Words By Jesse Serwer
Not on the list
After much anticipation, female-rapper-of-the-moment Nicki Minaj dropped her debut LP Pink Friday last week to mixed reviews and brisk sales. We couldn’t help but notice that, with the exception of Rihanna, who we guess gets an asterisk at this point, Nicki didn’t include any Caribbean artists among her guests. But, like her stylistic antecedent Foxy Brown, she’s Trini, has a tight patois game and has been known to drop the occasional dancehall reference (“Tony Matterhorn, dutty wine it!”) into her lyrics. So where’s her “Oh Yeah”? We’ve heard Nicki on a remix of Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh” and alongside Jamericans Sean Kingston and Ricky Blaze, but we have a whole gang of Caribbean artists we’d rather hear her with.