Nicki Minaj Serves It Up In L’Uomo Vogue [Beauty]

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Lately,  it seems as though rapper, Nicki Minaj, is reinventing her image to branch out across multiple demographics.   We are used to seeing her glammed up to portray a modern-day Barbie,  but in recent months she has successfully toned her image down to reflect a more natural beauty.  Her change has lead to more opportunities outside of rapping.

Nicki is in the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue, the male version of Vogue Italia.  She was shot by the remarkable photographer,  Francesco Carrozzini, who captured the rapper’s effortless modeling abilities.   Take a look!

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Why I Have Newfound Respect for Rapper, Wale

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Social media has been booming lately.  Between rapper, Meek Mill, going to jail and him dissing his fellow MMG mate, Wale.  I usually read about stuff like this to stay in the know about what’s happening in the entertainment business, but I typically don’t write about it. I feel all writing does is fuel a dangerous fire,  i.e. Tupac vs Biggie.

However,  I chose to highlight this particular “beef” story, not because of the hype,  but because I wanted to focus on how amazing I felt after reading Wale’s response. There is hope.

Long story short, Wale was called out for not supporting Meek’s upcoming album release via Twitter (so stupid) and was labeled as a “hater” and fake. Meek also went as far as saying Wale wasn’t “MMG”.   For a grown man to even feel the need to call another grown man out about something so childish,  makes you wonder how tight the screws are.   Now,  I’m from Philly (like Meek Mill) so I get the passion and sense of respect you have for those in your life.  People from Philly take things personal,  that’s just how we’re wired.   But,  when you begin to sell records internationally and make a name for yourself in this world, you must elevate your mind and behavior.

I believe all rappers and business-minded folks should take a page out of Wale’s notebook after reading his response to Meek Mill.  Here’s the classy Instagram snap back:

 

Few weeks ago. (7w) I posted this .but ok. Movin along . My Avi always changed when it’s THAT time .. Ok that’s not enough y’all see “razor ramon” post on his no. But I don’t care.. I wrote a long ass post day before his single dropped .. Mariah record dropped nobody said a word I didn’t care .. I still don’t… I carry myself with confidence and humility ., I always try to have a lighter side to MMG.. Cuz I understand I don’t “fit the mold” so if I’m tryna spruce an interview up to show that we not tryn be “serious tough guys” on the red carpet Or try to be a bit more engaging to broaden our audience forgive me . I never wanted anybody to think we take ourselves THAT serious. (Were rappers )I don’t need to take anybody shine.. Or hate on anybody . I walk in a completely different world .. Where I look for slp jeans and Shanghai dunks online and know what “kayfabe” means. I check nbadraft.net daily . I’m on whatculture allll day I enjoy shyt like that. I play fuckin Zelda and fuck wit bitches who teach yoga and paint… I get it . I’m different . I always embrace that shyt.. I encourage y’all to embrace what y’all like or the person y’all wanna be.. I text niggas happy Father’s Day and get no reply .. I laugh it off .. I laugh at how I write songs about “chain music” and y’all get lost or “600benzz” i like to have fun with our culture. Because I beleive I add THAT to a “gangster rap” faction. I made my opportunity work for me that way. I write poems . I watch wwe . I collect kicks. I’m sensitive ok. Maybe bi polar. But one thjng I’m not is a hater.. I see Daquan jokes all day yesterday and patted myself on the back that I’m regarded as the aforementioned adjectives and not “Daquan”. I’m me and I’ll be me and do this shyt wit my “dew” till I don’t wanna do it. I encourage you to wake up soon as you find time. This was a post about #nothin”

Philly’s Own, Charli Baltimore, Chats with the Dreamworld!



It’s always nice to share the journey of others, whether they be famous or not, but it is always rewarding to highlight individuals within the industry.  Hearing how they made it and what their experiences have been like, let’s us all know that anything is possible if you just follow your heart and your path.  YOU can be successful in any talent you choose to pursue; the drive just needs to be steadfast.  I recently had the pleasure of exploring the female, Hip-Hop world (for all you aspiring female rappers out there)!  Well known rapper, Charli Baltimore, blessed me with a few moments of her time to catch the Dreamworld up on life and offers some advice to female artists on the come-up.

Born Tiffany Lane, to a German father and Black mother, she adopted the name “Charli Baltimore” from Geena Davis’ character in the film, The Long Kiss Goodnight.  She’s seen her fair share of ups and downs, in and out of the industry, but remains grounded and driven; determined to be a strong support system for her family.  A Philly native and a mother of two daughters, India and Sianni (to the right), Charli is taking a step back into the limelight and on her own terms.  Since meeting The Notorious B.I.G. in 1995 and given her first shot at fame, she has continued to write her own rhymes (something she prides herself on) and has always sprinkled her unique flare among other female rappers.

Dealing with personal losses and an abusive relationship, she managed to graduate from Pierce College as a certified paralegal.  She’s also earned a Grammy nomination, been featured with Junior M.A.F.I.A. and released a debut album (Cold As Ice).  After a five year hiatus, she signed to Murder Inc. but separated with them in 2006 due to album delays and creative differences.  She’s since released an EP on iTunes and in March 2012, released the mixtape titled Mickey and Mallory Knox: Natural Born Khronicles.  With a new album on the horizon, True Lies, Baltimore is determined to continue doing what she loves, while making sure that she doesn’t settle.

Take a look at what she has to say to the Dreamworld:




What do you think the female hip-hop game is missing?

I don’t necessarily think it’s missing anything but more females…I think that their is a diverse mix right now but we could always use more females.

What motivates you to continue to follow your passion for music?

It’s not so much a motivation at this point…I’m good at writing…it makes me happy…

Who do you think is the best female rapper?

Best female rapper? Well to not hold one’s self in the highest regards would be awkward.

What advice can you offer other females trying to make it in this industry?

Stay away from it…lol. No..it’s a hard business so you have to develop a tough skin and be able to take the good with the bad.

What do you think is your God-given purpose in life, outside of rapping?

My God given purpose is to make sure my Children are good….first and foremost. Everything else is secondary.

If you could have a conversation with the younger you, what advice would you give?

Learn to relax…have more patience..actually that applies to myself now as well.

Are you involved in any other business ventures outside of music?

I am actually, but I kinda gotta keep it under raps for the time being.

How can fans show their support?

Well, for now they can support my two films, my single All Lies, my album (when it’s released)…and [follow] @charlibaltmore on Twitter….

What’s one funny/quirky thing about you that fans may not know?

One quirky thing..I’ll give u 3. I have OCD when it comes to cleaning. It destresses me…Walls, floors, whatever. I turn into Cinderella..lol. I’m a bit of a nerd  and I was a huge wrestling fan forever. I used to attend all the matches and everything!




She has a great sense of humor and a much appreciated dose of sarcasm.  I was so excited to have her as a guest on danithedreamgirl.com.  Thanks for your time and best wishes on your new album…WE are patiently awaiting the drop!

Check out Charli Baltimore’s new track, All Lies featuring Maino:

http://www.eastcoastdigitalradio.com/2012/06/05/charli-baltimore-charlibaltimore-all-lies-feat-maino/