Nicki Minaj Masters The Art Of The Diss Video With "Stupid Hoe"

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Nicki Minaj's "Stupid Hoe" is supposed to be a diss track aimed at Lil Kim, but in the tradition of diss tracks, it's pretty weak. Something like Jay-Z's "Takeover" uses specific, personal information about the people involved, going so far as to propose a mathematical equation at one point. Even Lil Kim's diss of Nicki, "Black Friday," gathers together evidence about Nicki (she is weird, she has a large butt) and Kim (she is real, she has been around for a long time) to make its case. The diss track is a lawyerly form, accumulating exhibits and summarizing with a killer closing statement to produce a unanimous jury decision.

Nicki can do that ("Lemme get this straight, wait, I'm the rookie?"), but on "Stupid Hoe," she mostly doesn't. She takes a few shots, calling Kim "Bubbles," but none of these hit much harder than her "Tragedy" verse, which itself felt perfunctory. As a track, it's a good one, minimal, loud, and aggressive. But as a diss, it's incomplete without the video, which came out Monday.


Nicki Minaj, "Stupid Hoe"

Here, Nicki's real genius shines through. Take the sequence where she's in a cage. Some people weren't thrilled about it, but it's meant to be mocking Kim, not displaying Nicki. Notice the leopard-print, and the leopard itself, all a reference to Kim's legendarily (hetero) man-baiting Hard Core poster; after prancing around in there for a while, we get the line "Top of that I'm in the Phantom lookin' hella chunky." The message is clear. Kim, who's sacrificed her dignity to be a plaything of men, is caged. Nicki, who retains ownership of her own image, is in the driver's seat—and looking good while she's doing it.

Aside from this, Nicki generally declines to make any specific case for why Kim sucks. But that's because Nicki is not trying to convince us rationally that she's right. Instead, she just yells "stupid hoe" over and over, for three and a half minutes, in different voices, with different beats, in different outfits. And it works. The point she's making isn't (just) that Kim sucks; it's that Nicki Minaj is so much better it's irrelevant. That Nicki was able to make her case without any actual concrete evidence is so much more convincing than a strained-brow expression of "Batman could beat Superman in a fight"-type superiority would be. As good a lyricist as Nicki is, she's also frighteningly good at communicating through tone, through timbre, through visuals, and through style. Like a great Jimmy Page guitar solo, even if there aren't words, you get the point.

As the double-dutch you see being played at the beginning of the video makes clear, "Stupid Hoe" is very much supposed to be bratty and adolescent, the equivalent of coming into a Lincoln-Douglas debate and, when it's your turn to respond, pelting everyone with eggs and running out of the room in search of something more fun to do. But within this mode, it's not angry. Instead, it's cuttingly comedic without ever breaking character. I'm 99% sure Nicki lovingly imitates Joan Rivers at one point (compare her expression and hair at 0:50 to Joan non-lovingly imitating a starlet) but you never think "oh, that's Nicki Minaj telling us she's imitating Joan Rivers." Her style is so overwhelming (represented here by the seizure-inducing jump cuts that match the energy of the music perfectly) that it conquers the senses and opens you up to these different modes of expression.

Which is to say that Nicki Minaj is not interested in putting out your diss track. She could do it if she wanted to, but she doesn't want to. Nicki's not interested in playing our game. What Nicki wants is to start a new game entirely. The "Stupid Hoe" video, in its nearly untrackable explosion of styles, influences, and images, reminds us that she's got a lot more in store for us than just more of the same.

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Some034573
Some034573

Last time i checked batman always needed supermans help.. So your just burning yourselves.. And u can never call one stupid when ur saying something really stupid "you're" lets get that straight lol

INTERESTEDVIEWER
INTERESTEDVIEWER

i think she is also putting other female artists like Shakira under the microscope with the Cage & animal (she-wolfesque) over Nicki is mocking the pigeon holing of women or abiding by those male dominated rules? She def know how to battle thogh!

Delvallea
Delvallea

I thought she was making fun of shakira and lady gaga >_> which made no sense to me.

YourDad
YourDad

Oh man, I couldn't take that annoying garbage song. Had to shut it down a minute in. What kind of retard thinks making annoying garbage like that is a good idea? 

Tim Terrell
Tim Terrell

This song works...But only for Mike Barthel, and Nikki Stans.

