The Tragedy of Whitewashing Hip Hop


It was good to see Nicki Minaj at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Of course, she was riding shotgun on “Bang Bang,” even though the video for “Anaconda” has become an instant sensation. Minaj shared the stage with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. while Iggy Azalea—whose hit “Fancy” seems destined to be the “Ice Ice Baby” of the new millennium—hit the stage after quite an introduction from Jennifer Lopez, performed her hit “Black Widow,” and left the stage to a rousing ovation that truly belonged to her.

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