The New York Times Labels Nicki Minaj "The Most Influential Female Rapper Of All Time" What's Your Take?

 

Nicki Minaj is certainly one of the most successful female rappers in history. Whether or not she's the "most influential ever" is a debate that would take a while amongst most hip hop fans. That hasn't stopped the New York Times from giving that title to the Harajuku Barbie.

 

Check out a little bit of what they had to say.

 

Barely a year and a half has passed since the release of “Pink Friday,” the platinum debut album by Nicki Minaj, but her style is well honed. She’s a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones. This hard and complex work has paid off: when she releases her second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” this week, it will be as the most influential female rapper of all time.


What’s even more striking is how far her reach extends beyond hip-hop. When Madonna needed to tether her current comeback to the young female transgressors of the day, she chose Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. (Savvy Nicki would never be the one to throw up a middle finger.) At the Grammys in February she gave the most shocking performance, part exorcism and part Broadway spectacle. And in the lead-up to her new album, out on Tuesday from Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic, her new songs have shown that she has no intention of being hemmed in by the expectations of genre, dabbling in slithery R&B on “Right by My Side” and outright giddy dance-pop on “Starships.” When rapping on the songs of others, she’s often the most capable M.C. around — take Birdman’s “Y. U. Mad?” — but on her own material she’s often straddling a line between hip-hop and pop that no other rapper is capable of, or would even dare.


 

A few years ago, before her rise began, there were hardly any female rappers of note; now, a new generation, including Azealia Banks, Brianna Perry and Angel Haze, is rising quickly, working territory that she carved out. This is a story about influence, to be sure, but also about the weakening of old walls, and the reshaping of the gates that the gatekeepers keep. Thanks to Nicki Minaj and the possibilities she has laid bare, and to hip-hop’s stasis of masculinity it is, outrageously and unprecedentedly, a more exciting time to be a female rapper than a male one.


 

As much as anything, this reflects what a barren playing field Nicki Minaj, 29, arrived onto. She signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records in 2009 on the strength of a couple of years’ worth of mixtapes and street DVD appearances. The Nicki of that era was brassy and coarse, and intermittently clever. She had no real competition, and when she signed with Lil Wayne, there was little indication that she would drastically rewrite the rules for female rappers.


 

She did the obvious, and then more. She became a nimble, evocative rapper. She became an intricate lyricist. She became a thoughtful singer. She became a risky performer. She invented new personae. More than any other rapper in the mainstream, she pushed hard against expectations, and won. Only rarely did she allow herself to appear secondary to her male counterparts — even on songs like “Monster,” alongside Kanye West and Jay-Z, she more than held her ground. That was part of the blessing of being singular: with no one around to compare herself to, or for others to compare her to, she became her own watermark.


 

While that was happening, she morphed into the most eclectic black-music style idol since Grace Jones, and certainly the one with the quickest ascent to the style elite, with a look that’s loud, cartoonish and edging toward avant-garde. (Deep down, she’s too much of a populist truly to go there.)


 

She’s been on the covers of Vibe, XXL and the Fader, sure, but also of Cosmopolitan, Black Book, Elle and V. The current issue of Paper magazine features a modest Minaj on the cover: salmon blazer, lemon yellow top, Oscar-the-Grouch-green tangle of curls. Inside is a 16-page fashion spread full of models (sprinkled amongst commoners) wearing Nicki-inspired fashion: multicolored Afros, top-volume animal prints, neon makeup and shimmering fabrics, on both men and women.


To read the rest of the article head over to the New York Times.


Is Nicki in the same league as MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Peppa, Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill in terms of her influence on the culture?



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Comment by Hayden Brian Hudson on April 5, 2012 at 6:51am
Seems to me that to be "the most influential female rapper" one would have to rap occasionally. She sells a lot of Pop records, but I haven't heard a rap record from Minaj yet.
Comment by Maya G-Thomas on April 5, 2012 at 4:10am
WTF! she isn't even a rapper, she's a popstar! what about LIK KIM, LAURYN HILL, FOXY BROWN, MC LYTE... FFS
Comment by Dre on April 4, 2012 at 11:43pm
Nah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Nsc on April 4, 2012 at 11:30pm
come on now she has been out for 4 yrs and she is the most infuential frmale rapper of all time come on stop the damn a** licking the girl sold 1 plat album and she has lil kim and lady ga ga in her songs and flow
Comment by LEATHERFACE! on April 4, 2012 at 11:03pm
lil kim !!!!
Comment by REZA on April 4, 2012 at 11:03pm
hot new west coast rapper check me out on facebook.com/rezapgf!!!!
Comment by Lesane Crooks on April 4, 2012 at 9:13pm
Them crackers at the new york times mean this as a joke, a rather serious joke. Nicki to them represents all black female youth. How nicki is, is how a great deal of white america and possibly the world see's black women as a whole and it's all due to the media, the news papers, etc. The new york times know they're full of s*** but they just want to be funny.
Comment by SonGetWrec on April 4, 2012 at 9:07pm
nicki stay WINNING LOL
Comment by Max on April 4, 2012 at 8:51pm
since wen does the nytimes no rap
Comment by BUM A** N**** on April 4, 2012 at 8:35pm
influental butt pads of all time........



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