Do Alternative Facts Have A Place In Hip-Hop?

A week ago, rapper Remy Ma released a Nicki Minaj diss titled "ShETHER", a remix of Nas' iconic "Ether." It was a triumphant bounce back for Remy after her album sold a measly 7,978 units first week and failed to crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200.

The song immediately went viral and led to Remy experiencing the biggest moment in her career thus far as seen below via Google Trends.

Remy Ma is the blue line and, for contrast, Nicki Minaj is the red line.

Despite pulling inspiration from "Ether", Remy Ma's version sounds less like a classic diss record and more like "Love & Hip-Hop" in song form. The majority of Remy Ma's claims in "ShETHER" contradict things that she and Nicki have said and done in the past while a recent appearance on the Wendy Williams show led to Remy contradicting herself once again.

Remy Ma's contradictions expose the partial truths and fabricated events mentioned in the song. She wasn't rapping about facts but, instead, alternative facts.

I have seen plenty of people during the last week argue that hip-hop is about being authentic and I agree. If you aren't a drug dealer, you shouldn't rap about selling drugs and, if you aren't a member of a gang, you shouldn't claim an affiliation that doesn't exist. Likewise, if you release a diss record, it should be authentic and factual.

While it may not have been all love, Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj have had a great public relationship and, after "ShETHER" and the unnecessary "Another One", Remy Ma just comes off as a wishy-washy friend who is there for you one moment and talking shit about you in the next breath.

Alternative facts have no place in music just as they have no place in government and media.

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