Waka Flocka Flame‘s mother has shared her opinion on Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday debut album and what her former client should do to evolve as an artist.
Not impressed by Minaj’s debut, the rapper’s ex-manager, Debra Antney, felt the solo project did not live up to its hype.
“It’s terrible,” Antney said in an interview. “I like some stuff, but she went too left. I don’t think people were ready for her to come [out with pop]. When I had Nicki, I really wanted her to sing. That’s why I took her for training cause Nicki loves singing, but she kept saying to me, ‘Deb, I can’t do it yet because people won’t understand.’ And that’s why the [rap] mixture was done to introduce them to all of Nicki. I think [Pink Friday] was very disappointing to a lot of her fans. She didn’t need a lot of [the] features. That was one of the biggest things like… you gave people so many features, give them you now. Nicki could be so much better because–outside of anything that people say–she’s very multi-talented. I really wish that she would learn to be more of an artist.” (VIBE)
She also believed Minaj should not have gotten tangled up in a beef with rap veteran Lil Kim.
“I didn’t particularly care for [“Roman’s Revenge”], but when Eminem came in I liked it. He made the song. [Nicki] didn’t have to go there with [Lil’ Kim]. My views on that is that she came too far to go back that route. And Kim does not even have to go there. There are no comparisons to them. Some things are best left unsaid. The whole things is stupid. I’m very disappointed that she would go that route. ‘Cause I know all that she was taught. She don’t have to go there with anybody. That was the stuff we always discussed. People had to learn to love Nicki– that’s how the door opened up. It wasn’t about Kim or Foxy or any of the rest of them. So I was just a little disappointed [by her album], but If she likes it, I love it.” (VIBE)
Last month, rap rival Khia gave a negative review of Pink Friday.
“Guuuuuuurl…..For starters, the album cover was cute but it looked like Mama Cita needed a Knee Replacement, Knee Braces or KNEE KNOCKERS cuz her legs looked Knotted Up, ILLIFORMED [sic] and DEFORMED just like that FAKE “A**” of hers!!!! Her breast looked suculant [sic], but I wouldn’t suck them wit Latifah‘s lips! Shout out to the stylists and photographers who done a spectacular job, airbrushing and styling this “Dungeon Dragon” because we all know that this “Lint-Lizard” doesn’t look like this in person…. It’s AMAZING what a little make-up and camera angles can do! F*ck you, Derek Blanks and the SHIP that your ancestors came in on……Cotton-Picking son of a b*tch! Moving right along!” (Motor Mouf)
Despite the critiques, Minaj’s debut album has already reached gold status.
Young Money star Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday received a two-spot boost to No. 6 with 81,900. Heading into her first full month on shelves, the Barbie’s debut album has hit gold status with 561,000 sold copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
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