In a recent Instagram post, Lil Nas X hinted at an upcoming revelation as he expressed the need to “watch his back” while planning to “expose the industry” next Friday. The announcement comes ahead of the release of his first single since 2022’s STAR WALKIN’, which served as the official anthem for the League of Legends World Championships. Reports suggest that the artist is gearing up for the release of a full album, marking the sophomore follow-up to 2021’s Montero.
Lil Nas X has previously discussed “entering his Christian era” and recently posted a TikTok about “finding God after the industry tried to make me satanic.” These statements hint at his intention to “expose the industry” in the upcoming week. The artist has faced mixed reactions to his proposed career shift, with some expressing anticipation for the reveal and others criticizing the shift in narrative.
In response to criticism, Lil Nas X addressed detractors who interpreted his symbolic actions negatively. “I hate how the world successfully changed the narrative of the call me by your name video,” he wrote, highlighting the misinterpretation of his artistic choices. The rapper acknowledged that some perceived it as “mocking God,” while asserting his right to express himself.
Despite facing backlash, Lil Nas X asserted himself as “God’s favorite” in response to additional criticism about his plans. Notably, singer Tyrese emerged as a prominent critic, urging Lil Nas X to “stop playing with God” and accusing him of “making a mockery of Jesus.” The criticism prompted Lil Nas X to reaffirm his commitment to his artistic vision, defending his choices against those who questioned his compatibility with being a “good Christian” due to his sexuality.
As Lil Nas X prepares to unveil his upcoming release and potential revelations about the industry, the public awaits further details and insights into the artist’s perspective. Stay tuned for updates and reactions.
Jack Harlow Denies Beyoncé and Kanye West No. 1 Debut on Billboard Hot 100
Jack Harlow has maintained his stronghold on the Billboard Hot 100, denying both Beyoncé and Kanye West a coveted No. 1 debut with his hit single “Lovin on Me,” which has now spent six consecutive weeks atop the chart since its release in November.
The Kentucky rapper narrowly edged out Beyoncé’s surprise country single “Texas Hold ‘Em,” while Kanye and Ty Dolla $ign’s collaborative track “Carnival” made its debut at No. 3 on the chart.
Although Beyoncé fell short of claiming the top spot on the Hot 100, she achieved a historic milestone by soaring to the summit of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making her the first-ever Black artist to accomplish this feat.
However, Beyoncé’s success was not without controversy, as some country stations initially hesitated to play “Texas Hold ‘Em.” A radio station in Oklahoma faced criticism after initially refusing to play the song when requested by listeners, but later reversed its decision following online backlash.
Meanwhile, despite missing out on the No. 1 spot, Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign made a significant impact on the Billboard Hot 100, with all 16 songs from their collaborative album “Vultures 1” landing on the chart. Several tracks, including “Fuk Sumn,” “Back to Me,” “Talking,” “Burn,” “Vultures,” and “Stars,” cracked the top 50, showcasing the duo’s enduring popularity.
Despite facing challenges such as a brief removal from streaming services and sample disputes, “Vultures 1” debuted impressively at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The collaborative project accumulated 148,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, with streaming accounting for a significant portion of its success.
With “Vultures 1,” Kanye West now boasts a total of 11 No. 1 albums, solidifying his status as one of the most successful artists in Billboard history. He joins an elite group of musicians including The Beatles, JAY-Z, Taylor Swift, and Drake, who have achieved similar chart-topping feats.
Cam’ron Reveals Why He’ll Never Date Erykah Badu
Cam’ron, the legendary rapper known for his unfiltered opinions, recently discussed his stance on dating and made it clear that Erykah Badu is off-limits for him.
During the latest episode of his show “It Is What It Is,” co-hosted with Ma$e, Cam’ron delved into the topic of Badu’s rumored romantic influence, expressing his determination to resist her allure.
Referring to Badu as “André 3000’s baby mom,” Cam’ron emphasized the transformative effect she allegedly has on men, warning against falling under her spell.
“She’s a homie too, but I told n-ggas, ‘She can’t get nowhere near me with that pussy,'” he asserted. “That shit she be doin’ to n-ggas is crazy. N-ggas be regular up until they fuck her. Then you start wearing turbans, yarmulkes, the tie-dye shirts. No, no, no! You got to chill.”
