Posted at 8:00 AM Feb 17, 2010
|Looking for a minajay|
Wow, it's hard not to feel dirty when listening to "Lil' Freak," by Usher and Nicki Minaj. The song, with a hypnotic, Middle Eastern beat, isn't shy about its message--Usher wants a threesome, so be his little freak and go on and grab a girl.
While the track is downright catchy, it's evident Usher is pretty selfish when it comes to rounding up ladies to please him. In the first verse, he tells a lady that she's obviously "too fine to be single" (because all single ladies are hags, you know), but even if the girl is attached, that's not going to stop him from having his "minajay" with her and another lady he graciously lets her pick out from the bar.
Who cares if the girl isn't into hooking up with other girls? If you want to hook up with Usher, he makes it clear that it's a requirement to bring another lady friend around.
To prove not all women are opposed to Usher's message, the song features Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj, who conveniently happens to be bisexual (it's not a marketing ploy at all!)
Minaj is sassy in her verse, saying "I really like your kitty cat, and if you let me touch her, I know you're not a bluffer, I'll take you to go see Usher." These kinds of lyrics from any type of female singer are ones we're not used to hearing much, and it's refreshing to have some lesbian lovin' out on the airwaves. She ends her verse with, "I'm plotting on how I can take Cassie away from Diddy. The girls want a Minaj, yeah, they wetter than the rain. Then Usher buzz me in, everybody loves Raymond." Sort of a gross visual, but hearing women-on-women pick-up lines in music is pretty sexy.
While Minaj's use of pop culture references and sex appeal is just fine, she also talks about "keeping a couple ho's like Santa." Instead of empowering women, Minaj resorts to Usher's tactics and refers to them as ho's. Not so unifying.
Everybody should have the right to get their freak on and have threesomes if they want. But the way the Usher goes about getting two ladies in his bed, by using his celebrity to coerce girls to sleep with him, is sleazy.