The Ivy League Hustle. BIG TIME.

On May 30, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Nikki!

Wow. Soooo, ummmm, I’ve been getting a lot of attention all of a sudden, so it looks like my convoluted little wordpress site could use an overhaul sometime soon. In the meantime, I’m going to post the haps right here. My latest music video, The Ivy League Hustle (I Went to Princeton, Bitch) took off like cray cray thanks to the current twitter-loving population of Princeton and alumni at large… once the Huffington Post got wind, a larger audience appeared to see and relate to the video, then I was on CBS “This Morning” and by now it’s gotten upwards of 200k views, the most of any of my independently-produced silly things. It’s extremely humbling… and at times frustrating. I have the urge to defend myself against all the internet trolls who mispercieve the exaggerated hypetalk of the video– a tradition proudly preserved from the past decade of rap videos– as actual arrogance, as though I’m actually complaining to the population at large that I’m broke. No, people, I’m making fun of myself. Hence the cardboard sign about explicating Baudelaire… do people just stop paying attention once they’ve made up their mind to be angry about something? Regardless, about 95% of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, which is even better than I’d hoped for, and I’m feeling quite overwhelmed and grateful at the warm reception. Here are some links and a few videos from the past week that track the evolution of my viral vid journey!

Huffington Post

MTV Act Blog (full interview)


Daily Mail (UK)

Clutch Mag

A beautifully reflective blog post by Karen Sibert.

Vitamin W


4 Responses to The Ivy League Hustle. BIG TIME.

  1. Evelyn Smith says:

    I am not a fan of rap, but I must give you kudos for your video. Please let the naysayers’ comments roll off your back like water on a duck, especially that nasty bit with the overinflated ego who calls herself “womanistic musings.” She isn’t worth a second thought.

    Keep on keeping on!
    Proud Tiger Mom ’08

  2. Patrick J Salem says:

    I was stuck in traffic on the Eisenhower, and I couldn’t get this damn song out of my head. I mean it’s funny and kinda empowering for some, but there’s more to it than that: It’s like you’ve perfectly captured the frustration I feel when someone who has family money acts like I’m an idiot (Okay, my frustrations probably aren’t as great as yours because I’m not even close to being an Ivy Leaguer, but if it helps, I went to Columbia for grad school (the one here in Chicago).), and although I wanna punch his still-a-hipste-at-40 ironic mustache, I have to smile and suck it up for my $14 an hour.

  3. ruth says:

    Love this video and the triathlon one. You’re hilarious! Keep it up!

  4. You’re funny as hell, Nikki. Never complain, never explain. Keep up the good work.

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