The former couple got into a heated argument at Maxfield in West Hollywood on Friday. TMZ obtained video of the shouting match, which took place in front of customers at the high-end retailer.
“There’s 50 people outside. We’re good,” says Nicki, to which someone else responds, “There are 100 people outside.”
It’s unclear who started the argument, but things quickly escalated. Nicki’s husband Kenneth Petty also got involved. “She ain’t talking to you no more. Can’t talk to me one-on-one,” says a voice that appears to be Petty.
He calls Meek a “pussy ni**a” before Meek responds by calling him a “pussy n**a.” Nicki can also be heard shouting at Meek, calling him a bitch and seemingly saying that he can’t get over her.
Meek reportedly had to be held back and escorted out of the store by his own security team and the Maxfield staff.
Rapper Retch happened to be at the store at the same time and snapped photos with both separately. At first, Nicki thought Retch was part of Meek’s team and tried to confront him, but when she realized he was not connected, she happily posed for a pic.
Meek and Nicki started dating in 2015 before announcing their breakup in January 2017. Nicki addressed her ex on “Barbie Dreams,” rapping, “Meek still be in my DMs, I be havin’ to duck him.”
In October, Nicki married Petty, her childhood sweetheart, in a private ceremony.
The Cleveland rapper took to Twitter to take another shot at Eminem. In a since-deleted tweet, MGK insinuated that Em is desperate for relevancy after the Detroit rapper participated in the viral Dolly Parton Challenge, posting four profile photos for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder (or Grindr in Em’s case).
Eminem previously declared that their long-running beef was over on “Unaccommodating” off his new album Music To Be Murdered By. “But when they ask me is the war finished with MGK? Of course it is,” raps Slim Shady. “I cleansed him of his mortal sins, I’m God and the Lord forgives, even the devil worshippers / I’m moving on.”
MGK was not impressed, slammingEminem and his album. “mad af I just stepped out a loud room to hear this bullshit,” he tweeted. “he’s been rich and mad for 20 years straight.”
mad af I just stepped out a loud room to hear this bullshit
YG was arrested at his home Friday on robbery charges.
The Game for one was outraged by the arrest of his fellow Compton MC, which came just days before the Grammys where YG is set to perform during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle.
“They know that YG was supposed to be on the Grammys,” Game told TMZ. “The Grammys gave ni**as an opportunity to put on for Nip and of course the LAPD, they gon’ come through and hate. Wake a man up after he been through everything he been through at 4 a.m. in the morning taking him to jail when he excelling in life. That shit trash.”
Funny how @YG gets arrested the weekend of the Grammy’s when he’s supposed to hit the stage in Nip’s honor. #LAPDtheBiggestGangHere
He says that YG was targeted because cops wanted to derail his Nipsey tribute. “People knocking on doors taking this man away from his kid during a celebratory weekend for Nip,” he added.
YG was taken into custody on Friday morning after L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at his home with a search warrant related to an on-going criminal investigation involving a robbery. He was released Friday night on $250,000 bail and is expected to appear in court on Jan. 28.
Nicki Minaj popped up on Twitter’s trending radar Thursday night after her fan base bombarded social media with speculation about her 2020 comeback. The hashtag #NickiMinajIsComing took over barb space as her dearest supporters gathered to investigate their queen’s whereabouts. The trigger of the uproar started on Instagram when the Queen rapper shared a flyer in her Insta stories of her upcoming appearance at popular hip-hop friendly Miami venue, Mr. Jones, on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
ً”@SMILEYNTHAHOOD@NickiMinaj has something up here sleeve and I’m definitely ready for whatever iscoming. I’m hoping it’s music bc I need some MUSIC!!!!,” one Twitter barb tweeted.
The Instagram story was Nicki’s first of 2020 and first out of her social media hiatus since November 9. Surprisingly, tagged to the show post was her former manager, Big Fendi. There is a chance the two have rekindled their business relationship, with the Mr. Jones gig as a result. That has yet to be confirmed. According toYahoo Entertainment, Nicki brings in pretty big bucks from making club appearances with a reported average of $500,000.
The most recent sighting of Nicki was through the Instagram post of New Jersey rapper, Retch, who bumped into Nicki during a shopping trip at a undisclosed location.
Well, there is a new Nicki album in the works. During an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ last June, she confirmed the making of a new album but when asked about a release date she admitted that she will be taking her time putting the project together.
At this point, Nicki’s hiatus trips are signature and telling. Telling that something is certainly up her sleeve whether if it is a personal mark or musical blessing. With a subtle end on the decade and her Queen of Rap identity, it is a matter of time and space for Minaj to bring in 2020 with a bang.
Fresh off the release of her new single “B.I.T.C.H.,” the Houston hottie is revealing some of the big names on her highly-anticipated debut album Suga. In an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1, Meg said the album will feature collaborations with SZA, Juicy J, and Pharrell.
“My friend SZA, she pulled up on me in the studio, because we have a song that’s gonna be on my album too and it was so fire making that song with her,” she said. “Juicy J produced it. We know I love Juicy J. So yeah, we got a lot of bangers on that album.”
She was also recently in the studio with Pharrell for four days cooking up some hits. “I’m working on my album and I definitely just really appreciate good music. And Pharrell is just somebody that you know knows good music,” she said. “We locked in the studio for about four days and we got some fire.”
The super-producer even gave her a nickname, Megan the Machine. “He calls me the Machine. Megan the Machine. Because I got in there and I was knocking them verses out so quick and knocking them songs out. You gotta get in the studio and you gotta show Pharrell what you can do. So as quick as he knocking them out, I’m back dooring and knocking them out. So he was like, ‘Oh, you a machine.’ And I was like, ‘Damn. Pharrell called me a machine. That’s great.’”
The album, which follows her mixtapes Fever and Tina Snow, is named after her newest alter ego Suga (“She’s besties with Tina Snow”) and is also said to feature Kehlani, according to a press release.
“A lot of the features that I have and a lot of beat selections that I have on this album, I feel like it’s gonna be way different than things that I have already put out. So I feel like it’s gonna be super epic.”
On Friday, Meg released the first track off the album, “B.I.T.C.H.,” which samples Tupac’s “Ratha Be Ya Ni**a.” “I had to respect the legends,” she said. “I had just finished doing a show. I cannot remember what state I was in, but I had left my show and I was about to take a shower. And I had hit my A&R and I’m like, ‘I wanna remake ‘Ni**a’ by Tupac.’ So he literally sent the beat like, the next day. I wrote a little bit of it on the plane and then I wrote the rest of it in my next hotel room in the next state. And boom, I literally just went to record it in Vegas like the next week after that.”
Megan also recently collaborated with Normani on “Diamonds” off the Birds of Prey soundtrack. “She’s bomb and she’s another Houston girl. So I definitely was like, ‘We gotta get the two Texas girls on this song.’”
The Grammy-winning rapper will take over as host of the groundbreaking prank show. The original MTV series, which was hosted by Ashton Kutcher from 2003-2007, will be reimagined for a new generation and will be available exclusively on Quibi’s mobile video platform.
Chance will also serve as director of the reboot, which promises “new laughs, new hoaxes, and new celebrity ‘marks’ in bite-sized episodes.” And as always, no one is safe. Hidden cameras will be placed to catch all the action.
“Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” said Chance in a statement. “I grew up watching this show and it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi.”
The trailer offers a first look at some of the wild pranks in store including a gorilla stunt with Megan Thee Stallion and another with a car explosion.
The series is set to premiere April 6. Quibi will feature original content made for mobile viewing with episodes delivered in 10 minutes or less. Offset and Keke Palmer are also set to debut programming on the platform.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the rapper’s San Fernando Valley home around 4 a.m. with a search and arrest warrant related to a robbery case.
YG’s vehicle was involved in a high-speed chase back in July, which ended in a deadly shootout. Police were called to apprehend a DUI suspect in his Escalade. While they were chasing the suspect, someone in the SUV allegedly opened fire, killing a 65-year-old man on a bike.
YG previously denied any involvement. “I was nowhere near the scene of this incident and had been in a recording studio all day in Hollywood,” he told TMZ. “I was there until after midnight on the Fourth of July and didn’t learn of these events until after they happened.”
It’s unclear if the Friday morning raid is related to that case. A couple weeks after the shooting, a Hollywood Hills home leased by YG was raided and at least one person was arrested for a weapons charge. YG was not present during that raid.
The Compton MC is currently in custody and is being transported to a jail to be booked for robbery. He is slated to perform during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the Grammys on Sunday. It’s unclear if this will affect the performance.
Following his arrest, his fellow rapper The Game tweeted: “Funny how @YG gets arrested the weekend of the Grammy’s when he’s supposed to hit the stage in Nip’s honor. #LAPDtheBiggestGangHere.”
