By Hannah Daley
Since the hip-hop/rap industry is predominantly comprised of males, success is inevitably difficult to attain for females, but phenomenon Nicki Minaj has triumphed with her debut album “Pink Friday,” reaching No. 3 for most-downloaded albums on iTunes.
The 25-year-old Trinidadian artist, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, chose “Nicki Minaj” as her stage name when she entered the industry in 2004.
She just released her new album but was already nominated for “Best New Artist” at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in September.
Although many of her lyrics are vulgar and aren’t meant for young kids to hear, Minaj undeniably conveys amazing musicality, wit, confidence, and range in her new album.
Off of “Pink Friday,” songs such as “Right Thru Me,” “Roman’s Revenge,” and “Moment 4 Life” most accurately express these components.
While “Right Thru Me” shows Minaj’s vulnerability by rapping about a frustrating relationship in which the other has “the peep hole to [her] soul,” and how she is “Tired of letting; Passive aggression; Control [her mind],” Minaj releases her anger in “Roman’s Revenge.”
Minaj said in her MTV special “My Time Now” that Roman is the name of a boy inside her who says what she is too afraid to say. Even though the track contains a lot of cussing, she aggressively raps with confidence and swagger, proving that “she will remain where the top begins.”
Although few females achieve success in the business, Minaj sets herself apart from the small number of thriving women with her enunciation and variety of different voices.
For example, she sings the chorus in “Right Thru Me” and then raps the next verse; she also raps in a softer voice and then with a deeper and more aggressive-sounding one, depending on her attitude toward the lyrics.
If confidence, intriguing lyrics, and range are what you look for in a rapper, download Minaj’s debut album for $11.99 on iTunes or individually download songs for $1.29 each.