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Tha American Idols

September 26, 2012 · Posted in editorial · 15 Comments 

Nicki Minaj recently added “American Idol judge” to her resume. The look was definitely a step in the right direction for her career. American Idol will introduce Nicki to an audience that might not be very familiar with her. Nicki Minaj’s mainstream career looks brighter than ever. But what about hip-hop? Will this move take hip-hop to new heights at the mainstream level? Will this open the doors for more rappers on mainstream media? Does this mean that rappers are now “white people friendly?”

Although it might look like a win for hip-hop, it’s far from it. If anything, it hurts hip-hop. Everybody has their own definition of hip-hop and nobody has supreme authority in setting a definition. But we can all agree that Nicki doesn’t “represent” hip-hop. To an outsider, she might be a rapper, but for those on the inside, she’s just a hip-POP artist. Through American Idol, Nicki has become the ambassador for hip-hop. Is this how we want to be looked at? It distorts the general public’s view of hip-hop. I don’t see how this move opened the doors for dudes like Kendrick Lamar or Yelawolf to judge singing reality shows. If you’re a rapper and you want to get an $8 million check from Fox, you better call up Red One for some beats.


I’m not bashing Nicki for taking the job. She had nothing to lose, besides $8 million of course. It’s not like people would accuse her of going mainstream. This was a no-brainer for Nicki and she didn’t accept the job to purposely damage the hip-hop community either. Taking the job introduces her to a new audience that might not be all familiar with her. AI’s ratings might be plummeting, but millions of people still watch the show on a regular basis. Becoming an American Idol judge might turn out to be one of the best decisions Nicki has ever made.

Unfortunately, not all is good over here in rap city. Nicki’s appearance on American Idol gives the general public a distorted view of hip-hop. Not everybody visits KillerHipHop and stays up to date on their hip-hop. Hip-Hop might be one of the most dominating genres in America, but we’re still getting outsold by Pink. A lot of Americans are still strangers to the hip-hop culture. American Idol and hip-hop target different markets. While AI targets people between 18 and 49, hip-hop targets people between 15 and 25, not that people that are 25+ get left out, just that the 15-25 market is the meat of hip-hop. Without question, hip-hop is being presented to a brand new audience and Nicki is the messenger. Now, can we trust her to deliver our message. She’s there as a pop star/rapper hybrid with an emphasis on the pop star. Nicki beez rep’n rap on American Idol. That doesn’t make me proud.

The move also sends a message to all rappers wanting $8 million American Idol checks. Start making pop tracks. Tracks like “Super Bass,” and “Starships” made Nicki a household name. Most rappers don’t want to be on American Idol anyways, but $8 million paychecks are tempting. Basically, this proves that selling out works. Nicki did it and look at her now, she’s gettin’ paper.

Hip-Hop doesn’t benefit from this move one bit. It gives people a distorted view of hip-hop and it tells other rappers that selling out works. The key to the hip-POP flood gates just landed on our laps. It’s only a matter of time before someone picks it up and turns it. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear even more David Guetta rap collabos. We must keep our integrity as a genre. Expansion is good but there has to be balance. We can have a “Swimming Pools” and we can have a “#HiiiPower.” Rappers can cross over as long as they remember to cross back. Now that’s what I call an American idol.

Written by @QuezKHH like me on facebook.

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15 Responses to “Tha American Idols”

  1. Curt on September 26th, 2012 4:51 am

    This is one of the best articles I’ve read on here since I started coming to this site

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Curt, yo curt! Hows chi town treating you??lol coming to LA anytime soon lol

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  2. swagfag on September 26th, 2012 5:37 am

    i don’t get how can a rapper judge singin? i know she did a couple of songs but she don’t know shit about singing.

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    J.Lyricz Reply:

    True*

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  3. J.Lyricz on September 26th, 2012 5:59 am

    If you Wanna B The Grestest You Have to Able To Make Music For All Crowds Of People Not Just caucasian Its Alot Of Races its some caucasian artists that want Black Fans At The N its all bout the Bill muhfuckz should try to Expand there Fan Base N just maybe they could be Mainstream N Make More Millions Most Rappers Just stay N there Line N glad To B N the industry She Just Wanna B Legendary Bra. Like Biggie Jay z Kanye West Wayne Drake Eminem Dr.Dre Snoop Dogg These Niggaz Crossed Over N made all type of music but the media dont say shit cause they know better Yall NIggas B going on a Female That Make twice as much as you. U niggas should b embraced N get on yall on Shit. MayB? Yu Niggas Should Crossover N Get This Website Organized. Killa*

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  4. MosDef on September 26th, 2012 6:52 am

    Good article. I agree with everything u said

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  5. AfricaRising on September 26th, 2012 8:18 am

    I was saying it to the other guys, hip hop can evolve and alla that but if it becomes unrecognisable then its n0t c0ol.

