Eve vs. Nicki Minaj: Women & Sexual Presentation

When you first listen to a song, what do you listen or look for first? The beat? The artist on the song? The lyrics? Everyone listens to music for varying reasons, whether it’s the artists, the beats and melodies, or the lyrics. For women in hip hop, people are constantly and closely listening to the words they’re saying, watching the clothes they choose to wear. Hip hop in general tends to directly target women, negatively depicting them through lyrics and ‘creativity.’ It is easy to identify hip hop culture due to its distinctive language and slang-style of performing. Lyrics are specifically structured to sound a certain a way in music, thus establishing an ‘expected’ appearance or interpretation of the music. It wasn’t until recently that a debate sparked about the importance of women and sexual presentation between two well-known women of hip hop. We’ve all seen Eve; yes, the rapper. And we’ve all seen Nicki Minaj. Back in November, Nicki shared her Paper Magazine Cover shoot with her social media fan base… of course, breaking the internet and turning heads. It’s no secret how faithful Nicki’s fans are to her and her craft. Let’s break this down. Nicki appears extremely seductive, curvy, and her lyrics are widely known to have you turn your head more than once. Since her debut to the world as Nicki Minaj, as the first woman of Young Money, Nicki is known to appear ‘sexy’ and vivacious, wearing lesser clothes to help adhere to her audience and fans. Nicki’s Paper Magazine shoot, Minaj A Trois: Break the Internet, appears with three different styles of Nicki Minaj in one photo, all appearing provocative and ‘slutty,’ with each Minaj lusting after one another. With Nicki, it would be more of a shocker if we didn’t see her buttox or breasts.

With all the praise in the world, there will always be someone who disagrees or happens to have a different perspective on certain things. In this case, we have Eve, who isn’t so much in the hip hop limelight like Nicki anymore, but rather in the limelight of happiness and success. Following Nicki’s Paper Magazine shoot, Eve sat and served as a co-host of the television talk show, The Talk, where she was asked about Nicki’s cover shoot.

Her response left a bad taste in Nicki’s #Barbz fanbase. She mentioned that although she views Nicki as a ‘cool’ person and a great rapper/lyricist, she personally wouldn’t be able to pose in exotic, sexual manners anymore...because whether or not she has asked to be a role model in a position in the entertainment industry, there are young girls around the world watching and viewing her as a role model.

Fans both agreed and disagreed with reaction to Nicki’s latest cover issue, Some felt as though Eve was being a hypocrite because she has a multitude of sexually-based photos and features in music videos. Although this is true, Eve underwent a big change in her image, how she carries herself, what she chooses to disclose or not. Does that make her wrong or a hypocrite for reacting the way she did when asked her opinion? Is Nicki wrong for using sex appeal? Some would say that everyone grows at different stages, and in this age of hip hop, each artist and/or entertainer experiences different growth processes. Some find constant sexual acts as distasteful, but those same people also forget that they, too, had to make changes to their lives. Different women in the industry choose different methods to maximize in their roles.