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Well, On The Bright Side, At Least “No Frauds” Is Proof That Nicki Minaj DOES Write Her Own Rhymes

Despite the claims of Remy Ma and many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many others, I’ve never subscribed to the belief that Nicki Minaj employs and relies on a cadre of ghostwriters to prop her up. Mainly because it’s a claim that always seems to resurface whenever there’s a popular female rapper who also makes no effort to hide her sex appeal. (See, Kim, Lil, Brown, Foxy, Trina, and even — gasp — Becky, Darth.) As if a woman can’t be sexy and spit at the same time. And “No Frauds” — Nicki’s aggressively underwhelming response to “SHEther” — should finally be the nail in that theory’s coffin. Because its solid, concrete proof that she, in fact, writes her own rhymes. Because if she had a team of ghostwriters working around the clock for the past three weeks — brainstorming and burning the midnight oil — they definitely, absolutely, totally would have written something better than her 40-degree-day-ass verse in this 30-degree-day-ass song. (Also, the irony of an actor who regularly raps about “running up on niggas” and a Fisher Price: My Very First Gang Sign blood hopping on a track called “No Frauds” isn’t lost on anyone. Young Mula. Baby.)

And yes, I know Nas took months to respond to “The Takeover” with “Ether” and, based on that precedent, we shouldn’t jab Nicki about it taking three whole weeks to respond. But that was in 2001, when niggas still used dial-up connections, AOL, and Ask Jeeves. Today, if a big news story breaks and you happen to write for The Washington Post or the New York Times or even VSB, you’re expected to be able to produce 600-1000 solid and publishable words on it immediately. Not a day after it happens, but in an hour or two. We just have a different expectation of the immediacy of media. And, in 2017, three weeks is a long ass fucking time to wait for lukewarm basura.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • miss t-lee

    Your whole last paragraph though.
    http://i.imgur.com/KfDrcGJ.png

  • BT

    First its not that people think women cant spit. its just known that Foxy, Kim, and the like had help. Loads of it. Its just better received because this was back in the 90’s, when the average ghost writer was much more technical/ competitive with the bar play (cause they had to be.)

    The no frauds photo EP cover tickles my cockles. Like no one in their camp thought that this might be a bad move? No. Damb. Body!?

    Someone in that camp is, Judas.

    • TheCollinB

      The cover happened because they live life in a circle jerk.

    • ‘Yerzus

      lol @ Joanne the Scammer picking cover photos

    • miss t-lee

      “First its not that people think women cant spit. its just known that Foxy, Kim, and the like had help. Loads of it. Its just better received because this was back in the 90’s, when the average ghost writer was much more technical/ competitive with the bar play (cause they had to be.)”

      Meh, plenty ladies were rapping before the ones you just mentioned. But I’m snoring…sleep apnea like.

      • BT

        I am a fan of Da Brat, Mia X, and Chyna Wyte. So I know for a fact that there are some seriously undervalued female spittas outchea.

        I’m just stating that we all know foxy, Kim, and them had their bars written by the likes of: Big, Jay, Nas, and Cam.

        • miss t-lee

          I’m talking about even before them.
          And we know who had ghostwriters, and who didn’t.

          • BT

            Yes. WE do. But we all know that there are more than just our eyes are reading this.

            • miss t-lee

              It’s not my job to do other people’s homework.

              • BT

                cool.

        • I was watching an interview with the Clipse a loooooooong time ago. And someone asked if they ghost-wrote for anyone. And they said, “Yeah, some girls.” It always pissed me off because they wrote for Diddy. They were purposely playing into that stereotype.

          • A.K.O.O.

            I think the difference is that Diddy has never been a legit emcee, nor claimed to be the best in HipHop.

            Whereas Nicki can actually spit. She cut her teeth on mixtapes and cyphers, and currently lays claim to the title: Top female emcee doin it.

    • DocMaldo

      You win simply with “cockles.” I don’t need to know ish else.

      • BT

        Preciate it!

        I rocks with your GIR avi as well.

    • No everyone can be Jean Grae

    • KNeale

      “tickles my cockles” lmao!!!!

  • “And yes, I know Nas took months to respond to “The Takeover” with “Ether” and, based on that precedent, we shouldn’t jab Nicki about it taking three whole weeks to respond. But that was in 2001, when ninjas still used dial-up connections, AOL, and Ask Jeeves.”

    That may have well been eons ago. This is like Pearl Harbor happening today and the US not skunking Tokyo within a few days. Times and responses change over time and Nicki failed to realize that. Sure she blew some stuff up but the damage is done.

