The "Lip Gloss" rapstress accuses the Young Money member of jacking her swag.
Lil’ Mama is making claims that Nicki Minaj has jacked her style in the past. Speaking with VIBE.com, the former Jive Records rapstress fielded a question about her taking the Harajuku Barbie’s haircut and rocking it at the MTV Movie Awards. According to Mama, it’s the other way around.
Live in the cipher team brings you the much anticipated release of 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U Story. Join our interactive rate and review process where your opinion counts. From 2 Chainz initial beginnings in the group Playaz Circle with their hit single Duffle Bag Boy featuring Lil Wayne to being featured on Nicki Minaj hit single Beez In Da Trap, 2 Chainz has built a strong street buzz and following. Lets see if he can continue to deliver the kind of music his fans expect.
Artist Review: 2 Chainz
2 Chainz, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He was first known for being one-half of southern hip hop duo, Playaz Circle. They're recognized for being signed to Ludacris' record label Disturbing tha Peace and their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy". He is currently signed to Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group
What do you get when you take an enormously witty, attention commanding Emcee and pair him up with a profound, truth-biting, heart-wrenching lyricist? I'll tell you what you get...The best of both worlds AKA Upper Echelon. Coming off a 20+ date NACA affiliated College Tour, UE's ability to entertain the listener without sacrificing substance in their music is parallel to none.
They have found that fine line balance between having Commercial Viability and Artistic Integrity. Their love for other genres of music enables them to pull in fans that do not traditionally listen to Hip Hop music while maintaining the hearts of core Hip Hop fans. Currently, UE is working on a Creative Mixtape called "We Own the Sky." Their remake of Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love" is already receiving international attention and will be featured on "We own the Sky".
Live in the cipher will be reviewing Lil Wayne’s latest release I Am Not A Human Being II. Join the cipher team as we rate and review this hip hop heavy weight. Known for his witty word play and ability to produce hit songs, can Lil Wayne keep up the success he has been known to deliver?
Artist Review: Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. At age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.'z, with B.G.
In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. Hot Boys would release three albums, “Get It How U Live!” in 1997, “Guerrilla Warfare” in 1999, and “Let 'Em Burn” in 2003. In 1998, Lil Wayne appeared on the hit single “Back That Azz Up” by fellow Hot Boys rapper Juvenile, which reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
Lil Wayne's debut solo album, 1999’s “Tha Block Is Hot” at age 17 featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys and was certified double platinum, debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It also went to #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The lead single was “Tha Block Is Hot” which peaked at #24 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
His 2000 follow-up album “Lights Out” failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut but was certified gold by RIAA. The lead single was “Get Off The Corner” which was followed by the second single, “Shine” featuring Hot Boys.
Lil Wayne's third album “500 Degreez,” released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While certified Gold like its predecessor, it too failed to match the success of his debut.
Beginning in 2003, Lil Wayne began recording a series of mixtapes titled “Da Drought” that led up to his 2004 album “Tha Carter.” “Go D.J.,” the lead single from “Tha Carter,” reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went on to peak at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, eventually the album was certified gold by the RIAA. Lil Wayne also made a guest performance on another Top 10 single, 2004’s “Soldier” by Destiny's Child.
Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track “Replacement Girl,” featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET’s 106 & Park program as its “Joint of the Day.” He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry.
It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi