This is me and Nicki Minaj at one of her shows in Springfield, Ma
So, from what it looks like all my readers love love love Nicki Minaj and Young Money. With over 50,000 hits just on the post I wrote about on Nicki Minaj, I think it’s time for me to write another article on them. Before I do, though, I want to write a disclaimer: I would just like to add that I personally met Nicki and love the fact that I tried to push her music before she was even famous. Back to the article though. So, is Young Money Entertainment the new Def Jam? Or does YME have the potential to become the new Def Jam? I think so. What Lil Wayne is doing within the industry to promote not only himself, but his artists is incredible. It seems that everywhere you look one of his artists or himself is doing a cameo on a song. I mean take Nicki Minaj, last year she was just a speck on the hip-hop radar, and now with the help of Young Money she has become the premier female MC (you may not agree with this, but with the musical downfall of Lil Kim and many of the great female MC’s in Jail, sorry Lumidee and Remy, she is really the only one right now).
Also, have you heard the new Young Money album. Um, hello RIDICULOUS. Lil Wayne CONTINUES to demonstrate is entrepreneurial skills and with this cd continues to amaze me. If you have heard Steady Mobbin‘ you know what I am talking about. I mean Weezy even made Gucci Mane sound good (sorry all GM fans, he just doesn’t do it for me). I mean if you look at it like this Weezy is really the only one out there who is continuing to step his game up and push himself to the limit. How many artists you know are putting out CD’s of their artists consistantly or even of themselves now adays? Just turn on the radio you will understand what I am talking about.
Does Young Money have the potential to surpass Def Jam as THE premier hip-hop label? I think so. Damn, Birdman really is a lucky man. One artist has made him set for life, genius! So, I would like to hear everyone’s opinions on this, but for now go to your local record store and buy the We Are Young Money cd…you be the judge.
If you feel that lately the rap game has been lacking in female mc’s, then look no further. Nicki Minaj is the next best thing when it comes to females in the rap game. With 2 mixtapes under her belt, A number 19 pick by VIBE magazine for why hip-hop is still alive and a record deal with rap powerhouse Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment, Nicki is sure to be in the game for a while. She was discovered by Fendi and featured on his street-circulating DVD that highlights new hip-hop artists The Come Up, which was put into the hands of Mr. Weezy soon after. What makes her different then lets say Foxy Brown and Lil Kim is her style. Nicki adds an element of comedy to her rhymes without downplaying the grit and grime of her flow. She is a hardhitting MC who has gained much respect within the rap game. I happen to be a huge fan who has actually met and hung out with her at one of her shows. I think if anybody is in need of a female rap fix, Nicki Minaj is where it”s at. You can listen to her on Beyonce’s Single Ladies Remix here or visit her myspace page at www.myspace.com/nickiminaj to listen to her new mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty. I would suggest listening to Curious George which is a diss to Lil Mama, its by far my favorite track. Some of my other favorite Nicki Minaj tracks are Dead Wrong and Doin It Well with Jadakiss. Her interviews are also hilarious, so I suggest you check them out! Let me know what you think!
I hate Lil Wayne. I’m sorry, but now adays with what I like to call “bubble gum rap” all over the airwaves and record labels signing pretty much anybody, talent has seriously been thrown out the window when it comes to hip-hop. Hip-hop is now all about image and “the platinum on my neck and gold in my teeth” (thank you Soulja Boy) instead of the lyrics and the quality of the beats. I mean do you really think if Biggy came back he would look at the game and be proud of how far its come? I’m gonna go ahead and say negative. Sure, we still have Jay and Nas who seem to still remember what hip-hop is all about, but then there are people like Lil Wayne. Don’t get me wrong, I used to like this sad excuse for a “rapper.” Remember the Hot Boyz and Mannie Fresh? Those were his good ole days before the money, power and “bling” got into his head. I will even go as far to say that The Carter II was a relatively good hip-hop album. Weezy’s beats and lyrics were actually pretty hot, but now adays not so much. Where is this all going you ask? Well, believe it or not Lil Wayne is trying to become a rockstar. HA! Are you kidding me? News flash Lil Wayne leave rock to the experts…you are not a rockstar, you will never be a rockstar and you aren’t THAT talented to think that you can cross genres and actually be successful. His new album, Rebirth, to be released April 7th will be completely hip-hop free. His first single, Prom Queen, is absolutly terrible. I have to say I listened to it for about 5 seconds before I thought my head was going to explode. When asked about the new direction he is trying to go in Wayne responded “this is something brand new, so we don’t want it to be some experimental thing, ’cause some people are not gonna like this. I don’t want them to not like Tha Carter IV.” Well of course they are going to not like Tha Carter IV! Rebirth is going to be an experimental disaster, so why would his fans buy The Carter IV. Personally, I think this whole rock thing is career suicide, but hey if I was drinking “syzerp” (cough medicine and Sprite if you didn’t know) I would probably think that I could do anything I wanted too! Well, I will leave it up to you to decide. Please, I would love to hear what everybody thinks about this insane madness. Ugh, what is the music business coming to! Baby (Birdman) please tell your boy that rockstardom is not for him!
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