Young Money‘s Nicki Minaj has offered some words of advice to her rap critics by telling them to enjoy the entertainment value of her rhymes and not take hip-hop too serious.
In addition to Nicki’s comments, more details surrounding her upcoming debut album have been revealed.
“It bothers me when people take themselves too seriously. It’s like, loosen the f*ck up,” she says. “At the end of the day, this is entertainment. We should be entertained.” Minaj hopes to keep listeners amused with her still-untitled debut album, which is set to feature production help from David Banner, Polow Da Don and Swizz Beatz. The album is without a release date (expect it later this year), but Minaj insists that whenever it arrives will be right on time. “I’ve gone through the 12-Step Hip-Hop Program: the mixtapes, the DVDs, the low-budget videos, the small shows,” she says. “I thank God that I wasn’t signed years ago and that I didn’t have a hit record before I did the grind. I’m ready now.” (Spin)
Last month, Southern rapper Khia questioned Nicki’s “Barbie” rap image.
“I don’t know if it’s really her. Everybody knows it’s me, it’s Khia. I don’t know if she’s Nick, I don’t know if she’s a Barbie. I tell everybody, we don’t have Barbies in the hood. Boos, there wasn’t no Barbies sitting on the stoop, love who you are. Hip-Hop is supposed to be real, hip-hop is supposed to be where the real people hang and I think it’s a lot of infiltrators coming in…” (“Street Disciplez Radio”)
Kid Sister previously talked about Nicki’s colorful rhymes and the impression it leaves on hip-hop critics.
“I think Nicki Minaj is awesome,” Sister said in an interview. “She has a cute little look but my thing is do people take her seriously? I’m not being funny. I’m just asking a question. That whole thing like I want more cheese, lots and lots of cheese, do people make fun of her? But do I have it harder? No, I think I have it easier. Harder in the sense that maybe the pop world doesn’t know how to interpret me but easier in the sense that I know my music comes from me and it’s a clear and perfect projection of everything I am.” (Honey Mag)
Earlier this year, Nicki explained why she would not rush out a debut album.
“I’ve gotten great feedback from artists I look up to and never thought I’d work with,” she explained in an interview. “They’re already in line to be on the project. But it’s like, ‘Do I want to put out a debut album with a thousand features on it or do I wanna finally showcase Nicki?’ I’m not worried about features at all…With the album, I think it’s more important that people get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again. Before I drop an album, people need to come out and see. People don’t even know what a female rapper does. We’re so not used to seeing it. It’s nonexistent in categories. We don’t get nominated. I need to work [the people] up to accepting a female rapper again and accepting my style and all of that — then the album will come. Honestly, I’d love to put an album out this year, but I don’t believe in rushing things either.” (MTV)
Check out Khia speaking on Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie” image below: