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Nicki Minaj has been tapped as the musical guest for an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Young Money MC will join “Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, who will serve as host, for the show’s January 29 broadcast.
THR also reported that Linkin Park will perform during the February 5 episode, which is set to feature hosting duties from former “SNL” castmember Dana Carvey.
Known for her out-of-the-box fashion and manic rhymes, Minaj will likely perform her new single, “Moment 4 Life,” featuring Drake, as she brought the tune to her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earlier this week. Eisenberg’s and Minaj’s upcoming appearance marks the first time for both on the sketch show.
“SNL” isn’t the only treat Minaj has up her sleeve for her fans. Minaj recently teamed up with Rihanna to shoot the music video for another one of the MC’s new singles, “Fly.” When E! News asked about the concept for the upcoming clip, Nicki remained tight-lipped, saying, “We’re going to save the world in more ways than one with the video, and that’s all I can say about that.”
However, it was the duo’s TwitPics that sent the Internet ablaze when rumors circulated that Nicki and Rihanna were living together. The MC took to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to clear the air. “I don’t know where people got this really insane, hilarious, random rumor that she and I were living together,” she said. “We just shot the video for a song I have on the album I have called ‘Fly,’ and when I saw her, the first thing I said was, ‘So, did you hear we’re living together?’ and we just started cracking up laughing. She was like, ‘Yo, I can’t believe that people are, like, this ridiculous. So we TwitPic’d ourselves, and she put it on Twitter and said ‘Me and Nicki at our new pad’ or something.”
Young Money spitter Nicki Minaj has already revealed that her hotly-anticipated debut, Pink Friday, will feature a collabo with hip-hop heavyweight Eminem, as well as contributions from her colorful alter egos. However, the album’s recently unveiled track list shows that the “Right Thru Me” hitmaker has corralled an A-list roster of features for her major-label maiden voyage.
“Blazin,” a collaboration with “genius” MC Kanye West, appears on the track list for the deluxe version of Friday, which hit iTunes Saturday. Rihanna, who teamed up with Minaj for the Loud collaboration “Raining Men,” returns the favor on the track “Fly.” The will.i.am-assisted single “Check It Out” and “Moment 4 Life,” featuring Minaj’s labelmate and ex-Twitter husband Drake, also appear on the album. Perhaps one of the more surprising guests is British songstress Natasha Bedingfield, who lends her skills to “Last Chance.”
Minaj, who gave reporters a preview of the album’s vibe with a freestyle during “RapFix Live” last week, has built her mainstream career by consistently knocking out powerhouse features for everyone from Trey Songz to Diddy. Even though she’s ready to run the game with her solo work, the breakout femcee has maintained she’s down to work with anyone who can contribute to an inventive collabo. While entertaining the idea of jumping on a track with fellow music original Lady Gaga, Minaj insisted she wouldn’t pass up a partnership with potential.
“I’m inspired by her creativity,” Minaj said during her recent “RapFix Live” interview. “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?”
Here’s the track list for Pink Friday, which is slated to hit stores November 22.
1. I’m The Best
2. Roman’s Revenge (featuring Eminem)
3. Did It On ‘Em
4. Right Thru Me
5. Fly (featuring Rihanna)
6. Save Me
7. Moment 4 Life (featuring Drake)
8. Check It Out (featuring will.i.am)
9. Blazin (featuring Kanye West)
10. Here I Am
11. Dear Old Nicki
12. Your Love
13. Last Chance (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
14. Super Bass
15. Blow Ya Mind
17. Girls Fall Like Dominoes
Nicki Minaj and Eminem’s alter egos, Roman Zolanski and Slim Shady, are not known for their restraint. On Minaj’s much-buzzed about Pink Friday collabo with Em, “Roman’s Revenge,” both MCs demonstrate how bonkers they can get, trading outrageous bars packed with lyrical fury.
The track opens with ominous strings and the weighty knock of the drums and bass line, establishing the beat’s dark, intense energy. Minaj kicks off the lyrical intensity with, “I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin/ So far ahead, these bums is laggin’/ See me in that new thing, bums is gaggin,’/ I’m startin’ to feel like a dungeon dragon.”