Masta
Masta

R.I.P Minaj....too bad u struggle and strive to be what ur not....the QUEEN OF HIP HOP

Rodripc
Rodripc

Lil Kim will always be on top

Smoothlyoperating
Smoothlyoperating

MInaj needs to lay off Kim..She doesn't need to diss her, she has enough talent to sell just as many records, if not more without all this. It only makes her look disrespectful to someone who is a true original that gave cred to the whole genre which is now being so good to her... "respect those that came before you, for without them you might not be"

Antonricos
Antonricos

I just wanna say that I love both of these women. I love Nicki's creative rap eccentricity and I believe that Lil Kim has the sexiest voice that cant ever be duplicated by anyone. I However I do think that Nicki Minaj has sort of taken this beef a little too far. She is clearly "winning", so to speak, this beef right now but her continuing to constantly diss Lil Kim at every possible opportunity is a little reminiscent of a fighter continuing to attack his opponent even after the opponent has fallen to the ground. That being said I don't think NickI is copying Lil Kim but if she is I say "more power to he her" I mean come on if you had the opportunity to be rich and famous just for copying someone else would you turn it down? I wouldn't people can could hate all they want at the end of the it all, id be a millionaire

Smoothlyoperating
Smoothlyoperating

Deep down I am wishing/hoping it is all just a marketing ploy between the two, laughing with each other behind the scenes about how diss songs sell albums.. because I love Minaj enough to hope she is smart enough to have nothin' but love for the OG Lil Kim, who without said traliblazer, there might not even be any road for the sexy female rapper to even ride on, which Minaj is enjoying being the current reigning queen of, thanks in part and due respect to Lil' Kim blazing the original trail and making it a legit genre in the first place. I love both of them and hope maybe this "beef" might occupy their minds enough temporarily to lay off the surgeries and realize they were beautiful how they were born.In a perfect world they planned this whole thing together behind the scenes, because without Lil Kim there might not be a Nicki Minaj... and IMO Nicki is a brilliant enough to know this and therefore surely has the proper "respec"...I just dont wanna believe Minaj doesn't "recognize", being as how she is the new modernized version of the old Kim, Yes, props to her for takin' it to the next level, but owes a lot to Kim for starting it all as the true original.... I love 'em both, and am glad to see LilKim selling records again, thanks in part to this "beef".They are both cut from the same, sexy cloth :-)

Act Like You Know
Act Like You Know

I would bet that Nicki and Kim are both sittin' back stackin' that retirement paper with this beef...Beef always sells...its all a setup. Best thing about this video is the editing job lol!

Quintrelljacquel
Quintrelljacquel

She could have found another way to wast her money lol lol for God sake nicki its starving children in this world lol rotflmao

Im Just Saying...
Im Just Saying...

Im trying to figure why now. As a blogger  myself the article definitely provoked individuals to comment, so good job on that. But lets talk music, thru any beef regardless of who it was, the "music" had to be good along with getting your point across.

Now on 'Black Friday' alotta people felt Kim got her point across while the track was at least okay.( i personally liked it alot) That track was released over 6 months ago..soo why would nicki attack now? Of course, she's looking for a buzz shes looking to stir the net.  Also she feels Kim has forgotten about her. Yes Nick has control of the youth, Yes Nicki is making a large amount of money each and every appearance. But can you honestly say this track is hot??/

Of course u cant lol.. I believe she was advised by puff to chill out before a real altercation happens, I and Kim has already proved that she is willing to back up all her talk.  And futhermore I thought Nicki said she wasnt talkning about Kim, will she recant again this timeSomebody is leading her astray, it will appease the masses(which probabbly is the goal)  But the true students of the game and culture, will reject this deposit.

MARINECORPGIRL
MARINECORPGIRL

This Smut Is GARBAGE!! I NEVER Liked Her Lame Ass. No One Is 'hating'. I Just Know Wtf A Dumb Bitch Look Like.. Minaj Is A Dumb Bitch And All Of You Stupid Bitches On Her Ovaries Need To Get A Life. I Don't Like NONE Of You Dumbasses. Fuck A Young Money And Fuck A Young Money Follower. Yeahhh! Get Mad Bitches!

Qamar Krouse
Qamar Krouse

this is BS.When I clicked this, I thought I was really about to read some deep shit"Nicki Minaj Master Art of the Diss..." -_- gtfo bitch

#TeamMinaj

Roman Mtz
Roman Mtz

Nicki is the best. .Kim is so boring it was well said by nicki that Kim is a hassbeenn and I couldn't say it any better...

