Top 2011 Tracks
12. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
The official video of Nicki Minaj’s promotional single “Stupid Hoe” was just released this weekend. Saying that it has received a mixed popular reaction would be an understatement (see: like/dislike bar in Youtube); I specially love to read people who think that it is just noise, or that it is not “true music”. I love “Stupid Hoe” because it’s the most visceral track I’ve heard from Nicki, it’s intensely confronting and antagonistic to the ways one would expect music to present itself in the mainstream- “Stupid Hoe” is opposing the stream, and it’s so damn alluring for that-. What makes her latest Roman Polanski anti-pop statement so surprising is Nicki’s giant leap from her infectiously gripping pro-pop “Super Bass”.
“Super Bass” tips the scale around pop appeal into omnipresent proportions. I mean, it’s a song I know almost anyone has enjoyed at least once and is skillful and effervescent enough to feel comfortably pleasurable (whether in guilt or not). It is aided by a set of hooks that makes it obviously appropriate for the radio. Well, I don’t really listen to the radio, so my ubiquitous exposure to “Super Bass” has been a decision of my own. “Super Bass” plays into every damn pop intricacy, Nicki’s rapping is infectious only in the way pop music usually is, whereas “Stupid Hoe” feels infectious only in the ways pop music isn’t.