever since,” he told MTV News. “So, if you’re looking for integrity, I am the definition. If you’re looking for a person that’s gonna stay down, I am the definition. If you’re looking for loyalty, I am just that.”
Notice the verbiage used there. Where most MCs would be shrewdly monitoring proceedings, Wayne painted himself with a hue of youthful naivety or perhaps even the serenity that comes with wilful ignorance of the fine print. Nonetheless, appearances can be deceiving and it was none other than their former Cash Money affiliate Juvenile that lifted the lid on what he saw as Wayne’s underlying doubts in 2012.
“When Wayne was trying to leave Cash Money, same thing. He was trying to find out how did I leave, what did I do, he wanted to see my paperwork,” he confided to Complex. “Wayne really got beat out of all his money and took another contract. That part I never understood.” Assured in the belief that Wayne wouldn’t have “collected a dime” in royalties from The Carter III’s success, Juvenile’s words and his knowledge of Cash Money— and subsequently Wayne’s 49%-owned Young Money subsidiary— proved to be a precursor for the bitter war that was to come.
Two years down the line, tensions had begun to erupt within the Cash Money conglomerate. Aggrieved at the long-awaited Carter V failing to meet its proposed release date, Lil Wayne took to Twitter to publicly voice his displeasure with Baby’s intervention for the first time on December 4th 2014.
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“I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy. I am a prisoner and so is my creativity,” he continued. “Again, I am truly sorry and I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thk u.”
While performing at Vice’s 20th anniversary party two days later, Weezy doubled down on his aural assault by claiming that “I was supposed to drop my new album Dec. 9, but due to technical difficulties I’m f—ed up in a bad situation. But I will be out of this soon and I do it for y’all. So put the motherf—in’ fives up for Carter V.”
Little did he know, the album wouldn’t surface for another four years. As 2014 gave way to 2015, Wayne and Birdman’s feud would transcend its cold war phase and give way to a skirmish of nuclear proportions. In a move that would’ve been unthinkable in the days where Wayne embraced the “Birdman Jr” moniker, Tunechi filed a lawsuit against Cash Money that was worth an eye-watering $51 million dollars.
Released a week prior to the lawsuit, Weezy clarified his position on Sorry 4 The Wait 2’s “Coco,” spitting “Cash Money is an army, I’m a one-man army/And if them niggas comin’ for me, I’m goin’ out like Tony/Now I don’t want no problems, I just want my money.”
Amid a spree of lyrical provocations on mixtapes and high-profile features, the next twist in the tale came when Wayne’s tour bus—which contained a litany of Young Money artists at the time— was shot at in April 2015. Due to his then-recent dispute with Birdman, many placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of his former mentor and his newest charge, Young Thug. A disciple of Weezy in every sense of the word, it was Thugger’s associate Jimmy Winfrey that would be found guilty of the offense, initially receiving a 20 year sentence while Birdman and Young Thug were indicted for conspiring to kill the Young Money lynchpin. Staring down the barrel of a life behind bars, Winfrey, also known as Peepee Roscoe, filed an appeal which claimed that Birdman’s “financial dispute with [Lil Wayne] is what ultimately led to the shooting.”
From there, Wayne’s defiant Free Weezy project, Baby’s $50 million countersuit over his apprentice’s affiliation with Tidal and an incident in which Birdman swilled his friend-turned-foe at Club LIV all served to add fuel to the fire. Shortly thereafter, legal proceedings pertaining to the Young Money advance, Drake’s royalties and Wayne’s suit against Cash Money’s parent company Universal Music Group only appeared to intensify their estrangement.
Yet despite each exacerbation along the way, talk of reconciliation always lingered on the peripheries. Even as Wayne rescinded their father-son relationship– No, his last name isn’t Carter, baby “He’s not family”– speculation ran rampant that they’d soon reunite. But time and time again, there would prove to be a stumbling block. In September 2016, Wayne even appeared to be throwing in the towel and sent fans into a panic-stricken frenzy by tweeting, “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun.” As artists from across hip-hop’s battle lines came out in support of Tunechi, this is when Young Thug’s fealty shifted back to the man who’d always served as his primary inspiration:
“@LilTunechi I promise I’m holding u down no matter what… fuck the world and what they think/feel I’m with u for life, ur the reason I rap.”
