You know the mantra “Pick on somebody your own size?” Nicki Minaj should probably apply that to her way of life. She famously tried Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards with the vehement “Yo Miley, what’s good?” with such a look of disgust on her face that she made many think that she was ready for whatever. But, of course, nothing ever happened. Miley didn’t want that kind of smoke; she ended up playing the background, and, soon after, she fell into eminent obscurity.
Fast forward to 2018 and Nicki and Cardi B’s eloquent dance of slow career death. Nicki’s been throwing strays at Cardi rather liberally, from subtly agreeing on social media that Cardi may not be the best mother in the world to songs denouncing stripping as a profession, and she had to answer for those last night at a New York Fashion Week gala. A thrown shoe, back-and-forth yelling, and subsequent expose on Instagram later, it’s become apparent that Nicki’s all gas and no bite.
There’s no one talking more cash shit than Nicki at the moment. Her new radio show on Beats 1, aptly titled ‘Queen Radio,’ has been her sanctuary. She hops on the airwaves, dedicates most of her time to bashing Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, and makes it clear that she’s ready for all the smoke. When confronted with said steam, she reportedly shriveled away from it.
As the story unfolds with two of rap’s most interesting characters, we’ll see how Nicki responds. As it stands now, it appears that she’s not about the life that she’s been so vocal about. She’ll talk all of that whoopty-whoop, but when someone bigger comes her way, she knows when to shut up.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: