Category Archives: MTV: Unlocking the Truth

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Nicki Minaj performs at the Philipp Plein After Party 2017 – New York Fashion Week …

Nicki Minaj as been hard at work on the full-length follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint, and she’s eager to share her most confident work yet after years of jumping personal and professional hurdles.

In a new interview with Roxane Gay — writer of Bad FeministHunger, and other works — Minaj opened up about her next album and where she’s at with it. She detailed her process, saying that she keeps Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, and Lil Wayne in her head when she’s writing her raps (“I feel like I’m a part of all of them”) and that Kanye West paid her a compliment that bowled her over in a formative way (“‘Every girl I hear rap, I can hear Nicki in her rap.’ I didn’t ask him who, but that was such a great compliment. Because sometimes you think you’re the only one that can hear those types of things.”).

When it came to separating her new work from her old hits, she

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kanye west, taylor swift

In one of the biggest moments of Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s exhausting feud, the pop star wrote on Instagram last year that she “would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.” But with the release of her sixth album Reputation on Friday (November 10), Swift shovels even more into that narrative — and may actually give herself the final word.

“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” the album’s third-to-last track (and also Swift’s lucky No. 13), is a snub to a backstabber who made Swift roll up her welcome mat and vow to never be the fool again. Sure, betrayal and disloyalty are things Swift’s sung about for years, but there are a few explicit clues that hint Kanye is the target of her latest warring words.

She begins by describing the glitzy gatherings

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drake, millie bobby brown

Millie Bobby Brown made her rap debut just a few days ago on The Tonight Show, but she’s already hanging out with some of the best in the game.

Last night (November 10) in Brisbane, Australia, Brown spent a night out at Drizzy’s Boy Meets World Tour, as evident by the all access pass sticker she’s sporting. The two got their supernatural posing on, as Drake has clearly been keeping up with Stranger Things and got Eleven’s smoldering look of deep, dangerous concentration down pat.

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They cheesed it up in the photo Brown posted, though, and clearly both were fans of the other and excited to geek out about it.

this guy… ❤️

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We’ve seen that Brown’s got bars, so please

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beyonce, eminem

Eminem is aging, for better or worse. From the first piano clink of the Rick Rubin-produced “Walk on Water” featuring Beyoncé, Marshall Mathers grapples with what it means to age gracefully in hip-hop for him and his “stans.”

The first bar we hear from Eminem is a question: “Why are expectations so high?” The confidence and exuberance of Slim Shady are nowhere to be found in the somber track. Over the course of three verses Eminem discusses the world critically passing him by and what his legacy means in 2017.

The lyrics show an Eminem dealing with what he — and potentially the world — see as an MC who is a shadow of himself: He’s calm as he steels himself for criticism (“Knowing that no matter what bars I come with you’re gonna harp, gripe and that’s a hard Vicodin to swallow”) and finds a stark contrast between the current moment and

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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, taylor swift

Taylor Swift’s new album, Reputation, is chock full of star-studded collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Future, Jack Antonoff, and the child of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.

Wait. What?

The intro of “Gorgeous” features the voice of a little one, and that tiny human that announces the title of the Reputation cut in the most adorable way is James Reynolds. People got their paws on the Reputation liner notes and confirm that the “baby intro” for the eighth track was “voiced” (or, more accurately, cooed) by Lively and Reynolds’s oldest.


3 days until #reputation

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Lively and Reynolds have been pals with Swift for ages, so this isn’t toosurprising: They frequently show up in the friend-filled snapshots Swift shares, and she dressed up in a straight-off-the-Deadpool-set costume for Halloween last year.

Still, that’s a hell of a gift from Auntie Tay to little James, and a super cute surprise we didn’t see coming.


SZA, reigning queen of Scorpios, turned 27 on Wednesday (November 8), and she got quite possibly the coolest birthday present ever: another shiny plaque.

“The Weekend,” a characteristically vulnerable highlight from SZA’s debut album CTRL, has hit platinum status, despite it not being officially released as a single. SZA gushed about the “best bday gift ever” on Twitter, assuring fans she loves them “more than cheese,” which I can only assume means she loves them a whole lot.


SZA previously received a gold plaque for CTRL and a platinum one for her Travis Scott-assisted single, “Love Galore.” TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson reveled in the accomplishments on Twitter, writing, “A gold album and two platinum records off of

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Teen Mum parents Megan and Dylan now have two children — and the couple’s early days as a family of four seemed to be drama-free. Dylan was home with his ladylove, boy Mackenzie and infant girl Dulcie — and Megan gushed that her beau was helping more than he had with their firstborn. However, when tonight’s installment ended, Megan dropped some startling news about Dylan.

“Dylan has blown it again — after months of trying to prove he is reliable and can be trusted, he’s gone back to his old ways,” the teen revealed.

So what exactly happened?

“Dylan left his mum’s at nine and said to his mum that’s he’s coming home,” Megan stated in a confessional-style interview. “It got to 10 o’clock still not home, 11 o’clock still not home, 12 o’clock still not home.”

Police eventually found Dylan at four in the morning in his car

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Drake performing a New Song

Drake told fans he’d be back in 2018 to give us the summary, but it looks like Aubrey is trying to deliver on that promise sooner than expected. The Toronto rapper premiered a new song at the Auckland, New Zealand stop of his Boy Meets World Tour over the weekend. Amid a sea of screaming fans, Drake sang:

Please don’t stand at my grave and cry though
I’m not there, they it made it so I can never really die, no
Please don’t stand at my grave and cry though
Pop champagne, scream my words

Champagne and funerals have been a recurring symbol in Drake’s recent output. During his song “Signs” for Louis Vuitton’s 2018 Spring/Summer Collection, Graham sings, “Champagne with breakfast while I’m yawning / You can’t drink all

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My 5: The Pop Culture Mysteries That Keep Filmmaker Andrew Jenks Up at Night (Exclusive)

Taylor Swift is set to release her sixth studio album, Reputation, on Friday, Nov. 10.  And, regardless of your thoughts on the 27-year-old, she’s always had a way with words. 

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My 5: The Pop Culture Mysteries That Keep Filmmaker Andrew Jenks Up at Night (Exclusive)

If you were a fan of Andrew Jenks’ MTV series, World of Jenks, or have followed his impressive journalistic adventures, like the HIV/AIDS crisis film he directed for Netflix, It’s Not Over, and the documentary series, Unlocking the Truth, then you know that inquisitive is basically his middle name. 

Now, the award-winning filmmaker and documentarian has taken his penchant for diving deep into stories of the misunderstood from the screen to the airwaves, launching his podcast, What Really Happened?, with Cadence 13 and Seven Bucks Productions, the company co-founded with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia. Written, hosted and co-produced by Jenks, the new audio series is a deeply researched, groundbreaking look into the real-life narratives of six public figures who have created intrigue in modern history: Muhammad Ali, Chris Christie, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Britney Spears and Winston Churchill.

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