Monday was a glorious day for women, particularly BLACK WOMEN, in music. Four Black women reigned supreme at the top of Billboard and Rolling Stone's Charts, and there was nothing Drake could do about it. Even though all the girls were celebrated, most of the chatter was centered around one woman, NICKI MINAJ.
Nicki Minaj seized her first No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100, and now the media has to "flip the switch" on their
narratives about her. Before they do, let me clear up some misconceptions about Nicki Minaj and chart success. Nicki Minaj has over 175 number one songs across Billboard's neverending charts, including a Myspace & Gospel No.1 (put some RESPECK on her name). Nicki Minaj also has a #1 song on Rolling Stone Top 100 Chart from her "Hot Girl Summer" collab with Megan Thee Stallion. So, Nicki Minaj is no stranger to being number one, in fact, she seems to have a knack for it.
So now that Nicki Minaj has done what many have spent the last two-years telling her she would never do, they are asking can she do it solo. That got me thinking about MOMENTUM. Sometimes an artist just needs that one breakthrough moment that starts an amazing run. We only need to look at Drake as an example
of how an artist can use the momentum from a No.1 to stay on top.
Drake is not this prolific No.1 song making machine that the media loves portraying him to be. He has over 222 Hot 100 Billboard entries, and 7 of those are No.1 hits, which includes his recent TikTok song "Toosie Slide." That is a 3% success rate. Compare that to Rihanna, who has a 23% success rate and Beyonce, who has a 9% success rate. When it comes to getting Top 10 songs, Drake and Nicki both round out to 17% success rate. If everything stayed the same for Drake, Nicki only needs two more No.1 hits to match Drake at a 3% success rate, and she would have done it with fewer Billboard entries.
So, let's discuss Drake's path to Hot 100 No.1 hits...
In 2010, Drake got his first No.1 as a featured artist on Rihanna's "What's My Name?". After that, Drake went through a six-year drought until RiRi came to the rescue again. In 2016, Drake made it back to the top as a featured artist on Rihanna's "Work." Are y'all picking up a pattern? That same year, Drake picked
up his third Hot 100 No.1 when he released "One Dance," with Wizkid and Kyla, which has a similar sound to "Work" and "What's My Name?" Once Drake learned what sounds worked for him, he used the MOMENTUM from his previous number ones to get his third top hit.
I hope it did not go unnoticed that Drake's first three Hot 100 hits were not solo songs. Drake was on two songs with Rihanna and had features on his own song. So, anyone who has anything to say about features better keep the same energy with Drake and many other artists. Let's continue...
So, two years later comes "God's Plan, "Nice For What," and "In My Feeling" in 2018. I think this is when the illusion of Drake being a No.1 magnet really grew. This was when Drake got into his charity, sampling, and dance challenge bag. Now, we are in 2020, and Drake did the "Toosie Slide" to another No.1.
Yes, a vast amount of Drake's success can be contributed to the media cheering him on and constantly inundating fans with daily Drake stats. But, Drake early on figured out how to ride trends and nibble off songs fans already liked. On previous posts, I have pointed out how Drake is now remaking his own fan favorites. It's similar to sampling popular songs.
So, how can Nicki Minaj ride the MOMENTUM from her first No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100? I do not suggest she follow in Drake's footsteps by dropping a song that sounds similar to "Say So." What she should take from her No.1 hit is the energy, the feeling, the vibe. The energy is "P*ssy Power, " the vibe is "Black Girl Magic," the feeling is "Ladies First." All of that is what propelled her to success in the first place when she was on her Itty Bitty Piggy sh*t and signing boobs.
"I just come through with a couple bossy bitches
They get money too, they some "don't cross me" bitches"
I said this back in 2018 and was attacked, but I still believe it...NICKI MINAJ NEEDS TO COME BACK TO THE
GIRLS! A female rapper that does not have a strong female support system is a female rapper who needs to "hang it up, flatscreen." I understand sometimes bitches need to be put in their place, but we need "Lookin Ass N*gga," Nicki, "Where My Bad Bitches, Fck These N*ggas Give Them Trauma," Nick, and I-I-I-I-ride for my bitches, Nicki. Nicki Minaj's lyrics need to be 70% fck these n*ggas, and 30% fck hatin bitches.
She needs to go back to telling us girls to get our education, and we can rule the world. I posted an old video of Nicki Minaj speaking about "slouch" ass female rap contracts. We need an updated conversation w/ Nicki about these contracts. Biggie gave the boys "10 Crack Commandments", Nicki needs to "spill the tea" on these female rap contracts and give us
"10 Female Rap Contract Commandments."
I just feel like if Nicki can ride this "girl power" MOMENTUM as she did early in her career, she can own 2020 and beyond.
Do you believe there is any momentum that Nicki Minaj can ride from "Say So" going No.1?
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