Did It On 'Em: Nicki Minaj's Conversation On Race & Gender

Are listeners mad at Nicki Minaj using the so-called "N-word" or threatened she turned the tables on a male-focused theme that puts a few men in check?

Let’s make a few things clear before I dive into this op-ed:

1) “Looking Ass Nigga” tracks aren’t new. It’s a rhyme scheme that dates back over a decade.

Examples:

“Looking Ass Nigga: Houston Edition” (There are Ohio and Cleveland versions too)

Lil Kim “Lookin’ Ass Nigga Freestyle” (2010)

2) The Malcolm X cover treatment wasn’t the best move from a marketing standpoint, but at least she offered an apology within 36 hours of the release.

Via Nicki Minaj’s Instagram profile:

“What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as [sic] Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word ‘nigga’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘nigga’ behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you”

3) I don’t like the fact that I use the N-word, and I am one of those individuals that refuses to use it in public or mixed company. But I do and so do you. It is not going away, and it still has a negative connotation. Which brings us to the matter of this editorial. “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” slides Nicki Minaj back on the radar as a rapper and not just a pop star. Although she blends well into mainstream media (i.e. The Ellen Show appearances and fashion lines with retailers such as Kmart), she never fails to remind us that she is Queens bred with lyrics that speak to an audience begging for a female presence in Rap. I am a Nicki Minaj supporter—not because I think she is the best emcee of all time. I understand why she exists, and I agree that we need more female representation in the game. But I will not ignore the fact that she brings it on a track, whether it be solo or as a feature.

Cultural Appropriation & The Double Standard Used Against Nicki Minaj

Understand that the word nigga has power behind it, as our culture delves into its appropriation regardless of its negative origins. The theme of its use currently targets wack-ass dudes that ain’t about shit. Considering the amount of Rap tracks about bitches being greedy, ain’t about shit, needing to have that money, and respecting the dick, I am having a hard time feeling offended that Nicki took her turn with this. Removing every N-word aside, this track knocks. Lyrically, it’s a welcome return from Nicki’s pop princess adventures over the past few years.

For those that are upset and threatened by a woman using the N-word and coming at men in a straightforward way—that is a double standard. As a Rap and Hip Hop enthusiast, I have taken many a seat to men coming at my gender about my body, mouth, the way I should have sex, and how placing a drug in my drink is cool to do in the club. Are we mad at Nicki Minaj because she is using the N-word or are we threatened that an emcee, who happens to be female, turned the tables on a male-focused theme and decided to make a track that puts a few men in check?

Assessing how this track is disrespectful and perpetuates the demeaning of the Black race is one way to look at it. However, I cannot share sentiments for this backlash amongst fellow music heads that applaud French Montana, Gucci Mane, and Rick Ross on a constant basis. Why are we all up in arms when Nicki Minaj chose to keep it real on how ridiculous a group of grown men look drinking one bottle of Ciroc at a table? You can only get six pours out of it anyway. #factsonly

 

Mary Pryor is a transplanted Detroiter, living in Harlem, stuck in the early to mid 2000's due to her obsession with all things Dipset and Slum Village. She is a techie, music lovin' fashionista, boho health bad ass that has worked and written for Sony, MusicWorld, BET, Ebony, The Grio, Black Enterprise, Madame Noire, and Everyday Health. Follow her at @msmarypryor.

75 Comments

  • Truth Writer

    Nicki Minaj in her current form is a fraud. This whole debate is boring. The bar is so low for hip hop. When nicki can make a positive song that creates this kind of buzz then we've got something

  • Truth Writer

    This song is a moment but not a memory

  • Carolj Animae

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  • Carolj Animae

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  • Anonymous

    OH BOY A HIP HOP ARTICLE ABOUT RACE AND GENDER I'M SURE THIS WILL BE GOOD......................

