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Oh Nicki/Barbie/Chun-Li/Onika or whatever it is that you prefer to be called.

While I respect a woman who infiltrated and somehow dominated the male rap game, I  have some MAJOR issues to discuss. Yes, we all danced to Starships back in the day, but it's time to get real.

Our roast beef with the rap queen includes having a convicted murderer and sex offender as her new beau, collaborating with a gang member who used a naked 13-year-old girl in his music video, and the Asian stereotyping. 

While Minaj has been praised and lauded for her ability to remain powerful and confident in an industry which, in general, uses completely misogynic and homophobic lyrics to perpetuate toxic masculinity, there are other cards at play here.

Specifically her consistent collaborations and relationships with violent men.

The internet has descended into chaos on Monday over the Instagram posts which Minaj uploaded of her new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The controversy over her new Instagram-official relationship was predominantly due to his criminal record; TMZ are claiming that Petty is a registered sex offender with at least two convictions under his belt.

Prosecutors claimed that he attempted to force a girl into engaging in intercourse with him using a sharp object in 1995, when he was 15 and the victim was 16.

This led to a first-degree attempted rape conviction and his name stuck on the sex offender list for life, seeing as he is 'moderately' likely to be a repeat-offender. Yeah… that's pretty damn scary.

Minaj's new man served almost four years in a NYC state prison for the attempted rape, and served another seven years for a first-degree manslaughter conviction after he shot a man several times.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oh they wanna talk? Let’s give’m smthn to talk about.  *Shania voice*

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On her account, Nicki was forced to disable the comments section after her fans understandably went into absolute meltdown.

Instead of addressing the whole problematic debacle, she captioned the post; "Oh they wanna talk? Let's give them something to talk about." Um, okay, why don't we talk about safety? Like, not dating a criminal?

Sexual violence and domestic assault is still rife in society, with Times Up and the #MeToo movement only showing the tip of Hollywood's iceberg.

The music industry has it's own qualms to tackle regarding violence against women; R Kelly remains the most notorious example of alleged predators who are still being given a platform.

When Chris Brown viciously attacked Rihanna in 2009, his career continued to thrive, despite the outrage and shock which ensued when graphic images of Rihanna went live all over the world.

The reaction to XXXTenacion's death, instead of focusing on the fact that he admitted to stabbing nine people, and was on trial the week of his murder for assaulting his PREGNANT ex-girlfriend, the response was to mourn him as a hero.

The ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala's harrowing testimony was obtained by Pitchfork, and detailed a pattern of intense psychological, emotional, sexual and physical abuse and assault by XXXTenacion.

Nicki could have criticised such a problematic man in her own industry, or even have kept quiet, but she expressed her sorrow at his passing instead;

“XXXTentacion may not have been the biggest artist, but his murder hurt us like we knew him, or like we were the biggest fan.” 

Of course, none of this is Nicki Minaj's fault. That goes without saying, yet her continued support for infamously harmful men such as Tekashi69, Kenneth Petty and XXXTenacion needs focus.

The Young Money artist was in a relationship previously with hip-hop mogul Nas, who had an extremely toxic relationship with R&B legend Kelis. The Milkshake singer recently claimed that Nas abused her during their marriage, and that Rihanna played a part in their divorce.

While these claims haven't been proven, it does appear to be a pattern that Minaj enters relationships with controversial male figures, who seem to embody toxic masculinity.

Her latest collaboration with Tekashi69 is another bone of contention, her defence of a man who is since imprisoned on racketeering charges, possession of firearms and armed robbery. 

Tekashi69 legitimately pleaded guilty to being involved in a 2015 sex act with a 13-year-old girl, which he filmed and posted online, so there's no denying his criminal scumbag status.

Yet Nicki Minaj collaborates with him on their hit single FeFe and on another track for his new album, Dummy Boy. The lack of concern is rather alarming, TBH. 

"Danny, I love you and am praying for you, your Mother, daughter & her Mom during this time," Minaj said in an Instagram caption dedicated to the rap artist following his arrest.

Many of her fans are presumably young and highly impressionable, who see the rapper as an influence whose actions are worth paying attention to, hence the concern over willingness to align herself with harmful men.

Issues with race and homophobia have also followed Minaj throughout her career, most recently in regards to her latest album Queen.

The rap goddess was accused of homophobia following the release of song lyrics on her new musical offering, with lines consistently using slurs such as 'sissies' and 'f*ggots'.

LGBTQ+ advocates criticised Minaj's choice of words on Twitter;

“I am a gay man who grew up being taunted by words like ‘fag,’ ‘homo,’ ‘sissy,’ and ‘fairy,’” wrote Mark Zustovich.

“These are more than just words that offend and deeply hurt people who identify or who are struggling to identify as LGBTQ — they are designed to make boys and men feel ‘less than’ or feminine, as if having feminine characteristics is something shameful. On the contrary, we as men should be embracing that more.”

Let's not forget the Chun Li Challenge, which clearly perpetuated Asian stereotypes in pop culture.

The #ChunLiChallenge went viral, and featured rapper Asian Doll (who isn't Asian…) sporting chopsticks in her hair — an act which is considered extremely disrespectful in Japan.

The rapper has referenced geisha and samurai in previous tracks, and Nicki (real name Onika) has also cosplayed as a “Harajuku Barbie” persona.

The use of harmful rhetoric in rap is well-documented, including within the albums of Drake, Chingy and Childish Gambino.

