Nicki Minaj’s controversial “Anaconda” cover art attracted some mixed reviews. While some celebrated the Queens rapper for flaunting her seemingly perfect backside for the camera while positioned in a squatting pose, others shamed her and deemed the cover inappropriate. The owner of AllHipHop.com, Chuck Creekmur, also penned an open letter to the 31-year-old, which was written from the perspective of a father and contains sort of a “do better” tone.
He opens the letter, which was published by Mommy Noire, by reminding Nicki of the time her camp wrote in to his publication and asked him to remove an image in which Nicki is facing forward in a similar squat pose because it no longer represented who she was as an artist.
“The team member let us know that Nicki is no longer on that and is doing a lot to promote a new image – ‘blah blah blah,'” he wrote.
His letter continues:
“But, guess what? Not only do I run AllHipHop, I’m a father, too. For a moment there, I felt like I had briefly peered into the deepest recesses of Nicki Minaj’s true inner self, a being that cares how this ratchet s**t affects my kid. I said to myself, ‘Self, how cool is this? Nicki is already evolving into somebody that my daughter may get to listen to on my watch. Maybe.’ I’ve been in the music game a minute now so I know how it goes. So, when I peeped the artwork for your latest single, I wasn’t even shocked, I was just disappointed. The song: ‘Anaconda.’ The art: your booty in a thong. As a man, I can appreciate the virtues of your perfect posterior. The dad guy is not a happy camper, particularly now that his lil’ girl is transitioning into a young lady.”
“Now, the most popular, current Black female rapper starts overtly pushing her hyper-sexualized image again? Just my luck. I’m trying to raise a young girl that will eventually grow into someone greater than the both of us. I know that this requires great parenting, great education, great luck and an assortment of great influences. I’m sure you know the influence you wield, but now, if you told the “Barbs” to scratch my eyes out, some would attack without thinking about it. I’m sure some will also replicate the “Anaconda” image without thinking about it too. Your original image already has 256,817 (and counting) likes under the original Instagram picture you posted, so I venture that your average girl could strive to get a couple hundred likes from her friends. Is this the path you want to lead impressionable kids down?”
Chuck then goes on to remind Nicki of how much influence she has and how she has been given the role of leader, whether she wishes to accept it or not. While he admits that his kid doesn’t know much about Nicki, he argues that it will eventually be difficult for him to shield her from who Nicki is.
“I don’t want to EVER see her posted up one day emulating you the way I “fought the power” like I was Chuck D’s little brother back in 1989. Or, the way you emulated Kim.”
The letter concludes with Chuck urging Nicki to do some self-reflecting. Of course, his attempt at getting Nicki to rethink the path that she’s embarking upon also received a mixed responses. While some felt that his letter was spot on, others questioned why he failed to pen such heartfelt letters to male rappers who consistently objectify and disrespect women.
Read Chuck’s full letter here. Let us know your thoughts.