I know this might be the biggest non-issue of the year, and after dual admissions by both parties that the whole thing was a ruse, the general consensus of the internet (as judged by YouTube comments) is that the whole ordeal is over.
But when you add up all the evidence, all the relevant primary sources, it seems pretty weird to think that DJ Khaled was actually joking when he made his uncomfortably sincere proposal to Nicki Minaj last week.
I hate to add to this otherwise pointless discussion any more, but hear me out on my logic: Everyone can agree that the proposal video was very believable; Khaled even revealed that he's been getting offers for acting gigs based off that "performance." Here's a more plausible conclusion: he wasn't acting. He's says he's joking now to spare himself the embarrassment.
I know I don't know the guy personally, but he seems like the kind of dude who would secretly take a liking to a superstar bombshell like Minaj. I can see him as kind of the shy, brooding sort of guy who prefers a night in catching up on his Netflix cue than going out on the town 5 out of 7 nights of the week. He probably writes really sappy poetry about how he's "suffering from success" or some other similarly contradictory theme. Of course, this is pure speculation.
But also worth examining is how this "publicity stunt" played out. After he made the proposal, Minaj kept quiet on the subject for four days, a lapse in communication that seems indicative of genuine surprise and confusion. Indeed, she seemed pretty shocked at the whole thing in her chat with Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex, so obviously she wasn't "in on it" and apparently "crazy" Khaled just decided to do this himself to drum up publicity for their upcoming collab, "I Wanna Be With You."
My question is, why didn't Khaled play this up more, if he really did this just for publicity? Instead of admitting that the jig was up, either he himself, or the both of them, could've carried this on and on and made it the publicity stunt of the century. After a cruel "rejection" by Minaj, Khaled could retreat within himself, torn and heartbroken, releasing more singles with disappointing titles like "We Were Meant to Be" or "Why Won't You Love Me". Throw a Drake or Miguel feature to croon over it and you would have the hearts of your fans, and their wallets, in the palm of your hand for a good couple months. Minaj could fire back and act like she's mad about it or something, with her whole "split personality" schtick put into overdrive. I can see a single now entitled "You Don't Deserve Me" featuring, I don't know, Lady Gaga or someone. This could be big, guys!
Instead, Khaled backtracks just like any rejected high schooler would after shooting for the stars and asking The Hot Cheerleader to prom. He knew he'd be rejected, but to save face, he claims it was all "a joke." And despite how much money he has, who in their right mind drops $500K on a ring just for a short-lived hoax?
Well Khaled, you're not gonna fool this intern. I personally think my version of the fiasco is calculated to reap the maximum amount of exposure and gossip news coverage than your shoddy attempt at a fabricated scandal. And yes, I am in the market for a job if the price is right (minimum six figures though, let's not kid ourselves about this), and yes, you do need my services.
In conclusion, I'm onto you, Khaled. You can't hide your lying face from me.
This week started off with some #Fire for your playlists by plenty of big-names — both figuratively and literally. To make sure you caught all the new releases, here's a quick recap.
Big Sean releases a new song off Hall Of Fame called "Fire" (click here for the CDQ/dirty). This sounds like a fitting intro track and is the one *Tibs Fav. of the bunch.
DJ Khaled's proposal publicity stunt comes full circle with the release of his new single "I Wanna Be With You" featuring the fiance he was fiending for, Nicki Minaj, along with Future & Rick Ross. Ms. Minaj does her thing.
Rick Ross drops a new solo track himself "I Wonder Why", sampling testimonial from Rachel Jeantiel in the Trayvon Martin trial.
And rounding out the fun today was R. Kelly & 2 Chainz, who as you'd might expect, have some fun on this new Kellz single "My Story".
Be sure not to sleep on all of today's new releases and browse our category pages above. As with everyday here on Gowhere, there's plenty of dope new Chicago, independent, and user-submitted music that you may like as much as the big new singles above.
So this is what the proposal was about apparently... lame. But it is DJ Khaled's new star-laden single "I Wanna Be With You" that Nicki shines on with a flow you gotta hand her is pretty dope. Off Suffering From Success, out September 24th.
Of all the days the site is down for maintenance, this. happens.
Like the suave Romeo you would expect, DJ Khaled takes... to an MTV video... to propose to Nicki Minaj. I was thinking this was a playful publicity stunt as I was watching it (and it is a publicity stunt), but it grew increasingly uncomfortable and sincere as Khaled actually revealed a rock for Minaj. I'll be sure to drop whatever I'm doing and post an update as this proposal develops. Will she say yes?! Is this forreal, forreal? I still can't tell.
DJ Khaled announces his album release date to MTV as Suffering From Success will officially hit stores in the fall, September 24th. Ever in the giving mood, Khaled adds: "I feel like that’s the right time because I want to be able to give you another record before the album drops and some gifts." That's cool, but I still just don't resonate with that title. Hmmph, what do you all think?
DJ Khaled "No New Friends" f/ Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne [Music Video]
off the upcoming album, 'Suffering From Success'
The "No New Friends" video has hit the interwebs after premiering on the MTV networks this morning. The big question: how does Drake's DaDa fashion come across in the video? Does the "May 15 1996" VHS style overlay make a difference? (Naw.) It's kind of odd how scenes were both current and from 1996 (when none of them knew each other). I get what they were trying to do, but I think it falls a little short. What do you think of the Colin Tilley-directed visual?