The rapper has been in jail since November on controversial charges.
Nicki Minaj has played down rumours she is dating fellow rapper Nas after sharing a photo of the pair enjoying dinner at his new Los Angeles restaurant.
The Anaconda hitmaker, real name Onika Maraj, took to Instagram on Tuesday night (09May17) to post a snap of the two sitting side by side at Nas’ fried chicken eatery Sweet Chick.
“Only KINGS recognize QUEENS,” she captioned the image, in which they both pose with their eyes closed, while Nas appears to nuzzle Nicki’s hair as he wraps his arm around her shoulders. They also rocked the same diamond-studded chain.
“@sweetchicklife has the best food,” she added. “congrats @nas”.
The One Mic MC shared the same photo on his Twitter account, and wrote, “Straight Outta Queens!”, giving a shout out to their shared home city of Queens, New York.
Fans immediately began speculating about a possible romance after the cosy picture appeared online, and devotees even coined a new nickname for the rumoured couple, with “#NasNika” becoming a trending topic on Twitter.
However, Nicki, who split from rapper Meek Mill in December (16), seems to be brushing off the new gossip.
One fan grabbed the star’s attention after sending a screenshot of Wednesday’s (10May17) hot topics to Nicki: “Trending # (number) 4 now on the charts @NICKIMINAJ yessss (sic),” wrote the follower, prompting the 34-year-old to repost the image and respond, “y’all so d**n silly (sic)”.
Nas has yet to comment on the dating speculation. He became an investor in chef John Seymour’s Sweet Chick chain in 2015, and helped owners secure funding to expand outside of their two New York City locations. The Los Angeles branch launched last month (Apr17).
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The Weeknd appears to be be taking aim at Justin Bieber’s manhood in a new song after the Baby hitmaker mocked the R&B star’s new romance with his ex, Selena Gomez.
The Can’t Feel My Face singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been linked to Selena since last month (Jan17), when they were photographed kissing after a dinner date in Beverly Hills, California.
The Weeknd and Selena have yet to comment on their budding relationship, but they have continued to flaunt their love in public, taking a trip to Florence, Italy, in late January (17) and relaxing on a yacht off the coast of California last weekend (11Feb17).
The news of their romance has not been received well by Bieber, who split from Selena in 2014 after dating on and off for four years, and he has taken a series of shots at The Weeknd’s music in recent weeks.
Now The Weeknd has reportedly fired back at Justin in a guest verse on Canadian rapper Nav’s new song Some Way, in which he seemingly ridicules Bieber’s talents in the bedroom.
On the track, he sings, “I think your girl, think your girl, fell in love with me/She say my f**k and my tongue game a remedy.”
Bieber has yet to respond to the pointed lyric, which emerges three days after he poked fun at his love rival on Sunday night (12Feb17), following The Weeknd’s Grammys performance with Daft Punk.
Justin fielded questions from fans in a live streaming event on Instagram, and when asked to name his favourite song, he replied: “Ummm… Starboy by The Weeknd.”
He then burst into laughter, before one of his friends is heard saying off camera: “Oh s**t, that was funny.”
“Y’all that was too funny,” Justin added, before ending the live stream.
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old also took to social media on Tuesday (14Feb17) to lament the fact he was spending Valentine’s Day alone.
In a video clip posted to his Instagram Stories timeline, he was clearly feeling sorry for himself as he remarked, “All I ever wanted was a Valentine. Now I don’t even have a Valentine.”
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Police in Los Angeles have launched an investigation into a heist carried out at rapper Nicki Minaj’s mansion.
Sources tell Billboard.com more than $175,000 (£140,000)-worth of jewellery and other items were taken from the Super Bass star’s California home, after one or more as-yet-unknown thieves broke into the residence sometime between 24 November (16) and January (17), when Minaj was out of town and the property was vacant.
TMZ reports the hip hop musician’s 11,500-square-foot home was trashed by the invaders, who flipped over furniture and smashed picture frames and perfume bottles.
As of press time there are no named suspects and the investigation into the robbery continues.
It has been a rough start to 2017 for Nicki, who reportedly ended her nearly two-year romance with fellow rapper Meek Mill in December (16).
Minaj alluded to her split from Meek, real name Robert Williams, when The Starships hitmaker quoted lyrics from Beyonce’s 2011 song Best Thing I Never Had on Instagram, writing, “Thank God u blew it. Thank God I dodged the bullet. I’m so over u. Baby good lookin out”.
She made the split official on social media, tweeting to fans: “To confirm, yes I am single. Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon. Have a blessed New Year. Love u.”
