When Nicki Minaj first came out, I wasn't feeling her at all. Her oversexualized records and image wasn't appealing to me. I felt like she was just one of those artists who comes and goes. But when I first heard her verse on Kanye West's “Monster” that all changed. I haven't heard a female go that hard in the last few years. I started to get hype about her debut album, Pink Friday, despite not being interested in Young Money.
I was disappointed by “Massive Attack” to the point that I wasn't trying to hear her many guest appearances.
But luckily, I was kind of interested in Drake's debut album. When I heard the Nicki-assisted “Up All Night,” I got hyped about Nicki's debut again, even more than before.
Then, the first single to the album dropped, “Your Love,” and I was sold!
I've never digged a pop record so much before. It was the perfect pop record. The video was very creative and beautiful with a great use of colors. I seriously didn't think she could follow that. But she did with “Right Thru Me.”
Those two records were nice, but I was starting to wonder about the lyrical warrior that I heard on “Monster.” Did she still exist? I was also wondering if there were going to be meaningful records on the album. Once I heard the first track on Pink Friday, I was blown away.
It was the great come up record. It defined to me what she was all about. She showed how real she was with this line: “...I'm fighting for the girls that never thought they could win. Cause before they could begin, you told them it was the end. But I am here to reverse the curse that they live in.”
The rest of the album was a great mix of her come up story, love and pop. It was the best debut I heard in a long time, if not my whole life. I loved the album so much that I brought it for my little sister. Nicki can lead young girls to the path of greatness. Sure, people would disagree, but it really depends on how her music and message is taken in.
This is where parents and mentors come in. Show the kids Nicki's E! Special! That piece alone is inspiring and empowering. I look forward to seeing what Nicki comes up with next. Until then, I'll keep playing Pink Friday and listen to various records featuring Nicki with my sister.