Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Nicki Minaj Won’t Clear Duet on Shunned Kanye West’s New Album, Song Appears Anyway on “Vultures” Hosted by YouTube Featuring Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson


Who are the real “Vultures” here?

Kanye West, noted antisemite, has dropped a new album called “Vultures” on YouTube.

The album features appearances by Nicki Minaj, Offset, Chris Brown, Freddie Gibbs, Future, Quavo, and Gap Band legend Charlie Wilson, who apparently don’t care that all of Kanye’s business ties were severed after his embrace of Hitler and antisemitism.

The Nicki Minaj duet, “New Body,” was recorded three years ago for a scrapped Kanye album, Minaj is not giving permission to use it now, she says, in a posted video (see below): “Now regarding Kanye, that train has left the station. No disrespect in any way, I just put out a brand new album. Why would I put out a song that’s been out for 3 years? Come on guys.”

No mainstream record label would distribute “Vultures” and YouTube doesn’t seem to mind either about what West has done. They’re hosting him. YouTube is owned by Google, which if it leaves “Vultures” up is giving its approval to West’s disgusting behavior.

Nicki’s situation seems to be fluid. I guess we’ll find out more on Friday. Meantime, Kanye uses an cover of a Backstreet Boys song written by Max Martin. It’s hard to imagine Martin gave him permission. And what the other credits are — we may have to wait to read the liner notes on the $40 vinyl. LOL. West is selling some kind of sock shoe on his website for two hundred dollars. There really is a sucker born every minute.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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