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Nicki Minaj covers Billboard

The new Billboard cover star is none other than Nicki Minaj and with the cover above also comes a new interview hyping up The Pinkprint. An excerpt below.

Minaj doesn’t only measure herself against, or take inspiration from, other women. She’s a leading voice in male-dominated hip-hop. And The Pinkprint — the title of which nods to JAY Z’s The Blueprint– will likely have an outsized impact as hip-hop fans search for releases to rally around in a fallow year for the genre. “I’m not mad at where hip-hop’s at,” she says. “It’s in a more playful place.” Still, she continues, “it’s corny when rappers feel like they’ve made it and they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”

ICYMI: Nicki Minaj ‘The Pinkprint’ (Deluxe Album Art) | “Over” f/ Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown

BONUS: Nicki Minaj’s V Magazine coverspread

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Krewella Lollapalooza Recap

Days 2 and 3 at Lolla this year had a heavy Chicago feel. Playing their part was Krewella, who headlined Day 2 of the Perry’s Stage and put on quite a phenomenal show featuring a 1 hour and 15 second mix of their hits spliced with hip hop like A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems” and Ludacris’ “How Low Can You Go?”. All of this was taken to another level as they incorporated the huge stage of multiple video screens with lights, smoke, and lasers that extended well out into the field where we were standing for these pics.

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Krew. CHI. | Photo: Sgt. Tibs @gowherehiphop
Krew. CHI. | Photo: Sgt. Tibs @gowherehiphop

Look at Krewella puttin’ on for the Chi. Various times throughout their set, the sisters Jahan and Yasmine spoke from the heart, saluting the most beautiful city in the world with all of their family and close friends in attendance for their biggest performance to date in their hometown. It made their rendition of “Alive” at the end even that much more special (they wrote the song 3 miles away from Grant Park.)

The one official video clip of their set is below via Billboard, and stay tuned with the Krew as in-house videographer Miles Evert was also on hand documenting the performance. I was also able to find a very HQ audio rip of the entire 75 minutes and perfectly time a drop on Vine — both below the video. Fun to relive for me as I’ll instantly be able to recall the wind from the booming sound rushing at my face from such a distance and the vibration of the crowd jumping up and down on the ground.

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Lastly, Yasmine and Jahan sat down with Billboard to talk about coming home for Lollapalooza and also shed some light on their hotly anticipated sophomore album. We’ll be tuned in as 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger for Krewella.

We keep writing songs, and songs we loved two months ago now will never make the album. We’re taking maybe 50 percent of the next four months off to really crank the second album out and focus on it, and try to finish birthing it.
– Yasmine

Drake: Most #1 Singles on Billboard

^ Drake finding out about his achievement today.

Now, this is crazy to think about. Drake broke onto the mainstream scene with So Far Gone in 2009. Since then, he’s racked up 14 (fourteen) #1 singles on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts, either his or being a featured guest, which passes Usher‘s career mark of 13 this week as Lil Wayne & Drake’s “Believe Me” is the new #1. The 14 #1 singles are the highest for one artist in the chart’s 22-year history.

Keep winnin’ Drizzy. *waits on “Believe Me” video*

J. Lo covers Billboard

Whoa, J-Lo! Indeed.

The forty-four year old singer covers the new Billboard Magazine and sizzles in a complete new photo spread above, all in anticipation of her upcoming album, A.K.A. dropping this summer. They’re all sexy photos, but how ’bout that red in both the attire and lipstick?

Don’t forget to also check out her new *Tibs Fav. collab with Nas called “Troubeaux” that samples hip hop classic “T.R.O.Y.”.

Iggy Azalea #1 and #2 on Billboard Hot 100

Iggy Azalea and The Beatles in the same sentence?

That’s right, this week the Grand Hustle Australian rapper makes history as she has both the #1 and #2 song in the country on the Billboard Hot 100, matching The Beatles by being the second act to have its first 2 songs 1, 2. Iggy’s solo single “Fancy” is #1 and her collaboration with Ariana Grande for “Problem” is #2 as the two songs unseat John Legend’s “All of Me”, who was #1 for 3 weeks. I’m not into the charts or numbers as much as I used to be, but when a milestone like this happens, I’m paying attention and congrats are certainly in order. Who woulda thought? Definitely would have been off on this if you told me Iggy Azalea would be #1 and #2 this time last year.