Roman Mtz
Roman Mtz

Nicki is the best. .Kim is so boring it was well said by nicki that Kim is a hassbeenn and I couldn't say it any better...

Flohno
Flohno

Is this that hipster irony I'm always hearing about? This song is really bad, even for her.

Guest1234
Guest1234

why does everybody take this so seriously? its suppose to be for shits and giggles. its not a real song. im pretty sure she wasnt expecting it to be a hit like some of her other singles. besides she's not the only artists who have had beef with another and dissed on eachother in their music

HustleandFlow
HustleandFlow

I appreciate your perspective. I absolutely agree with a number of the points you make...and more importantly the respectful way you addressed them.

So often people cannot disagree respectfully. Diversity is the mother of invention. If we don't have our own taste, style, vision, likes and dislikes...we're wasting OUR unique contribution to the planet.Nicki Minaj doesn't need to piggyback on Lil Kim nor does Lil Kim have to disrespect herself by continuing that nonsense about "Nicki not giving her homage and stealing her likeness or image."

As my granny says "Aint nuttin new under the sun" Lil Kim didn't do anything new that wasnt done by someone else before her. She just put her own flavor. twist and vision to it. Everybody didn't like it...but they didnt have to. She still did it her way.

So why can't she give Nicki that same respect? 

Lil Kim...You are "The Queen Bee." WHY on earth do you need Nicki Minaj to validate that? NOBODY sits on the throne forever...NOBODY.

WHY?

Because folks want variety, fresh flavor, cuttin edge rawness! Now, that looks different to each person. My push on the envelope aint gonna look like yours. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO ADD MORE SEATS TO THE THRONE IN THE FEMALE RAP GAME!

We keep pitting our female rappers against each other. Nicki, Kim, Trina, Eve, Remy, Queen, DaBrat, MC Lyte, Lauren, Foxy, Rox, Diamond and every female MC past, present and future ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM...TALENTED FEMALE MC'S BRINGING THEY OWN FLAVOR.

This aint musical chairs! As if the last one standing is the winner. No. They all need to stand so we can stop dividing ...AND start multiplying.

Nicki Minaj aint gettin no free lunch...trust and believe. She may not be your taste, represent the game the way you play it BUT Nicki is doing things NO FEMALE RAPPER HAS EVER DONE...AND...FOR THAT ALONE, SHE DESERVES RESPECT!

Even if she aint everybody's cup of tea...NOBODY CAN DENY THAT THE TEA IS HOT!

stfuhatersyoureallydontmatter
stfuhatersyoureallydontmatter

Haters need to freakin chill. For one, y'all don't matter. At all. Nobody cares about you or what you have to say about a song. Two, what the hell does arguing about Nicki and Kim do to make your personal life better? And Three, you're going to buy Roman Reloaded when it comes out and fall in love with Nicki again. So really...

Eframes247
Eframes247

Nicki keep talkin shish about Kimmyblanco, but still stealin her styles, watckin this video remindin me of lil kim "no matter what ppl say we got it goin on" Nicki is a biter, maybe that's why she has those big dracula teeth. Nicki quit biting off yo idol. U mad cause u wanna be Kim point blank! Clown hahahah lol

clyde
clyde

Mike Barthel, how much were you paid to write this unwarranted favorable review?

HustleandFlow
HustleandFlow

Its incredibly sad to read the comments from folks who speak so negatively about Nicki Minaj. One of the things that people continue to miss about Nicki Minaj is, She has a specific talent for artistic visuals.

It may not be your style. It may seem weak or stupid to you...but trust, it is not the same repeat we have seen from Lil Kim. Every song Lil Kim does has the same tired theme. If she aint rapping about a beef she got with someone or having sex with some random baller...she'd have nothing to say.

Why did it take Nicki to show up on the scene for Lil Kim to resurface?

 If Lil Kim was really handling her business, Nicki doing her thing couldn't phase The Queen Bee...and it shouldn't, but it did and does because, like it or hate on it, Nicki Minaj is taking the female rap game to another level. Thats not just my opinion. Thats straight from the Rap Divas- MC Lyte, Roxanne, Da Brat, Queen La, Remy Ma, Lauren Hill, Trina, Foxy, Eve...All the royalty of the female rap game. How can ANYONE deny that Nicki has taken over the game and the throne...and making and breakin her own rules?

