Guest Star: "I Think [Nicki Minaj] Is A Dope Artist, But She Didn't Re-Invent The Wheel"
Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010 3:00PM
[Former Flipmode Squad member Rah Digga shares her thoughts on Nicki Minaj's claim that Pink Friday's success may inevitably impact the fate of female rappers.]
I think the industry is putting a lot of pressure on her. I personally don't see her fate being the fate of all female emcees. I think what she is doing is great because she's worked hard and she deserves whatever comes to her but I think at the end of the day, she represents one facet of females.
There are females that have been doing their thing consistently and everybody didn't just start back up when Nicki Minaj came around. I want her album to succeed because I do not wish failure on anyone but I think she's successful on her own, being able to command the fan base that she [has] so far.
I don't think everything should boil down to what her album does. I think people should give her room to be artist and give her room to grow so she can have some longevity so it's not just shoot to the top and if the album doesn't do well shoot back to the bottom. I think they're putting way too much pressure on just one person.
Honestly, I think she's doing what every female does when they come out. They get on a lot of cameos, they get a big buzz going before their album drops and I just see her as a reincarnate of artists that have come before her. I think maybe because there have been an absence of females in the limelight, it just seems like it all boils down to her.
I think that a lot of the comments being made like she's the next Lauryn Hill, I think it's just getting a little too carried away. I think she's a dope artist, doing what she's supposed to do, repping her team but she didn't re-invent the wheel.
Rah Digga is a hip-hop veteran, known as a long-time member of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad. She has been called "one of rap's most prominent women MCs" and will be releasing her new album, Classic, on Tuesday, September 14th.