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New Music Video From Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj dropped the video for her “Up In Flames” single and it’s much different than the Nicki we’ve seen in the past couple years. Nicki said recently that she wanted to tone down her style to appeal more to the female audience. She doesn’t want her fans to think that she is outrageously dressed all the time. Many are saying this video is symbolic of Nicki going back

to her old roots of her early career. She also told MTV that this song proves she is better than most of her male rap counterparts, saying:

“If a dude was on a that song with me, everyone would’ve talked about it and they would [argue] ‘who had the best verse,’ but when I put a song out by myself…” she began before stopping herself, clearly frustrated with hip-hop’s double standard, “[It’s] because men run the hip-hop game. Let’s be honest, they’re the [radio] program directors, they wanna be able to rap stuff and they’re not gonna recite a female [verse]. They just feel funny and it is what it is.”

Check out “Up in Flames”


– Beth Foster
@Bfosta09

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Drake Says Common's Diss Was A "Ploy For Attention"

Drake is speaking out on why he thinks the entire beef situation with Common was an attempt on the legendary Chicago bred emcee’s part to garner attention for his upcoming album. Check out with he said in an exclusive interview with NahRight below:

NahRight: So people want to know: will you respond to Common?

Drake: “No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a ‘hip hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.”

Common’s latest effort, The Dreamer/The Believer, was released on December 20. Do you agree with Drake’s sentiment that the situation was a “ploy for attention” on Common’s part?

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Drake Says Common’s Diss Was A “Ploy For Attention”

Drake is speaking out on why he thinks the entire beef situation with Common was an attempt on the legendary Chicago bred emcee’s part to garner attention for his upcoming album. Check out with he said in an exclusive interview with NahRight below:

NahRight: So people want to know: will you respond to Common?

Drake: “No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a ‘hip hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.”

Common’s latest effort, The Dreamer/The Believer, was released on December 20. Do you agree with Drake’s sentiment that the situation was a “ploy for attention” on Common’s part?

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Six Songs To Remind You What Rap Was Like 10 Years Ago

Now, there are some songs that we all remember no matter what- like “Hot In Herre,” “Yeah!,” or “Get Low.” I don’t need to remind you of those because they’ll always be burned into your brain. But here are some old school-for-Millennials rap jams that were huge back when they came out, but may have fallen off your radar in the time since.

Once you hear them again, though, hopefully they’ll start bringing back the memories of bar mitzvahs, gym class, sleepovers, road trips with parents, and other childhood scenarios where you desperately hoped the dirty version would come on but resigned yourself to the probability of hearing the lame, scrubbed-clean rendition.

Ludacris- “Southern Hospitality”: Here are the “themes” Ludacris goes with in this song: Cadillac, 20-inch, pretty-ass, long john, dirty south, hand-me-down, mouth full of…, sweat, hit by…, Afro, overall, thugged-out. Damn, I was kind of hoping that would crack some secret code. Guess all it does is show you what Southern hospitality is really about.

Nelly- “Air Force Ones”: I never owned a pair of Air Force Ones, but I definitely hit up Foot Locker a few times and checked out their selection after hearing this. My favorite line: “We up in Foot Locker and I’m lookin’ like I’m needin’ those…she just standin’ thurr as if I’m shootin’ free throws.” Tell’em, Murphy Lee.

Chingy- “Right Thurr”: Undoubtedly the best beat of its era. Unfortunately, I never knew most of the lyrics in this song- a combination of cultural unawareness, difficult-to-decipher accents, and, uh, the fact that I was roughly ten years old. However, all these years later, I now know…a few more of the lyrics: basically, this girl is hot.

J-Kwon- “Tipsy”: It’s crazy to think that people of my generation were taking our social cues from people like J-Kwon. Seriously, we must be so screwed up compared to other generations. Listen to these lyrics. These were formative times for me! Yikes.

Petey Pablo- “Freek-a-Leek”: Easily one of my favorite videos from this time period. I can still recite the opening and closing parts, when Petey Pablo is pretending to be the radio DJ, from memory. By the way: I had the clean version of this song, and I still don’t know what most of the edits actually are. Probably better that way.

