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August 20

Nicki Minaj Ft. Butts

By Ella Miista
Nicki's new video is out and it features a lot of butts. Really, a lot of butts. How much is too much? Let's get the first thing out of the way - I think Nicki Minaj is an incredibly talented woman. What she did in Kayne's Monster was special - it's all the proof one needs to understand she's one of the greatest rappers of today. Notice how I didn't say 'female rapper'? Her skills as a lyricist are enough to leave the likes of A$AP, Tyler or any of the other cool dudes in awe, or a jealous rage if you will. She's a wordsmith and her delivery is immaculate. She's a rapper extraordinaire. If I had a fragment of her skill I'd be busting out rhymes about the hard knock life of a white girl from the suburbs. Her sex is irrelevant - it won't stop her, nor should it be her selling point.

She's got the whole pop music formula down to a tee but there's more to her music. It's packed with references, metaphors, triple rhymes and clever worldplay. Even the sampling of Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back is quite clever. It's just the video... It's as if Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers directed it. I mean, we're all partial to a good twerk but the ultimate purpose of a butt is, you know, something different. 'My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun' is a witty line but how much does wit count for if it's all to talk about, well, butts? This isn't to say all music has to be about suffering children and US medical care. There are plenty of other subjects that are just worthy of our time. It's just alarming when the Beats By Dre product placement isn't the thing to make you cringe the most in a music video. Even though by no means does sexuality offend us, it's just the question whether such an overt display of it is appropriate. Her demographic is approximately the world. It includes a lot of young girls and boys. Many of these young girls and boys have wonderful homes and they won't be affected by seeing sexually explicit videos. Many of them will. To those kids this song and the accompanying video are sending out the message girls are gold diggers and good for deep throating bananas, and guys for buying expensive clothes. It's not true. Nicki Minaj herself is worth a lot more - and presumably she is well aware of it. Nothing's quite as literal and I'm sure there won't be a massive jump in banana sales among the young teens, but with this much fame a little social responsibility would go a long way. And just to reiterate - her being a woman needn't be what makes her a great anything. It's her talent. Use it wisely, or something.

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