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Nicki Minaj Becomes First Female Rapper To Cover Marie Claire

Published: Thursday 4th Jul 2013 by David

Is there any stopping Brand Minaj?

The answer to that question- if you’re good at math, is no.

For, after giving the folks over many an investor many a fact and figure to smile about in the last year, Nicki Minaj‘s ability to shift products to the masses took her one step further to the top recently…when she became the first Female Rapper to cover ‘Elle Magazine’.

*Cue applause.

Indeed, in proving to the marketeers behind the mag that her star power was enough to sell its forthcoming edition, the MC saw its publisher- the Hearst Corporation– give her the cover along with a spread that sees her dominate its pages!

A spread, that boasts the snap you see above and more HQ shots set to emerge in the days that follow, as she continues work on her hotly anticipated third studio album and gears up for the launch of her big screen debut in ‘The Other Woman’.

Keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the full spread once it drops!

Until then…

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  1. Suicide Blonde July 4, 2013

    I honestly like her more as a rapper than Lil Kim, she has swagger, she just need to focus on Hip Hop and stop trying to be a Pop artist, her first album was fire.

    • nicko July 4, 2013

      she said her next album is gonna be a RAP album

      • steph July 4, 2013

        Nicki Minaj is gonna end up being the most successful female rapper. If shes not already. She needs a good classic rap album like The Miseducation NOT that pop s***!

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  2. B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

    Rapper??? Only because she crossed over, and other Female rap MCS have never…#Boom hot mess

    • Tasha July 4, 2013

      Oh u mad?

      • B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

        You salty??? @ Tasha yeah you salty b****…

  3. Akakd July 4, 2013

    First why is there a need to bring Lil Kim into this conversation. Two completely different artist!

    Lil Kim achieved her success at a time when Hip Hop (not just female Hip Hop) was considered dangerous, unprofitable, and black. Lil Kim earned her crown and its hers to keep.

    Nicki is a great artist. I’m not the biggest fan but I respect her hustle. I don’t consider her a rapper because I grew up in the 90’s and in my opinion Nicki couldn’t hold a match next to any female MC in the 90s. However being an artist is more than music. Nicki has a great team behind her and I respect her focus. She molded herself after Lil Kim and learned from Lil Kim’s mistakes and I admire Nicki for that.

    • nicko July 4, 2013

      u dont consider NIcki as a rapper ? Well NIcki KILLED kim’s career with Roman’s Revenge plus she has dope metaphors/worplays. When I listen to a Nicki song im like ‘How did she come up with that ?’ because her bars surprise, impress me BUT when I listen to a lil kim song i feel like ANYONE coulda thought of dat. and btw Nicki took kim’s crown a LONG time ago.

      • Shaytan July 4, 2013

        Not only can I tell your ignorance from you typos but from your response. Lyrically Nicki has not destroyed anyone. The only people that consider Nicki any type of rapper or queen are whites advertisers trying to reach black demographics and little black gay kids looking for a role model.

        Nicki is a self proclaimed queen without anyone to rule. Her success is a matter or a brilliant machine behind her and the right timing. When Nicki battles for the top spot alone side 20 other females rappers and still dominates then I will consider her a runner up for princess.

        As far as Kim goes. Nicki played Kim and the media. If Kim has a problem she addresses it head on and Nicki knew this. She thew shots at Kim that most white people and kids would miss and waited for Kim to respond. Since beef and battling in considered whack in todays Hip Hop Kim lost be default. But lyrically Nicki aint f*** with Kim. Kim doesnt have to do another record in her life and her name is cemented in history.

    • Beats and Bars July 4, 2013

      I totally agree. Lyrically, and from a music content perspective, Nicki will never see Kim, I agree you can’t help but admire Nicki’s success , but she aint f****** with Kim as a Hip Hop legend. Plus what joints from Nicki’s albums will be considered classics like Big Momma Thang, Queen B****, The Jumpoff or Lighters Up.? Bees in the trap? Hahahaha please she’ll be remembered for Superbass and Starships and those are POP songs. Roman’s revenge wasn’t that great – Eminem made that song. It certainly didn’t kill Kim’s career. Read between the lines , she is signed to Universal (Home to Roc Nation). Jay Z has been throwing shots at Wayne and them. They are just waiting for Nicki to put out her album and then it will be announced that Kim has been signed by the ROC. They are pulling in heavyweights for this album… Rihanna was in the studio a day after meeting up with Kim and Rita Ora was shouting her out the other day. Diane Warren has been writing with Kim. She has been doing shows non-stop building her profile including performing in front of 1.5m people at SF pride. She’s comin back and this time with a machine behind her and if they are both putting out rap albums then my money is on Kim’s to be the superior.

      • MSTEEFROMDC July 6, 2013

        @AKAKD, BEATS & BARS & SHAYTAN…

        BRAVO…..JUST FU&KIN BRAVO. COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF.

  4. Tasha July 4, 2013

    Slayage

  5. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) July 4, 2013

    Remember to tune in to NBC @ 8:00pm for performances from the legendary Mariah Carey

    • Tasha July 4, 2013

      Will she be lip syncing again?

    • lily July 4, 2013

      FCK MOORIAH NO1CURR

    • lily July 4, 2013

      So looks so beautiful. can’t wait for the HQ pics 🙂

      • SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) July 4, 2013

        You are right. Mariah does look #beautiful

    • Cassie Lover July 4, 2013

      To bad no ones checking for it

  6. B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

    Ugly ass bird nose! Look like someone backed into it with a U-Haul…

    • Tasha July 4, 2013

      Yet ur hiding behind a Rihanna photo…

      • B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

        Yet you don’t have one….So your point is??? Oh yeah no point! Fcking bird!

