Pre-Echo—Monsters in the Mix
Nicki Minaj is a monster. She’s not the only one on Kanye West’s “Monster” (2010)—so are Jay Z and Rick Ross—but she’s monstrous in a way the others aren’t. Minaj’s tour de force verse shifts between multiple personas and calls our attention to the ways she can deploy what Savannah Shange calls her “strategic queerness,” slipping in and out of recognizable performances of mainstream humanism. The introduction to Posthuman Rap traces the contours of Minaj’s queerness and listens for the way the song responds to her, laying out both the sonic and political parameters I’ll tease out in the rest of the book.
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