Columbia Journalism School Class of 2014
New York Magazine. Boston Magazine. Billboard Magazine. Gothamist.com. Hachette Book Group.
Former Arts Editor of Boston College's independent student newspaper The Heights.
Lover of all things pop culture. Ask me to rap for you & you'll be surprised at the outcome.
This is not well thought out, but here’s something that bugs me. In Fader’s new column about Nicki Minaj and her parallel pop and rap leanings, the author says this: “As Lady Gaga’s career flames out into irrelevance, I’m relieved that Nicki has replaced her pink wings and Harujuku outfit with simple Alexander McQueen dresses, having the good mind to give up the wacky, cartoonish style of divadom that was so marketable three years ago but feels boring now.”
What’s the use in throwing Nicki Minaj up against a wall next to Lady Gaga? What good does that do? And what good does it do to throw Lady Gaga under the bus?
Much of music journalism has taken on this competitive nature in its content. Women are forced to contend with each other for the attention of we the gatekeepers. It’s gross and lazy and dated and sexist and it needs to change, now.
I’m going to do a one by one, detailed Top 20 starting tomorrow, but for now, here’s a list of ten songs that just barely missed the cut but still deserve the recognition.
"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Madness" by Muse
"Home" by Phillip Phillips
"New York" by Angel Haze
"Bad Religion" by Frank Ocean
"Monotony" by Willis Earl Beal
"Bad Girls" by M.I.A.
"Feed Me Diamonds" by MNDR
"Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars
"Va Va Voom" by Nicki Minaj
Look for my Top 20 in a little while!
Below, find the setlist from Nicki’s “Pink Friday” tour:
1. Roman Holiday 2. Beez In the Trap 3. Did It On’em 4. Moment 4 Life 5. Roman Reloaded 6. Stupid Hoe 7. Right Thru Me 8. Your Love 9. Right By My Side 10. Whip It 11. Turn Me On 12. Roman’s Revenge 13. Champion 14. Young Forever 15. Masquerade 16. Starships 17. Super Bass
Here’s why it’s all sorts of wrong.
The people paying to see her in concert are, more likely than not, fans of the good Nicki Minaj. Where is her “Monster” verse? What about “Dance (A$$)?” To include trash-bag quality songs like “Right Thru Me” and “Stupid Hoe” on this tour is downright offensive. Replace them with quality songs like “I Am Your Leader” and “Va Va Voom” if you want to cater to your audience. Swap out “Young Forever” (garbage) with “Come On A Cone” or your verse from “My Chick Bad.” Where’s the medley of features you used to play at your shows?
I hope that she gets her shit together is all I’m saying. If not, I’ll take my bathroom break during the 1-2 poop punch of “Stupid Hoe” and “Right Thru Me.”