Nicki Minaj - Moment For Life feat. Drake
Second Chance Week
In 2009 a friend of mine shared a video on Facebook of this rapper that I’d never heard of. The production value was low and it seemed straight up like something on a homemade CD/DVD that I’d be handed by an unaccomplished artist struggling to get their work heard. Unlike those CD’s I never really take seriously, I genuinely saw some serious potential and skill in that low resolution youtube video. I even shared it on my freshly created Tumblr account.
Of course it doesn’t end there. A year or so later, Nicki released “Pink Friday”, which was critically acclaimed… but not by me. At least not at first. I wasn’t as impressed by the gimmicky, multiple-personality-having, fuchsia frocked pop diva as I was with the around-the-way-girl who wasn’t asking for her spotlight, but demanding it. Another year after that, I actually gave Pink Friday a listen or 12 (after being slapped across the face with a reminder of the woman’s talent by her infamous Monster verse) and my opinion was cemented that Nicki Minaj always knows what she’s doing and I should trust her.
So you see, this 2nd chance worked out in kind of a reverse order. Well, rinse, reverse and repeat. I had this stint during the Starships era where I simply didn’t care about what Nicki was doing but now I’m back on board and humming Anaconda every day as a ritual cleanse after inevitably hearing an Iggy Azalea song on the radio (shame on you, J-Lo).