  • Is it bad that I started listening on Spotify, got bored about halfway through, and started listening to the new Lorde single? I feel like I have monthly cramps stronger than this track.

    • miss t-lee

      You are me. I did the same last night, except I checked my release radar half way thru her “diss” track…lol

      • I was listening to one of those playlists too, which is how Lorde became the next track, and that piano went hard.

    • Careful she bites

      i’m gonna say no but that’s bc i did the same thing. the singing threw me off and i just never recovered.
      and literal lol @ monthly cramps…!

    • kneelbeforetigers

      That new Lorde is kinda aiight. Grows on you like a fungus!

      • mssporadic

        “Grows on you like a fungus!”

        I’m going to use this for every Weeknd, Katy Perry, and Drake song going forward. Thx!

        • Kylroy

          My take on songs like that was always “It grows on you. So does cancer.”

    • I listened on Da Fy and didn’t run it back. I ran SHEther back at least 4 times.

    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

      Ma’am all that wasn’t even necessary. However, please continue

      • I mean… I’ve had cramps that have landed me in the ER.

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          I just meant Nicki is out here already stumbling and you sweep her leg like you in the octagon

  • Also, the irony of an actor who regularly raps about “running up on nigg*s” and a Fisher Price: My Very First Gang Sign blood hopping on a track called “No Frauds” isn’t lost on anyone. Young Mula. Baby.

    Damn…you didn’t have to do all that man. LOL But yeah, this should put the ghostwriter myth to rest. I never really believed it when the Monster verse came out, and I don’t believe it now. But yeah, this is mediocre from Nicki. Not trash, because she goes get a few lines in about ShEther getting pulled from iTunes and Nicki’s case. But it’s just meh. Which after 3 weeks is somehow worse. Like this is the best you could do…with EFFORT?!

    Also, a moment of silence for Lil Wayne and Drake. Papoose is going to slaughter them sometime this weekend. This is a man that eats microphones for breakfast. He kills for fun. For a green card, he will carve up Tunechi and Wheelchair Jimmy real nice. It’s been real, people!

    • miss t-lee

      Yeah, the minute I heard Papoose’s name get dropped I was like, welp! They done tagged him in.

    • TheCollinB

      I’d be interested in hearing papoose battle someone.

      • Amen

        I mean….did youtube finally delete all the old Smack DVD clips or nah?

    • KingsCounty

      why is yall LYINGGGGGG
      see this what yall do, yall act like yall wanna hear something from somebody and then when they drop its tumbleweeds.
      NOBODY wants to hear a papoose anything.
      if its not about Papoose being a great husband, nobody wants to hear that.
      yall gon gas him and god forbid he’s actually gonna drop a 32 min diss record full of all the syllables.

      • Cherayla Davis

        THIRTY TWO MINUTES LMAOOOOOOO

      • Multi-Hundredaire

        Lol. 32 mins……I’m out.

        • Jennifer

          LOL!

      • I liked Papoose in the beginning, but then he disappeared! … I do love him as a great husband [partner?] though on TV. I don’t find diss records particularly listenable. I’d rather just have a song that, you know, tells a story and connects to me on an emotional level. I just don’t get it.

    • Maxine Shaw

      (Like this is the best you could do…with EFFORT?!)

      Fam, this was the best she could do with HELP.

  • BrothasKeeper

    Who’s more ravenous: a Nicki stan or a Trumpster?

    • miss t-lee

      Toss up.

    • Push.

      Lakers fans.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      At this point both.

    • mssporadic

      Barbies have youthful naivete on their side.

      Cheetolini’s minions are just Jim Jones* DUMB!

      *cult leader; not Mr. Never Marry Chrissy

      • Actually, Mr. Never Marry Chrissy is dumber. At least Jim Jones had to convince thousands to drink poisoned Kool Aid. The former is just grimy.

        • mssporadic

          You don’t think they aren’t metaphorically drinking the Kool-Aid?

        • Kylroy

          If I were trying to make a name for yourself while sharing a birth name with a suicide cult leader, I’d use my middle name or at least insist on “James” instead of spending my life perpetually asterisked.

          • The funny thing is that his goverment is Joseph Guillermo Jones II. He got called Jimmy due to the odd way Panamians pronounce Guillermo. Yeah…he messed up. LOL

    • Her stans are using the sales argument like the girl who got stomped on Love and Hip Hop and said “Still pretty”- It all looks good on a t-shirt but we all remember what happened.

      • HouseOfBonnets

        shoutout to kimbella

        https://youtu.be/N26co2jHo7Y

        • KingsCounty

          i always wondered how that dipset drama worked.
          i’m surprised mona didnt start producing “dipset wives”
          between jimmy wifey fighting juelz wifey while mendeecee wifey used to beef with jimmy wifey then juelz wifey, then cam wifey, now they all friends again.
          meanwhile fab stays on his side of the bridge with Em and out of the mess.

          • HouseOfBonnets

            well essentially love and hip hop started off being centered around Krissy ….I assumed that was her original plan.

          • Kat

            wut…

          • miss t-lee

            I’d totally watch Dipset Wives.

            • Houston was too real for Mona, huh?

              • miss t-lee

                Them Sauce folks ain’t what you want. Everybody else following script, they didn’t…lol

                • I saw the Charlo twins were in the cast. I was like y’all are titleholders so they have actual careers to lose.

      • Uniquely Blushed

        That fight was funny. She tried to stomp her head through the floor!

    • beyonce stans

      • BrothasKeeper

        Ahhhh!

  • PinkRose

    Nicki is going to SHE her a$$ all THER way to the bank, the diss track where Remy slaughtered her is iTunes sales gold for Nicki. So thanks Ma!

    Team Trini.

    • If that’s the case, the Bajan Consulate is open in most major American cities to get that citizenship changed. OUCH!

    • HouseOfBonnets

      Again this comes down to culture not sales…….Kendrick Control verse wasn’t profitable but it still goes down as one of his best verses.

      • Annalise Keating

        Maybe we need to start thinking about culture and sales. Don’t know that we always have to sacrifice one for the other

        • HouseOfBonnets

          we don’t tbh buuuuuut the Nicki defenders only have sales to justify the win and in hip hop that’s not the only factor.

          • Annalise Keating

            Oh. Ok. Got it.

      • PinkRose

        Remy Ma is represents culture?

        This. Question. Right. Here.

        • HouseOfBonnets

          In the arena of battle rap and beef especially in new york (given the history) yes.

          • Agreed. Many don’t remember Remy Ma because she went to prison. Check her stuff out and the new album is awesome. #TooQuick is my JAM!

            • HouseOfBonnets

              I like spaghetti I just wish it was just her…Fat Joe has been irking me in promo interviews.

              • He just there so he don’t get fined. Lol. He has added nothing to the interviews.

              • miss t-lee

                Best song on the album.

          • PinkRose

            I guess I lean more toward the Common type hip hop culture versus folks catching 50 ‘leven, million bullets in the a$$ type hip hop.

            • Common comes from the type of culture they are talking about. He kind of closed the door on Ice Cube’s career.

              • PinkRose

                They who? IMHO, Remy Ma ain’t in the same category as Common. Not even close.

                • They = MC’s

                  I’m not comparing her bars with Com’s but you mentioned him as some higher form of enlightened hip hop but when beefs starts Com, like Remy conduct themselves in the battle culture of rap just like others have. What Remy did is a part of rap that has always existed whether kids care about it or not. You just have to skull drag people sometimes.

                  • PinkRose

                    Common is Buddha Nirvana when it comes to rap for me! But that opinion doesn’t diminish or preclude my enjoyment of other rappers I enjoy like Drake and yeah, Nicki.

              • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                He closed the door on Ice Cube’s career? Come again?

                • You never heard “the ***ch In Yoo”? Cube was fading but he really didn’t go hard after that.

                  • Catfish Jenkins

                    I dunno man. Cube had some hits after that hit on his life by Common (We Be Clubbin’, You Can Do It, Hello).

            • HouseOfBonnets

              That’s the thing though just like other genres hip hop has it’s spectrum. In the case of Nicki she came up through urban and migrated into pop/mainstream.

              Also even Common wasn’t above beef I’ll have to check my facts but I remember some spats on his end.

          • PinkRose

            The idea of felonies as culture is highly disturbing.

            • HouseOfBonnets

              It’s hip hop and she’s not the first to have a record….far from it.

              • PinkRose

                Yeah, some Black folk stay celebrating misogyny and felons, the OPPOSITE of woke IMHO.

                • HouseOfBonnets

                  I never said it wasn’t problematic…..In addition if the issue with misogyny does Nicki also face that criticism since she also participates in it?

                  Many would consider her content and her behind the scenes actions anti woman….Just saying (shrug).

                • Michelle

                  But, Nicki also got into some trouble with the law, due to weapon possession, back in the day.

