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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Ganja Burn’ Gives Us The Mummy Remake We Didn’t Know We Needed

Nicki Minaj’s reign continues with the release of the “Ganja Burn” music video. Directed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the visual starts with the story of a “generous queen” who’s killed by a group of enemies. The queen, played by Nicki, is eventually revived, and instructs her army to “kill everything in sight.”

The video then sees Nicki rising from her sand grave, wearing royal pasties and surrounded by her zombie forces. Nicki dances, sings to skulls, and watches her kingdom while perched from a tree branch. Epic, sensual, and spooky, the video leans in heavy to the overarching theme of Queen-era Nicki: anyone who dares to challenge her seat at the throne is an enemy that needs to be dealt with and dismantled. Minaj’s performance would be right at home in a remake of The Mummy (and no, we’re not talking about the 2017 Tom Cruise edition).

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Nicki’s recording engineer, Aubry “Big Juice” Delaine, discussed how “Ganja Burn” was created.

“That was crazy, because she probably freestyled 65 percent, 75 percent of the song,” Delaine said. “She got the beat from her producer J. Reid, head it, told me to load it up and ran in the booth. It was kind of the same with ‘Chun-Li.’ She was playing around, singing, ‘ganja burn, ganja burn, ganja burn,’ and then when she listened back, she was like, ‘that shit’s hard!’ I wanna say the hook is still the freestyle she laid when she first stepped in the booth. She pulled that shit out of thin air.”

Do you think Nicki will bring an Egyptian kingdom to her VMA performance next week?

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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Kanye West Was Almost On ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Three Times — Here’s What Went Wrong

Earlier this week, The Late Late Show host James Corden tweeted out a tease for an upcoming edition of his beloved “Carpool Karaoke” series featuring none other than Ariana Grande. This makes sense: Ari’s got a new album dropping at the end of next week, so a promotional appearance on one of the buzziest music-centric late night staples will certainly help the reach.

In fact, a “Carpool Karaoke” appearance has become something of a rite of passage for superstars in the modern viral landscape. Justin Bieber, Adele, Britney Spears, Harry Styles, and even Red Hot Chili Peppers have done it; but staring at the list of guests long enough leads to one important question — when’s Kanye West’s time?

Reader, wonder no further. Tuesday night (August 7) on his show, Corden revealed — appropriately enough to Kanye’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner — that he’s tried to get Kanye on “Carpool Karaoke” two or three times. Once, he even drove all the way to Kanye’s house, only to be told that “he’s not in the zone for it right now.”

Luckily for Corden, he later received an impressive apology from ‘Ye via a cube of flowers and a pair of Yeezys that, he joked, cost his show $ 45,000 for the failed segment.

And perhaps luckily for us — the Kanye-denied viewing populace of late-night TV — there might be hope yet. One of the other television Jimmies, Kimmel to be precise, teased an upcoming appearance by Kanye on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this coming Thursday night (August 9).

If this is true, it might open the door for a whole new round of late-night TV visits from Yeezy himself, who has been absent from traditional press rounds even with the release of his newest album, Ye, in June. It starts with Kimmel, then before you know it, Kanye’s rapping with Jimmy Fallon, nerding out with Stephen Colbert, and maybe even cruising through L.A. singing his hit songs in a large SUV with James Corden.

And if not, at least we can enjoy footage of Kris Jenner eating crickets and drinking a sardine smoothie. Oh, and she might be engaged too? A lot to process here. Check it out above.

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Kanye West Reveals The Meaning Of ‘I Hate Being Bi-Polar, It’s Awesome’

Jimmy Kimmel brings out Kanye West’s most viral moments. The two have gone from Twitter spats filled with Spongebob memes to friendly appearances on-air. Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (August 9), was no different. The late-night host briefly left the Chicago artist speechless after asking, “You so famously and so powerfully said George Bush doesn’t care about black people. It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?”

Surprisingly, the interview got more interesting when Kanye candidly described the meaning behind the phrase “I hate being bi-polar, it’s awesome,” which is written across the cover of his latest album, ye.

