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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is Her Very Own ‘808s & Heartbreak’

The final song on the deluxe — but not the deluxe iTunes or Target — version of The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj’s third album, tells you everything you need to know about the Queens-bred rapper’s mental state at this point in time. Onika steps up to the plate and swings like she has nothing to prove but everything on the line: “You bitches can’t get my spot ’til I’m raising some children.” “Not that I don’t have good vision, but I don’t see competition/ They want me to come and help them, but I am not a magician.” “Don’t make me expose you, bitch, I’m busy.” With a title like “Win Again,” it would be easy to mistake this for your standard Nicki brag track, not unlike “I Am Your Leader” or “Grindin.” But by the end of the song, she’s out for blood with far less of it running through her flow. “I won,” Minaj coos in her most defeated-by-love pop-singer voice, “Kill-kill everything in my way.” Her brain is well trained, but her heart sounds tired. Yours would be too after writing an album like The Pinkprint. … Read More

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Nicki Minaj vs. “Rap Bitches”: 15 Songs Looking For a Fight

When Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint collaboration with Beyoncé, “Feelin’ Myself,” leaked late early this morning, it joined the ranks of Nicki’s most anti-“rap bitches” appearances to date. Of course, Minaj has shouted out “rap bitches” many times, starting in her mixtape days; the novice Nicki fan may think she’s referring to other female rappers… Read More

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Poppy Fields, North West’s Wardrobe, and Twin Baby Elephants: Links You Need to See

Even by the standards of a year that’s been singularly depressing, this has been a dismal day for news — between the horrors of the CIA torture report, the ongoing UVA/Rolling Stone debacle and the fact that New Found Glory are releasing a Christmas song, there’s been nothing but misery on the web. Today’s links aren’t all sweetness and light either, but at least there are baby elephants! … Read More

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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers: 2014

What did we learn from the controversial magazine covers this year? It was an complicated and tumultuous year politically, although this year that didn’t leave us with boundary-pushing, banned-in-Boston covers like Rolling Stone‘s notorious Boston bomber selfie. We had a lot of conversations about famous women on magazine covers and what it all meant. The themes that keep cropping up, repeatedly, is that controversy comes when issues of class, race, and size are in the picture. Here are some of the covers we couldn’t stop talking about this year. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

It’s that time of year again: the season of the holiday gift guide. And in keeping with tradition, if you’re looking for a present for that special cultural icon of yours (or just someone who reminds you of a certain famous face), Flavorwire has you covered. Here are our gift recommendations for some of the year’s biggest names in culture, whether they be naughty, nice, or lurking somewhere in… Read More

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12 Ways to Say “Thank You” in Song

You know those people on Facebook who celebrate even minor holidays by posting corresponding songs? “Here’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ happy Earth Day!” Maybe you’re one of those people. I won’t tell, though your entire Facebook feed already knows. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I’m just saying: at least make sure you pick… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lorde, BenZel

We’re celebrating a couple excellent new releases out this week — BenZel’s Men and YACHT’s Where Does This Disco? — by highlighting their standout songs. Plus, Screaming Females return, Kanye makes Lorde tolerable, and Tinashé makes Nick Jonas even better.

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Listen to Kanye West’s Chilling Remix of Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat”

Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” — from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack is a fast-paced, anxious pop track with an underlying… Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Father John Misty, CHVRCHES

This week’s songs pretty much have it all: Softly sung tunes that pray for rain; bored, bearded balladeers; a Kanye verse about getting busy in couture, and synths from John Carpenter. … Read More

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Watch: Kanye Is a Football Coach in Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck with You” Video

You may know him as the guy who rides motorcycles through fake southwestern landscapes straddled by reality TV stars. You may… Read More

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