And I aint hating on Lil Kim. I always liked her flow but 'same old is still old' and if she don't keep it fresh and pushin' than somebody who is, WILL take yo spot. That's life, not just in the rap game...in every game.

Lil Kim needs to drop all that bitter nonsense and show back up with something other than "Nicki aint...blahblahblah'  Cuz if she wasn't doin it on you, you wouldn't be phased.

AIN'T THAT WHY YOU REALLY MAD?

Mookiegotswagg
Mookiegotswagg

LOVEDDDDDDD THE VIDEO IT WAS SO DOPE IT LITERALLY TOOK MY BREATH AWAY NICKI IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN

Wgsmith247
Wgsmith247

Insane the girl takes so many styles n dat video n u call it new and fresh and u say she has respect??? All she talked about was sex when she we coming up how does that make her any better than kim. Brain washed bitches its sad wat happen 2 real music n people having a mind of their own so many followers

Chasing the grind
Chasing the grind

Biased anyone? LMFAO This is a freaking love letter to Nicki Garbaj! Seriously?

JSWright101
JSWright101

This is a great article...and pretty much exactly what I was thinking when I saw the video...it's like she's making fun of the whole form throughout the video and proving her point by just being better (artistically, referentially, and thought-provokingly). There are NOT many artists who could make such a killer combination of music video and song with such obvious repetition (and with a pretty basic/unintellectual concept like the phrase 'stupid hoe').

Breesho
Breesho

Nicki minaj is and always will be one of the worst rappers.....ever. Great entertainer, but rapper? Worst.

Jaxxy_O
Jaxxy_O

This article is hilarious (and hopefully satirical). "I'm 99% sure Nicki lovingly imitates Joan Rivers" - ahahahahahaha!

But seriously, the song/video is awful b/c Nicki's lyrical ability has been declining since she figured out she can get away with anything and b/c Hype Williams picked his favorite videos from 2011 and stuffed them all into a blender with a pack of skittles and awful photoshop.

Tiffany
Tiffany

Did they call Kim real ? After how many surgeries ? Oh.

Young Scuba
Young Scuba

Roman In Moscow and Stupid Hoe are soooooo infantile. I can't take either seriously as songs

Nicole Valles
Nicole Valles

I love Lil Kim and she had her time...not sure she can ever get on top again but Nicki is def taking A LOT of inspiration from her. I just don't get why they have a beef to start with.

Ih8hiphop
Ih8hiphop

its suppose to be for shits and giggles? No disrespect, but  how about I giggle and hand the cashier a hundful of shit when I purchase it. Don't put a song out if it aint worth buying. Thats like walking into a grocery store full of rotten food and they expect me to shop there.

RedEve
RedEve

wack album from a wack bitch

RedEve
RedEve

So...crush on you, No matter what they say, whoa, lighters up, and other had the "same tired theme" and no one hates just hates Nicki cause she's "winning" she is overrated and she dissed ALL the female rappers before so yeah do your HW

Tracey
Tracey

She may have taken over the game overall but with the quality and standards that new rappers are held to that is not saying much.

I think that Nicki could be great but I'm just not with her "I have multiple personalities" flow. Sure I can keep up but the baby voices, guttaral tones and other gimmicks just don't do it for me. I love that she takes a chance with fashion and visuals but I don't let her songs play all of the way through on the radio. I like her better when she only gets a verse because that is about all I can take. 

I agree that  Lil Kim fell off and that is to bad because I walways liked her flow. It's too bad that she and Nicki think that all of that plastic surgery was necessary when they were so cute without it. If anything makes me mad it's that they got nose jobs to narrow their noeses and rock the blonde haired blue eyed look so much.

HustleandFlow
HustleandFlow

It doesn't matter if she's the worst or the best...SHE IS ON THE THRONE.

And NOBODY is doin it like she is. 

Even if you gotta hold your nose...ALL HAIL THE NEW UNDENIABLE QUEEN

NICKI MINAJ

Mookiegotswagg
Mookiegotswagg

SMDH IF YOU THINK THAT THEN WHY ARE U EVEN ON HERE UR A STRAIGHT UP HATER

eviekawaii
eviekawaii

TBH, I'm not just saying this because im a huge Nicki fan, but Kim did start it. Nicki always said she looked up to her, until Kim started insulting her, and then the diss track..