Cam’ron likely alluded to Common’s notable style transformation during his relationship with Erykah Badu in the early 2000s, suggesting her influence transcends mere romantic connections.
Badu herself addressed the rumors surrounding her romantic prowess during an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show last year, humorously noting that she often wears a hat to downplay her alleged powers.
But Badu emphasized that her “magic” extends beyond romantic relationships, affecting “women too, and children and animals.” She maintained that her true power lies in her intellect rather than physical attributes.
In other news, Cam’ron hinted at the possibility of taking “It Is What It Is” on a live tour, suggesting a potential road trip by the end of February or March.
Additionally, fans can anticipate new music from Cam’ron and Ma$e, as the duo has collaborated on new tracks, with Ma$e having the final say on their release.
Nicki Minaj Celebrates Rihanna’s Birthday with Heartfelt Tribute
Nicki Minaj took to social media to honor Rihanna on her 36th birthday, paying tribute to the iconic singer with heartfelt messages on Instagram.
Rihanna, known affectionately as RiRi, celebrated her birthday on Tuesday (February 20), prompting Minaj to share her admiration for the Bajan superstar, with whom she has collaborated on hit songs like “Fly” and “Raining Men.”
On her Instagram Stories, Minaj shared a photo of Rihanna along with a message praising her as “the baddest bitch on planet earth” and saluting her Caribbean heritage, declaring, “Caribbean girls run it bitch!!!!! Know that, hoe!!!!”
In another post, Minaj shared another picture of Rihanna, expressing her admiration for the “beautiful billionaire from Barbados” and celebrating her unmatched talent and charisma.
While Minaj recently hinted at a collaboration with Rihanna on the deluxe version of her Pink Friday 2 album, teasing fans with the promise of “gag city deluxe” once Rihanna sends her vocals, no official track has been released yet.
Minaj has been vocal about her respect and admiration for Rihanna, especially after Rihanna announced her pregnancy in 2022. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Minaj expressed her joy for Rihanna, celebrating her accomplishments and wishing her happiness in this new chapter of her life.
In a recent interview, Minaj opened up about her long-standing admiration for Rihanna, highlighting her as one of the two women she has looked up to in the music industry, alongside Beyoncé.
However, Minaj stirred controversy with recent comments referencing Rihanna’s past experiences, including her 2009 assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. While discussing her rap rival Megan Thee Stallion in a conversation with Joe Budden, Minaj compared Rihanna’s response to her assault to Megan’s handling of Tory Lanez’s shooting incident, applauding Rihanna for her resilience and refusal to dwell on the past.
Despite the controversy, Minaj’s birthday tribute to Rihanna underscores the deep respect and admiration she holds for the music icon.
Nicki Minaj Reflects on Bond with Barbz, Teases Pink Friday 2 World Tour
Nicki Minaj has always cherished the strong connection she shares with her devoted Barbz fanbase, and she recently offered insights into their unwavering loyalty and support since their inception in 2009.
In a tweet shared on Tuesday (February 20), the Queens rapper affectionately acknowledged the lengths her fans would go to defend her, emphasizing that they are more than just admirers – they are family.
“I be tryna tell y’all nobody is exempt. #ACGI ANYBODY CAN GET IT,” she began. “It don’t matter WHO start it, the barbz ALWAYS finish it. I been doin this shit for a long time now & every-time I ever tried to warn ppl that the barbz are different, they had to learn the hard way.”
Minaj then shared some valuable lessons she has learned about the Barbz over the years, highlighting their unwavering loyalty, resilience, and playful spirit. She underscored their ability to support her while engaging in friendly banter and playful retaliation against detractors.
Ahead of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour, set to commence in Oakland, California on March 1, 2024, Minaj has been busy preparing for the highly anticipated live performances. The North American leg of the tour, featuring Monica, will traverse major cities across the country, promising an electrifying experience for fans.
In addition to Monica, Minaj has expressed interest in having comedian Katt Williams join the tour. During an Instagram Live session, she reached out to her Barbz to gauge their support for bringing Williams on board, highlighting his comedic prowess and potential contribution to the tour’s entertainment value.
As anticipation builds for the Pink Friday 2 World Tour, fans eagerly await further announcements regarding the tour lineup and any potential surprises Minaj has in store for her loyal Barbz.
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