Criticizing Music #1: Anaconda (Nicki Minaj)

Updated: Jun 3

Image from: Nicki Minaj in 'Anaconda': She twerks hard for the money - Baltimore Sun

For this series, I pick out a random song that I don't really enjoy and critique it. This won't be a very detailed series, but this is a place for me to voice out my disappointment on the tracks I chose to review.

This is Nicki Minaj we're talking about here, so it's not surprising that she would release a song like this.

I found a few reasons why this track is one of the absolute worst.

First off, what the heck is with that chorus? Out of all things, a song shouldn't mess up the chorus. But, that's what we have here in Anaconda.

Guys... this is the lyrics of the chorus- "Oh my gosh, look at her butt. Oh my gosh, look at her butt. Oh my gosh, look at her butt (Look at her butt). Look at, look at, look at, look, at her butt."

Ok then...

What's even more maddening is how it's being delivered vocally. It's frustrating to listen to.

Another problem here are the lyrics.

The lyrics in the first verse aren't bad. The second verse, on the other hand,...

I don't really care about lyrics when I listen to music. But, lyrics can be a problem if it's something like Anaconda's second verse.

A few lyrics here I don't like is "Di-dick bigger than a tower, I ain't talking about Eiffel's", "Pussy put his ass to sleep, now he calling me NyQuil", and "Now that bang, bang, bang."

I can try to overlook the lyrics, but god damn.

Lastly, this problem is most infuriating.

From 3:06-3:49, this is one of the worst 43 seconds of your life you will ever hear. Let me go step-by-step throughout this whole mess. Ready?

Nicki starts this section by saying "he love this fat a**", followed by the most infuriating laugh she has ever produced.

Then she gives a shoutout to the "b*tches with a fat a** in the club" while saying "f*ck those skinny b*tches in the club". Again, I don't care for lyrics when it comes to music, but if I hear something like this... oh goodness.

She then lets out another irritating laugh followed by what sounds like she just choked on her own laugh. She also lets out another strange noise, something that Cardi B is known for in later years.

To end this torture, Nicki shouts "I GOT A BIG FAT A**!"

Ladies and gentleman, give a slow round of applause for Nicki Minaj!

Yeah... this part was just trash.

Nicki created this song with the intent of embracing "curvy women", but I don't get the sense of that ambition. She did state that she was being playful with the lyrics, which she succeeded in. However, some of the lyrics were just too raunchy (that was also her intent).

The instrumental is ok. It's not horrendous, nor is it amazing. I do like the sample of Sir Mix A Lot's Baby Got Back, which is the only thing keeping this production alive.

Overall, whatever her goals were, she came out victorious. The popularity of this song proves that she cleared everything on her checklist. Though, the only thing she didn't clear was the production. Some parts of Anaconda really brought the quality level down, but I guess the public didn't mind. Smh.

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