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Are We (The Fans) Responsible For Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s Fallout?

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Cardi B And Nicki Minaj, A Never-Ending-Saga We’ve Created!

Hip Hop has to be THE most competitive, dangerous at times, art form ever and artists such as Cardi B and Nicki Minaj reminded us why. Indeed, last week the tension  escalated to the point where Cardi B almost turned New York Fashion Week into a George Bush moment by throwing her shoe at Nicki.

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Hip Hop, as competitive as it is, has always been worst for female rappers. Ever since the rise of the Mc Lights, Queen Latifahs, Salt-N-Peppas of the world. The industry made sure to only keep ONE female artist in the limelight.

Don’t get me wrong, male rappers also have their top tier artists. Perhaps, it seems like they have similar success at least in terms of respect, representation and stardom.

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When a female rapper is on top, she smashes everything. She gets all the Grammys, the accolades, the plays/views and TV appearances. That’s not my conspiracy-theory-brain telling me this, it’s something they’re all aware of.

Nicki Minaj is the perfect example of how this system can either work for or against you. From 2008 to 2016, Nicki won almost EVERYTHING that had to do with being a female rapper.

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Was she the only female rapper at the time? Hell no! Did she had serious competition? To be honest after Lil Kim went M.I.A, there were only veterans left or aspiring artists without the MACHINE behind them.

the MACHINE being major label push, radio connections and placements. Those things solidified Nicki Minaj as an artist.

At a time when talent and your label ”having your back” made you either a star or a has been. Nicki went for the throne, chilled there for a decade but then something unexpected came like a slap in the face.

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Sometimes volatile, unpredictable, ground breaking, enormous & unfuckwithable. Yes, you got it! I’m talking about THE INTERNET. That thing made you spot paying attention to TV.

That thing made 106 & Park irrelevant. That thing made you turn to Instagram or Twitter for what’s and who’s hot. Now we had access to these celebrities. We wanted more than music, we wanted to see personality from them.

Can you make us laugh? Make us cry? Inspire us through pictures of your lavish lifestyle we can’t afford? We wanted a connection.

It was ”Bye Bye” gatekeepers and every artist could now get what pays the most: attention. Cardi B‘s come up is a the testament of that.

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”There’s a parallel between the Blockbuster and Netflix situation

and the Cardi B and Nicki Minaj mess.”

It’s the old way of doing things against the new wave. It might be the only time in history that two female rappers share the spotlight at the same time.

One is backed by being a veteran/legend with a loyal fan base. The other one is backed by being the underdog and new hot thing. One thing’s for sure, us as the public, we’re here for the drama.

Cardi B only had Bodak Yellow and people were like; ”Nicki Who?!”. No album out yet and people were like: ”She’s better!”.

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If me, a little Montrealer cooling on his laptop, was shocked; imagine Nicki. First time having real competition, first time being in a corner and with the karma points of a decade of terrorizing the industry guess what?! You PANIC.

Those artists wasn’t used to get our feedback in real time. Wasn’t used to get killed for their fuck-ups. the internet aka us the public have more power than ever.

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We made them care about album sales beyond money. We made them care about who’s on top. When WE decide that you’re on your way out, you can’t escape (a hit can save you though).

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj both have their respective lanes. One will go down as a lyricist, top 5 dead or alive while the other one might go down as a huge all around entertainer.

We were trying to compare Amarula with Baileys guys. One cost more, one taste better, one is packaged better but at the end of the day it’s all subjective (it’s still Baileys or die trying though).

WE dictate the game now.We make you pop, us the consumer. So if Nicki Minaj went Patrick Bateman  on us while Cardi B went Triple H, we are to blame partially.

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Finally, cause damn this could turn into a thesis. Cardi B and Nicki Minaj are the living example of how toxic the competitive spirit in Hip Hop can get. How the industry pushes artists against each other for record sales or to get one artist completely wiped out.

Above all, isn’t it ironic how Nicki is now the one getting ”Lil Kim’Ed”?

