Battle between Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj gets bigger

(EW.com) — Rap fans got a salty side dish this holiday weekend to go with their turkey-cran sandwiches.

For months, the buzz has been on Nicki Minaj, whose recently released “Pink Friday” features a track, the Eminem-guesting “Roman’s Revenge,” that many took as a side-slap to Lil’ Kim (sample lyrics: “Look at my show footage, how these girls be spazzin’ / So f— I look like gettin’ back to a has-been? / Yeah, I said it, has-been /Hang it up, flatscreen /Haha plasma.”)

And last Friday, the Queen Bee bit back.

“It’ll be a murder scene, I’m turning ‘Pink Friday’ to ‘Friday the 13th,’ ” Kim spat over Pharoahe Monch’s inimitable Godzilla-sampling “Simon Says” horns.

“I hate you Lil’ Kim clone/clown, all this buffonery, the sh– stops now … We all know your last name is what got you your job, you’s a put-together gimmick, something like a collage.”

And later: “That’s cool, I was the first one wit’ it / You’se a Lil Kim wannabe you just hate to admit it / I’m the blueprint you ain’t nothin’ brand new / Check your posters and videos / You’ll always be number two.”

As rapfix reports, Minaj doesn’t bear Kim’s wrath alone; Drake gets his moment too: “Yeah, this hood sh– you and Drake ain’t built for, this the sh– the other b**** almost got killed for.”

That brief quote from Minaj at the beginning comes from aninterview Nicki gave Hot 97 last week:

“You gotta be careful when you pick fights,” she told Angie Martinez. “That’s what I’ve learned in this business; you just never know. I think people get me mistaken for a real Barbie. They forget where I’m from, and if I have to revert back, I can and I will. So don’t play with me.”

In that same interview, Minaj detailed her history with Kim:

“When I saw her at [Lil] Wayne’s concert, I stopped her and said, ‘I want to make sure everything is cool with us because I’m a fan first. Is everything good?’ ‘Yeah everything good. We good,’ ” said Nicki, impersonating Kim’s Brooklyn accent.

“This is somebody I looked at highly. We took a picture, everything was good. But you wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition. When you become competition, then people start. So I felt like, ‘You’re gonna go down in history now as a sore loser as opposed to going down in history as the Queen. Because if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

“When you see Gaga, you see Madonna — but Madonna never hated on Gaga,” Minaj continued. “Why in the black community we gotta hate on each other instead of saying, ‘Thank you for showing me love, thank you for keeping my name alive’?”

“The same way she opened doors for me, I’m opening doors for her. Nobody was playin’ your music and you damn sure couldn’t get an interview to save your life. You getting interviews, and every time you do interviews they’re asking you about Nicki Minaj. So it’s like we help each other. That’s the point, we’re helping each other. But if you are bitter, get a life.”

“I respect you, I love you, I’ve said it in every interview time and time again,” she concluded. “And if that’s not good enough with you, mama, then it’s something deep-rooted in you. Something is bothering you inside, that’s your insecurity. It’s not Nicki Minaj.”

Is Minaj right to call out the black community’s role in these rivalries? Does a scenario like this reinforce the narrow idea of a rap world with room for only one predominant female emcee, or is it leveling the playing field in a genre whose history of (largely male) diss tracks has actually elevated the form?

(“Roman”‘s title, after all, is almost certainly a reference to Roxanne Shanté’s legendary UTFO diss “Roxanne’s Revenge“). And can we just please stop this nonsense and talk about Rah Digga for a minute?

 

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Prime Minister of Kenya Calls for Gay People to be Arrested

The prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, told constituents on Sunday that “homosexuals should be arrested and taken to relevant authorities,” according to Africa Review.

Odinga apparently backpedaled later and explained that he only meant that the constitution bans marriage for same-sex couples, reports the BBC. Still, the quote they attribute to Odinga seems broader than just marriage: “We will not tolerate such behaviours in the country. The constitution is very clear on this issue and men or women found engaging in homosexuality will not be spared.”

The news comes little more than a week after Morocco and Mali introduced an amendment to the United Nations General Assembly’s biannual resolution on extrajudicial and arbitrary killings. The amendment called for replacing the 2008 resolution’s prohibition of killings based on victims’ sexual orientation with the vaguer “discriminatory reasons on any basis.” The resolution still specifically condemns killings for racial, national, ethnic, religious or linguistic reasons, and killings of refugees and indigenous people, however. The amendment passed, and the resolution is expected to be formally adopted in December.

 

Money Laundering: EFCC Probes Oyakhilome

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, FCC, has disclosed that it is investigating some officials of Christ Embassy and its founderRev. Chris  Oyakhilome, over money laundering.
EFCC’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, in a telephone interview yesterday, disclosed  that Oyakhilome and some officials of his ministry are being investigated over $35  million that was illegally moved out of the country.
Babafemi said no arrest has been made, but investigation is still going on. Details about the illegal transactions were sketchy as at press time. P.M.NEWS gathered further that Oyakhilome and some prominent members of his church  had been placed under surveillance by the EFCC.

