We’re all past the point of digesting Nicki Minaj’s questionable personal style and overt sexuality; its not for everyone and pretty much is what it is. I’m not on “Team Barbie” but there’s something about Nicki that I like — she’s cute, does what she wants, has a few great verses and owns her sexuality in a way that just barely fits with empowered feminism. Still, as much as I “like” her, I can only listen to so much of her music and look at so much of her booty flashing before I feel as ridiculous as she looks with super-pale pink lipstick on.

Her new video, “Stupid Hoe” is just straight up confusing and makes me think that she may have jumped her own shark. Not only does the song itself sound like a more-vulgar version of her Big Sean collaboration “A$$” — and I mean just like it — but watching the video kind of feels like torture — I mean the Clockwork Orange, Guantanamo Bay kind.  See for yourself but please note, the video posted below is the explicit version because I don’t think there would be enough words left to understand it if the dirty words were removed.

Is anyone else as confused as I am after watching this? Is this whole song a Lil’ Kim diss (stupid hoes is my enemy/stupid hoes is so wack/stupid hoe shoulda befriended me/then she coulda prolly came back)? Because the idea that Nicki Minaj is devoting any music whatsoever to perpetuating beef between the two of them hurts my soul and feels like little more than a hip-hop Real Housewives brand of drama. I get the Grace Jones reference and don’t find it as ridiculous as some of the other imagery she uses, but there’s something about this video that feels like the parody of a Nicki Minaj video and not the real video itself.

It’s worth noting that this video has over seven million views on YouTube already, but around 60,000 likes and 120,000 dislikes. I can’t tell if folks aren’t feeling it because of the aural assault from the track, the lazy rhymes, the epileptic camera work, or simply because of lameness of a title like “Stupid Hoe.” It’s all a bit embarrassing. Every artist releases a dud here and there, but has Nicki Minaj gone completely off the rails with this one?

What do you think?

 

  • iQgraphics

    I just want her to bust a real freestyle.
    all this beef is blah
    can you rhyme?

    kick a freestyle and stop freebasing hair dye

  • The Taker (yeah I rep them GIANTS)

    This song is TRASH!!! She need to put down whatever she smoking and get it together. She gonna end up being nothing but a one-hit album wonder if she keep this crap up. She not even trying to grow as an artist and that sucks because at one point she showed some potential. She needs better mentors because Weezy aint sh*t to be looking up to.

  • Devan

    She really lost me with the Don Imus quote. Your “kitchen” might be good Nicki, but that’s about the only thing you got going for you after this travesty. Girl bye!

  • Kanyade

    She jumped the shark, the sperm whale, the squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…

  • nattygirldred

    I wonder if the little girl that did her Super Bass song on Ellen is gonna copy this ish. Back in the day when I heard her ‘itty bity piggy’ I thought she was the new truth in hip hop and she HAS done well. But this ish …. is some ish ratchet crap. And the nappy headed argument as a dis is just outdated. I love when Black women wear straight hair styles (cause we fly wid it) but I’m HAPPILY NAPPY … sorry Niki you can’t just do, what ever you want grrr

  • isolde

    IMO, both of her buzz singles have been atrocious, but even I know not to sleep on Nicki. Stupid Hoe is a success for a single she has no intention of promoting. The song charted on Hot 100 and is racing up the i-tunes charts. The video has over 7M hits, and it came out two days ago, and she’s also got that track off Guetta’s album that sits at #1 on US i-tunes as we speak. Nicki wants to play in the big leagues with the pop-gurls, and you have to do freaky videos and have an outsized persona to run with them. If the real, lead single (Va Va Voom) off of Roman’s Revenge doesn’t smash, then it’s time to get concerned, but until then, you can’t use buzz tracks as proof that someone jumped the shark.

  • Terri

    I like it.

  • Terri

    what the ham sandwich does jump the shark mean? I’m lost.

  • iQgraphics

    I don’t know either

  • jamesfrmphilly

    and i thought i was the only one who did not know……..

  • jamesfrmphilly

    i watched the video with the sound turned off.
    this lady does not compare to grace jones.
    she tries but does not succeed.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    It comes from an old show “Happy Days” when they had their resident cool character literally jump a shark while water skiing. The show’s quality is said to have plummeted from that point. ‘Jumping the shark’ = Trying WAY too hard to be unique, and it’s backfired/It’s all downhill from this point on.

  • Jane

    It means when something takes a turn for the worse. Example when the Flinstones cartoon program started showing episodes with an alien friend that would pop up and give Fred advice. Or the Friday the 13th horror movies, there were at least 10 of these movies and it got so bad they featured Freddy vs Jason. (Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street).

