Is Nicki Minaj really getting paid?

Is Nicki Minaj really getting paid?


The birth name of Nicki Minaj is Onika Tanja Maraj. She was born in Trinidad but raise since 5 years old in Jamaica-Queens New York.  She is signed with Young Money and will be distributed by Universal Motown.


However what I noticed is she is one of the most played artists on the radio, yet neither her birth name nor pseudonymous name shows up in queries with BMI, ASCAP or SESAC.  Sure you can have management handle these affairs, but still it should be in your name.


When you look up songs she performed it never give her credits as a writer or co-writer, so I had to ask myself is Nicki Minaj really getting paid or is she just another voice on everybody’s tracks but her own?


I mean everybody knows that the real money these days is in royalties.  Out of the Lil Wayne crew you often see his name on all kinds of records and even Drake shows up on a regular, but Nicki Minaj name is nowhere to be seen.


I hope I am wrong but Nicki Minaj is a probably just a voice at the studio to put on tracks.  You hear her all day on the radio yet she does not get a dime from the airplay.  She goes to the radio stations to get the songs played by whatever means and even has to pay people to perform her songs on stage.  This is a sad day in music.


We will not make the same mistake with NaQuila, aka Stackz 2020 and Female Gotti, who is registered with ASCAP and also co-writes most of her material.  NaQuila is no Nicki, neither in persona or business etiquette.   She is also signed with Universal Music Group under Involved Records. 


Nicki Minaj is the common example of an artist being pimped for a new dress, makeup and a car and maybe a temporary dwelling place contingent to continued cooperation.


I guess Lil Wayne tells her we will take care of you, so you have nothing to worry about.  But in reality she should be taking care of herself.  This is a shame but who is the blame?



NaQuila Prepares for Album Release

NaQuila Prepares for Album Release


Paul proposed a deal & NaQuila requested a continuance. 


NaQuila a resilient woman with so much on the plate regains focus.  There are so many details that have to be worked out.  I think the mistake a lot of producer’s and artist’s relationships make is to allow personal feelings to get in the way of business.  That is why Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson could not create a new hit.  I will not make the same mistake with NaQuila


It is my opinion that NaQuila, whom is the “Q” of 2020, has an opportunity to explode into the stratosphere if she does not abandon ship.   On court documents NaQuila musical genre was referred to as Pop/Political a new genre recognized by Homeland Security as a new way to reach and influence young minds. 


Not all politically popular music is USA friendly or God friendly, NaQuila is both.  With the mention of truth as the foundation to song structure the album sends out a strong message.  The Capstone Zulu BETA Project has been very informative, as it is moving up the charts prior to its actual release.


NaQuila on the other hand is a performer by song, dance and acting.  There are several options out there for her highly anticipated release in the political arena.  There is a possible world tour through the USO, doing GI night clubs and local venues.  There are so many opportunities open to her as she has gained celebrity status before her actual release through controversial blogs in a strong network.


Everything is in place as NaQuila is getting active again, losing weight, under pressure to act and being prepared for the long and lonely road called working in the music industry.  There will be lonely nights in the hotel, constant traveling and late nights under tight security.  Because the stuff she is singing about is going to raise eyebrows.  


Frank Paul Gambino Productions

Influencers Hidden Secrets


The circle of influencers and their success by manipulation is getting old.  Reality is not even real anymore.  You have reality TV hoes and camcorder freaks, by staying in front of a camera for publicity.  There is not too much a person will not do in Hollywood, but it gets deeper.


People think real gangsters are a bunch of fly dressing showboats; nothing is further from the truth.  Companies like All-Good Entertainment, Clear Channel Communications and Live Nation, as well as Microsoft and Goggle are influencers.


Entertainment especially the record industry tends to get young kids to mold into stars.  They make them into antisocial figures and screw people up.  I mean take Michael Jackson and Lil Wayne both were normal looking people, and then they went crazy as one turned white and the other turned into a walking billboard to include facial paintings.  They made mega star status in return for self destruction.  And will be good for nothing once there careers ended, because a fast food restaurant would mess with them.  So knowing there limited abilities they keep people out of the game?  No it is not them but the freak creators Dr. Frankenstein. 


