The newest shock artist and perhaps the hottest thing to hit the music airwaves is a beautiful female rapper who goes by the name of Nicki Minaj. Turn on any popular radio station and you could probably catch several of her attitude induced spit-fire verses.
Nicki Minaj is of mixed ancestry which gives her that exotic look that we haven’t seen yet in the forefront of hip hop. Sure, we’ve seen thousands of exceptionally beautiful girls in hip hop music videos but, these women were just props. Tools to show that the rappers had money, power, and street cred. However, Nicki Minaj is a female rapper which already by itself has broken a stereotype placed on the male dominate rap scene. She is girl power personified. “I’m really telling every girl’s story. We all go through the same thing. So the album is gonna feel very personal to every female” (Wikipedia). Nicki Minaj has a universal appeal.
Nicki Minaj demands attention, be it good or bad. I think Nicki is a great role model for young women. She came on the scene when female rappers had stop being relevant. There was a void and the music industry knew that. Introducing Nicki to a world free to roam proved to be profitable. She is the first female rapper to have seven songs on the Billboard top 100 list simultaneously (RapRadar). To me Nicki is pop culture. She has a brand that shocks, amazes, and often times make you say “WHAT?!” at the top of your lungs. That kind of buzz can only be described as pop culture.
She calls herself Harajuku Barbie which endears her to girls and boys instantly. Whether you hated her, loved her, or was that unfortunate child who wasn’t allowed to play with her, Barbie is a pop icon, a universal brand, and a noun to describe females of power since her first appearance. Barbie has been a symbol of many controversies because of the way she is physically and how sexualized her image has become over the years. Nicki however, uses Barbie’s brand in a different way. Barbie for her, is that girl that could do anything and that is what she instills in her fans. Nicki Minaj’s image is very much like Barbie but, times 100 and seasoned with audacity.
Something new, something different, and something shocking. Today, America’s music industry is out to shock and to alarm the public and I can’t be more excited. Nicki has been at the top when it comes to her show-stopping outrageous get-ups. She’s been known to wear catsuits in an array of eye-popping colors and wigs as big as a small family’s apartment. You know what they say: the bigger the hair, the closer to God.
Her brand is crafted from sex and a “I do what I want” attitude but, also from a place of extreme creativity. Her curiously small waist and big back-end has made many people enamored and has stop traffic on many occasions. I think she knows how to play her assets and how to garner attention when needed. She harnesses her feminine wiles and is comfortable in her own body. She has since turned down her sex appeal saying, “I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that” (Wikipedia). I don’t think there is anything wrong with a woman doing what she wants with her own body.
Nicki Minaj is loud and proud of who she is. She is a self-proclaimed bisexual. She’s of mixed ancestry, Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry to be specific. She has been on the cover of Elle magazine. I think she is the first female rapper to do so. She’s been on Saturday Night Live and has actually performed on Dancing With The Stars as well. That kind of popularity and universal appeal makes her my pick for week nine’s topic. Although she is fairly new to the hip hop scene she has been making a splash comparable to a tsunami. Nicki Minaj is the new face of female empowerment because she says and does what she wants. And if you don’t agree with her you can join the ranks of her haters which includes Lil Kim. As Nicki once said, “Material girls like Madonna, Model for Donatella, Aint nothin you can tell her, Yeah she get the mozzarella.” Nicki Minaj definitely has that mozzarella.