Dear Jasmine Mans,
Opinions are like assholes…
Congratulations to you, Jasmine. Your Nicki Minaj poem is shining bright in this limelight. You have successfully hopped aboard the Bash Barbie Express and you’re among loads of friends. The passion rising from your lips as you expressed your opinion on Onika was so powerful, I almost wanted to strap on a black jacket and go fight the fucking power! Now allow me to express my opinion.
Unfortunately a few people already know me as a Nicki Minaj fan, therefore this will most likely go over a bunch of heads and folks will think I’m simply defending an artist that I fancy. Let’s try to nip that in the bud now — the message in your poem got through to me (at least I think so), and it did not seem like “hate” or a “diss” at all. It seemed more like a message from a young lady who is concerned about what the industry can do to an artist, particularly a female artist, and the influence she has on young women. I appreciate that, so anybody who thinks still thinks I’m being biased can go suck a lukewarm dick for supper.
All of the talk of black queens, and vagina power, and lyricism is cool. However, I think what you and your followers are failing to grasp is that there are various different styles in female Hip-Hop alone. You can go from Nicki to Lauryn, M.I.A. to Kid Sister, Lady Luck to Lil’ Mama — these artists choose to express themselves in different fashions. Nicki Minaj has multiple facets to her, but one of her biggest signatures is the Barbie movement. While I agree that a schoolyard full of females calling each other by toy names can be a bit excessive, it is not that big of a deal. It’s not a path to MTV’s Teen Mom or Satan’s bayou. Wouldn’t you rather hear girls call each other Barbies than bitches?
In terms of actual Minaj music, a lot of people should look past songs like “Roger That” and “Itty Bitty Piggy”. Nicki has records that are about more than money, cars, and Drake’s eyebrows. She’s spoken for young girls struggling at home. She’s stressed the importance of education and abstinence. She’s spoken to kids dealing with suicide. I guess that’s not recognizable once she offered to put her pussy on your sideburns. Maybe she should rock natural hair and start a book club instead.
Jasmine, I’d just like to know when you will do a poem speaking out to all of the rappers who are on tracks calling these same young women “bitches”, “hoes”, and “bust it babies”. You know, Waka Flacka, Soulja Boy, Plies, Rick Ross and all the other Hip-Hoppers pressing drug-dealing, murder, and sex into the minds of our male and female youth. When are you going to take the finger away from other artists and embody the image you’d like for them to be? You’re strong, beautiful, and intellectual — lead the kids down your avenue and allow Nicki Minaj to be the strong, beautiful intellectual woman she is.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done out here, but pointing fingers at someone else won’t accomplish much. Jam that in your def poetry.