    Jump the shark- means worn out your welcome.

  • LadyT

    i’m not a nicki minaj stan, but it’s pretty obvious to me that nicki is appealing to her fans in asia, specifically japan, with this video. the imagery, the makeup, the hair—it all screams Ganguro culture… perhaps we should step out of our little boxes (tough one for most black folk, i know) and realize that these up-and-coming starlets are NOT trying to appeal to your negroidian sensibilties. They realize that being black is way cooler around the world than it is in US and are capitalizing off that. of course understanding this means understanding pop culture (not just black pop culture), the globalization of black culture, what it means to be a successful pop star in 2012, etc… i know it’s a lot to take in, but as journalists, it’s kind of necessary to do research before… oh wait.

  • http://visityourownstalker.tumblr.com VYOS

    Wait, this looks and sounds just like the rest of her stuff. Did I miss something??

  • Terri

    I actually adore you for this comment right here! YES! I like it when people step outside the box.

  • SassyFrassy

    Wait, was that the monkey from Outbreak?

  • iQgraphics

    what box? The rappers with 0 emcee skills box or the self objectification box?
    Would this box contain tact? I’m not a stan or a hater but it seems like the relentless, talentless and shameless have the game all sewn up. All boxed up.

  • http://thedaughterofafrika.blogspot.com/ African Mami

    I like her. I really do. I would even go as far as attending a concert or too. Guess what, I never know what she is saying.

  • Chrissy

    “Come on bitch, you see where Brad at.”

    Sorry. I just couldnt help myself.

  • http://www.adivastateofmind.com A Diva State of Mind

    “I can’t tell if folks aren’t feeling it because of the aural assault from the track, the lazy rhymes, the epileptic camera work, or simply because of lameness of a title like “Stupid Hoe.” All of the above. This song and video is horrible! I want those 3:15 minutes of my life back.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    freebasing hair dye….lol

  • Whatever

    This woman is a coon. Period.

  • Whatever

    @iQgraphics

    “what box? The rappers with 0 emcee skills box or the self objectification box?”

    Thank You! please add tack, classless and talentless, and gimmick boxes.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    you mean we are not kool enough to understand?

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    In my opinion, all of these theatrics could be somewhat substantiated IF SHE CAME UP WITH BETTER LYRICS. She is not even on the level of male MCs; I am sure we can find children who can go toe-to-toe with her. Why would a person say one word for the longest 5 seconds of anyone’s life? To make the track longer? That is why it is kind f embarrassing to say that she is leading the way for rappers who are women; it makes me wonder if she could get away with this mess if she were male. If she wants to do the whole hip-pop thing; fine, it does not appeal to me, but it will appeal to someone else. But that is no excuse to release tracks based on cliches and lyrics that add nothing to the listeners experience. No one will be listening to this in 5 years. Her 1st CD proved she was someone worth listening to, will her 2nd she should be focused on staying and maintaining where she is (or taking it to the next level).

  • fuchsia

    I actually like Nicki, but she proved to be the Stupid Hoe with this wack video! It would have been fine as a bonus track, but if this has anything to do with her upcoming record, then I’m sure her upcoming album will be garbage.

  • LadyT

    whatever you call it, someone’s buying… correction, millions are buying it. and this is how i know you don’t get it. since when has talent had anything to do with being a start?… i’ll wait… *crickets*

    i realize that the whole point of a comment section is for people to come on here and rant and rave as if someone out there is this big old world actually cares about your personal tastes, but look around you. there is way more tack, classlessness, etc out there than your little psuedo-intellectual cirlcles might have you believe and (brace yourself for this shocker) it’s not black people who are buying into this stuff. these people have legions of fans who love what they do around the world and on top of that they are doing quite well for themselves as a result and guess what? THAT’S THE POINT. go figure. but somehow black people insist on thinking we should make music for each other although we buy music the LEAST of any group of people on the planet. *shrugs*

    at the end of the day this is not that deep. if you don’t like it don’t listen, change the channel, etc. but by all means please don’t let your ignorance to how the pop music machine works get in the way.

  • LadyT

    *since when has talent had anything to do with being a star?

  • LadyT

    thank you!… it takes someone with the name “isolde” to get it.

    (if you knew my real name you’d get the reference. lol!)

  • iQgraphics

    But you suggested “we” should step out of our “little boxes”
    ___
    perhaps we should step out of our little boxes
    ____

    What is the little box We are in and what is the bigger box we should step into?

    I can’t knock the hustle or the numbers. Her credibility among 6 year olds who like lots of colors and shiny things is staggering.

