Nicki Minaj’s Mom Releasing Gospel Album

While Nicki Minaj is shaking her behind and rapping about lookin’ ass ni**as, her mother, Carol Maraj, is busy praise dancing and singing to Jesus. Saturday on her SoundCloud page, Onika Senior released the first single from her upcoming gospel album, entitled “God’s Been Good.” (I guess somebody had to make up for all that heathenism Nicki’s been dishing.) The song is quite inspirational, yes, but let’s just say it’s clear where little Harajuku Barbie gets her… special singing skills.

Read it at Hello Beautiful.

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Pharrell’s Grammy Hat Sells For $44K on eBay

Many of you may recall Pharrell Williams at this year’s Grammy Awards debuting his super-tall Arby’s hat. (The one designed by Vivenne Westwood with roots going back to 1982 and Malcolm McLaren’s & the World Famous Supreme Team’s “Buffalo Gals.”) Skateboard P put the fashion item up for grabs on eBay in support of his From One Hand to Another Organization, which benefits underprivileged kids.

Well, it ended up selling for $44,100! And the multi-talented producer hoped on his Twitter account to thank the buyer, whom his tweet suggests he thought was a random rodeo boy. Turns out, the folks at Arby’s (who had been clowning Pharrell for stealing their hat) bought the designer cap to encourage his cause and reclaim their logo. Now all they have to do it buy back the one he wore to the Oscars, and the cover of Billboard, and…

Read it at XXL and Billboard.

Kendrick Lamar Releasing New Album

If you were a fan of good kid, m.A.A.d city, get ready for part two, ya bish. During an interview with Billboard, Top Dawg Entertaiment’s top dog (a.k.a. Anthony Tiffith) announced that Kendrick Lamar will be dropping his sophomore effort in September. (I think I just heard a few weak rappers exit the booth.) Let’s just hope for hip-pop’s sake that K-Dot doesn’t have another Hulk attack and release a “Control Part 2.”

Read it at NME and Billboard.