Southern rapper Shawty Lo has given his opinion of Nicki Minaj‘s much talked about ‘Barbie” image.
“I think she’s working very hard,” Shawty said in an interview. “For Nicki to have a straight single of her own and it’s bubbling and to be the hottest thing out there, man, it’s great. I think it’s just her image that captured the whole thing she do. The whole Barbie, that whole image. That girl is going wild right now. Big shouts to Nicki man, keep doing your thing. Shouts to my man Drake, too, he’s doing his thing — I can’t say what’s wack. It’s about what you look. Everybody do not like the same stuff, you got people that don’t like Shawty Lo. Shawty Lo don’t like all rappers, but you know, but who knows what people like. It’s your preference, everybody has their own opinion.” (Vlad TV)
Southern female rapper Khia previously called out Minaj’s image.
“I mean, she’s an actor, she majored in drama, right? I think she’s just an actor, I guess. She’s acting, like, she’s always in character. 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”)
Earlier this year, Minaj talked about her “Barbie” movement and bipolar personality.
“Anybody that knows me knows that I have a very, very bipolar personality, so one minute I’m excited and the next minute I’m crying and the next minute I’m cussing and yelling and the next minute I’m singing Enya,” Nicki told FADER writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. “I’m not kidding. And the point is, my rap style now reflects my true personality. Because I am so weird…I wish I could fricking remember the first boob that I signed. I don’t know why I did it, but now I can’t go anywhere and not do it. People come up to me wherever I am, girls, sexy girls, like, ‘Can you sign my boob?’ I mean, n*ggas in the club look at me like I’m a pimp. They like, Whaaat? Cause they be fly chicks. I don’t know, but I do know it’s a great thing.” (The FADER)
Minaj recently said rap mogul Jay-Z has given her his stamp of approval.
“I was like, ‘What?’ ” Minaj said about Jigga claiming she has “charm.” “Obviously, Jay-Z … Jay-Z is a person in hip-hop that you almost don’t think he exist until you meet him. It’s almost like he’s bigger than a person. He’s a mythical figure. That’s a great way to describe it. I was like, ‘Jay-Z knows me?’ I didn’t think he knew who I was, let alone recommend me for something. If he did know who I was, I didn’t know if he liked my style or approved. It was weird. It was like getting that stamp of approval from the most popular jock in high school and being a freshman in high school and thinking no one knows you exist.” (MTV)
Check out Shawty Lo speaking on Nicki Minaj down below: