Nicki Minaj, unarguably the hottest chick of the rap game, has bought a ticket to revisit hip hop for an upcoming album.
In a Hot 97 interview with Peter Rosenberg and Ebro Darden, Minaj revealed that she would be ditching the pop sound that made Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded worldwide successes.
“I can go back in and make another pop song [like Superbass] and I’m choosing not to do it,” Minaj told the morning show hosts. “I’m choosing to get back to my essence and just feed the core hip hop fans.”
That’s probably the best call. While Roman Reloaded did particularly well by making itself the top rap album sold in 2012, Minaj consequently came under fire for completely “selling out” for her sophomore album. The mesh of electro and feel-good music reached out to the mainstream crowd, but for those who examined hip hop? Not so much. A step back to her roots sounds refreshing.
The femme fatale is no stranger to hard-hitting hip hop either. She’s already got a style all to herself, willfully boasting animated behavior and gestures with vocal commands that give her a wide array of flexibility and entertainment value. Take a listen to her verse in Kanye West’s Monster and try not to bob your head.
Her part in Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire was pretty sick too. (Her rap starts at the beginning of the song. After that, skip to 2:56)
But even before that, Minaj’s mentality back before she hit it big was pure dog eat dog and her earlier flows make that evident. I’m personally a fan of the alter-ego persona and if she maintains that, she can put out a decent, if not superb, hip hop album. Only one question however: how will the mainstream culture react to music like this?Tags: Nicki Minaj