Nicki Finally breaks her silence about the hip hop feud with Meek & Drake

Throughout the entire Drake and Meek Mill beef, many fans wondered what Nicki Minaj's stance was on the situation, seeing that she's currently dating Meek and has been close with Drizzy for years. Well, we now have the answer, and it comes via Nicki's new cover interview with The New York Times Magazine:

"They’re men, grown-ass men,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s between them.’’ How does it make you feel, I ask? "I hate it," she said. ‘‘It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over."

During the interview, Nicki also touched on her recent issues with Miley Cyrus, and said that if Miley wants to enjoy the culture, lifestyle, and everything that comes with it, then she has to understand everything that affects black women in the music industry. "You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad," Nicki said. 

The rest of the interview took an unusual turn, as Nicki refused to continue the conversation after she—rightfully—felt disrespected by the writer. "Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama? What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?’’ Nicki asked. "Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?" 

Jay Z & Beyoncé Are Renting A Mansion In L.A. For $150k A Month

Jay Z and Beyoncé have picked out a pretty amazing home to rent in Holmby Hills.

It's no secret that Jay Z and Beyoncé have a whole lot of money to their names, but right now, they're still looking to rent rather than own, at least when it comes to living in L.A.

The couple just did the paperwork for a $45 million space in Holmby Hills, but rather than dropping 8 figures on a home, they're going with a more reasonable 6-figure rent. Hove and Bey will pay $150k per month for the 20,000 square foot mansion, which they've signed a one-year lease for. It's a pretty smart decision if the two are looking to move around a lot over the next few years without being tied to properties, and if you're Jay Z and Beyoncé, why wouldn't you?

An Olympic-sized swimming pool and waterfall are among the home's impressive features

Rockets' Harden still holds grudge over not winning MVP last season

Houston Rockets guard James Hardenstill believes he was shafted in NBA MVP voting last season, and he doesn't want you to forget it.

"I know I was the MVP," Harden said's Fran Blinebury. "That's 100 percent given all the things that happened last season."

The Rockets had the second-best record in the Western Conference at 56-26, with key players Terrence Jones (49 games), Dwight Howard (41 games), and Patrick Beverley (26 games) missing huge chunks of time.

"Credit the Golden State Warriors for an unbelievable year," Harden said. "They had an unbelievable team, coaching staff, everything.

"But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs."

Warriors guard Stephen Curry took home MVP honors, garnering 1,198 points and 100 of 130 possible first-place votes. Harden finished as the runner-up with 936 points and 25 first-place votes.

"There's so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played," Harden added. "Like I said, I'm not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me."

Houston couldn't function on offense without the three-time All-Star, scoring 14 fewer points per 100 possessions when Harden sat. Not only tops in points and minutes, Harden also led the NBA in free throws (715) and win shares (16.4).

A straight head-to-head statistical comparison between Harden and Curry is too close to call, with voters perhaps placing more stock in Golden State's 67-15 record to help end the debate.

A new season means new opportunities for Harden to earn the 2015-16 NBA MVP. The likes of Curry, LeBron James, and a healthy Kevin Durant will be in the mix, but should Houston improve on its magical campaign from a year ago - with Harden being the primary reason for their success - it will be difficult not to throw a few more first-place votes his way this time around.

Kobe setting modest goals for 2015-16: 'I'd love to play all year'

Kobe Bryant is a notoriously confident human. It's part of what's helped him succeed the way he has for as long as he has in the NBA. But few things are as humbling as aging, and on the eve of his 20th (and possibly final) NBA season, even as he retains an outward belief in his Los Angeles Lakers' ability to make the playoffs, the 37-year-old Bryant is setting modest goals for himself.

"Just play the game that's right in front of you," he told USA Today's Sam Amick. "That means a lot at this age to be able to do that, when you can react to situations, when you have the physical capability to react to situations, the skills are still there to react to situations. That's an accomplishment in and of itself. And being healthy man. I'd love to play all year, too."

Playing all year, though is something Bryant hasn't been able to do in some time. He missed the playoffs in 2013 after tearing his Achilles at the end of the regular season, then worked his way through a grueling eight-month recovery, only to play 41 combined games the past two seasons due to a knee fracture and a torn rotator cuff.

Bryant - who will be a free agent at season's end - has remained noncommittal about retirement, and he's trying to stay focused on the things he can control in the here and now.

"I just let (the concerns) go after a while, man," he said. "You have to ask yourself, did you do everything you possibly could to prepare for the season? And I have. I've trained really hard to get to this point, and you have to be comfortable with that. Whatever happens is really beyond your control."

He also made sure to point out that there's no real precedent for what he's trying to do - come back, at his age, after a third major surgery in as many years - not even from Michael Jordan, the man he's been so often compared to over the years, who played all 82 games, while turning 40, in the final season of his career.

"This is uncharted territory," Bryant said. "My 37 isn't MJ's 37, you know what I mean? Nor is it the same team or the same system that he was playing in. It's much, much different. There's really no barometer, no (precedent) for training physically, for recovery. It's uncharted territory."

Bobby Shmurda denied bail again

Bobby Shmurda appeared in court today with his new lawyer, Alex Spiro. A Manhattan judge scheduled his trial to begin February 22 and was once again denied bail.Shmurda appeared in New York court yesterday and plead not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges for a prison contraband. If found guilty, he could face an additional 7 years on top to what he is sentenced if convicted to his previous.
Bobby Shmurda found himself in hot water this week. Before his court appearance on Thursday, the rapper was caught with a shank on Rikers Island four days prior.

