Her influence is getting out of control. I want to like her as a rapper but I can’t get past the “Barbie” references and the goofy flow. Actually, I used to like her as a rapper but that was back when she did street DVDs and mixtapes. However, I realize that the Nicki Minaj then wouldn’t be as popular as she is now if she hadn’t switched things up. I interviewed her some time in 2008 and we talked about how she wanted to break away from being seen as the sex pot and planned to do things differently. It’s working for her because now people talk more about her weird faces and voice inflections than whether her butt is fake or not, but I’m not a fan of what it’s doing to impressionable minds who can’t tell the difference between entertainment and reality.
I was on the train a couple of weeks ago and I noticed a group of young women who were probably in their early 20s. They looked like the typical NYC hoodrat glam chicks. They all had long straight weaves topped with Chinese-style bangs– like in the above pic–and since it’s cold, they were covered up so I couldn’t see what they were wearing underneath their Baby Phat bubble coats but the hair was enough. They were being obnoxious and talking extremely loud in high-pitched squeaky voices about one of their boyfriends who was “out of pocket” according to the disgruntled girlfriend and although the Northern hood chick accent is a universal, I noticed that the inflections were a lot more familiar but I couldn’t place them. Then, the girl who was complaining about her boy toy said, “I’m replacing him and hopping on my ninja bike because that’s what Barbie bitches do.” Bingo! Barbie bitch? Ninja bikes? On that note, watch this video that I snagged from the homie Michael Arceneaux:
Houston, we have a problem. Nicki is an image. Gimmicks. But these girls in real life…
This has to stop.