Nicki Minaj: To Hate Or Not To Hate?
Nicki Minaj will be in Houston tonight promoting her forthcoming debut album at Hush, a choice of venue that seems especially appropriate. This is good news for a lot of people. As these things tend to go, that means it's also bad news for a lot of people too.
Our wife hates Nicki Minaj. Hates her. She thinks she's stupid and fake and insulting. She has said these exact things. Matter of fact, this is the conversation we had when we asked how she felt about Minaj while looking at Nicki Minaj-related things on the Internet last night:
Wife: I hate her. I think she's stupid and fake and insulting. I can't believe people buy that schtick.
Us: Wait, but, okay, granted, she's not Janis Joplin. But you have to recognize that she's talented. Or that she's marketable, at least.
Wife: Marketable isn't the same thing as talented.
Us: Well, perhaps, but it's just as interesting.
Wife: You mean you like her?
Us: Uh, I don't hate her.
Wife [sigh]: You also eat potted meat. You're a moron. Do your work.
We suspect a lot of people feel that same way about Minaj. She is a curious creation.
She is unquestionably a good rapper; possibly the best one of the last decade. And she's commercially viable. "Your Love," the jolly, sing-songy single from her album that featured that black guy from Undisputed III dressed like a samurai in the video, made her the first female rapper in about a billion years to top Billboard's "Rap Songs" chart. In October, she had an obscene seven songs in Billboard's Hot 100 chart at the same time. Her verse on Kanye's "Monster" is arguably one of the year's best.
Still, the first thing that Google autofill offers up when you type her name into the search bar is "Nicki Minaj Booty." She encouraged the marketing of her own sexuality at the onset of her Young Money career. She's since argued otherwise, but anytime you pop up in a music video or two in little more than your panties and a wig it's kind of hard to successfully convince people you weren't doing exactly that. Now that she has the world's ear, she's a little hamstrung by it.