It's not just hate. It seems that all of this hate comes exclusively from women. This blog entry was partially inspired by this Clutch Mag article as well as random tweets and blog posting that I come across in my web travels.
I ask this and I'm not even a Nicki Minaj fan, although I do see the talent. I tried listening to one of her mixtapes once and it was deleted from my hard drive after one listen. The funny part was that it wasn't deleted as a result of her performance, but moreso because she had way too many male guests that stunk.
I have read a few different criticisms. Some say her body is fake. What does that have to do with her music? At least it's not bad plastic surgery like Lil Kim, Janet Jackson or her brothers.
Some say they hate the silly faces she makes. It's funny, but I find them refreshing and comedic. The majority of women in music videos are trying way too hard to look sexy. At least Nicki switches it up a bit.
Others have said that she lacks talent. Which makes absolutely no sense to me. She's stolen the show on any track that I have heard her on (editor's note: she's typically on tracks with cats that suck). The whole lacking lyricism argument just isn't true. I love a lot of her punchlines and she seems to have a nice flow and presence as well. Hell, as far as we know she writes all of her own material. We can't say the same thing for Foxy Brown or Lil Kim's biggest hits.
The vacancy of female rap artists have made such an astounding impact on the hip-hop generation that the emergence of someone like Minaj presents a peculiar mix of unpreparedness and prediction. Minaj isn’t merely a Lil’ Kim clone, she is the 21st century inheritance of post-modern branding, technological advancement and hip-hop male desire. In a music genre where authenticity is everything, Minaj’s (and camp) diligent attempts at packaging a distinct female hip-hop presentation with borrowed Barbie nuances and a rehearsed dialect in tow raises questions around the Minaj underneath it all.Women complain about lack of female emcees, but do they support the women that are out there?
Hip-Hop might be dominated by men, but it seems that women control the purse strings. Over the years the music has become so cotton soft that it's ridiculous at times. It's to the point now that even r&b artists are being considered Hip-Hop and skinny jean wearers are running the game.
RaTheMC (pictured to the right), Nina B. or Na'Tee. Those three are just the ones that have been featured on this blog. If you're looking for a better class of female emcee, they maybe out there but are you buying their music, going to their shows, telling your friends about them or blogging them?
* RaTheMC image courtesy of Sneakshot aka Gravity508.
**No, Nicki has not been digitally lynched, but the title caught your attention, right?