After another few months of a cooling-off period, the rumour mill started up that they’d finally exorcised their demons until a verbal infraction at Camp Flog Gnaw spelled the end of the peace talks. According to TMZ, Birdman and Wayne were within touching distance of a resolution until Baby learned that his former protégé had altered the lyrics of “I’m Me” to pay homage to Roc-a-Fella Records and Jay-Z.
As both men weathered a continued storm of mudslinging throughout 2017, one of the South’s great gatekeepers opted to intervene on the behalf of Weezy. While its potential importance is hard to verify, Rap-A-Lot Records’ chairman and elder statesman Jay Prince claimed that he’d ensure Wayne got what was he due:
“That’s a no-brainer. That’s the little homie, and as I’ve stated a few times, publicly, we going to get to the bottom of that. Wherever it’s at, we have to reach and grab it,” he said. “Even if it’s in his ass, you got to get it up outta there.”
Then on the April 2nd 2018, just two days after Wayne was spotted at Birdman’s launch party for Before Anything, Williams took to Beats1 to issue a heartfelt plea to his former confidant.
“I’m not gon’ let it just lay like that,” Birdman said. “There’s so many parts to it but it’s important to me that I make sure that sh-t’s straight. I ain’t worried about it benefitting me; he deserves that from me and I’ma give him that blessing… We gotta get this sh-t together cause it’s affecting our kids.”
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The bonafide turning point in the feud, Wayne settled his lawsuit against Cash Money in June 2018 before their war over Drake’s royalties was brought to an abrupt end in July of this year. Declared to have “been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” it’s hard to see this mutual ceasefire as anything less than inextricably linked to their reunion on “Ride Dat.”
With Wayne now ten years older than Birdman was when the Cash Money magnate signed him to the label, this reconciliation means that for the first their time in their history, the two can finally stand side-by-side as grown men, friends, family and, most importantly, equals.
Sharon Osbourne Slams Wendy Williams For Being "So Dark" & "Mean"
Sharon Osbourne has spoken.
The latest season of Wendy Williams self-titled talk show has people talking. First, it was Tamar Braxton’s visit that sparked another feud with her former The Real hosts and now a comment Wendy made about Christie Brinkley, suggesting she faked a shoulder and wrist injury on Dancing with the Stars has people talking. Sharon Osbourne, who’s friends with Christine, couldn’t hold back from slamming Wendy for being “so dark” and “so mean constantly.”
“I have to go in on Wendy on this because not so long ago, Wendy was not in a very good place,” Sharon vented. “Why is it, no matter what this woman goes through in her life, her ups and downs, which we all do, but obviously hers were more public, and she’s a 55-year-old woman that relapsed again on drugs … and the thing is nobody gave her a hard time. It was just love, support to her.”
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Sharon added: “Why does she have to be so mean? What is it within you that is so dark that you can’t seem to get it out when the world shows you love and wishes you well on the rest of your journey of your life, you are so dark inside, so mean constantly.”
We’ll see how Wendy responds if she does.
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Baby Mama Drags 50 Cent: "Whole Lotta Clown Sh*t"
Sara Molina says that 50 Cent empathizes with Tekashi 6ix9ine because they’re both clowns.
Sara Molina isn’t exactly the authoritative voice on who’s a clown and who isn’t in the rap game — she did date Tekashi 6ix9ine for a while so she probably shouldn’t be speaking on goofy rappers. Still, it was only a matter of time before she burst out of the shadows with a statement during her baby daddy’s high-profile kidnapping trial. Instead of taking aim at the rainbow-haired rat, she instead dragged his old buddy 50 Cent, who once thought of Tekashi as a son. During a recent interview, Fif noted that he understands why 6ix9ine is snitching and Molina has something to say about that.
