Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill in GQ.

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Drake and Future – ‘What A Time To Be Alive’.

Way before Drake’s much-publicised beef with Meek Mill (the latter rapper alleged the former employed ghost-writers and the war of words escalated), Drizzy feuded in 2013 with Future, the wilfully weird trap star from Atlanta.

In the interview, the couple addresses misconceptions about their relationship, revealing how their connection goes back to Mill’s time in prison last year, when they kept in touch and ultimately built a foundation for a romance. “I think one of the biggest misconceptions at the beginning was that people thought that me and him just popped up out of the blue and were just in a relationship,” says Minaj. “We were friends for a very long time and he was someone that I was able to really confide in.” She even insists, “Nothing that we do is for TV.Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have just sat down for their first-ever joint interview as a couple in this month’s GQ, and their answers betray some seriously schmoopy relationship stuff. Future offered a lukewarm review of Drake’s 2013 album ‘Nothing Was The Same’ in an interview with Billboard and briefly found himself dropped from the Canadian star’s tour.

While most of us hate to see it go, one thing we can take solace in is the improved quality of music we’ve been bombarded with over the past few months. They got together for a feature in GQ magazine, shot by Ellen von Unwerth, and they are all up in each other’s space for the shoot as they kiss, nibble, hug and playfully touch each other. That spat is now a thing of the past, having been eclipse by the rush-release of this joint mixtape, recorded in six days and unveiled over the weekend via Drake’s OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1 and his Instagram post of its album art, a close-up of a cluster of icy-looking diamonds.

I was in another relationship and I said after I drop my third album that I don’t care anymore what people think, I’m going to be vocal about who I’m with. Safe to say this couple still has the spark! “No matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother,” she explained to the publication. “I definitely will be married before I have my baby. Just now I was like damn, you’ve been asking can I kiss you a lot now, and it’s contagious because I used to be always asking him to kiss him when we first stated talking.

When Drake said “Summer’s mine, I swear I said it about a hundred times” on “Good Ones Go” off his sophomore LP, Take Care, who would’ve predicted that those words would prove to be prophetic. With lyrics such as “I got a really big team/They need some really nice rings”, from the marching, synth-led, ‘Big Rings’, evoking the sense of isolation forged by cold-blooded luxury, ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ often sounds more like a Drake album than the jazzier, busier records that Future usually creates. I want to make sure I do it in that order.” “Nicki ain’t pregnant,” he said during a recent interview with Shade 45’s DJ Superstar Jay. “But yeah, I wish…I already tweeted that five years ago, so it should be happening later.

I’ve never been known for stunts in public that make me look better, you know what I’m saying.” But that’s not to say getting to this point was easy. Yet the Atlanta rapper dominates the record, demonstrating his impressive adaptability (he enjoys the rare distinction of having worked with pop smiler Miley Cyrus and Gucci Mane). In fact, Mill had to convince Minaj to be in an exclusive relationship with him, because she was concerned he wouldn’t be able to handle her level of fame. “I really respect that he was willing to give it a try. But 2015 would be the year that Drizzy would truly assert himself and claim the title of rap’s man of the summer with a series of calculated moves straight out the pages of Robert Greene’s highly regarded masterpiece 48 Laws of Power.

His trademark otherworldy, autotuned vocals float over brittle, crisp production, which is largely the work of 22-year-old wunderkind Metro Bloomin, who’s produced for the likes of Nicki Minaj. My decision to be public about my relationship came before I even met Meek.” Meek carried the same sentiment saying people thought “that we were faking.

The effect is hypnotic, not least on ‘Jersey’, which throbs with quiet regret, gentle piano notes creeping beneath his admission that “I like the smell of that money when it burn”. She explains, “People tell me all the time, it takes a special kind of man to be with a woman who has her own, and it takes a special kind of man to not feel insecure by a woman who is doing her own thing.

The first big domino to fall as far summer rap releases goes is Maybach Music Group’s own Meek Mill with sophomore LP, Dreams Worth More Than Money. More than a few critics felt Meek hadn’t put forth a project up to par with his promise as an artist and were eager to see if he could up the the ante on the follow-up to 2012′s Dreams and Nightmares.