  • iQgraphics

    But you’re right. It’s about the money. you don’t need decency or integrity to be a “star”
    But that’s not what this was about. This is about a song called “Stupid Hoe”
    With a chick in a cage Twerking her “booty” around.

    Nicki has made mistakes
    remember… what was the name of that song… her very first song (video)

    anyway, after critique, she revamped her entire pink friday project.

    Nicki is not an idiot. She’s listening and probably won’t dedicate an entire track that is devoid of lyrical content or skill to another emcee that she regards as a has been.

  • Jess

    This is the typical trash deemed acceptable in the music industry for Black women, while every Black woman of decency is eliminated. The mainstream media is death for Black women, and mothers should stop allowing their sons and daughters to watch this trash, as it’s being purposefully used to demean us. Nikki Minaj’s actions are only helping racists. Sorry, butits got to be said.

  • Angie

    Oh my…I think I burned some precious braincells by just listening to that madness. That’s what that was…madness! Either I’m getting old or music today is absolute garbage….

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    Er…no thanks…I’ll stick to Jean Grae, Eternia, Boog Brown and Invincible.

  • LadyT

    “what box? The rappers with 0 emcee skills box or the self objectification box?”

    yes! those would be the boxes. lol. i don’t know about anyone else, but i’ve seen all of this before. so it’s the box that doesn’t know that “zero emcee skill” and “self objectification” exists and always has; the box that doesn’t remember that this nicki minaj criticism is thee same sh*t people were saying about lil kim back in the late 90s, which was also said about josephine baker and so on and so forth. it’s like we recycle sh*t just to have something to be annoyed about when none of this is new. as far as i can tell, nicki is not trying to be a great MC. she’s trying to be a star. she’s trying to feed her family and live the lifestyle that her skill (or lack thereof) has afforded her. there are plenty of dope mc’s, singers, dancers, etc. in this world. you couldn’t swing a bat without knocking over 10 people “from around the way” who could probably make the final round of “Idol” but will all those people be stars? no. they’ll be the rapping/singing bus driver, postal worker, street hustler, etc. so what say you to the chick who has all the talent the world but no business acumen to turn her talent into a career? it just seems that if you’re black and an artist of any kind, other black people get annoyed when you don’t appeal to *their* personal tastes and preferences when the bottom line is we are way more dimensional. if clutch did an article about flow brown or any other dope unknown female emcee, the comment section would have cob webs growing in it. but the moment y’all negros get a forum to go IN on other black folk y’all tear it up. it’s just funny (funny/sad, not funny/haha) to me that black folk—the first to bitch about stereotypes—are often the main ones perpetuating them by demanding that all black people think, act, behave as “the good black folk” think they should. smh. now if you don’t like her music then that’s your choice and you have every right not to, but to call her out because she did a song/video that clearly isn’t for you (by your own admission) is just getting yourself riled up over nothing, imo.

  • Whatever

    +1

  • ememe

    Not to sound harsh but not only is the video terrible but I wouldn’t even classify the song as “music”. What happened to the Nicki Minaj on Kanye’s “Monster” track or even the Nicki on Drake’s albums? What happened to the girl who actually rhymed about something sensical?

  • HU2011

    Did anyone catch the nigga monkey line? Lyrically the song was just whack…smh….she really is shuckin and jivin …Hip hop is offically dead, i wish Common came for her

  • jamesfrmphilly

    @LadyT : i realize that i am not nearly as intelligent and worldly as you are but i must say that i do not get your point. are you saying that even though black people create this stuff we are too dumb to know what is going on? if that is the case why are the other ethnics following our lead?

    IMO : black people do know crap when we smell it.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    i’m already olde and it is garbage……

  • jamesfrmphilly

    “No one will be listening to this in 5 years”

    i think more like five weeks if that much……

  • iQgraphics

    That was a lot of words. So who’s riled?

    Um, I asked, in reference to your comment, what box are WE in? you said we need to get out of our little boxes and then spoke on Nicki’s asian influences and audience as though she is the first ever to do what she is doing. Or that We cram to understand. You think she’s accepted overseas? or is she mocked? objectified? I’m done. this is “shitty garbaj”

    Did you see the Elle France piece? What about that Dutch Mag?
    That’s what they think. She isn’t helping. At. All.

  • iQgraphics

    NOTHING IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS A SHELF LIFE.
    These are not Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, 36 Chamber lyrics.

    I am defeated.
    I used to look to music as an art form, but now, you have to dig like a cat with a PhD in Archeology to unearth RARE gems. Things have changed. Your soul can be bought and sold for a pair of lubitons and some nail polish.

    I need to accept that it just isn’t what it used to be and go visit okay player and stones throw. I still listen to Jaylib like it was dropped last Tuesday.

    I need to get a clue and just get over it. Teach my baby about creative content and artisanship and bid the radio auidu.

  • iQgraphics

    http://youtu.be/5ScJ_Qq0i8w

    laugh at it.
    can’t really ask for more from Nicki, I guess.

  • Tonton Michel

    Not sure if she is poking fun at her self or if she is dead serious with this video. Not one of Hype Williams best work for sure, I hold him responsible..

  • AustralianGirl

    ‘sensical’? Is that a word now? :-I

  • isolde

    “i’m not a nicki minaj stan, but it’s pretty obvious to me that nicki is appealing to her fans in asia, specifically japan, with this video. the imagery, the makeup, the hair—it all screams Ganguro culture…”
    ____________________________________________________________________
    @Lady T

    Nicki, is for the most part, what many would call a local artist. Pink Friday did like 2M in sales WW, and 90-95% of that came from the US. So, Nicki’s really not at the level where she’s making videos exclusively for her “Asian fans” because based on album/single sales, she doesn’t have many Asian fans to begin with. She barely even does promo in Europe. I don’t even think she’s ever even toured in any Asian countries before. This video is for her fans, full stop, and most of them are in the US.
    ____________________________________________________________________

    “perhaps we should step out of our little boxes (tough one for most black folk, i know) and realize that these up-and-coming starlets are NOT trying to appeal to your negroidian sensibilties.”
    ____________________________________________________________________

    Um, racist much? Even a lot of her stans are saying that the song is garbage, non-blacks and “negroidians” alike. Aint nothin’ fresh, groundbreaking, or out of the box about this video. Not only have we seen it all before, but we’ve seen it all within the past five years. Anyone who keeps up with the pop scene can see the references/jacking, the She-Wolf cage from the Shakira video, the wall backdrop from the Umbrella video, that whole animal print, make-up job and claw nails (Beyonce, Kitty Kat video), the big googali eyes from Bad Romance. One might be inclined to think that Nicki wasn’t just shading Kim, but the pop-gurls in general, calling all of them stupid hoes, but then again Nicki and Ri Ri are tight, and Nicki definitely doesn’t want to try to provoke some kind of NATO allied stan attack where the Lil Monsters, the BeyHive, RihannaNavy, etc. all joined forces to pull the plug on her whole career.

    And of course, Nicki is trying to be a great emcee. The new album isn’t called “Pink Friday: Super Bass reloaded” it’s called “Pink Friday: ROMAN Reloaded.” Roman is best known for “Roman’s Revenge,” the one track on Pink Friday that hip-hop purists rallied around. This next album was/is supposed to be more of that. People are expecting “Roman” to bring the heat this go around. The tepid response to her buzz singles is probably why the album release date got pushed back.
    ____________________________________________________________________

    “ it’s just funny (funny/sad, not funny/haha) to me that black folk—the first to bitch about stereotypes—are often the main ones perpetuating them by demanding that all black people think, act, behave as “the good black folk” think they should.”
    ____________________________________________________________________

    Or maybe people just want better material from Nicki.

    Most of the comments in here are about the song and the video, not even about the concept of Nicki as an artist. Yet, you’re the one doing the most and taking it there.

  • Nne

    That’s what I was thinking. I don’t follow her much, but I thought video was pretty much classic Nicki – bright splashes of color and gratuitous bum shots and all.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    “NOTHING IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS A SHELF LIFE”

    you have heard of miles davis?

  • msbklyn

    I’ve always said the only reason Nicki Minaj is relevant is because there are no female rappers out right now. All we need is ONE female mc and it will be …. nicki who? Competition always keep you up one your game.

  • Duke

    Plus the Loch Ness monster and the Kraken from Clash of the Titans. LOL!

  • mamareese

    Well she’s a gimic rapper. Busta outta be mad cause she took his rapping style totally. I think she’s cute and is something different in the game. Her singing is um bareable….but all in all if ya take way the couture clothes and vibrant color….you just have another booty shaking female……..If she and Drake leave Lil Wayne he’s DOA have you seen them little gremlins he got running behind him? In my Nicki voice Ew!

  • Kanyade

    Ursula from “Little Mermaid”, Nemo and Dorey from “Finding Nemo”, coral reefs, schools of fish, jellyfish swarms, algae, fungi, sea kelp, sea turtles, sea lions, walruses, LOL

  • iQgraphics

    Sorry to not wear my captain obvious cape but I was speaking of Hip Hop/ Rap as per my examples.

