Nicki Minaj is the topic of plenty of conversations these days, with the release of her debut album, Pink Friday, her ongoing feud with Lil’ Kim and the release of her MTV documentary “My Time Now” around the corner.
In “My Time Now” the star femcee’s life is revealed with more candid insight than she’s ever shared. The Lil Wayne protégé let cameras trail her for months and after a screening at the 1515 offices last week, hip-hop media members and bloggers came away impressed with what they learned about the Head Barbie in Charge.
“I feel like it’s a great look to see her actual creative side, how she actually sits down and focuses,” Bossip’s Jemel Asbury said of the clips featuring Nicki in the studio sessions.
“We often approach female artists with skepticism,” The BVX editor Timmhotep Aku added, citing past instances where rappers didn’t pen their own rhymes. “There’s always been this debate about Nicki within the industry and the general public about how authentic her artistry is. And I think the moment when she’s in the booth, when she’s writing her rhymes, she’s going through her take, kind of speaks to her own authenticity. Nick is really a force to be reckoned with because she’s not manufactured.”
Aside from the Queens artist recording in the studio, “My Time Now” captures her between sessions weighing in on her place in hip-hop, as an MC with two X chromosomes in a game where the norm tends to benefit males over females.
“The point that she is trying to say is that she’s still going through struggles that women have gone through in this industry from day one,” remarked DrJays.com’s Simone “Boss Lady” Kapsalides, a Minaj supporter.
In any event, with a rabid following, features on multiple Billboard charting hits and a future as bright as her hair, Nicki Minaj is making her mark.
Most agreed overall with this sentiment, Nicki’s a star on her way to superstar status. And it’s a long way from her early days as a local rapper from Queens.
“I think it’s amazing to see a woman come up from those DVDs and those mixtapes and those underground circles to make it to such a superstar level,” Str8NYC’s Lexie Perez said. “It’s amazing.”
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Don’t miss the documentary “Nicki Minaj: My Time Now,” premiering Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!