Funny how @YG gets arrested the weekend of the Grammy’s when he’s supposed to hit the stage in Nip’s honor. #LAPDtheBiggestGangHere
Lauren London has revealed a first look at PUMA x The Marathon Clothing’s new collection honoring Nipsey Hussle. The collaboration, titled “Hussle and Motivate,” will feature reissued key pieces from Puma’s debut collection with the late rapper.
“To continue honoring the vision and legacy of Nipsey Hussle, PUMA and The Marathon Clothing are reissuing their debut collection together,” PUMA said in a statement to Newsweek.
The campaign stars Nipsey’s family and friends including London and YG, as well as Nipsey’s All Money In artists J. Stone, Killa Twan, and Pacman Da Gunman, who model black and red tracksuits in the promo images.
London also shared another photo wearing a white tee that reads: “We (The Marathon Clothing) honor the endurance and unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”
The first PUMA x TMC Collection dropped in September 2019 and sold out quickly. The reissue will launch on Feb. 1 at select retailers and on PUMA.com, and includes co-branded tracksuits and T-shirts featuring checkered patterns and TMC motifs, as well as PUMA’s signature California sneakers in black and white. Prices will range from $40 to $100.
Last month, London debuted a video for PUMA’s “Forever Stronger” campaign. The three-and-a-half-minute clip, which was created by the actress herself, serves as a heartfelt tribute to her late boyfriend.
All net proceeds from the sale of the PUMA x TMC Collection will go directly to the Neighborhood “Nip” Foundation, which empowers the South Los Angeles community and neighborhoods alike across the globe.
GASHI re-ups for 2020 with the remix to “Safety” featuring Chris Brown and Afro B.
Over the hypnotizing rhythm, produced by DJ Snake, Mally Mall, and Space Primates, Breezy adds his smooth touch. “True love just makes it hard (Yes, it does) / Sometimes you go too far,” he sings.
The original version of “Safety,” which has been streamed and viewed over 25 million times, appears on GASHI’s self-titled debut album. Later this year, GASHI will launch a headlining tour across North America in support of the album.
Breezy recently collaborated with H.E.R. on the remix to “Slide.” Earlier this week, Afro B dropped his own remix of “Amina” from his album Afrowave 3 featuring Wande Coal and Team Salut.
“They say this is a big rich town… I just happened to come up smart.”
Slick and easy to sing, especially when it drops at a club during a crazy Hip-Hop set. But ever notice how when you walk out the party, a little tipsy from your choice of beverage (no judgment) there is a homeless brother or sister immediately outside the door. Get in your Uber and by the time you stop at the first light, there is a homeless brother or sister asking for change? Maybe you don’t do Uber and you hop on the train and there is that annoying brother or sister (stanking) asking for some spare change for something to eat? Stop by the bodega before you walk into your cozy over-priced (if you are in NYC) apartment, and again there is the local “bum” asking you to help him or her out with a little something?
They also say numbers don’t lie.
And they don’t. A recent study released by the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress published in January, stated that while Black people only make up about 13% of the nation’s population, they represent over 40% of America’s homeless population.
You like numbers? Well, so do we.
That means there were roughly 329.45 million people in this country according to the 2019 US Census Bureau’s population clock statistics and that individuals that consider themselves Black make up about 42.5 million of them. That is what 13% looks life, a small percentage. And while according to the study, 48% of the homeless population are white people who make up almost 77% of the country’s population. The disparity is simply outrageous.
The study reports that on any single night last year, “roughly 568,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. Nearly two-thirds (63%) were staying in sheltered locations—emergency shelters or transitional housing programs—and more than one-third (37%) were in unsheltered locations such as on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not suitable for human habitation.”
This is one of those moments where you have to shake your head in disgust at yourself for not knowing this… and let’s face it not caring… And you also look at America and ask the same question the prophet Marvin Gaye asked in his 1971 hit, “What’s Going On?”
Check out the visuals that explain the epidemic.
As you can see, when you break down homelessness by race and only look at families affected, your heart should break:
Former heart surgeon and presidential candidate, Ben Carson, currently serves as Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council stated this:
The crisis of homelessness would not exist but for the history of slavery, genocide, and white supremacist public policy. That 40% of the homeless population is Black/African American, though just 13% of the general US population, is no accident; it is the legacy of oppression. Moreover, research continues to substantiate what people of color have already known, that systemic and interpersonal racism in the health care industry leads to disparate health outcomes for people of color. If we are serious about ending homelessness and achieving health equity, we must center racial justice.
If you are interested in supporting the homeless there are a series of organizations that will allow individuals of interest to volunteer.