I had a previous post where I took a stab at trying to deconstruct Nicki Minaj. The result of THAT post was death threats. Well, 'scuse me Nicki Stans but I'm comin' for her round two with her latest single "Shitted On 'Em" or, for you radio edit enthusiasts, "Did It on 'Em."
Aside from sounding like she took a page, er, toilet paper sheet, from Weezy, "Shitted On 'Em" can be broken down a few different ways. It's an even day (4/18) and on even days I'm a feminist so I can do a reading using Kristeva's abjection theory and the song's implications about removal of the black female body, but then it wouldn't be a mad minute write. So, I'm coming at this from a "WTF" critical angle: WTF (who and what) is the bama in the background as Nicki's hype man?!
I've listened to the joint a few times and each time I find myself wanting to punch dude in the thoat (yes, thoat. No typo.) Besides being annoying as f*ck, his ad-libbing represents everything purportedly wrong with corporate Hip Hop - misogynistic dismissal of women as bitches and hoes and an abrasive and distorted hyping up the forefront (f)emcee. I was extra done when dude has a Don Imus-esque moment: "you nappy headed stale bitches." Pause.
So here's where it gets complicated: Should it be given a pass because he was trying to, um, support Nicki and show her better than other women? Did Nicki give him the green light on that ad libbing in the back? And, for her "Barbz," how do you explain that shit? Does it run along the lines of "aw sweetie, it's all good to be Nicki's bitch. Well, you're not a bitch. You're my son. Did you listen to the song?' Ehh. Gender bending for the good of....yeah, I got nothin'.