Apparently my best girl put out a video while I was busy working and driving home from work to work at home. I’m going to skip to the end - this is a visually arresting video, obviously Hype Williams is great, the cage is a loaded image that isn’t treated like one here, people are going to say she copied Lady Gaga, she did copy Lil Kim. The end.
Other than the obvious fact that I cringe whenever women use words like “hoe” to insult each other (and is “hoe” even one of those words that we are still using?) this video is basically what I do in my daydreams all day. Mostly the part where she is morphs into a leopard and gyrates back in forth while wearing various shades of neon.
Here’s a thing though. If you’re dissing Lil Kim and looking exactly like her in the same video, this guy named Sam Lansky and I are probably both going to hope you stop doing one of the things.
But when a parody of something is virtually indistinguishable from the thing being parodied, the whole point has a way of getting lost, and everything ends up just self-cannibalizing. That is, if you were indeed trying to throw some shade at Lil’ Kim, this video more aligns you with her than separates you from her.
This video looks a lot like a re-vamped, CGI version of Lil Kim. Not that there is anything wrong with that! There is nothing! I spent a lot of tortured, awkward years almost very literally praying for that very thing, so I know I can’t be a chooser! The double dutch thing is great, because a lot of this sounds like one of those double dutch rhymes from middle school. Double dutch is an under-used awesome thing to watch.
But Nicki also uses the word “hoe” over 40 times in 3 minutes, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever done, even in the deepest depths of my alcohol-induced misery after all of my boyfriends spent a month hooking up with all of my best friends.
The excessive use of the same awful line over and over in this song is sort of like my entire art major - Nicki has gotten really good at doing things she’s just okay at to avoid doing things she’s really good at, because that might not be as easy to like. Once you’re the only female on the Billboard charts, you can write verses all day. You don’t need to pander around with your hooks.
FEELINGS! Some of the lyrics are clever, most are disappointing, yeah yeah yeah Lana Del Ray.