According to the NY Daily News, a guard allegedly spotted Bobby’s 18-year-old-girlfriend, Kimberly Rousseau, passing something from her bra during a visit. It was later revealed to be a sharpen metal object.

They were both arrested and charged with promoting prison contraband. Bobby’s trial begins October 5. Good luck.

Top 10 Biggie Collaborations

A look through The Notorious B.I.G.'s best and most memorable collaborations.

If a rapper’s collab. roster is any indication of his talent as an artist, The Notorious B.I.G. reached an astounding level of respect from his peers in his career. Though his 1997 death left behind only two studio albums, colleagues and friends went on to put out three more posthumous albums and extend his legacy well into the present landscape of hip hop. Biggie’s raps have appeared alongside everyone from Jay-Z, to Michael Jackson, to Eminem, and his songs continue to be sampled regularly by the new school rappers taking over the charts in the present day.

Like many artists whose careers are cut short, fans will always wonder what could have been. Many of Biggie’s collaborators and supporters remain among hip hop’s elite, serving as constant reminders of one of the East Coast’s favorite rappers and one of the industry’s most respected legends. In honor of the anniversary of his untimely death on March 9th, here are 10 of Biggie’s best collaborations.
Jay-Z feat. The Notorious B.I.G. “Brooklyn’s Finest”

A fan-favorite from Jay’s 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, “Brooklyn’s Finest” is the duo’s love song to their home-borough. The pals grew up together battling at their high school in downtown Brooklyn (along with rap great Busta Rhymes), and this homage to their roots and longtime camaraderie has stood the test of time as one of Biggie’s best collabs and one of hip hop’s favorite moments.

Biggie feat. Method Man “The What”

Though Biggie’s 1994 debut, Ready to Die, stacks this collab against one of the rapper’s most successful singles (“Big Poppa”), “The What” remains special in its own right as the only track on the album with a featured artist. Method Man’s appearance on the track came about a year after The Wu-Tang Clan had released their legendary debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which helped set the stage for this era in East Coast hip hop 

Craig Mack feat. Biggie, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage “Flava In Ya Ear”

This classic posse cut brings together a band of east coast MCs on Biggie’s only collab with Craig Mack while he was alive. The original version of the song dropped in the summer of 1994 and at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, but the remix version heats things up with the addition of LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage, not to mention Biggie. Also peep Diddy (when he was still Puff Daddy) in the music video, below. 

Biggie feat. Eminem “Dead Wrong”
This posthumous collab sees a young Eminem rapping alongside Biggie’s verse in one of hip hop’s grimiest tracks ever. The song was released in 1999 on Biggie’s Born Again, which took unreleased material recorded by the rapper in the early ‘90s and repurposed it with new production and guests. Amidst the song’s graphic murder and sex fantasies, Biggie proclaims, “Who you think you’re dealing with?/ Anybody step into my path is f***ing feeling it!” in what are definitely the track’s most lighthearted lines. Em really ran with the “horrorcore” niche, putting out his highly divisive song “Kim” on The Marshall Mathers LP just a few months later in May 2000.

Tupac feat. Biggie “Runnin’ (Dying to Live)”

This 2002 rework of 1995’s “Runnin’ From Tha Police” appeared in the 2003 documentary "Tupac: Resurrection," and represents one of the duo’s only collaborations. The original track also features Stretch, Buju Banton and Dramacydal, but Eminem, who produced the second version, stripped it down to Biggie and Pac’s verses and added a hook from Edgar Winter’s “Dying to Live,” which also lends itself to the track’s updated title.  

Puff Daddy feat. Biggie, The LOX & Lil’ Kim “It’s All About The Benjamins”
Diddy puts Biggie in the spotlight on this track in the form of a totally changed up beat in the second half of the song when his verse kicks in. Is this Puffy’s way of outwardly admitting, “Yeah, Biggie’s in an entirely different league than everyone else on this track…,” or is he organically raising the stakes to match the rapper’s ability? Or both? Either way, Biggie brings a hard energy to the track, featured on Diddy’s 1997 debut, No Way Out.

Michael Jackson feat. Biggie “This Time Around”
Even if you’re not a pop music fan, a list of Biggie collabs just can’t overlook a piece of work with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The funk-influenced “This Time Around” appears on Jackson’s 1995 album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, and is one of the singer’s few tracks featuring rappers.

Biggie feat. Mase & Puff Daddy “Mo Money Mo Problems”
This iconic track borrows a one of hip hop’s most memorable samples from Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out,” and remains one of Biggie’s most recognized songs. “Mo Money Mo Problems” topped the Billboard 200 when it was released posthumously on Life After Death, just weeks after the rapper’s death

Biggie feat. R. Kelly “F*** You Tonight”
Smalls gets smooth with R. Kelly on this track, which seduces the listener in a sexy and explicit way that only Kells can really pull off. The message is clear on the crooner’s hook: “You must be used to me spending/And all that sweet wining and dining/Well, I'm f***in’ you tonight.” Meanwhile Biggie waxes poetic about spines tingling, tongues delivering, asses wiggling and a girl that looks like a Rolex. This collab is a welcome piece of punctuation among some of Biggie’s more traditionally hard tracks.

Puff Daddy feat. Biggie and Busta Rhymes “Victory”

This gangsta rap song is another track off Diddy’s debut album, and takes on a much more aggressive tone than the rest of the record. All three MCs bring their own very different flavors to the table on this, but it all comes together to create a really memorable collar. That's a feat impressive in its own right, considering Big Poppa appears on the album four times - keeping it fresh is important. And while Busta's contribution is solid, the progression of Puffy and Biggie's work together is really what makes this track stand out.  

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