Just wanted to share this. Really love this version of Dearly Beloved.
We do take off-topic questions here from time to time and I’ve been asked to chime in here so….
Do you mean Nicki Minaj? I mean, that’s the only “Niki” I’d know who’d be producing music?
Now, I’m going to have to disclaimer this as stating that the following is all my (mod ren) opinion and by no means speaks for the other mods.
I have never been and never will be a Nicki Minaj fan because I don’t like her music, generally speaking. There have been a few tracks here and there that I’ve not completely loathed, but by and large I don’t care for her at all… Up until very recently, I couldn’t even take the sight of her because she annoyed me and her faux bisexuality, “multiple personality” rap style, and a few things she’s said in her lyrics and interviews have just rubbed me the wrong way. Now, though, on the basis of her being a successful black woman who seems to be succeeding on her own terms, I at least have to give her props there.
If you’re talking about “Anaconda”, I personally think it’s trash. Like, I get the subversive nature of the song about flipping the meaning and intent of the original (Sir Mix-A-Lot’s one and only hit, “Baby Got Back”), which is all about male sex fantasies and whatnot, is kind of cool. Not a new concept in the least, but still cool… I still don’t like it. Don’t like the lyrics, don’t like the sample (because, lbr, it could be called the Baby Got Back remix and no one would know the difference)… but again, because she’s a successful and confident black woman, I feel I have to support her at least on a respect level. She does what she wants to no matter what, and I admire that… I just… don’t like her at all.
The video is a cute look, I guess, but I just don’t see it for Onika. I feel she could have been left off that ***Flawless remix and I wouldn’t have felt bad about it. She’s just… I dunno. I wish there were other options for fans of female rap other than Nicki, Iggy (ew), and Azealia Banks. When I was growing up, there were all different flavors of femcees and every one of them brought something to the table. Kim, Missy, Foxy, Eve, Shawna, Da Brat, La Chat, Remy Ma, Ra Digga, Charli Baltimore… I mean, everybody was different and had their own stuff to say. It’s not that Nicki doesn’t, it’s just that right now her’s is the only voice really being heard, I guess? Like, Iggy Azealea out here being the female Eminem and Azealia Banks doesn’t seem to be too invested in actually pursuing a rap career so… Mainstream female rap is really just two people right now and I don’t really see it for either of them.
I’ve read, understood, and even agreed with some of the the think-pieces on “Anaconda” as this raucous feminist statement, but I still wouldn’t bump it on my car, have it on my ipod, or post lyrics from it all over the place. I’ve got “***Flawless” for that.
TL;DR: It’s not my cup of tea but I’m not entirely bothered by it. I miss when female voices in mainstream hip hop were many and varied.
You’re beautiful, graceful, like no other
Pretty damned good as you are - Xizi She Knows
I’m totally and utterly in love with Imogen Heap’s new album Sparks. It’s been on repeat for the past couple weeks. In celebration of the album and her live streamed performance later today, here’s some Imogen Heap art from me.
I’ve wanted to do an Imogen Heap piece for so long but haven’t been able to do anything I’ve really loved/wanted to share on here. I still haven’t nailed the likeness though. This piece started out as something completely different (full body pose, simple style with lots of green) and slowly morphed into what it is now. I could refine this some more but I have some big secret projects starting up and can’t spend anymore time on it. Need to thank wscottforbes for helping me with the shading/other tiny bits.
Run-Time The Walk Tidal Me the Machine
"The High Priestess Of SOUL"