By Morgan Taylor
I’m having an issue with Miss Nicki Minaj. Not because she decided to go pop and leave the street rap behind. Not because she decided to act crazy at the 2012 Grammys (which if you have not seen,
good for you I have been gracious enough to put the video below). But because she is trying to play both sides against the fence and I can see through it.
I’m about to take you back in time, circa ‘Beam Me Up Scotty.’ For those of you who do not know, ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ was the first mixtape of Miss Minaj’s that got national attention. It was hosted by prominent rap disc jockey, DJ Holiday and the Trapaholics. She released it in 2009 after getting the attention of Lil Wayne with her previous mixtape ‘Sucka Free’. The Nicki Minaj that rapped about drugs, sex and more sex is not the same rapper that is now singing ‘Starships.’ I fell in love with the Nicki I like to call ‘Mixtape Nicki.’ Mixtape Nicki released ‘Pink Friday’ in 2010. She had gone a different route but she was still a little on the mixtape side.
At some point between 2010 and now Miss Minaj transformed into ‘Pop Nicki’. While I am still a fan of Miss Minaj, I do not appreciate her COMPLETELY changing up her style on me… and not acknowledging the change. In all of Nicki Minaj’s interviews when asked about her new direction in music, she never owns up to the fact that the new music she has been putting out sounds nothing like her old music. She simply calls it a ‘progression’ and that she is still the same Nicki. I beg to differ. If she wants to branch off and try a new demographic, then I believe she needs to make a clean break. She cannot be both Katy Perry and Lil’ Kim.
While I have not bought her album yet, it has been described as half old Nicki and half new Nicki by music critics. In my humble opinion, I feel as that if she is being led in the pop genre direction, she needs to go all the way over; no half stepping allowed. When she comes out with lyrics like “I’m on the floor, floor / I love to dance /So give me more more, till I can’t stand /Get on the floor, floor/ Like it’s your last chance” and then turns around and releases a song with lyrics like this “B***** ain’t s*** and they ain’t say nothing / A hundred mother****** can’t tell me nothing / I beez in the trap, bee beez in the trap,” it’s not hard not to get confused.
Like I stated before, whatever direction she decides to go in, I will support her. I will still be a fan of her style, think she is gorgeous and not have a single regret about paying $100 to see her in concert. But I will say this, I miss Mixtape Nicki and I hope she finds her way back home.
‘Beez In the Trap’ *Explicit Language*