    • Metoo2

      LOL this is like a person getting STOMPED and they jump up and say ” I got money though” lmao. Too bad money couldn’t save her from that beat down. Lmao

      • PinkRose

        Obviously being a convicted felon with great “bars” and few financial resources is “winning” to you.

        Thinking like that is why so many Black folks stay losing/broke, instead of focusing on the bottom line, getting paid. Or money talks, bull$it walks!

        • mssporadic

          Fun Governor alert!!!!

        • Metoo2

          This is hip hop, it’s all about bars.

          • PinkRose

            Nicki ain’t been about that true hip hop life in a while now and at this point, it’s moot IMHO.

            So it’s an apples and oranges discussion as far as I’m concerned.

          • ODB had no bars and dropped one of the greatest rap albums of all time

            • Metoo2

              All time… That’s a matter of opinion.

              • Definitely in the top 100.

                • Metoo2

                  Lol anything below the top 25 becomes debatable….But I dig where you are coming from.

            • cheddachasa

              No one will ever mention ODB as one of the best no matter how great his album was.

            • Catfish Jenkins

              Rap is not pop if you call it that then stop.

              I, like most, got acquainted with Nicki off Yeezy’s Monster. We were all like damn! she can spit. She then went Super Bass. If that’s her lane, then great. But she forgot what put her on. Latifah went and did jazz covers, but not a VSS/VSB soul will say she forgot her rap roots. Lauren Hill can out sing quite a few singers and ain’t nann ninja tryna test her bars AND IT’S BEEN 20 YEARS since her last LP!

              In her quest for paper, Nicki compromised her skills.

              “The rap era’s outta control, brother’s sellin’ their soul
              To go gold, going, going, gone, another rapper sold…”

        • KNeale

          But we’re talking about rap though. The bars! is what we talking about. Who has a better life/career: Nicki okay cool great she more popular and got more money bravo bravo. But we talking about rap though! who won the RAP battle?

          • PinkRose

            Rap is NOT A MONOLITH!!

            And this was NO formal “rap battle”, just a felon taking shots at the woman at the top of the rap game.

            I’ll bet the BEST rapper ALIVE sells mixtapes from the trunk of her car on the corner of W 128th St and Malcolm X Blvd.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              Woman at the top of the rap game?! Can always tell when it’s Friday in the comment section.

              • PinkRose

                Yeah, tops in awards and earnings.

                Dem’ dares facts Kas!!

                • Is Nicki your cousin on the low? You’re caping for her something crazy.

                  • PinkRose

                    Naw nothing like that, I just think it’s straight up bull$hit the way Black people drag her through the mud for her success.

                  • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                    Pink and Nicki have a smidge of Trini in em. Shrug

  • PinkRose

    Anyone know why Remy ain’t performing SHEther?

    BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!! ?

    • Annalise Keating

      ???? Goes to show how Smart Remy Ma is. She claims she knows how to navigate the music industry (financially anyway) better than Nicki but can’t be bothered with going through all the proper channels prior to getting Shether released.
      Then again she is the same smart one who shot someone over $1000 only to spend 8 years in jail and loose millions in potential earning not to mention her freedom.

      I can’t respect or stand behind women like this….sorry.

      • PinkRose

        Me either, in prison over stupid $hit, WTF?

  • FeeFee

    Wow! I don’t think Remy needs to even respond to this. Her Shether did what it was suppose to do, expose Nicki. This clapback from Nicki shows that Remy did a great job, nothing else needs to be said.

    • Another Man’s Rhubarb

      Agree.

  • FeeFee

    And why is she clapping back on a Drake & Lil Wayne track!?!?

    • KingsCounty

      theres no rules to where a diss or shots fired can come from. where is this imaginary rule book yall keep reading from?
      ppl have been dissed with features, its not a foreign like yall acting like.
      when meek responded to game this past year he had beans and another dreamchaser on the track.

      • FeeFee

        “when meek responded to game this past year he had beans and another dreamchaser on the track.”–But isn’t that one of the reasons he was clowned!? His sister jumped on the tracked and he was clowned for that I remember.

        I understand that there’s no “rule” in that regard, but if someone comes at you one on one, it’s odd to come back with 2 other people. It’s similar to jumping somebody. That’s all I’m (and some others I’ve seen) saying.

        • KingsCounty

          remy sent nicki sublims on a joint with Young MA, nicki sent sublims on songs with Gucci, and now this.
          i dont think remy is gonna get her own 7 min full song dedicated to solely dissing her. she gonna get jabs, and at best a verse on various tracks. but no full song. i’d be surprised.

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