Dear Old Nicki, Please Come Back

Nicki Minaj at the launch of her Pink Friday fragrance

It saddens me just a little how Nicki Minaj is looking more and more like a totally different person these days, almost to the point that she’s unrecognizable. Her extra light skin, platinum blonde hair and plastic surgery have taken her a long way away from the Nicki that I (and many others) loved.

Yesterday, the 29-year-old “Barbie” celebrated the launch of her Pink Friday fragrance at Macy’s department store in New York City. According to MTV.com, Pink Friday is a “blend of sweet florals, vanilla and musk” packaged in a bottle resembling Nicki’s bust. The fragrance was produced from a collaboration between Nicki and Elizabeth Arden.

I’m happy that Nicki is making history as a female emcee (can we still classify her as that?) and stepping outside of the box that others have put her in but part of me really misses that raw, street bad wordy, mixtape version of Nicki. In her song, “Dear Old Nicki” from the ‘Pink Friday’ album she acknowledges that she isn’t the same Nicki from Southside Jamaica Queens:

Maybe you died ’cause everybody ask me where you at
I try to channel you in hopes that I could steer you back
But it’s like every intersection we just missed each other
You got your fans waiting tell me you ain’t 6 feet under
And tell me that you’re coming back that you just took a break
Maybe I blamed you for everything that was my mistake
In hindsight I loved your rawness and I loved your edge
‘Cause it was you who talked me down from jumping off the ledge
Your earrings bamboo, your long nails too
Your BMW every time you came through
You was the braveheart
You stole wayne heart
You never switched it up
You played the same part
But I needed to grow
And I needed to know
That there were something inside of me that I need to show

So I just deaded you
Left you in all black
But dear old Nicki
Please call back

I’m not so much upset that her genre of music has changed, I’m bothered by how much her face and body has changed. Like she has literally been manufactured into a real life hip-hop Barbie doll. I don’t know if she decided to make these changes in an effort to be more marketable or if this is who she really is, but I really do miss that old Nicki.


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