As we reported last week, Nicki Minaj was one of 20 influential rap figures covering XXL magazine for its 20th anniversary cover. Inside the mag, the Harajuku Barbie lifted a number of tongue-wagging quotes as she dished on her relevance and influence to the genre. None, however, got people talking more than her thoughts on her role in “reintroducing female rappers to the mainstream.”
Expounding on the comment, Minaj stated:
I think female rappers have always been dope and influential, but I think I sort of came in at a time where big business was paying attention, so I was able to capitalize off of a lot of deals and business ventures. I aligned myself with a lot of brands, and I was able to show that a female rapper was able to sell products.
Fans of fellow rapstresses – namely Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, and Missy Elliott – took umbrage with the quote. Taking to the ‘PinkPrint’ performer’s social media handles to sound off, the commentary eventually led her to lend her own lengthy rant defending her statement.
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