The social media star updated her Instagram story with some harsh words for the New York legend. “You agree with the clown shit because you partake in all of it over the internet as well,” wrote Molina. “A whole lotta clown shit. Please do not speak on my box if I never fucked you. One that’s weird, two he snitched on everybody including Monster’s brother (Your best friend’s brother Dummy). Man.”
She then elaborated on her previous statements with more information about how she’s feeling toward 69. “I do not have any ill feelings toward my daughter’s father, there are times as a mother that I am angered for my daughter’s sake,” she added. “But as a human I feel sad for him and for what he’s choosing to do when he involved himself in all of this. I feel sorry for the men as well that made it their job to make sure me and my daughter fine and protected from the situations that my daughter’s father created without thinking twice about us.”
Seems like she’s thinking pretty reasonably, especially in the follow-up message. What do you think?
Tekashi 6ix9ine Testifies That He Ordered Chief Keef’s Murder
6ix9ine has been singing at the stand.
We’re currently on our third day of coverage from the Tekashi 6ix9ine trial, where he has been testifying against his alleged kidnappers in court. Fans have known for nearly an entire year that the Brooklyn-based recording artist had been cooperating with the feds but now that he’s facing a jury, we’re seeing first-hand that he is fully committed to getting a lighter sentence by ratting out all of his former allies. Even if it means he has to incriminate himself, 6ix9ine is being fully truthful in court, admitting that he was the one who ordered a hit on Chief Keef’s life.
Before discussing the details of his alleged kidnapping and robbery last year, Tekashi 6ix9ine spoke about the shooting attempt on his enemy Chief Keef. You’ll recall, the two became bitter rivals after 6ix9ine posted a video online with Cuban Doll, who was romantically involved with Tadoe of the Glo Gang at the time. It was always believed that 6ix9ine had called the hit on Keef’s life but this is the first time we actually hear him say it himself.
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According to The Blast, the rainbow-haired rapper took the stand yesterday and admitted that he was the brains behind the Chief Keef shooting outside of Times Square. The artist, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, testified that he offered $20K for the job to be completed but when the bullets missed, he lowered the price to $10K.
Tekashi 6ix9ine is presently on the witness stand for the third day in a row and updates will be coming shortly. Stay tuned.
Iggy Azealia Claps Back At "Crackhead" Wendy Williams For Fake Body Remarks
Iggy Azalea has had enough.
Not many people are fans of Iggy Azalea's music, including herself. For the most part, she minds her business these days until something negative is said about her. At that point, she has no reason to hold her tongue.
Many people have been championing Wendy Williams for living her "best life" ever since her divorce with Kevin Hunter but it seems many forget that she makes a living off of tearing others down. Most recently, she threw some shade at Iggy Azalea by calling her "the Australian girl with a fake body."
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Wendy Williams isn't really one to be talking about other people's bodies but that's another story. Iggy caught wind of the comments and fired back on Twitter. Quoting the clip from the episode, Iggy Azalea wrote, "Who's the crack head in the half way house with the gossip show thing?"
Adding, "Wendy Williams is a walking mike tyson tribal tattoo slapped over a deeply set c-section scar. I've had enough."
For context, Wendy Williams was discussing Nicki Minaj's apparent decision to retire from the rap game to start a family. She discussed whether or not Nicki could retire and make a come back with the same amount of hype around her name. She used Iggy as an example, claiming that people were waiting for her to drop a new project. That's when she made the comments about Iggy's body.
Fat Joe Says He Almost Squashed Beef Between 50 Cent & Ja Rule
Fat Joe reflects on a time when he almost ended things between Ja & 50 Cent.
To promote his new single “Yes” featuring Cardi B and Annuel AA, Fat Joe decided to stop by The Breakfast Club this morning and chop it up with Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee for a lengthy new interview. During the 45 minute chat, Joey Crack talked about his forthcoming album, what Cardi B means to the Bronx, and how he once almost ended the beef between 50 Cent and Ja Rule, among other things.
