Minaj for Equality
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj, has recently become the best female rapper since the days of Lil’ Kim. She first appeared in other artists music and random mix tapes under the help of rapper Lil’ Wayne. In august of 2009 she signed with Young Money Entertainment and since then has sky rocketed to fame. She won “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Best New Artist, and Best Group (Young Money)” from the 2010 BET Awards. Drake, another popular rapper, named Nicki “the best female rapper alive.”
Growing up, Nicki Minaj had a hard family life. She was surrounded by constant fighting and trouble between her parents. To help escape reality, she created an alter ego for herself, and this is where she created her stage name “Nicki Minaj.”
What sets Nicki apart from other Hip-Hop artists of our generation, is that she raps more about women empowerment and having a good time v.s Sex and drugs. She wants to be a role model for young women and wants to let them know that it takes more then looks to get you places, it takes talent. Therefore she limits the scandalous outfits in order to set an example.
So why is any of this important? John Stuart Mill stated “Therefore, in many cases if a woman acts as an aggressor it is looked down upon, but if a man in the same position acts this way it is seen as a sign of strength and confidence.” In a recent documentary on MTV called Nicki Minaj “My Time Now,” she expresses how women are looked down upon for speaking their voice, but a man is congratulated for it. She also expresses how she wants people to treat her with respect, and thats why she has to be assertive. She said ,“When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive he’s a boss. He’s bossed up. No negative connotation being bossed, buts lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch.” I encourage you to watch the whole clip (it’s roughly three minutes), but watch from 1:47 to the end.
What Nicki Minaj is going through is exactly the point the John Stuart Mill was making, women are viewed differently and it is unfair. Women are viewed differently, viewed as feminine. Men are viewed as masculine and because they are masculine, society believes that it is okay for men to act more aggressively.
I commend Nicki for standing up for herself in order to better her life, and her families life.