Reputable Hip Hop website/blog owner Chuck Creekmur pens an open letter to Nicki Minaj concerning her latest single cover Anaconda, released just a few days ago.The hip hop site owner shares his thoughts on why he thinks Minaj is hustling “backwards“( no pun intended). In his letter Creekmur goes on to explain his disdain for the sexually charged single cover by discussing his point of view as a Hip Hop contributor, a fan and most importantly a father to a young daughter.
I said to myself, “Self, how cool is this? Nicki is already evolving into somebody that my daughter may get to listen to on my watch. Maybe.” I’ve been in the music game a minute now so I know how it goes. So, when I peeped the artwork for your latest single, I wasn’t even shocked, I was just disappointed.
Creekmur went on to address Nicki‘s prominence as the most popular female rapper out today, with millions of social media followers (Barbs) who willfully obey her commands without a second thought. He then touches on the power of her influence over young girls and boys..
I’m trying to raise a young girl that will eventually grow into someone greater than the both of us. I know that this requires great parenting, great education, great luck and an assortment of great influences. I’m sure you know the influence you wield, but now, if you told the “Barbs” to scratch my eyes out, some would attack without thinking about it. I’m sure some will also replicate the “Anaconda” image without thinking about it too. Your original image already has 256,817 (and counting) likes under the original Instagram picture you posted, so I venture that your average girl could strive to get a couple hundred likes from her friends. Is this the path you want to lead impressionable kids down?
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In conclusion, Creekmur ended his open letter by asking Nicki a series of six questions in the hopes of maybe initiating a little self reflection and or constructive criticism. He says:
My interactions and observations tell me you are this sweet, kind person at heart. When you get a quiet moment answer the following questions.
1)How is Onika Tanya Maraj doing?
2)How does she truly feel about Nick Minaj right now?
3)What is your higher purpose with young girls (and boys)?
4)What is the message you are sending when you determine how you will inspire these young people?
5) How will boys, already conditioned to sexualize girls at a young age, internalize this big booty of yours?
6)Where does the gimmick end and you begin?
In response to the controversy and backlash, Nicki took to social media to cover her own ‘ass’ by posting pics of super models in bikinis & thongs adorning the covers of some of the most popular magazine publications, labeling them as “Acceptable” while comparing them to her single cover labeled as “Unacceptable? “.
Does Nicki have a point? Is the negative reaction of her racy photos the result of the double standard in society today toward women of color? You decide.