DJ Khaled Proposes To Nicki Minaj With A 10 Karat Rock: Watch! ‘I’m going to be honest with you; I love you,’ Khaled tells Nicki Minaj from the MTV News studios in NYC.

DJ Khaled is all about unity. When he drops his seventh album, Suffering From Success, on September 24, he will no doubt bring together rap’s top names for a collection of all-star tracks, but lately Khaled is looking for another type of union.

On Thursday (July 25), the charismatic hitmaker proposed to his YMCMB labelmate Nicki Minaj in front of our MTV News cameras. “Nicki Minaj, I’m at MTV, I’m going to be honest with you; I love you,” Khaled said to the camera, speaking directly to Pink Friday MC. “I like you, I want you, I want you to be mine.”

DJ Khaled Makes A Very Special Offer To Nicki Minaj

Khaled had a lot to get off his chest, first telling Nicki how he feels about her, before he popped the big question: “Nicki Minaj, will you marry me?”

The We the Best CEO was clear and direct with his message. In fact, Khaled is so serious that he came to our studio with a 10 karat radiant cut diamond ring from Rafaello & Co. in Manhattan’s famed diamond district. The ring is valued at about $500,000.

“We got the same symptoms, we’re both suffering from success,” he said, noting Minaj’s hectic schedule, which includes live shows, recording sessions and filming “The Other Woman” alongside actress Cameron Diaz. “[If] you gotta take your time and think about it, I overstand, but I know I have to be here today to let you know how serious I am and how serious this is to me.”

So what’s it going to be, Nicki?

Rapper DMX again arrested in South Carolina

The highway patrol picked him up at about 3 a.m. for driving under the influence. The rapper has been arrested more than a dozen times, including in February for driving without a license.

DMX was brought to the Greenville County Detention Center and was out by 4 a.m. A secondary comment from his representative says the rapper was not arrested, but was brought in and released after passing a breathalyzer test.

In 2011, the rapper was arrested in a Phoenix suburb driving 102 miles per hour, just after finishing time in prison after getting his probation revoked.

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle arrested after allegedly brandishing gun at L.A. Trayvon Martin rally

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was behind bars today after police spotted him allegedly brandishing a handgun in Leimert Park during protests over George Zimmerman’s acquittal and later discovered he had two outstanding warrants. (Shareif Ziyadat/ Getty Images File Photo)

LOS ANGELES – Rapper Nipsey Hussle was behind bars today after police spotted him allegedly brandishing a handgun in Leimert Park during protests over George Zimmerman’s acquittal and later discovered he had two outstanding warrants.

Hussle, 27, whose real name is Ermias Ashghedom, was arrested around 8 p.m. Tuesday near Crenshaw Boulevard and 39th Street, and his car was impounded, a news photographer reported from the scene.

Air units saw the rapper allegedly brandishing a small caliber handgun in Leimert Park, where protests over Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin were taking place, CBS2 reported. He was followed a short distance and arrested for two outstanding warrants, according to the station.

It was unclear if a gun was recovered.

Hussle’s work includes the mixtape series “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name” and “The Marathon,” according to ihussle.com.

Harvard University announces Nas fellowship

For more than two decades, Nas’ prolific career has been a hallmark for hip-hop, and now Harvard University has established a fellowship in the lyricist’s honor.  

 

The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Hip-Hop Archive announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship on Tuesday. The goal of the fellowship is to provide chosen scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power.”

 

The mission of the Hip-Hop Archive, according to the announcement, is to seek projects from scholars and artists that build on the rich and complex hip-hop tradition; to respect that tradition through historically grounded and contextualized critical insights; and most important, to represent one’s creative and/or intellectually rigorous contribution to hip-hop and the discourse through personal and academic projects.  

 

 

Personal projects of fellows may include manuscripts, performance pieces, album work, curriculum planning, primary archival research and exhibition preparation.

 

Rapper and producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige) chronicled his year of lecturing and research as a fellow of the Hip-Hop Archive at Harvard for the upcoming documentary “The Harvard Fellow.” For his project, 9th Wonder researched the records that created his top 10 produced albums, including Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic,” Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” and “The Blueprint,” a Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders” and, yes, Nas’ “Illmatic.” Those records would go on to be cataloged and archived in the permanent collection at Harvard.

 

“Having welcomed various artists and scholars, the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigor and achievement of hip-hop performance,”  Marcyliena Morgan, professor of African and African American studies at Harvard, said in a statement.

 

Morgan founded the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute in 2002 to support research and scholarship devoted to the genre.

 

Throughout his career, Nas has continued to change the game with his sharp wit and tough social commentary on albums filled with carefully crafted, provocative political thought and street wisdom. When he was 20, he issued his debut, “Illmatic,” which is viewed as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

 

Nas has gone on to enjoy one of the longest and most successful careers in the genre. His last album, 2012’s “Life Is Good,” debuted at No. 1 and was largely considered a return to form.

 

“In my roller-coaster of a life, I’ve endured good and bad for sure, and I’ve truly been blessed to have achieved so much through art in my short life thus far. But I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones hip-hop fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, N.Y.,  to true cultural academia,” Nas said in a statement.

 

“My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.” 

 

Fellows are chosen by a selection committee comprising members of the Harvard faculty.

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Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” J. Cole’s “Born Sinner,” and Wale’s “The Gifted” make Billboard history.

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June 18th will forever be a day locked in the mind of hip-hop fans because of the three important album releases on that day. The week of June 18th was memorable because each hip-hop album that dropped– Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Millerbroke the 100k mark. Now, once more, history on the Billboard 200 has been made.

Kanye West‘s Yeezus, J. Cole‘s Born Sinner and Wale‘s The Gifted are all part of a first-ever moment for the Billboard 200 chart. This week J. Cole‘s album sits at #1, Wale at #2, and Kanye at #3. A week prior the order was Wale, J. Cole and Kanye, and the one before that was, Kanye, J. Cole and Mac Miller. What does this all mean? It’s the first time rap albums have dominated the top three spots on the charts for three consecutive weeks.

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