Bad girls make art that comes out of experience and not style. -Linda Goode Bryant
Have you seen the June/ July 2010 issue of VIBE magazine? It’s a double cover featuring Nicki Minaj and Erykah Badu. Both ladies are adorned in body paint. For Erykah it’s the kind inspired by the Indian henna work often seen on Hindu brides-to-be. Nicki’s body paint is more cartoonish than culturally based. Her entire upper body– ta-tas and all, are painted white to look like a form fitting bodysuit. One is organic homage, the other Murakami spectacle. Make no mistake they represent two distinct faces of Black female sexuality that permeates our culture today. In one corner you have the Barbie doll, bobble head, butt-up and boobs out brashness of Nicki Minaj. In the other corner there’s Erykah’s Queen mother, afroed, ankhed-down tease of curve and cleavage. No doubt either sister has a problem showing their as$ and their motivations may even be the same (record sales, buzz), but how their Black booties resonate within mainstream culture is a lil different.
Badu is a Bad Girl meaning she empowers and sets trends because she knows how to manipulate, allude and convolute around her bootyliciousness whereas Minaj surrenders her power by always giving up the reveal upfront. In this post-Luke, post-sex tape, post-Trina world, crotch shots don’t make you a rebel rouser; they just make you real regular. In VIBE, Erykah aka @fatbellybella states: “Society has a problem with female nudity when it is not packaged for the consumption of male entertainment. Then it becomes confusing.”
Meanwhile the Harajuku Barbie says in her interview, “I have to invent something to show that a girl can rap.” She then is quoted as spitting this for Lil Wayne: “I guess it’s my turn/ Maybe it’s time to put this pu**y on your sideburns.” Nah Naj, check yourself and check your rhymes. This only shows that a girl can prostitute herself for 8 bars of mediocrity. If it took Bush to bring about Obama then I am optimistic that Nicki Minaj’s popularity will bring back Lauryn Hill who will dead this nonsense.
- Here are 5 other reasons why Nicki Minaj is NOT a Bad Girl:
1. Her hardcore, multi-colored wig shtick has been done before and perfected by Lil Kim like 8 years ago. Imitators are never radical they are just redundant.
2. Because she changed her last name to Minaj. We get it. You like threesomes. Thank god you didn’t do Nicki Minaj a Trois, but seriously Onika Maraj is beautiful and has way more weight and resonance.
3. Because her bizarre outfits, affected voices and weird facial expressions are more Shrek than they cause wreck. Being animated is cool and totally in the tradition of hip-hop ala Ol Dirty Bastard, Busta Rhymes and Flavor Flav, but if you have no real character and skill to pull from you end up falling flat. 3-D is in baby grrrl. Recognize!
4. Because Diddy is her manager. C’mon son. She’ll be pop, dropped and a centerfold for poppycock before she’s ever hip-hop. See resume of Aubrey O’Day and Cassie for details. Shyne and Mase are also good references.
5. “Massive Attack”