Asian writer David Yi commented that;

"The way people are interpreting the #ChunLiChallenge with signifiers like double buns and chopsticks as hair accessories is yet another instance of people co-opting another culture with impunity."

*Sighs* It doesn't take much to do some research into other cultures for the purpose of understanding and respecting them, especially when you have millions of fans from that part of the world, Nicki.

All in all, I question Nicki Minaj's disturbing willingness to align herself, collaborate and have romantic relationships with violent men, as well as her ignorance of other cultures and sexualities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She's 35, she's a grown woman and can date whoever she wants, but she must remember the power which she has over her fans.

Her influence is unquestionable- he’s appeared on nearly 100 singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, each of her albums have amassed five million sales and she has become a household name, despite working in a world that degrades women constantly. 

Not to mention society's obsession with only supporting one female rapper at a time, either Nicki or Cardi B, despite hundreds of male rappers saturating the music industry.

Yet the question has to be asked, is Nicki Minaj contributing to the normalisation of male predators and cultural appropriation?

At the moment, she's the farthest thing from an inspiration to me. 

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According to emerging reports, rapper, Lil Wayne, is currently being treated in hospital after being found unconscious in a Chicago hotel.

The 34-year-old is understood to have suffered a seizure in his hotel, before suffering a second at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

The Grammy-winner, who lives with epilepsy, has been hospitalised in the past due to his tendency to suffer from seizures.

Speaking in 2013, the rapper explained that his medical history has been checkered with seizures, saying: "This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures; y’all just never hear about it."

Lil Wayne, who is currently on tour with Rae Sremmund, was due to perform in Las Vegas last night.

The star's condition is not currently known.
 

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Rapper Lil Wayne has been caught up in a whirlwind of drama lately, including a number of run-ins with police. 

The police were called to Wayne's house in Miami on Friday night, in what was a prank call. 

It seems as though the Lollipop singer has had enough of the industry drama, sending out a number of cryptic tweets late last night. 

Wayne claims that he has been "mentally defeated" by the music industry, and while he loves his fans he's done. 

A number of fans sent their wishes and prayers to Wayne, in the hope he will recover from what he has gone through. 

One familiar face who tweeted the rapper was Missy Elliott, who said "Prayers up 4 whatever u may be enduring right now this to will pass & may u find PEACE. I will always be a fan of your work."

The rapper, who is a close friend of Drake, then tweeted saying that he's seeking peace in his life, not drama.

However, making the evening even more confusing, Lil Wayne sent out a final tweet, contradicting his previous statements. 

"I'm good y'all!" was his final tweet of the night, leaving us all to wonder where is head is at.

Wayne, we want answers! 

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Christina Milian has called time on her relationship with rapper Lil' Wayne, it was revealed this week.

The Dip It Low singer split from her boyfriend of one year in late August, a source reveals to E! News.

"They have broken up. Their schedules started getting extremely busy and the distance was not easy for them both."

Despite their split, the pair remain seemingly amicable, even attending the same New York Fashion Week event last Sunday.

Christina and Wayne were first linked in June 2014, but didn't speak publicly about their relationship until much further down the line. Back in April, the singer admitted it was "love" for her an Wayne during a radio interview.

And over the summer she discussed the couple's intense connection again, showing off the arm tattoo she'd had inked in Wayne's honour reading "love hard…TNT," a nod to their nicknames, Tina and Tunechi.

"For me, I'm so inspired by the relationship that I'm in that it's definitely an experience," she told ET Online.

"It's that careless, hopeless, romantic love – that feeling of 'I will do anything for you.'"

It's been a difficult few weeks for Christina, who was left devastated last month by the death of her nephew Richie just hours after his birth.

The tragic baby boy was born with the birth defect Omphalocele, in which the baby's organs form outside of the body. Christina's sister, Danielle Milian, was first told of the defect when she went for a routine ultrasound scan back in March.

Taking to Instagram to thank her fans for their support, Christina said she and her family had been through an "emotional rollercoaster."

We hope the singer has some great friends to help her through this difficult period.

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Following a performance in Atlanta nightclub, Compound, last night, Lil Wayne and his entourage found themselves the victim of a shooting.

According to TMZ, the 32-year-old rapper was leaving the nightclub at approximately 3.30am when shots rang out which appeared to be aimed at the star's two tour buses.

According to reports, Grammy-award winning Lil Wayne was in the company of other artists including Lil Twist and Hood when the shooting took place.

One of the rapper's buses was hit during the attack, but it has not yet been revealed whether the Lollipop singer was a passenger in that particular vehicle.

Police officers were called to the scene following the shocking incident and the vehicles were driven to a hotel in the proximity.

Authorities are currently investigating the incident.

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It has been reported that shots have been fired at the home of rapper, Lil Wayne.

Four people are believed to be injured after being shot at, with the perpetrator calling the police to inform them of their actions.

Lil Wayne was not at his home in Miami at the time of the shootings which his record label, Young Money confirmed when they tweeted earlier: “Wayne is okay. Wasn’t home during alleged events.”

The story is still in development as police authorities deal with the situation. 

This is the second time in less than a week that police have been called to Lil Wayne

We really hope that everyone is okay – this sounds so scary! 

Update 19:15 The call informing police authorities about a shooting at the home of Lil Wayne has been found to be a hoax call. A SWAT team entered the rapper's home, searching all rooms on the premises and finding no victims. 

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