  • J

    The attacks on the writer of this article is crazy and helps to prove a portion of what she is saying. How are we upset at one artist for doing what so many men have done before her. I'm not a fan, but the perspective makes sense. If the article causes you to send demeaning mesaages to the writer, then she is correct. You are angry for a different reason.

    • J

      Folks can't have an intelligent discussion anymore without throwing personal insults at folks. We are made at the use of the "N word" but read all the dirty demanding words in the thread. The excessive use of the "B word" as if it were the writer and Nicki's name. Clean your educated act up before pointing out societies faults.

    • HNIC

      blind, deaf , and dumb

  • Anonymous

    The controversies over this song were not to do with her use of the word "nigga". They were to do with juxtaposing the word "nigga" with a picture of Malcolm X, and with her use of the word "rape". I'd argue she's a victim of a double-standard with regard to both: the controversy over the Malcolm X picture is only as big as it is because she's marketed herself recently more as a pop artist - and a fairly safe, uncontroversial one at that; and the controversy over "rape" comes from a double-standard of her being female (Kanye was talking about "raping the game" 5 years ago and noone cared).

  • HNIC

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE, MARY. You honestly trying to pass that shit off as a genuine apology? No fucking knowledge of self.....further ingraining her minstrel show into mainstream Amerikkka. Brotha Malcolm is rolling in his grave. You CLEARLY missed the mark, MARY.

  • Huh

    Who the hell was upset about her using the N word? Has Nicki never used it before? Is she the 1st female MC to use it? This article is misleading nonsense. The only problem people had was the cover...totally unworthy of an "editorial". The black community needs to understand they can't stop the hypocritical avalanche they've started until they stop and look at themselves. Y'all started using the "N word" to spite white people, and now some realized how fucking stupid that is and some are just too used to using it that way and will never stop.

  • Anonymous

    The main controversy of this is Nicki Minaj dropped a hot song and she did HER way (she didn't cow tow to bullshit standards), and people love to hate no matter who the artist is.

  • RR

    Not sure what this article and author are reacting to. Who are all these people that are supposedly up in arms over this song/cover art/use of the "n" word? This song - though pretty dope in my opinion - came and went for the most part and no one really said much about it, save for the hour or two after it came out. This article is much ado about an issue that is non-existent.

  • OC

    I agree with the author. I think it's hilarious dudes are getting their feelings hurt over this

  • Andre

    And you know what the saddest thing is, a lot of these men in this comment section who are telling you to explicitly STFU, many of them have respect for the women of Hip/Hop from MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Mary J., Salt N Pepa, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, Eryka Badu, etc... and with this article you are slowly destroying the progress those women made to get women here, by defending Nicki Minaj who's calling out Men for being "fake" when her whole damn style is fake, everything from her standard of beauty, air brushed makeup, to her "Barbies" rip off from Lady Gaga, her Lil Kim style... she is fake and now you are here trying to give her license to call out others for being fake regardless of gender, race, or sexuality... Hypocrisy is Hypocrisy. If any aforementioned female MC had spit these bars, no one would give a damn, because they kept it 100% their whole career so they can have the license to call out "Lookin ass niggas" whenever, but when Nicki Minaj? Please... your self worth must've got lost on your way up to your high horse.

