Nicki Minaj and Hip-Hop's Lesbian Quarantine: The Threesome
Got this from The Sexist via Washington City Paper.
That Bitch Magazine touched Minaj at all is actually more of a shocker for me than anything. (You'll see the reference to another Nicki--who penned the Bitch article--a few paragraphs in.)
I'm a Nicki Minaj fan. I'm not necessarily a good one, with a Barb card and all. I don't know all of her songs or own all of her mixtapes. But one of the draws for me had been exactly what's under discussion over on Champlain St.
I am aware of how males in the industry give her the touche for commanding 'tig ol' bitty' pics quicker than any dude. (See Twitter.) And I think it's an--albeit amusing--but tried and true exercise in futility to attempt pinning her persona down to an exact location within the crossfire of sexual politics and hip hop culture.
We've grown so accustomed to bashing the oral dimension of the medium--especially within the last decade--that it's difficult to speak of it from anything other than a reactionary stance as a 'feminist-type'.
Rather than reinforce hip hop as a male sphere, the two songs referenced actually function as evidence of not only Minaj's lyrical chantdown of Victorian norms, but hip hop's resistance to the same. This is her game, too.
In other words, Usher could be indulging fantasies of 'lipstick lesbianism'. Gucci could be indulging fantasies created by the patriarchal imagination, but at the end of the day they both have Minaj on the song screwing with all gender theories on all fronts confusing all interest groups--straight, Ally, SGL, LGBTTSQ, hip hop heads, sexist dudes, not sexist dudes... (See Bitch.)
This may be because I think I'm grown now, but I think I kinda like the confusion she's causing.
Good job. Carry on.
Would like to see more of this Minaj en comparable rotation, though: