Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nicki Minaj: The Minority of Hip-Hop Music

Just as women are heavily under-represented in the classical world, women are heavily under-represented in Hip-Hop. Women are usually spoken about or to in Hip-Hop, but hardly ever actually have a voice themselves. The first women to really have a voice in hip-Hop are “Salt-n-Pepa” who were a duo. Since then, there have been very few females that have been able to stand on their own and really make it big. Some women those are famous include MC Lyte, Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot and Eve. While that may seem like a lot, there are many more male counterparts that have attained much greater success than females. At the moment Hip-Hop is still lacking in female representation with only one female rapper that is really famous right now, Nicki Minaj. While Nicki Minaj is a female, she is also the first openly bi-sexual rapper creating much buzz in the Hip-Hop world. While some are ok with her lifestyle and the way she chooses to represent herself, many question and sometimes even reject her. What’s more, many of the people who choose to view her negatively are mostly women. Namely three women that have recently commented on her style both life wise and musically are Pepa, Lil’ Kim, and Gloria Velez. Pepa questions her legitimacy as a role model, Lil’ Kim demands Minaj pay her due respect, and Velez down right admitted to just not liking or respecting her. While I believe she’s been under fire by women mainly because of others jealously, others may have different opinions. Links to the articles displaying the three criticisms are as follows:

Gloria Velez


Lil' Kim

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