Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj has really been doing what the tabs claim: been sending money to an unnamed village right here in India so that, bit by bit, they develop into a village that has access to clean water, education, and basic technology.Minaj actually said something quite profound, which puts the phrase ‘first world problems’ into a stark context. “We complain about the most ridiculous little things when some people don’t even have clean water. Blessings to India. Our work is far from done,” she told the press.
She also mentioned on Instagram that “The money I’ve sent to this village in India for the last couple years (via my Pastor Lydia Sloley), has gotten them a computer centre, a tailoring institute, a reading program and two water wells.”
Does this effort, perhaps, have a slight evangelist undertone? Sure! But it doesn’t change the fact that, in a particularly money-brandishing culture like hip-hop, someone that can come across as loud and frothy as Minaj did something this genuinely integral to the lives of these many people utterly unconnected to her and her music.