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.”

Nicki Minaj Released “Pills N Potions” and is About to Conquer the World with Heartbreak - Kyle Kramer for Noisey

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.

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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.

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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.