So, reportedly Nicki Minaj is set to replace Steven Tyler on next season’s American Idol! Surprised? So are we! Pissed? So is Mariah Carey! While the news is still unconfirmed, “insiders” are saying Minaj will definitely say yes to Idol, and appear alongside the Grammy Award winning Carey come fall. But is the self-proclaimed Black Barbie a smart move for Idol, or will she just end up being the next Ellen? We’ve got some promising pros and major cons surrounding the Head Barbz’s reported role.
Nicki Minaj Will Be A Ratings Jackpot For Fox – Without a doubt, Fox will see a ratings jump if Nicki Minaj sits her big booty down in the judge’s chair. With over 14 million faithful fans following her on Twitter, the rapper is the 11th most followed person on the social media giant. Assuming not every Minaj follower tuned in to American Idol in the previous seasons, the ratings would see a massive spike of fans tuning in just to see her pink wigs and latex onesies.
She’s Broadened The Spectrum Of Hip Hop- With six year old girls across the world singing “Superbass”, Minaj is a wonderful example of hip-hop’s continued influence. With just two albums under her belt, she’s been able to tap into an audience who never cared for a Jay-Z or a Biggie, and can likely reel them in to the suffering music showcase.
Minaj May Usher In More Female MC Talent- The rap genre is seriously lacking when it comes to talented female MCs. If American Idol brings on the only wildly successful female hip hop act today, audiences just might see an influx of aspiring lady MCs hitting the audition reels! A Lil’ Kim #2? Yes, please!
It’s Questionable If Minaj Has Staying Power- Though Minaj has been around for five years, if you include her Queens-based underground buzz back in 2007, her mainstream success pales in comparison to other female MCs. (A quick note: The pink-haired Barbie is trumped by Missy Elliott and her album, Under Construction, for highest debut from a female-rapper.) Moreover, Minaj has only had two #1 singles as an individual artist, while her nemesis Lil’ Kim can count five. Pink Friday had a total of 376k units sold in its first week and its follow up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, failed to compete, selling only 253k in its first week. You know the story in hip hop: One day you’re the queen bee, the next you’re left out to smell the roses.
American Idol Judges Should Be “Idols”- With just three years of mainstream success, Nicki Minaj might not be seasoned enough for the title of hip hop’s “Idol”. She’ll be sharing the panel with Mariah Carey, whose been at number one 18 times, with her debut album spending 22 weeks at number one on the Billboard charts. Compared to the competing judges on The Voice and the X-Factor, Barbz is practically scraping the surface of mainstream success. So does the Minaj have the experience to mentor upcoming acts and pinpoint exactly what it takes to be the next American Idol of music.
Will She Be Joked On? She’s been black-balled by
NYC’s the world’s most recognized source of Hip Hop & Rap, Hot 97, thanks to her poppy instrumentals and auto-tune dubbing. In just a few years, Minaj has gone from the “rap bitch’s nightmare” to a sugary sweet pop-star. So will hip hop’s tried and true fans not even tune in?