Okay, if you are following me on Twitter, you know that I had a mental breakdown after that performance last night. I had a mental breakdown because I realized that the artist Nicki Minaj I had learned to love from 2007 until February 14, 2012, had retired. After I had a chance to sleep on it, and think in-depth about the performance, I realized that Nicki Minaj’s performance served as a message. Here is what I interpreted that message to be:
Nicki Minaj is NO LONGER a rapper. She has decided that she is a pop artist. There will be no more rap music. She is done with that. Any of her “urban” fans that stanned her off her mixtapes, have been bamboozled. In this time of mourning, we ask that all the pre-2009 fans come together to help each other get through this hard time. Nicki Minaj (the rapper) music will continue to live in our hearts through her mixtapes, staircase freestyles and 2009 mainstream features.
I understand she is trying to raise the bar as an artist.. I get that. But to raise the bar, must you change your entire image, including the music that is the reason you had a fan base to begin with? I still love Nicki as a personality, but as far as an artist? #NotSoMuch. In the words of J Black, “I can’t fxck with her because she don’t fxck with us [the real fans] anymore. That performance wasn’t for us, it was for her pop fans”.
It’s going to take me a while, but I will move past this performance. In the mean time, check it out.