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“I had this conversation, ‘Kanye West is gonna hate me,’ ” Minaj told MTV News. “[But] I met him and it was, ‘Oh, come here, I want you to look at these naked girls.’ Kanye West is everything that I didn’t think he was, and a genius.”
Minaj and West collaborated on two tracks for West’s forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and the Queens lyricist supplies the opening narration for ‘Ye’s short film “Runaway.”
After having worked with West, the Queens lyricist said she learned to appreciate his passion for music.
“He doesn’t limit himself,” she explained. “I heard him say the other day, not in these words, ‘I’m not doing this for the masses, I’m not doing this for mainstream, you have to come to me, come get this art if you want it.’ I think that’s important for all artists to feel that way — we make so many changes because we want to please everybody. But at the end of the day, you can’t please everybody.”
Lady Gaga is no stranger to hip-hop and R&B collaborations, lending her talents to efforts from Kid Cudi, Wale and Beyoncé. While Gaga hasn’t jumped on a record with rap’s reigning collabo mistress, Nicki Minaj, the Young Money lyricist says she’s down to change that.
During her “RapFix Live” interview, Minaj revealed she would be interested in jumping on a track with Gaga — especially if it’s guaranteed to be a monster.
“I’m inspired by her creativity,” Minaj said. “The women in the game, I never say I would never work with them because, in fact, if there’s an opportunity for me to work with them, and it’s a way that we can kill the game and do something crazy, why would I turn that down?”
The Young Money diva added, “I love collaborating with artists. I’ve been a feature queen for the last year, right?”
Fans seemed pumped to hear “Love the Way You Lie (Part II),” the follow-up to the smash Rihanna/Eminem collaboration. The track, which is Rihanna’s answer to the original version, will appear on her forthcoming November release, Loud, but Rihanna admits she had some hesitation about trying to re-create the magic of that first song.
“When I first heard the idea about doing a part two, I was just completely against it,” she revealed to MTV News. “I just felt like you couldn’t beat the original. There’s no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it?”
However, after trying out several versions of a sequel track to the 2010 song off Em’s Recovery LP, she knew the magic from the first cut was still in the air.
“We heard a broken-down version that was stripped down, just piano … that’s going to be a bonus on iTunes,” she said. “I fell in love with it. We recorded it, then we did another version to the stripped-down version with drums, then we did another version with drums and Eminem. And then that was the one that just felt really good.
“I love both: I love the broken-down version, as well as the new one with Eminem,” she continued.
Without giving away too much, Em certainly doesn’t hold back on his verse, rhyming about trading punches with the song’s female protagonist and being obsessively in love with her. Rihanna admits it’s a “crazy verse.”
“Something is wrong with Eminem,” she said, laughing. “He has so much in his mind that I almost feel lucky for him that he has music. … Music is such a great release for him. He’s one of my favorite artists.”
If convicted, Tameka could face up to a year behind bars.
As previously reported, the D.A. has elected not to prosecute T.I. for charges stemming from the incident, noting that the rapper will already be serving time in Georgia for a probation violation stemming from the L.A. arrest.
“Well, we’re here in New York; yes, we are pregnant,” the 41-year-old singer said during a pre-taped interview segment with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. “This is true.”
Carey opened up about her struggle to get pregnant, but kept many of the details about her pregnancy shrouded in mystery in order to maintain some privacy. “I’m actually dealing with this, and it’s been a long journey but it’s been tough,” she explained. “Well, it’s still early. We’re expecting in the spring.”
The singer added that she and husband Nick Cannon wanted to tread lightly when it came to the pregnancy because she she suffered a miscarriage two years ago. “Actually, it was difficult. It really was,” she said. “[When I had the miscarriage,] it was really sad. We had really to absorb this and take it in.”
Cannon joined his wife during the interview. “It’s absolutely emotional, but for so many reasons,” he said. “The greatest gift on earth is a child.”