Kurt Cobain

Before Nicki Minaj was Nicki Minaj (and Kurt was Kurt)

Before Nicki Minaj was Nicki Minaj (and Kurt was Kurt)

Dirty Money – Nicki Minaj from JAMES DELGATTO on Vimeo.

Before she was Nicki Minaj, the international superstar (real name: Onika Tanya Maraj) with her wigs and outlandish colorful outfits that give Lady Gaga a run for title of Best Weirdly Dressed, she was Nicki Minaj, a talented aspiring hip-hop artist from the Queens. And the above video of her from that pre-red carpet fame era is currently being passed around the Internets in the past couple days with some viewers longing for this rawer, more pedestrian side of Nicki Minaj. Hey Sasha Frere-Jones: feel free to use this as a flint for your next essay about constructions of identity and its conflict with notions of authenticity as it pertains to hip-hop. Or something. Incidentally, if you slow down Nicki Minaj’s voice she sounds a lot like Jay-Z. Conversely, if you speed up Jay-Z he sounds like Nicki Minaj. This is a mathematical fact.

Kurt Cobain's F bomb

Kurt Cobain's F bomb

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday on the 15th anniversary of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s suicide. His hometown of Aberdeen, Washington has seen some controversy lately concerning a makeshift park situated under a bridge in which the rocker hung out and once wrote songs. Recently, granite plaques have appeared around the area featuring Cobain…