The probe, it was learnt, has sent shock waves to members of the church across the  world, and many of the nominal members, who were allegedly used in the money  laundering scheme, are now scrambling for safe havens. The 59-year old pastor and his ministry had faced many controversies in recent  years, bothering on preaching falsehood.
Oyakhilome has been accused of staging healing sessions attended by thousands who  give money to the ministry hoping to be healed by the pastor. He has also been  accused of planting people in the crowd to promote his healing powers.
The pastor has also been accused of offering congregants who attend his school of  healing money to act as if they are sick and then heals them at his “Night of Bliss”  programmes. The ministry has been accused of coercing its members to make large donations to the  church even though they are poor.
Church members regularly donate large sums of money and materials to the church as  they are told they will be rewarded by God. This has led to a number of members losing their possessions as they default on  other payments in order to finance the lifestyle of leaders in the church.
An organisation, Treatment Action Campaign, also accused Oyakhilome of preaching  falsehood on claims to heal life threatening diseases such as HIV.

Source: PM News.

Government extends ban on old cars to 15yrs. Also lifts ban on toothpick, fabrics etc

Finance Minister, Segun Aganga with Minister of State, Finance, Yabafa Lawan Wabi at the press briefing with journalists in Abuja

The Minister of Finance, Dr Olusegun Aganga yesterday announced government’s economic blue print going forward which included extending the age of banned used motor vehicles’ importation from 10 years to 15 years from year of manufacture. Government also removed certain items from the existing import prohibition list.
The Minister of Finance who made the revelation at a press briefing in Abuja also stated that the Ministry has “conducted a review of the existing Import Prohibition List and Tariff Structure in line with best practices to review the impact of the prohibitions on the Government’s revenue and local industry on an on-going basis. The NEMT held extensive consultations with key stakeholders and found that import bans are ineffective and result in a huge revenue loss to Government through significant trade diversion to neighbouring countries and the routine smuggling of banned goods into the country. In addition, the items on the Prohibition List cost more than what obtain in neighbouring countries due to the smuggling activities.
“It is expected that these trends are likely to continue; therefore we have received Presidential approval to replace the bans with tariffs to protect domestic industries with regards to the following items:
i. Cassava: A 15% levy in addition to the substantive 20% duty;
ii.  Toothpick: A 20% levy and duty of 20%;
iii. Furniture: A 20% levy and duty of 20%;
iv. Textile Fabrics & Articles (Lace Fabric, Brocade, Voile, African Print etc. and Made-up Garments): A 20% levy and duty of 20%; and
Source: TheWill Nigeria

Senate Moves To Penalise Disrespect Of The Nigerian National Anthem

Strolling while the Nigeria’s National Anthem is being recited may soon be punishable by law, as the Senate on Thursday passed its bill through second reading.

The advancement of the bill is a significant step in standardising its rendition as well as protecting the National Anthem, which most of the senators agree is currently exposed to risk of annihilation.

The bill is sponsored by Osita Izunaso PDP from Imo state who also sponsored the bill to mandate doctors to treat
accident victims without police reports. (I totally support this bill)

“Our National Anthem if not backed by law, might be rightly jettisoned into the historical dustbin if any President feels he does not like it,’’ Mr. Izunaso said.

The bill seeks, among other things, to give a legal framework to the National Anthem and gives protection to it against unwarranted tampering and abuse.The bill is to make the playing of the Nigerian Anthem a revered, respectful and solemn occasion and prescribes penalties for anyone who deliberately brings contempt and ridicule to the act.

He lamented that the national anthem which “encapsulates our collective pride and patriotism, is not backed up with any legal instrument.”

Source: 234Next

 

Ruggedman to 9ice

“You tried to tarnish my image and that of your wife because you wanted to sell CDs, God bless you. You can tease me all you want, but it would never change the fact that the first big stage you got on was through me. The first award you won was through me. You started making money after I introduced you to the world. The wife you married, I introduced to you. The first child you got was from the woman I introduced to you. I helped you come up in the industry…Never pay back good with evil. Be respectful to your elders.” Ruggedman to 9ice from his new track – A word is enough for the 9ice.

Nigerian beefs…wats goin on thoo…

Genevieve Nnaji, Don Jazzy, 8 others for The Future Awards

The Central Working Committee for Nigeria’s most respected youth event, The Future Awards, has decided to unveil the long list for the biggest award, Young Person of the Year, one week before schedule!

Makinde Adeagbo, Genevieve Nnaji and Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu 

“We are very excited by what we have come up with this year – so excited that we have 10 names on the list this rather than the usual 8,” says Shade Ladipo, a member of the committee. “And we thought we should share that excitement!”

All the nominees for Young Person of the Year have been taken out of the various categories as always and identified as trail blazing role models for young Nigerians,” Ladipo said. “They are all winners, and so they will all be given plaques like last year. Also, they will not go through the 4 stages of judging for the awards, only one stage for voting and one stage for judging since all of them are finalists and will be so recognized at the awards.

“They have all been contacted and we are incredibly proud of them. You will be inspired.”

THE YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:
1.      Genevieve Nnaji, 31                                 – Actor
2.      Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu, 28                   – Advocate
3.      Uche Eze, 26                                            – Entrepreneur
4.      Psquare, 29                                              – Artiste
5.      Ojoma Ochai, 29                                      – Intrapreneur
6.      Michael Ajere (Don Jazzy), 29                  – Entrepreneur
7.      Nneka, 29                                                 – Artiste
8.      Debo Olaosebikan, 25                             – Scientist
9.      Blessing Okagbare, 22                             – Artiste
10.  Makinde Adeagbo, 25                                – Innovator

Source: Vanguard