“Nicki Minaj, definitely because she is the only “really” famous female rapper. She is like the female version of Lil Wayne, in the way that she is in a lot of songs. Her new album Pink Friday, has a lot of famous people in it which is helping her get her name out there for the rest of the world who hasn’t heard about her.” (http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/what-artists-do-you-consider-sellouts-why/)
In my opinion collaborating with other artists doesn’t make Nicki Minaj a sell out; I think it more makes her a wise business person. In my first blog I gave a definition of a sell out from wikipedia stating “Selling out is a common slang phrase. Broadly speaking, it refers to the compromising of one's integrity in exchange for money or other personal gain. It is commonly associated with attempts to increase mass appeal or acceptability to mainstream society. A person who does this is labeled a sellout.”
I don’t see how Nicki falls into that definition of a sell out for the fact Minaj never compromised her own beliefs or integrity. She simply found artists who fit her style of music and even found some artiste that were from a completely different genre of music than where she was comfortable in and found a way to make her style work and blend in with it. Now in my opinion that is no where close to being a sell out, instead I believe she should be complimented on her creativity and musical skills in which allowed her to do such things.
Some people might say these collaboration tracks are just her way of marketing her music to different ears, but at the same time, as a musician I believe such collaboration tracks where you take two artistes from two different extremes and merge them together is a work of genius! No one ever said there was anything wrong with piggy backing on some one else’s fame, in fact that has been going on for years dating back to early rock music days, so are we going to say that every artist dating back to the days of soul and jazz are sell outs? Just because they were able to devise different strategies that worked for them and at the same time helped promote their music?
I believe the work that artist like Nicki Minaj have done with these collaboration tracks are great because personally I love to hear two different styles of music clash with each other. In my opinion Nicki Minaj is far away from being a sell out.