I wrote before about how people liked Remy Ma’s “ShETHER” because they don’t like Nicki. But I am compelled to write another article on the disdain for Nicki Minaj because the “I hate Nicki” train is annoying af.
I’m not some zealous fan of Nicki Minaj. I enjoy her music because Nicki Minaj was inspired by Lil’ Kim, Jay- Z, Lil’ Wayne, and Foxy Brown. With that combination, you get the " IT" factor. Nicki tweaked it with her own style, punchlines, flow, delivery, vocals, animation, wordplay, and wit. A lot of the new girls don't have that. I've seen what she's done and I respect it.
I was so excited for the release of Nicki’s new singles, “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” because I missed her ridiculously, cocky, sh!t talking raps. I have realized the thing I dig about Nicki is what most people hate about her. And their hate is based on misogyny and sexism. And women and men are guilty of it.
Men and women aren’t too keen of a woman who knows exactly who she is and is unabashedly aware of their fresh. A woman who talks sh!t and who talks about things that are unattainable for most people strips a woman from being relatable and she intimidates most.
This is nothing new; there are countless studies of men who don’t want a powerful women, they prefer a trophy wife as opposed to a boss babe. As much as women tote solitary, a woman must fit into their box of success; you can be popping but not too popping. Certain women believe you must be relatable to their vision of what success is.
Even when a woman worked hard to attain success, she cannot be too prideful. This holds true in the Hip-Hop industry where men are extremely egotistical.
Kodak Black- who is hard on the eyes can be overdosed on confidence. Fabulous- before he got his chipped tooth fix can spit braggadocious rhymes. Before the evolution and maturity of Jay-Z, he was a cocky rapper with modest looks.
People clapped for Young Thug confidently wearing a woman’s Gucci dress but women and men always judge women who are confident. A confident woman isn’t intimidating, she intimidates you.
I relate to Nicki Minaj because I’ve been called intimidating since high school. Like, seriously, bro, just because I’m in the tenth grade and in a Physics class doesn’t mean you have to be scared of my intelligence. I’m 15.
Or I get, “she thinks she’s so cute.” Like, I’m supposed to walk around with low self-esteem because you do.
Why does my confidence bother you? Am I supposed to dim my light for you to feel comfortable? Must I conform to society’s expectations of how a woman must behave? And do I have to like a someone who has no filter and is ratchet because it’s easy to relate it?
I don’t want easy.
There are loads of sophisticated and funny women I can admire.
Beyonce has been talking her sh!t and we stand by her. In the intro of “7/11”, Beyonce states that she is fresher than us and calls us a “hoe.” And we loved it!
Why is Nicki Minaj the bad guy? Is it because she refuses to slow down, she refuses to conform and refuses to play Hip-Hop checkers when it’s a game of chess.
There’s a quote that goes, “ what others say about you says more about them than you.” As a woman, ask yourself, “why does a woman making moves intimidate me? ” And as a man, ask yourself, “why am I so intimidated by a strong woman?”
The hate is old and annoying. “Here, get some haterade, get ya thirst quenched. “ - Nicki Minaj