Vixen Vent: Bad Girls Club—Minaj vs. Monae

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They each sport their artistic inspirations on their sleeves. Though she attempts to distance herself from the comparison now, in the beginning of her career Nicki took more than just a cue from Lil Kim—she took her infamous crotch shot and ran with it. She’s adopted the Queen Bee’s affinity for Technicolor tresses, echoes her sexual politics, and even resurrects her familiar cadence and flow.

You can tell that Janelle studied James Brown and MJ’s classic performance footage like an athlete reviewing game film—she can Mashed Potato and Moonwalk like she’s possessed. And the whole cape thing? An obvious homage to the Godfather Of Soul.

And while Janelle is busy revolutionizing soul music, Nicki is reinventing the hip pop wheel. Both ladies are pushing the limits in their respective genres and simultaneously challenging the ever-evolving sound of Black Music. As much as they appeal to separate niches, their once cultish followings are swelling to mainstream mania. Wayne was Nicki’s first serious co-sign, Big Boi, Janelle’s. Now, both are officially part of the Diddy regime. The Bad Boy clearly believes in each of their individual behemoth potentials. Both of his recruits have earned MVP status and are prepped for an A.I. crossover move; the one that thrusts them onto a global arena. Or better yet, galactic. A place where an android and ninja can harmoniously co-exist. Or even collaborate?