Nicki Minaj got a lot of shit from the hip hop community when she went all ‘Starships’ on everyone, but she always vowed to get back on track and back to her rap roots on her next album, and she seems to be holding up her end of the bargain.
While I’ve only listened to her new single, ‘Pills N Potions’, once, it seems like it might be a grower. It’s a bit of an emo track, as far as these things go, but still fire on the verses and it really shows off what Nicki started off doing and what she does best: rapping. There are some layered vocals in there, as well (Nicki can actually SING, too!), so I’m intrigued, at the very least, as to what her next album is going to sound like.
Nicki Minaj seems to have gotten out of her crazy Barbie phase and is now into a more understated look, which really suits her – she’s a gorgeous girl. One thing that hasn’t left her, however, is her urge to strip down wherever, whenever… like in a new series of ads for Moscato. In particular her own brand, Myx Fusions Moscato.
She looks fantastic!
If there’s one celeb that loves a revealing/naked selfie, it’s Rihanna. However, this isn’t about her, it’s about Nicki Minaj, because she loves showing off her body just as much (I just don’t see as many of her shots since I don’t follow her on social media. Mistake?) and has been posting photo after photo of herself in the shower, without makeup and now, on vacation in Mexico.
I dunno what kinda filters homegirl uses (or who she has take the photos), but I think she looks great. I don’t really understand why we need to see 800 photos of celebrities doing everyday shit – especially when it comes from people who complain about not being able to have a private life because of their status. Nicki hasn’t done that in recent memory, but plenty of stars are guilty of that shit.
So what do you think of Mexico Nicki? Hot?
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.
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.
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.