    • Andre

      Whether you meant it to be a "I have dream" esque op-ed or not, it came of as so, because you clearly take one women out of context for one song she did, that in all actuality I don't give a damn about, but when you start to say she is being unjustly scrutinized for her use of the N-word. You are clearly missing the judgements of men entirely. You are saying men are upset about her use of the N word and like your tittle say's putting us in "Check"... The fact is us MEN or even "Lookin ass niggas" have never had a problem when a WOMEN checks us. The problem in which I'm trying to get you to understand from a "MANS" perspective is that... a Fake Broad that has multiple personalities and is known to be a sex symbol, whom obviously sells herself as a sex object to become more popular and appeal to the male demographic that degrades herself all in the name of a "Honest" Days work is trying to PUT ANY MAN IN CHECK? Thats laughable. Thats absurd. You can ask any MAN if his mother was to tell him to "GROW THE FUCK UP" he may not listen, but he wouldn't be upset or irate at her for the sentiment as long that MOTHER was a REAL WOMAN. See thats where you op-ed missed big time, you made it seem like MEN have a double standard for WOMEN, NO we don't... real women can say what they want, when they want, however they want, because they come 100% real with their intentions. and same thing goes for Real MEN and Boys trying to act like men... You act as if Common didn't check Drake on his bogus Gangster "Catchin Bodies" B.S.... this is Hip/Hop where "Checkin niggas & women" is necessary and there is no discrimination of Gender, Race, Sexuality, or Religion everything is open season, but when you are in the wrong you deserve to get scrutinize like Nicki Minaj is getting right now. Like Nas, Common, & Jay-Z checked the Hip/Hop game at different times in the history of hip/hop "I Used to Love H.E.R." "Hip-Hop is Dead" (ringtone era) "D.O.A." (auto tune diss).. Imagine if Jibbs had spit "Hip Hop is dead" and Lil Wayne wrote "D.O.A."... Jibbs was making money off ringtone sales & wayne is getting cake off his auto tune garbage how are they going to diss what they represent and thats how Men and Hip/hop audience generally feels about NIcki Minaj "Lookin ass niggas" song... How is she going to disrespect trifling niggas and she a trifling ass woman. She makes money off that sharing bottles in the club lifestyle, that finance a whip thats out of your price range dream. Thats how she makes money selling that ill-conceived thought, The fuck is she degrading it for?? She is part of the entertainment business that perpetuates niggas to start selling dope so they can afford all the B.S. wardrobes, Louis V, Bugatti's, & etc talking about how Lookin ass niggas talking bout a ki, but they only got grams in the van... well what does Nicki Minaj think?.... you become Pablo Escobar over night. Niggas got to start somewhere. Right? "Talkin' 'bout ki's, say it's ki's in the van But he really move grams and he split it with his mans" Downing any man or woman for that fact is just disgusting. She is apart of the business that builds this Facade for us mere mortals to try to grasp. "By any means necessary" and then she writes a song dissing the dudes who are trying to live it? even if it means them faking it? She's basically taking their money and then making fun of them for even attempting to impersonate the lifestyle, absolutely disgusting...Now I don't spend time in the club, because I know better than to participate in that garbage lifestyle full of people trying to maintain some sort of reputation when in reality it doesn't matter, but degrading those people sounds like a bunch of garbage. I'll leave you with this. You say I'm still listening to 80-90's- early 2000's women MC's and "thats great" right? but how come you think its because Nicki Minaj is a women that people are upset over her use of the N word, because there are artist out there right now doing the same thing Nicki did and using the N word.... How bout Jean Grae? how bout Azealia Banks? there's even more that I could count, but none come straight to my mind the thing is i believe you just wanted to co-opt with this Nicki Minaj thing because she is popular and latch on to it as way to get your gender inequality message out using someone who is popular, but you damn well know she aint no saint and you damn well know its not about her gender and has everything to do with what she represents. This is why this kind of Feminist garbage sets women back, honestly You KNOW men aren't appalled over this whole "Lookin ass niggas" song because Nicki Minaj is a WOMEN using the N word? DO YOU actually believe that? This is why real WOMEN like yourself will continue falling back, when you continuously blame this issue on MEN's "discrimination of women" only further asking the Men of this community for confrontation. You'd catch more flies with honey, because you damn well know this couldn't be further from the truth. Men may have some discrimination of women, but in this situation it has absolutely nothing to do with Nicki Minaj's gender and absolutely everything to do with her Reputation.

    • Mary Pryor

      I didn't write this reply either by the way. Telling a woman to STFU when she has an opinion pretty much proves the point of my op-ed. You, although very expressive and well read yourself, are proving my point based on the disrespectful tone you chose to take with me, a woman, voicing my opinion, over a song. This is not the "I Have A Dream" speech nor was it meant to be. I am not defending Nicki for her profanity but addressing the fact that the double standard of women vs men in rap causes this to be blown way out of proportion.

