The above photo is of the Hip-Hop artist Nicki Minaj, recently proclaimed the “New Queen of Hip-Hop” by Rolling Stone magazine. She started off as an underground artist, having a few mixtapes circulating the Hip-Hop community, and a buzz started to circulate around her. She is known for her bubbly, yet hard demeanor and her explosive personas in music videos. But, what she is MOST famous for is her rather large derriere. Which has been a spectacle of the Hip-Hop/R&B community and fans alike.
What seems to be becoming more and more prevalent is that her looks and shape overshadow her lyrics. Which are sometimes past debatable as being ‘top notch’. Not to say that she isn’t decent with her words, but I wouldn’t even think of comparing her to artists like Lauryn Hill. There has been sparks of controversy over her infamous behind and breasts, as whether or not they are real. Photos circulated the net of before and after photos, and it’s almost completely obvious there was some plastic surgery intervention.
The second picture is not very old at all, seeing as Nicki Minaj has been on the scene for maybe 2-3 years.
I wonder if she didn’t look the way she does would she be as popular as she is? Take for instance Rihanna. Rihanna is extremely beautiful. Yet her voice (aside all of the audio fixes and auto tuning to smooth out her voice) is not great at all. But she is one of the most world renown artist’ of our generation. Beauty plays a big role in the music industry and almost always trumps talent. A lot of the people in my generation probably don’t know anything about artists back in the 80s (I have older parents and sibling so I grew up around older music) but does the name Appollonia ring a bell?
She was discovered by Prince, and played the lead female role in Purple Rain. She was also known for being extremely beautiful, but “couldn’t sing a lick”, as older people would say.
But artists like India Arie, Estelle, or Adele who have great soul stirring music and wonderful voices, are over looked because they don’t fit the mainstream look of beauty, so people lose interest and they are extremely underrated and overlooked.
Let’s take a look at these two artists, be honest, who would you rather see in concert?