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I wrote about the way that Nicki’s incredible feminist statement of a music video for “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” is being conveniently ignored or misinterpreted by those that are angry about the Malcolm X single art. In my opinion, it’s really about Nicki not being “real hip-hop” or whatever (and a woman, duhhhh) and as a result, she’s not given the benefit of the doubt.

"In short, black pop has a long history of co-opting revolutionary imagery, and it’s curious that the buck stops at Nicki Minaj, an ambitious, complex female rapper who, hey, also happened to make a radically feminist video. Ignoring and misreading such an overtly political music video to start a campaign about how irresponsible and disrespectful she is — based on an image tossed onto Instagram and nothing more — feels intellectually lazy. In Nicki’s case, though, it seems particularly absurd, given her inarguable skills as an MC, her rarefied role as an empowered woman in hip-hop, and the release of one of the most explicitly feminist rap videos the mainstream has ever seen."

Gonna get all that tattooed on my forehead so everybody I see has to read it.

I’ve written a lot more words on Nicki Minaj than I really had time for today. Maybe this weekend I will edit them down and take some of the emotional language and commas and superfluous likes out of it and publish them here. But I just wanted you guys to know that yep, I do have thoughts on it. And obviously, nope, not ever gonna be mad about a video where Nicki’s dressing like that and pointing a bunch of guns at an anonymous white male face.

I’ve written a lot more words on Nicki Minaj than I really had time for today. Maybe this weekend I will edit them down and take some of the emotional language and commas and superfluous likes out of it and publish them here. But I just wanted you guys to know that yep, I do have thoughts on it. And obviously, nope, not ever gonna be mad about a video where Nicki’s dressing like that and pointing a bunch of guns at an anonymous white male face.

There’s a general level of respect that we as a rap-loving community should have when addressing a young woman who’s accomplished as much as Nicki Minaj, the same consideration blindly given to her male peers in the face of their respective missteps. When critics don’t offer Nicki at least that much courtesy, I understand why she isn’t shy to bring gender and race into the conversation—because what else could it be? You have to be mad that a black woman can do whatever the fuck she wants to have a problem with Nicki Minaj.

… We should applaud how that helps hip-hop add to a larger doctrine of great, powerful female artists. Purists should congratulate Nicki the most. It’s like rap nerds pulled an inside job by placing Nicki Minaj in the pop leagues.

Ernest Baker - NICKI MINAJ SHOULD NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR GOING POP

THIS ARTICLE IS MY EVERYTHING.

I haven’t seen any pictures of Nicki Minaj from last night on my dashboard yet, so I want to go on the record and say that this is the only acceptable way I’ve seen to wear Tommy Hilfiger since like, 1997. Tommy Hilfiger (the person) filled a table full of other guests whom he also dressed. One of them was Zooey Deschanel, and she looked vanilla as hell.
Some boring white model would have worn this dress with straight beige hair and a nude lip. But Nicki Minaj can wear the shit out of anything, and if she doesn’t get invited to the Met Gala every year so I can watch her get dressed, I’ll be infinitely disappointed.

I haven’t seen any pictures of Nicki Minaj from last night on my dashboard yet, so I want to go on the record and say that this is the only acceptable way I’ve seen to wear Tommy Hilfiger since like, 1997. Tommy Hilfiger (the person) filled a table full of other guests whom he also dressed. One of them was Zooey Deschanel, and she looked vanilla as hell.

Some boring white model would have worn this dress with straight beige hair and a nude lip. But Nicki Minaj can wear the shit out of anything, and if she doesn’t get invited to the Met Gala every year so I can watch her get dressed, I’ll be infinitely disappointed.

When you disrespect Nicki Minaj — and I don’t care if it was in front of 2,000 people, which can equate to 2 million people when it’s streaming live — you’re disrespecting my fans. See, I don’t have a problem with anyone saying what they have to say to me. But don’t make those 3 million people that downloaded ‘Starships’ or whatever they downloaded, don’t make them feel like they’re inferior in any way for their personal taste in music.


If it’s all love and you want the fans to see everyone, know that Nicki Minaj sold a lot of tickets for yesterday, and know that she deserves love and respect. And for you to single out one female on the bill, if that’s not some bitch-ass shit — for this person to single out the only female on the bill? I’m holding it down for women.

Nicki Minaj, discussing the Hot 97 Summer Jam situation with Funkmaster Flex.

The Five Best Moments from Nicki Minaj’s Hot 97 Rebuttal

Nicki Minaj does an excellent job of speaking to her own importance and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t need us to do it for her.

When’s the last time you read something at Gawker that was just completely on point? For me, it was this morning.

I’ve been attempting to write a long post on Nicki Minaj, and why we need Nicki’s narrative and why I, personally, can’t begrudge her career moves like Roman Reloaded simply because I’ve waited so long for a female emcee with a narrative like hers. Those are things I have feelings about, you guys. Really melodramatic feelings. The last several paragraphs of this debate do it nicely, though, so maybe I won’t.

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Nicki Minaj // Massive Attack (featuring Sean Garrett)

God, I used to throw so much hate on this track and I have absolutely no idea why because the part about the tom-toms is absolutely perfect. Now that Roman Reloaded has been leaked, I started listening to this, metaphorically shaking my fists at the sky and shouting, “REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES!”

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Whip It - Nicki Minaj 

From Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Nicki Minaj’s album leaked five days early and today is my last day of work. If I get anything done today and if I am not at least a little drunk by 5:30, I will be surprised and disappointed. I haven’t had enough time to listen to the entire album yet, but so far, I think I like it better than Pink Friday, and I definitely think it’s a stronger example of her creative ability.

via illuminatisfinest

I probably look obnoxious today. That’s how bright this lipstick is, even in the terrible fluorescent lighting in my office. This is the first lipstick that has ever changed my mood. I’ve worked around the clock this week; last night I fell asleep with my work computer in my bed. After wearing neon pink Nicki Minaj lipstick to work, I don’t feel like throwing forks at the wall for the first day in almost two weeks.
And I’ll fall asleep wearing it, too, so I wake up feeling like this tomorrow.
Good thing I drove to my old apartment last week to retrieve it from outside my building, essentially doing UPS’s job for them. The irony is that for the two years that I lived in that building, I called UPS and pleaded with them to leave my packages unattended outside while I was at work. Finally, they mis-delivered a package to the outside of my old building and just left it there. Now that’s customer service.

I probably look obnoxious today. That’s how bright this lipstick is, even in the terrible fluorescent lighting in my office. This is the first lipstick that has ever changed my mood. I’ve worked around the clock this week; last night I fell asleep with my work computer in my bed. After wearing neon pink Nicki Minaj lipstick to work, I don’t feel like throwing forks at the wall for the first day in almost two weeks.

And I’ll fall asleep wearing it, too, so I wake up feeling like this tomorrow.

Good thing I drove to my old apartment last week to retrieve it from outside my building, essentially doing UPS’s job for them. The irony is that for the two years that I lived in that building, I called UPS and pleaded with them to leave my packages unattended outside while I was at work. Finally, they mis-delivered a package to the outside of my old building and just left it there. Now that’s customer service.

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.