“It’s not an opposite. It’s not ‘I hate being bi-polar, it’s awesome,’ West explained. “It drives more of how you really feel. Doesn’t do a opposite thing. I think it’s important for us to have open conversations about mental health, especially with me being black, because we never had therapists in the black community. We never approach like taking medication or not. I think it’s good that when I had my first complete blackout at age five, my mom didn’t fully medicate me, because I might have never been Ye in this Times Square [building].”

Kanye also shared that his controversial statements on TMZ about 400 years of slavery seeming like “a choice,” was the result of being “ramped up” do to his bipolar disorder.

“At least, I’m happy that I know,” he continued. “Like even for this interview I knew I wanted to stay in a calm state, because by the time I got to TMZ I was ramped up. So what was awesome is that the world got to really experience someone in a ramped up state and that’s when you get these comments that just shoot out…They’re some cases of bi-polar where people go low. I’m one that goes high.”

Kanye also discussed producing five G.O.O.D. Music albums this summer and his favorite type of porn.

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Nicki Minaj Says Meek Mill Is Still In The DMs On ‘Barbie Dreams’

Nicki Minaj’s Queen is finally here, and the album’s third song, “Barbie Dreams,” is a doozy.

The scathing track samples and interpolates 1994′s ”Just Playing (Dreams)” by The Notorious B.I.G., which infamously saw Biggie going after numerous actresses and singers. The content of the song was wildly misogynistic 24 years ago, and it still is in 2018 — which makes Nicki’s remake all the more welcome. Biggie’s hook, “Dreams of fucking an R&B bitch,” is replaced with Nicki’s, ”Dreams of fucking with any these little rappers.”

Meek Mill, Minaj’s ex-boyfriend, catches the song’s most significant swipe. In the first verse, she spits, “Meek still be in my DMs, I be having to duck him / I used to pray for times like this / Face ass when I fuck him.”

Nicki and Meek haven’t seen eye to eye in quite a while. In a May interview on “The Breakfast Club,” Mill opened up about how he felt when the Queen rapper commented on his incarceration.

“I wasn’t feeling that,” Mill said. “She shouldn’t have said nothing. And we leave it at that. I don’t feel no way. She know I wasn’t feeling that.”

The Philadelphia MC isn’t the only rapper Nicki mentions in the new song. Another high-profile lyric is about her YMCMB labelmate, Drake. “Drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me shit / But I don’t know, the pussy wet or if he crying and shit,” Nicki declares. She also claims that she caught Young Thug in her dressing room, “stealing dresses and shit,” and jokingly admits Karruenche thinks, “I’m tryna give the coochie to Quavo.”

Listen to “Barbie Dreams” here.

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Nicki Minaj Will Reign Over The 2018 VMAs With A Queenly Performance

Bow down, Barbz. Just days after dropping her long-awaited fourth album, Queen, Nicki Minaj will hit the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards for a special remote performance, presented by PEPSI, that’s sure to be epic.

How do we know? Because Nicki’s given us precisely that no fewer than six times this decade. The rapper made her VMA debut in 2010, performing on the pre-show red carpet, and she’s since hit the main stage five times, busting out “Anaconda” in 2014 and “Trini Dem Girls” in 2015, just to name a couple.

Minaj’s two most recent VMA performances have seen her sharing the stage — she joined Ariana Grande for “Side to Side” in 2016 and Katy Perry for “Swish Swish” last year — but this time, the queen is ridin’ solo. Or, who knows, maybe she’ll have a surprise up her sleeve. It’s the VMAs, so anything could happen!

Not only is Minaj performing at the August 20 bash — from a secret, iconic location in New York — but she’s also looking to take home her fourth Moon Person. The Queen MC’s futuristic “Chun-Li” is nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video.

