To get the preliminaries out of the way, let me say first that hip-hop music has never been a strong market for women. Regardless, the foundations of rap music does include some incredible female acts who are still revered today (at least by real hip-hop heads), such as Queen Latifah, Salt ‘N Peppa, and MC Lite. Over the years, many female rappers have come and gone. Some deserved their claim to fame, while others did not. Missy Elliott released a whole set of chart-toppers throughout her career. Lauryn Hill proved women could rap and sing on the same album, and she did it beautifully. Eve, an affiliate of rapper DMX, dropped consistent albums that unfortunately went under the radar. However, others like Khia, who made their name known by crafting horrible songs that essentially degraded themselves and over sexualized women as a whole. Did anyone actually enjoy “My Neck, My Back?” Speaking of degradation and over “sexualization”, one female “artist” has exploded onto the scene over the past few years and is being quickly held as the best female rapper alive. Nicki Minaj is in no way, and never can be, the best female rapper alive.
Let’s pretend we live in a society where an artist’s lyrics are important for popularity and airplay. This may be a difficult concept to grasp, but hang with me. Now let’s also pretend that a person’s image is important for the media. The media likes a woman who is conscious and self-respecting in this fantasy world I’m crafting. Now where would Nicki Minaj be in this situation? Nowhere. She would be nowhere, because her lyrics are terrible, her image is terrible, and she is, overall, terrible. Her song “Super Bass,” goes like this: “I said excuse me you’re a hell of a guy, I mean my my my you’re like pelican fly. I mean you’re so shy and I’m loving your tie, you’re like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye.” That’s what is winning awards these days. To me, it is kind of sickening. The lyrics don’t get better. Another song, entitled “Stupid Hoe,” is just insane. I can’t mention hardly any of the lyrics to this song here because they are completely inappropriate. Even further, her verse in the remix to Big Sean’s “A$$” is one of the most horrible verses I’ve ever heard in my life. Once again, stating the lyrics is out of the question. They’re not clever. They’re not enlightening. They’re gross. This is what young girls are listening to now. This is what they aspire to be.
The main reasons behind Minaj’s fame are how weird she is, her emphasis when she raps, and her affiliation with Lil’ Wayne. Her outlandishness gives her undeserved attention. She’ll change her voice up to be squeaky or bark-like, and this causes the listener to barely understand what she’s saying. And by being in Lil’ Wayne’s circle, you’re guaranteed fame and airplay regardless of your skills. This is what propels Nicki Minaj. She’s not innovative or creative. She’s not special in anyway. She acts different because it gives her the attention that the masses can’t help but pour on to her. It makes me wonder if people actually listen to her lyrics at all. Well, she’s played on the radio constantly and is always in the mainstream eye, so she must be a respectable figure, right? It makes me angry to know that female artists like Jean Grae are barely known, while talentless gimmicks like Minaj are running the show.
Maybe she does have a song here and there with actual merit and worth. I have yet to hear it. Nicki Minaj is just an industry puppet, acting out for attention because she can. She only furthers the notion that women are objects whose main goal in life is to vie for sexual attention. Where are the strong females in this society? I know they’re out there. They’re just not welcome in the media. It’s sad that Nicki Minaj is an example for young girls to follow. I hope her fame dies down soon and she can be seen for the joke she really is. Something tells me this won’t happen.