There’s Still Something About RemyJuly 23rd, 2012
By Dan Reagans
Four years ago may not seem like so long ago but in hip hop years it’s a lifetime. Former Terror Squad first lady Remy Ma made a blip on the rap radar this week to dispel a harsh Twitter rumor that she was dead. Currently severing a 8-year sentence at an upstate New York prison after being found guilty of shooting a former acquaintance, the BX-bred femcee used a few of her phone calls to dial into Funkmaster Flex’s night set and Hot 97’s Morning Show to give concerned fans the heads up that she’s alive and well. Although it was refreshing to hear the “Conceited” rapper is still her strong willed and witty self, one couldn’t help but to ponder if she can revamp her once promising career in today’s pop driven music scene.
During the interviews Remy revealed that she could be back on the streets as early as 2014 for good behavior and time served. But before we go putting away the “Free Remy” shirts and poppin’ bottles let’s be mindful that a welcome home party could turn into a nightmare quicker than Shyne’s deportation. While Shyne Po lost his citizenship in the states, Remy could very well be shut out of today’s bubble gum friendly hip hop nation.
First and foremost it’s no secret that the “Whuteva” rapper could spit with the best of ‘em (word to her mentor the late great Big Pun), but it might not be enough to compete commercially with Nicki Minaj and her legions of barbz. Without a doubt she has her work cut out for her once she is set free, regaining a fan base, and reintroducing her aggressive punchy flows to a new unfamiliar audience. Let’s not forget Remy’s from a planet where the rap bars are tough as nails, the song concepts are rougher than sand paper, and bubble gum is illegal and might get you banished forever. As proof just refer back to her breakout 16-bar lyrical assault on M.O.P.’s 2001 “Ante Up” remix that garnered her fame in the same vein as Nas’ 1991 “Live At The Barbecue” appearance.
It’s safe to say that she won’t have the same trouble finding her way inside of the booth like Shyne did originally, but the struggle for female MCs is a tad bit more complex. Nicki Minaj has diversified and propelled the genre to a place that’s less like the sound that was popular in 2006 when Remy dropped her debut, There’s Something About Remy: Based On A True Story.
We won’t dare say Nicki’s gone pop on us because she has helped hip hop grow and win over a broader fan base fans by incorporating pop friendly hits into her music. The truth of the matter is that the demographic of rap fans have changed, and if Remy Ma wants in on that some of that success she may have to fine tune things a bit.