A.V. Club: Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne, “Knockout” featuring Nicki Minaj

I don’t… Well, I don’t even have words for this. Just watch it. Lil Wayne, you’ve outdone yourself.

This song is ridiculous. The opening lines display Wayne’s lyrical stupidity, and the video is “Fast Times” cheesy. Nicki Minaj, the supposed new Lil Kim, is this creepily self-aware doll who clearly thinks she’s cute, sexy, talented, etc. She’s not. She’s bursting out of her Lady Gaga corset rip-off, and her eyes. Sheesh, those eyes. They’re lifeless and creepy.

Seriously, when Lil Wayne opens a song addressing Barbie, you know you’re in trouble. Wayne’s morphing these alternative rock baselines and drum solos with his T-Pain over-modulated voice and Minaj’s frenetic, screeching vocals. It’s as if Wayne listened to At the Drive-In and decided he could do it just as well but realized he didn’t have the vocal cajones to do real music any justice. And the video? It looks like he took a page from that Lil Jon/Cooking by the Book mash-up, begged Kelis to do costume design and rounded off the catastrophe with Celebrity Deathmatch.

And it’s all for that Barbie girl.

Ken, what would you have to say about this?

Ken and Barbie, Toy Story 3


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