    • Mary Pryor

      I think it's hysterical that you're throwing a hissy fit because of an article by comparing Nicki Minaj to other prominent female rap artists LOL. You've missed the entire point yet again. You're pretty much comparing apples to oranges, sir. Nicki is merely telling men to stop living a damn lie.

  • Andre

    Dear, Mary Pryor Who is saying they are upset of her use of the N word?.... most fans of hip/hop are not upset about the use of the word. It isn't even about the way she used the word, its the fact that she spent a whole song talking down on men in general and never giving any blame on the "looking ass bitches" perspective, never gave a definition to a "Lookin ass nigga" for example "look at y'all lookin ass niggas Stop looking at my ass, ass niggas looking at y'all lyin ass niggas" She says "looking ass niggas" need to stop looking at her ass, when thats probably what she markets most about herself and since that's what she advertises, why you calling out the niggas looking at your ass, when thats what you put out there in almost every music video. DAMN what a bunch of bullshit. That was a diss to every male that has watched her Music Videos... If the bitch wanted to be known for her lyricism instead of her ass, how bout she step up her bars and start wearing something other than G-Strings, & Bikinis in Music videos. Self respect for yo' Bullshit Feminist article. From reading the lyrics I want you to tell me what your take on the definition of a "Lookin ass nigga" is... because from what I can tell she say's she don't want no broke niggas, because she can't stand "Lookin ass niggas sharing the same bottle in the club ass niggas" or "In the club credit card scam ass niggas" then if the dude aint so broke, and even if "He flew me and my bitches out to dubai" he still a "looking ass nigga" so thats why Men in general are upset, because there is no definitive definition for a "Lookin' ass nigga" So take your Feminist bullshit on somewhere else, because this has nothing to do with her being a woman and everything to do with her failure to clearly define what a "looking ass nigga" is. and just so you know This isn't the first time this message has been tried. Lauryn Hill had the same message in "Doo Wop (That Thing)" except the reason no one was upset with her song was because she gave both perspectives of the entire duality of men vs. women. She said women need to respect themselves and men need to grow the fuck up, which is what Nicki tried to say, but obviously came off as stupid because her lyricism was straight trash and that is why you have this uproar about her crap song "looking ass nigga"... So before you try to bring Feminism into this whole debate, maybe you should look at the character you are defending, You chose to defend Nicki Minaj a self proclaimed sex symbol for your self righteous B.S. article? Please That Michigan diploma must be so far up your ass you can't even smell your own shit.

    • Your Name *

      Reification (Marxism)- involves separating out something from the original context in which it occurs, and placing it in another context, in which it lacks some or all of its original connections yet seems to have powers or attributes which in truth it does not have. Ex. Bitch- Female dog has been taken out of context and given to women and sometimes even men or just someone that's complaining. The power of the word shifts in a new direction. This same concept applies to the word nigga. I still call my Pops my nigga, my brother too, and we say it out of love. My dad had to deal with the KKK burning crosses in the front lawn when he was growing up in the south and he even he understands CONTEXT. Now in a rare defense of Nicki, who I don't fully condone I'll say this. Read Rules for Radicals, and think about Jay-Z going from drug dealer to CEO. Yes my nigga this requires you to do some RESEARCH I am not on the internet to teach anybody or argue, but Nicki just might be the silent killer that snuck in the game.

