I have a complicated relationship with Nicki Minaj… the complication is that I don’t like her. Her flow is wack, her lyrics are nonsense masquerading as “clever” and the shameless Lil’ Kim biting is simply unforgivable (although the Queen Bee could do herself a favor and fall back on bashing the Nick-ster in the press.) However after all the proclamations of how I’m not feeling this chick, she has the unmitigated nerve to release a song… well, that I kinda like.
Yes, after weeks of denial, I’m coming out of the closet and admitting that I’ve been feeling “Your Love” and I can say that proudly now cuz I’m secure in my disdain for the artist. Much of the appeal comes from the song’s liberal jacking of Annie Lennox’s “No More ‘I Love You’s’”, but the hook is a strong selling point as well. Now comes the video and while I braced myself for wacky wigs and facial ticks, I wasn’t prepared for “Your Love” to be “your version of a Janet video.” And of all the classic vids in Jan’s catalogue Nicki could’ve stolen from… er, “been influenced by”, she chose… “Call On Me”???
Yes, the Asian influences (a touch of Geisha, some dinner theater-looking Shogun ensembles) are here to frame the oft-told classic tale of “Hatin’ A$$ B*tches In Karate Class.” It seems girls they love, they love the marital arts instructor but he only has eyes (and a sword—- I’m not being nasty, he literally has a sword) for Nicki Mins. However, don’t be fooled by the soothing effects of the wind-blown sateen bed sheets or that calming Annie Lennox sample, this a doomed love story and before you can yell “hi-yah!”, a showdown between Nicks and the main “Hatin’ A$$ B*tch” ensues (which would’ve been brilliant had they cast real-life Nicki nemesis Keys) producing seriously tragic results.
Thankfully the antics are kept to a minimum (that acrylic Madonna “Vogue” wig rears its literal ugly head again and the famed “Nicky tic” is featured only briefly) as La Naj opts for a much more tolerable straightforward performance/delivery of the song. However, I don’t care how much she spent at JoAnn Fabrics, the Cinderblock Shop or Wind Machine Emporium, I’m gonna chalk up this whole decent song/decent video episode as a cosmic fluke. I’m gonna need for things to go back to the way they were——with her bigging up Barbie and rapping like she has Tourette’s so I can continue to dismiss her and say, “Nicki what?, Nicki who?” Grade: B-
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