OBVIOUS DISPARITIES ALL MAJOR OUTLETS NEGLECTED IN MINAJ VS SWIFT BEEF !

I respect Nicki Minaj. She has steadily carried HipHop on her back for over six years and continues to make history as a female lyricist.  My fixation with Onika goes back to the days when the motif of her hair resembled curly fries and every girl on Facebook coined the last name Minaj. So when a beef erupted between the queen MC and pop princess Taylor Swift, I was at the forefront of the #teamnicki squad, ready to bust guns at anyone who would dare speak ill of the Queen. Then I realized that not only was Nicki wrong, but the only award she should have been nominated for was ‘Donkey of The Day’ by radio personality Charlemagne the god.

Nicki Minaj (L) Taylor Swift (R)

Nicki Minaj (L) Taylor Swift (R)

Minaj was flabbergasted after learning Taylor’s video for ‘Bad Blood’ was nominated for Video of the Year, but her video for ‘Anaconda’ was not. Nicki, Nicki, Nicki…I don’t mean to stop you, but ‘Bad Blood’ was a better video than ‘Anaconda’. The visual for ‘Bad Blood’ was action packed and reeked of girl power. The cameos featured a host of A-list actresses like Zendaya Coleman , Lena Dunaham, and Mariska Hargitay. On the other hand, the premise behind Anaconda was big booties twerking—a narrative that is overdone and has become synonymous with rap videos.

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Nicki Minaj ‘Anaconda’ video grab.

As far as numbers are concerned, ‘Bad Blood’ dethroned ‘Anaconda’ by having the most views on Vevo in 24hrs.

Taylor Swift 'Bad Blood' video

Taylor Swift ‘Bad Blood’ video

During her Twitter rhetoric, the head Barb made a pointed remark saying: “I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.” The “Beez in the Trap” rapper has won the BET award for Best Female in Hip Hop five years in a row. BET has been a beacon in showcasing Black talent.  Meanwhile, MTV is a network notorious for capitalizing on Black art, but often forgetting to acknowledge its impact on pop culture.  I’m perplexed as to why artists still urn for MTV accolades.  They were once the standard in music videos but now their programming has been reduced  to Teen Mom and Sixteen and Pregnant reruns.

 If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year” says Minaj.  To add insult to injury, Beyoncè WAS nominated for Best Video of The Year for the “711” visual, a video shot using solely an iPhone 6. Beyoncè has been representing for the curvy girls since before it was a fad. Minaj, on the other hand, has that very slim frame she spoke out against. So I can’t help but wonder about her thoughts regarding girls like Kelly Mayhew and a slew of others who have fallen to their demise at the hands of doctors after trying to achieve a curvalicious figure and a plumbed derrière—a shape that even Nicki couldn’t even achieve naturally.

Beyonce-'711' video

Beyonce-‘711’ video

Recently, Nick was featured on Good Morning America. When asked about her Twitter quarrel, Nick coyly made funny faces and redirected the focus to a conversation she had with Swift in which Swift apologized for missing Nicki’s “bigger picture” .

In contrast, it was Nicki who missed the bigger picture. Now, I don’t expect Nick Nak  to save the world or become a crime stopping Shero, but she projected her frustration in the wrong direction. Black people face discrimination not only in music but every day and if someone is gong to speak out against it I need their voice to be strong and confident.  Making animated faces like Nicki did won’t cut it.  Systematic racism, appropriation and racial biases are all relevant to the spat, but Onika failed to chime in on any of those issues.

Nicki Minaj is a phenomenal entertainer and extremely intelligent, but it worries me that the only time she pulls the race card is for self-gain.  I would rather she simply rap and dance for me, and not speak out like an activist who utilizes Black Twitter. During her interview I was rooting for her to utilize her black girl magic for good and say something or anything that would resonate with America, but she dropped the ball like a hot potato. As I watched Nicki pop and gyrate in front of hundreds of screaming tweens and teens, I was frustrated and heartbroken. I instantly thought of a quote I heard by the late Great  Nina Simone.  Now while we all can’t be as free and fearless and as Aunty Nina her words from that clip made  chills run up my spine.  It was as if she was speaking to our generation specifically when she said  “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times”?

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Is it Wednesday yet? I just found my woman crush!

I have been under at ton of rocks because I had no idea this beauty with a VOICE even existed.  For those who don’t know Kelela is a vocalist hailing from Washington, DC of Ethiopian descent.  The jazz inspired singer-song writer gained notoriety with the debut of her 2013 mix tape Cut 4 Me.  The DMV native is back to give us new material, and a blazing hot video for her new single “A Message”.

As the visual for “A Messagebegins we are introduced to a topless Kelela.  She is featured in metallic coated skin, and piercing eyes that stare directly into the camera. The background is nightly black, making it impossible for you to be distracted or take your eyes off the songstress.  To a slow tempo, Kelela lifts her head, and expands her lips just enough to push out the words “You’re so clear to me, I can see right through you, when you look at me your someone else.” Kelela then transitions into this animated psychedelic character, who aides her in singing of the lyrics. The most salient part of the vid is a scene where Kelela amputates and says deuces to her long luscious locs.

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Kelela is  true talent and definitely an artist to look out for.  Not only is Kelela’s sound unique, her music is soulful yet edgy and will yank emotions from your soul.  Kelela’s  tunes take you on a journey back to the 90’s ,but yet are current. The up and coming EP Hallucinogen, is set to be released May 5 and is a reflection of  the various phases that can occur in a relationship. “A Message” is the first track being released from the project. Kelela is currently touring through Europe, but you can keep up with her on Facebook by searching Kelela.

Check out the link to her masterpiece of a video below.

Puffy Explains why being an A**hole plays a part in being successful at the first Revolt Music Conference.

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  I’ve always been a really sweet person( yea like pie), but seriously I don’t have one ruthless bone in my body. I knew when I moved to NYC and embarked on this journey that I would have to tweak my personality. Living in the most cut throat city in the world has taught me that bringing out my inner bad a** was not only a part of survival but a part of excelling. Now I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mr. “Take that, take that ” himself but everyone I know who has tells me he is a a **hole( you didn’t hear that from me). Regardless if he is or not he is successful and his attitude played a major part in his success. So take a moment and check out this article and let him explain why being a little cut throat and selfish is necessary to make it to the top.

Check out the full Q & A and video from the media motha Necole Bitchie……

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