A Letter To Nicki
Like Low I had the pleasure of meeting Nicki a few times one was in ohio at that same tour bus you slept on Drake was talking bout. I hate seeing what fame does to some people. They say it makes you who you really are but I don’t believe that’s who Onika Tanya Maraj really is. It was cool on America’s got Talent you weren’t doing interviews or taking pics But what really hit me was when Piers said you wouldn’t even say hello to his Kids who are huge fans of yours I was like man its really gone to her head. I can understand we all go through things but a 5 sec hello and wave wouldn’t have killed ya but would’ve meant the world to those kids so when I read LowKey’s letter I was glad someone pulled your collar to take a moment to let you know its so much bigger than you and how you are many’s 1st look into what they will perceive to be our culture. If you missed what LowKey from UHTN had to say look below
An EXORCISM my nigga? WORD?!!? Where do I begin? Oh, I know where: WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING LAST NIGHT? Ok, let me pump my chucks. Up until last night you’ve been doing things your way; pushing the envelope without stamping it. I can dig it. Wearing Popeye 2 pieces around your neck, gracing fashion magazines without hesitation, performing on the worlds BIGGEST stage, collaborating with legends- I’d be stupid to knock you for your relentless hustle. But last night? On CBS? I believe America witnessed a transition that didn’t go AS planned.
You’ve already defeated the odds. Let’s get that out the way, now. You’re a young, FEMALE! Words can’t even EXPRESS how much you’ve overcome with those labels hovering over you. But you’re a young BLACK female in a MALE dominant industry. You’re not even SUPPOSED to make it to where you’ve been in the past two weeks. Fuck the past two years, the past TWO WEEKS. A young BLACK FEMALE from the trenches of Queens, NY? You were written off before you even STARTED. That within itself garners so much respect. Pshhh, you’re on one right now.
But may I ask, what were you thinking last night? And I know, “It’s The Grammy’s” and you have to put your BEST foot forward to leave a memorable mark on music’s biggest stage…I get that. But there are still some folks who are rooting AGAINST you and furthermore have not even HEARD of you due to the disdain they have for our culture. I know you’re probably reading this (probably not, but I’m going to act like you are because I’m having a good morning lol) thinking WHO in THE FUCK is this computer nerd reading me my creative rights. Let me refresh your memory real quick.
Bout two and a half years ago, we met over at BET. This when you released the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape. Debra Antney over at Mizay Entertainment was pitching you to us and I took the interview. It was a great time. We flirted. You smiled. I laughed (5:50 mark). Usual shit. But what struck me was you were so humble and shocked that the world was taking to you at such a fast pace, ESPECIALLY Lil Wayne. After that interview, we would see each other and always show love. Daps, hugs, head nods…always something. But after that, you took THE fuck off. Like a rocket. Are you still that hungry?
I know success can be an addicting ass drug. I’ve tasted it, not enough of it…but I’ve tasted it. And BOY is it good. So I can only IMAGINE that shit you’re experiencing. BUT has that knocked off your hunger or increased it? Has it given you more leverage to climb into other lanes because you can or because you feel the culture that put you on that platform has nothing more to offer you? We’re not use to this Nicki Minaj…we don’t even hear you rap anymore. It’s almost like you’ve alienated the hip-hop paint without thinking twice. And believe me, I’m not asking you to stay in the hood in Queens and post up. Nope, definitely not asking you to do that….but where’s your connection with the culture?
Do you still feel one? Do you ever get the urge to pause your star power for a second, post up in the studio, scribble on a piece of paper and just rape someones beat? Or are you beyond that? You’re around a man who works NON-STOP! Don’t you feel like challenging him sometimes? Isn’t that how you guys started out? Wasn’t HE your inspiration? What happened? Maybe I’m overstepping my boundaries. Maybe I’m saying what EVERYONE else is thinking. Maybe I’m just hungry my damn self and feel like spewing that motivational shit to an artist who I think has the ability to put the rap game in a cobra clutch because quite frankly no other female MC is in your position to do so. I don’t know, but I had to get this out my head after witnessing last nights festivities.
I’m not the most religious man on earth, but lord JESUS CHRIST that red carpet stunt was OD. Bet you Madonna told you to do that huh? Pushing the envelop has it’s perks but not when you piss off America. But hey, freedom of speech is a motherfucker right? As for the performance and that RETCHED song? Bruh? That aint it. You CLEARLY let the devil in last night. I hate anything DEALING with exorcists. That shit scares the ENTIRE FUCK OUT OF ME. So now? When I hear that tune you performed last night? I’m turning it the FUCK off. I don’t care how soft your cakes are, ain’t no exorcism nonsense allowed around these parts. NO MAAM, NOT ME!
I’m sure you’re online laughing at all the criticism from last night. Pumping your chest because you did things YOUR way without blinking, and you blink a lot. But just remember where you came from. Just remember why you stepped in that booth. Push your envelops. Defy the odds. Turn non-believers into believers. But know this: WE (and I’m sure you know who WE is) miss you.