But ‘Change Locations’ is the centrepiece, combining Future’s slurry vocal, so sleepy it’s like aural codeine, and Drake’s crystal-clear delivery of the line “Fuck all the opps and the shots that they send,” a rebuff to Meek Mill and any opportunists who’d bring him down. Meek’s ongoing romance with Nicki Minaj kept the Barbz entertained with every social media post the two shared — they weren’t shy in canoodling everywhere. And speaking of Nicki, despite being six months removed from the release of The Pinkprint album, the first lady of Young Money made plenty of headlines, albeit for unsavory reasons. Known for being the most visually creative artist in music, it was no shock that Nicki would be in the mix for the Video of the Year award at the MTV VMAs.

She’s overprotective of her daughter.” Minaj also points out, “Another thing people don’t realize is I’ve only had three boyfriends in my whole life. Shortly after the nominations were revealed in July, Nicki addressed the situation going as far as to subtly accuse MTV and other media outlets of showing bias against black women. Her social media outburst garnered a surprising retort from pop darling Taylor Swift of all people, who took umbrage with the rapper’s comments and felt that they were directed toward her. After a brief back and forth, the two stars decided to let bygones be bygones after Swift apologized, but the exchange made for a great conversation piece.

The rapper shocked the hip-hop world when he went on an epic Twitter rant and accused rap titan and collaborator Drake of using a ghostwriter for the verse that appeared on their joint track “R.I.C.O.” Meek’s exact words: “He don’t write his own raps.” While many were undivided in their assessment of the situation, a few other rap artists, most notably OG Maco, backed up Meek’s claims, naming an unknown Atlanta artist named Quentin Miller as the clandestine collaborate behind Drake’s rhymes and flows. Like if I were to speak to a hundred girls right now about what they go through with their boyfriend we’d probably have stuff in common.” And Minaj doesn’t hesitate to share what she likes best about Mill. “I love kissing him.

When I came in the business, you couldn’t tell people you were in a relationship, because record company and management said that doesn’t make you appealing to men. In another six degrees of separation moment, the Weeknd was another Meek Mill collaborator who happened to end up in the winners circle — and in a big way at that. The Weeknd stayed low, steering clear of beef and continued to build his already impressive cult following via appearances on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and well-received singles such as “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Often.” His sophomore studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was highly anticipated, but the fact he moved 412,000 units in its first week after debuting in August was an eye-opener.

Despite having seen better times as a genre, R&B was very much prevalent this summer, with releases from Jill Scott (Woman) and Tyrese (Black Rose) also making major noise of their own. When it comes to Tyrese, most people may be more familiar with his work as an actor in the Fast & Furious franchise and gloss over the fact that his first foray into entertainment was through music.

What else do you want?” As for Mill’s very public feud with Drake, which was raging strong during the time of the interview, Minaj only says, “Meek is a grown ass man. But with an extremely successful acting career occupying his time, Tyrese decided to call it quits, announcing that his sixth studio album, Black Rose, would be his last. While the news of a new album was bittersweet given the circumstances, Tyrese’s exit from the music game was a graceful one, with Black Rose debuting at No. 1 on the charts. No matter who I’m talking to.” Check out the behind-the-scenes video below, which shows Mill and Minaj loving on each other during their shoot and tossing money in the air, along with the full photo. The summer of 2015 also had its share of somber moments, the first of which was the untimely passing of Bobbi Kristina, daughter to deceased R&B legend Whitney Houston and former New Edition member Bobby Brown.

From indelible moments like Ghostface Killah’s gentle threats directed toward Action Bronson via video or Nicki giving Miley Cyrus the business live on TV for the world to see at the VMAs, there was certainly big moments to keep you entertained. Summer 2015 certified the hype around Future being more fact than fiction, crowned a new crossover pop star in the Weeknd and solidified Drake’s dominance over the rap landscape.

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