    • Mary Pryor

      First of all apologies. I didn't write that response. Someone is posing me with that last response. I don't call men bitch ass anything. I wasn't raised like that. Whomever decided to jump in as me. Please refrain from doing so again. Now - to address your item at hand. My degree shouldn't intimidate you. I went to college and I have proof that I take female representation in media seriously. That's it. I never said my degree made me better than you. IF YOU ASSUME that then you have some inner work to do because that is an insecurity factor that is coming out of you - not me. There can never be a Lauryn Hill nor is anyone dismissing that fact that L Boogie is dope. I would like to re-read the following line of my op-ed just so that we are clear: "3) I dont like the fact that I use the N-word, and I am one of those individuals that refuses to use it in public or mixed company. But I do and so do you. It is not going away, and it still has a negative connotation. Which brings us to the matter of this editorial. Lookin Ass Nigga slides Nicki Minaj back on the radar as a rapper and not just a pop star. Although she blends well into mainstream media (i.e. The Ellen Show appearances and fashion lines with retailers such as Kmart), she never fails to remind us that she is Queens bred with lyrics that speak to an audience begging for a female presence in Rap. I am a Nicki Minaj supporternot because I think she is the best emcee of all time. I understand why she exists, and I agree that we need more female representation in the game. But I will not ignore the fact that she brings it on a track, whether it be solo or as a feature." With that said and with what is currently out there - we are not living in 1998, 2002, or 1989. If you are still in that period of music I applaud you because those are truly the golden era of rap and hip hop. What I am stating is that the double standards of women using the n-word or any other vulgarities needs to be checked. Until we condemn everyone for being ridic when it comes to calling each other negative terms in music culture - I suggest slowing down when it comes to aiming shots at Nicki.

    • Mary Pryor

      And this is why bitch made niggas like you will never prosper with, let alone date, a woman. If you weren't too busy getting your panties tied in a fucking square knot, then you'd realize the point that I was trying to make. I was merely stating that most men should not try to live outside of a budget that they cannot afford.

  • Anonymous

    God this author is such garbage. Don't bring your insane feminine nonsense in here Mary Pryor. Fuck off. I ain't saying you don't deserve your rights but keep your mouth shut around me.

    • Mary Pryor

      That's okay with me. I don't want my mouth anywhere near your clap-infested penis. Probably looks like beef jerky anyway.

    • Mary Pryor

      Thanks for proving my point and showing that you clearly have no respect for women outside of your mother (I hope).

  • Anonymous

    MY BLACK BROTHERS THAT ARE STILL BROTHERS -- READ THIS ARTICLE AND UNDERSTAND THIS IS THE STATE OF THE BLACK WOMAN IN 2014. SHE HAS SUFFERED SO MUCH THAT SHE IS DRIVEN TO THIS LEVEL OF IMPRACTICALITY AND NARCISSISM

    • Mary Pryor

      Writing in all caps is a sign of instability. Also tell that your favor rapper the next time he calls a woman a 'bitch'.

  • Anonymous

    YOU ARE A FUCKING FAGGOT FOR THIS ARTICLE, AND YOU SHOULD NEVER WRITE ANOTHER ARTICLE IN YOUR LIFE. THIS ONE OR THE NEXT. THIS SILICONE INFESTED BITCH DISRESPECTED MALCOLM X, HER BOSS DISRESPECTED EMMET TILL, AND THEY NEED TO BE BOYCOTTED AND FUCKED OFF. END OF STORY.

  • Anonymous

    I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • Anonymous

    fuck outa here... this whole article is dumb

  • jg

    lol Wtf is this about honestly. Who here on a hiphop site has a problem with a RAPPER using the word NIGGA? Is it not the most common phrase in the industry? I would be more shocked if Nicki Minaj never used nigga. Secondly, what's wrong with sharing a bottle of Ciroc wit your niggaz? When niggas go to the club we ain't trying to get white girl wasted we're just trying to get a lil buzz so we can spit that game without feeling stupid.

    • wds

      you know what that means? that means they aint brothas no more. so stop calling your fellow black man your brother cuz they are certainly not. REMEMBER this website is white run

    • littlBLACKing

      this has to be a troll post right? RIGHT??? the n word is played out brotha. This might shock you but lots of blacks, myself included who enjoy hip-hop and coming to hip-hop sites are against the word being used in songs or durrin regular conversations. there lots of different brothas out here man please dont lump every one of us in the same catergory.

