One of my favourite things about Sohh.com is the bulldog butters run column pulse report; particularly the Rappers say the darndest thing section where he basically calls out our favourite rappers and celebrities for making outrageous statements. Now I bring this up because of the recent statements uttered by one Nicki Minaj during an interview with MTV, in the interview she said, “I am lyrically better than most of the male rappers out there. Yes, I’m gonna say it. I don’t get the credit that I deserve. She went on to say, “I’ve put in my work lyrically, and people act like it doesn’t exist,”. I can’t lie the first thought that I had was I will be seeing this in the Pulse Report, who knows I still might, but after a couple of minutes of hysterical laughter I got to thinking that maybe she has a point.
Now after coming to this rather scary point I tried to deny it for fear of bringing on the Armageddon but my attempts were as futile as those arguments that Nicki is not Lil Kim 2.0 or that her whole style is “inspired” by Kim. So with this realisation I thought let’s do this, here goes nothing.
So firstly let’s look at what touched Nicki so much that it drove her to say this, reportedly Nicki was the MTV brain trust’s decision to exclude her from the Hottest MC list. Now at this point I know I should present to you the merits why she is better than rapper so and so on the list but I am not going to do this for two reasons. Firstly I cannot take that list seriously because as far as I’m concerned it about as serious as an English or geography lesson being taught by George W Bush which in other words means it’s a joke. Like how are you going to have an Emcee list and maybe have 3 or 4 actual MC’s? Secondly I have no idea who made this most recent list and I can’t be bothered to research it but that was never the main point of my argument. My argument is based in the modern commercial rap landscape, gone are the days when mainstream radio gave us a balanced playlist with the party anthems, conscious rap, the love etc. now thanks to too many reasons to go into right now we have the same couple of artists repeated the whole day as well as the fact that we are constantly bombarded by the same ignorant tracks from those same artists.
Bottom line is we at a point in commercial rap where lyricism is at its lowest and it’s in this light that we should look at Nicki’s statement, just think of the dudes who blowing up e.g. Future, Trinidad James, French Montana etc. the list is endless and you have to say Nicki lyrically shits on these cats without a doubt. Now let’s look at those we do praise and the first name to come to mind is Lil Wayne, we are taking about post-Carter 2 Wayne. Any search of the internet gives you results of you internet worship this dude, some of you have anointed him the G.O.A.T others the new Pac and a host of other titles; but lyrically speaking is there such a big difference between him and Nicki in my opinion NO, Nicki’s has just as many highlights of lyrical ability as that gremlin so based off that you have to respect Nicki and give her due’s. For those of you waiting on a bar for bar comparison forget it, I will not go digging through a Mt Everest sized haystack of their garbage wondering which is actually hip hop and which is pop so I can come out with a couple of sand sized gems ; that is not me but for you Stan’s out there.
Now let me go make amends with the Hip hop god’s for even writing this article — * drops pen, throws on Rapsody and bops his head whilst walking away.
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