With the popularity of Young Money‘s Nicki Minaj continuing to grow, SOHH spoke with fellow Queens, New York emcee Homeboy Sandman about his opinion on the blossoming star.
While critical of Minaj’s often-visited themes, Sandman believes the YM frontwoman is teaching younger generations how to rap.
“Nicki Minaj, she ‘can’ rap, and I think it’s unfortunate,” Sandman told SOHH. “I’m waiting for a girl to come out that ‘can’ rap that doesn’t fit into the mold of ‘Oh, I’m a female hip-hop artist. I’m a black woman. All I care about is money. I love to get boned’. But you know what’s happening with Nicki Minaj? She’s teaching all these little girls out there to love getting boned and to love money and to just to be really shallow, materialistic people. But, she’s also teaching them how to rhyme. And people underestimate that. People underestimate the strength of actually being nice. Nicki Minaj is way nicer than the other prototype for the ‘I’m a slut female emcee,’ which is what a lot [of women]come out being. But one of these little girls that she’s teaching this sad sickening stuff and all the nonsense, she’s teaching them how to rap, and one day a little girl that learned a rap from Nicki Minaj is gonna say, ‘I don’t want to be a money-hungry slut.’ And she’s gonna come out and she’s gonna shut it down. So I’m not happy that people are getting to hear Nicki Minaj but the empire is gonna strike back and I never name names — [but] I don’t listen to people that can’t rap and are only out there to brainwash people. I also don’t listen to people who can rap but are saying a bunch of stupid stuff because there are people that can’t rap that are saying stuff that isn’t stupid.” (SOHH)
Fellow New York rapper Lil Mama previously called out Minaj’s message to young girls.
“Nicki Minaj is a talented rapper,” Lil Mama said in an interview. “She’s out there, she’s doing her. What she represents, I don’t represent and she’s doing something different, that’s her lane. As the voice of the young people, Lil Mama, I focus on bringing up young girls to respect their bodies, respect theyself, do it up.” (BET)
Minaj recently talked about trying to tone down her sexual raps.
“On ‘My Chick Bad,’ I had to show people that I can spit a verse without sex or talking about how good I look. I’m actually timid when it comes to being overtly sexy, which is weird because in the beginning people thought of me like some freakin’ porn star. Guys reference sex all the time in their raps–I can’t even think of a record where [Lil] Wayne doesn’t talk about sex–but when a female does it, people start tuning out. Then this gay dude the other day told me, ‘I say to dudes, ‘Maybe it’s time to put this p*ssy on your sideburns.’ I was crying laughing and I was like, ‘I can’t take this sh*t out of my act.’ People live for that sh*t. [Laughs.] I just have to balance it a little bit. ” (Complex)
Earlier this summer, Minaj said young listeners played a role in her wanting to limit racy references.
“I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness,” she tells Interview magazine. “I want people–especially young girls–to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that…I don’t mind being called a weirdo…There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.” (Rap-Up)
Check out a past Nicki Minaj interview below: