Nicki and her team are banking on “Anaconda” to breathe new life into the hip-pop diva’s return to the music scene, which is set to kick off with the release of the raptress’ third solo album “Pink Print.”
“Pink Print’s” first single, “Pills and Potions,” has so far failed to live up to the hype of previous singles, and has somewhat struggled on the charts, topping out at number 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Interestingly enough, the single has sold over 425,000 copies since its release on May 21st, a more than respectable amount for any artist these days.
Nicki has also been dealing with quite a bit of backlash as of late, including reports of her being jealous of upstart Iggy Azlea, and most recently, her bootylicious cover art for “Anaconda.”
Nicki has been quite vocal about her recent detractors via Twitter, citing bigotry as the cause for the media’s sudden attacks on her and lovey-dovey attitude towards Azlea. “Racism is alive and well,” Nicki tweeted last week. Adding “Some people have to put in work. Others get to cut corners. We see it but don’t say it. Welcome to real world.”
Nicki didn’t explicitly aim her comments at the press’ sudden adoration of Azlea, a white female rapper from Australia, but we all know who she was talking about and not a word of it was false.
Though not a Nicki fan myself, I recognize how the media at large seems to go wild for whites who enter and excel at fields predominately dominated by blacks. Yeah, they may have liked Nicki, but they love a white girl posing as a black girl even more… I’m looking at you too Kim K.
Which leads me to Nicki’s most recent controversy, the cover photo she chose to use for her “Anaconda” single. You have all seen it- Nicki in a pink thong giving the world a most glorious view of her Trinidadian assets.
Within minutes of unveiling the pic, Nicki was inundated with insults, many of them calling the image “tasteless,” “vulgar” and “without class.” Nicki shot back with a montage of photos via Instagram juxtaposing her image with those of little bootied white women featured in Sports Illustrated yearly swimsuit issue.
Nicki pointed out how her image was no different than many of those featured in the magazine, and that those women’s bodies were never demonized with words like vulgar. Instead they are called beautiful, erotic and sexy.
The cover controversy continued today when AllHipHop founder, Chuck Creekmur, chastised Nicki for sending the wrong message to young girls, his daughter included. Creekmur apparently thinks Nicki’s bare bottom is bad for the female youth of America. Clearly he hasn’t listened to her lyrics which are filled to the brim with words like bitch, nigga and hoe.
Despite the setbacks, Nicki sent out another tweet today saying she is “growing as an artist” and “striving for greatness.”
Good for her… I guess.
Anaconda art via: Minaj Designz.