Gucci Mane’s Diary Exposed, Nicki Minaj Gets Called Out, Drake Tries To Impress NBA Star?
WTF Wednesday. It’s a day full of head-scratching, starting with Gucci Mane dropping a new album out of nowhere? Speaking of unexpected, did Nicki Minaj jack another artist’s song for a song that rap heads weren’t digging? With Young Money still on your mind, is Drake trying to impress a certain NBA superstar? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.
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1. Publicity Stuntin’
Is Gucci Mane taking everyone on a journey that ends in him pulling a fast one on the entire music industry and the fans? You would think so after his Twitter page went “berzerk” these past few days and resulted in him releasing a new album? Miss Info TV is all over it:
Remember when Gucci Mane simultaneously dissed T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti on “Birds of a Feather,” just days before his Trap House III album hit iTunes? Or how about the time he called the same trio his “top 3 p*ssy ass rappers” ahead of the release of his triple-project, World War III: Lean, Gas & Molly? It appears Guwop’s recent three-day Twitter rampage was nothing more than a promotional stunt (albeit a heavily destructive one) for his new free album, Diary of a Trap God, which dropped last night.
Funnily enough, the 23-track offering includes records with Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman, Chief Keef, Young Scooter and Tyga — five guys he either dissed or offered to sell on the cheap (or both). It’s likely that these tracks were recorded some time ago (or at least before this week), but who knows why Gucci decided to hold on to them after publicly insulting his collaborators.
Oh yeah, about that whole Twitter rant. Yesterday, Guwop claimed his account was hacked by his ex-manager. How convenient, right? As hip-hop fans, we’ve suffered through staged “beefs” as artists or groups look to claw at what relevancy they have left, but Gucci’s played this card too many times for it to not backfire. Burnt bridges for extra clicks? “Don’t kill ya self build ya self,” to quote the man himself. (Miss Info TV)
The funny thing is who would take Gucci Mane to be the type to use Twitter for promotion, especially at a cost of having the entire music biz turn its back on him, including Atlantic Records and the biggest rappers out? There’s ways to get blackballed but did anyone see this coming? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
2. Stars & Stripes
Is Nicki Minaj a thief? You would think so if you took an underground artist by his word. It turns out there is a nasty claim going on about Nicki Minaj stealing her ill-received “Starships” record. Granted, it made history on the music charts but it also did not get the love from hip-hop fans and especially a certain somebody at Hot 97. Chicago Tribune is on it:
Pop star Nicki Minaj burned up dance floors last summer with her hit song “Starships,” which set a Billboard record for its stretch of 21 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.
Clive Tanaka, meanwhile, is an underground artist who has cloaked himself in mystery. While his meticulously crafted electronic music has won accolades, he’s never performed in public. His fans don’t know his real name or even where he hails from.
Now Tanaka, in a lawsuit filed under the name of his company, is accusing the Trinidad-born Minaj of stealing from his 2011 song “Neu Chicago” to create the electro-pop hooks that drove her best-selling single.
In a copyright infringement suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Tanaka said Minaj and several of her “Starships” collaborators copied substantial portions of “Neu Chicago,” which Tanaka claims had already enjoyed widespread airplay in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of listens online by the time “Starships” was written. (Chicago Tribune)
Don’t these things happen all the time? Is it surprising though that out of all the songs Nicki could have stolen in her career, this is the one that’s causing the most negative attention? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
Is Drake trying to show off his body or jump shot to Kevin Durant? You would have to go with the latter but watching a new video of him shooting hoops, you have to wonder. Complex is all over this:
This video of Drake shooting jumpers isn’t quite as intriguing as this video of Rick Ross shooting jumpers that surfaced last summer. But what we did find interesting about it is that Drizzy took the time to tag Kevin Durant in his caption for the Instagram video.
“@easymoneysniper,” he wrote, before referring to the release date of his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same. “SEPT 24.”
Why did he do it? No clue. But regardless of why he tagged KD in the caption, KD has yet to respond to Drake. Maybe he wasn’t all that impressed with Drake putting up a video that only features him shooting 75 percent from the field. (Complex)
Um, okay? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.