  • chillthrillz

    this dumb broad just dont get,,,,why do what other artist do or say,,,,,that makes you a follower and wack,,,,but hey i guess birds of a feather flock together,,,,,she should never consider herself trend setter,,cause she cops out,,,and uses other peoples reasons for saying or doing dumb as her own,,reasoning,,,,,pheww!!,,,this broad is a thick headed numb skull,,,,,geeezzz!!!

    • Mary Pryor

      An ellipsis [ ] proves to be a handy device when you're quoting material and you want to omit some words. The ellipsis consists of three evenly spaced dots (periods) with spaces between the ellipsis and surrounding letters or other marks. Let's take the sentence, "The ceremony honored twelve brilliant athletes from the Caribbean who were visiting the U.S." and leave out "from the Caribbean who were": The ceremony honored twelve brilliant athletes visiting the U.S. If the omission comes after the end of a sentence, the ellipsis will be placed after the period, making a total of four dots. See how that works? Notice that there is no space between the period and the last character of the sentence. The ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in the flow of a sentence and is especially useful in quoted speech: Juan thought and thought and then thought some more. "I'm wondering " Juan said, bemused. Note carefully the spacing of the ellipsis marks and the surrounding characters in the examples above. In mid-sentence, a space should appear between the first and last ellipsis marks and the surrounding letters. If a quotation is meant to trail off (as in Juan's bemused thought), leave a space between the last letter and the first ellipsis mark but do not include a period with the ellipsis marks.

  • Mary Pryor

    I love all of the comments that are coming in based on this piece. It's an editorial. Not a thesis on gender bias in Hip Hop. I wrote my 30 page thesis on that at the University of Michigan in 2003. If you want to read that hit me up. Given my 11+ years of experience marketing mainstream, underground, and rarely respected rap and hip hop, every artist has a fan based on their cultural experience. To dismiss Nicki because she used the 'N' word means that you should apply that clause to every urban themed track since its inception into our cultural lexicon. Which puts ATCQ, NWA, Kanye, Jay-Z, and a host of emcees in trouble. Anyone with a brain should have been up in arms over that Malcolm X cover. I am too. That was a bad move. There is no doubt about that. However, it is judgemental to throw stones at Nicki or anyone over use of the 'N' word given that we as a community had plenty of time to dead that trend and chose otherwise.

  • Anon

    This was a good article. A lot of the commenters seem to be upset that they themselves were using the exact double standard that Mary talks about without even realising. The truth is that songs like this should cause inner conflict because they sound ignorant and great at the same time. The side we choose to focus on normally reflects our mood at the time of hearing, or hearing about, such a song.

  • deejay

    why the fuck are you guys even talking about this? Talk about this STUPID SHIT and sleep on artists like J COLE?!

  • YongBossDude

    she really should stop using the n-word, it comes across as a bad look for her and her career.

  • Ballsdeep

    I swear this is the dumbest fucking article i have ever read on HHDX..

  • Cionfibed

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  • Anonymous

    i just want her to make some porn

  • Smitty

    Ignorance is ignorance whether it comes from a masculine or feminist perspective. What your basically saying is because many male rappers are ignorant and perpetuate negative influence through their music why can't a female rapper do the same. Lets not act like outrage of this type of music is exclusive to an instance where the rapper is female. The ignorance that is prevalent in mainstream hip hop is constantly pointed out trust me. I'm sure you can google and find a plethora of articles that point this out and more than likely its directed toward a male hip hop artist (i.e. Nelly "Tip Drill"; Rick Ross with the date rape drug, etc. just to name a few that are more well known) Just because she is a female rapper doesn't mean we don't call her on her bullshit either. First of all her attacks are shallow at best. Attacking guys sharing a bottle in the club. Well sorry everyone can't be ballers I guess that makes you a "looking ass nigga" if you don't have money to waste buying multiple bottles in the club. Or if your selling grams because she knows guys selling "keys in the villa" you are a "looking ass nigga". Or if your looking at her ass which she makes an effort to show off any chance she gets. Give me break! I would have had respect for it if she spoke about absentee fathers, or abusers, or denouncing the drug dealer mentality all together but she is not so lets not act like this is a serious peace of social commentary. I understand and respect the need for feminism but lets not let that get in the way of us looking at these things objectively and calling it for what it is. Trash content.

