Say what you want about Nicki Minaj, but she’s already making her presence felt across the globe. You see all her Harajuku Barbies littered across cyberspace and assume she’s just an Internet phenomenon. Having gone out a few nights ago & being surrounded by a crowd much younger than anticipated, there were so many Nicki look-a-likes walking around the club you would’ve thought she’d been running rap for years. Blame it on the lack of visible female emcees or whatever, but she’s got a hold on a generation.
And that hold goes beyond style. There’s a good chance that any young girl with Rap aspirations will look to her when crafting her skills. Shoot, you don’t have to search any further than 106 & Parks’ First All Female Freestyle Friday to see the process already in works. Young Brooklynite Annisha is Nicki 2.0, from the gemstone she uses to harness her skills right down to her outfit taken straight out of Tim Burton’s costume locker. To keep it one hunnid, she really isn’t even that bad, it’s just everything about her persona forces you to draw your attention else where.
And you can’t really knock her, because her male counterparts do the same thing. The only drawback is their inspiration well…just runs a little deeper.
WMS The Sultan & Mr.X Present Sultan On The Beat (Hosted By DJ Capcom)
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Young Jeezy x Don Cannon – Trap Or Die Pt. 2 (By Any Means Necessary)
Esso – The Anti-Socialite
Abbey James – Working Class Royalty
DJ ill Digitz Presents…Likuid Sounds
Kenny Ali – The Chronic 2010
Beats By Rhettmatic: The Boom Bap Collection 2.0
K-Funk & Deez Presents: Gangstafied Vol. 1 (Mixed By Grigo)
Nas – Illmatic (Instrumentals)
DJ Toomp Presents: RE – The Regeneration Project
Jadakiss, DJ Green Lantern & DJ Drama – The Champ Is H3re (A Gangsta Grillz Invasion)
Common Sense – I Used To Love H.E.R./Communism VLS
Rapsody – Replay
DJ Envy & NMC Present Young Jeezy – Trap & B
The Physics – Three Piece EP
House Party: The New Jack Bling Edition
Shawn Jackson – Hollywood Shuffle Side A
Most Official Presents Revenge Of The Boom Bap
DJ 1Mic Presents: Wale – Sports, Buds, And Entertainment
Ja-Bar – In The Club (Hosted By DJ Green Lantern & Lil Bankhead)