I was watching a "freestyle" by Ms. Lola Love and the thought came to me that she is more of a Foxy Brown clone when compared to miss Nicki the Ninja who has honed the Lil' Kim image to a T. Remember this?
Now I know all the fellas out there my age definately remember seeing this image. Hell half of the albums Kim sold were off of this picture right here:
Kim and Foxy were the polar opposites of the same chick back then. Kim was the neighborhood whore whom everyone knew but still wanted to deal with anyway. She was about her business and had honed her sex game to the point she could get what she wanted. Her identity was Superhead before we even knew who the hell Karrine Stephens was. Foxy on the other hand was a sassy and street smart young lady who only dealt with boss type dudes who had something in their pockets.
Let's take you back to the mid-90's for a couple of minutes:
Man that was classic. Those were the days. At the very least these two women had created their own identities which reflected the hood a little bit more than the Queen Latifah's and MC Lyte's that came before. Now Nicki and 'Lola Monroe' are the latest incarnations of them with slight differences. Nicki is more street than Kim was and Lola has a little bit more sex appeal than Foxy did; showing obvious nods to both ladies.
Only time will tell if they can make a lasting impression on hip-hop. Personally I haven't been that impressed with either of them but Nicki seems to have regressed, and Lola, though she sounds more like a female Rick Ross every day, is progressing ever slightly. None of them can mess with Eve in her heyday however.