Sarah Registe
Sarah Registe

is that the only word you stans have left in your vocabulary bitch? All I hear is hater, you a hater, oh your just a hater, bitch go jump off a cliff with your 12 year old dumbass.

Trishe24
Trishe24

Mookie sorry to say, but yo girl sucks she's wiggity wiggity wacked. She looks like bo zo the clown. She wanna be lil kim soooo bad. That's why she still followering her when she needs to focus on making good music, outside of kimmy! She's trash, an she's the stupid ho$ hahahah lmbo

Masta
Masta

Bitch u dumb it started when nicki ran her mouth on hot 97

exige
exige

actually nickis exact words were that she was influenced by no other female rapper....not to mention nicki started the dissing while she was underground she remade alot of lil kims songs as well. I personalyl think she Lil kim shouldnt have wasted her time responding she has over 10 years in the game already she has nothing to prove, but whats odd for me is how do you model your self after lil kim style, flow, appeal just to trash her in all your songs you cant copy someone and than openly diss them thats weak....wouldnt that make you all want to diss nicki?? If anything they should have worked together they both are talented and they both are big names and Nicki clearly loves lil kim why else waste your time dissing her

Donthate_justask88
Donthate_justask88

No, Nicki started this ENTIRE thing. I like both women, but I'm going to keep it real here. Nicki knows what she's doing, and people are falling for it.

YES, she has stated many times that she was inspired by Kim.. BUT, does that give her rights to bust shots at Kim??? NO.

That's being fake. How can you say someone inspires you and you mimmick their whole style and then you you turn around and diss them???? It's disrespectful. Kim has ALL RIGHTS to defend herself.

Kim spoke up about Nicki in 2010.Nicki takes shots at Kim all the way back to 2004 I believe. Stating, "I'm comin' for the crown Kim that's the word". That may be looked at as friendly competiton. Ok, that one is ok. However, let's continue...

"Fuck I look like givin' birds they props? Bitches act like they hot, when I heard they not. How the fuck you in the game like 10 yrs strong. You bitches still can't write your own damn songs?" (2007, shots at Kim & other female MC's in the game over 10 yrs (Trina, Foxy, etc.)

"They don't write shit, they might write a couple bars. That's why they gettin' dropped, dropped like a couple cars" (2008, the laughs on her because Kim didn't get dropped, she paid out of her contract)

And there's a lot more, just listen to her mixtapes.

"I came up in it a little bit self-centered, but did I kill the Queen? Not Alexander McQueens" (2010, THIS is when Kim said something. Nicki even admits to comin' in the the game "self-centered").

Ever since the beef started, Nicki has been lying to save face and its working because people are actually buying into it. She lied on the Hot97 interview. Saying... "Foxy said why you givin' Kim props? She be doggin' you in backstage convos".Foxy took to twitter to say, "Nicki and I never even had that conversation".

Like I said, I'm a fan of BOTH women, but I see right thru Nicki. I just like SOME of her music.

Oh, and those saying "Kim has had her run". I say, STOP putting experation dates on artist, especially our female rappers. Kim can keep putting out music till this day.

Chasing the grind
Chasing the grind

Evie, you really need to stop being a sheep. Do your homework. Nicki first addressed Kim in 2003. She's been attacking Kim on mixtapes for years in order to get her mixtape buzz. And then, after that, she continued it to get label buzz.  Look it up. She used to be Nicki Maraj.  The First known track that she dissed Kim on was in 2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... . You can see the real Nicki Minaj if you look up "Nicki Maraj Dead Wrong" on  youtube.  There are dozens and dozens of songs, but yea, basically Nicki Minaj started it and KIM kept quiet fo YEARS. From 2003-2010. Seven years of silence. Ya digg?!!

Smooches09
Smooches09

and lil kim wants to be nicki. That' why she workin wit all her people. SO shut up.

Smoothlyoperating
Smoothlyoperating

 haha "bitch you dumb".. hahagood one.. and you are indeed correct too btw :-)

Nickiminaj13
Nickiminaj13

I love nicki minaj and u got the lyrics wrong if your gunna talk junk about someone at least write the right lyrics people are so stupid now a days especially u "u a stupid hoe" !!

Smoothlyoperating
Smoothlyoperating

Wow, thanks for the YouTube search hint; OMG Nicki's style has changed sooo much over the years.. thanks for bringing my attention to her "Wanna be like Lil Kim" days, dissin her at the same time, yet trying her best to emulate her style :-)

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