Because who could blame you if you were? It’s got to be frustrating for you that one of the hottest, most influential rappers in the game right now is a woman. Nicki Minaj is talented, focused, and has turned herself into a global brand since you were nice enough to let her into a party about a decade ago. She’s not just an artist anymore, she’s a fragrance, she’s a lipstick, she’s a nail polish, she’s a daytime talk show meme—she’s built herself an empire of glamor and female empowerment. And in doing so, she’s in full control of her image and public perception. Truth be told, she doesn’t really need you or AllHipHop anymore, not when she’s got Instagram. That’s got to sting.
Vanessa Quilantan - STOP WORRYING ABOUT NICKI MINAJ’S ASS
Here’s the thing, though. When my imaginary daughter became a teenager, I’d stick her in a room and let her listen to nothing BUT Nicki Minaj. I would make her listen to Nicki Minaj growling, over and over, “I’m a motherfucking monster,” until she gets that it is perfectly okay, and in fact celebrated, to grow up as a woman who understands she owes nothing to any man.
You don’t want your daughter to see that album art? Man, I don’t want my daughter to grow up in a world with dudes who aren’t comfortable looking at a woman’s ass in public and understanding that it might not be there for them.
People often lament, and Chuck what’s-his-name is no exception, that Nicki Minaj has not been the second coming of Lauryn Hill. Because like, a woman can only have a brain in one way. Nicki Minaj has never been aiming at any kind of Lauryn Hill throne. She can cover herself head-to-toe in exclusively Nicki Minaj-branded items before she leaves the house to go throw down a show-stopping verse. I’m not pitting her against Lauryn Hill in any way, because it’s not a competition to see which kind of women have the right to succeed. I’m saying that from the beginning, Nicki Minaj was trying to be a whole different thing. She has built an empire specifically so that she can be completely in control of her own image, in charge of her own brand. Because as a woman in the entertainment industry, that is more than self-preservation. That is a requirement. What could possibly be worse than letting my daughter look up to a young woman, sitting at the top of a billion dollar empire, completely in control of her own image and her expressions of her sexuality? Letting her listen to her daddy tell her that she might not become the kind of woman he wants her to be if she looks up to a woman like that - a self-possessed, smart business women like Nick Minaj.
The great part about this response is that it responds to the best part of that letter. There’s something hilarious about the way that letter starts out. "I’m Chuck. I’m the owner of AllHipHop.com." Like, fool, you’re already admitting that Nicki Minaj gives no shits about you. Nicki Minaj gives no shits if you’re the owner of AllHipHop.com. She no longer needs AllHipHop.com. She no longer needs them for publicity and she no longer has to listen to them tell her how or how not to be a rapper.
When he’s asking her to somehow transcend what people expect of her, this hits back to what society, and those writing the checks (“I own AllHipHop.com”), have been always been asking women to do - what they want them to do. Strong displays of female sexuality are only okay when they are under the control of the man getting the cut. Sell yourself as a sex object, but only the way we tell you to. Be smart, but not smarter than we are. Be pretty, but don’t threaten us.
Man, we all need Nicki Minaj because Nicki Minaj laughs in their faces and says FUCK NO. I’m a motherfucking monster.
We want everything from Nicki Minaj. We want Nicki Minaj to spit incredible bars. We want Nicki Minaj to be the biggest pop star in the world. We want her to never pander yet still appeal to her “core fans” of real hip-hop heads and also her “core fans” of teenage girls (and a ton of other people) who love sugary pop. The more Nicki does one of these things, the more we want her to do the other.
As much as I love Nicki—as the best, most inventive rapper working right now, as the fantastically over-the-top, frenetically varied pop persona—I will admit that she has achieved this perfect balance, this ideal melding of everything she represents, exactly once, on “Super Bass.”
Substitute “women” for “Nicki Minaj” in that quote and understand why she means so much to me. Then substitute those specific nouns and verbs with anything from your own life and understand why she should mean so much to all of us.
Nicki Minaj released a break up song that is mostly about drugs and getting over your bruised ego for your own selfish reasons, that is a rap song with a pop hook that’s also kind of a motivational anthem and you can hear Ester Dean all over it.
It’s not exaggerating to say that if I don’t like The Pinkprint, personally, it will ruin my year because I will still spend the rest of my days defending it too loudly in bars by calling everyone who hates on it a misogynist.
Like, I just really hope I like it.
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.
She likes to play different characters. So I don’t know what’s going on there,
President Obama, ["…Obama said, sounding knowledgeable about Minaj,"] when asked whether or not he thought Nicki Minaj had endorsed Mitt Romney.
President Obama knows what’s up.
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.
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.