For reasons good, bad, ugly, and everything in between, 2022 was one for the record books!

Now, as the year draws to a close, That Grape Juice is reflecting on the occasions that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop cultural landscape as we know it.

Next, we’re looking back at the celebrity scandals, beefs, and disses that kept us glued to screens all year long.

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The talk of the week was undoubtedly the social media smackdown between Latto and her “former idol” Nicki Minaj!

What started as a discussion around “industry politics” and the recently kicked off GRAMMY voting process that saw Minaj’s #1 hit, ‘Super Freaky Girl,’ booted from Rap categories to Pop turned into a virtual brawl between the two rappers with major disses flying both ways (as we reported extensively).

As their respective fan groups continue to duke it out on the Web, some industry figures – like CHIKA and now Amber Rose – are throwing their two cents in on the matter.

While CHIKA took aim at Minaj and her “annoying” fans (affectionately called Barbz), Rose is taking more of a Switzerland route by encouraging peace between the dueling divas.  Look inside to see what the model-actress had to say.

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Latto just poured fuel on the flames of her fiery feud with Nicki Minaj. 

As reported, the femcees have been locked in a public spat after Minaj bemoaned her placement in the Pop category of GRAMMY nomination consideration with ‘Super Freaky Girl’ while the rising rapper’s smash ‘Big Energy’ was allowed to remain in the Rap pool.

Insults have flown aplenty, with many of the jabs veering beyond the professional onto personal terrain.

Now, Latto has lit a fresh match but sharing audio from a call between her and Onika – in which she stresses: “you’re subtweeting me for no reason.” A war of words that was, private until now, ensued.

Check it out below…

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Nicki Minaj and Latto have been at loggerheads for hours on social media and the flames have intensified with fresh discourse on the topic of…rapists.

As reported, a fiery war of words ignited online between the femcees after Minaj bemoaned her song ‘Super Freaky Girl’ being shifted to the Pop category pool for GRAMMY nomination consideration – while highlighting that Latto’s ‘Big Energy’ is being allowed to remain in the Rap sphere.

More jabs have been thrown than a Mike Tyson fight, with the ladies branding each other “Scratch Off,’ “Super Freaky Grandma,” and more.

Now, “rapist” claims are being thrown – with Dr. Luke (who produced both tracks) being roped into the melee as well as Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty and brother Jelani Maraj.

It’s notable in light of the sexual assault convictions held by Petty and Jelani and the well-documented (and ongoing) legal drama hitmaker Luke is embroiled in with Kesha.

See what the rappers had to say below…

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The social media smackdown between Nicki Minaj and Latto continues hours after its kick off Thursday night (October 13).

As we reported here, the virtual fisticuffs began when the former took to Twitter to vent about her #1 hit, the Rick James-sampling Rap song ‘Super Freaky Girl,’ being moved to Pop categories in the GRAMMYs’ initial voting process for its 2023 ceremony.

After suggesting that Latto‘s breakout hit, ‘Big Energy,’ be given the same treatment by the Recording Academy, the two engaged in a fiery exchange that led to the rising rapstress refer to Nicki as an old bully.

The 39-year-old didn’t let the ageist quip go so easily, however.  Look inside to see how she clapped back.

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It’s giving…girlfight!

After Nicki Minaj revealed she felt some kinda way about her inaugural Hot 100 #1 hit, ‘Super Freaky Girl,’ being booted from Rap to Pop categories in the 2023 GRAMMYs’ initial voting process, as revealed Thursday (October 13), she also suggested Latto‘s similarly styled smash – ‘Big Energy’ – be given the same energy from the Recording Academy.

And while the slick diss wasn’t given much attention at the time of its first post, Latto came in guns blazing after Minaj – her former idol – suggested the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Da Souf’ should’ve made more of a royal fuss when ‘Super’ was given the Pop treatment.

What ensued afterward was a Twitter smackdown between the Rap divas. See it inside.

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Latto has long expressed her love for Nicki Minaj. However, it appears some of the rapper’s fans aren’t too enamored with the ‘Big Energy’ performer.

And it all centers on comments made during a resurfaced interview. Indeed, for a sect of the Barbz, ‘It’s Givin” …shade.

Full story below…

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Female rap will be live and in full effect at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival.

The highly anticipated annual event, which courts some of the biggest names in music to line its performance roster, may be bigger and better than ever thanks to securing the likes of Nicki Minaj, Latto, and Megan Thee Stallion to be its leading Hip Hop contributors.

They aren’t the only Urban acts set to rock the festival when it takes over the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, however.

Look inside to see the who’s who slated to hit the stage over the two-day fest.

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Nicki Minaj may be at the apex of the Rap game, but she’s not averse to showing love to those on the come up.

Case in point Mulatto. 

Full story below…

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Mulatto is on the move and the direction is up!

The rising femcee has been hot on the lips of the masses thanks to bops such as ‘B*tch From Da Souf’ and ‘In n Out.’

Now, she’s set to make a splash on-stage at the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards. 

Ahead of the ceremony (which premieres tonight), That Grape Juice‘s Shar Jossell caught up with Mulatto for an EXCLUSIVE fun-filled chat.

During the sit-down, the rapper opened up about her journey, loving Nicki Minaj and wanting to collaborate with her, and her performance at the Hip-Hop Awards.

Watch above and be sure to tune in to the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Even the self-proclaimed Queen of Da Souf bows down to Rap Queen Nicki Minaj.

Citing the GRAMMY nominee as her biggest inspiration, newcomer Mulatto – who recently celebrated earning her first Gold record as well as inclusion in XXL’s coveted 2020 Freshman (as we reported here) – sang the Harajuku Barbie’s praises in a recent sit down with Hot 97.

Hot on the promo trail for her August 21-released debut album (click here to stream), Big ‘Latto dished on receiving a co-sign from Minaj in the past – a feat that only amplified her desire to collaborate with Young Money maven.

Hear it from her lips inside:

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The BET Awards is back and set to blaze on Sunday, June 30.

As always, all eyes are on who’ll be up for nominations at Black entertainment’s biggest calendar night.

Well, wonder no more. For, the nominees list has been unveiled.

After achieving ample success with back-to-back releases, Drake leads with seven nominations. Nicki Minaj follows with a whopping six nods.

The likes of Victoria Monét, Beyonce, SZA, and Megan Thee Stallion all make their presence felt with multiple nominations apiece.

What are you waiting for? The full list of nominations is below…

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