Nicki Minaj‘s new song, ‘Lookin’ Ass N***a’, is pretty awful in a lot of ways, not least of which is her decision to use a photo of Malcom X as part of the artwork when the lyrics are all about how she’s (metaphorically, natch) “raping” people, and how she’ll never get with a man who doesn’t have a dick and all this other bullshit.
Of course, people weren’t too happy about that, so now she’s defended her decision (and removed the photo) on Instagram:
“What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single.
I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy.
I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you”
I do agree with her in re: the word in comparison to the culture (within the black community – white people are not involved in that conversation regardless of how much they might try to be), but this whole thing is a mess. The song, the Malcom X imagery, all of it. Oh, and the image may have been removed from Instagram, but it hasn’t been taken down from her official site.
February 14, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Nicki Minaj earned a nice chunk of cash American Idol for one season and released an album full of club tracks before taking a while off and telling people that she was over the whole ‘Starships’ phase of her career and was ready to get back in the rap game, where she started. This was exciting to hear – I was always a fan of her early mixtapes and while I don’t mind the radio-friendly dance songs, I was always missing that Nicki attitude.
So, when I heard she had released a new video/single called ‘Lookin’ Ass N***a’, I was on that shit like white on rice. And then… I was kinda underwhelmed? Sure, Nicki looks hot – but no one has ever claimed she doesn’t have curves for days and a bangin’ body. Sure, it’s vaguely “artistic” in that she’s sitting in a desert, shooting guns in black and white. But the song itself, I’m just not sold on yet.
Basically Nicki uses the track to blast lazy ass guys who lie about how well they’re doing but don’t actually have anything to brag about, and goes on to claim how they’ll never get anywhere near her. I’m into that – it’s a tale as old as time, it’s female empowerment, I’m on board. I just feel like the actual verses are slightly lazy from someone who can be a REALLY good rap lyricist with great flow.
If you’re not a hip hop fan, I don’t expect you’ll like this either way – but for those of you who have enjoyed some of what Nicki’s done before, what do you think of this track? It’s certainly a stepping stone on her way back to her rap roots, but I’m just not sure this is what I was hoping for.
February 13, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Lorde better get ready for another fight with a female singer, since she’s (sort of) dissing Nicki Minaj and Lana Del Rey (and Drake, too!) for their music. Lorde is known for the hit “Royals”, a song that starts with “I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh…” and she revealed what inspired her song about songs about opulence. From Interview magazine via HipHollywood:
Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, ‘How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.’
Dude, Lana Del Rey sings about blue jeans and video games, so I don’t know what the hell Lorde is thinking. But I agree with her other points. I wonder if Minaj will miss the point and take this personally and respond like she’s dealing with Mariah again.
I’m mostly team Lorde, but she had no ground to throw Lana under the bus with Nicki and Drake, especially since Ms. Del Rey praised Lorde saying she wished her album, Born To Die was as good as Lorde’s Pure Heroin. Personally, I think Lana’s is miles better, though Lorde’s is great. I think Lorde is crazy-talented. And fine, yes, I love Lana. The End.
November 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Miley Cyrus may be a “big star” at the moment due to her bullshit antics and willingness to get naked at every turn, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some artists who aren’t interested in her fuckery. Put Gwen Stefani‘s name at the top of that list. You see, Miley wanted to duet with Gwen for her album, but instead she ended up with Britney Spears because apparently that’s how God wanted it or something.
Songwriter Sean Garrett penned Miley’s ‘SMS’ track (which sucks, by the way), and explained to MTV News that they wanted both Gwen and Nicki Minaj on the track but Britney was the best they can do. No shade to Britney, bless her, but… she’s not necessarily the most discerning creature.
“The first name that we tossed around was Gwen Sefani. We were talking about Gwen because you know Gwen got that edge too, but that’s how God works. We were throwing around those ideas,” Garrett said on Wednesday (October 9) about the song he helped pen with Mike Will Made It. “Nicki, we were talking about putting Nicki on there too. That would’ve been nuts too, but I think that’s how God works, this was absolutely the right one.”
“It’s like five different things, it’s hip-hop, it’s the girls, it’s a female anthem, Salt-n-Pepa, Britney and Miley… people didn’t get that.”
First of all, no. Do not dare compare Miley’s corny ass to hip-hop greats like Salt-n-Pepa. Like, take their names out of your mouth. Second of all, God didn’t will Britney spears onto that song – I guarantee you both Gwen and Nicki gave it a big HELL NO and they just had to go with it.
I think Bangerz is quite good in very small parts. I like the singles, I like the opening track and there are one or two others on the album that are listenable, but some of it is downright offensive to ears to have to listen to. That ’4×4′ song with Nelly makes me want to throw myself out a window. ‘SMS’ is “okay” but there’s a reason those ladies didn’t take part in it, and I assure you the Lord had nothing to do with it.
October 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Though summer’s technically not over, I think it’s time to take a look back at everything that happened these summer months. There was a LOT. What do you think was the most shocking? The most WTF? The best fashion moment? Let’s vote!
In case you need a refresher, here are some links to these stories: (more…)
September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm by Catherine St. Ives
One could never accuse Nicki Minaj of a lack of self-confidence. In a way, it’s sort of refreshing, if not expected – especially for a female in rap – but that doesn’t make it any less obnoxious at times. Case in point: Nicki is releasing a new perfume range, entitled… (wait for it)… MINAJESTY. You know, like ‘Her Majesty’ but with Nicki’s name put in it, since she’s a Queen and runs this shit, etc. Insert eye-roll here.
I’m not a fan of celebrity fragrances (though admittedly, Jennifer Aniston‘s is rather nice) and don’t really understand why they all feel the need to release one. Sure, it’s another way to get easy money because God knows stans are desperate and will buy any shit their idol is pedaling, but it’s just not good.
Nicki released the photo of the bottle on her Instagram page on Monday, also revealing that it’ll be available this fall. Want to know what it smells like? Well, here’s her description of it:
“#Minajesty smells like a passionate love affair. Mysterious and sexy. An unforgettable and hypnotizing scent.”
Something tells me I’ll wish I could forget it. She collaborated with Elizabeth Arden (the company, not the person) on the smell, which features “sultry floral gourmand with luscious fruits and luxurious fresh florals, draped in creamy vanilla and pure musks”. Blech, I feel like vomiting already. Seriously, that description makes me feel nauseous.
Speak up – are there ANY good celebrity scents? If so, which are your favs and which are the absolute worst?