Around the 36 minute mark, right after he hilariously proclaimed 50 Cent the king of beefs, Joey tells the story where he once almost squashed the beef between Fif and Ja Rule. Joey says he was going to have them both come out together on stage, but Ja & Irv wouldn’t go through with it once they found out.
“I almost squashed the beef, I was going to bring them both out to a concert, 50 was going to do it, and then they went bad on me, Irv & Ja went bad on me, saying the beef is till we die.” Joey continued, “them guys they going to be going 80 years old giving speeches about each other somewhere,… nah they going, I don’t want that.”
Check out the full interview (below).
Tekashi 6ix9ine Ordered Gang Beatdown On Trippie Redd: Day 2 Trial Updates
Tekashi 6ix9ine admits to calling an attack on his rival Trippie Redd.
It feels like ages ago but there was once a time when Trippie Redd and Tekashi 6ix9ine were friends. The two blew up at around the same time. The "Love Scars" rapper experienced a burst a little before the rainbow-haired scoundrel but they still considered each other allies, collaborating on one of Trippie's most popular songs at the time. It would be surprising to me if anybody had predicted Trippie being as large a part of 6ix9ine's current trial as he is right now but, alas, here we are. Yesterday, 69 took the stand for the first time and claimed that his now-enemy was a member of a different Bloods division. Today, he's continuing to squeal about Trippie.
It didn't take long for new developments to come out of this fascinating case. Moments ago, 6ix9ine detailed a beatdown that he had ordered on Trippie Redd, explaining all that he knows about the situation.
"My main dispute was with Trippie Redd," reportedly said the rapper. "He was with another set of Bloods... So was Casanova. Me and Trippie Redd were signed to the same label... There's a lot of jealousy involved. He was signed first. I later on signed, a couple of months after. We had a song together, it was successful. Then jealousy, we got into online disputes. We attacked him [Trippie Redd] at this hotel."
Elaborating for the jury, 6ix9ine gave his account of the attack. "Trippie Redd's manager said he wanted to squash the beef. At the time I was very upset with him, he had already said a lot," said Tekashi. "Trippie Redd's manager gave us the address of his video shoot. I told Shotti I wanted something done about Trippie. We go to Red Hook or around there, industrial area. I'm in a Jeep. We see Trippie Redd's sprinter van. We surveillanced it, waiting for Trippie Redd. Shotti said he had a few of the homies meeting up with us there. We stake out, Trippie Redd comes, gets in with 15 people. We follow him for an hour on the highway. I recall Harv coming in a 4-door Honda. The sprinter van gets to the hotel. We don't wanna get spotted. Shotti gets out, tells me to stay in the car. Harv parks parallel to the hotel. He's with like three other guys. Shotti comes back screaming, 'It's fucking Trey Way.' Shotti said Harv punched Trippie Reed in the mouth."
This situation just keeps getting crazier by the minute. Keep it locked for more updates.
Lil Durk On Tekashi 6ix9ine: “F*ck 69 Snitch K”
Snitches get stitches.
It appears Lil Durk ain’t fucking with Tekashi 6ix9ine no more. Following the news of his highly publicized trial yesterday, the OTF rapper decided to hop on Twitter and express how he felt about the “Gummo” rapper, calling him a “snitch” and tweeting out: “Fuck 69.” The tweet has since been deleted by Durk, but not before TheShadeRoom caught it (below).
Coincidentally, it was just earlier this year that Lil Durk hopped on IG Live with Tekashi and tried to mediate the feud between him and a few fellow Chicago rappers, like Chief Keef and Tadoe. The move by Durk resulted in backlash by some fans, who thought Durk was co-signing Tekashi 6ix9ine, but apparently that ain’t the case. Durk still living by the street code and doesn't like phonies.
Durk's tweet come just hours after Meek Mill voiced his own opinion on the trial. The Philadelphia rapper went on his Twitter to offer some advice to anyone seeking clout on social media. He tweeted, “69 going up in s federal courthouse today kids! Message of the day don’t be a Internet gangsta... be yourself! #cloutisnottheroute get money."