I think Ciara's got a top 40 single on her hands with this new collab with Nicki Minaj called "Living It Up". At least a top-charting R&B song. It's not a Ci-Ci dance track with an uptempo production, rather a more contemporary, yet mainstream-friendly R&B record that I couldn't help but appreciate. Nicki delivered a solid verse as well and will only add to the pull for casual listeners. My one critique is that I felt Ciara's vocals fell a little short on the bridge, but it didn't hold back the song from being a *Tibs Fav. Catch this one on Ciara's upcoming, self-titled album on July 9th.
In their first talk since last year's Summer Jam incident, Nicki Minaj sat down with Peter Rosenberg to talk it all out this morning! Essentially, Peter Rosenberg dissed Nicki's "Starships" song while hyping up the crowd at last year's Summer Jam, which led to Minaj taking offense and not performing later on in her scheduled set. The video above is the full 27 minute talk that Rosenberg and Nicki had this morning and it's an interesting play in the background this morning. Not that I'm caught up in this "beef", but moreso from an angle of resolving the conflict, it was interesting to hear both takes and perspectives. At the end of the day, it's water under the bridge now and they proceeded to talk about other topics like going back to her mixtape roots, her upcoming album, and even making a movie with Cameron Diaz. That conversation can be seen/heard below.