Yesha Callahan

Nicki Minaj: The Raymond Babbitt of Hip-Hop

Shawty Imma only tell you this once, you the illest (dat for dat dat dude)
And for your lovin’ Imma Die Hard like Bruce Willis
(bah ba dah dah oh)
You got spark, you, you got spunk
You, you got something all the girls want
You’re like a candy store
And I’m a toddler.
You got me wantin’ more and ma ma more of

~Nicki Minaj, Your Love

One of my favorite movies of all time is Rain Man. I’m sure you know the story of Charlie Babbitt having to take responsibility of his brother, Raymond Babbitt, who was portrayed in the movie as being autistic?  Charlie Babbitt (played by Tom Cruise- pre-crazy scientology eye) learns that Raymond had an uncanny ability to count cards and used it to his advantage at a Casino to make money for his failing business. Raymond Babbitt had these ‘ticks’ to him, random mumbling, just talking incoherently all the time, but he was actually intelligent. In all actuality the real  “Raymond Babbitt” wasn’t autistic at all, but labeled a savant.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Where the hell is she going with this…what does Nicki Minaj have to do with “Rain Man”?”.

Well pretty much nothing, but it’s better than calling the post:

Nicki Minaj: The Retardation of Hip-Hop.

I truly don’t understand the fascination with Nicki Minaj. Her cadence sounds as if someone with Tourrettes syndrome was having a really bad ‘tick’ episode. To me it’s reminiscent of  Missy Elliot’s first, “hee hee how..hee hee how” from Gina Thompson’s, “The Things You Do” song from back in the day. Also, I’d appreciate it a lot more if she’d stop with the “Drake Destroys Metaphors & Similes” style of rhyming. Hell, nowadays rappers (Drake, Ludacris, Lil Wayne) seem to have forgotten the art of the metaphor and have just said fuck it all & just end up throwing any word at the end of a verse.

Ex: Find me in the dark.  I’ll be in the stars

That reads as if a 5th grader wrote it.

Sure, everyone think’s she’s Lil Kim 2.0 but the over saturation we’re being subjected to is pretty ridiculous.  In part, I’m hoping that eventually, like everything  Charlie Babbitt Diddy has touched, Nicki Minaj will fade away like a stain. Clorox.

* 10/24..I’m not sure why this post has received 1k hits today, but if you were linked from somewhere else, please leave the original link in the comment section. Thanks.*

No More I Love You’s~ Annie Lennox
(damn the person who let this be sampled!)

  1. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    BEST.POST.ENDING.EVER.
    I love it. I kinda dig her because she’s weird. Her lyrical ability however…leaves a LOT to be desired.
    I really hope Luda doesn’t fall into that rhyme style. He used to be so creative. Maybe he’s doing it ironically? Yeah, he’s doing it ironically. =D

    • July 27, 2010 - Reply

      @Alicia

      that was my drake ending! lol
      luda already has…on my chick bad.. he was like….”coming down the street like a parade….Macys!” lmao!

      • July 27, 2010 - Reply

        @[flahy][blak][chik]

        OMG that ending has just made my day. Thank you so much. I know this is just a faze but I stopped listening to mainstream hip hop so long ago. Lets just pass around some nerdcore and retrospect on star wars. Did I use retrospect as a verb? I did.

  2. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    Why even waste time on a post about her. I mean, her music is utterly senseless. And kids these days think she is a “role model”?!?! Like seriously?!?!? It seems like as generations come around certain english phrases need to be redefined. I don’t know who else to blame but the media, especially 106th&Park.

    • July 27, 2010 - Reply

      @Ike'

      I wouldn’t call it wasting a post. I call it voicing my opinion. I’ve written about all types of things..and will continue to do so 🙂
      But yeah, the 106 & Park Generation is lost. I blame their parents.

  3. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    LMAO….You always say what I want to say Exactly, I didn’t even know who she was until the BET awards that aired like a thousand times. She needs to go back where she came from or learn how to do what she’s doing. I wanted to almost compare her to Lady Gaga for a hot minute, but I had to think, as much as I hate to say Lady Gaga does have talent, even though she’s bitten off my girl Grace Jones

    • July 27, 2010 - Reply

      @Tonia

      Ugh, don’t even get me started on Lady Gag.

      • July 27, 2010 - Reply

        @[flahy][blak][chik]

        Ha, Lady Gag, you got comebacks for everything.

  4. July 27, 2010 - Reply

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  5. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    If i have to hear her name once more i’ll slit my own throat. My thing is what do we need her for? Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, and Trina have already covered this ground and done it so much better. See all you have to do is act like people are missing the “hottest new thing on the street” and it creates this buzz. Talent does not matter because if it did hip-hop would not be a stagnant as it is now. I listen to some of the stuff that gets crammed down yound people throats and i weep for the future.

    • July 28, 2010 - Reply

      @Bogart4017

      Exactly! Someone is always looking for the next new thing..to replace the last old thing!

  6. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    Religious visitor, virgin commenter. But I just couldn’t resist. I heard this song and was like, heh… so they’re teaching our kids that ‘store’ and ‘toddler’ are rhyming words. I couldn’t wrap my Minnesotan brain around this conundrum, so I really didn’t catch the rest of the song. Anyway… great post, and the ending litr’ally made me laugh out loud. perfection. Peace.

    • July 28, 2010 - Reply

      @MissMaryMack

      Awww thanks for taking the time to comment! Believe me, you dont’ want to catch the rest of the song..it’s not worth it.

