Though I find Nicki Minaj to be excessively annoying, I must admit that if an interviewer asked if I “thrived on drama” I’d be equally pissed. Perhaps I would not have handled it quite the same way as her, but she’s Nicki Minaj, and she’s consistently established her inability to “make nice” in uncomfortable situations.
The trouble started when Minaj was asked about her Miley Cyrus feud in an interview with New York Times Magazine, and she made some very good points, explaining that since Cyrus appropriates black culture then she should also “want to know what affects us.” In defense of Cyrus, she did not dismiss the issues surrounding black culture; she instead addressed Minaj’s “unkind” attempts at expressing it. I realize the obvious response to that is “a privileged white girl has no business telling black women HOW to express themselves,” but that’s neither here nor there. The interview turned sour when Minaj was asked about her boyfriend’s feud with Drake, and she made it clear that they are grown men, and though it saddens her, she has nothing to do with it. That reply was met with the now infamous question about whether she “thrives on drama.” Here is her reply.
That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.
If your question produces such a heated response to the point of losing the interview, then you have failed as an interviewer. Additionally, it was clearly an insult, and it deserved to be treated as one. Was her reply ironically “dramatic?” Perhaps. But don’t poke the bear if you don’t want to get eaten.
To quote my Torts law professor, “one doesn’t need to intend the HARM, only the ACTION.” And in the case of Nikki Minaj’s new “Only” lyric video, she guilty of intent. She released a lyric video with blatant Nazi imagery, and though her team is attempting to dodge the backlash by blaming the director, every artist is responsible for their brand, and if Minaj missed the imagery, that’s not only embarrassing, it’s sad. I’m guessing that the vision was based on the authoritative elements of the lyrics, and nothing says authority like burning Jews in ovens, right? Watch the video below.
While I welcome any opportunity to see Jennifer Lopez’s ass, the new clip for her “Booty” single has me wondering when she started to follow trends instead of setting them. Much like Nicki Minaj, Iggy, and Miley, JLO is putting her ASS-ets in overdrive with excessive raunchiness and a zoom-in lens. This nonsense is played out and unoriginal, and forgive me if I expected more from the queen. Watch below.
First she pouts, then she’s pissed, and then she has a childish meltdown. Nicki Minaj’s unprofessional tirade proves she’s not cut out for the job, and the ratings decline I anticipate proves she should be paid-out and pushed-out. It is a judge’s job to guide the contestants, not to get in their way. If you want the spotlight, take the stage yourself instead of stealing it. And furthermore, her unfounded objection made her appear unhinged. The judges are allowed to inquire as to an artist’s identity. That’s an important part of a brand, and brand is everything. Watch below.
It took me a solid fifteen seconds to realize the drastic error of combining Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the American Idol judging panel. The producers got greedy and thought that adding two power-house players instead of one would get even more viewers. The only problem? These dueling divas cancel each other out. The other problem? Nicki Minaj isn’t deserving of the slot. First, she’s more concerned with her own camera time than the contestants, and second, the true star is Mariah Carey, and Minaj is dimming her light. In fact, I’d venture to guess that she’s intentionally dimming her light out of her own insecurity. Mariah Carey is too good for this, and Nicki Minaj isn’t good enough. I feel sorry for her that she signed on prior to knowing that Minaj was hired, and I’m relatively certain her contractual obligation is the only reason she stayed.
If you read my very harsh Nicki Minaj post, then you know my complaints about unnecessary, over-the-top performances that lack actual singing. Well — I forgot about Kelly Clarkson’s performance of ‘Mr. Know It All’ when I said that. She looked beautiful and sounded great. My only complaint was the cheesy arrangement — but you can’t have everything. Watch below.
Remember in college when your friends went to that very loud club with the terrible music, got super-wasted, and insisted that they were having the time of their life? Let’s just say that Nicki Minaj’s performance at the American Music Awards brought back some of those painful memories. Does anyone just sing anymore? Is Lady Gaga responsible for these costume monstrosities? For goodness sakes, what was on Nicki Minaj’s ass during the opening of that song? If the show is called the ‘American Music Awards,’ then where is the real music? Watch below.
I’ve posted Nicki Minaj’s interview with Chelsea Lately, because it’s a perfect example of a celebrity that’s on their way to an early musical grave. You can’t behave like this and actually maintain success. First of all, she entered the interview with attitude, and seemed offended by Chelsea Handler’s humor. Second, she claims to have three personalities, which in every day life would justify involuntary commitment into an insane asylum. Not on the music industry though — apparently the stage is great place for “Roman.” Did I mention that her three personalities prefer different types of men? Good luck, Nicki.