 

 

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This Year Malefycia Is Colliding Horror And The Bible To Make The Thrill Of Halloween Real Again

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Malefycia Is Restoring The Feeling, One Spooky Scream At A Time

Long are the days when I was cruising down the streets on October 31st either looking for candies to devour for 3 weeks straight or even as an adult looking for a popping club where I could tell people ”My costume is ME tonight”.

The truth is, I think Malefycia restored something that I thought was buried inside me. They reminded me that not only I liked Halloween but I just couldn’t find an alternative in my adult life to spark my curiosity on one side and get the thrill going on the other.

Malefycia been around for a minute but this year they’re trying something different…I mean different.

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You’re familiar with the 7 sins in the bible don’t you? You’re aware of what a haunted house is supposed to be don’t you? Well, something in their team had the genius and actually vicious idea to combine these two things who might have nothing to with each other on the outside looking in but in this new adventure/haunted house experience; it all make sense!

their show called V7CE is cross theatre performance, cross the most scary thing you’ve ever seen. The show includes different scenes and interactive plays putting on the forefront the 7 sins from the bible.

What always stand out to me when it comes to Malefycia, is there raw and authentic attention to details.

Do yourself a favor and come immerse yourself in this universe and your inner child and your thrill-seeking inner adult have some fun.

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Myraï Lavoie Is Taking The Fashion World By Storm With The Glitch Fashion Show

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Myraï Lavoie Is Creating Her Own Universe And You’re Invited

What I appreciate the most about my work is the fact that I get to meet great minds & humans with a powerful story and this time around, I got to cross path with the talented Myraï Lavoie.

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The city has been quiet fashion wise over the years and as platform that mostly talked about fashion in its inception, we’ve felt it the most over here.

There would be sparks of hope here and there but besides Festival De Mode & Design, not a lot of things really stood out.

When I heard about ”The Glitch” it’s like I knew what it was about without nothing what it was about.

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I mean good branding is good branding but it was more so who’s behind the good branding this time around. I had the chance to work with Myraï Lavoie in the past and one thing I can is : there’s a method to her madness.

Every artist has an eye and that eye is shaped by our views of the world and life experiences. Myraï had an interesting life.

One where being different is actually the move. One where if you don’t fit somewhere, you don’t try to get in the mold, you bend it.

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For all the lack of support or misunderstand she got in Montreal, she found a place to be creative working or being in room with the likes of Paris Hilton & P. Diddy to name a few.

What she’s learned from coming out of her shell and experiencing the world she’s about the share it with us with her own fashion called ”The Glitch” tonight.

”The Glitch” is exactly what I thought it was going to be. A standout experience and experience and something you’ve never seen before just like its creator.

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The 50th Anniversary Of Les Grands Explorateurs Presents A Touching Documentary Exploring Africa And Its Wonders

An Amazing Story by Amazing Creators!

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Les Grands Explorateurs Is Celebrating Africa In A Real Way!

Curiosity has to be the most incredible human quality there is and Les Grands Explorateurs has been putting it on the forefront for the past 50 years!

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We are now entering an era where we want to know more about what is going on on the other side of the world.

How people are living, their culture and what is their reality compared to ours.

Sometimes the depiction of such reality is either unfair or made to look down at somebody. Other times, filmmakers have the challenge to depict a reality in a way to uplift what other cultures are bringing to the table.

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Milan Bihlmann and Muammer Yilmaz are two filmmakers who know where they stand when it comes to that.

Rêves D’Afrique” is the epidemy of that. The two filmmakers decided to go to 7 countries in Africa to not only paint the picture for the world but to give the good people out there something we forget to give one another : ”a piece of yourself’.

Armed with a backpack, film gear and true altruism, the duo spread love and good deeds wherever they could throughout their trip.

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Les Grands Explorateurs being this platform to uncover the world made the right choice by adding this beautiful piece to their program.

Up until November 1st, you still have the chance to see the beautiful piece in theater and then online starting November 2nd.

Tickets Here

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