    I mean I was thinkin on this: a artist like Flo Rida doesn’t really get recognition from us as a community. But hes classified as a rapper. Why is that? Is it because guys in the hip hop community still ultimatly judge you on lyrics and substance. No matter how much you can chase commercial, crossover acclaim if the quality is bad, then the community dont recognize ya as a pioneer. I mean how often does this site report on Pitbull and Flo. Lol.

    And lemme qualify my statement. . . I’m not saying that Nickis crossover stuff is great, its just that she became a cultural phenom 1st then did pop.

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  6. sampz on September 26th, 2012 10:51 am

    In my opinion this is a stupid article. The reason why this is bad for hip hop is because people like you won’t give an artist where credit is due. In your eyes all u see nicki as is a female pop star. I dunno if u noticed she is doing better than most rappers today. Who cares if she has crossed over and started making pop songs. It just shows how much of a talented artist she is. I think what gives hip hop a bad name is rappers who don’t pay their tax e.g nas. How bad does that make the hip hop world look. In the videos its all pussy money weed, in reality its dodge the tax man. But no you won’t write an article on rappers dodgin tax. Just cause nicki has made it in her “OWN” lane, muthafuckas like you cant handle a women doing well for herself. You keep writing articles, she keep stackin paper. Whose winning?

    Also your making it out americans have some distorted view on hip hop. Your basically calling american people stupid. I understand not everyone is a hip hop fan, but I’m preety sure in america people are aware what genre of music is which. You say nicki selling out will encourage others to do so. Who the fuck cares? If she has showed the way forward for a generation to go out and make money why the fuck are u putting her down for that?? I’d rather be a pop star then a blogger all day long. Does that make me a bad person??

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    Luminous Story Reply:

    @sampz, So you are saying Nas isn’t good for Hip-Hop but Nicki is? LOL SHUT UP HAHAHA

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Luminous Story, this guy is lame hahaha none of his points are relevent to the article. Why bring up taxes when the article was just about music and nothing else. It was about the image hip hop has. Taxes? Read the article thoroughly bro. You’ll understand it eventually.

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    sampz Reply:

    @MosDef, If you opened your eyes you would realise it is the image of hip hop I am talking about.

    sampz Reply:

    No off corse I’m not saying that. Nicki and nas are in different leagues. I’m saying this article is putting nicki down when she is doing something good; For females, for hip hop and for black people in general. The ones who are doing opposite to this are THE ONES WHO ARE NOT PAYING TAXES. But the ONES WHO ARE NOT PAYING TAXES are not being criticised. Every non hip hop fan is probably laughin at how lavish rappers try to look yet they are unable to pay tax. Nicki on the other hand is being given the chance to be on American Idol. The first and probably only rapper/singer to do so, yet she is being criticised for it. That is what I’m trying to say.

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    Luminous Story Reply:

    @sampz, I know that she’s a bigger artist now… But does it mean she makes really good music? No. Her lyrics aren’t on point judging her by Hip-Hop standards. I can’t really judge if she’s got talent in Pop since I really don’t listen to it. She shouldn’t label herself a Hip-Hop artist because it really has no elements other than she “talks fast”. You’ll probably say she is but practically everyone can agree she isn’t anywhere near Hip-Hop. She has made money because of her hits… I give props to her for that but it’s not right she say that’s Hip-Hop music.
    I despise her because of her “theatrics”, not music. She should stop with that because Hip-Hop isn’t that way… Neither is pop honestly. She should leave that to the lovely Emilie Autumn or Lady Gaga and change her image back to the way she was before releasing her debut album.

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    sampz Reply:

    @Luminous Story, Yh that’s fair enough that’s your opinion and I respect that. I remember when eminem first came onto the scene. Everyone was like who is this white boy representing hip hop. That white boy became one of the best rappers to live. He has had his fair share of cross over songs. Hits with rihanna pink etc. Nicki in the same position, just because she is female she is not getting credit. She has allready achieved more than any female rapper before here. Just because she can sing, everyone assumes she is no longer a rapper. You do no have to like the music or acknowledge her as a rapper but you can’t knock the hustle. She doing her thing, as mentioned before better than most rappers today. I don’t like her pop songs I’ll admit it but I’m not taking any credit away from here. If she can do it, then why on earth shouldn’t she. Hip hop changes, I think the listeners have to either change with it or stay stuck in the past.

  7. LyrikalAsassyn on September 26th, 2012 3:00 pm

    i dont think this was a bad article it expressed some really good views and could have been alot less repetitive editor should get his literacy up i felt like i read an article written by an 11 year old… And The Guy That Types Like This Is A Fucking IDIOT

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