NICKI MINAJ'S NEW SINGLE IS NO. 1: Nicki Minaj's new single “Super Freaky Girl” has earned her her first Hot 100 no 1 solo hit and third overall, following “Trollz,” with 6ix9ine, and her feature on Doja Cat‘s “Say So.” It's also the first No. 1 debut for a hip-hop song by a solo female and no accompanying acts since Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.
KENDRICK LAMAR OPENS UP ABOUT HIS PUBLIC PERSONA: During an interview with Citizen Magazine, Kendrick Lamar opened up about his public persona vs who he is outside of being famous. He said, “The person that people see now is the person that I’ve always been. For me, the privacy thing has never been an issue that I had to carry out with full intention. It’s just who I am. If I feel I have to remove myself, I just remove myself. I won’t complain about it.”
MEGAN THEE STALLION NOW WANTS AT LEAST $1 MILLION ALONG WITH FREEDOM FROM RECORD LABEL: In a new amended complaint filed last week, Megan Thee Stallion and her lawyers are requesting a Harris County judge declare that her new album Traumazine, along with Something for Thee Hotties “both constitute an ‘album’ as defined in the parties’ recording agreement,’ and therefore Megan “has satisfied all option periods” in her contract to 1501 Entertainment signed in 2018. In filings reviewed by Rolling Stone, the label argues the rapper seemed happy with its representation until she hired Roc Nation as her management firm in September 2019. It alleges Roc Nation sparked “acrimony” because it wanted to replace 1501.
FETTY WAY ENTERS GUILTY PLEA; FACES FIVE YEARS IN PRISON: Fetty Wap has pleaded guilty on Monday (August 22nd), to a charge of conspiring to possess and distribute 500 grams of cocaine. He now faces up to 40 years in prison. The minimum sentence for the charge is five years. Fetty reportedly told the judge, “I agreed with other people to distribute cocaine.” The rapper’s lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, told reporters outside the courtroom that the plea is “standard” and her client is not cooperating with law enforcement. Elizabeth Macedonio said, He’s not cooperating. I want that to be very, very clear.” As previously reported, Fetty Wap and a correctional officer were among six people arrested on drug charges for allegedly participating in drug trafficking in Long Island and the rapper’s native New Jersey. In addition to 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin and fentanyl tablets, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also confiscated $1.5 million in cash from the bust.