After watching this week’s Saturday Night Live, I’m agreeing with those who say Nicki Minaj isn’t the greatest rapper in the world and who rank her as the least of the Rainbow Hair Brigade, the current batch of popsters who look like they were dreamed up by a seven-year-old rolling on Fun Dip and going to town with a pad of paper and a full spectrum of highlighters. (The brigade also includes Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Ke$ha is the hobgoblinish associate from the wrong side of the tracks that they let tag along just so they can rip on her.) However, Minaj has a certain presence, and I think I’ve come up with a way for her to showcase her strengths: a reality show titled Making Faces With Nicki Minaj, in which she just reacts to various surprising or astonishing things. Week to week, she’d visit zoos, watch daredevil acts, trek through haunted houses, ride roller coasters, attend stand-up comedy shows, eat grapefruit, set off fireworks and so forth. The viewer would see none of this. Instead, the camera would just focus on Minaj’s reactions, and that would be enough.
Evidence of Minaj’s true talents:
And in a perfect word, her sidekick would be Carla from Top Chef. Evidence:
And no, it’s not a racial thing. I think of both women first as being wonderfully Muppet-like. Them being African-American is a distant second, if even that.