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Nicki Minaj Claps Back At Those Saying She Didn’t “Reintroduce” Female Rap to the Mainstream

Published: Tuesday 17th Oct 2017 by Rashad

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!!!!!!! 😘

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  1. Coolio October 17, 2017

    Girl just say you want to be lil kim?
    Lil kim did all that be for you.

    • Maxie foxx October 17, 2017

      Thank you Nicki baby!👏🏾 hatin ass peasants out here always tryna make u an enemy but don’t kno their facts 😂 like how they claimed you didn’t represent Kim, s*** I wonder if they can point out that Kim was apart of the facts 😂 Nicki know where she stands in this industry f*** u haters🖕🏾

    • Maxie foxx October 17, 2017

      She doing just fine as Nicki Minaj boo check her stats, she has her own lane in hip hop 😂😂👏🏾

    • Truth be told October 17, 2017

      Did she not mention Kim??? Did she say that she did more than or less than the other females? Did she not give Kim her props along with other female rappers? Why did it take for Nicki to come out for Kim to finally feed her fans with music? U should thank Nicki for making ur “queen” get back to what she calls rapping instead of being an illiterate bandwagon hater.

    • DanYiel Iman October 17, 2017

      AMEN 🙏🏽!! Which is why she has no Grammy or #1 Billboard track!! ✌🏽😂

      • JustSaying October 18, 2017

        Lil Kim has won a Grammy for Lady Marmalade with her other fellow industry peers featured with her. She also has 3 no.1 billboard hits as well! http://www.billboard.com/music/lil-kim/chart-history/rap-song Nicki Minaj definitely REINTRODUCED the female rapper to mainstream. No one else was really holding it down besides Trina and she was barely hanging in there but still holding her own. Then Nicki came… and Nicki won! Facts! These are real facts. Let’s start doing our research and read more. These are all great women who did great things, and who are also women of color! Keep them uplifted and let’s stop making it a competition. Every one of these females have made their presents known in this industry! They are all winners!

  2. Qu3_pid October 17, 2017

    THANK YOU ONIKA!!! Unfortunately people don’t like to read and when they due, they read too deep into s*** and make up their own theories behind the message. Oh shoutout to Wendy Williams because this was directed at your TV Show and the title you created on YouTube for the HotTopics video yesterday.

  3. Davide Laffe October 17, 2017

    SHE SAID WHAT SHE SAID. I AM GLAD THAT FEMALE RAP IS A THING.

  4. PiCat October 17, 2017

    Keep doing what ur doing …still cool in my eyes

  5. PiCat October 17, 2017

    No matter what u do still got love for u and that love will always be there

  6. cocobutta October 17, 2017

    Well I knew what she said in the first place. She 100% was the reintroduction of females to the mainstreaming rap market of charting music

    • SMH October 18, 2017

      Exactly. Those are the facts, these morons need to learn how to read.

  7. Maxie foxx October 17, 2017

    Thank you Nicki baby!👏🏾 hatin ass peasants out here always tryna make u an enemy but don’t kno their facts 😂 like how they claimed you didn’t represent Kim, s*** I wonder if they can point out that Kim was apart of the facts 😂 Nicki know where she stands in this industry f*** u haters🖕🏾

  8. Truth be told October 17, 2017

    Even tgj got it partly wrong. She was clapping back at ones that said she “introduced” female rap to mainstream when in actuality she said “reintroduced”. People twist her words just like y’all twisted the title to make it seem like she was was bragging about it when she was just stating facts. In the words of the Queen…” What’s true is true & what’s not is simply not.”

    • Lmfao_Hoe October 17, 2017

    • Maxie foxx October 17, 2017

      I would love to see a nicki n Kim track 👏🏾

  9. DanYiel Iman October 17, 2017

    Tricki Garbagh we understand you STOLE a style written by Lil’Kim & bashed her while climbing your beating Aretha records & out of 9,654 entry’s no #1 Billboard single or Grammy just a lyrical FRAUD!! 👑🐝

    • SMH October 18, 2017

      Clearly you don’t know how to read.

  10. October 17, 2017

    so true nothing but the truth, let them know Nicki because they always want to act like they don’t know, always be twisting up your word be running with this negative narrative of lies, because hating on nicki seems like the cool thing to do for some people.

  11. The Wig Snatcher October 18, 2017

    Nicki all that yip yappin’ because there was truth to the backlash. HŌ sit down!!!

    • STFU October 18, 2017

      Another Hater…..whats your relevance to Hip Hop? Non..sit your ass down..screen gangsta.

  12. SMH October 18, 2017

    Lol idiots on twitter need to pick up a book, take extra remedial courses in reading & finish getting their GEDs before trying to come for a multi-millionaire platinum selling rapper. Nicki shouldn’t have even acknowledged their stupidity.

  13. Fancy BISH October 18, 2017

    Lauryn sold 19 MILLION REAL NOT STREAMED COPIES of The Slayeducation Of Lauryn Hill hunnie….now, as a gift to the Barbz, I will reveal my favorite song from Nicki’s 5,345,678 songs…BLAZIN.

  14. Ciah’s Turtle October 18, 2017

    How do ppl STILL have negative things to say even after further explaining what was falsely perpetuated ?

    • Killian October 18, 2017

      Haters will hate no matter what I guess…at this point anyone hating Nicki is delusional or just plain salty

  15. Bhav October 22, 2017

    No nicki minaj is the queen the definition for rap is NICKI MINAJ and everyone hates on her so wat if she had a bad year and so wat of she hasn’t got #1 on the charts all I have to say is that she is the most successful female rapper even if cardi b wins a Grammy nicki will still be the queen the f*** the hate

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