Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | 10:09am
SOUND OFF: Do Rappers, like @NickiMinaj have the Authority To Judge Musical Talent
Is it an insult to vocalist and the skill that goes into judging talent?
I’m sure the vast majority of the Nation wouldn’t classify as “Fans” of American Idol. So perhaps that was the reasoning behind the move to add Nicki Minaj as a judge. For the first however many years of the wildly popular reality talent show, the judges were pretty static. However as ratings have waned recently, the show brass has sought to shake up the mix more regularly. But Nicki Minaj? Forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this show about singing? While I know Hip Hop unfortunately has misdirected to a more sing-songy game, what “authority” does Barbie have to make decisions on the future of aspiring vocal artists? During the NYC auditions on Sunday, Brian Miller, content director at RapRadar.com spoke to MTV about joining the show defending her position.
“Miller doesn’t expect to see rap opening singing competitions’ flood gates all of a sudden. However, he believes that artists like Nicki have already achieved a fair amount of pop success, and that’s why she is attractive to “Idol.” Not only does Minaj rap, but she sings, dances, sells cosmetics and has even done voiceover work in “Ice Age 4;” her crossover success makes her a clear representative to the mainstream audience.
“I don’t think Nas would ever get $8 million for judging someone in a hip-hop competition, you have to be a pop star to acquire that kind of money,” he said. “If you’re not in a pop lane, you’re never going to ever get this kind of exposure or these kind of crossover looks.”
What do you think? Does Rap or Rappers for that matter have the “authority” to judge vocal talent? SOUND OFF: