Is Nicki Squashing ALL Of The Competition, Or Could Ke$ha Be A Problem???

- By Bossip Staff

Ebony Magazine did a six page spread on woman of the week Nicki Minaj that includes Derek Blanks photos of the rapper as a 50-foot-woman, towering over her surroundings. It’s a fitting metaphor, but not all the critics have been so kind to Nick.

The New York Times ran a critical review today comparing Minaj to Ke$ha and we’re guessing some people are not going to be too happy about it. Check out a few excerpts below:

At this time last year Nicki Minaj had established herself as the most important new female voice in hip-hop since Missy Elliott and was on her way to becoming one of the most ubiquitous artists in pop, thanks to a series of scene-stealing collaborations, high on character, technique and energy. For more than a year now, she has been a rejoinder to an endless stream of lovermen, narcissists, tough guys and lyrical monsters, besting them all, from Trey Songz to Kanye West.

So it’s odd that upon the release of her proper debut album, “Pink Friday” (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal), she has been bested in some ways by Kesha, who at this time last year was just beginning to figure out how to rap. Kesha released “Cannibal” (Kemosabe/RCA) this week, an EP that continues her move away from pop singer headlong into the sort of bubblegum-snapping slick talk that she has all but cornered the market on. Compared to her debut, “Animal,” which was released in January, “Cannibal” is riskier, narrower and more successful.

NYTimes writer Jon Caramanica is pretty hard on Pink Friday, claiming the project falls short of our expectations of Nicki:

Gone is much of the attitude and exuberance of her guest appearances, replaced with what can only be described as a sense of purpose, something she has never before been burdened by.


Too often — “Fly,” “Save Me,” “Here I Am” — she turns maudlin, as if in search of an Oprah couch. Worse, these songs don’t take advantage of her natural gifts as a vocalist: there’s no element of surprise, no unusual vocal tics, no sense of theater, only melodrama.

He does heap some praise on “Roman’s Revenge,” noting:

These are the expectation-bending rhymes that have made Nicki Minaj the most dangerous rapper to share a song with, and here, even Eminem sounds hungry, wanting to keep up. But that attitude is too scarce on this album, as if now, no longer having to make an impression loudly, she’s unsure of what to say, and how to say it.

Then begins the comparisons between Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha… At first it seems that Nicki is at an advantage,

“Still, even at her dullest, Nicki Minaj is more technically gifted, more thoughtful and more radical than Kesha,”

But mid-sentence he twists the knife by continuing:

which makes it somewhat maddening that, with “Cannibal,” Kesha threatens to become the most influential female rapper of the day, or at least the most popular.

We’ve never been among the believers in Ke$ha as a “rapper” but Caramanica makes the argument she is one:

Pretending Kesha isn’t a rapper is no longer feasible. She’s primarily singing on only two songs here, “The Harold Song” and “C U Next Tuesday.” In the past she was accused of appropriating the style of the white-girl hipster-rap curio Uffie, but here, on songs like “Carnival” and “Crazy Beautiful Life,” she might be channeling Kid Sister, or more to the point, they’re both channeling L’Trimm, all sneering saucy talk.

Nevertheless, Kesha’s album has the sound of an artist loosening up to fully inhabit a new creative space, while Nicki Minaj’s reflects the pressure — self-imposed or otherwise — associated with the weight of expectation and moral authority. And while Nicki Minaj frets, Kesha feels more unbound then ever, free to do stupid things, smartly.

Both Nicki and Ke$ha worked with Atlanta producer Bangladesh (Nicki on “Did It On’em,” Ke$ha on “Sleazy”) so the next comparison focuses on those efforts, specifically in their different takes on gender roles. Nicki also seems to come out on top in this battle, with Caramanica conceding “Kesha has lower aims, and even less idea of how to achieve them,” and “For her, gender roles are fixed. Her transgressions aren’t subversive, just familiar frat humor coming from a woman’s mouth.”

Finally Caramanica concludes:

Nicki Minaj’s and Kesha’s audiences couldn’t be more different. Same goes for their styles. That there’s overlap between the two turns out to be the biggest surprise. There’s one outright Kesha-like song on Nicki Minaj’s album: “Check It Out,” produced by, on which her vocals are run through a tinny Auto-Tune-like effect. “Competition/Why, yes/I would love some,” she says. Of course she has none in hip-hop — maybe she should be looking elsewhere anyhow.

The closing sentence actually does seem fitting. While the public has largely been focused on competition between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim — Nicki’s audience and her willingness to sing and try a more mainstream/pop approach makes for a good argument for a Ke$ha rivalry.

What do you think? Is Ke$ha any competition for Nicki Minaj?

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  • juliette

    Kesha?! Nawwww b. I’m no nicki stan, but naw.lmaooo. No competition.

    • ace

      who the eff is kei$ha?

  • katina Hope

    hands up ke$ha wins and saves us all

    • ace

      ke$ha who?

