CeeLo Green Criticizes Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
While many are celebrating Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP song, CeeLo Green and others criticized the female MCs and Nicki Minaj for their music. In the original photos, CeeLo Green with Goodie Mob performs during the Dungeon Family Reunion Tour 2019 at The Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP); Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are in the official “WAP” video; and September 11, 2018, Nicki Minaj attends the Oscar de la Renta show during Fashion Week in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Since the hit single “WAP” dropped, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have been trending like crazy. While many are celebrating the collaboration, others are criticizing the female MCs for the song’s content. CeeLo Green is in the latter group. He also added Nicki Minaj to his mix of critiques.

In an interview with Far Out Magazine published Aug. 9, Green said today’s music is shameless, it is sheer savagery.” While he was speaking about the industry as a whole, he specifically named the three chart-topping women in follow-up comments.

“Attention is also a drug and competition is around,” Green told Far Out. “Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all [but] … it comes at what cost?”

He said he felt Minaj wasn’t being responsible with her status as a role model to other women coming behind her in the industry.

““You have the ‘Heads of State,’ like Nicki Minaj or someone who is up there in accolade: success, visibility, a platform to influence. Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate,” Green said.

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Green said he feels it is music artists’ responsibility to call each other out when they lack integrity.

As adults and artists, we should at least attempt to be each other’s accountability partners in some regard,” Green said. “The stereotypes that are celebrated and perpetuated, ultimately make the perception a reality. It is disenfranchising and it has caused a great deal of problems.” 

He added there is a time and place for everything, including certain types of music.

“We are adults. There should be a time and a place for adult content,” Green said.

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