…and the “Swag-Jacker of the Year” award goes tooooo Nicki Minaj! Most of you already know why, but for those who do not (including the few stubborn stans), read on.
When Nicki first stepped on the scene a few years back, the Queens, NY native seemed like any other tough New York chick. Back then, her lyrical style and swagger reminded me somewhat of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown’s, which was cool because it wasn’t anything major. Now in 2010, Nicki has been accused of jacking one of her favorite icons’ swag.
Though Nicki has expressed her appreciation for Lil’ Kim’s art and talents in many interviews, Kim does not agree with the phrase “Imitation Is The Best Form Of Flattery.” It seems as if Nicki (and her team) studied Kim’s career and found out what works and what didn’t work. From the colorful wigs and contacts, to the self-proclaimed “Barbie” title and even album covers, there’s no question that Nicki is a copycat!
Plenty of musicians like Chris Brown and Ciara reference Michael Jackson as one of their icons. Like MJ, the two young stars are amazing dancers and talented singers. They even act. But, you don’t see them going around rocking Jheri Curls, red leather motorcycles jackets with the “crazy zippers” and white gloves — unless they’re paying tribute to the late wonder.
If you let Nicki’s fans (aka Kens and Barbz) tell it, they’ll say something like, “Kim is washed up! Nicki’s bringing something fresh and new to Hip-Hop.” And any Lil’ Kim fan would then say, “Lil Kim is a legend, she is undeniably one of the hottest rappers to exist!”
I personally like Nicki Minaj. Mostly for her lyrical style. That, in my opinion, is what’s different about her. She used to rap hard, but now it’s just a bunch of stuff (words and thoughts) jumbled together, that may not necessarily make sense, but definitely sounds good over a hot beat. She’s a character, so I try not to take her seriously. She stated in a recent interview that Kim will be the one to “go down in history as a sore loser.” Though I like Nicki, that comment was extremely disrespectful. That’s like someone stripping you of everything you’re known for, then trying to front it as their own. I could’ve sworn identity theft was a federal offense! (LOL) My point is that Lil’ Kim isn’t dead, locked behind bars, or too old to re-establish a rap career, so why is it okay for someone to jack her style [totally]? When Beyonce referred to Tina Turner as the “Queen” at the 2008 Grammy Awards, Aretha Franklin definitely did not let that one slide, reminding everyone that it is she who is the “Queen [of Soul].” Not one person I know argued with that comment, and no one called her a “sore loser.”
“She can’t survive without a stylist. That’s the difference between me and her. What I am doing is not a gimmick. It’s not made up. It’s not fake.”
**Stay tuned for more “Best of 2010” posts!