  • nana

    Kesha is good at wat she does BuT Nicki is also interesting! Nicki 2 me has a lot versatility..she can go Pop 2 Hip hop and THAT’s K$sha’s disadvantage. But hei am NOT mad at either of them….. They Are makin mad Paper

  • Here to Share Knowledge...Not Argue With you

    There are no female MCs out right now….including this hooka….she just came into a dormant game…but when some real chic comes in (not wearing colored wigs and butt pads), has a decent flow….this little trick can just go sit down somewhere and just do Drag shows….I will be so glad when that day comes…..

    • kray

      colored hair and pads dont take away from being a great mc or add to it…we all know thats just to gain an audience, money etc. right now pop is making big money so of course most are going to go for whats working right now..

    • RHONYC

      lil’ kim has been cut up more than a steak at benihanas, and she is a R-E-A-L mc.
      shout out to lil’ kim who turned me on to marc jacobs.

    • G.M.


  • jj

    oh what those numbers suspected to be looking like??
    somewhere in the 400,000s perhaps???
    well i guess we will know for sure in some days
    lets see how much of a flop she is eh

  • lucky

    lol both of the broads are jokes.

  • mosiane

    Both trash, seems fitting.

  • DJ's Mom

    I do not care for NM rap-style. It is too animated for me. I’d much rather listen to Lil Kim’s knifed up self! Happy Thanksgiving Day!

  • Love Me

    Shout out to both of them for doing extra ish to make the bread keep coming..

  • Treatise Emily Shaniqua Jones

    after i heard her music i only have to say why does anyone compare her and kim at all. kim is a stone cold rapper. this girl is something all together different. the only thing they have in common is some of the new girl’s style is like kim. please shut down that discussion. look like the new girl is beast though; they should compare her to similar people. she is better than a lot of the people of the day.

  • amiko

    kesha really

  • purple love

    I don’t think the writer is really trying to say ke$ha is competition he’s trying to say pink friday is alil more pop than you would think but both girls are hott smh I swear I love everybody ctfu

  • clueless genius

    who is kesha? :/

    • her?yeahher


  • Watch Out

    Nicki messed up badly on this album. This is the worst I’ve heard from a female emcee for her first album. Nicki shouldn’t have left her roots so much. She will lose true hip hop fans she had if she doesn’t recover with a sophmore album cause Pink Friday is not the business.

  • ChaCha Fance

    Ke$ha > Nicki

  • meka

    Strong and really down to earth. I found that she has a heart. and is good inside and that by itself says alot.

  • Peace

    I like nik…kisha??? Don’t care…Is this all we have to choose from??? Tragic!

  • clinique

    I’m holding out for better. From anyone, these two, any other female rapper. These are the only ones getting spotlight cuz they are very marketable…I’m holding out for talent to show.

    Lil’ Wayne had one me but his stuff is nowadays is losing me.

  • Whateva'

    I’m not a Nicki fan, but to say that Kesha is better than only her means that she’s more mainstream (white).

    Good luck to her tryin’ to sell ‘Pink Friday’ cuz i ain’t buyin’ it.

  • her?yeahher

    nah. i’m not even a nicki minaj fan but no way in hell is this other chick competition for her…. that girl is lame as f*ck and boooring.

    that writer has no clue and while giving props to nicki, is STILL trying to say that other chick is at or above minaj’s level. its ridiculous and was written by the whitest of white folks or someone on kesha’s payroll.

    BTW kesha had the worst performance of the ama’s – I WOULD PAY not TO SEE HER.

  • wanna minaj?

    honestly, i don’t think kesha is competition just based off of her skills alone. i do however like both artist. i’m not going to try and convince ppl that pink friday was amazing because everyone has different taste in music. i will say that i was very pleased with nicki’s 1st cd and i would buy a million copies if i could. at the end of the day, hip hop isn’t what it use to be because of the younger generation and u can’t expect it to be like it was either. those times are gone so ppl should really get over it. most artist nowadays are pop artist because the public and money made them “pop”ular. and if you’re not pop, you’re gonna fade

  • wanna minaj?

    Btw i thought nicki was gonna come out hard like she was on the come up but that’s old nicki. i can’t hate on the new nicki because ppl change and grow. she still went hard tho. kesha on the other hand is just a weirdo and might be on something. but her music is kinda catchy lol

  • seyess

    Actually her album is HOtt!! Innovative and its something different which i luvvv..GO NIKI!!



  • siyt

    WoW didn’t see this coming. But they did makes some good points. HOWever….Nicki has people pressuring her non-stop seemingly, while no one is even looking at Ke$ha for that type of talent. If these to where to duke it out (on wax) Nicki would slay her! Maybe Kesha does need the pressure to show her skills and Nicki needs the attention of that fan base. Good job sparking the minds of us consumers and spectators. Now let the entertainers….entertain!!!!

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