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.