Another Unpopular Opinion: Why Nicki Minaj Has 2014’s Rap Verse Of The Year

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Nicki Minaj pulled more cards and hurt more feelings with “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” than your favorite rapper did all year. Now crown the track’s opening as the best verse of 2014 and stop being sexist.

If what constitutes the verse of the year is lyricism, memorability, and the start of a conversation, Young Money’s reigning queen of rap had every other set of bars beat. While Detail provided a knocking backdrop, it is Nicki’s shit-talking that made for a new feminist anthem – albeit ostentatious. Actually, it’s the ostentatiousness of the first verse of “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” that should have earned Ms. Minaj the year’s title. Taking on the spirit of the best “yo mama” rant ever, Nicki attaches the the “-ass nigga” suffix to insults aimed at the under-achieving, womanizing, fronting, no-good dudes of the world. The result? A return to her brash beginnings. Let’s also be clear: “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” was not without wit, as she compared a lack of life plans to prepaid cellular service: Bunch of non-mogul-ass niggas/Frontin’ like they got a plan, Boost Mobile-ass nigga Or re-affirmed her primary interest in dollars and cents: I ain’t gotta check for y’all/But if I’ma check for y’all/I’ma need a check from y’all niggas Ain’t feelin’ these niggas/Niggas want my time, call me Clinton, I’m billin’ these niggas But Nicki Minaj’s “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” opening was not just ballsy. It aggressively shone a light on the machismo surrounding hip-hop culture. As a boss in her own right, the rapper straight-up disrespected men in the way that her male counterparts do all the time, and sparked twice the controversy. While naysayers attempted to divert your attention to the 41 times (yes, 41) she spews the “nigga” venom, the real issue lied in the out-of-nowhere abridging of the beloved penis. Cue a rancorous response from Cassidy: Nicki Minaj hopped on “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” by turning the usually self-obsessed mirror of rap away from herself with a simple “Look at y’all niggas,” and proved that she – and every other dignified woman – is capable of trashing despicable men in the most profane way possible. We too, can repeatedly call you out of your name, demean you, and essentially make you feel like shit. We just choose not to.