Minaj joins a star-studded roster of artists performing at the 2018 VMAs, including Travis Scott, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with Ryan Tedder, and this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard recipient, Jennifer Lopez. And we’re not even done rolling out the announcements…

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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Travis Scott And Post Malone Are About To Wreak Havoc On The 2018 VMAs

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are going to Astroworld. However, the show might make a pit stop in a post-apocalyptic wasteland if one Texan has his way. Travis Scott and Post Malone are bringing their unique brand of melodic havoc and destruction to the stage this year.

Scott’s first solo VMA performance, after he partnered with Thirty Seconds to Mars last year, will be a medley from his third studio album. The Houston rapper will have a lot of fan-favorite material to choose from. Astroworld’s standout “Sicko Mode” featuring Drake and Swae Lee is headed for a top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. Not to be outdone, “Stop Trying To Be God,” featuring Kid Cudi, James Blake, Stevie Wonder, and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, already has a superb Dave Meyers-directed visual that sees Travis playing the role of Jesus, while Kylie Jenner is a golden sparkling goddess.

Post Malone has a slew of hits to pick from as well off his platinum-certified album, beerbongs & bentleys. Will he perform the tried and true “rockstar” featuring 21 Savage, decide to go with “Psycho” featuring Ty Dolla $ ign, or show off his solo chops with “Better Now?”

Both musicians lay claim to the most successful first-week totals for an album in 2018, behind Drake’s Scorpion. If projections hold, Scott’s Astroworld, will debut with 450,000 to 500,000 equivalent album units. His only competition for the second biggest release is Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, which debuted on the Billboard 200 with 461,000.

Scott and Post will be joining a packed performance slate, which includes Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Logic with Ryan Tedder. Jennifer Lopez will perform too, in addition to accepting this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The 2018 VMAs is set to be the year pop’s new ruling class takes over.

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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Watch Kyle Projectile Vomit On Wiz Khalifa In The After Party Trailer

Sometimes in order to achieve your dreams, you have to go through some seriously crazy shit. Apparently, no one knows that better than Kyle in his upcoming Netflix movie, The After Party, in which he plays an unknown rapper looking for his big break.

The comedy’s first trailer opens with Owen (Kyle) sampling his skills in front of a bathroom stall in the hopes of landing a record deal — but it turns out he’s pitching the intern (Jordan Rock) rather than the exec. From there, Owen and his “manager” Jeff (Harrison Holzer) continue the hustle, which brings them to the show that’s “gonna get us the deal.” Unfortunately, it ends up being the show where Owen projectile vomits on Wiz Khalifa, then has a mid-set seizure thanks to Wiz’s “incredibly strong weed.”

Owen becomes a viral sensation when he’s trolled as #SeezjahBoy, but Jeff convinces the aspiring rapper that he still has one last shot at legit fame. Enter: the after party, where DJ Khaled, French Montana, Pusha T, and more are practically waiting to discover Owen and give him that record deal. But getting there won’t be easy.

Surviving the hustle is a familiar trope for writer and director Ian Edelman, who created How To Make It In America, the HBO show that followed a group of 20-somethings trying to break into the NYC fashion industry and counted another rapper/actor, Kid Cudi, among its stars.

Teyana Taylor and Teen Wolf‘s Shelley Hennig also star in The After Party, which premieres August 24 on Netflix.

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Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, And Logic With Ryan Tedder Will Perform At The 2018 VMAs

Every year, the MTV Video Music Awards stage becomes a glittering showcase on which the biggest acts of the year can bring their songs to life. This year, it’s really going to reach the heavens — thanks to Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Logic with Ryan Tedder, who will all perform at the 2018 VMAs.

Ari’s set to bring the divinity-channeling “God Is a Woman” to the stage just a few days after her upcoming album, Sweetener, drops; it’s also her first time back performing at the VMAs since the steamy cardio session she shared with Nicki Minaj for “Side to Side” in 2016. Ari also has five VMA noms to boast about this year, including Video of the Year (for “No Tears Left to Cry”) and Artist of the Year.

