Blazin’ (feat. Kanye West) – Nicki Minaj

6 Jul

Nicki Minaj: Cleavage isn't objectification when it's ironic, right?

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Nicki Minaj’s album, Pink Friday hasn’t exactly caused the stir that it sought to. It’s a mighty shame, because Minaj herself is fantastic just not that many people have listened to her singles (relative to current female popstars) in the UK. For those unaware, Minaj adopts personas on her record and subverts traditional female stereotypes. Her album cover features Minaj dressed up in a pink dress with a pink background, doing her best stupefied Barbie impression, quite the contrast to her gritty, expletive-laiden lyrics, she raps on Did It On ‘Em:

Shitted on ’em, man I just shitted on ’em
Shitted on ’em, put yo’ number two’s in the air if you did it on ’em

Your traditional female popstar, Minaj ain’t. Which is a delight, as she happily matches her male counterparts, outdoing Eminem on Roman Revenge and providing one of 2010’s most memorable raps on Kanye’s Monster. The record, potentially in the shadow of Lil Kim’s past efforts (which led to a bizarre controversy between the two) is full of witty, daring singles that show that Gaga isn’t the only female popstar who will break out of Top 40 mould. Music after the jump:

It’s worrying that Minaj’s most commerical single to date, Super Bass (significantly, not originally on her album) has been her most traditional yet. There’s not much rapping, and you’d be forgiven for thinking she were just another studio popstar on first listen. Context, here is important. If you had listened to Pink Friday, or seen the video for Super Bass (that smile is far too wide to be taken at face value), you’d know that Minaj is far from your average Pixie Lott:

From her album, her song with Kanye West is a highlight. In fact, the whole album is full of collaborations, ending with Last Chance where Natasha Bedingfield (sister to Daniel, one time chaser of fame) features. Blazin’ is a much stronger single, however, featuring one of my favourite raps of the year by Kanye:

Nicki, what you think?

I got two White Russians

But we also need some drinks

The song is a joy from start to finish, a head rush of swear words and witty rhymes. I really hope that Minaj moves onto really significant commercial success as she has the potential to make a big impact. As much as a fan as I am of Rihanna on Run This Town (she adds her typical vocal magic), wouldn’t it be cool if she rapped alongside Jay-Z and Kanye, too? For now, we have Ms Minaj:

3 Responses to “Blazin’ (feat. Kanye West) – Nicki Minaj”

  1. captin cams February 11, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Nicki Minaj Super Bass, more like a Super BUST! i love her boobs!!!!

  2. karly June 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    she is really pretty ❤

  3. montana turi-leo makoare ngatai June 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    she is pretty sexxy ae:)
    big smiles people.

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