This week, Drake and Nicki Minaj got into some trouble. The Canadian rapper made waves when he publicly whined about Rolling Stone replacing him on their cover with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman. Minaj, on the other hand, got into a controversy when she released artwork for her new track “Looking Ass N***a”. All that and more below.

  • Drake Whines About Rolling Stone Cover: On Thursday, Drake slammed Rolling Stone magazine for putting the late Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover instead of him. The rapper, who’s usually praised for being such a gentleman, was crucified by the press who accused him of being a brat. Drake has since apologized, saying: ““The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment.” [via Billboard]

  • Karen O Set To Perform At Oscars: Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will perform at the Oscars. (Seriously, how cool is that?) She’ll sing her Oscar-nominated contribution to the Her soundtrack, titled “The Moon Song”. Below you’ll find a cool video featuring Karen O and filmmaker Spike Jonze performing “The Moon Song” together during KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Check it out:

[via Pitchfork]

  • New Nicki Minaj Music Video: Nicki Minaj released a new music video this week for “Lookin Ass N***a,” off her upcoming third album. Check it out:

Minaj also got into some trouble for the cover art of said song. The image features a photo of Malcolm X holding a rifle and looking out the window in his Queens, New York home. Since, Minaj has responded to critics saying: “What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass N—az? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single.”

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