This artist provides examples of: She had an abusive father. Onika Maraj is her real self, Nicki Minaj is her larger-than-life "Harajuku Barbie" identity, Roman Zolanski is the angry, twisted version of herself, and Martha Zolanski as Roman's uptight mother with a faux British accent.
In "Turn Me On. One of her nicknames is "Black Barbie", even. The focus of some of her songs, while others have a verse or two dedicated to it.
But Not Too Black: Like many other light-skinned Black female recording artists , this has been attributed to her success by some; she's also been accused of deliberately whitening her appearance to appeal to a wider audience. As always, these are both highly contested viewpoints. But Not Too Foreign: Intro for "Moment 4 Life" Canon Discontinuity: After the flop of "Massive Attack" as a debut single, it wasn't included on the final version of the Pink Friday album.
Any variation or combination of "Young Money" or "Barbie". A King's capture will finish a chess, but it's usually the versatile and boundless Queens who determine the outcome of the game. Hence the line, You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!
As expected from a rapper. Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up is particularly guilty of being this. Costume Porn Distaff Counterpart: There were remarkable similarities between Nicki and Lil Wayne with their free-associative cadences, hard rhyming, and explicitly sexual content back when Nicki put out her mixtapes, but with Nicki's new Lighter and Softer sound and style on Pink Friday, the two have less in common.
She says that when Lil' Wayne says that he doesn't want to talk to anybody, and wants everything ready for him, he's being a boss, but when she does the same thing, she's a bitch. Don't Explain the Joke: Played with in "Only": Both discussing being cheated on and used by someone.
Any collaboration with Lil Wayne. Any collaboration with Drake. She adds an extended verse to The Weeknd 's "The Hills". The Exorcism of Roman: The theme of her "Roman Holiday" performance at the Grammy Awards. The "Va Va Voom" music video uses many fairy tale and medieval elements in general Unicorns , Nicki in a dragon costume but mostly borrows from the tale of Snow White, with a huntsman, Nicki in a glass coffin, and Nicki dressed as the evil queen in a mirror.
Not necessarily a shift, so much as an expansion of the genres she works with. As time has gone on, she's branched out from fast-paced, hard raps into pop and slower, more quiet rhymes. Getting Crap Past the Radar: Then there's the whole "Superb Ass" argument. Usher's "She Came To Give It To You", which is played in commercials for children's cereal, includes a recited verse by Nicki about "clipping those bitches" murdering other women who presumably are after the hero of the song.
Her favorite hair style. Inverted on Pink Friday, which has no explicitly sexual lyrics on the standard edition; the deluxe version does. That said, there's still a fair bit of innuendo, and Nicki didn't refrain from playing Ms. Fanservice in some of the music videos. Her Iced Out Barbie Chain. I Have Many Names: Both notes are over-the-top, if not comical, and lampshaded in both cases with Nicki gasping for air after. She can be quite dramatic when rapping.
The Pink Friday album, which was deliberate. Nicki wanted to go in a different direction than most female rappers and avoid much of the sex and hard rhymes. The new tracks added on Roman Reloaded seem to subvert this, however.
On stage, Nicki or whichever persona she's under at the time seems like a complete nutbar. Offstage, she seems like a well-mannered and sweet, if slightly quirky, girl. Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Her Harajuku Barbie persona, with the colored wigs, vocal shifts, and We can only hope so anyway in "Did it On 'Em": All these bitches is my sons , and I'mma go and get some bibs for 'em A couple formulas, little pretty lids on 'em If I had a dick, I would pull it out and piss on 'em" Mind Screw: Her scene in the video for Kanye West's "Monster".
For the most part, the mainstream only knew her as the ostensibly Lighter and Softer Harajuku Barbie, with all the bright colors the love of pink. This left her performance of "Roman Holiday" at the Grammys which started with her in a confessional and ended with faking an exorcism on stage as something that came completely out of left field. It's something of a Mood Whiplash for her songs in general, as well. Upon analyzing the lyrics, the song suggests a youth being medicated by his rather deranged mother , who disapproves of his behavior; this, itself, is a bit heavier than her usual work.
Then the Grammys performance adds on a layer of exorcism, and the boy Roman begging for it to stop while his mother, Martha , continues to tell him he'll be fine. If you think about it, this could be legitimately terrifying and is notably darker than anything she's done thus far. Very much capable of this, like the start of her verse on "Blazin'" or the end of her verse on "Motorsport".
She's known for showing off her body, particularly her eye catching behind. Her song, "Chun-Li" says this: They need rappers like me!! No Kill Like Overkill: This section of "Barbie Tingz": If the bitch get slick, I'll cut the bitch I'll cut up the bitch, I'll gut the bitch Had to fuck up the bitch, man, fuck the bitch When we say "fuck the bitch", dick up the bitch She was stuck-up so my niggas stuck up the bitch Still draggin' her , so don't pick up the bitch Get the combination to the safe, drug the bitch Ode to Youth: A shameless example in her rap in "Bang Bang": Roman Zolanski in the "Moment 4 Life" video intro: Roman Reloaded, it seems that Roman's bus has come back.
Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Pink Friday is not overtly sexual and written from a feminine point of view. This had to led a lot of criticism decrying her as "soft" and not going as hard as the guys. In "Only", she rhyme "duct tape" with "duct tape" for the sake of anti-humor.
From "Come on a Cone":