Radio, Streaming, Hip Hop and Nicki Minaj

Some links related to our class discussion yesterday. I couldn’t find the exact show I was listening to that explored Nicki Minaj’s “transformation”, but check these out:

How Streaming Services Are Remaking The Pop Charts

Nicki Minaj Responds To Criticism For Releasing Pop Music

Nicki Minaj Talks Returning to Hip-Hop Roots, Style Transformation

The Hip-Pop Switch: Radio & Industry Experts Discuss Shift on the Airwaves

What does this question of style change say about commercialized artistry, race and gender relations in the industry? Should Minaj – or anyone – have to defend themselves against accusations of “selling out” to appease fans and industry pressures?

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