The Young Money spitter continues, vanquishing haters with bars such as “I’m a bad bitch, I’m a cu–/ And I’ll kick that ho, punt/ Forced trauma, blunt/ You play the back, bitch, I’m in the front.” Minaj gruffly barks out the chorus, “Ruh, ruh, like a dungeon dragon,” and then Shady joins in.
“You don’t like it then peel off, bitch/ Every last woman on Earth I’ll kill off, and I still wouldn’t f— you, slut/ So wipe the smile on your grill off/ I swear to God I’ll piss a Happy Meal off,” he spits, charging onto the track with more of the unsettling witticisms typical of his deranged, and sometimes violent, Shady persona. Em continues to bug out, calling life a “dumb, blonde white broad” who he eventually ties up and urinates on.
Minaj jumps back in with more incisive lyrics, including a few lines that could be construed as a dig at Brooklyn femcee Lil’ Kim, who publicly took issue with the Young Money diva earlier this year.
“Word, that bitch mad ’cause I took the spot? Well, bitch, if you ain’t sh——, then get off the pot/ Got some n—– out in Brooklyn that’ll off your top,” Minaj rhymes.
The Hottest MC takes his second verse to denounce critics of his comeback, spitting, “Yeah, look who’s back again, bitch/ Keep actin’ as if/ You have the same passion that I have.” After proclaiming he’s more “hungry” than rap foes who’ve “had gastric bypass,” Em challenges haters to take some risks.
“Go take a flyin’ leap of faith off a f—— balcony,” he spits. “ I shove a falcon wing up your fly ass.”
Minaj closes the track by invoking Roman’s horrified mother, a newly minted character the Young Money Barbie said would be introduced on Friday.
When Minaj revealed to reporters during her “RapFix Live” interview that she, or more accurately, her rambunctious British alter ego, Roman, would be going bar-for-bar with one of hip-hop’s legendary personas, fans knew the resulting track would be an instant must-hear. However, the lyricist said the collaboration took a while to come to fruition.
“We went out on a whim and put it in the air like, ‘It’d be great if he would collaborate with us,’ ” Minaj said.”I remember I kept talking about it, and I thought, ‘It can’t hurt.’ I sent him one record, and he didn’t love it. He didn’t say, ‘I don’t love it’; he just said, ‘Can you send me something that’s a little more me?’ I sent him an e-mail and thanked him for that, just having enough respect. Sometimes people don’t respond. He had the respect, at least, to treat me like a peer.”
It seems like two members of the Young Money family just got a lot closer. On Friday (August 27), Nicki Minaj and Drake seemingly announced on their Twitter pages that they are married.
“U scurred? @drakkardnoir u ready to make the announcement or wha?” Minaj tweeted Friday afternoon. Drizzy responded about an hour later with, “Baby I am never scared. PROUD is more the word I would use,” before tweeting, “Please refer to @nickiminaj as Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and dont stare at her too long. She’s finally mine. .”
The hip-hip diva re-tweeted Drake’s missive and added, “Yes, its true. Drake and I tied the knot.”
A rep for their label had no comment when reporters reached out Friday.
Hip-hop heads have speculated about Drake and Minaj’s relationship before, and buzz spiked when fans heard a very eyebrow-raising line on Drizzy’s “Miss Me” single.
“I love Nicki Minaj/ I told her I’d admit it/ I hope one day we get married just to say we f—ing did it/ And girl, I’m f—ing serious/ I’m with it if you with it/ ‘Cause your verses turn me on, and your pants are mighty fitted,” the Toronto MC spits.
In June, Drizzy told DJ Envy on “Sucker Free Countdown” that he had genuine feelings for Minaj. “I’ve always really, actually, really had a crush on her, always really loved her, and she’s always just looked at me as, like, her little brother,” Drake said.
However, Minaj batted away any ideas that Drake is anything more than just her sometime partner-in-rhyme.
“Drake does not have a crush on me,” Minaj assured Envy. “Drake knows how to get you guys’ attention.”
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