Cam’Ron- “Hey Ma”: Loved this one. Just a complete summation of things that are not socially acceptable. Perfect for 5th-graders to be listening to: “Get in the car, and don’t touch nothin’, just sit in the car, let’s discuss somethin’, either we lovin’ or I’ll see ya tomorrow.” Try shouting these lyrics when there are girls present, see what happens.

Rap music may not be quite as dope as this anymore. In fact, for me, it’ll never be better than these. But just think, there’s another generation out there growing up with what’s on the radio right now. That’s their formative music. So at some point, you’ll have to respect it just like people older than me ought to respect this stuff. Right?

Jack Narron

Childish Gambino Drops Video for “Bonfire”

One person you will find on the playlists of everyone here at CherryOnTop is Childish Gambino (born Donald Glover). Gambino is perhaps best known for his recurring role on the NBC comedy series, Community, and his work as a writer for shows like The Daily Show and 30 Rock, but his star is definitely rising in the music world. Gambino will drop his fourth album, Camp, on November 15, but while we’re waiting, check out the new video for the lead single, “Bonfire.”

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A CherryOnTop Review: Tha Carter IV

Tha Carter IV is not Lil Wayne’s best album.

It is, however, a worthy addition to his catalog, but he’s done better. Although he hasn’t matured musically, the album’s themes do represent a more mature view of the world. He shows more vulnerability, with themes including anxiety about staying at the top of the rap game and how to handle rejection. Although he does open up emotionally, he seems to reticent to go all the way, and negates much of this with the usual rap fronting. It is a step in the right direction, but is far from the transcendent rapping that Wayne was probably aiming for.

Again, this album has a really solid set of songs, a few of which are great. All of the guests are good, and no one embarrasses themselves. People will have you believe that “6 Foot 7 Foot” is the album’s signature song, but that title goes to “John,” which obliterates every other track on the record. In fact, it might be my favorite Lil Wayne song of all time (“Gonorrhea” is its competition). Ironically, the title track from the Sorry 4 The Wait mixtape is better than almost every song on this album.

Naturally, this album is compared to the newly released Watch The Throne. It is consistently better than the Kanye/Jay-Z collaboration, with the most notable difference being a more focused array of songs. Watch The Throne bounces around a lot, but that’s because it is more ambitious. Wayne doesn’t stretch himself in this album, and if anything it seems like he’s taken a small step back. You can tell that he still has a Shakespearean mastery of the English language, but he doesn’t even have one killer line on this album. In fact, the best line goes to Jadakiss, who raps the seemingly innocuous, “I’m still in the ‘hood, but I probably should move,” on “It’s Good.” Who saw that brilliance coming?

This musical dulling is evident in his shot at Jay-Z, a response to a perceived diss on Watch The Throne. On “It’s Good,” he threatens to hold Beyoncé for ransom. It’s an unnecessary threat, and one gets the feeling that his heart isn’t really in it. They’re both too rich and famous to have a true beef at this point, but a response was almost compulsory. Wayne could not simply ignore a diss.

If you’re looking for an “album,” it’s not here. All that’s here is a collection of songs that sound moderately good together. One expects more from Lil Wayne, but it’s not a terrible disappointment. He has achieved such fantastic levels of greatness that even though this album is only a C on his scale, it would be a B for anyone else.

Dan Spritz

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Is Will Smith Gearing For A Rap Comeback?

Could A-list actor Will Smith be returning to his hip-hop roots? Game’s producer, La Mar “Mars” Edwards, told XXL magazine he’s working on new tracks with the soon-to-be Men in Black III superstar. According to Mars, “We’re working on Will Smith, bringing him back.”

It’s been a couple of decades since Will Smith first stepped onto the music scene with his Grammy Award-winning hit, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Over the years, Smith has become one of the most bankable Hollywood actors. He also enjoyed an ample amount of success in hip-hop with his solo debut, the multi-platinum Big Willie Style, which was released in 1997 (you probably remember the album’s infectious hit single,”Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”).

However, Smith has been unable to recapture the same momentum with his follow-up efforts. In an ever-changing rap game with different artists always being pushed through the door, Will Smith has lagged behind as he has a lot of things going against him. He’s wealthy, he’s a father, at age 42, he’s not appealing to a younger audience anymore, and he simply has too much going on. All of which begs the question…in the ever-changing world of hip-hop, will The Fresh Prince be able to reign again?

 

– Ashleigh Holmes

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