Nicki Minaj’s list of haters continues to grow. This time her former manager and Waka Flocka Flame’s mom, Deb Atney is weighing in on her debut album Pink Friday-calling it “terrible”.
In an interview with VIBE.com, Deb Atney states that she feels Nicki Minaj “let down” her fans with her Young Money debut, stating that she “went to far left” with her “pop” appeal.
“It’s terrible. I like some stuff, but she went too left. I don’t think people were ready for her to come [out with pop],” Atney said in the interview. “When I had Nicki, I really wanted her to sing. That’s why I took her for training cause Nicki loves singing, but she kept saying to me, ‘Deb, I can’t do it yet because people won’t understand.’ And that’s why the [rap] mixture was done to introduce them to all of Nicki.”
Atney also states that Nicki holstered too many “unnecessary” features that took away from her talent.
“I think [Pink Friday] was very disappointing to a lot of her fans. She didn’t need a lot of [the] features,” Atney continued. “That was one of the biggest things like… you gave people so many features, give them you now. Nicki could be so much better because—outside of anything that people say—she’s very multi-talented. I really wish that she would learn to be more of an artist.”
In addition to discussing her feelings on Nicki’s album, Atney also shared her opinion on the beef between Nicki and Lil’ Kim.
“My views on that is that she came too far to go back that route,” Atney said. “Kim does not even have to go there. There are no comparisons to them. Some things are best left unsaid. The whole thing is stupid.
I’m very disappointed that she would go that route. ‘Cause I know all that she was taught. She don’t have to go there with anybody. That was the stuff we always discussed. People had to learn to love Nicki— that’s how the door opened up. It wasn’t about Kim or Foxy or any of the rest of them. So I was just a little disappointed [by her album], but If she likes it, I love it. ”