Mendes, meanwhile, will return with guitar in hand to deliver “In My Blood,” the lead single from his self-titled 2018 release, after rocking the house (and nearly disappearing into the crowd) last year for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” “In My Blood” nabbed one of Mendes’s three noms, including Best Pop.

After a powerful and poignant rendition of “1-800-273-8255” at the 2017 VMAs, Logic is back with a brand new single called “One Day.” He’ll get some help performing it on this year’s stage from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who features on the track. Logic’s nominated twice this year for “1-800,” including Best Collaboration and Video With a Message.

This new slate of performers join an already packed show, including an explosive performance by Jennifer Lopez, who’s also set to receive the storied Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Meanwhile, Cardi B and Jay-Z and Beyoncé The Carters lead the nominations with 10 and eight, respectively — but it’s always anybody’s game. You can help pick the winners right now by voting for your faves, so you’d better get to it.

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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Travis Scott’s Message To Daughter Stormi On Astroworld Is A Flex For The Ages

2018 is the year of the dad raps. Drake admitted on “March 14″ that he only met his baby moms “two times, two times,” but sadly has only seen his son once. Kanye shared his hope that his daughters grow up to be “like Nicki,” sans “havin’ ménages.” Chance the Rapper defended his family from internet haters on “I Might Need Security” over a Jamie Foxx sample. However, no one has approached fatherhood with the unbridled chaos and supreme flexing of Travis Scott.

On his third studio, Astroworld — which dropped today (August 3) — Scott lets his daughter Stormi Webster know that the competition has nothing on her mother, Kylie Jenner. During “Sicko Mode,” La Flame spits, “Passes to my daughter, I’ma show her what it took (yeah) / Baby mama cover Forbes, got these other bitches shook, yeah.”

The line references Jenner’s infamous Forbes cover story, which dubbed her “youngest self-made billionaire ever.” The business magazine valued Kylie Cosmetics at $ 800 million, and Jenner owns 100 percent of it. In the interview, Kylie admits she might “pass [Kylie Cosmetics] on to Stormi, if she’s into it.” Thankfully, Stormi has options if her dad has anything to say about it.

On “Houstonfornication,” Travis details how he “just built the Astroworld playground to play with my baby, yuh.” It isn’t clear who the baby is in this situation — it could be Kylie or Stormi. Either way, not every infant has the chance to play in their own theme park.

Six Flags AstroWorld is a special place for Travis. The Houston theme park closed on October 30, 2005. In a 2016 XXL interview with Scott, he revealed he “started making music” after “they took AstroWorld away from us in Houston.” Therefore, it makes sense he would want to replicate the magic he felt as a youth for his daughter.

As rappers continue to age and have more kids, we can only hope they devote this much joy to talking about their offspring.

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Here’s Why Trans Model Amanda Lepore Was Removed From Travis Scott’s Astroworld Cover

Travis Scott’s third studio album, Astroworld, is on the eve of its release. However, the album art — shot by photographer/director David LaChapelle, who’s worked with musicians ranging from Britney Spears to Elton John — has been at the heart of a controversy regarding accusations of transphobia this week.

On Instagram Wednesday (August 1), legendary transgender model Amanda Lepore shared a photo of the album cover, which featured her in the carnival scene. However, when Travis later posted the photograph to his own accounts, Lepore was absent.

“It was great being part of @david_lachapelle’s incredible photograph of @travisscott’s album cover but I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted,” Lapore wrote. “A girl can’t help it. Too distracting for the eyes. Upstaged everyone in the photograph. Oh well……….. I love @david_lachapelle and @travisscott Love and kisses.”

Now, LaChapelle is responding on Instagram to the growing outrage. “No Amanda was taken out because she just upstaged every one lol,” LaChapelle told one follower.

“Everybody wants to explain everything with some phobia or whatever,” he said to another fan. “This is just a case of something else she can’t just can’t seem to control lol ain’t nothing to do with hating.”

Astroworld drops tomorrow (August 3). Hopefully the album doesn’t conjure up anymore controversy.

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