But not everything in her life is doom and gloom – the newly-single star appears to be making great strides with the other personal relationships in her life after calling it quits with Meek. This week (01Feb17) she reunited with her old pal Drake on Instagram, sharing a photo of the pair together for the first time since the Canadian Hotline Bling hitmaker engaged in a war of words online with her now-ex Meek Mill in 2015.
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Jay Z has reportedly forgiven Kanye West for badmouthing him and lashing out at his wife Beyonce during an onstage rant last year (16).
The Stronger star famously took aim at the hip-hop supercouple during one of his troubled concerts just days before he cancelled his Saint Pablo Tour and was hospitalised for a mental evaluation in late November (16).
However, the trio apparently cleared the air and on Friday (06Jan17), Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian were photographed arriving at the Drunk in Love pair’s Los Angeles home, where Beyonce and Jay Z had thrown a party for their little girl Blue Ivy’s fifth birthday.
Now a source tells People.com Kanye and Jay Z are on good terms again.
“Kanye’s in a great place and Jay is a very mature and forgiving person,” the insider shared. “The relationship he and Kanye have is very strong.”
During Kanye’s onstage rant in Sacramento, California, he alleged Beyonce had refused to perform with him at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards unless she was named the winner of the Video of the Year honour over fellow nominees Drake and Kanye. He also implored Jay Z to call him as they hadn’t spoken in a while, before bizarrely pleading with the rap mogul not to send “killers” after him. The upset star ended up scrapping the remainder of his show after just four songs.
His odd behaviour prompted Kanye to pull out of his tour stop in Los Angeles the following day, and then scrap the trek altogether hours later.
The 39-year-old was subsequently admitted to hospital to reportedly be treated for exhaustion and sleep deprivation, weeks after Kim was held at gunpoint, bound, and robbed in her Paris, France apartment in early October (16).
French police have since arrested 17 people in connection to the horrifying ordeal.
Nicki Minaj has confirmed her split from rapper boyfriend Meek Mill.
The Starships singer fuelled rumours she had parted ways with the hip hop star in December (16) when she quoted lyrics from Beyonce’s 2011 song Best Thing I Never Had on Instagram, writing, “Thank God u blew it. Thank God I dodged the bullet. I’m so over u. Baby good lookin out.”
Shortly after, fans noticed Meek, who was first linked to Nicki in late 2014, had deleted his Instagram account.
Nicki has now confirmed that they are no longer together while also teasing the release of the follow-up her 2014 album The Pinkprint.
“To confirm, yes I am single,” she tweeted. “Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon. Have a blessed New Year. Love u.”
Nicki sparked engagement rumours twice during 2015 when she showed off large sparklers Meek had bought for her on social media, but the pair denied the news both times. After the second instance, she told Billboard in December (15) they weren’t engaged but “he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married.”
She also told Complex magazine in 2014 she wanted to become a mother but was waiting until she got married.
The former couple started looking for houses together in late 2015 but their plans were put on hold when Meek was found guilty of violating his probation in December (15) and sentenced to house arrest, which ended in June (16). In August of that year it was reported they had finally moved in together into a nine-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills.
Before her romance with Meek, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, she was with Safaree Samuels for 11 years until late 2014.
Nicki Minaj has reportedly split with Meek Mill. The ‘Anaconda’ hitmaker has sparked rumours she’s called time on her relationship with the 29-year-old rapper after she posted a cryptic message on her Instagram account earlier this week by quoting Beyonce’s 2011 break-up ballad ‘Best Thing I Never Had’.
She wrote: “Thank God u blew it. Thank God I dodged the bullet. I’m so over u. Baby good lookin out. #BestThingUNeverHad. (sic)” The suspicious post lead to Meek – whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams – deleting his Instagram account completely.
The news that there may be trouble in paradise for the pair will no doubt come as a surprise to fans as just last weekend, the duo was seen arriving at the Gold Room in Atlanta, Georgia, together. Nicki later shared a picture of them sharing a sweet smooch accompanied by some of the lyrics from her song ‘Favorite’ featuring Jeremih, which she released in 2014 on ‘The Pinkprint’ album.
She wrote: “Ion wanna hype ya, but u a lucky n***a if my mean a** like ya. U kno I wrote #Favorite about u right? – his coat by #Gucci – shades #ChristianDior dress #Versace shoes #GianvitoRossi. (sic)”
The couple first started dating in 2015 and a few months later hinted that they were engaged when the 34-year-old beauty was spotted wearing a huge diamond sparkler on her ring finger. However, she later confirmed that she and Meek were not planning to get hitched and the hip-hop artist is just “this boy that likes me.”
And, although the wound is still sore, it seems Nicki is not yet ready to get herself back out there as she recently admitted she doesn’t want to get with any guys that are just in it for the games.
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