The Real Reason Nicki Minaj is Ranting

Lemme just start this off by saying, I’m pretty open about my distaste for Nicki Minaj as well as her fans. And while this post may come off as unbiased and maybe even “hating”, I can assure you I’m only speaking from an objective point of view (kinda lol). So let’s get started.

August 10th was the official release date of Nicki Minaj’s 4th studio album, QUEEN. The date of this release is significant because it came after several album pushbacks from the artist. Whenever there’s multiple pushbacks for a major project like this, you know theres some kind of drama between an artist and their team on either the rollout of the project or just the music in general, so I think that’s key. It’s also important to note that 2018 has been a busy year for Minaj. We’ve seen her on multiple big features such as “Motorsport”, “FEFE”, “Big Bank” and “The Light is Coming”. And with an album out, you can attribute that to her team wanting her to be in the public eye as much as possible. Especially because she had been relatively quiet since her last album, The Pinkprint.

So it sounds like Nicki is having a good year right? Wrong. With 185,121 total album equivalent units, 77,836 pure album sales and a streaming count of 128,699,810, Nicki’s fourth studio album nabs the No. 2 spot. Now for most artists, that would be a great first week number, but for a superstar like Nicki Minaj, that’s very unpleasing. Especially when rappers like Travis Scott sold over 500k first week that same week to solidify the number one spot. And this is where the shit show starts.

So where should we start? The random beef with her ex boyfriend and former business partner SAFAREE? Or the beef with DJ Self? How bout the one with Spotify? Or how about the sudden hate for Travis Scott? They all scream one thing, Nicki needs attention.

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One thing I commend new artists on is the ability to turn any kind of negative attention into album sales, and I think this is what Nicki is trying to do; the only issue is ITS NOT WORKING. She just looks crazy. But I can’t be the only one who knows the real reason why she’s doing all this. Nicki knows just like we all know that her reign as the supreme ruler over Female Rap is over. With Cardi B selling 200k+ first week earlier this year, the first domino fell when it comes to the end of the Minaj era.  Cardi’s had two Number 1’s this year, while Nicki’s singles cant even compete. Her twitter outbursts as well as her drug-like erratic behavior are just a cry for attention and it’s done nothing but turn people off to her. She seems bitter that she’s not being praised for everything she does anymore, and instead of being grateful and humble for her past success, she’s decided to play victim.

“SCORPION” Album Review: Did it Live Up to the Hype?

It’s been 3 days since the release of Drake’s 5th studio album, “Scorpion”, and after sitting with it for the weekend with about 5 or 6 listens throughout, I’m ready to give my review on the project.

With every Drake project, there are always a few things that you can always expect; He’s going to rap on some songs, he’s going to sing on others, and there will be at least 1 or 2 smash hits on there. Known for being a dual talented artist, Drake and his camp decided to take this to a whole new level by delivering a 2-disc album (One dedicated to rap, the other focused on R&B); a move that shows a lot of confidence in the artist’s song making ability. But how effective was it?

Honestly, when hearing about the idea of the 2 discs, I was excited, but after hearing the album, I realized it was kinda unnecessary. Of course I understand the thinking of it, Drake is such huge star these days he has all kinds of fans, many who may not like him rapping, so to basically make 2 albums for his two kinds of fans is marketing genius. But as a fan of both sides of Drake, the album just seems to drag on.

Not to say that the album was bad, but there are definitely “skip-worthy” tracks on both albums. So on a 25-track album, I found myself keeping about 18 of them. A lot of these tracks are the songs where you can tell Drake is trying to appeal to the younger generation of music listeners, songs like “Nonstop”, “I’m Upset”, and “Ratchet Happy Birthday”. Then some tracks aren’t necessarily horrible, but they just seemed to be forgettable, and on such a long project, I don’t need to sit through a song I’m not in love with; some of these songs included “Peak”, “That’s How You Feel”, & “Mob Ties”.

Then you had the songs where you read the tracklist and saw the features and became extremely interested, these songs would be “Don’t Matter to Me” (ft. Michael Jackson) and “Talk Up” (ft. Jay-Z). And while both songs were good, they definitely didn’t meet my initial expectations, so that was kinda disappointing. Especially because these are two of the greatest of all time, I was expecting to be blown away by these songs and after hearing them they were really nothing special.

But even with that being said, there were still high upsides on this album. Great rapping tracks like “Emotionless” (which featured a beautiful sample of Mariah Carey), and “Sandra’s Rose” reminded me of how great Drake can be when he decides to rap seriously. And on the R&B side, songs like “After Dark” and “Jaded” were definitely some of my favorites, and seemed to be the same for the listening public.

If you listened to this album, you’ll notice on huge thing, Drake’s references to his child. It seems that on at least more than half of this album, Drake is talking about his son or his baby mom or making subtle references to his recent beef with Pusha T, which left me thinking one thing, Pusha T won their beef and his raps really stuck with Drake. Lines like ‘The only deadbeats, are the beats I’m rapping on” and “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid” are obvious attempts of Drake to save his image, and honestly, they’re failed attempts. Possibly the worst of them is “March 14th” where Drake basically dedicates a whole song to his child, and honestly, listening to it is cringe-worthy. It sounds as though Drake wrote it up in an hour and nothing about it sounds genuine, just a lazy song and it shouldn’t have been on the album, especially not the last song.

Overall though, SCORPION is a solid Drake project. Definitely not his best, but far from his worst. One of the most intriguing takes I saw on this album was that Drake no longer makes cohesive albums, now it just seems as he though he makes large compilation projects, and I’m inclined to agree. Drake’s album haven’t felt cohesive since maybe Nothing Was The Same, now does that mean that’s a bad thing? No, but its definitely something to think about. What did you think about the album?

SCORPION is available on all music streaming services.