      • Tasha July 4, 2013

        Dont call someone ugly when you can’t even show your own face !

      • B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

        B**** shut up, and whine to the next b****…Twirl out the nearest window b****!

  7. nicko July 4, 2013

    Queen Minaj a.k.a the ONLY rap b**** that has been charting on the Billboard 100 since 2009 !! STAY MAD H*** . I love her SO much and her new wigs are POPPING !

    • Shaytan July 4, 2013

      But what have you done with your life. I see Nicki’s sucess but what about yours?

      • opd2 July 5, 2013

        SHAYTAN would we say the same about you,since you want to go there.

  8. B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

    @ NICKO

    Yeah charting on the hot 100….but near where near top 20, f*** it top 40…WHere highschool at??? F*** it where the f*** is the features at??? Ill wait….

    • Tasha July 4, 2013

      Your such a basic hater what are you doing with your life?

      • B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

        Basic hater?? But you worried about my LIFE???? Yeah we call h*** like you CERTIFIED GUTTER RATS….

    • nicko July 4, 2013

      High school is at 85 (in its 13th week) and Tap Out is at 50 (in its 8th week) now stfu and stop hating.

      • B****** ARE A MESS July 4, 2013

        You a dumb h**! You just proved my point…..When basic b****** align

      • SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) July 4, 2013

        #beautiful is still in the top 20.

  9. DanYiel Teflon July 4, 2013

    It’s funny how folks keep comparing Nikki GarBahg to Lil Kim when her style is Lil Kim’s WHOLE CAREER!! Lol we can all see that Lil Kim is not a singer like Nikki ~ she should have just been a Singer cuz her Rap=(C)Rap!! Ijs…

    • nicko July 4, 2013

      Nicki”s lyrical skills >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> kim’s . Im not even hatingg, Nicki’s so motherfucking clever , her metaphors are impressive. Kim’s barely uses metaphors because she’s STUPID and she only spits about BASIC s***, and ANYBODY can do dat.

  10. Dev July 4, 2013

    The industry is the industry and to be honest RAP as music and by females was deemed too aggressive and wasn’t as crossover as it is now, and Nikki is more crossover with the pop tunes, lighter skin and blonde hair (basic nneds for a black woman to cover a magazine) so whilst its an achievement its not really. Queen Latifah crossed over from a successful rapper to singer to actress and still hasn’t graces a cover so until that happened imam keep seated

    • nicko July 4, 2013

      Nicki can sing and is also an actress, she shot a movie with Cameron Diaz called ‘The Other Woman’ which is supposed to come out next year. and whether u like it or not she is opening doors for female rap.

      • Dev July 5, 2013

        Who says that she can act? Beyonce has released many a film and it quite evident that she cant act, so wheres the proof as this film is yet to come out?
        Apart from your opinion who is saying Nikki is a singer? She can hold a not but she isn’t a singer! Cassie, Ciara and a few others release cute songs and call themselves singers but we know the truth.
        And lastly, what doors is she operning fo female rappers? Enlighten me of these opportunities that she’s offering female rappers past and present?
        To be honest i dont get you comment in context to mine. It just seems like you wanted to stan and found a place under my comment to be notices

      • MSTEEFROMDC July 6, 2013

        RAPPING IS NOT JUST ABOUT METAPHOR’S. YOU CAN TELL YOUR JUST A DAMN KID. REAL RAPPING AND HIP HOP IS ABOUT STORY TELLING…WHICH BIGGIE TAUGHT KIM HOW TO DO EVER SO GREATLY…SO PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK SWEETY. CUZ THAT SH!T YOU CALL RAP. THATS FAR FROM IT.

      • MSTEEFROMDC July 6, 2013

        WHAT DOES DID NICKI OPEN??? OMG YOUR TOO CUTE AND NEIVE…SO SAD! UM KIM HAS BEEN IN COUNTLESS MOVIES. BUT QUEEN LATIFAH IS THE FIRST FEMALE RAPPER TO CROSS OVER FROM RAPPING TO MOVIES..PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK

  11. Music July 4, 2013

    LOOKS WHITE. SURE THAT AIN’T IGGY or GAGA?? SMH.

  12. Os July 4, 2013

    She doing her thing,can’t wait to see the other pics.

  13. The Truth July 4, 2013

    That’s good for her. Let’s not forget Nicki stands on shoulders of 30 years worth of female hip hop influence. This would be notable if it where 20 years ago but congratulations anyway.

    • Dev July 5, 2013

      True dat! Recognise! Stan for your artist but know the history and knowledge behind them.

  14. Rosie July 4, 2013

    Basic b****, bet her issue will flop like her last couple of singles. Can’t wait for Zooey Deschanel, who actually charted on Forbes this year, to slay the September issue.

    • opd2 July 4, 2013

      hatting b-tch f-ckoff,the more she wins the more you hate sigh what a sad sad life you have.

  15. Navy Sailor July 5, 2013

    Lil Kim stans are so BITTER!!! I’m not even a barb, but daaaaammn! Y’all come into every nicki post with the same s***. Lil Kim is old news. Stick a fork in her, she’s DONE!

  16. Laleah901 July 5, 2013

    She makes music for everybody. Imma proud barb right now.
    My b**** dreams came true. She came along way. Everybody need to stop
    Saying ” what she need to do” because obviously she’s doing what she wants to do
    And she hasn’t steered herself wrong. Consecutive wins, time and time again.
    Come on stop hating. You not being real with yourself or this blog if you
    Can’t respect her hustle. #queen

  17. Laleah901 July 5, 2013

    Hold up though. I’m pretty sure my b**** can act. But fellow barb whoever u are,
    Nicki can’t sing for real. She might kick a Lil tune here and there, but Nicki is a rapper.
    Not singer.

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