Then as a result they create demands for services.  People are buying tattoos like madness, because Hollywood condoned it and promoted it.  Meanwhile these kids think they are cool because they are getting paid, tattoos and all to include pants falling off their behinds, something symbolic of the prison institutionalized mentality.


The bottom line is this it does not always require talents to be successful in the corrupt Gay Mobbed up Hollywood; you just have to welling to fuck yourself up and by a pig and whore.  Hollywood is a bunch of slaves working for publicity and attention meaning fame.  Sure they are millionaires but the costs of living is outrageous for them to include stratospherically high security costs and if you do not pay for the protection the system does you like Lil Wayne and Michael Jackson and those people who you did not hire uses their influence to put you in jail or destroy your reputation or even put you to sleep.


Bottom line:  In Hollywood you pay to play, and have to surrender the wealth or it is taken from you.  It is the ones behind the scenes getting paid, these people we see often are victims of the system that recruited them before they were mature enough to make wise business decisions and they seem to always be trying to keep up and make the next hit record.  The case of Childhood stars!

Hollywood Energy Drinks Campaign

Hollywood Energy Drinks Campaign


Many start old and new are siding with Red Bull and Monster Energy Drinks.  Artists are filming videos, making jingles and full songs that mention one of the products.  It is anticipate monster red as being a major drink promoted by Stackz 2020.  Many artist such as P. Diddy, Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, Alicia keys, Beyonce, Jay Z then you have people like Chris Brown, Usher, Jermaine Dupri, the Time Band who is currently performing at the Flamingo in Vegas.


This is booked as being the event of the summer, with all types of giveaways and prizes and free energy drinks.  This campaign is a tie in with Live Nation, as Live realized energy drinks wakes up a crown and alcohol pit them to sleep.

NaQuila & Gambino find’s chemistry

NaQuila & Gambino find’s chemistry


After about 2 ½ months of dedicated and intensive studio work, it looks like we are starting to gain more focus on the nature of the material.  We are trying to develop what will be known as the 2020 sound and will try to flip more of NaQuila’s storylines into the lyrics.  So far we did a lot of political material but plan to try to drill more focus on as NaQuila would put it, “Seeing the world through my eyes and feeling my pain.”  I mean we know it is all about Sex, Love and Pain in the market and politics is taboo but that is what makes Stackz 2020 so damn special to the future of music, she is not afraid of the world affairs and truly has a loving heart.  But in reality I mean it is a story about a living nightmare of abusive situations in a man’s world that a strong black woman simply got tired of being afraid.  The question is where does it go from here and that is the NaQuila Drama to pay close attention to.


NaQuila L. Hardy “Stackz & Female Gotti” & Frank Paul Gambino plan to do in the area of 100 songs crossing many Genres of music.  NaQuila doesn’t feel she is one style of music, she does several styles and feels she is best represented as a Pop artist because she is able and willing to try about anything that has the 2020 sound regardless of genre. 


By the way the 2020 sound is not futuristic George Jetson FX, but music that is Stackz 2020 and Gambino approved, which is code for slamming stuff.


NaQuila is booked for a few shows in a couple of states and overseas and is working on a show not too extensive but representative of what she plans to present to the world in the near future.  We are in the process of mastering the first batch of songs and will put out a 4 song demo CD, for people to audition.  I think the project is developing well as we are using DAW technology and some of the technology is barely out of the Bata Stage as we are the pioneers of certain breakthroughs that will soon be the norm of future Digital Audio Workstations.


I think the project is just starting to mature and will get better with time like fine wine!


NaQuila L. Hardy was once a member of the Lil Wayne Cash Money entourage and Lil Wayne’s loss is Frank Paul Gambino and the Gambino Productions family gain.


