OPINION – The day Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj began throwing shade at each other; I just knew this would be a great opportunity for hip-hop in general. Not too many women on the mic are going at each other in MC Lyte versus Antoinette fashion and receiving a broader audience while doing it. I kind of miss rap beef, as long as it stayed on what we call wax. Furthermore, in this era of the genre not too many women are getting opportunities to shine and be talked about all over social media for their bars and disrespect for each other on a lyrical scale (even though the lyrics have become more sinister).
There is history concerning the beef between Remy and Minaj, that was in the making for a decade. Minaj released a mixtape back in 2007 when Remy was incarcerated entitled, Playtime Is Over. The track, “Dirty Money” over a Terror Squad beat, had many people including Remy thinking that Minaj was throwing verbal shade at her with this line:
“Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown,” “She won three rounds, I’mma need a hundred thou’…/Oh, y’all ain’t know? Bet y’all bitches know now.”
With the beat Minaj used and the fact that Remy won a $20,000 battle against Lady Luck, it didn’t take a genius to put two and two together. According to Remy, she stated in an interview while she was incarcerated that she confronted Minaj about it. The back and forth between the two has been brewing for quite some time, and it reached its peak in the present, where everything exploded, and social media went nuts.
With Minaj’s subliminal’s on tracks entitled, “Swalia” and with Gucci Mane’s “Make Love,” Minaj gave the appearance that she didn’t believe Remy Ma would answer her in such a fashion that it would have the internet on fire.
“Oooohhh, oh you the qu-e-e-the queen of this here?/One platinum plaque, album flopped, bitch, where?”-Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma responded less than 48 hours later with the track, “ShETHER,” which was a lyrical assault on Minaj that cause social media to explode:
“We call that Jelani, get it? Semen in your pants” and “And I got a few words for the moms of the young Barbz/Guess who supports a child molester? Nicki Minaj/You paid for your brother’s wedding? That’s hella foul/How you spending money to support a pedophile?/He a walking dead man, sending threats to him/I guess that’s why they call you Barbie, you was next to Ken/Talkin’ ‘bout your money long and your foreign sick/Why you ain’t help your bro hide his cum from forensics”.
During the social media explosion, people on social media appear to have a problem with folks discussing this rap beef. Some cited that one couldn’t possibly be “woke” (I can’t stand that word now) and talk about hip-hop beef on social media. It’s a good thing to abandoned the same Trump news, or the consistent topics of racial oppression, etc. That does not mean the person is not “woke,” so folks need to stop shaming those who want to discuss something else. Are we supposed to be a program to address social issues 24/7? Sorry, I will talk about pop culture anytime I please, but it doesn’t make me less enlighten compared to the person who isn’t discussing it. With that being said, have several forced seats.
Then some individuals also said with a straight face that Remy’s response was weak and her bars weren’t all that to be discussing. The ones that I noticed had that comment escape from their computer screens are men. Some men, especially on Facebook hip-hop groups, are saying that Remy couldn’t possibly go toe to toe with a man on a lyrical scale. This leads me to believe that jealousy and misogyny plays an immense role in the criticism and has always been a blanket part of oppression against women in hip-hop. It pains some men that the topic of discussion where it involves hip-hop was about two women (especially Black women) and not masculine induced men for once. That’s another group that needs to have a full stadium of seats. They have been the most annoying out of the bunch, but some men can’t help hiding their sheer disgusting misogyny.
Then one has the generic complainers. They are mad because their timeline is filled with the Remy and Minaj topics, but there is a feature on one’s social media with emphasis on Facebook that can hide those who are talking about it. If one doesn’t want to read about it, either change the settings or just stop logging on, one has options, so use it.
So far, the only response Minaj was able to come up with was making fun of Remy’s album sales:
“Powered by the Platinum certified ‘All The Way Up,’ Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s joint effort ‘Plato O Plomo’ debuts disappointedly at #44 on the SPS count. Its combined numbers on that chart came in at 11,158. As for the project’s pure sales debut, that figure sat at a shocking 7,978. Although, this was enough to lift its placing on sales-only chart to #25.” Nicki captioned the photo with a “Yikes” and facepalm emoji.”
Great or mediocre album sales, doesn’t constitute one is a good rapper and has lyrical skills. If that is all Minaj can muster, she failed and lost the battle already. Harping on album sales, instead of getting in the booth and exhibit some bars is an appropriate response. Bringing the beef back to social media and not coming up with a lyrical arsenal, proves that Minaj doesn’t have that much of an answer for Remy Ma’s lyrical prowess. Of course, Minaj should have known better to poke the hornet’s nest concerning Remy. I mean Remy had me thinking, I can take all your money on the “Ante Up” remix, so her lyrical influence and overall delivery have always been stellar.
With that being said, this is the type of rap beef that is needed in hip-hop, especially when women are involved. The era has been dominated by one woman, which is Minaj far too long, and other women in hip-hop can’t seem to muscle in on the genre for extended periods of time because Minaj turned the imagery and rap music involving women, more into pop music, instead of real rap. Minaj comes across as if she should be the only woman in hip-hop that should be getting shine. There was an era, where one had Eve, Lauryn and Missy all in the same fold making music without having one dominate like Apple. Minaj comes across as if she should have a monopoly in the game of hip-hop concerning women. It’s time for Minaj to get some competition and test her to see if she has a lyrical foot to stand on and by the looks of things she doesn’t. I think hip-hop fans will attest (well the older generation) that women who can rap shouldn’t come across as mediocre pop stars, and should be awarded for their lyrical skills.
If Minaj doesn’t bring an array of bars, she will continue to be known as having one great verse on “Monster” as the only thing that made folks discuss her as a rapper in her career since her mixtape days. I’m starting to think that Minaj didn’t write her verse on “Monster, ” or maybe ghostwriters did all the work for her, and now she is being exposed as she has already been known for as just a gimmick rapper. The average rap fan has changed nevertheless, and may not care about lyrical delivery. That may save Minaj, but fans who respect artists who can deliver bars, write their lyrics will get the love from fans who aren’t easily swayed by gimmicks.
So let’s stop complaining because people are giving the appearance that they aren’t enlightened because we took a break from social issues for once and focused on the Remy and Minaj rap beef. Let’s stop showing our misogynistic behinds because we aren’t talking about the men in hip-hop for once (didn’t we talk about the Drake and Meek’s beef?). Allow this beef to manifest itself for as long as possible, as long as it stays non-violent. It’s good for hip-hop, and it allows those in the genre with an emphasis on women to step their game up or fade into obscurity because they can’t handle the weight, and that’s what rap fans deserve, where old schoolers like Lyte would be immensely proud.
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