Rap News Rundown: Meek Mill, Future, Iggy Azalea

Meek Mill, Future, Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears are featured in this week's Rap News Rundown.

Meek Mill Says He Isn't Inspired by J. Cole & Kendrick

During a recent interview with Power 105.1, Meek Mill talked about contemporary artists he listens to, revealing that he isn't a fan of some of rap's most popular acts because he can't relate to their lyrics. The Philly rapper said, "I don't listen to J. Cole and I don't listen to Kendrick Lamar. I think that they're dope lyricists and they're like great rappers, but they don't inspire me. That ain't no hate at all."

Whom does he listen to? "Nobody really except like Future."

Meek's been in the headlines more than usual due to his well-publicized relationship with Young Money's Nicki Minaj, which put him at odds with fellow rapper Joe Budden. The two traded barbs on Twitter after Budden said that Meek was "too hardcore" to be acting "sappy" with Nicki during his latest podcast. "Joking but it ain't dat boy level to [be] commenting on the way I handle my lady!" tweeted Mill.

Future Explains Why He Didn't Perform at BET Awards

Backstage at the BET Awards may have been more lively that the performances that went down on stage. Rumor had it that Nicki Minaj and her boyfriend Meek Mill were caught sexing Chicago's Dej Loaf in a dressing room; and that Rich Homie Quan nixed his planned appearance after the channel tried to move him to the Red Carpet stage—though he's since denied it.

Until recently, we didn't know that Future was a no-show. During a performance at an L.A. club last week, the Atlanta rapper said he didn't take the stage because BET asked him to do something he wasn't comfortable with. He said, "BET, they had a n**** about to perform up there or whatever, but under the circumstances of me performing . . . they tried to get a n**** to do some off-brand corny s***. I'm not about to sell my soul for no publicity stunt."

Iggy Azalea Disses Britney Spears; Singer Responds

2015 has not been a good year for Iggy Azalea. In recent months, the rapper lashed out at brands and fellow rappers, as the sheen from her 2014 singles continues to wear off. Her latest victim: Britney Spears. The two came together to record "Pretty Girls," and though the collaboration seemed destined to be a success, including a fancy music video, it garnered very little attention. Asked about the song, on Twitter, Iggy placed the song's failure squarely on Brit's shoulders. "It's difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and TV appearances etc. Unfortunately I'm just featured." wrote Iggy.

Spears responded to this slight with one of her own, highlighting the number of concerts Azalea has cancelled in recent months. She tweeted, "Can't wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe."

Iggy responded to the hoopla, insisting that she and Spears are still friends, but if it looks and smells like shade.

 


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