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.
Read it inside:
I see ppl remixing my words so let me post “exactly” what I said for the intelligent ones in the back. Now, if you can find the part where I said “I made female rappers mainstream”, I’ll give you $100,000.00. 😅 blogs & tv shows don’t care to do actual research these days, they only care about what grabs your attention… at anyone’s expense. Imagine me saying I made female rappers mainstream when there were so many women who already had platinum albums under their belts. 🙃 Lauryn sold 10 million off one album, Eve had platinum singles w/Alicia, Gwen Stefani, her own tv show & clothing line. It doesn’t get more mainstream/pop than Missy’s biggest singles. Foxy&Kim had platinum albums & shaped the sound of NY female rappers, Latifah had her own sitcom, Trina was on billboard with hits, etc-🙂 I appreciate the love but I never said that. 🦄🦄🦄 now what I DID say is right here for anyone w/their own brain to decipher words on their own. I know it’s hard in the social media band wagon era, but try. It’s fun. 🙈. When I came out, there had been a drought of a few years where NO female rap album had gone platinum, females weren’t getting budgets, the industry did NOT believe in the female rapper anymore. They had stopped generating MONEY for labels. Ask any rap historian or just anyone with a brain. These are facts and nothing but the facts. So I “REINTRODUCED” the “successful” female rapper back to POP CULTURE. Showed big business we were major players in the game just like the boys were. ♥️😍😘 love you guys for holding me down but what’s true is true & whats not is just simply not. 🙂 update your blogs & tv shows with what I actually said please 🙄🤣. I can’t believe this lil interview made it to tv. Haha. See u guys on tour next year. I got a cpl BIG surprises. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! 😘