I always have to chuckle a little when Nicki Minaj raps in “Moment 4 Life” that “I’m still hood, Hollywood couldn’t change me.” Especially when it’s confirmed today that she’s accepted the most Hollywood move out there: a reality TV show.
The 29-year-old’s rationale is that it’ll make her otherwise campy image appear more human for her Barbz (fans) and onlookers. “I find the more people see, the more they understand, and then it’s the more they like you,” Nicki explained in an interview with Perez Hilton. “When you pull them in your world, they see you as a real person. I’m not running away from it anymore… I’m just like, ‘You know what? This is my life.’”
In other words, what we have here is someone whose made their whole public image out of looking fake is yearning to appear real and relatable on the fakest of all television formats, the reality TV show. Anyone have an Advil? My head is hurting.
Actually, “reality TV show” is a little misleading. While it’ll air on the E! Network, rumors this week that Nicki was entering Minaj-ardashian territory on the airwaves wasn’t totally true. Instead, the “Starships” actress will be appearing on a three-part reality special that’ll offer a glimpse into her personal and professional life with never before seen footage including the promotion of her new perfume, warming up her judge’s chair on “American Idol,” and the re-re-reloaded version of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded—The Re-Up.
The announcement of this new mini series isn’t weighing too heavily on concerns of being the most overexposed celebrity of next season. It’s all part of elevating her merchandise of hip-hop/pop to the masses and Nicki knows it. To quote her on her track “I Am Your Leader,”: “I’m a brand, bitch, I’m a brand.” And so are these reality TV shows. Hey, whatever to keep those beez in the trap.