Minaj clad in her all-pink barbie persona took the stage at Mtv’s VMAs to perform a 10-minute medley. The performance seemed lack lustered with Minaj only rapping partially on most of the songs that we featured like Anaconda, Super Bass, and Super Freaky Girl. If you have been watching her live performances throughout her career however, this is what we normally get. The female Queens native rapper received the iconic video music award for her work through the years. Her on screen persona is more visually stimulating that her live rap performances.
In her speech, she thanked a bunch of artists many from Queens, who paved the way for her music and her brand. She missed Lil Kim completely. A long-standing conversation, Minaj and her barbz have claimed that Lil Kim isn’t a threat to the Young Money star but they’re collectively tired of giving her props. Many fans of hip hop have called out Minaj’s copycat persona of Lil Kim especially the pin-up barbie imagery. Lil Kim came out during the early 1990s and Minaj emerged a decade later.
In Hip Hop, female artists are held to a different standard than their male counterparts mainly, nakedness, in comparison with other musical genres like Pop and Rock. It’s only in hip hop music we find the negatives, why can’t female artists just get along, is what many listeners have wondered for years. Nicki and Kim are both New York City based rappers as well as Bronx natives like Remy Ma and Cardi B, this should have been a collective moment for hip hop in its entirety.
Congrats to Nicki on her career highlight win at last night’s vmas.