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Nicki Minaj Just Rereleased "Beam Me Up Scotty" — Barbz, Are We Back?

The release of the 2009 mixtape reminds us of the Nicki we once stanned.

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On October 23, 2010, Kanye West released the track "Monster," a song featuring frequent collaborator and rap legend Jay Z, but newcomer Nicki Minaj completely dominated both Hov and Ye with her verse, making her a verifiable rap star and propelling her career to new heights — all before her first official album release.

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I became a fan of Joe Budden's music in high school.

His introspective yet brooding temperament was relatable to a teenager experiencing peak angst who sought refuge in Hip-Hop. Joe's lyricism and transparency resonated with me as an adult as well. His accounts of his bouts of depression and using various vices to cope with them became the soundtrack to my life. The one quality I admired the most about the New Jersey emcee, beyond his wordplay, was his willingness to be the industry's biggest villain.

Recently, when his friends and co-hosts were conspicuously absent from the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, rumors of scandal and discord started to spread. In reality, Joe's co-workers and friends having grievances with his behavior continues a longstanding pattern.

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Culture Feature

This Haunts Me: Drake and Nicki Minaj's Date at 7-Eleven

I often reminisce about the simpler times of 2014, when Dricki was a hot topic.

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Has there ever been unrequited love as grueling as that between Drake and Nicki Minaj?

OK, sure, there definitely has been. But if you, like me, were a teenager in the early 2010s, not only were the two rappers the most important figures in Hip-Hop; their consistent flirting made for the biggest "will they, won't they" plotline of the decade.

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Halsey and 11 Other Memorable Celebrity Pregnancy Announcements

Halsey just announced she's pregnant with her first child.

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Halsey just announced via Instagram that she's expecting her first child with her partner Alev Aydin.

The post reads, "surprise! 🍼🌈👼🏻 Photos by @samdameshek," she also tagged Aydin over her belly. Aydin soon re-shared the post on his Instagram Story, complete with a pair of red heart emojis.

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It is hard to imagine music without Drake.

For over a decade, he's been one of the most influential figures not just in Hip-Hop but in music period. He went from a child actor to Lil Wayne's protege to a G.O.A.T. in his own right. Drake's consistency and diversity are what keeps him at the top of the mountain.

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Music Features

On This Day: 10 Years of "Pink Friday" and Nicki Minaj's Rise to Fame

How Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday established her as a commercial success and an enviable lyricist.

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In October 2010, Nicki Minaj released her most infamous verse: a feature on Kanye West's "Monster."

The story goes that Kanye West almost cut her verse from the song, worried it was so good that it would distract from the rest of the song and even the rest of his album. He was right.

Award-winning duo Jay-Z and Kanye West, a combination which feels vintage now, teamed up with Rick Ross and relative newcomer, Minaj, on a thematic track released right in time for Halloween. While Nicki had already appeared in high profile tracks and released EPs and mixtapes of her own, "Monster" was an illustrious credit.

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