    • Smitty

      Oh You Mad I Shot a million holes in your weak arguments? lol Listen, I'm too grown to resort to disrespectful banter over the internet. You're probably a kid anyway. So let me explain. First of all you know nothing about me to proclaim that I have a "bum ass life" but if that what you would like to conjure with your imagination go right ahead and be my guest. Nobody is "talking shit' about Nicki! But I do vehemently disagree with what she did and I have the freedom to do so whether you want to hear it or not. I'm not hating or anything I love Nicki just on the strength that she is a strong black women doing her thing. But as such she is representing all black women and black culture at the highest level period and when she falls short of doing it in the right way I'll say something whether it changes anything or not. THAT GOES FOR MALE RAPPERS TOO!!! What!? I can't express my opinion in a respectful articulate manner? If thats the case why even write an article like this and open the conversation, which if nothing else I applaud Ms. Pryor. The effect should never be the impetus of action, remember that. Thats like saying-- that because saying something about Trayvon Martin is not going to change racism in this country there is no need to talk about it. Imagine if our great leaders had that mentality we would still be on the plantation. But what do I know I'm a "dumbass." No need for disrespect. If you can't hang regarding an intellectual conversation don't get mad just sit this one out. Its gone be okay. You're coming across as really bitter and thats never a good look. Bottom line is I'm holding hip hop accountable for the messages that they send to the youth, such as yourself and my students, which have many of you sooo misguided. So, in a sense, I'm doing this for you. We pushing positivity and progress and not all this ignorance and gender warfare bullshit between black men and black women that was implemented in the times of Jim Crow and is obviously still in play as manifested through this fiasco. Anyway I'm done with this forum I'll let you have the last word just make it count!

    • JSF

      At the end of the day Nicki DOESNT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT ANY OF YOU! You are spending time on an article about her and this bitch doesnt even know you exist. She just made 12 million dollars to be on one season of american idol. her fragrance was a #1 best seller, winning numerous awards. her clothing line is the best selling clothing line in k-mart.. every album shes put out has reached number 1 so far. Her movie with Cameron Diaz is coming out in April Her Myx Moscato was the best selling moscato of 2013.... Say what u want about her but at the end of the day the reality is there is absolutely NOTHING you can do to stop her. She always said she wanted to help build that bridge between hip hop and pop and shes doing a pretty good job at catering to both audiences. So whats the point in talking shit about her if its not gonna change anything.. Ya bums gotta go back to ur bum ass lives. And as for the song, she spitting real shit. Look pass the N word and look pass the Malcolm X art cover (which by the way wasnt the official art cover) and listen to the message that she's sending... And if u dont like it too bad. she still gonna make any type of music she wants and smittys dumbass or anyone else cant stop her.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! These lames REALLY are trying to turn this into a discussion about geneder. Muthafucka please! The bitch just using all of this for pubclity. Was rumored even before she released the cover of the single. She knows what shes doing. She tryna get a spark.

    • Smitty

      JSF -- First of all, just because you disagree with someone or with what they have done does not mean you dislike them. There are plenty of haters in the world and in many cases that is the motive for dissent; I assure you that is not the case here. I'm not a huge fan but I do like some of her music and will grant that she is very talented. However, just because you are a fan or feminist supporter does not mean you have to justify everything she does because everything is not right and this is not right. Your interpretations of her lyrics I find to be off point because if you our "sharing a bottle in the club" how is that fronting or portraying a lifestyle you can't afford. That seems to me like saying "yo, I got bills so I am not buying a expensive ass club bottle for myself when we can all pitch in on one" seems to be the responsible thing to do. What is a "fake drug dealer" ? She's talking about in another article how real niggas thats selling weight calling her giving her props... thats bullshit. Cause the message you send to young black men is that I need to be selling weight instead of grams when the real message should be I don't need to be out here at all. Don't even get me started on the Malcolm X comparison she tried to pull. I like someone mentioned the Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop" song because that is a much better song for what you guys proclaim this to be about. It is what it is, go ahead and continue to celebrate black ignorance and gender warfare during Black History month. I'd rather hold hip hop accountable whether male or female.

    • JSF

      She's not attacking men who are on a budget. Shes speaking about men that are pretending to live a life that they can't afford. "Cant get a job so you plotting how to rob" "Frontin like u got a plan, boost mobile ass nigga" Shes putting these fake dudes on blast. Theres a lot of guys in these clubs throwing away money that they dont have to impress everyone. And theres a lot of fake drug dealers in these streets, She's saying don't pretend and act like your moving all this weight just to make yourself look good when in reality you just know a real drug dealer thats moving weight.... If you dont like her then just say you dont like her. Nicki can go to a homeless shelter and give away food and give away toys to poor kids and you guys will still find something wrong with her. Just be real YA DONT LIKE HER

    • Confused Reader

      I like your points and perspective. I agree. This wasn't a thorough article/argument to begin with

  • Anonymous

    this the most bias article

  • yoo

    THE BITCH WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE IS DUMB AF HOW SHE PUT THIS IS A RHYME SCHEME THAT DATES BACK OVER A DECADE -_- STOP TRYNA SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW SOMETHING WEN U DONT KNOW SHIT!!!!!! OHIO HOUSTON N CLEVELAND VERSIONS ALL SHOUT OUT HOTSTYLES (DO YOU REMEMBER THEM THE FIRST MF TO USE THAT SHIT? DOUBT IT CAUSE U DIDNT EVEN ADD THEM IN THIS) AND THEIR SONG CAME OUT IN 2008 CAN U NAME A MF OR SONG TO USE THAT RHYME SCHEME BEFORE THEN? HIPHOPDX NEEDS TO STOP USING SOME OF THESE WRITERS THEY BARELY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS GENRE OF MUSIC AND ITS PATHETIC IT MAKES THIS SITE LOOK WEAK

  • AJP

    The author needs to do a little more to convince me that any backlash against Nicki was due to her gender. Just about everything I've read about it (and the author even concedes on the point) stems from her use of the Malcolm photo. This is more like Wayne saying he's gonna "Beat the Pussy Up Like Emmitt Till" than anything else. And that's not saying the misogyny isn't there, because the industry and -- indeed -- America are filled with sexism. But there are a lot of sweeping generalizations in there. Is the Rick Ross/Gucci crowd the same group of people making those complaints? And Nicki's hardly the first woman to make such a song...where was the backlash to those?

  • Anonymous

    Excellent article Mary.

  • Anonymous

    She's mostly talk about "nigga's" without money. That's not really a diss to the people without money. It just shows she's shallow and cares about money way too much.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the article until I read the Bio and it said she liked Dipset. #fail

  • Clarence Fruster

    This was a great read Mary, succinct, fair & balanced. Something lacking when patriarchy discusses women. I also appreciate that Hip Hop DX would have a woman sound off as is wholly and SOLELY appropriate.

  • Anonymous

    'Are listeners mad at Nicki Minaj using the so-called "N-word" or threatened she turned the tables on a male-focused theme that puts a few men in check?' Re-write this....is this supposed to pull me in? Its like 3 sentences meshed into one. Nicki Minaj is repellant enough without lazy standfirsts.

  • Anon

    Didn't listen to the track.. won't. I was offended by her using Malcolm X's image for some trivial bullshit, but she apologized so it's done. No need to use "nigga" personally, it's inherently negative but won't judge those who do use it too harshly. Just have some respect and don't use it in public or around folks you don't know because it is offensive to a lot of people.