Frank Paul Gambino


Janet Universal Music Group & Radio Airplay

Janet JacksonJanet Universal Music Group & Radio Airplay


During the Rock Witchu Tour I bought about all of Janet’s albums I did not already own and ended up with two “All for You” CD’s by accident, because I already had it.  However I think they blew a great opportunity; people like me never ever downloaded a song. Personally I buy the CD and convert it to MP-3 and keep the hard copy for storage and stereo use.  Yes I still listen to my stereo at home


If they would have made it a free download some people would have downloaded for the first time, to get the hang of it, plus it was billed a gift.  It could have been a reintroduction of Janet.  Good thing Universal Music Group is distributing it.  That leads me another question, being she is being released by Hip-O Records and A&M Records both Universal Music Group companies and was with Def Jam a Universal Music Group Company.  Which leads me to ask is Janet really independent or in-between record labels?  With all the Janet Hype, I would not be surprised if she is released again by a Universal Music Group Company in the future.


Furthermore I still have not heard the song on the radio, whereby when I am not on the home recording studio my favorite pastime is listening to the stereo and radio and messing with one of my computers sometimes at the same time.  I normally buy only my favorite artist these days unlike in my younger days when I bought all the hits, but I spend hours on the radio being at home or on my MP-3 Player on the move and I purchase consumer goods on a regular.  Commercials still influence my purchases or spending habits.


My Point:  Janet Jackson’s marketing team might be barking down the wrong tree, she needs radio airplay exposure, because that is what we do now.  We listen to the radio and buy bread and milk.  Janet’s main market is the radio and not digital downloads.  We are grown already!

Published in: on September 24, 2009 at 6:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Janet Jackson Greatest Hits Album to be released

Janet VMA PhotoJanet Jackson Greatest Hits Album to be released


Janet Jackson’s number ones greatest hits album a 2 CD set is to be released on November 17th, 2009.  It will be released on Hip-O Records a part of Universal Group, founded by Doug Morris in 1996.  Actually I have all of Janet’s albums, which I am aware of.  The funny thing is if you ever heard her best songs successively it is a great experience.  There are supposed to be a few new songs on the two CD set.


However I doubt if everyone has all of Janet’s albums and this is a chance to get up on her best songs, in a small package.  As Hip-O Records are known for putting out stuff hard to get a hold of and often puts out limited editions, being that is their Modus operandi (Protocol).  I mean the etiquette for dealing this type of repertoire is that the demand exceeds supply. 


There are presales taking place now, but there will probably be a limited amount of CD’s available at the local record stores and via the Internet on the day of the release.  I do not know I guess the die hard Janet fans have most of her stuff and will be in it for the new releases.  But for those who really do not know what all the hype is about Janet, people who want to know what the 80’s and 90’s was all about and want to enjoy a beautiful musical variety do not blow the opportunity of getting a copy of these CD’s, I guarantee you it will become a part of your rotation.  Janet is an amazing artist and I think she has another run.


Now on the other hand I have to say I was disappointed with the decision to go digital download for sale with “Make Me.”  It was billed as a gift and should have been a free download; however it will very likely be on the new greatest hits album.  But really I thought it was a gift as in something giving away.



Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jermaine Dupri (Peter Pan) Party has failed

imag0195Jermaine Dupri (Peter Pan) Party has failed


Jermaine Dupri gets a taste of his own medicine.  I mean on his self destructive journey he single handedly destroyed Janet Jackson’s career. From his whack productions to his mismanagement of her tour, to just the idea that she slept with him is so gross.  The associations help him dearly but screwed Janet all up.  Since her associations with the midget nothing went right for her starting with the Super Bowl SNAFU.


He became Mr. Jackson riding on her coattail as long as it lasted until she finally came to the realization that maybe this is not right.  He schemed and created a blogging network and would start rumors only to disclaim them to create his own world of lies and gossip to serve him and be a disservice to her.  When you read negative stuff about Janet it is him, playing both sides against the middle trying to make Janet think she depended on him, but meanwhile he was destroying everything we worked so hard to build.


Now “the chicken comes home to roost” and all that stupid shit he pulled is causing him problems.  He broke his ties with Universal Records during a bad economic hour and expected the Crew to support his party, which was clearly a conflict of interest.  And it is starting to look like Janet really came to her senses and dumped his ass; he is nothing but a sorry punk ass bitch.  Who do you think put out the rumor about nobody wants to buy Janet’s concert ticket when she said the bad economic crisis is hurting her tour?  I am willing to bet it was Jermaine’s blogging network.  Why?  To bring her down so he could control her?


