The other day I asked on Twitter for your thoughts about Nicki Minaj, and boy did I ever get them. A ton of thoughtful and animated responses both pro and con. I even got a response via DM from one of my favorite
female emcees, Invincible, so I’m posting her thoughts here along with a sampling of yours. You can hear our NPR segment on Nicki here, or the longer podcast version here.
Invincible (@invincibleDET): “I think she’s hyper-criticized because she’s the ONLY female/out emcee on major media so people expect her to represent all women and/or out emcees, and of course she doesn’t. That’s like if the only male straight emcee on major media was ODB (RIP) and people never heard the lyricism of the rest of the Wu unless they took the ferry to Staten Island and sought them out. The real issue is needing a wider spectrum of female and out emcees represented and included on a broader scale. That certainly does not mean every female or out emcee seeks the level of fame or corporate sponsorship she has, we all define success differently. At the same time there needs to be more support and attention given to a diversity of voices.”
@msemilylinn: Said it before, I’ll say it again: Nicki Minaj makes me want to stab someone in the eyeball.
@itsthereal Love her or hate her, she’s something different in hip-hop. Hopefully she opens the door to women we’d actually listen to.
@BrotherAliMpls: She’s actually got a lot of presence on the mic. Corny lines but that’s what her audience likes. (That rhymed. I do that.)
@Ngongang she is high fructose corn syrup
@_soulkhan: Nicki: “All women should feel empowered to be who they are (please disregard my extensive plastic surgery, though).” Furthermore, while animated, she is identical to everyone else’s in Young Money in terms of structure and delivery.
@spanphly: I’m that purist, backpacker living in the late 90′s and I think Nicki Minaj is dope!
@RaeSanni: i’m hoping you’ll join me in my unabashed support of Nicki! i find her barbie obsession/fetishization of her asian ancestry to be more troubling than her sexuality. i suspect a lot of the criticism of her is based on what i call “girl hate.” wmn who’ve accepted the ho/housewife dichotomy & are offended/threatened by women who reject the patriarchal constraints or embrace being a “ho.” girl hate is prevalent in hip-hop.
Note: There were many other answers I wanted to post but twitter’s not letting me search that far back. Greatly appreciated all your responses though!