Derick G posted a recap of Nicki Minaj celebrating her album release at LIV Nightclub on April 8th in Miami, which you can watch above. Appearances in the video can be seen from Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Cortez Bryant, Troy Bless, Scaff Beezy, BP, Mystikal, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, Detail and Bobby V. You can check out more footage from the party here and view some photos here!
In related Nicki news, HHNM recently spoke with Ryan & Smitty, who are the producers of a song that appears on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded titled “HOV Lane“. They discussed the reaction of the record, how the Barbie got hold of the instrumental, and wanting to work with Weezy on Rebirth II.
HHNM: You have produced one of the most buzzed about tracks from Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album, ‘Hov Lane’. How has the reaction been so far?
Smitty: Oh it’s been awesome. So many people that we have grown up with and our industry peers have been tweeting and calling us to let us know that they are proud of us, congratulating us and all that. Even if you look at Twitter, you see so many people talking about the song. It almost feels like a cultural movement as opposed to being just a track. Because you will be hearing people say “I’m in the Hov Lane, you you you soul train”. So I feel it’s bigger than just a beat. It’s a movement.
HHNM: What is the background story for the beat? How did Nicki end up picking it? Were you in the studio with her when that was recorded?
Smitty: Actually One of our good friends, the homie Young Lo brought over Safaree who co-executive produced Nicki’s album, to our studio and took a liking to some of our stuff. And he encouraged us like “Yo you need to start sending beats to Nicki”. So me and Ryan got together and started making all kinds of crazy beats, with her in focus and the sound they wanted. Eventually we sent something to them. And Safaree hit us back saying she really likes it. From there, she had us make a couple of changes to the beat to make it for her liking and from there it was pretty much automatic. It was really exciting. Shows you how far proper connections can take you in the business.
Ryan: Yeah, what’s really cool about that beat is that we made it specifically for Nicki. There was no other artist intended. We wanted to get on her project and we did.
HHNM: Who is one artist that you really wish to work with sometime in the future?
Ryan: Lil Wayne.
HHNM: I see. What kinda sound do you wish to create for him?
Smitty: You know that should be really good because Ryan was actually in a Rock band back in his teens so we’d like to work on his Rebirth stuff. I think he’s gonna do Rebirth 2. I think it will be really great for us to work on that. Because me and Ryan, we’re like a two man band. I’m a drummer, he’s a guitar player and each of us can hop on keys and bass at any time. So it will be dope to do a rock sound for Lil Wayne. We think we can really contribute to that Rebirth 2 album if given the opportunity.