Barbie’s Massive Attack

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj, born as Onika Maraj in Jamaica, New York City, is the new artist in the rap game with one of the largest following. This is due to the fact that she is supported by the Young Money crew headed by rapper Lil Wayne and posses other assets than vocal ones. Minaj who is said to have revived the female voice in rap music was first noticed on MySpace by Dirty Money Records CEO Fendi around six years ago. Prior to that, she had been in singing background vocals but moved to writing rap in order to stand out.

Barbie in Wonderland is Minaj’s first album released in 2010 under Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment record label. This eighteen track album does not sound as if it was produced by one person due to the variation. Nicki offers a different style of rap attributed by her dramatic vocal flair which can especially be heard especially in track fifteen alongside Usher and also writes her own material. What stood out from this album is the amount of high-profiled collaborations with artists such as Usher, Mariah Carey and P.Diddy; in fact out of the eighteen tracks, seventeen are collaborations.

In addition to that, it seems that as the track list goes down, so does the tempo. The tracks that stood out because of their upbeat tempo and the least profanity were Massive Attack featuring Sean Garret and Hello, Good Morning trademarked by P.Diddy and Rick Ross. Up Out My Face sung with Mariah Carey is the forgettable track on this piece of work, from this it is evident that mixing old school with new school is not always the best option.

Something to be noted is that the most popular song from this compilation is the one she worked on alone titled Your Love. This song was released as the first official single from her debut album which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. She has been recently compared to Lauryn Hill and Lil Kim, which is not surprising as her influences were and still are Lil Kim, Lil Wayne and Lauryn Hill.

Nicki Minaj not only released her album this year but also received awards from both Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards held in Atlanta, Georgia. She won Best Female artist and Best New artist at the BET Awards and Rookie of the year, People’s Champ and the fashion Made You Look award at the BET Hip Hop Awards. From these awards, it is clear that the large fan base is not only attributed to her physique but her other asset being rap.

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One thought on “Barbie’s Massive Attack

  1. I wish people would write more about this as you have done. This is something that is very important and has been largely overlooked by the internet community

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