No Universal Record Def Jam Family, no Jackson, Fox and Foxx all were no shows and the dance floor were half empty; all because of his silly shit.  Sometimes you do not know what you have until you lose it and this stupid bitch gave it away and he is not all that any damn way, be is just a spoiled Peter Pan.



Jermaine Dupri Super Bowl will it get Support?

jermaine-dupri-vi041Jermaine Dupri Super Bowl will it get Support?


Jermaine Dupri plans to host two parties in Tampa on January 30th and 31st, for the Super Bowl and there are supposed to be several celebrities at the event, to include Janet Jackson, the So So Def Jam Family, Jamie Foxx and Vivica Fox.  Tickets went on sale December 1st 2008.  So it is obvious that the many sponsors were betting on the relationship between Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri and the relationship between Jermaine Dupri and Universal records.  Unfortunately Janet and Jermaine may be on the rocks and for certain he is no longer a member of the So So Def Jam Universal Records Family, so for many of the people being billed as a part of the event they may have conflict of interest in showing up at this event and if they are not under contract may not find it in their best interest to show up.  Then again they can always call in sick.  So for the party goers if you just want to have a good time, this might be the place to be, but if you plan to be at the bars with stars your $300 to $600 may not be well spent, check the most recent itinerary.

The Jermaine Dupri Blame Game

MUSIC JERMAINE DUPRIThe Jermaine Dupri Blame Game


By: Frank Paul Gambino


Now it is all about Jermaine Dupri again, but unfortunately he tried to take all the credit counting the chips before they fall.  He is an executive producer of the Discipline Album in name, wrote many of the songs in name and named the tour after one of his songs.  Every time you read about him he has them mention Janet Jackson’s boyfriend.  Now he lost his job because of his decisions, but they point the finger at Janet Jackson and not at his poor managerial skills, poor judgment and bad decisions.


Well in the business world often the buck has to stop somewhere, I said earlier about his relationships with people like Janet Jackson and Little Bow Wow, Usher and the list goes on that they  were unethical in that as a member of Universal Management team, he was unlawfully or unethically fraternizing with the artists and he being a manager at the record company had to be aware of his unethical relationships.  Did he miss that managerial briefing?


I said it was dumb to have the franchise being Mariah and Janet compete, but this was his great idea to promote the artist, whereby having them work together would have promoted the label and unity among the artist, hell I would have had each of them featured on the others album, but he set a situation whereby one would fail and one did.


He choose to follow Janet all over the country playing cameraman trying to manage on the down-low instead of outwardly representing himself as the manager while everything went haywire.  He hired LL Cool J and Nelly, members of Universal Records, meanwhile LL Cool J was on his last album with the label that did not do well, due the same problem Janet Jackson faced lack of promotions.


It is obvious that Jermaine Dupri spent too much time at his celebrity attraction parties and being a Dee Jay (Disc Jockey) and not enough time in the boardrooms and now just because he did not do his job to be informed of the record company priorities (Missed that Meeting also?) and his errors in judgments, because of his obsession with an older woman, are we supposed to believe it is all her fault, just maybe he was in over his head and might get back to doing what he might be able to do well and that is make beats in the name of producer.


The rumor is not that he just got fired at Universal Records but got dumped by Janet Jackson who decided to count her losses, due to his poor managerial skills and lack of vision, so as he blame Janet for his failures and as he points the finger at her, there are three fingers pointing at him.  What is Janet supposed to do continue as if none of this happened and allow him to manage the rest of her tour?  He was giving the best in the industry to work with and turned it into shambles.  Janet Jackson’s career is on the verge of disaster all since screwing around with Jermaine Dupri. 


Sorry Jermaine if the buck stops at you, welcome to the world of middle management.  Now do not at a fool and blow your studio because it fed you before and can feed you again.  Then again this can be another Jermaine Dupri fabrication, but I hope not it is about time that Daddy’s boy pays for his mistakes.  This is only the beginning?