Nicki Minaj is speaking out on the video for her single “Your Love”, the first single by a female emcee to top the Billboard Rap Songs category in over seven years.

The video premiered earlier this month and features Minaj as a martial arts student who is eventually over taken by her opponent in an unfair sword fight.

According to Nicki, the decision to have her character perish in the battle was to show a deeper message; that the only way to beat her is to cheat.

Speaking to MTV in an on-again, off-again British accent, Minaj explained the concept saying,

I just felt like that was the most emotional and truthful storyline. I felt like mostly everyone would normally make themselves win in the end. I wanted to show that the only way I could be beat is if you cheat. If you cheat! If you play fair and square, I’m gonna win. It’s my little way of looking at it.”


Nicki also says she wanted the ending to be “heart wrenching” and viewers to cry over the death of her likable character.

“Also, I felt it was almost heart-wrenching to see it. I made myself this nice girl in the video and you bond with the character, you know what I mean? You know what I mean. You see her die. I wanted people to talk about it in the end. ‘Why did she make that decision?’ I wanted them to cry.”

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Kid Cudi’s sophomore album Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager is the latest in Hip-Hop to face pushbacks.

As previously reported the album was set to drop on “G.O.O.D. Music Day”, September 14 alongside Kanye West, Big Sean and Consequence but was halted until September 28.

Now the album has been pushed back for a second time and won’t hit stores until October 26th.

The rest of the G.O.O.D. Music artists are still set to drop their albums as scheduled.

Cudi is currently participating in Converse’s “3 Artists, 1 Song” campaign alongside artists Rostam Batmanglij and Bethany Cosentino.

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Black Florida teen is possibly facing hate crime charges for attacking a white man.

The teenager’s actions were sparked because he heard the 22-year-old white man listening to rap music.

The victim was walking down a street listening to rap music, when the teen then told the victim to stop listening to rap music because“white people shouldn’t listen to rap music.”

He then struck the victim in the face.  The 14 year old was taken into custody on Monday and charged with battery.

Yvonne Martinez, a police spokesperson- says the teen could face a hate-crime enhancement charge because he showed “extreme prejudice against the victim because of his race.”  The state attorney’s office will review the charges while the teen is being held in the juvenile detention center.

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Rapper T. I. recently gave back to the Atlanta community and awarded the young attendees of his event Camp K.I.N.G. with laptops.

The event, which T.I. created to empower and uplift urban youth, was a summer camp dedicated to molding youth into future leaders.  After completing the camp, all of the attendees were given a certificate as well as a laptop.

T.I. , along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also gave a recent speech at the ceremony where he spoke to the young audience and reminded them of the importance of hard work, and encouraged them to maintain a positive work ethic throughout their life.

“The work that you do right now, the results aren’t always seen immediately, but it will pay off in the end,” T.I. stressed to the audience.

After surprising them with the laptop, he added that the laptops weren’t a gift, but instead a reward for their hard work and dedication.

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Congress has taken a bold move with “The Crack vs. Cocaine”sentencing controversy and have decided to pass the “fair sentencing act”, which would lessen the penalty for the possession of crack cocaine and make it fair to the sentencing for possession of cocaine.

Since the boom of crack cocaine in the mid 80’s- The laws have been stronger against the possession of crack- a drug primarily used in urban minority communities and cocaine, used by middle to upper class whites.

The law, which was enacted in 1986, allowed an individual in possession of 5 grams of crack to receive the same prison term as a person convicted of trafficking 500 grams of powder cocaine.  If passed, the bill would also eliminate the five-year mandatory minimum for first time possession of crack.

“Politicians and the U.S. Sentencing Commission have for years acknowledged the unfairness of the system, but no one wanted to look soft on crime,”claims Julie Stewart- the president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

During his presidential campaign, President Obama agreed  that the  sentencing was unfair and claimed that “the wide gap in sentencing cannot be justified and should be eliminated.”

The bill didn’t come without any opposition, with Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas speaking out against the bill, saying the 1986 law was enacted at a time when the crack cocaine epidemic was producing a rise in violence within minority communities and that enacting the bill would be a mistake.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who sponsored the bill, brought up the fact that while Blacks make up 30 percent of crack users, they account for more than 80 percent of those convicted of federal crack offenses.

The bill is being sent to President Obama for final approval and signature.

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50 Cent Appears On The View

50 Cent appeared on The View today and discussed his dramatic weight loss for his acting career and discusses his new movie“Twelve” and the removing of his tattoos.

Side note:  White people stop saying “Fiddy.”

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Eminem’s Recovery album is continuing to hold onto its #1 spot on the Hip-Hop/ R&B charts while the Rick Ross’s Teflon Don came in at #2.

According to Neilsen SoundScan, in the past week Recovery sold 187,000 copies while Rick Ross’s Teflon Don moved 176,00.

To date Recovery is the top selling album of 2010 with 1,670,000 copies sold worldwide.

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Here’s the latest off of Bun B’s third album, “Trill OG,” dropping next week. Apparently Bun promised this leak as soon as the 20,000 people follow @BunBTrillOG. Now that’s good marketing. It’s as if “When it comes to making money, I’m a print press.

The full album features guest spots from Young Jeezy, T-Pain, Gucci Man, Yo Gotti, Twista, Slim Thug and Trey Songz.

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Jack Tatum, the former all-pro safety for The Oakland Raiders has passed away at the age of 61.

Tatum is best known  for his hit that paralyzed Darryl Stingley in an NFL preseason game in 1978.

Nicknamed ”The Assassin,” The Associated Press states Tatum died of a heart attack Tuesday in Oakland, according to friend and former Ohio State teammate John Hicks.

On Aug. 12, 1978, Stingley, playing for the New England Patriots, ran head-on into the hard-hitting Tatum on a crossing pattern. The blow severed Stingley’s fourth and fifth veterbrae and left the receiver paralyzed.

Tatum said he tried to visit Stingley at an Oakland hospital shortly after the collision but was turned away by Stingley’s family members.

Stingley died in 2007.

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Damon Dash’s Tribeca Loft is going to foreclosure.

Damon Dash has had a lot of trouble ever since his split with Jay-Z, and things don’t appear to be getting better anytime soon for the once Hip-Hop Mogul. Damon has stopped paying his ridiculous $78,504.20-per-month mortgage payment, and is now abut to go through foreclosure on the loft.

Bought for around 3 million, Dash a few years back tried to sell it for 7 million, hoping to sell the loft while also to pay back some of his debt. The auction will take place tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. as one lucky buyer will become the owner to the Dash estate.

The listing for the loft states:


“This stunning 5,200 SF duplex loft boasts 20 foot ceilings in the living room, 4 bedrooms and 4 baths on TriBeCas best block. Add huge windows facing north and south, a mint kitchen and luxurious bathrooms, it leaves nothing to be desired. Located in the preeminent full service doorman building, the Atalanta, Must be seen!!”

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