  • iQgraphics

    @ isolde
    and wow.

  • binks

    +2 all the monkey…nappy…etc. lines is off putting Nicki needs to take a nap

  • http://melleau.net Mel

    The video was awful and I had to shut my eyes because it was just noise and flashing lights. @AustralianGirl if you ever have any doubts about a word, use Google. But no, sensical isn’t a word and it doesn’t matter. There are very few words available to truly describe this video and how low Nicki Minaj will sink for a silly argument.

  • LadyT

    @isolde: “Um, racist much?”

    um, sure. if it’ll make you feel better, lol! you actually proved my point with your rant although you’ll probably never admit as much. clearly nicki has been trying to lay ties with asia since she hit the scene but i guess you all forgot about the whole harajuku thing. i said what she (or perhaps her stylist) was clearly influenced by not who she was exclusivly trying to appeal to.

    “Aint nothin’ fresh, groundbreaking, or out of the box about this video. Not only have we seen it all before, but we’ve seen it all within the past five years.”

    EXACTLY, so accept that you don’t like the shit and have a seat. lol!

  • iLuvRenae

    @ Lady T….SMH at you…I am convinced you are a tad slow, offensive and have nothing to back up what you say after Isolade seated you. The part that I am most upset about with your “argument” is that black ppl aren’t open minded enough for this song & what she is trying to sell. Well 1st of there is more than 2 racist statments in her song. And the problem with that, is Nicki is trying to appeal to this HUGE audience, one of which are not paying her NO mind, all while degrading Black women & girls. Why is that ever ok? And you know it’s bad when white ppl are like” why is she talking like that about Black?”s…go look at her comment section on VEVO. So beside it being an AWFUL song, it is a step back for her as an artist, woman & African Americas. Both you and Nicki need to stop drinking the white mans kool aid.

  • Amani

    If this song is about Lil Kim…she not respond to this rubbish. Apparently Roman’s vocabulary is limited.

  • Amani

    If this song is about Lil Kim…she need not respond to this rubbish. Apparently Roman’s vocabulary is limited.

  • sunshyne84

    nope…

  • isolde

    “EXACTLY, so accept that you don’t like the shit and have a seat. lol!”
    ________________________________________________________

    @Lady T

    Um, didn’t I already admit as much, upthread?
    ____________________________________________________________________

    “clearly nicki has been trying to lay ties with asia since she hit the scene but i guess you all forgot about the whole harajuku thing.’
    ____________________________________________________________________

    Yeah, sis, how’s that working out? In fact, wait . . . goes to Japan i-tunes store, looks to see if “Stupid Hoe” is anywhere near the top 100. Nope. Goes to US i-tunes, sees Stupid Hoe in top 40 . . . Points to previous statement about how Nicki is a local artist and how Stupid Hoe video was made for her fans, the overwhelming majority of which are in the US . . . Laughs at you for thinking that Japan will automatically check for Nicki everytime she puts on a neon wig and mismatched clothes, when a quick trip to the Pink Friday wiki page would show you that NONE of Nicki’s singles have charted in Japan. Not “Your Love,” with the kabuki theater video or “Massive Attack” with the Asian prop chicks, not even Nicki’s biggest hit, Super Bass. So, hang it up (flat screen)!

    Neither you, nor this vid are on some next level ish, so kindly miss us with that foolishness.

  • DolphinsandPuppies

    I rather listen to Hanson over this…

  • From Tokyo

    As someone who actually lives on Tokyo (and has in Japan for years now) and has a degree in Asia culture, I can tell you that Nicki M. does not have a presence in the mainstream, and ganguro subculture let the door hit it on the behind a long time ago. The hip-hop subculture has also largely faded. It’s terribly passé now. I remember someone said her Check It Out vid w/will.i.am was a tribute to Japan but it was actually featuring Korean. Cause there’s noting Japanese (or any Asians) love more than people lumping the distinct cultures together. -_- Japanese don’t want people emulating them – the ones who like hip-hop like it BECAUSE that “lifestyle” is so different than Japanese culture. Essentially opposite to it.

  • From Tokyo

    * lives IN Tokyo

    *degree in ASIAN culture

  • From Tokyo

    x100 ! This all day, everyday.

  • Sparkle

    I wish Lil Kim would whoop her ass! lol But I agree with what someone said earlier. The only reason she gets away with this foolishness is because there are no competitiors. Bring the REAL female MCs back!

    And no I haven’t seen the video. Just going by the title alone, I can’t even entertain garbage like that.

  • T. Reed

    100% WACK!!!

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