  7. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    That girl and her rappin’ make me crazy. Asylum.
    Ugh. iQuit.

    • July 28, 2010 - Reply

      @PBG

      LMAO! Good one!

  8. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    I cringed at the Annie Lennox sample too. *sigh* give her another year.. she’ll fade. and if not.. damn the teens (I refuse to believe sensible adults support this) that keep her going… oh and corporate America…i.e. radio.

  9. July 27, 2010 - Reply

    I tried to sit and give her the good college try, but yeah. naw. And she kills me with he Madonna-ish faux-accent thing going on…

    • July 28, 2010 - Reply

      @Naturally Alise

      sure i will admit years ago i listened to a few mix tapes..but from how she started out..till now..totally different person..and that damn accent..ugh..bitch you’re from NYC..not London/Paris/Rome or France.

  10. July 28, 2010 - Reply

    She is beyond frightening part of a cadre of soul-less talentless androids christened by Wayne sizzurp and Diddy’s flash-in-the-pan machine and so many other offenders. I’m done with music now. I don’t bother. Thanks for Annie Lennox. I rocked that album hard. Find me an MC that hits you in the chest with lyrics, imagery, flow laced with style and authenticity and I may come out of hip hop hibernation. Until then I’ll be listening to Chief Rocka or something to stave off the radio and it’s desecration…Hmm, I guess I have a strong opinion…Thanks for the analysis.

    • July 28, 2010 - Reply

      @Tessism

      Annie is a classic..I hate to hear that sample being desecrated!

  11. July 28, 2010 - Reply

    Nikki has talent, she’s highly intelligent,(but as we all know talent doesn’t sell records) her lyrics won’t land her a ph D in english, but she uses her sex appeal, and her style (which many say they don’t like) is what makes her stand out from any other artist, and I am for one who can appreciate individuality, but at the end of day the music industry is all about sellinf records so as long ad people keep buying it, that what the artist we buy will continue to do i.e diddy

    • July 28, 2010 - Reply

      @honest_opinion

      “(but as we all know talent doesn’t sell records)”…and that is the problem.

    • July 30, 2010 - Reply

      @honest_opinion

      Highly intelligent? Based on…….?

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  16. August 2, 2010 - Reply

    I’m a teen and I do not listen to Niki manja or whatever her name is. My parents have introduced me to artists from back in thier day and I have to say that music has changed… and not for the better.Back then people had a message : self acceptance , standing up for your rights , love , and so much more. Now it’s just about ” my girl got a girlfriend” and who can out-skank who. Sometimes I think/say to myself ” Where has all the good artists gone?”. Nowadays , i just listen to the old stuff and a little bit of new (janelle monae 🙂 I like her very much) and try to imagine a past where music was doing it’s job. Evoking a certain feeling that made you want to get up and dance and just listen to the future. Something uplifting. I don’t know about anyone else but saying ” bitch , bitch , bitch, bitch make me rich!” is far from that.
    Sometimes I wonder if they really have a conspiracy to brainwash us teens with this stupid and useless mess.

  17. August 3, 2010 - Reply

    (I’m late, but am glad I finally got a chance to read this)
    When you hear/read hip hop debates ppl sometimes tend to say that we need to “change w/ the times”… & all I can say is, for the past few years this type of bubble gum bull shyt has been flooding the airways & filling young ppl’s minds w/ ignorance. What happened to REAL lyric’s?
    I am not a parent, but I do have an 18 year old sister and I would beat her a** if she thought that is was acceptable to dumb herself down or dress like a barbie whore.
    I see the EXACT place you were going when you mentioned Rain Main. 😉

  18. October 25, 2010 - Reply

    Quite frankly, Your Love seems like a sorry attempt at a cross-over song to branch out to those who aren’t familiar with Nicki full-on rap-wise. But to deem her as “The Retardation of Hip-Hop” is grossly unfitting. The Soulja Boys, Waka Flockas, Gucci Manes, etc. own deserve that title, but Nick actually alludes to and makes references to are clever.
    Itty Bitty Piggy was the song that earned her lyrical respect from me, before which I could not understand how she merited so much attention talent-wise.
    This is coming from an avid hip-hop fan, Black Ivy Leaguer. One definitely has to go beyond her radio-edit singles, which are far from her best material. Your Love and Massive Attack are hardly even worth mentioning.

    • October 29, 2010 - Reply

      @KS

      Where did you find this post linked on?

  19. October 29, 2010 - Reply

    i think she has good songs, but the shit people say about her makes me think she is fake, she looks fake, sorry girl.

  20. December 3, 2010 - Reply

    I really cherish this website. Wewish we could come here all the time.

  21. December 7, 2010 - Reply

    Nicki Minaj has a great attitude, energy, and a great voice. She looks like whatever she wants to look like. Both her and Gaga are amazing singers with some extraordinary creativity. They didn’t make themselves famous, obviously the people who follow them made them famous. If they had no talent, why would anyone be paying attention to them?
    You shouldn’t really be able to rate an artist unless you’ve listened to all their work. You can’t judge a book by reading a random page somewhere in the middle. You have to find out what she can do.

    • January 12, 2011 - Reply

      @Deef

      best quit using my name dog.

  22. December 13, 2010 - Reply

    I tried all day to think of some witty comment to write on your blog but all I got is “Of course, it’s very easy to be witty tomorrow, after you get a chance to do some research and rehearse your ad libs.”

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